Do you ever feel like a shrinking violet? One who is fearful, timid, or sitting on the sidelines.
Are you afraid of what the world has to offer or what others might say?
Sometimes we think that’s the best place to be . . . sitting on the sidelines. Oh but it’s not! In sitting on the sidelines, we miss life. We miss the opportunity to become all we were meant to be.
You have the chance right now to be yourself. To love or work or perform or dance or sing or be uniquely you. Here’s a warning. Some people won’t like it. Some will send you letters about your errant ways. Some might ridicule you. Don’t let that criticism shake you or make you shrink from being yourself. Be all you.
I’m reminded of a scene from the movie Akeelah and the Bee where Akeelah is afraid. She knows she has a gift. A gift that baffles others. But her past tells her “she’s not good enough, she can’t, people like her don’t succeed.”
As Akeelah starts competing in various spelling bees, she discovers her gift also affects the lives of her family, friends, fellow competitors, teachers and the residents of the inner-city neighborhood she calls home. They harass her, they question her — but through her perseverance in developing her gift their lives are changed for the better. Her example shows them that they too can be more.
As her family and friends begin to cheer her on, one says
“If you want to win this spelling bee, you can’t be a shrinking violet?”
“Dare to be brave today, and trust that when you extend your wings, you will fly,” so beautifully put by Mary DeMuth. If shrinking back is a struggle, oh how I urge you to get her new book. Mary will challenge you, she’ll prompt you, and she’ll help you be brave realizing that with Jesus on your side you can be everything you’re called to be!
Mary’s new book Everything will be available next month; however, she has a special offer for anyone who pre-orders her book during the next 48 hours. Yes!!! You’ll get immediate access to $69 worth of product offerings including an e-version of Everything so you don’t have to wait a month! Did you hear that? You don’t have to wait a month!
You can download a couple of free chapters here.
If you pre-order today or tomorrow, Mary is offering some really awesome bonuses. Here’s what Mary has to say about her pre-order campaign:
Simply pre-purchase Everything tomorrow or Thursday (September 19 & 20) from an online retailer and email your receipt to EverythingPromo@ThomasNelson.com. You’ll receive a link to a download landing page manned by Thomas Nelson. They’ll ask for some minimal info (in order to track the efficacy of the campaign) and you’ll have access to these freebies. Simple as that.
Here’s what you’ll get:
- An exclusive PDF of Everything ($9.99 value) a month before it releases.
- One free month to the Bestseller Society Mastermind membership. ($55 value). This is like getting a writers conference in a box, all in one blessed place, for free. If you’ve not been able to afford a writers conference, the Bestseller Society will fill that need. There’s hundreds of hours of instruction offered (video, audio, downloads) for nonfiction, fiction and marketing. If you hop on over to the Nonfiction Academy, you can watch 15 hours of Mary sharing everything she knows about how to write books like Everything--and get them published!
- The 11 Secrets of Getting Published (ebook). ($4.99 value) This is Mary’s magnum opus about publishing–every. single. thing. she knows about publishing, writing, and marketing. It’s basically a download of her 22-year journey of publishing.
Here are some places to pre-purchase:
Would you consider yourself a shrinking violet? Is it hard for you to persevere knowing your past and inadequacies?
Linking up with Walk with Him Wednesday’s.