“If you could do anything,” he asked, “anything at all…no fear, no reservations, what would you do?”
I remained quiet for a few moments as I contemplated the proposition.
“Well, I would write a book.”
“A book!” he exclaimed, “About?”
“A book about life and faith and the ordinary moments we often miss,” I
“So, what’s stopping you?”
I laughed, “Fear.”
Great, I thought to myself. Now he knows both my greatest hope and greatest insecurity; but like an incredibly kind friend, he did not respond with angst or reproach. Rather, he chuckled, offering,
“Well, you know you can do something about that, right?”
So, I did.
Nearly 3 years ago, I sent out my first Thursday email. It was a quiet gesture, sent to about 20 people. I titled the first post “Exhale” – a call to live deeply in the present moment. That single email has since turned into 104 emails, including a summer series, and now a book! I could have never predicted what would become of that space that first Thursday morning, but I’ve learned since that something particularly special happens when we give God our yes.
I didn’t intend to write a book this soon, or even in this way, but as the internal nudge to write only grew stronger, I realized I needed this book. Not simply for what the words could offer me, but what the process would make of me. In this world full of chaos, noise, and distraction, it is so easy to leave little room for the voice of God, but writing 52 Cups of Coffee forced me to listen.
Personally, I find storytelling to be one of the best ways to pay attention to both the beautiful and broken pieces of this life. It’s what I love about the Bible. Through countless stories, we are reminded of the faithfulness of God presenting itself through imperfect people and circumstances. Though people, policies, and systems change, the goodness of God remains the same.
I need this reminder every single day, maybe you do too.
With this in mind, I have written 52 Cups of Coffee – a weekly devotional inspired by previous Thursday Thoughts. Unlike many devotionals, however, instead of a collection of lessons, this book is a series of personal stories, created to accompany our spiritual walk.
I have poured many hours, thoughts, and prayers into this book, so now, my hope is that God will meet you on each page.
7 Replies to “Fifty-Two Cups of Coffee – Now Available for Purchase!!”
So proud of you Natalie and this milestone accomplishment. I witnessed the work and dedication that it took to get this project completed. Can’t wait to see all that God accomplishes through you and this book!
Natalie! I will be purchasing one of your books for sure, great job! I’m so excited for you, what an accomplishment!
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Although I picked it up and read it whenever I could, I was struck by thinking more about navigating life. It provided me with moments to pause and take life in with God. This is also a nice book if you take your moments with tea. 😉
Bought your book at the Federated Church in Sandwich IL after hearing your father play so amazingly. I have heard him many times!
I just ordered your devotional for my son in law but didn’t see where it could be sent to another address. If you get this request and can send it to him instead of me, I would appreciate it. It will get there a couple days sooner is all. I can deliver it, but wanted it to come through the mail directly if you can. Their address is: Eulojio Ortega, 1037 Bauer Ct., Sandwich, IL, 60548. Thank you. Otherwise I live 25 minutes away and can deliver it.
Thank you for your kind words and your order! I made sure to send this book to your son in law’s address. He should receive it in the next day or two.
I hope he enjoys it!