Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been an exciting week here at 4word, because Diane’s book Work, Love, Pray shipped on Tuesday. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, there are more details below. First, let’s recap what we talked about on the blog this week. 

Previously on 4word
Our theme this week was “pray,” and on Monday, Diane wrote about the difficulty of waiting for God to act on His own time. Using a story from her own life, she explained that, “We tend to see and feel only what’s in front of us, but God’s perspective is more vast than we could ever imagine.”

On Wednesday, we interviewed Ally Spotts, a writer and blogger who hails from Portland, OR and who is a member of our 4word Portland group. Ally shared the story behind her blog’s title, “quarter life crisis: averted.” If you’d like to hear more from Ally, we’ll be interviewing her again in two weeks. In the meantime, you can always head over to her blog, which she updates daily.

It’s here!
Work, Love, Pray shipped this week. We hope that all of you who pre-ordered a copy from Amazon have received yours or will soon. Once you’ve read it, let us know what you think by leaving a review on the book’s Amazon page, sending us an email, or leaving a comment here on the blog. We want to hear your perspective, too! If you haven’t yet ordered a copy of the book, you can buy one from Amazon, Zondervan, Barnes & Noble or And remember, all proceeds from the book will be used to fund the 4word ministry.

Around the Blogosphere
We have an eclectic collection of links today, but all of them deal with different aspects of faith. If you’d like to read more, we encourage you to visit the “spiritual life” section of our support page.

  • Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts, posted this week about the changing of the seasons and how God is often closest to us in trials or seasons of change.
  • Ally Spotts wrote about the difference between guilt and conviction and why only one of these is a positive emotion.
  • Both Relevant Magazine and Her.meneutics recently posted about the relationship between faith, doubt and certainty.
  • The blog Mentoring Moments for Christian Women asked the question: “in your pursuit of godliness, have you left Jesus behind?” To quote author Elyse Fitzpatrick, “If you neglect to focus on God’s love for you in Christ, your Christianity will soon be reduced to a program of self-improvement.”

Up Next
That’s all for now, ladies. Next week, our theme is “work.” We’ll be talking to Shaunti Feldhahn again on Wednesday, but this time we’ll discuss her latest book For Women Only in the Workplace. On Monday, Diane will review the latest Sarah Jessica Parker movie I Don’t Know How She Does It. If you go see the movie this weekend, be sure to drop by on Monday and leave us a comment with your own film review.