Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Strange Afflictions & a Launch Day Giveaway


A little over a year ago my heart started doing strange things. Per my usual, which is hardly ever normal-usual, it was difficult to explain. The symptoms didn't fit neatly on a diagnostic checklist. I made an appointment and sat awkwardly on the little table while a cranky doctor squinted at me a bit sideways, unable to hide his confusion. (If you've been around here for a while, you'll recall this isn't really anything new.) He asked questions, I answered. "No, it doesn't hurt." "It's not skipping beats." "It's sort of...vibrating. And I can hear it. With my ears."

He was skeptical. But he hooked me up to the monitor and told me again, "You are fine. Everything is okay. Is it possible that you're under stress of some kind? Let's have a look again in a year, just to check in."

I wandered out to the front desk and they scheduled me for September something-or-other, 2016. All I could think was, "The next time I'm here, my book will be out."

The same book I was neck-deep in writing at the time. The one that made it hard to sleep. The one that made me believe my ears could hear my heart buzzing.



I recently canceled that follow-up appointment. It seemed like the least awkward response and honestly, though my doctor is nicer than I originally thought and would happily take my cash, I'm not sure I can bear his questions, which he (rightly so) forgets he has already asked me several times over the past six years. I know what's happening now when it happens, this collision of excess energy.

I am fine. Everything is okay.

But it's September 20th, and my book was born early this morning. I've never given birth to a human, much less a paperback.

I don't know exactly how I feel right now, and it's much too early in the day/week/month to anticipate how I'll feel overall.

As I told Jamie Ivey on the Happy Half Hour podcast that aired earlier this week, "It's like standing in my underwear." (I listened to this one with my family because it's SO MUCH FUN and you cannot imagine how happy this line made Silas.)


Just know that I'm here, alive and kicking, a little nervous but not too nervous to eat. Cory surprised me by taking a vacation day and we have big plans to keep ourselves distracted.

But mostly, I'm just grateful to be living this dream I never could have anticipated. The book is written, people will respond like they do, whatever that happens to mean. Some will love it. Some will not. But God will use it to wake us up and shake us up, I believe that with my whole heart. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Throughout this post I'm sharing quotes from some of you who have already finished the book and so sweetly wrote and shared reviews. (Click on their links to read more and to check out their blogs. There are some talented writers on my launch team!) It is so much fun to watch Falling Free find a home in the hearts of other fumbling humans longing for home and willing to get banged up and messy while they wait.




If you haven't ordered your copy, you can do that at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, christianbook.com, Books-A-Million, or iBooks, to name a few. You can also go crazy-analog, drive to a bookstore, and bring home a physical copy...today! It's so weird. It's so amazing!




I would love you forever (on top of the forever-way I already love you,) if you would be willing to share Falling Free with your people. I simply cannot pretend to be the girl who "doesn't care" if people buy the book. I care. I believe in the message of the Gospel, to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves, to care for overlooked and forgotten people, to make kin of lost souls, to identify with broken humans. I believe from my graying roots down to my size 9 Converse tennis shoes that freedom comes after surrender, and that one of the best things we can do for the kingdom is hop off the ladder, relinquish our DIY plans, and fall down to the low places around us, where God is already very much at work, waiting for us to join him.

Here's where it gets even more interesting: I have been collecting plates. Long after our famed Plate Auction. I have no explanation. It is an affliction which is impossible to diagnose (I see a theme!) and one for which I hope to never find a cure.


(If you feel a giveaway brewing, it means you're perceptive and should be rewarded with a generous slab of pumpkin cake or whatever else you happen to have lying around.)

All you have to do to enter is share Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted. Share it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, your personal blog. Share it with your pastor, your lady's ministry, your book club. Share it with your neighbor. Get all Dr. Seuss if you want and share it here and there and everywhere. You can find shareable images on the book website, search the Instagram hashtag #fallingfreebook, or just go rogue and do your own thing.







In the comments below, tell me where/how you shared. That's it. You don't have to include a link and I'm not going to check up on you, because I'll be busy looking for sea glass up on Lake Michigan or stress-watching episodes of American Crime or praying haphazardly and out loud, or baking, or folding laundry. Or all of the above.

I trust you. Of course I do! You are my actual people, and if you don't believe me, then why did I thank you in my acknowledgements in the back of the book? I simply could not have done any of this without you, my tribe. So allow me to call in every favor in two little words, "Please Help".

