The Sisterhood Circle! Plus, Book Launch Goodness! (What???)

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So hey… I WROTE ANOTHER BOOK.

Finally.

And I will tell you all about it (and show you the cover) soon. It’s so beautiful!

But right now you need to know that I will be pulling my launch team for the book from the gals in my Sisterhood Circle group. The Sisterhood Circle is where I share all about books and projects I’m working on, or just fun things I want to tell you about (on a completely non-consistent basis). I also give my sisterhood circle gals sneak peaks, discounts, and a freebie here and there!

If you would like to be a part of the Sisterhood Circle (SURE YOU DO), head here! If you want to be considered for the launch of le new book (GIDDY), then go on and get yourself signed up for the Sisterhood Circle!

Here’s to surprises and FUN!

Love to you! Oh, and HAPPY SPRING!

SM

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Two Books Our Family LOVES and Recommends!

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Bud, Not Buddy

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The Watsons go to Birmingham

On our trip to Ohio and on the trip back, we listened to these two FANTASTIC books by Christopher Curtis, who is now one of our favorite authors.

Bud, Not Buddy was the first book we listened to. It captivated my kiddos (6, 7, and 9) and me and my husband. It’s about a boy in the 1930′s who goes searching for who he believes is his father after his mother leaves a flyer about a man in a band. The story is told through the eyes of Bud, a 10 year old boy who has been living in an orphanage since he was six. He eventually ends up and then escapes from a foster home and sets off on an adventure to find his father. The story is both funny and touching and the writing is superb. We exuberantly recommend this book! 5 stars!

The second one we listened to was The Watsons go to Birmingham. We got this one because we loved Bud, Not Buddy so much. This story is hilarious from the get-go, but by the end it is profound and moving and we were all in tears. Set in the 1960′s, it’s a story about a family who eventually sets off to go to Birmingham to visit grandma, and all their adventures along the way. The story is told through a 9 year old boy, Kenny. Near the end of the book a church gets bombed and Kenny in particular is trying to make sense of why someone would want to kill children because of how they look. It is sad and heart-wrenching, but has a beautifully hope-filled ending. In the epilogue the author talks about that time in history and the brave people who were part of the civil rights movement. Excellent, excellent commentary. We also highly recommend this book! But just a note, there are a few swear words in it.

Enjoy!

Love, SM

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Less Than 50 Spots Open for the Fair Trade Friday March Box!

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Just quickly popping in to let you know that there are only 50 spots for the March Fair Trade Friday box!

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The Fair Trade Friday club is run by Kristen Welch (We Are THAT Family) and it “exists as an avenue for women to empower women.  We are tackling poverty through job opportunity and empowerment rather than enablement. 100% of the proceeds support the artisans, more than 300 women and their children from all over the world. FTF is a ministry of Mercy House Kenya, a non-profit organization.”

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Kristen sent me a box to check out and when I opened it, I was so impressed. The items are beautiful! My box came with the sweetest pink earrings that I adore (above), boot cuffs, a bracelet, and a keychain. (Each box comes with different items.)

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What comes in a Fair Trade Friday box?

  • 3-4 unique fair trade items
  • signature one-of-a-kind handmade bag
  • a product card with information about each of your fair trade items and the artisans who made them
  • a gift tag in case you love an item so much you want to give it away

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Want to give it a try? Just click HERE!

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Love, SM

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Announcements! Author Launch Registration Ends MONDAY and New Book Club Book!

Two quick announcements for you!

First, if you want to write a book but aren’t sure where to begin or how to get through the process, or any other aspect of writing, publishing, and marketing, Author Launch might be of great service to you. You can read about it HERE.  Author Launch registration closes TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday) at 11:59 pm EST! To register, go HERE.

Second, we are on to our next book club book! WOOT! We are into the Christian classics baby!

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I will be reading George Mueller’s classic work, Answers to Prayer

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You can read along with me or pick another Christian classic to read. I will post my thoughts on the book and quotable wisdom gems at the end of March (I’m a little behind…bear with me?).

Can’t wait to hear what you pick!

Stay up-to-date on all book club news by signing up below!

This newsletter is specifically for book club updates and will only contain book club news. It is separate from The Sisterhood Circle and from SarahMae.com blog posts that you have sent to your inbox.

Alright friends, that’s it!

Love, SM

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All the Details on the Own Your Life Book Club, Plus a FREE Webcast with Sally Clarkson and Friends!

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It’s a brand new year with no mistakes in it!

I love that. I love fresh starts and blank pages. Oh I know I’ll blot things up real quick, but that’s okay, I’m still thankful for beginnings. So some things…

I’m going to start to blogging again. Look at that, I’m doing it right now. And I’m glad for it, because although I LOVED my year off, I am looking forward to hanging out with you all again. I’m planning on writing a post on Monday all about my year off, but today I want to share with you all the deets to this months book club (all these details are here as well).

All the Deets!

What is the book?

Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love, by Sally Clarkson

This book makes the most perfect sense to read together because not only is it the NEW book by my dear friend and mentor, but it’s a great way to begin the new year! Sally has taught me so much about what it means to own my life, and I can’t wait to share those things with you as we read this book together! Speaking of telling you what I’ve learned, you must tune in TUESDAY NIGHT at 9pm EST for a FREE webcast with Sally, me, Crystal Paine, and Angela Perritt as we ALL talk about owning our lives in 2015.

Get all the info on the webcast and to register (for free) HERE!

Where can I get the book? 

You can get Own Your Life from your local bookstore on or after January 6th), or these (and other) online retailers:

Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Books-a-Million

When is the club?

We will be reading Own Your Life from January 12th – January 30th

When will you post about the book?

I will write posts about the week’s reading on Fridays (the 16th, 23rd, and 30th).

How will we talk about the book?

The comment section!

More Book Specifics:

There are 17 Chapters (18 when you count The Beginning) in Own Your Life. We will be reading a chapter a day, which is about 6 pages a day. (If you feel like this is too fast-paced for you, no problem, the The Better Mom is also hosting an Own Your Life book club but it  is much slower-paced. Just head HERE.)

Prep:

By Friday the 16th I’ll be writing about The Beginning and Chapters 1 thru 3

By Friday the 23rd I’ll be writing about Chapters 4 thru 10

By Friday the 30th I’ll be writing about Chapters 11-17

Format of the Posts:

For each Friday that I’ll be writing I’ll include my overall thoughts on the chapters read, what stood out to me, wisdom gems (quotes), and how I intend to apply what I’m learning to my life. I would love it if you would follow this format in the comment section, but of course you do not have to!

Here’s to a great book club!

Oh, and if you’re participating, feel free to use the hashtag #ownyourlifebookclub to let others know you’ve joined and to chat about the book if you just can’t wait until Fridays!

Stay up-to-date on all book club news by signing up below!

This newsletter is specifically for book club updates and will only contain book club news. It is separate from The Sisterhood Circle and from SarahMae.com blog posts that you have sent to your inbox.

Love, SM

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