Dreams Come True

Right before Christmas I received this amazing email from Al, an editor at InterVarsity Press:

Jessica –

I’m thrilled to tell you that our publishing committee officially approved publication
of your book proposal! The team was impressed with what you have done to
develop both the proposal and your platform, and folks really appreciate your
motivation and creative energy. The sense was that the time is right for you and
the book. Congratulations!

I’m still grinning ear to ear that this is for real happening- I get to write Beautiful Feet! It’s all I can do to keep myself from yelling in excitement right now lest I wake up my sleeping toddler.  For those of you who are my Facebook friends thanks for all your encouraging comments when I posted my goofy picture expressing my joy at God bringing this dream to fruition:


I’m starting to drift down from cloud 9 to realizing how much work this will actually be. Writing is a funny thing which is both a joyfully creative process and an insecurity-breeding, self-loathing process. I’ll likely be chronicling my adventures in writing on my blog so you can pray for me, leave an encouraging comment (hint, hint) or just empathize that yeah, anything worth doing is usually difficult. If you’d like a front row seat to the angst of my creative process, you can subscribe to my posts via email (see that little button on the right, in the red box? yeah, that’s it) and get every gut-wrentching moment delivered right to your inbox.

Besides writing a book in 2014 I’m trying to improve my posture. I realize I slouch all the time- perhaps from schlepping babies around for the past couple years? Did you make any resolutions? Any big projects you’re hoping to tackle? Here’s to God doing amazing things in 2014!


  9 comments for “Dreams Come True

  1. January 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I was telling Dave at the New Year’s Eve party that I met an editor (THE editor?) of IV Press at a barbeque on the water at Cedar Campus many years ago (probably 2001) during Chapter Focus Week. I asked him what needs to be done in order to get a book published by IV Press and he told me to send in a proposal. I had no idea what actually went into that. At the time, I never thought that someone that I know would actually submit a proposal and have it accepted! So cool. Can’t wait to see (and read) the finished product!

    • January 2, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Joe! Was it Andy LePeau? He and his wife Phyllis are hilarious and amazing people.

  2. January 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’m psyched to read your book. You taught me a lot about evangelism at GVSU and I know you’re right person for this job!

    • January 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Steve!I need to read your book too!

  3. Katie
    January 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    So incredibly proud of you my friend!!! Can’t wait for my (signed) copy! 🙂

  4. Una
    January 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Well, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’m very excited for you. And, I’m here along the way to pray you out of the “loathing stage” and to celebrate your achievements! Well done, sister.

  5. Christie Tripp
    January 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    How incredibly exciting!

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