Introducing Shauna Mail & a Secret Recipe Video

By Posted in - General & Recipes on March 13th, 2015 8 Comments

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Happy Friday!

It’s been a whirlwind of a week around here, and we’re so very grateful—grateful for every single one of you who bought Savor, who posted a photo, who wrote a review: thank you, thank you, thank you!

I am absolutely overwhelmed by God’s goodness and your kindness this week. There’ve been lots of happy tears this week, and I’m so grateful for you.

As a way of saying thank you and I love you and you’re such lovely people, we’ve got a secret video for you: my super-talented brother-in-law runs a film company, and we shot some videos together in my kitchen earlier this year. The first one is ready, and we’re so happy to share it with you.

All you have to do to get the password to the video is sign up for Shauna Mail below. Most people, when you sign up for their email list, say something like, “I promise not to fill up your inbox with emails every five seconds.” I feel like, based on my blogging track record, that’s not something you have to worry about with me. I can’t even promise I’ll send Shauna Mail once a month, although I’ll try, in the vaguest of ways.

What I will do: I’ll keep you posted on inside scoop stuff, like when you can pre-order a book before anyone else, or I’ll post videos or pdfs you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

I’d love for you to sign up today so you can peek at the video Eric made—it’s a recipe demo of one of my all-time favorite recipes, and also a story about a tradition that my friends have built around that recipe. And if you signed up before, please sign up again? This time, I really will send out emails, instead of just asking you to sign up and then doing nothing with all your names, like a weirdo.

This time, I’m on it. Promise.

One more thing, for local pals: I’d love to see you tomorrow at LifeWay in Wheaton at noon—I’ll read, I’ll sign books, and there will be cake…see you there?

You Are Enough

By Posted in - General on February 26th, 2015 34 Comments

My dear friend Margaret bought me this little plate years ago, and I keep it on our bathroom counter. It holds my wedding rings at night, so I see it twice a day, when …

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20 Books

By Posted in - Books on February 21st, 2015 60 Comments

One thing you must know about me: I’m a reader. Like a voracious, crazy, whenever-I-have-two-minutes, books-are-my-oxygen reader. I met a new friend recently, a writer friend, and in the middle of a party, we …

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Use Your Words

By Posted in - General on January 27th, 2015 70 Comments


Last week in Phoenix I ran into a friend I haven’t seen for years. He influenced me very deeply in all sorts of ways in one particular season of life, and then there he …

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Stocking the Pond

By Posted in - Writing on January 13th, 2015 47 Comments

After I dropped Mac off at preschool this morning, I Skyped into my friend Jessica’s fifth grade class. They’re working on narrative writing and wanted to talk to a real live writer. They asked fantastic questions …

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Burn the Candles

By Posted in - General on January 5th, 2015 133 Comments

Happy New Year! I’m one of those people who loves resolutions. I make like a million a year. I make them in January. I make them on Tuesdays and in the summer, and in the …

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10 Christmas Favorites

By Posted in - Life on December 3rd, 2014 14 Comments

I really do love the Christmas season–how it pares things down to their essence: the God of the Universe coming to earth in skin, changing everything. I’m thankful for Advent–that our faith tradition makes space for …

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By Posted in - General on November 11th, 2014 29 Comments


You know, of course, that I’m trying to learn a new rhythm of living, that I’ve been inching my way into it for two years, that I’m writing a book about that fumbling process.

Let …

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Pumpkin Curry

By Posted in - General on October 21st, 2014 14 Comments IMG_5288


Oh, heavens, how long has it been since I’ve posted a recipe? I’ve been working on lots of new recipes, but they’re mostly for Savor–it has more than 20 recipes in it. And the …

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Using Technology to Connect

By Posted in - General on October 13th, 2014 19 Comments

As I’ve said before, I’m so not anti-technology—I love Instagram, & so much of my job involves the lovely wild odd world of the internet. At the same time, I’ve been having lots of conversations lately …

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SIMPLIFY Giveaway Winners!

By Posted in - General on August 21st, 2014 4 Comments

Congratulations to these twenty lucky people! The publishing team will send you an email soon to get your mailing address & then your book will be on its way…

1. Nancy Smith
2. Rhonda Roberts
3. Maggie Broderick
4. …

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