Skip to main content

Lady Wynwood #7 early release Kickstarter

I worked on my first Kickstarter and it got approved! It’s for the Special Edition Hardcover of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer and the release of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 7: Spinster. I contacted my graphic designer about the Special Edition Hardcover of vol. 1: Archer—it’s going to be SO beautiful! The Kickstarter focuses on the Special Edition Hardcover, but it’ll also include vol. 7: Spinster so that it’ll sort of be like a launch day for vol. 7, too. A third special thing that’ll be in the Kickstarter is Special Edition Paperbacks of all the books in the series. They won’t be available in stores, just in the Kickstarter (and later, from my website, and also in my Patreon book box tiers if I decide to do them). The Kickstarter is not live yet, but you can follow it to be alerted when it has launched. (You may need to create a free Kickstarter account.) Follow Camy’s Kickstarter

CWO - Reading quickly

Captain’s Log, Supplemental



"Those who read fast reap no more advantage than a bee would by only skimming over the surface of the flower, instead of waiting to penetrate into it, and extract its sweets."
~ Madame Jeanne Guyon ~


Update: I rewrote my post when I discovered Madame was talking specifically about Bible reading and not just reading in general. My point is essentially still the same.

I admit I’m torn about this quote.

I do enjoy meditating on the Bible. Certain passages deserve the time and mental energy to dwell, savor, contemplate, investigate, journal about. Those are some of my closest times with God.

But I also started the Bible in 90 Days challenge last year, and it was the most incredible experience I’ve had in a long time.

I had never read the entire Bible through before I did the Bible in 90 Days. I always lost interest in the normal books—the Pentateuch, usually around Leviticus somewhere.

For the Bible in 90 Days, the point is to just read. Keep reading. Don’t skim, necessarily, but don’t dwell, either. (I admit I broke this rule a lot if there was something completely out in left field—then I’d look it up in my Study Bible notes so I’d understand what was going on.)

I got through Leviticus in 2 days. Numbers in another 2 days. Deuteronomy in another 2 days. Suddenly I was in Joshua and I was past the books of the law.

I’d done it! I’d broken through my normal stopping point.

I learned more about God and the history of Israel than I’d ever learned before in years of Sunday School. God would make passages jump out at me in the midst of my reading—I’d highlight them, then go on. I’d end my reading time each day with a sigh of wonder at how much of His character He’d revealed to me.

I didn’t savor or meditate or dwell on passages the way Madame suggests, but God met me there each day and fulfilled me in ways I had never expected.

Don’t get me wrong—I do enjoy the times I savor my Bible passages, but I also learned the incredible experience of reading through the entire Bible. It was amazing in ways I can’t even describe.

So, while I know most people favor the mediate-and-savor method of digging into God’s Word, I have to plug the Bible in 90 Days challenge, too. I am incredibly richer in my knowledge of God through the experience.

Do you agree or disagree with Madame Jeanne? With me? Feel free to speak up—everyone knows that I always do!

And visit Laurel Wreath, the host of this week’s “In Other Words.”

Blog book giveaway:
To enter, go to the blog links below and post a comment there.
Two books for moms by Jenn Doucette
She’s Out of Control by Kristin Billerbeck

Comments

Miriam Pauline said…
I love taking the time to savor, look up word meanings, learn about the original language etc. But based on your blogging about the 90 day challenge, I'm doing that this year. (ok technically it is day 30 and I am on day 11 but I had two weeks of sick kids!) And I am getting a whole new perspective, reading Scripture just as a story and not as a deep study. The key for me is to have some time of study and memorization while I enjoy the story of His word. Thank you for blogging about 90 days!
Denise said…
Bless you for your thoughts.
Becky said…
Sometimes, it takes a challenge like that to get through the "dry" parts, those that we would normally skim over or skip altogether! Thanks for your thoughts.
Anonymous said…
Wow - 90-day-challenge. Never have heard of it. I might have to try it next year. This year I want to memorize as much as I can....I think it is cool that you got through the 'dry' parts of the Bible :)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote.

Blessings on your day and always...
Lori said…
I love reading this. I think God can teach us anyway, anytime, anyhow...and I too would have to read those books quickly also (or I would fall asleep ;)

I am glad God really blessed you in the 90 day journery. That is what he loves...faithfulness.

