Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Strangest News Yet


I took a walk last week through my neighborhood, one big circle leading me from my front door, down the street, through the park and and back home.

I wanted to see what I could see, and soak in the best of Indiana weather.

There was life-thrumming, mariachi-hopping, soul-spinning hope and beauty everywhere.

Flowers wild and full-leafing trees, the muddy stream running smack through the grime of the city. The loveliest pictures of hope came from the last places you'd think to look.

Isn't that just like life?


 
Is this what it's like to live in NYC but traipse around in Central Park?
That's a question I keep asking lately. (It's a ridiculous comparison, but I sure do amuse myself.)

In related news, I've added Central Park to my bucket list. 



All I know is that I'm made of sun-tea and broken glass.
I'm light and air and busted-up city blocks.



If you'd paid me two million dollars, I couldn't have dreamed up this life, where the only way to make sense of anything is to throw my big ideas on the trash heap and strike a match.

I thought I wanted a quiet life, down a country lane. I thought I wanted solitude and security.

I thought I wanted peace. And I do.

But the road to peace isn't as soldier-straight as I used to think.
 

Here, I come nose-to-nose with surrender. I see redemption in my everyday, close enough to reach out and grab. I confront my ugliest corners and dare to ask more of myself than what comes most naturally.

Here, I fail.
Over and over.

I found my voice in a white farmhouse with a porch I never used.
I keep finding my story in the scream and surprise of the city.

You can read all about it in August 2016, when I publish the first of two books with Thomas Nelson.

(What.)

(No, really, What????!)

In the meantime, send prayers, salsa, and a new pair of kicks.
I've got miles to go, and you guys are the best cheerleaders a girl could ask for.

Pinch me,
Shannan

88 comments:

  1. I knew it from the very beginning. You were made for this Shannaloo.

    xxoo

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  2. Congratulations Lady! So. Proud. Of. You!!!

    Also, I got lost in Central Park. Just me and Emmy wandering around at dusk trying not to look terrified as I remembered every episode of law and order that began with a dead body in Central Park. So. my advice. Either have a better sense of direction than I do or take someone with you that does.

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    1. Or take you, since you're a Pro now.
      xo

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    2. I had to jump in here because every time someone mentioned Central Park, what's my first thought? Law & Order: SVU. Anxiety for the "win."

      PS: I'm squealing with delight about you writing a book and will be buying a copy the first day it's available. :)

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  3. oh girl! hoop-dee, jumping up and down! hooray! great googlie-mooglie!

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  4. AHHHHHHHH!!!! Congratulations! You KNOW I can't wait to read it! And you're right, we'll be cheering you on the whole way!!

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  5. Woo Hoo!!! Great news!! The world needs to read all the inspiration that I am lucky enough to have found - congrats to you!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  6. <3 Cannot wait to hold your book in my hands. Your words are pure gold.

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  7. I've been waiting for this announcement. Really and truly.

    So thrilled for you *and* for us gals who get to hold your words in our hands. I love you, Shannan.

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  8. I am already pre ordering this book in my heart ❤️😉 can't wait!!

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  9. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!
    So excited, Ess!!!!!!! :-D

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  10. This is so awesome. Congratulations. ♡

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  11. This is so awesome. Congratulations. ♡

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  12. YES!!!!!! i wanna throw a cuss word i'm so excited but don't want to tarnish your page...so just YES!!!!!!

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  13. AWESOME SAUCE!!!!! Can't wait to get my hands on them!!!

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  14. Yay for you. For every bit of it. I love reading your words and feeling your heartbeat. Thanks for sharing it all.

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  15. Awesomely Awesome! I love your blog, so I know I'll love your book.

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  16. Congratulations!!! You've kept us waiting far too long. ❤️ I can't wait to read them!

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  17. Your words will speak volumes to all our hearts. I cannot wait. You can do this. Just take it one day at a time. Sitting on my apartment balcony this morning, I just had to say thanks to God who knew where we needed to be planted for now more than we did. He is teaching me to look up to Him and then around to those He has placed in my path.

