Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Hey friends,

I'm throwing some release parties for the book. If you are within a 24-hour drive of any of these places, there is no reason for you not to come. Work? Seriously? You're gonna let a little thing like your job bring you down? C'mon. Grow up. It's time to PARTY!

The Space - 300 W. 43rd St. (Times Square Arts Center) @ 8th Ave, Suite 411
Friday, Feb. 1 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Coffee and snacks, no admission charge

Jacob's Well - 522 Tusculum Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 4 @ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
No admission charge

Fido - 1812 21st Ave South - Nashville, 37212
Tuesday, Feb. 5 @ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Coffee and snacks, no admission charge

The new book will be available for $14, or you can buy it along with my first book for a package deal of $25.

So... see you there? Yay!

Monday, January 28, 2008

And the word of the day is...

I've spoken previously of my love for Good Earth Original Sweet & Spicy Tea. What I've since learned is that the non-organic version is actually far superior to the organic. The non-organic is more potent and intense... yum! But with the organic, I have to use two tea bags per cup. With my larger cup (which I prefer), I use three. Since I drink about 5 cups per day, that gets pricey. Darn you, organic tea!

Anyway, if you haven't experienced the wonders of G.E.T. (Good Earth Tea), you may not know that they have famous quotes and sayings on the tea bags. They're fairly interesting and widely varied. Not long ago I was making a big cup, and I got the following three quotes:

"Our patience will achieve more than our force."
- Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

"Time as he grows old teaches all things."
- Aeschylus (525 BC - 456 BC)

"Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time."
- Pericles (490 BC - 429 BC)

Apparently the word of the day is: WAIT.

Friday, January 25, 2008


John said something that kills me almost every time I read it. It hits me where I live -- literally.

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world -- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -- comes not from the Father but from the world." - I John 2:15-16

If you know anything about me, you know that I deeply love life. I dig my heels into the earth with the full force of my being. So, honestly, I feel a little reproached by this verse. It makes me take a deeper look at my cravings and my desires -- the things that reveal my true character more than anything else. And when I read that verse, I wonder if I love my life a little too much? Do I possess the thing that the saints of Hebrews 11 did -- not just the faith that heaven exists, but the longing (v. 16) for it?

I've been asking God to help me have the proper desires. I've been praying the words of a Mat Kearney song "I'm looking for the right things to call pretty." And I wonder sometimes if my love for life makes a dent in my longing for home. Does it diminish that longing at all?

Then something happened: As I was walking up 3rd Avenue two nights ago, I caught a glimpse of the Chrysler Building--that magnificent, ornate monument in the sky -- the one that still shocks me with its beauty every time I see it. And as it took my breath away again, my first thought was that I cannot wait to leave it behind. Someday, perhaps, there might be a man who calls me away from this City, and I will certainly love him more than the skyline, more than the bustling avenues, more than the tree-lined streets. I long for him far more than for this place.

The parallel caught me off guard: I can love this City and still long for a man who might prompt me to leave it. I can love my life and still long to be with Jesus.

That is when I heard Jesus say, "I'm with you."

And I knew I'd be okay, because I understood something about the way my heart works. Jesus is with me... and that is the only reason why this life is so lovely. He is the thing I love about life and He will be the thing I love about death. Jesus just never, never, never gets old. So now, instead of breaking out into hives every time I read First John, I can relax into it... He's with me. :)

A.W. Tozer sums this up perfectly:

"Only God can supply everlasting novelty. In God every moment is new and nothing ever gets old. Of things religious we may become tired; even prayer may tire us; but God never. He can show a new aspect of His glory to us each day for all the days of eternity and still we shall have but begun to explore the depths of the riches of His infinite Being."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

So you want some SAMPLE CHAPTERS, eh?

Well... I got your sample chapters right here.

Here's the deal, though: I maintain that my book is not a buffet. It is a 27-Course Meal. So I always have a bit of a hard time picking sample chapters, since they don't stand very well on their own. They are best read in context. Hopefully that's enough of a teaser to make you want to read the rest of the book.