Blessings.
Cindy Swanson said…
The 90 Day challenge sounds really interesitng--I agree, sometimes it takes something drastic to make us break through the impasse. Your post made me see that there are times when fast Bible-reading could serve a purpose. Of course, I'm guilty of sometimes reading it just out of duty and skimming through it, but even if those times, the Lord actually is able to grab my attention!

This was my first visit to your blog, Camy, and I think it looks great! Asian Chick Lit? Sounds very cool to me! :)
Cindy Swanson said…
Ooops...that should've read "even in those times."
Anonymous said…
I agree, in theory; in practice, not everything is worth savoring. Like men do not savor directions. My ADD-ness compels me to read quickly, then I go back and savor--if it's worth the calories, you know?
Delete said…
I think I do agree with Madame, for reason explained in my post, but I want to commend you for speaking your mind and explaining the reasons for why the 90 day challenge worked for you. God works through each of differently and I guess this just proves that.

Blessings!
I think I'm going to have to check this Bible in 90 days out! Great post! Thanks for stopping by!
Great post Camy! God can speak to us at any time and in any way - so why not in just reading without meditating? For me, if I just read, I don't generally tend to get anything out of it. I reqire some prayer beforehand (asking God to speak to me or reveal something in His Word), reading and meditating on it.
I've never heard of the Bible in 90 days challenge before. But a while back, the Lord told me it was high time I read every word in the Bible, not just my favorite passages and books over and over again. Like you, in the past I had always gotten stuck in the first four or five books of the OT. I won't tell you how long it has been since I started, but I am now up to one of my very favorite OT scriptures, Jer. 29:11. That was one of the very first scriptures I ever memorized and it is one of the most useful and encouraging I turn to time and again. Thanks for this great post!

Popular Posts

No Cold Bums toilet seat cover

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.22.2008 I actually wrote out my pattern! I was getting a lot of hits on my infamous toilet seat cover , and I wanted to make a new one with “improvements,” so I paid attention and wrote things down as I made the new one. This was originally based off the Potty Mouth toilet cover , but I altered it to fit over the seat instead of the lid. Yarn: any worsted weight yarn, about 120 yards (this is a really tight number, I used exactly 118 yards. My suggestion is to make sure you have about 130 yards.) I suggest using acrylic yarn because you’re going to be washing this often. Needle: I used US 8, but you can use whatever needle size is recommended by the yarn you’re using. Gauge: Not that important. Mine was 4 sts/1 inch in garter stitch. 6 buttons (I used some leftover shell buttons I had in my stash) tapestry needle Crochet hook (optional) Cover: Using a provisional cast on, cast on 12 stitches. Work in garter st until liner measures

Sneak peek: Camy’s Kickstarter Pledge Levels

I’m working hard to create exciting pledge levels for my upcoming Kickstarter! Don’t know what Kickstarter is? Check out this blog post about my Kickstarter. I posted a description of the Pledge Levels (and pictures) on Patreon. Click here to check out the Kickstarter Pledge Levels! You can Follow my Kickstarter to be notified when it’s launched, and I’ll also announce in my newsletter when it’s live. Follow Camy’s Kickstarter here

Toilet seat cover

Captain’s Log, Supplemental Update August 2008: I wrote up the pattern for this with "improvements"! Here's the link to my No Cold Bums toilet seat cover ! Okay, remember a few days ago I was complaining about the cold toilet seat in my bathroom? Well, I decided to knit a seat cover. Not a lid cover, but a seat cover. I went online and couldn’t find anything for the seat, just one pattern for the lid by Feminitz.com . However, I took her pattern for the inside edge of the lid cover and modified it to make a seat cover. Here it is! It’s really ugly stitch-wise because originally I made it too small and had to extend it a couple inches on each side. I figured I’d be the one staring at it, so who cared if the extension wasn’t perfectly invisible? I used acrylic yarn since, well, that’s what I had, and also because it’s easy to wash. I’ll probably have to wash this cover every week or so, but it’s easy to take off—I made ties which you can see near the back of the seat. And

Grace Livingston Hill romances free on Google Books

I wanted to update my old post on Grace Livingston Hill romances because now there are tons more options for you to be able to read her books for free online! I’m a huge Grace Livingston Hill fan. Granted, not all her books resonate with me, but there are a few that I absolutely love, like The Enchanted Barn and Crimson Roses . And the best part is that she wrote over 100 books and I haven’t yet read them all! When I have time, I like to dive into a new GLH novel. I like the fact that most of them are romances, and I especially appreciate that they all have strong Christian themes. Occasionally the Christian content is a little heavy-handed for my taste, but it’s so interesting to see what the Christian faith was like in the early part of the 20th century. These books are often Cinderella-type stories or A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) type stories, which I love. And the best part is that they’re all set in the early 1900s, so the time period is absolutely fasci