This giveaway will run through Friday at 11:59 Eastern time, in which I will close comments and choose two random Plate Collection winners. (Disclaimer: I'm traveling this week, so I won't announce winners until next week.)

We did it. We're doing it. Let's never quit.

Please keep falling with me,
Shannan


* I can ship plates only in the Continental USA
**Amazon affiliate link used


 

89 comments:

  1. Girl! She's born! She's a gorgeous book and I've got a copy ready to give to a friend. Your story moves and your prose is so lovely. Congratulations friend. (Shared on my blogitty blog blog: www.aahales.com).

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  2. I'm so excited for you, Shannan! Truth be told, I've kind of been telling everyone about your little green baby for like the last few months. I just shared it on Facebook (I don't use Instagram or Twitter), but will also be spreading the word at the upcoming Women's Retreat with my church. So. Very. Excited!

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  3. Congratulations on your beautiful, green paperback! Sharing enthusiastically on the blog, the twitter, the facebook, the IG. Thank you for writing this book. http://mrsdisciple.com/love-religion-falling-free/

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  4. Shared on Instagram. What an exciting day!

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  5. So I have ben awaiting today, I am sure not like you have on any level...but friends, your family, and many blog followers have been chatting up this book for months and I am so excited to get my hands on a copy. In advance to me reading I just want to say thank you for "Standing in your undies", I appreciate so much all of the authors who have done this...been vulnerable and shared their life, as it has opened up another avenue in which Christ's hope and Love have been shared and the center of discussions. Sharing on Facebook, instagram, and with anyone I chat with today. :)

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  6. Extremely honored to be a part of this day! Sharing everywhere that I can: blog, instagram & facebook. SO EXCITED!!!!

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  7. Congratulations! What an exciting day for you & for all of us who get to read the words you so carefully & lovingly put on paper! God is beaming for you today Shannan, He know the change this book is going to make & I can't wait for you to see it! Shared on fb & IG xoxo

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  8. Very excited that your book is out today! I shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  9. Shares on Facebook bc this IS the best book I've read all year! Thank you for allowing God to use your story to teach and bless.

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  10. Happy book birthday Shannan! I've hopped off the ladder and am trying to live low....I'm finding love and joy and Jesus down here! I'm sharing today on Facebook, Instagram and with my faith community peeps!

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  11. Yes, you did it! I'm so honored to share this book! Your words, along with the Holy Spirit, prompted a change in me that there's no going back from. You hit this one out of the park! So far I've shared on Instagram and Twitter but I'm also sharing this post, here, and I'm working on my own blog post/'review that will be published by tomorrow.

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  12. Congrats on your new book - mine was on my kindle when I awoke this morning and I can hardly wait to start reading it. I shared your blog and book on Facebook and plan to share it with everyone tomorrow at my art group. Have a wonderful vacation!

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  13. Just left my first Amazon review ever! (under my husband's name since that's the account we use for purchasing) Now I'm headed to all the other sites to post it as well. So excited for this day for you and for the ways you have allowed the Lord to use you. <3

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  14. I have not shared… yet. But, can i tell you how tickled I was to get an email yesterday, saying that my amazon prime order for Falling Free had been shipped?! And, it will arrive today! Girl, I need to go wash my hair and put some blush on, because I'm taking a selfie with MY Fallin' Free book. (please note that I didn't mention mascara, because that would be just a mess when I know that I'll be crying happy and yea, some sad tears, too!) I love you, Sister and I'm so excited for you! Big Hug

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  15. I'm rooting for you with a kindred spirit! The life I always wanted fell apart into a life I couldn't have dreamed! I have connected with your writings in many ways, though our paths to this place are different. Thank you for your fresh, vulnerable and challenging ways!

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  16. Shannan, I've been reading your blog for about, oh a long time! I've been waiting for the day your book came out, mine comes today. I love you, your story, and your writing. You have seriously changed our lives forever. We've downsized houses, gone through foster parenting that led to adoption, and now we are living in San Francisco as failed church planters turned urban missionaries and are very much so in the falling. Thank you for sharing your story even when it didn't make sense to you. I'm forever grateful. Happy Launch day! xoxo

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  17. So, so excited for you! I've been following (and learning) along here for years, and I have this crazy sister-pride for you today. Sending all the hugs and high fives and squeals your way! Ok, running to share on Insta! ❤️

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  18. So thrilled that this book can now be in the hands of everyone!!! Your willingness to be vulnerable, to challenge our thinking and our mindset is going to stir hearts in new ways to be more like Jesus. Thank you for laying it out there and being obedient to God's call on your life as a writer. Shared with my FB and IG family. :)

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  19. Can't wait for the mail man!
    Shared it with my tribe too.

