December 16, 2013

An Advent Announcement

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I’m so excited to share this great early Christmas present I got in the mail early last week:

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I know, I know, you can’t really tell, right? I’m just holding a piece of paper in front of a Christmas tree (whose name is Tilly, by the way.)

Well, that piece of paper is the contract I signed with my new and amazing agent, Rachelle Gardner!

I’m humbled to be able to work with Rachelle, who represents a few people you might already know.

I’m really thrilled to be partnering with such a talented, thoughtful and like-spirited agent. As I finish up edits on my current project (which has a title! that I’m not going to tell you yet!), Rachelle and I are planning and dreaming and thinking about what’s coming next in the writing world for me and for Anam Cara.

In that light, I wanted to let you know about a few upcoming events in the Anam Cara world that you might be interested in:

Coming Home to the Body: A Woman’s Journey toward Contemplative Embodiment: I’m thrilled to be partnering with Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts in teaching in her online retreat, Coming Home to the Body. There’s a huge lineup of amazing teachers, and I think this is a topic we in the body of Christ desperately need to address more fully and more regularly. This will be a wonderful journey starting January 1, and what a better time to be kind to and aware of your body, when the New Year’s resolution shame-machine is ramping up to a frenzied pitch. I love how Christine describe this time: “This program is rooted in the conviction that our bodies offer us the deepest wisdom, wisdom that can guide us through the river of life. The more we deepen into the body’s wisdom the more we will find greater freedom, joy, nourishment, rest, and empowerment for exquisite self-care.  This is the dancing monk’s practice.  This is the journey into the “last unexplored wilderness.””

Christianity21: Also in January, I’ll be giving a seven-minute talk at Christianity21 in Denver (Jan 9.-11). This is going to be my first time on a big stage doing a TED-like talk, so please come out and cheer me on. That, plus the event is packed with amazing speakers, including the incomparable Phyllis Tickle. (This is a GREAT. BIG. DEAL., so please be praying even if you can’t attend.)

Book Giveaway: Finally, if you missed it, the winners from last week’s guest post and book giveaway are posted on the blog. If you get me your name and address, I’ll get you your book by Christmas.

Thanks for celebrating with me, friends! 2014 is going to be an exciting year.

  • B Lee Maize

    Really awesome.

    • Tara M. Owens

      Thanks, Lee!

  • Robert Rife

    Tara, this is truly wonderful. Congratulations.

    • Tara M. Owens

      Thanks, Rob. I so appreciate it.

  • dizneluver

    Congrats Tara!!! XOXOXO

    • Tara M. Owens

      Thank you! :)

  • pastordt

    This is FABULOUS. So glad to read this, all of this, Tara. Congrats! And blessing upon blessing as you continue to expand your wonderful, thoughtful ministry of words and practices into all kinds of good places.

  • idelette

    Congratulations, Tara! See you around the Books and Such hallways. ;)

    • Tara M. Owens

      I’m excited to be sharing those halls with such an amazing woman, Idelette.

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  • Rachelle Gardner

    “Planning and dreaming and thinking about what’s coming next” … my favorite things!

  • Tanya Marlow

    You know I’m cheering for you! Love the pic :-)

  • Esther Emery

    I’m so excited for you, Tara!! All wonderful news!