There are times when writing can be tough.
Sitting down at your computer, staring at a blank slate, wondering where to start; it’s intimidating, daunting, and frustrating. Finding the motivation just to start can be the hardest task, especially with all the distractions of life, including Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook (guilty as charged).
It’s a great achievement to put words to a page and get your story out there because it doesn’t happen easily. It takes determination and grit to get it done. It’s hard, guys! So, as a writer within a huge community of amazing female artists (that’s what we are, artists with the ability to paint a picture through words), I am so proud and honored to be able to promote the work of a very talented artist.
Her name is Stephanie May Wilson.
(How’s that for an intro, huh?)
Formerly the title of her personal blog site, Stephanie has written an eBook titled “The Lipstick Gospel: A story about finding God is heartbreak, the Sistine Chapel, and the perfect cappuccino“. The book is truly that – a story about finding God. And it is absolutely beautiful.
I met Stephanie while at the Writer’s Weekend in Atlanta this past June. There, she taught me and a handful of writer’s about the basics of blogging, marketing, and writing. Being able to network with other bloggers and get all nerdy over the blog sphere was a true blessing to me. It’s nice to be around people who “get it” and are seeking to do the same thing as you. Plus, I got to explore downtown Atlanta which was a major plus to the trip!
Ever since my good friend Lauren introduced me to her blog, I was hooked. She has always been an inspiration to me as the type of writer/blogger I would like to be; using my influence on the internet world for good and truly connecting with readers.
Even though I got to know Stephanie fairly well while in Atlanta, I didn’t realize the extent of her story. Reading The Lipstick Gospel really opened my eyes to her life, her struggles, and the testimony behind her coming to know Jesus. She went from not believing an ounce of the gospel (let alone knowing a single word of the Bible), to learning the basic’s of the gospel through her friends; discovering that there was more to this Jesus thing than the unrealistic stereotypes she gave Christians.
I could go on and on about what I loved while reading The Lipstick Gospel, but for the sake of time, I’ll get right down to it. She writes with such raw honesty, saying things that not many Christian writers would dare to say but I often wish they would. It was written with beautiful imagery, making me feel like I was experience her travels abroad right along with her. And most of all, her story has stuck with me. It serves as a great reminder to me that God continually covers me with His grace, kindness and mercy. Her testimony shows how much of an influence you can have on your friends; how the life you lead and the words you speak can powerfully affect how other’s view God. And her story speaks volumes to the kind of life you can have in Christ. Not a boring, vanilla-type life, but a fun, adventurous and exciting life- way more than you could ever imagine!
Here’s one of my favorite passages from the book:
My eyes wandered down her huge mirror, taking in the photos and clippings and
ticket stubs taped along the side. Just as I was about to look away, my eyes landed
on a quote. It was in the top, right corner of the mirror, and I couldn’t believe I’d
missed it before.
It was written in lipstick in round, perfect letters.
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do
something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”
In that instant, the world screeched to a halt. My eyes zoomed in on the words,
and everything else faded away, quiet and fuzzy in the background. My insides
had gone cold and somehow warm all at the same time. That was it. That was the
quote I wanted to define my life. I squeezed my eyes shut tight, trying to picture a
life that was so good I wouldn’t believe it even if I’d been told. I couldn’t picture it,
but I wanted to keep trying.
“What is that from?” I demanded.
“The Bible,” Carolyn answered, almost embarrassed.
“Shut the hell up!”
See what I mean? It’s intoxicating! And absolutely impossible to put down.
Alright, now that I’ve pumped you up to read this book, I’ll show you how to find it.
All she asks is that you subscribe to her blog via email.
Then, BOOM! Free book!
I hope you’ll consider reading her story. I know she would love nothing more than for you to read her testimony while cuddled up on a couch, in a big, cozy chair at a cafe, or at your favorite spot in nature, with a margarita or cappuccino in hand. She’s ready to open up her heart and her life to you if you’re ready to listen.
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!