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  20. Crazy but true...I woke up thinking about and praying for you this morning. I can't imagine how it's not such a weird day, but my goodness gracious, what a GREAT day!! I've been excited about this book from the moment you mentioned it and I am going to have to use every ounce of my willpower to not sneak home from work early to snatch it off my front step and then read it right through dinner (the dinner where I invited people to join us - tonight of all nights, what was I thinking?!). For real, pumped! sharing ALL OF THE PLACES

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  21. Prayed about you this morning in the dark hours, about the ways this book will compel to make some needed changes in their lives. You are spreading light and Jesus and fun, which is a pretty terrific combination. Sharing on IG and FB!!!

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  22. I shared it on Facebook. Hope you sell a million copies today!

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  23. Shared on facebook and plan to do so tomorrow at women's group! Love, love, love your book!

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  24. I shared via instagram with an image from the book website! Amazon says my book arrives tomorrow! Cannot wait!!

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  25. Shared on all the things: Insta, FB, Twitter, and in real life. I bought a few copies to give to my church ladies. Yay! Happy Launch day, Shannon!

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  26. Congratulations!!! I drove down to my local Barnes and Noble (Glendale, AZ) and got your book! It's on the shelf next to another one of our favorite books, 'The Ragamuffin Gospel'!! I shared on Facebook that my favorite blogger's book was released today and attached 2 photos of the book. What an exciting time for you and your readers!

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  27. Congratulations!!! I drove down to my local Barnes and Noble (Glendale, AZ) and got your book! It's on the shelf next to another one of our favorite books, 'The Ragamuffin Gospel'!! I shared on Facebook that my favorite blogger's book was released today and attached 2 photos of the book. What an exciting time for you and your readers!

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  28. Shannan! Congratulations! I am eagerly awaiting my Amazon pre-order. I'm going to be a little jealous of those who can pop down to the book store today :-D

    It's a special day for me too - 19 years of marriage, and then 7 years of a little boy-bundle born into our family. September 20th is a good good day!

    Hugs friend. Revel in all of it!

    ~Analene

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  29. Facebook shared it and can't wait to read it. Your writing and your spirit are so lovely. Can we live on the same street in heaven and be friends?

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  30. I got my notice that my copy is on its way to me and I can't wait! I shared this post on FB

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  31. Of course, I've shared lots and happily so! Instagram, Facebook, blog.

    BUT I have a plate problem and do not need any more in my home. It's a sickness. I live alone and need no more dishes!

    It's been a joy to be on your launch team, Shannan.

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  32. Shared on Instagram! Can't wait to read it - just arrived from the mail carrier!

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  33. Salsa and #fallingfreebook for all! ~ di

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  34. Hi Shannan - still reading your post but get blood work done and check your thyroid. I had heart palpitations and sometimes still do. It's fine though.

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  35. I am beyond happy for you! I cannot wait to get my copy of this. You have made me ugly face cry and happy face laugh reading bits of your journey on your blog. Now the whole story! I have shared this on Facebook, my blog, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. I would love the plates but most of all, I want everyone to find this book and read it because I know in my heart it will change lives. Your blog has already changed mine.

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  36. Hey there!!! My friends and I collected all our orders and bought 5 copies at once so we could create our very own book club! We are starting to read it this upcoming week. I can't wait to read it! It is on my nightstand and I smile at it like an old friend when I crawl into bed. I had also pre-ordered a copy of the book on Amazon and I didn't want to cancel my pre-order even after getting my copy of one of the 5 we ordered. Canceling my order would have made me feel as though I was not supporting my friend (and I don't even *know* you!). SO I am sending my extra pre-order copy to my wonderful former pastor and friend. I know she will love it as much as I know I will. I am so proud of you!!! I hope you are able to enjoy your day. I see nothing but great reviews everywhere I look! ~Pam (Sweet Virginia Treats)

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  37. I'm trying to share it on Instagram, I suck at technology (sad) but I'd love to win your book so I'm giving it a try. Pick me!

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  38. I shared it on my personal Facebook page and my book club group page. Can't wait to read this.

