*IF YOU TRIED TO USE THE CONTACT FORM ON THIS POST, AND NEVER HEARD FROM ME, PLEASE VISIT MY FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/lesstobemore/ AND MESSAGE ME THERE. I APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!*
I just want to say how blown away I’ve been by everyone’s response during my whole publishing process. Some of you have encouraged me faithfully, some volunteered time to fine-comb edit for me, some have gently mentored, and still others have helped me spread the news about the book. (One of you is my mother who helped design my giveaway picture for today!)
It isn’t a strong enough phrase, but Thank. You.
So somewhere in my process of writing down a book with endless questions, it dawned on me… “This would make a GREAT small group study guide!” So I went back through my chapters and created questions for each section. I added the study guide to the end of the book and felt like it was a nice touch. Super nice in theory.
But then I got to see it come to life.
Today I want to highlight a special group of friends who volunteered to be my guinea pig “Gray Faith Study Group”. (I won’t embarrass them by calling them out by name!) For eight weeks this past spring, these friends met weekly and worked through “Gray Faith” together. They graciously gave me tips and advice to make the book better.
But more than that, they brought themselves. I put out some pretty honest and vulnerable questions, and they were willing to answer them equally honestly and vulnerably. I found myself in awe of what it looks like when people from different backgrounds come together and drop any pretense- when we stop asking the “yes” or “no” Bible questions and start digging into the areas where we aren’t sure we have answers yet.
They taught me so much, and they gave me a passion to see other groups form to work through the gray areas of our lives and faith as well! Acknowledging where we don’t have the answers gives others permission to voice their own questions- and honesty before our friends and more importantly, our God, is the first step to experiencing a faith that isn’t plastic.
SO HERE’S MY FIRST GIVEAWAY:
If you might be interested in leading a “Gray Faith” discussion group, I’d love to send you a free book!
Maybe you already meet with a group of friends as a Bible study or church group and would like to use this book for a study in the fall!
Or perhaps you could picture yourself starting a casual discussion with a handful of friends over coffee once a week!
This is not some contract-binding agreement- if you read the book and don’t think it’s a fit for your group, or if your situation changes, that’s fine! But I’d love to offer this to the first ten people who fill out this contact form with your name, email address, and a brief summary of your current study group or your discussion group idea!*
If you end up leading a group, I plan to put out some video material later in the summer to go along with the study, and am always happy to answer any questions you may have about how to encourage helpful discussion!
This will be an open-ended giveaway- I’ll make an update to the post once all books have been claimed. Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you have a wonderful week!
*(I’ll be shipping the books myself, so if you submit one of the first 10 responses, I’ll follow up to get your shipping address. Books will ship out based on availability ASAP. Please allow at least 2 weeks from submitting your form to receiving your book shipment. If you need your book for a specific start date, please make a note in your feedback form!)