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  18. i feel like i've been waiting for this day my whole life. xoxoxo. couldn't be prouder of you.

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  19. You are too legit to quit! SO happy for you!

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  20. Love your voice! Cheering you on from Colorado.

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  21. of course you are!!! I'm so excited! I will take an advanced copy please and thank you.

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  22. Congratulations! That is amazing! Can't wait to read both books!

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  23. I can't wait! I know what I'll ask for my 27th birthday (it's in October). :)

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  24. Way to go , Shannan! So excited for you and cheering you on.

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  25. Congratulations….OMGosh i can't wait to read it!!!!

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  26. Congrats!!! Can't wait to read! I plan on buying plenty of copies to hand out to people I love.

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  27. Couldn't happen to a better person, you are so talented. Will be eagerly awaiting the books, your writing inspires me :)

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  28. Oh my, this is some awesome news for a Wednesday! Congrats Shannan, this is so so wonderful (I mean for us...I'm sure it's going to be a lot of work and freak outs for you...insert wide-eyed emoji). August 2016 seems like such a very long time away, but I'm excited to see what God has in store for you (and for all of us) in the mean time. It's thrilling to think about. Godspeed friend!

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  29. YAY!!!!!!! Seriously, yay!!!!!!! I have never preordered a book in my life, but I'll do it for yours!! So, so, so excited for you (and for me getting to read more of your words)!

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  30. YAY!!!!!!! Seriously, yay!!!!!!! I have never preordered a book in my life, but I'll do it for yours!! So, so, so excited for you (and for me getting to read more of your words)!

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  31. Yah!! We've all been waiting for this! Congratulations! You have a wonderful inspirational story to tell, much more I'm sure than what we've seen on your blog for years. Thank you for always being so real and honest. xo

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  32. Fantastic news!!! And so well deserved.

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  33. Can't wait! This will be so good and I will share it with everyone!!

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  34. This is awesome and I can't wait to read it!! Miss and Love you! :)

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  35. This is awesome and I can't wait to read it!! Miss and Love you! :)

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  36. Of all the bloggers I follow, you are one of the first ones I knew would be heading in this direction because. ..
    you are a gifted writer.

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  37. Cheering you on like a crazy girl! We have the same publisher now, so does that make us cousins?? xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  38. Hooray! Hooray! Time to celebrate! I knew it would happen one of these days. Congratulations!

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  39. Shannan!!! You're my soul sister woman and the next best thing to doing life next door to you is going to be having your book!!! So excited for you. Way to be brave. ☺️

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  40. Yay! Finally!!! Okay I found central park creepy and surreal. Just sayin.
    Xo

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  41. WOW!!

    Such exciting news and TWO books, to boot!!

    SO proud of you - you have a story to tell that begs to be told. And, the way you put words together and touch hearts is so very precious!!

    Will be cheering you on, home girl!!!

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  42. So so amazing! Congratulations! Really. Such an exciting announcement, and not strange at all! So love your words and your honesty. Your open heart and the way you see life, beauty, joy, and grace as this ever changing, ever flowing path. It's beautiful and grace-filled. Thank you for shining. Or rather, for letting God shine through you.

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  43. Hooray!! Such good news for all of us. Congratulations!

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  44. I visit NYC with 2 of my girlfriends every year. We have an awesome time! Laughing, eating pizzaa, cupcakes, and donuts and a lot of walking. I look forward to our time together every year, but honestly I would go anywhere to be with them and I can almost promise it wold be just as much fun (as long as the pizza, cupcakes, and donuts were still good.) My favorite part of NYC is Central Park. I love all the green color and all of the trails and nature. I love softness of the green grass and leaves the best- as opposed to harshness of the concrete and asphalt. It is so cool that Central Park is surrounded by the city. I think if I lived in the city I would visit Central Park a lot. I think you will love it. Put it on your list for sure!

    Congrats about the book. I can't wait! XOXOX

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  45. A big congratulations to you! Enjoy the writing process :)

    Also, these photos in this post are exquisite! So much everyday beauty!