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  39. So happy for you!! I can't wait to read it!! I shared on Facebook and Instagram! I know one thing, I usually don't read your blog without either crying or squirming! Your words pry open my heart and make me question how I feel about those in my community! Thanks Shannon!

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  40. I will definitely share with my Bible study groups....we love to pass books around. I "share" about you all of the time! Your writing touches me so. I have adapted many of your messages to use in my "children's time" at church.

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  41. Shared on Instagram and Facebook! So excited to have a copy in my hands!

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  42. I've shared on instagram and facebook, with my bible study ladies- honestly, i've spouted the greatness of this story to a lot of people! So happy it is out in the world now!

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  43. I shared on Instagram and my 3 daughters!

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  44. Shared on FB

    Actually I feel like I actually feel like I "share" about your story often, kinda like the way someone shares about a movie star they have never met but name drops them like she's besties with them, Yep, that me. My husband hears the line " you know, the lady that I follow her blog, she lives in Goshen, she gave up everything and moved, her husband is the jail chaplain."

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  45. You.did.it. CONGRATULATIONS! xoxo Shared on IG @mimipapa07 :)) Can't wait to read the whole thing!!!

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  46. I've shared on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Yay!! It happened. I'm So Very Happy and Excited for you! Salsa FTW!!!! xo

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  47. I've shared your delightful and powerful book via the Insta :)

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  48. So happy for you. I've love reading your amazing book early and being all launchy and bossy about it--I've told my people a thousand times to buy your book (it feels that way), on my blog, IG, and FB. Hopeful you have a wonderful response.

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  49. I shared on FB and Twitter. More importantly I strive more to live like you challenge us to do in Falling Free. So in that way, I'm sharing a bit of you every day❤️

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  50. Of COURSE I shared it! I've been waiting to get my hands on this pretty little thing for oh, so long! Just ordered it on Kindle. Cause I can't wait to have it delivered via mail.

    I am NOT a patient woman. Will likely buy a bunch more real copies once I'm done.

    So proud of you, Farm Girl - EEEP!!!! To God be the glory!

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  51. Congratulations on your book. I have shared about it on Facebook and on twitter. I am also going to tell my Bible study group about it on Thursday.

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  52. Yay!! It's here!!!! It has been awesome to share a teensy bit of this journey with you on the launch team. I shared on all my social media today and hope it helps reach more people with this amazing book!

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  53. Shannan, What a spectacular day for you and all of us who are cheering for you!
    My post went up this morning. Yippee! I'm doing cartwheels over here. xo, Terri

    http://www.whitepitchers.com/falling-free-rescued-from-the-life-i-always-wanted/

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  54. Go back and read this post of Yours(truly): http://www.shannanmartinwrites.com/2012/02/sweethaven-summer-fiction-giveaway.html
    So appropriate for THIS very day.

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  55. Shared (over and over... lol) on facebook and in person with many friends. Cheering you on sweet friend. xoxo

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  56. Wrote my review on Amazon--being part of the launch team was such a gift. Also about to head to my mailbox and share a photo and little review on Instagram. Love you and your words and your heart. It has been so amazing to get a glimpse into your world over the past 8 years. Looking forward to many more. Congratulations!!

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  57. My copy showed up in the mail today and I was so pleased! Looking forward to settling into a cozy spot and reading, reading, reading.

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  58. I have already shared about Falling Free with my Bible study group, my Sunday School class, and my lunch date today. I cannot wait to get mine in the mail. If I won those gorgeous plates, I'd just be plumb tickled. Congrats on the book, Shannan!

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  59. So happy and so very excited for you!! I wrote and submitted some reviews today and of course shared via social media (Facebook and twitter)! Congratulations Shannan! I anxiously await the fruit that will come from this wonderful work! Blessings!!

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  60. I'm sharing on Facebook. I have only read your one blog post, yet this book has peaked my interest. I found a link through Jen Hatmaker and will be looking for more of your writing.

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  61. I have shared this with my husband (obviously), my mom, multiple girlfriends, on my Instagram, and on my Facebook page. And will continue to share as I come across people who would benefit form reading it. Like everyone. 😉

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  62. I have already purchased my copy (and hoping it will arrive today!) and I'm about to click over to Amazon and buy one for my sister. She holds a lot of things against God and His people, but has loved your blog for years, and I know she would like to read your book. I'm excited for her to get a glimpse of a beautiful picture of the church and Jesus!

