Here She Is, My New Book! (Or, What It Feels Like to Stand Naked in Front of People) - Sarah Mae
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Here She Is, My New Book! (Or, What It Feels Like to Stand Naked in Front of People)

I have been really neurotic about something lately.

My book cover. And the fact that my new book is on Amazon.

That’s not actually the neurotic part. I have been trying to figure out WHEN to show you the book the cover. Do I wait until close to the release date? (August 4th.) Do I show the cover but not mention that it’s on Amazon? There must be some strategy to all of the this, right?! Timing! I know it seems silly, but this is what we author’s go through.

Finally, I decided to go for a walk.

It’s a beautiful day here in PA, and I just needed to get out and think and pray and feel the sun on my face. I took a stroll around my neighborhood, and as I was rounding the last curve, heading back up to my house, it occurred to me to ask myself, “What would bring me joy?” 

Such a simple question. One I had neglected in all my over-thinking and worrying about strategy.

“It would bring me joy to share my book with my readers.”

And there it is, because I want to.

Friends, I have been holding onto this secret of a cover since September! And I have been working on this book for two years. TWO YEARS. And it’s finally finished.

Yesterday I wrote a post about choosing to wake up to my own life and live. My new book is about that choice, and what I did and how I woke up and how I am now changed.

I am living. I am choosing. I am happy. Happy isn’t always a word we like to use in Christianity, and I get it, but I’m happy. And I’m finally okay with that. I enjoy my life, not because everything is always great, but because I’m here. I’m in it. I don’t want to miss it.

This book is my story and my awakening and my life. And I am so excited and thankful to be able to finally share it with you.

Here she is!!!!

Longing for Paris

Longing for Paris: One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure – Right Where She Is

Okay, now I’m naked and there is my book. I mean, I’m not actually naked, but it feels like it when you show the world your new book. But I love her. And I love her cover. Isn’t she so beautiful?!

I have prayed over this book, that it would bring relief to those who need it, who need to know that their longings matter to God.

This book is my unfolding, my evolution from being stuck to getting unstuck, to learning how to live and choose and enjoy my life, right where I am. And it’s for you, the woman who is trying to navigate the tensions between her dreams and her reality. It’s for the woman who feels like she’s going under, the woman who wants to live but isn’t sure how to get out of feeling that life is rolling over her in waves. It’s for you, the woman who is longing for something maybe she can’t even name, but her soul is aching for it. And it’s for you, the woman who is craving beauty and art and travel, but is in a reality that doesn’t allow for that right now.

It’s all for you, and for me, because I believe that fully-alive women are not only able to keep on, but they can (and will) change the world. (Tweet that.)

Soon I will be able to share even more, and of course there will be fun and surprises, but for now, here she is.

If you’d like to pre-order her (YOU DO, YOU DO), you can do that here…

Get it on Amazon

Get it on Barnes & Noble

If you just pre-ordered, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Also, hang on to your receipt…there will be goodies coming your way as we get closer to the release date… 😉

Well, there it is. And now you know what would bring me joy? A salted caramel mocha and a salad, while sitting outside watching my children play on this beautiful day. So I’m going to do that.

Here’s to life and longings and our stories and joy!

Love, Sarah Mae

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  • Julia Reffner

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Jennifer Pac Scott

    I love pursuing truth and depth and beauty right in the middle of regular old life. This will be a great read!

  • Sara

    I can’t wait to read this! I LOVE Desperate, you speak the words already in my soul, i’m sure this book will do the same for me!

  • Amy

    YAY! Congratulations!!! It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! It reminds me so much of Europe… Oh, longing to travel…. I think I NEED to read your book 🙂

  • http://www.sarahconnatser.com Sarah Connatser

    The cover is beautiful and the message is too! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Laurie

    How exciting! Will it be listed in GoodReads soon? I’d love to mark it “to read” and spread the word. 🙂

  • Kristal Woods

    So excited for you! I cannot wait to read this! 🙂

  • Jen

    So exciting! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  • Lindsey H.

    Very exciting! Such a pretty cover! Will put it on my To Read list!

