Encouragement, Memoirs & Thin Places

I LOVE my mission here on IronMakeover. Writing encouragement fills me up and ideally lifts up others. I find encouragement in many ways and from many sources:

- Your Comments: I adore them. I check e-mail too frequently hoping for a new comment.
- Music: I can't sing and I'm not good with artist names but certain songs lift me up. I listen to a mix of oldies, U2, Beatles, Storyhill, and our Christian radio station Life 102.5.
- Faith: Knowing there is NOTHING I can do or say to make God love me more. And that there is NOTHING I can do or say to make God love me LESS. That's amazing and encouraging!
Last year author (& triathlete!) Mary E. DeMuth encouraged me as a writer. She critiqued my pitch on her blog "So You Want to be Published" and a paragraph for me here. That spring I read her books Watching the Tree Limbs and Wishing on Dandelions. I loved these stories of hope and healing. And now after reading her latest release Thin Places, I feel I know DeMuth and her character Maranatha better.

"Writing Watching the Tree Limbs is a thin place where I see God's desire to heal me," says DeMuth, "and I understand that He loves me no matter what emotions I express."

So what's a thin place? According to DeMuth thin places are "snatches of time, moments really, when we sense God intersecting our world in tangible, unmistakable ways."

For me (Sara), I've stumbled upon "thin places," including:
- A friend's grasp as I nearly slid off a cliff on the North Shore of Minnesota.
- Our decision to sell our house in Madison.
- My safety during an dangerous choice to essentially hitchhike on a bike tour gone bad.

Here's the Thin Places trailer. See below for ways to connect with DeMuth and for Questions for You:

Connect with DeMuth
- Read DeMuth's race report from Rock the Tri Triathlon!
- Read how writing & triathlon are similar. You must do the thing you're learning about, says DeMuth.
- Facebook
- Visit the other bloggers participating on the Thin Places Blog Tour.
- DeMuth is hosting a video discussion during Feb. 8-12. Go to SayitFacetoFace to see Mary's video & record a response.
- Learn more about writing memoirs in this post from DeMuth.
- Read what it was like for DeMuth to write her memoir.

Questions for You:
- Where or how do you find encouragement?
- Can tri training be a thin place?
- Have you written or started writing a memoir? Tell us!

**FTC disclaimer: I've purchased four of Mary's books, but I received Thin Places as a review copy.


Jen said...

I too, find encouragement from my blog friends... and my family.

I think Tri training can be a thin place.

I have been asked to write a book about my weight loss... but I will think about that once I keep the weight off for some time.

Mary DeMuth said...

I'm humbled and thankful that you highlighted Thin Places here, and by the community you've gathered around yourself.

quietspirit said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed your thoughts on 'Thin Places.'

Joyful said...

I find encouragement early in the morning, before anyone else wakes up, spending quiet time with God. That's my time to spend quality time with my very best friend.

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Thanks for stopping by Eternity Cafe today. I too was most encouraged by Mary's book and found myself reminising about thin places in my life.

Many blessings to you.

A Musing Mom said...

I like how you highlight some thin places you've identified in your life. It's pretty encouraging to take a look back and see those places, isn't it?

brendaaz said...

Thank you for sharing, Sara - I can't wait to read - maybe have her speak at my church too!!

Kay the Encourager said...

I agree with you on this one. Encouragement is my passion, because I know it makes a difference for me and I get encouraged encouraging others! I believe if we could learn to say encouraging words to each other, we could change the world one person at a time.
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