True News.

I am not a big fan of the news, especially from a sensationalist viewpoint.  I keep up with various chosen journals and outlets to be a woman who understands the times, but not one who is trend-savvy be it even on the incessant talk of new angles.  How exhausting and distracting!   There can be an unsettling feeling between the news of the world and that of our own private worlds and how they connect with each other. Novelist and preacher, Frederick Buechner said that the truest news is of what we are becoming or failing to become.   Then he went on to write, “Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.  In the boredom and pain of it no less than the excitement and gladness; touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

Today I became an author as far as the public is concerned. The news of my private and the public intersected.  I launched my website; I nudged my contacts towards my book which is soon to be released, pushing myself out of the comfortable nest where I am content not to market myself or construct a cool image (heaven forbid!).  Does not Jesus call us all to “come out and live!” as he did to Lazarus? He calls us to courage, to life in all of the fullness he intended that it would have.  And we are all beckoned to do it in different ways, cheering each other on. 

That’s my news of the day.  Thank you for using your moments to gather it into your private world. 

Let God be praised.

-A.B.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Angela, this is all new and very sweet to me. Buechner is, I believe, my favorite writer; at least his style is my favorite (I forget the specific genre). Beautiful site, and thanks for the call to all of us to “come out and live”. This is stirring up many things, including my writer’s heart. Be encouraged! Mark

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  2. Daimy Penn says:

    Hey Angela! WOW! I got SO excited just reading your blog and the website you created for your new book. How cool! I can’t wait to read it.

    Congratulations,
    Daimy

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  3. Thanks for the reminder Angela that Jesus calls us to “come out and live” – in the wonderful moments AND the mundane. He calls us to use the gifts He’s given us to serve others – which you have clearly done with your writing and your book – THANK YOU! Blessings to you, Ben & your brood!

    Much Love,

    Holly

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    1. ablycker says:

      Oh Holly, how I have always loved your generous and merciful heart! So often writers can feel they are the ones who hole up and do the thinking and observing, while others get to do the living! Thank you for reminding me that writing too is a way of giving. May this book serve you and so many other women a grand feast, as it has me.

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  4. allisonivey says:

    Wow, Angela! Reading your blog gets me psyched to read your book. I’m already inspired.

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    1. ablycker says:

      That is sooo good to hear Allison! You inspire me with your energy and passion every time we talk! Thank you!

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