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  46. Yea!! I knew you were a writer and would write books not long after I started reading your blog. Can't wait. :) Beautiful pictures too. I loved your walk around your neighborhood. ;)

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  47. Super happy for you. Your words speak to my heart and I'm so glad to know that you've been blessed with an avenue to reach even more people. Let me know when to pre-order!

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  48. Knew ths news would come someday... David and I are super excited and proud of you!

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  49. Wow, what fantastic news! Congratulations to you dear Shannon, now you will encourage more souls.

    FlowerLady

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  50. From the first time i happened upon your blog, maybe 2 years ago, I thought..she should write a book! So... I am overjoyed that your gifts will be allowed to fully shine through your words in the form of a book. When I just happened to get to meet you at Catalyst in Atlanta last year, I mentioned I would love for you to write a book and you said you were going to do just that! So...CONGRATULATIONS! I can hardly wait to devour the book as soon as it hits the bookstore shelves! God is using your voice through your words and I am grateful!

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  51. TWO books! Now I am doubly excited. God will see you through. Can't wait to see the finished products of your obedience!

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  52. Happy for all of us - and so thrilled for you. Your words so often become the place my heart's been looking for. Congratulations!

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  53. I mean, is it too early to pre-order?
    I am SO proud and SO excited for this opportunity for you.
    And I am anxious to read your words in print and not just on this screen.
    Hugs and coffee and cheers, knowing He who began this BIG work in you, will see you through until completion, for His name sake.

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  54. I can't wait! Your story and writing challenge me and make me uncomfortable, in the very best of ways. You make me laugh and cry, too, in the very best of ways. Plus, Indiana! Love it.

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  55. Where do I pre-order? This is the happiest news! Sending many rounds of cheers your way. : )

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  56. Super super exciting!!! Way to go and you can do it!

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  57. beauty! both pictures and thoughts. (btw, have only been to nyc once. it was a dream! and yes, central park. boy. really central park makes the city, and the city makes central park ~ if that makes sense?) thanks for the read!

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  58. So happy for you - and not one but two! I will be reading both :)

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  59. Well it's about dang time. Congratulations! I will be in line on pre-order day, for sure.

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  60. Congrats! Can't wait to read your stories!

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  61. that's so awesome!!! so excited for you!

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  62. Two words: overjoyed & pre-order. When can I pre-order?

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  63. Holy poop on a cracker!!!!!!! I haven't been this excited for a book to come out since I sat waiting for the next Harry Potter book to hit the shelves!
    Congrats and a huge cyber high-five!
    (and a big hug to save for the hard-work moments to come...xooooox)

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  64. I don't think this is strange news at all.....maybe to you but not to me or the rest of us here! Ever since I stumbled upon your blog I've been captivated by the way you stream words together and make me think for days on end about them, and I'm beyond thrilled for you that you are getting published!

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  65. So excited for you, Shannan! Congrats!! I am one of your sea of fans who follow the journey of your family and your faith, and I have been personally challenged numerous times. Your honesty is humbling. Can't wait to get your books!

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  66. There might, MIGHT be three or four lonely souls out there somewhere who are surprised by this "news." The rest of us have just been wondering when.

    Do let us know about pre-ordering. And do you know how long it is going to seem until August 2016 now that we have the date?

    Prayers, Shannan. You were made for this.

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  67. Oh. My. Goodness. How exciting. Very happy for you, but just as happy for ME, that I get to read your books! Your posts always reaches me, rescues me, assures me that we are all in this together, and there is no more "normal" to strive for anymore. Praying for your outreach. Much love.

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  68. I am so happy for you. I can't wait to read the books. You have a lot to share with the world and I am all ears!!!

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  69. Happy for you….AND for us!

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  70. can you hear me YEEEEEEing from kenya? because it's pretty deafening on this end.

    :)

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  71. it's about time!!
    i always think of you as the "people's blogger."
    like princess di was the people's princess. :))
    you're just the real deal and i know no matter how many books you publish you'll still be our homegirl.

    so excited for you. xo

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  72. New this day would come the first time I ever stumbled onto your site. So excited for you dear, you got this!!!

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