Sneak peek: Camy’s Kickstarter rewards

This Kickstarter is going to be awesome! I’ve been planning rewards that’ll knock your socks off! Don’t know what Kickstarter is? Check out this blog post about my Kickstarter. I posted a description of the rewards (and pictures) on Patreon. Click here to check out the Kickstarter rewards! You can Follow my Kickstarter to be notified when it’s launched, and I’ll also announce in my newsletter when it’s live. Follow Camy’s Kickstarter here

ACFW booksigning at the Mall of America

Captain's Log, Stardate 09.04.2008 What: ACFW booksigning Who: 127 Christian novelists Where: Best Buy and Sears Rotundas and connecting hallway, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN When: Saturday, September 20, 2008, 1-3 p.m. Why: To meet your favorite authors! I’ll be participating in a massive Christian author booksigning at the Mall of America in Minnesota! You can buy copies of my books there or you can bring your copies for me to sign. I’ll also have a special surprise for the people who come to get their books signed, while supplies last! Here are the other authors signing with me: Mall of America Booksigners Tamera Alexander Jennifer AlLee A.K. Arenz Diane Ashley Karen Ball Janet Lee Barton James Scott Bell Joseph Bentz Terri Blackstock Robin Caroll Patricia PacJac Carroll Jeanie Smith Cash Eleanor Clark Debra Clopton Gloria Clover Brandilyn Collins Mary Connealy Lyn Cote Kathryn Cushman Margaret Daley KM Daughters Susan Page Davis Mary Davis Janet Dean Megan DiMaria Brandt Do

Finished THE LONE RICE BALL!

Captain’s Log, Supplemental Sorry for not blogging yesterday, but I was celebrating! I finished the third book in my Sushi Series, The Lone Rice Ball , in the wee hours on Monday morning and so I took off Tuesday to rest. (By “rest,” I mean I slept a lot and overate at dinner, which was my husband’s smoked pork shoulder. Yum!) I also just got my developmental edits for Only Uni from my editor on Monday, and they’re due at the end of the month. From what I’ve heard from my friend Robin Caroll, she only has two weeks for her line edits, also. This is my second round of edits. My first was my macro edits, which I got on March 13th, and sent back to my macro editor (Rachelle Gardner) on April 20th. We did one more set of minor tweaking before she sent it to my senior editor on May 15th. This set of edits is my developmental edit—also called a line edit—sent to me by my developmental editor, Becky Shingledecker. (She does figure skating in her spare time! Isn’t that just way cool?) After t

What's a Kickstarter and what will I get from it?

I’m hoping to do a Kickstarter in late July or early August, and I thought I’d post this to answer a few questions you might have about it. What’s a Kickstarter and why’s Camy doing one? My Kickstarter is a crowdfunding campaign to fund the production of a Special Edition hardcover with dust jacket of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer. Depending on how this Kickstarter goes, eventually I would like to do Special Edition hardcovers of the other books in the series. For all you avid fans of the series, this Kickstarter will also offer an early release of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 7: Spinster. However, the main focus of this campaign is the Special Edition hardcover of book 1. Kickstarter isn’t a shopping website, but I admit I kind of feel like I’m shopping when I back a campaign for books or items that look fantastic! Why Kickstarter: Kickstarter enables me to produce the kinds of gorgeous special editions that I love and offer them to you, my readers, so you can

Lady Wynwood #7 early release Kickstarter

I worked on my first Kickstarter and it got approved! It’s for the Special Edition Hardcover of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer and the release of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 7: Spinster. I contacted my graphic designer about the Special Edition Hardcover of vol. 1: Archer—it’s going to be SO beautiful! The Kickstarter focuses on the Special Edition Hardcover, but it’ll also include vol. 7: Spinster so that it’ll sort of be like a launch day for vol. 7, too. A third special thing that’ll be in the Kickstarter is Special Edition Paperbacks of all the books in the series. They won’t be available in stores, just in the Kickstarter (and later, from my website, and also in my Patreon book box tiers if I decide to do them). The Kickstarter is not live yet, but you can follow it to be alerted when it has launched. (You may need to create a free Kickstarter account.) Follow Camy’s Kickstarter