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  63. Shannan, It's Wednesday and my book arrived last night. I have been thinking about sharing it with my pastor. I think I may do that this weekend and buy another copy for myself. Enjoy your week!

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  64. Hi Shannan, can't wait for my copy to arrive! I have shared with my family as well as my FB friends. Have a wonderful day! <3

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  65. I'm sharing it personally with my mom, sister, "mother-in-love", and "sister-in-love" this weekend. They're coming to Dallas for the BELONG tour and I have my copy in my hands this week.

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  66. Almost forgot-I also requested that my library purchase a copy

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  67. I shared my just-arrived-book-happy-mail pic on Instagram (@looksomethingshiny), before I'd even read this post! CUZ PEEPS GOTTA KNOW ABOUT THIS!!! But ohmygranola, the platessssss..... SMITTEN. I'M ALL IN. :-) Congratulations Shannan!

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  68. Shannan, I loved this book!!! It fluffed up my heart and made me want to be a better human...I'm trying...shared your book on fb with my buds. I want to wish you all the best in the world with this baby. Write another book and we will come...:) pamm

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  69. SO proud of you, friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS- I just read chapter two. ;-)

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  70. Try again...I love your blog and reading it is a part of my day that I look forward to. Congratulations on Falling Free! And your plate give away was one of my favorite things on your blog. It's so fun that you're doing it again!

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  71. I have shared on Instagram and FB and "a hundred times" to friends in person!

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  72. Instagram and Fb. I tell lots of people about your blog and book too. I can't wait to read your book!!!

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  73. Shannon, I've been waiting on pins and needles for your book, with bated breath (note - I didn't say baited, i.e. fishy ;D). I just know I'm going to highlight, underline, and write you notes in the margins, which you will never see because I'm keeping it! I'm ashamed to say I'm about the most untecky (untechee; I am a creative speller, however) person on the planet - no facebook, no twitter or pinterest or blog - but I do have a phone and I write real letters, and I'm telling everyone I know about this book because everyone needs to see what happens when they allow God to crowbar them out of their comfortable rut and into His wild adventure, and it is actually possible to hear His whisper and go just because - without the crowbar. You challenge and invite me to strain my ears while packing.

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  74. Hi, this is the first time I've visited your blog. A friend posted on FB that she read your book and that it was the best book that she had ever read. I always take her reviews seriously. I am a new born again Christian, I was interested in this book that she felt had so much to offer. I read it, I then listened to it. Yes, Twyla was spot in. What a fabulous book, what a writer you are! Thank you so very much for sharing your book with us. I shared on FB, in person, in words, in email. THank you.

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  75. So glad I pre-ordered your book! Can't wait to start reading! Congratulations Shannan!! I shared with my Instagram peeps.

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  76. Congratulations on your "new addition". Squealed with delight when I opened that package! Thank you for putting yourself out there on the page and challenging me. I shared your book on Instagram and with friends and hope upon hope others are impacted by your words the way you've impacted me!

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  77. I have to admit I am afraid to read your book. I've been reading your blog for about 5 years now, so I am shaking in my boots. At the same time, I think I'm finally ready to go what God has been been trying to show me for for so long. I ordered through Amazon. My journey begins Saturday when your book arrives. I figured I need a few days to psyche myself up. Much love to you, Shannan. And Congratulations. xo

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  78. Congrats! I shared on Google+

    Email: mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  79. Thanks for writing it all down and sharing. Blessings on you. I am at the very beginning and see how much work it is. Congratulations!

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  80. Thanks for writing it all down and sharing. Blessings on you. I am at the very beginning and see how much work it is. Congratulations!

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  81. I tweeted about it. :) I'm also excited to see that my local library (in Denver) already has it! Woohoo!

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  82. I shared on Facebook. Can't wait to get the book!!!

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  83. Shared on Facebook. and "Liked" a million instagram posts of others holing or talking about your book. Hope your trip was one that created lifetime memories for everyone you met. Hugs - jo

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  84. I took a picture of your beautiful book on my phone and sent it to several friends--it's too wonderful not to share! Also sharing on my blog with one of the super swoony images from your book's website!!

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  85. Did you see that Emily (jonesdesigncompany.com) mentioned your book in her Coffee Chat Episode 8? She had all the same (sweet) thoughts that I do about you. Love it when bloggers I follow are following one-another!

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  86. I've shared your information with my local library and ask them to order your book!

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