…just workin out way toward home…

“The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin out way toward home.”
Same Kind of Different As Me
Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Same Kind of Different As Me blog

This is one of those books that changes your life. It’s a powerful true story that I highly, highly, highly recommend if you haven’t encountered yet. You really don’t know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. It’s in those times people teach you more about life than you thought possible.


4 Questions with New York Times Bestseller Tosca Lee

She’s an incredible and engaging storyteller who brings to life whatever subject she chooses to write on. Poignant, fascinating, impactful and engaging are a few more words to describe the work Lee creates. And she’s a New York Times bestseller, so guess what? It isn’t me just being nice ;) ! So excited to have her on the blog today!

Tosca Lee is a New York Times best-selling novelist whose works include the critically acclaimed Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and The Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign) with best-selling author Ted Dekker. Iscariot, Tosca’s highly-anticipated novel about the infamous betrayer of Christ was recently released. She is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and lifelong world adventure-traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest.


1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
That I’d be doing what I love (writing stories) for a living and have the words “New York Times Bestseller” in front of my name. How crazy is that??

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
You know, I would have finished my last semester of college. I graduated a semester early just because I could, and because I somehow thought that was better, but it’s such a special time in life with friends that you never get back–if I could do it all over, I’d enjoy those few extra months before venturing into the real world. :)

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
This may sound cheesy, but they’re all happy in some way. I love going to eat brunch with my friends. Or going to ballet (after being quite serious about becoming a ballerina as a teen, I now do it just for fun and the spiritual practice of returning to the barre). Making dinner, or meeting my readers out on the road–that is a real highlight. But I choose to be happy every moment that I think of it!

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
That we all get to make choices, but we don’t need to take them so seriously. There are a few really important ones–about faith, about our life partners–that are big ones. But in general we need to lighten up. Choose to be happy. Don’t be a victim. Do what you love. Make no excuses. Love extravagantly and without condition. Be love to all you meet.

Thanks so much Tosca for joining the blog today! You can connect with Tosca through Facebook, Twitter and her website!

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4 Questions with Michael Wills

Living in Texas, I’m a bit jealous that Europeans can say they are going to, oh you know, Germany or Spain and travel takes about 3 minutes. Texas? You drive for 14 hours and guess what? You’re still in Texas.

And they have awesome accents. So unfair.

So, as dorky as this will sound, I feel like my level of legit-ness goes up a few notches as I connect with authors across the pond (I’ve waited so long to use that phrase in a blog post). Joining us today is Michael Wills, author of the recent release Three Kings One Throne! I’m excited to participate in the blog tour!

Michael Wills was born on the Isle of Wight and educated at the Priory Boys School and Carisbrooke Grammar. He trained as a teacher at St Peter’s College, Saltley, Birmingham, before working at a Secondary school in Kent for two years.

After re-training to become a teacher of English as a Foreign Language he worked in Sweden for thirteen years. During this period he wrote several English language teaching books. His teaching career has included time working in rural Sweden, a sojourn that first sparked his now enduring interest in Scandinavian history and culture – an interest that after many years of research, both academic and in the field, led him to write Finn’s Fate and the sequel novel, Three Kings, One Throne.

Although a lot of his spare time is spent with grandchildren, he also has a wide range of interests including researching for future books, writing, playing the guitar, and electronics. He spends at least two months a year sailing his boat which is currently in Scandinavia.

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1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?

I learnt a long time ago to expect the unexpected. (A protective mechanism when you are running your own business!) Having made this claim I must admit, nevertheless, to have been surprised by a number of things in the last five years: the advent of seven grandchildren (two sets of twins), managing a long distance sailing trip to Stockholm, the re-learning of horse riding skills and of course, the fantastic experience of seeing two stories which I had been longing to tell, appearing in print.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?

Listening and learning! I have met so many interesting people in my life, but I regret bitterly, not spending more time listening to them and recording their stories. For example, in the 1960s I bought a house in Sweden from a retired military officer. At a subsequent social event he introduced me to his German Uncle Ernst. Ernst was about seventy years of age and I quickly learnt that he had been a colonel in the SS during the war. We passed a few pleasantries, though I found his past to be somewhat repugnant. A few days later I heard that he had died and I was told the story of how he and most of his regiment had been captured by the Russians. Nearing Moscow on a prisoner of war train, his men overpowered their guards, hijacked the train and eventually battled their way through Russian lines back to their German division. What a story! I had the chance to get chapter and verse, and I had missed it. Yes, if I could go back, I would do a lot more listening.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?

