Monday, August 11, 2008

Guess what?

Hey Girls. I deserve 20 slaps with a wet noodle for my lack of posting here these last few weeks! I offer you my apology and I hope you'll offer me some grace. I appreciate the sweet notes you've sent saying you missed me and checking to make sure everything is OK with me. All is well, in fact, it is even better than well ...

Tonight my husband brought in the mail and handed me a large envelope with the name David. C. Cook in the return address. It contained the contract for me to sign for my next book! Oh happy day!

Do you remember me asking for prayer this past spring to finish a writing project I was working on? It was the proposal for this book - so thank you for praying. The book is called:

Can You Keep a Secret?
Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY because now I have to finish writing the other 11 chapters. I might be posting a little erratically as I work on this project - but I'll keep in touch here for sure. Actually, I might just need your help ... your feedback, ideas, cheers and stories. And I may want to quote you from some of your comments you've already posted during our Bible studies together. So stay tuned.

And know that I truly would appreciate your prayers for this project -- for uninterrupted writing time, for wisdom and inspiration, and most of all for my readers to see God afresh through these words. I can't do this without Him, and would not want to.

Now I'm off to watch the Olympics - I'm a HUGE gymnastics fan as I used to be a gymnast myself. Are you watching it too?


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  2. what a big responsibility it is to be the first person to comment! im a little nervous! :)

    i am so glad to hear from you tonight and know that i am there praising God with you over this book deal! God is good!

  3. Congratulations Rachel! What a wonderful opportunity! I will definitely keep you and your writing project in my prayers, we all need to take time to do what God calls us to do and I'm sure you'll find time to balance everything including your blog. You're a wonderful writer and your blog has also been a great source of inspiration, I cannot wait for your next book.

    Keep us posted on all the details!

  4. congratulations on your book deal...I will be keeping you and your family in prayer. Your blog has been such as blessing and inspiration to so many people...looking forward to reading your blog and how your book is coming along.
    In His Love,

  5. Hello Rachel! Its good to hear from you after a well deserved break. I guessed something was cooking anyway.

    Congratulations and may testimonies continue to abound in your life in Jesus' mighty, precious and peerless name. Amen.

    God will be with you all the way. He will not forsake you nor leave you.

    We stay tuned...Vickie

  6. Good to hear from you! I too have missed your comments. May God bless you as you write and may He inspire you with His Word to touch the hearts of your readers. Congratulations! - Sylvia

  7. Yes, lots of us missed you but hey, what a wonderful reason.

  8. Congratulations on your book deal!

    I know you are excited and will be spending many long hours with your writing. You have touched so many lives that I'm sure God will use this new book to touch even more!

    As you undertake this project, I pray for you to have wisdom, discernment, peace, joy, and all other things that God gives so abundantly when we follow Him.

    You have enriched my life!

    Plant Lady

  9. Woohoo!! Way to go, my friend! I know that God will continue to bless you as you write this book! I think we were all wondering if you had fallen off the face of the earth!!

    I love the gymnastics too! My favs though, are the swimming--Michael and DARA are my heroes!!! And then,of course, the running!!!!!! Just can't wait for that! But the Olympics are just so fun to watch!! The gifts that those athletes have are amazing!

    Love ya,

  10. Rachel,

    I ammm sooo Happy for you. Congratulations!! I am really looking forward to reading the book.
    But about the wet noodle, hahaha
    Didn't need that noodle, see I just prayed and there you appeared.
    I just want to take a second here and just say Thank You Rachel, Thank you for all you have taught me and the other ladies here. I have learned soooo much since I found your sight. I have bragggggggged about you and your studies, to whom ever would listen to me. :)
    You are such a blessing, and have blessed so many of us.
    May God Bless you in all that you do, and your family.
    Be sure to keep us updated when you can.

  11. OOOPS forgot to mention I love the olympics, and I use to be in gymnastics. My coach wanted me to go on to the olympics. At the end of the year I spranged my ankle.
    That finished me. hahahaha
    But I loved the bars, even the mens "Rings" hahaha... What was your favorite??

  12. Congratulations!! That's so exciting!

    I'll be waiting for it to be published that's for sure!

  13. Congratulations! I will look forward to reading your new book!

    I too, have learned so much from this study and have continued to study the women of the Bible on my own (not as much fun, though). Thank you for the Jump Start!

    Anyway, be blessed, and I'll look forward to hearing about the journey God has you on!

    As for the Olympics... I am in the total "Nick Jr. and Playhouse Disney" season of life. When my kids aren't watching the TV, I try to turn it off! I do follow the results online! Go USA!!!

