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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Announcement!! & the name of the book is....

My dear sweet friends! 

Today is a really special day. I am finally announcing the name of my book and sharing more about it! Freaking out that after a year and a half, I'm sharing this book with you!! 
But I'm also celebrating a very special anniversary...

Twenty years ago TODAY, I met Jesus - committed my life to Him, and fell head over heels in love! I dedicated my life to Him and  I seriously cannot believe it was 20 years ago. Wow! He is the best thing that has ever happened to me. And He is the reason I am write this blog and the reason I am writing and self-publishing my upcoming book.

So it's fitting that today of all days I share with you the title and a little taste and idea of what this phantom book you've been hearing of for months will be!  I am thrilled, excited, and thankful to share it with you - my dear sweet friends and readers! Ahhhh. And totally nervous too!

So, without further adieu... announcing....  my upcoming book's title and working cover!!!!! 

There it is.

The Lord gave me this name for my book a year ago and it's exciting to see this next step take place. What do ya think? 

In a few days I will be sharing the book's website with you, chapter names, more idea of the content, and possibly a pre-ordering option! But until then I wanted to share a few words.

The Darling Diaries is oh so close to my heart. **insert tears!** (I am so passionate and emotional about this book because it's my heart on paper, for you.) I've written this book over the course of a year. One of the sweetest, hardest, most healing years of my life. 

Mostly because - oh how I wish I could invite you all into my home. A cheery fire burning, my signature sugar cookies (with the best icing on planet earth) on a small mint green plate on the table. We all wear our comfiest yoga pants. I would hand you a cup of coffee (with your favorite creamer), & we would sit around on cozy couches for a girl's night in. Laughing til we cry, crying for real, & chatting about everything....dreams, falling in love, making mistakes, guys, dating, sex, marriage, babies, disappointments, failures, breakups (of all kinds), endings, beginnings, loss, beauty, heartaches, hurts, confidence, secrets, and Jesus and everything else.

But since I cannot, I wrote you a book instead.

May it be a little love letter from me to you.

Or maybe, from Him to you. 

Quite honestly, I've grown tired of picking up Christian women's books and feeling a disconnect, an impersonal 10 step program to being godlier. That feeling of being preached at. I'm tired of 25 Steps To Being Godly. I'm tired of hearing from perfectly coiffed women who tell me how to get my act together and start acting like I'm OK when I'm not. Tired of reading boring books that drone on and on and on in a way that is irrelevant to my life and makes me feel caged, not free. Condemned, not loved. Judged, not forgiven. 

The pages in The Darling Diaries are really honest. They are tear-stained. I share my story in a way I never have on this blog. It's my mess - it's real, it's vulnerable and it was pretty hard to write. I am far from perfect and I do not have all the answers. But I do have one answer, and that is the Man I found who heals my broken heart and romances me in a way no one else can. And I just have to tell you about Him.

It reads like a coffee date. The kinda coffee date that starts in the early afternoon and melts slowly and effortlessly into dinnertime. Just like our coffee date conversations, it is messy and real, fluid and random at times. But at the end, just like our random, real coffee dates – it’s tied up as if with a sweet little bow and all the messiness kinda makes sense. 
The Darling Diaries is for.....

You teenage girls who are scared and excited and hurting all at the same time in a new season of life and you just need a friend to be real with you. 

For the college girls who are wading the murky waters of dating, guys and confusing, hard, beautiful real adult life. 

For you precious single ladies who are waiting and wondering, feeling forgotten... and very alone. Secretly crying yourself to sleep 4 nights out of 7, waiting for dreams. 

For the wives and mamas - happy, tired, and in desperate need of "me time" with Him.

For the working girls who are weary.

For you who have dreams as big as the sky.

And you who hold secret dreams you're too afraid to tell a soul.

For you who have been deeply, searingly hurt by the kind of religion that poses as Jesus but isn't Him at all. 

It's for you grandmothers who have all the wisdom in the world but need a little inspiration, a little reminder.

For you heartbroken women of all ages and stages. 

For anyone who has tasted loss and grief like a best friend.

Anyone who needs to be reminded of who they really are. Who they can be. 

Anyone who feels alone in this dark world. 

For you who messed up and failed and feel like it's over.

For you who feel like life is just so unfair. And it makes no sense.

For you who have run so far, you need to be reminded that He is still chasing you. 

For you who want to live for Him, but get beaten down and confused at times by the blurred lines of a culture that screams at us to be anything but pure, strong, gracious, rare women of God. 

For you who need someone, something to hold onto in hopelessness - who crave a love that will last forever, never let you down, never fade, never hurt you, never leave you. Who want to meet this Prince I call Jesus, but don't know how. 

For you who just need to curl up at the end of a long day with a cup of tea and a book you can relate to, and smile and laugh and cry and feel stronger and somehow not-so-alone. 
This book is for the countless women who have shared their stories with me. After almost two years of blogging, you’ve blown me away with your hearts for the Lord, your openness, your heartache, your struggles, and the way you so strongly take the broken pieces and give them to Him. 

