Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Everything by Mary DeMuth - Releases today!

Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus“I don’t write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a ‘how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps’ guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, and how we obey Him in the moment matters. It all matters. Everything.”

Author and speaker Mary DeMuth has been abused, foreclosed, abandoned, and betrayed. She has been pressed and drained till it was too much . . .

But it was just enough to bring her to a place of surrender, piece by precious piece. In that surrender, she found the freedom of givingeverything to God. And through Scripture, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit, she gives it all over again, every day.

In this gentle and challenging book, DeMuth describes the process and the nuances that shape us to be more like Christ. Her words are clear, vulnerable, and thought provoking, and every chapter is infused with Scripture.

Most of all, DeMuth provides personal and practical evidence that there is no greater pursuit than Christ. We must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the Everything He is, the Everything He gives.

Mary DeMuth
I’m chef wanna-be, a sometimes tri-athlete (note emphasis on sometimes), and a passionate follower of Jesus. I’m in love with my husband and kids and am zealous about writing and speaking. (I promised my family I wouldn’t talk about my nose ring.) But they’re pretty crazy too, as you can see below!
My deepest dream is to see stories—mine and others—change lives as they’ve changed mine.
Although I write both non-fiction and fiction, I’m especially fond of the latter because of the power of story. Stories saved me. From the parables of Jesus, to novels like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Book of the Dun Cow, stories swept me away into a world of hope and possibilities.

Today Everything officially releases! Woot!

To celebrate, we’re giving stuff away! Lots of stuff. Cool stuff. Fun stuff. Stuff that’ll bless your socks off (but you might need to put a new pair on since it’s getting colder.)
So from tomorrow, October 16 until Tuesday October 23, all you need to do is purchase the book however you want (yep, even in a bookstore). Send us a copy of the receipt (you can take a pic of store receipts), send it to  EverythingPromo@ThomasNelson.com and we’ll send you the free e-products worth $246.90, many offered by my awesome friends (thanks friends!).
If you’d like, you can test drive the book. Read the introduction and chapter one here.
Interview Reprinted from Mary's webpage


Tell us your journey of publication:

I started out writing angst-filled diary entries in the sixth grade, graduated to angst-filled poetry in the 8th grade, aspiring to AP English in high school, then majoring in English in college. I created a newsletter for moms in the early 90s. I wrote in obscurity a good ten years before I got serious about publication in 2000. Then I met my dear friend and mentor Sandra Glahn (www.aspire2.com) who helped me navigate the crazy world of publishing. In 2003, I became a newspaper columnist and wrote my first novel, which helped me find an agent. In 2004, I sold my first two manuscripts, both parenting books. It’s been a busy, thrilling, wild ride ever since.Here’s a picture of me and my friend Sandra:

When did you start speaking?

When I was a one year old, with the word “Goalie-gopter,” which of course means Helicopter. I’ve been speaking ever since.

That’s not what we meant. When did you start professionally speaking?

Ah, well. I’ve been speaking for churches and groups since the mid 1990s. I spent nearly three years in France where I had the opportunity to speak in Munich, Vienna, Florence, Monaco and Amsterdam—quite an eclectic combination. And, no, I don’t speak all those languages, though my children speak French fluently and make fun of my accent.

What are your favorite books?

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tribes by Seth Godin
The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin
Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
The Calvary Road  by Roy Hession
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Who are your heroes?

Beside my husband and three amazing children? Jesus, Mother Teresa, Randy Alcorn, and anyone who dares to be humble and teachable. These days, my hero is my friend Paul who lives in Ghana. He exemplifies Jesus and depends on Him in a way I long for in my own life.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

A breathtaking tie between Moose Tracks and Mint Oreo cookie. Though I must say the best ice cream in the world is gelato from little gelato stands along the Italian Riviera. Wow.

Your most embarrassing moment?

When I was in the fifth grade, I went on all the rides at the county fair with some older, cooler girls. I was too afraid to tell them I had to go to the bathroom. On the scrambler, I peed on them all.

What do you hope folks come away with after they read your book or hear you speak?

That Jesus is real and active and is available to heal, restore and renew your life today. Whether you’re a parent needing strength, an abuse victim strangled by the past, or a seeker trying to figure out life with Jesus, it’s my sincere hope you find authentic answers in the pages of my books, from the words of my mouth.

Any closing remarks?

I’m just like you. I’m terribly needy and frail. But I serve and follow a dynamic God who dares to stoop low to earth to give me strength and joy and peace. That’s my sincere prayer for you today, that you’d know His power in your weakness. And that you’d experience His whisperings every single day.

Book Trailer

My Review
I was so excited when I was notified of being on the Everything Launch Team. Mary DeMuth is such an astounding author. She reveals so much of herself in her books so that she can help others through the trials in their own lives. Mary has learned much through the trials in her own life and when she prays for you, she offers hope you didn’t have before.

She offers wisdom on being a child of God through her own personal stories. It is a book that you’ll bend the pages down to come back to, you will highlight passages, and you will write notes in the margins to share with friends. We learn that we are called to be like Christ and by our actions, we will bring others closer to Him.

Everything is a book that will leave you pondering life. I hope you are one of the lucky ones who will read this book.

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  1. Thank you for your review and backing Mary DeMuths books look interesting reminds me of an old saying from the past" Some times you write things from your own mind and sometimes God puts things in your mind to write" D you have a good site: be well

  2. This one looks like a good one, Donna. Thanks for a great review....always can count on you to tell me what I want to know before I go and buy book!


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