  • http://www.mandyscarr.com Mandy Scarr

    YAY!!!!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU AND SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! Congrats, beautiful!!!

  • http://www.mandyscarr.com Mandy Scarr

    Also…the cover? I L-O-V-E it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sarah

    Excited to read this Sarah! So was encouraged by Desperate. Love your authenticity and willingness to share with and build up other mamas.

  • Mandy

    I LOVE the cover and I just had a conversation with God about THIS very thing. Crazy.

  • Janene Frank

    From Desperate to longing, joy, beauty!!! Can’t wait!

  • Suzanne Ryerson

    Congratulations! The book sounds amazing and I love the cover!

  • Jennifer Pighini

    Cannot wait to read it!

  • Debi Adamson Zahn

    What would bring me joy. Yes. If God delights in us then maybe it is ok for us to delight too! Love this. And love Starbucks 😉

  • Sarah D.

    Beautiful! Congratulations!!! [my go-to coffee is *always* a salted caramel mocha (so much so that I buy the bottles of toffee nut syrup to have at home and use every. single. morning.), so that part made me smile.]

  • alieshac

    The cover is beautiful! I am looking forward to reading it!

  • Karen M

    So excited to read your new book!! It has been on my amazon wish list for a few weeks already!

  • Lauren

    I am excited about this book, Sarah! The cover looks great and I can relate!!!

  • Jillian

    Beautiful cover! Looking forward to reading it!

  • April

    This book sounds like exactly what I need right now! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Monica Godoy

    Ordered!!! After I read yesterday’s post I asked how?? Now I will know!! Excited to read!

  • Alicia Philip Yoder

    I JUST pre-ordered the book!!!!! I cannot WAIT to read this!! Just yesterday I texted a few of my girlfriends to ask for them to pray for me. This is what I said: “Hey ladies, could you say a prayer for me today? I’m feeling a little in a rut this week as a stay-at-home mom…..little cranky and irritable…no real reasons…kids not extra bad or anything…just need JOY today and want to delight in my kids…” I have a 5 year old, almost 4 year old and a 4 month old. I love them so much…but I do feel “stuck” right now in this season and longing for Paris (so-to-speak). And a salted caramel mocha sounds HEAVENLY…in fact, I think I’ll go make myself an iced coffee 🙂

  • Sarah Johnson

    Adding it to my Good Reads wishlist! Thanks for being faithful to communicate what God has so graciously written on your heart!

  • Jo’ell

    Today was the first time I heard your name. A post that lead me to your page came up on my facebook. After reading a bit here and there on the page, I knew I wanted to remember your name. I have added you to my favorites list! I will be getting to know you through your books and website. Blessings!

  • Sharon

    Excited to read this beauty of a book! I had a delicious caramel mocha earlier today, and it’s snowy here, so I’ll be staying close to home, but I hope you enjoy your nice weather today!

  • Jess

    What an exciting time for you! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Congrats on your book & thank for the nudge to head outside & enjoy the day.

  • Valerie Skinner

    This looks so good! I’m excited to read it. I’m a francophile, so that’s appealing. But I’m also a mom of a toddler and I’ve been in and still am in this place of rebuilding my life after major change. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dana Cross Morin

    Congratulations! Very excited to read your book. Sounds like a fabulous read! I shared this, I believe there are lots of other women who would love to read this to.

  • Karlene

    The book sounds intriguing!

  • kellinky

    What a needed book!!! The secret to life for women is contentment. Not “settling” but true Godly contentment and joy. Thanks, Sarah Mae! Can’t wait to read it and share it with others!

  • Martha Williams

    This cover is beautiful and draws me in and makes me want to read the books! Can’t wait til it comes out this fall!

  • Michele

    Sarah- So very excited for you and your new book…you are right, it’s beautiful! Longing for many of those things you mentioned in your post as well 🙂 Thank you for keeping it real! Haha

  • Jackie

    Congratulations on your new book, how wonderful! I just ore-ordered and am really looking forward to it!

  • Ali

    Can’t wait to read your new book!!

  • Sheri P

    Love the cover! Can’t wait to read. I enjoyed “Desperate ” and look forward to your blog posts.

