Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Coffee Shop- final week

Ohio was wonderful, we felt united as we spoke, fully present and we even got time to work on our book. The flights were perfectly smooth. We're still getting emails from thankful people in the audiences.

This week we need your prayers for writing. We're down to the last 4 days of editing Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk.

Please pray for us to have creativity and clarity as we edit. We both know that the small changes we make this week will have long-term consequences for help or confusion. We want the former. :)

Putting in 8-10 hours each day to do our final (5th) read through of the manuscript has been grueling. Please pray for us to still like each other at the end of the day, too. :) So far, we've found the work very rewarding, but we're only 1/4 of the way through this final read.

Dale is doing a lot of work editing on our "being" verbs and cutting the manuscript down another 7000 words. I (Jonalyn) am doing the final, final read through. We're both feeling the pressure of our Saturday deadline.

Thank you so much for helping us make it through!
D & J
p.s. you might enjoy reading my blog where I give an example of coffee shop type conversations.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Malibu Answers, Writing and Ohio

We're home from Malibu and I (Jonalyn) am so excited to share with you some amazing things God did.

First, God answered your prayers about helping me strike a chord with the women and open up a new way of thinking. My books sold out, the women were eager to listen and apply the talks and small group time and I was delighted by their feedback. At the end of the retreat when they specifically thanked me and prayed for me, I was in tears. It was a very meaningful time.

At the end of the retreat we enjoyed a time of corporate prayer and women thanked God specifically for things we had discussed and I had shared that weekend. Things like, "God thank you for giving me a way to see the ugliness inside of me" , "Thank you for freedom from guilt and shame", "Thank you for giving me a way back home" all themes in the talks. When I heard the women owning the idea that Jesus can help them, and wanting to walk more boldly into Jesus' arms for help.... I felt I just had to tell you how much God helped us all. It's weekends like this that make me love this work. THANK YOU for praying for me.... I sensed the Spirit's help this weekend.

And Dale had a very productive, good time, too. He got through round 2 of edits and even found time to connect with friends. Even after a long weekend of working, our time was amazingly refreshing!

This week we begin the next stage of editing together. We've been through the manuscript 2 times. We hope to do another 2 in the next 2 weeks. Given that we also fly to Ohio for several speaking events (Friday-Monday), we're hoping to be very diligent in the next 3 days and then next week before our May 30th deadline.

Would you pray for us?
  • to sleep well so we can awake refreshed each morning
  • to trust one another to make the book better
  • to trust God to be able to give us the words to connect with our audience.
  • as we write new talks for this weekend that we'll be given fresh ideas and organization
Thank you for helping us do this work!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

On to Malibu

As I write this, Jonalyn has just finished packing the Soulation supplies and books and putting the finishing relish on her suitcase.

In the early morning, we set off for Malibu, the land of celebrity second homes. Jonalyn will be speaking three times, twice in Saturday, once on Sunday. I will be doing some networking and visiting a local cafe to continue editing our book.

Pray for safe travels, that Jonalyn will strike a real chord with the ladies, that souls will be open to change and new ways of seeing things, that my meetings will be fruitful and nourishing, and that we'll lap in as much of the sea as we can before heading back to the mountains.

We return home late Sunday night!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Editing

Our next book, Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk, will be coming out in Winter, 2010. We even have a new beautiful cover design which is helping motivate us. See attachment :)

But the work of writing and editing happen now. Today and every day of this month (except when we travel for speaking), Dale and I are editing our manuscript.

We need prayer specifically this month for our partnership dynamic. Dale and I both have strong ideas about where each section of the book needs to go. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we don't. We ask you to pray for:
  • trust in one another as we edit, crop and delete each other's hard work
  • humility as we receive critiques from our editor and each other
  • zeal and determination to insert new stories so as to make the reading more enjoyable
  • desire to get to bed at a decent hour so we have enough morning hours to write well
  • A quick memory to recall all that we've talked about with each other and on the road to add to this manucript
Our deadline is May 30th. Back to work!
Jonalyn and Dale