Emily Freeman’s A Million Little Ways

Okay friends…. you are in for treat! Emily Freeman, author, speaker, blogger, and way-encouraging wordsmith has agreed to give away three copies of her latest book A Million Little Ways to three of you who comment on this post. But, before we go all crazy trying to win this wonderfully helpful book, let’s take a little peek into who Emily is and just what this book is all about.

In her own words…….

emily freemanI live in North Carolina with my husband, John.  We have been married for twelve years and have three children: twin girls who look like him and a son who looks like me.  I’m deeply curious about the mystery of Christ, the gracefulness of the everyday, and the sacredness of our inner lives. Everything I write or speak about comes from this curiosity and the deep conviction that every need, desire, and expectation is met in the person of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes when blog readers meet me in real life, they are surprised by my personality. I am a quiet, contemplative writer with a loud, obnoxious laugh and an emotional allergy to small talk. Technically I’m an introvert, but from the outside you probably wouldn’t know it.

You can find me writing on my blog Chatting at the Sky several times a week as well as once a month over at (in)courage.

My books are Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life (2011) Graceful {For Young Women} (2012) and the book I am giving away here today: A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live (2013)

{Karen here again} Isn’t this fun getting to know Emily?

Now, here is the low-down on her third book, A Million Little Ways.  It uncovers the creative, personal imprint of God on every individual.  Inviting the discouraged parent, the bored Christian, the exhausted executive to look at their lives differently by approaching their critics, their jobs, and the kids around their table the same way an artist approaches the canvas–with wonder, bravery, and hope.million little ways 2

In her gentle, compelling style, Emily encourages readers to turn down the volume on their inner critic and move into the world with the courage to be who they most deeply are.

She invites regular people to see the artistic potential in words, gestures, attitudes, and relationships.  discover the art in a quiet word, a hot dinner, a made bed, a grace-filled glance, and a million other ways of showing God to the world through the simple human acts of listening, waiting, creating, and showing up.

If you want to be entered to win the random drawing for one of the three copies of this fabulous book, leave a comment here on this post.

Tell us the answer to this question: In what area of life are you the most critical of yourself? Your marriage? Mothering? Housekeeping skills? Your work? A personality trait or physical characteristic? We all have at least one area so please share.

And then? Know that His grace covers it all. In fact, after you tell us your area, in all caps please write GRACE, GRACE, GRACE!

The three winners will be announced Friday.

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  • I am most critical of my housecleaning, and my appearance. (And I’m even criticizing myself right now about posting this because I’m tattling on myself. :0) GRACE. GRACE. MARVELOUS WONDERFUL GRACE!

  • I am so critical of myself in my job and as a housekeeper. My husband is wonderful and so encouraging but I always feel like I can do more or better. This looks like a great book!

  • I believe that I am most critical of myself when it comes to my writing. We were all created in God’s image, and because of that I believe that we are all meant to create art for His glory. I cannot write without revealing personal aspects of myself in order to encourage others. Putting myself out there is really scary at times. Thank God for His amazing GRACE, GRACE, GRACE. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • I am most critical of me – I know that’s not a specific area. But I’m critical of how I spend my time, how I steward my gifts, how I overcome my doubts. I forget to accept God’s grace when I so desperately need it.

  • I find that i am often very critical of myself and often judgmental of others. I find it helps my attitude when I can see myself and others with a new perspective. I love reading books that help me have a new perspective on how the Lord desires his people to live and love in grace.

  • It’s so hard to pinpoint just one area, but I think I’m the most critical of my mothering. The running commentary in my head always thinks I don’t read enough parenting books, have enough patience, or spend enough time playing with my kids.

    So thankful for His GRACE, GRACE, GRACE!

  • I struggle with my weight/appearance the most because of lack of self care. The other would be while being the primary caregiver to both parents, one with Alzheimer’s and one with Lewy Body Dementia, I struggle with is it enough and when I take a break I feel like I need to be there. I know his grace is sufficient! GRACE! GRACE! GRACE!

  • I am most critical of my husband….so many great points but his hoarding and unfinished projects jeep our house a mess. He doesn’t care and I’m miserable. GRACE! GRACE! GRACE!

  • I am most critical of my mothering skills. In my heart I know that God hand-picked this specific child to bless me with but I often feel I am falling short of this awesome responsibility He has I trusted me with.