But here are two chapters, the first of which focuses more on friendships and relationships in the City, while the second focuses more on spiritual matters and things I hope I'm learning. As a pair, they somewhat represent the balance of the book's topics.

Just know this: I'm really nervous to put these out there on their own. Please buy the rest of the book so that these chapters aren't lonely.

Okay.... ready? GO!

Independence Day

Loving People Without Killing Them


Get your ink. Of all kinds.

For those of you who have been asking, you can pick up a copy of the magazine here.

Also, today is the release of my new book, Crowded Skies: Letters to Manhattan. You can pick that up here.

There, now wasn't that $18 well spent? For the cost of a small movie theater popcorn, you've got a book and a magazine that will bring you joy for lifetime! AND they're trans-fat free!

And I'm the Poster Child.

February marks the release of the issue of CS magazine that features me on the cover. I think the issue is already out, so be sure to let me know if you read it!


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Saturdays Are Red: My Synesthesia (Jason Boyett)

Jason Boyett, who wrote all those famous little Pocket Guides, mentioned me briefly in his latest blog entry.

Although he and I have never met, he was gracious enough to write a recommendation for my first book and I'll be sending him a copy of my new book in hopes that he'll say equally nice things.

Side-note: I recently met Jason Morant in a coffee shop in Nashville. When he extended his hand and offered his name, I said, "Jason Boyett?!?! It's so great to finally meet you!"

Apparently, all the years of standing in front of a blaring monitor have left me not only deaf, but socially awkward, too.

Candy Dates

That's a trick title. This is about political candidates. So if you're ready to tune out now, wait! I'm not going to push you one way or another... in fact, in the words of Fleetwood Mac, "you can go your own way (go your own waaaa-uuh-haaaay)."

If you think you know what candidate best represents your stances and opinions, take this short quiz, because it might surprise you. If you don't know who to support, this will help you sort through things a little better.

Take the candidate quiz here.


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Get excited!

I'm in the studio right now recording a new album!! YAY! And guess who is producing it... my old friend Josh Wilson, of The "So Hot Right Now" Tour. And guess who is playing on it... my old friend Lee McDerment, of Trailer Park Avenue.

This CD is a different than anything I've ever done before. It's going to be more stripped down, acoustic, intimate. Up to this point, all my albums have been full-band with elaborate production (with the exception of the Humor Me EP, which doesn't really count, because who wants to hear a string section on "The Redneck Anthem"?). I'm excited to do something smaller, more closely related to the live experience. It's also different for some other reasons, which I will tell you later.

We don't have a release date yet, but I'll keep you posted. Last time, when I released the Here's to Hindsight book and CD package, I almost died. It was CRAZY to try to release a book and an album at the same time, as an independent artist who doesn't have a whole team of people behind her. So I am pacing myself with this one. I'm going to record now, release the book on Jan 25, and then I'll release the CD whenever I feel like it! Just get ready, my friends.


Monday, January 07, 2008

Pre-order my new book TODAY! / Contest Winner Announced

Hey friends! I am happy to announce that my new book, Crowded Skies: Letters to Manhattan (which is the follow-up to my first book, Here's to Hindsight: Letters to My Former Self) is available for pre-order starting today!

The book releases on January 22, but will initially ONLY be available on my website and at my shows. So if you want to read it, you should probably CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER IT. Yes, you totally should.

The only person who should NOT pre-order it is the Winner of the Contest, who posted her answers at www.taraleighcobble.blogspot.com -- Stephanie! For the curious, the answers are:

1. Josh Wilson
2. Jared & Krisitanna
3. Jane
4. Amanda
5. Danger
6. My Boyfriend
7. Shawn
8. Adrienne
9. Scott
10. Beth
11. Josh Goodwin
12. Matt Wertz
13. Kemper Crabb
14. Lee
15. Ester
16. Dave Barnes
17. Basim

Have a stellar day!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Models for Christ on NBC!

Here's a short clip featured on NYC's NBC affiliate, featuring a Models for Christ meeting. There's a short clip of me leading worship at the beginning, followed by interviews with my friends Brandon, Kristen, Jono, and Nathan.

For those of you who think that I was making up "Models for Christ," I now have actual proof that it exists. :)