  • christinaburrell

    So in need of this book! Love you and your honesty!

  • karen g

    Beautiful cover! Can’t wait to read it…while sipping an iced vanilla chai!

  • Angela Parlin

    Just preordered this one. Such a NO-brainer! But how do we wait this long??? I want it now! 🙂 I love the idea of asking yourself, what would bring me joy? We forget to ask that one in life, and in motherhood, and that just encouraged me this morning. So glad you shared the book! Looking forward to it…

  • Jennifer Wilson Millett

    Simply beautiful. Cannot wait to read it. So excited for you on the “birth” of your new book. Many congratulations!

  • Catherine Burns

    Your book sounds wonderful! I’d love to read it with my daughter once it comes out!

  • Jan

    My heart kinda stopped there for a second when I saw your book!! I cannot wait to read it! Longing for Paris… and beauty, travel, art… That is me, me, me and here I thought I was the only one (well, not quite!). I’ve been working through that for some time and while I’ve made some progress I cannot wait to hear your success story and glean some tips and encouragement from someone who’s been right there! Thank you for such a much-needed book!!

  • melissa

    I’m so excited to read your new book! Congratulations on following your heart and inspiring women throughout the world!

  • Tricia Carter

    just found your blog and your book and I’M IN LOVE with all you say – thanks for putting my struggle to words. JUST BLESS EVERYTHING. so glad to have found you.

  • Adriana Isabel Gomez

    I’ve been so encouraged and uplifted with Desperate. Being a mommy is a role I have embraced, but also makes me realize how selfish I am and how much gets put on the back burner. I’m joyful that I get to be a mommy to my 3 littles, but sometimes it’s hard. I look forward to reading your new book! 🙂

  • Tiffany Ivey

    Oh, this book hits me right where I am right now…I cannot wait to read it!! I’m self-employed and homeschool my two boys. Some days the dreams are just so big, but I feel isolated and can’t quite put my finger on that “next step”…Thank you for “getting it”!!

  • Angie

    Beautiful book cover, congratulations.

  • Kay

    I’m so glad you wrote this! Grateful for your honesty.

  • Dutchess Horton

    I am so excited for you ~ and for other like-minded women who aren’t just floating along but often being pulled out by the riptides of life – all the while longing for more. Yep that’s me. Yet I’m confident that our Father has a plan and He will see it through. Can’t wait to meet your “baby”.

  • Meagan

    What a neat theme for a book! Ever since my youngest was born, I’ve held to a quote by Proust:

    “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”

    This idea helps satisfy my wanderlust and desire for adventure while my kids are young.

  • Sarah Shore Leonard

    I need this book! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Laura

    Paris is always a good idea. Just not always possible. Looking forward to reading this

  • Becks

    can’t wait to read this book! thank you!

  • They Call Me Mom

    I’ve been a mom for over 20 years now, and even though I know in my heart this is a divine calling, I’m tired and do struggle with being content and fulfilled right where I’m at. Looking forward to reading your book!

  • Meghan F

    I can’t wait to read your new book! I’m so excited for you. 🙂

  • Sonya

    I preordered your book today, can’t wait till August!!!

  • Conversaving.com

    I really love your cover and coffee sounds fabulous.

  • Karissa ‘Walker’ Blackford

    looking forward to reading your new book!

  • Amanda

    You’re brave to be naked ☺I’ve never written a book, but that’s just how I’d feel. Thanks for sharing it…it looks great.

  • Elena Marshall

    You hit the nail on the head! THANK YOU! <3 I can't wait to read it!!

  • Donna Schero

    LOVE the cover…just pre-ordered the book! Your post today felt like you were telling my story. I am 60 years old and finally living happy…with the past year being a journey from performance and doing to being and living a conversational life with God. Can’t wait to read your book…you had me with the title, but the croissant on the cover sealed the deal:)

  • Deena Marie

    Just preordered to my tablet. Aug 4th, I have a reservation for myself to get away. This looks like a great companion for the trip. Meanwhile, I am working three jobs, because my husband wont. I need prayer today, I’m feeling at the end of my rope.

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