Rest between His shoulders. Give Him your “hot mess”.

If you let Him, He can take it and make it into something beautiful. 

More to come, loves.

Thank you for reading, for being there. For "getting it." 

Check out my book's Pinterest board and pin any of these photos you'd like - I want to share this book with any women who might need it. 

Pray for me as I finish it up and format it. I am so excited to make it available to you in the next few months, dear ones. I hope and pray it somehow touches you and changes you for the better. I will be updating you as these days go by on specific release dates, so stay tuned! 

Also planning to make it available not only in e-Book format available for download but also in print on demand so you old fashioned readers (like me!) can have a hard copy if you'd like.

Love and a hug.
To you and you and you. 
I really love you all oh so much.

linking up here //// 


  1. I couldn't be more excited for you! Your light is shining so bright! Praying for you always!

  2. Erin, I love the way you write - so honest, so real.
    Thank you so much for sharing yourself & your Jesus with us.. Absolutely CANNOT WAIT to read The Darling Diaries! x

  3. Exciting :) can't wait to read it.

  4. I was nearly in tears, dear Erin, while I read this. You are so my heart, girl!! I can't believe the pure awesomeness that God brought you into my life, right when I really needed you.

    I was nodding my head and saying "amen" aloud the whole time I read this.
    I think I'm your biggest fan.
    I can't wait to read this precious book. I'm jumping with joy. I'm excited, can you tell?!
    The name is gorgeous!
    I know the book certainly will be.
    I've been praying so much for you and this upcoming book, I know it will be so good.
    Every single girl out there (I don't care who she is!) needs to read your book. Needs to know your heart, and experience all the truths you have to tell.
    Keep up the fabulous work, beautiful girl!!!

    Know I am rooting for you, cheering you on in the biggest way possible, all the way over here.


  5. I am beyond thrilled for you and cannot wait to read this precious gem. I am definitely one of the old fashioned readers and would love to make a hard copy my very own! Congratulations Erin, xo

    Shimmer Me Pretty

  6. I am totally going to be one of the first to buy this book. I am so happy and excited for you!! You are such a wonderful role model for all of us and I can't wait to hear more about it!

  7. What an exciting step! I pray that God will use your book in amazing ways!

  8. I am tired of perfect 25 steps too! Lay out there-- it all sounds good and exactly the words Jesus is speaking to us.

  9. This is such an exciting step to take and I agree with you that there needs to be an honest young christian women book out there! I'm so looking forward to reading it! Pinning it to my board of books :)

  10. I LOVE the name. It is so perfect and it reflects you and your heart so well too! I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on this. Praying sweet girl xo

  11. What exciting news! I'm excited to be going with you on this journey :)

  12. CONGRATULATIONS. That is truly amazing that you have stuck with it for a year and will soon have your book in your hands!! It will feel so good! Best of luck chica, excited for more.

  13. I am more than beaming! I'm so excited for you and thankful that you're shamelessly shining your light. You are an inspiration, girl :) I love the title!


  14. I love it Erin!how exciting :) :)

  15. i am so, so excited for you! i LOVE the name, too! eeeekkk, can't wait to read it, sweet sista!

  16. This is amazing, Erin! Congratulations to you!! I can't wait to read it! My dream in life is to write a book, so you are inspiring me with this project!


  17. Oh wow! this is wonderful and I am so excited for you! May the Lord use this book and yourself. You've got a great writing gift and oh your sweetness! It leaks through your every word. May God continue to fill you with His love and the type of joy that comesonly from Him.

    Tell the World

  18. Erin! I love the title I cannot wait to read the book I know its going to be amazing!



  20. i know you are excited. I know it will go great girl. :D so excited for you. prayers for you

  21. i know you are excited. I know it will go great girl. :D so excited for you. prayers for you

  22. This makes me so incredibly happy friend :) I was on the verge of "happy tears" while reading it. I will most certainly be getting a copy for myself. Praying for you everyday, and anxiously awaiting for the book to be here. Love you friend xo

  23. I am SOOOO excited for you!!! I will definitely be purchasing the book once it's published!!! :)


  24. Happy Anniversary. May His love continually fill your heart. I love the title, so very happy for you.

  25. the name is perfect. I can't wait to own my copy. :) love you and your heart!


  26. Great title. What an accomplishment! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  27. Great title. What an accomplishment! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  28. You have a faith that is real, authentic, relatable and encouraging! It's so great that you're writing a book to share that faith of yours with others! Hope formatting goes well in these next couple months :D


  29. Erin, I'm so excited for your book to be released so that I can read it! Your blog has never failed to inspire me, motivate me, and make me want to dream bigger. I know your book is going to be all things amazing. And that name is so, so perfect! Praying for you!
    xoxo, em

  30. aghhh!!! yay! yay! yayyy! the title is perfect. <3

    love you, girl.


  31. I CAN'T WAIT to read it.

    You are a beautiful woman.


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