Now that I have your attention, I’d like to talk about my new book Diggin’ For Intimacy: Sex, Sensuality, and Loving God, available on Amazon on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.
It’s nothing like a whole Global Pandemic to make you question the fragility of life and make you press “PLAY” on all of the systems that have been on “PAUSE.” After months of sheltering-in-place, masking up, and being tentative about every needed from grocery shopping to going to the dentist,
As a trained journalist who has written professionally for more than 25 years, there was no reason for me not to put words to paper and what God downloads to be daily for “the perfecting of the saints.” When I do the math, I practically write several books each year if I considered the posts that I write on the various social media platforms. But since 2014, when I published my first book, I’ve been hesitant to publish another book.
Who cares? I mean, social media kee-kees don’t equate to book sales or followers committing to hundreds of pages of reading.
While Diggin’ For Intimacy: Jewels of Hope While Pressure & Time Collide allowed me to explore opportunities I never thought or imagined; I just didn’t have the confidence to write another book. That is until I acknowledged the words God placed inside of me could return to the dirt with me if I didn’t surrender and release them while there was still breath in my body.
Upon my death, I’d like to have deposited my papers deposited in the Avery Research Center, located in my hometown of Charleston, S.C. Those bins that I can only hope won’t be thrown away contain the news articles and writings I’ve written over the years.
But while I’m still here, I may as well let my words continue to heal as the stories that I previously wrote did for those who read them in newspapers.
So why write a book with content that I should just keep between Jesus and me? Maybe, just maybe, these words will help someone not make the same mistakes I’ve made when it comes to looking for love in all the wrong places. After posting statuses about dating and mating on Facebook, I realized that I wasn’t the only one experiencing anxiety from love and loss. From my first book, I also learned that our experiences and words have the power to help others reflect and consider where God is at work in their own lives.
For years, I’ve felt a tug to write about the anxieties and lessons learned along the way. But who wants people all in their business? I mean, primarily when you work to curate your “business carefully.” But whether we share our stories or not, people will have their interpretations of our lives and stories.
In Diggin’ For Intimacy, I take readers on a journey of “entanglements,” lust, romance, struggle-love, grace, healing, and restoration. After each of the ten chapters, readers get to consider what they’ve read and answers questions that help them excavate the joy, pain, and God’s presence in their love journeys. Oh, readers will laugh, cry, possibly experience guilt, and learn they are not alone. Because of the subject matter and the deep places that may be agitated during your reading, female readers are encouraged to read the book in groups or with trusted friends you can be transparent with about your past or current dating reality.
I’m excited about the release of Diggin’ For Intimacy and invite followers to attend the virtual celebration on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.