    Somerset, KY

  14. Congrats, Rachel, on your new book deal! I know how much work a book proposal can be. I haven't gotten a contract yet but maybe someday... May God guide you and supply every word as you write this new book!

  15. Wow... great news about your book!

    I'll be praying that God can help you find a good balance, which shouldn't be too hard if you were a former gymnast :-)

    Will stay tuned...

  16. So good to hear from you. A new book, WOW, congratulations. You will be in my prayers.

    TV is no longer a part of my time. Occasionally, when my husband isn't home, I will watch something, but I've enjoyed the Bible Study and chatting with some of the ladies I've gotten to know online. All of it has been a great blessing for me and has brought me closer to God.

    Also I like playing some of the games especially one I play with my cousin. That is another story and has been a real blessing also. I did not get to know my cousins as I was growing up because most of them lived so far away and my parents did not drive.
    So getting to know this one cousin has really been good for me. We are sister-cousins now and a lot alike.

    I've also enjoyed doing my blog. I've learned so much.

    Look forward to hearing from you when you can and would love to read your book.
    Thanks for all your help,

  17. Whoo HOO!! Girl! That's so awesome!!! I'm so excited for you!!

  18. Rachel, Rachel!! I'm so thrilled for you. God is going to do amazing things for through you and with you for this book. Keep your fingers on the keyboard and your heart open to His voice.

    We will certainly keep you in our prayers and I will add you to the prayer list on my blog. Please keep us posted on your writings and how we can support you as the process continues.

  19. Congratulations, Rachel!! May the Lord continue to bless you with inspiring & wise words as you take on this wonderful project! You have been such a blessing to all of us!

    Pat in NYC...watching the Olympics as it is hosted in my daughter's birth country! :)

  20. May the holy Spirit be with you as you write the next 11 chapters.

  21. Rachel, I'm glad and happy that all is well. Our God is an awesome God...He reigns! I will continue to pray for your strength and creative ability. Be led by the Holy Spirit. Have a blessed and productive day. Sorry the USA did not win the Gold.

  22. Rachel this is so awesome. I have wondered what was up but being busy myself knew you must be doing something. Congrats on the book and yes I'll want a copy.

  23. Not surprising that a leading publisher wants your book. I will pray for you to hear our Father. Finding that quiet time to go to the writing 'place' with family all around gets interesting.

    Thanks for your investment in me at She Speaks this year. I will treasure that time forever. You are a great leader and inspirer!!!

  24. Congrats, Rachel, on the next step in your writing project! May God supply you with all the wisdom and discernment, and fortitude and hope that you’ll need.
    I’ve faced so many challenges in last few months that I’ve not been able to keep involved as much as I would have liked in this Bible study, so the slowed pace gave me hope to catch up now and again, and still hang on. I’m glad to read all your comments and those of others. It continues to give me hope and increases my desire to know more about God and His ways.
    Being an athlete is more than just a gift as you should well know—it encompasses discipline, training, more training, getting the best-fit coach, listening and applying, and training smartly when you ‘hit the wall’! I pray that you will remember that as you pursue this new challenge, and trust in the Lord continually.

  25. Rachel,

    Great news on the book! You are in my prayers and I look forward to hearing how things are progressing! Thank you for all the efforts, insights, and ideas you have shared with this group already. I know you will inspire your book audience as well!

    In His love,


  26. Debbie in Goose Creek,SCAugust 13, 2008

    Congrats on the new book! You are SUCH a busy, God-loving lady. I look forward to the next NT Bible Woman. ;o) Debbie

  27. So glad to hear again from you and congratulations to you and your book. I will continue to pray for God to fill you with His word for all of us to read.

    I love the title of your book. Thank you again for sharing with us.
    Sharron in Louisiana

  28. Congratulations Rachael! I've been missing in action too so I
    didn't even realize that you were.
    I'll keep you and your writing in
    my prayers.

  29. Congratulations! I love the title and can't wait to read the book.

  30. Rach,
    I love the title!!! Very catchy!

    It's a good idea to keep a bottled water, some tissue, chocolates, and your bible on the floor. I spent more time there face down with God as I wrote mine then I did at the computer!

    I'll be there with you in prayer!

  31. excited for you! Praise the Lord! Wow! Love the title, too! Can't wait for the book! Will absolutely be praying for you. May He be glorified and His purposes accomplished through your writing! :)

    Just got back from a week at the beach and my beach book was "Behind Those Eyes" by Lisa Whittle. Still have to finish it, but it is very good.

    Hugs, prayers and happy dances!


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