Without doubt the happiest occasions of my life were being present at the birth of my three daughters. But I have been fortunate enough to have had many, many happy moments. I think the secret to happiness is to be positive. I see many disabled people in my work with Riding for the Disabled, most of them are so positive that their happiness is infectious.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?

My research for writing historical novels shows me time and again how hard, dangerous and uncertain life was for the people of past generations. Yes, it is possible to cast a romantic gloss on times gone by, but the reality is that today, in our part of the world, we live more safely, more healthily and longer than people ever have. I try to pass on to my grandchildren an appreciation of how very fortunate we really are and to be thankful for it.

Thank you so much Michael for sharing! Be sure to connect with Michael and check out his newest Three Kings One Throne!

4 Questions with Bestselling Author Stephanie Grace Whitson

I simply love how authors can come across one little tidbit of the past and turn it into a novel that not only opens up readers to a piece of forgotten history, but can be so creative that it grabs the reader from the start. As bestselling author Stephanie Grace Whitson mentioned in her book Sixteen Brides (I’ll share my review soon!), it only took the words “Another cargo of war widows arrived…” while researching in Nebraska Historical Society to create her story (and it was a good one!).

Such an awesome skill to be able to envision the cast and characters from that point on! And Whitson knows how to make it work! So of course I was super excited to have her join us here with 4 Questions!

And she speaks French, which makes you automatically rad.


A two-time Christy Award finalist, author Stephanie Grace Whitson pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska.

With the spring, 2013, release of the third and final book in The Quilt Chronicles series (The Message on the Quilt), best-selling, award-winning Nebraska author Stephanie Grace Whitson will have over twenty novels and two non-fiction books to her credit. Whitson is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on a variety of historical and inspirational topics for civic and church groups. Her church, her grandchildren, her motorcycle (named Kitty), old stuff (antique quilts, sepia-toned photographs, etc.), women’s history, and French and Italian language and culture all rank high on Stephanie’s list of favorite things.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
That I would find such joy in being a grandmother.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I’d have learned to speak more languages in addition to French.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Seeing the first copy of my first published book.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
That God loves them so much that he was willing to watch his own son die on a cross so that they could not only know forgiveness, peace, and joy in this life but also so that they could begin an eternity of bliss in the blink of eye after their last breath.


Thank you again Stephanie! And since she has a new release out this month, we obviously need to give one away! Her newest The Message of the Quilt is out and you don’t want to miss it! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (I know, so shocking huh?!)! If you want to earn extra entries, here’s a few easy ways (just leave a comment each time you do)

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Start is coming!

I remember back in 2008 when a friend suggested I check out Stuff Christians Like. I’m so glad I did!! Jon Acuff is hil.ar.ious. What started as a blog looking at the often funny things us Christians do has gone above and beyond that. From readers coming together to build two schools in Vietnam, to encouraging posts to building a community that has really changed lives. It’s amazing to see how the Lord has used Acuff and his writings!

Following the successful books, Stuff Christians Like, Quitter, & Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me about Debt, he is coming out with Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. And I can’t wait! I already pre-ordered it, knowing it will be amazing.

To check out more about the book (there’s a bunch of hook ups if you pre order!), just click here! I don’t want to be average and I don’t think you do either. So let’s punch fear in the face.

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Here’s some of the awesome stuff you’ll receive if you pre-order:

  • The Hater Handbook PDF
  • The 3 Stages of Every Awesome Idea PDF
  • Two video segments from Start Night @ Franklin Theater
  • Start eBook, ePub format and Kindle
  • Four Quitter Conference audio lessons

Finally, COME TO AUSTIN!! AKA the best city eva. They’re having a Start night in this wonderful city and I couldn’t be more excited!!
Reaching awesome has never been more possible. At Start Night, we’ll explore the five stages of every awesome life, how to punch fear in the face, and escape average. You can sign up here!

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