Next week we’re kicking off a Skull Church tour through Canada for the first time ever! I’ve never been to Canada, so it’s two-fold excitement for me. We’ll be bringing the ultimate message of hope throughout Alberta to Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. If you live in or anywhere near these places don’t miss these events! Time and venue details are listed here.
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If you aren’t much of a reader and are wondering if I would sit next to you in your car and read “Through The Eyes of a Lion” to you, this is the next best thing. Instead of using a narrator or voice actor I did the reading for the audiobook personally. It was harder than I thought it would be (considering I speak all the time) but I am so happy I chose to do it and really think it came out well.
The most difficult part was sitting absolutely still. Even the rustling of clothing or my tongue hitting my teeth too hard would cause the producer or engineer to come in on my headphones and have me start the sentence over again. (I think I read the book 3x in totality.) There would also be the occasional jet that would fly overhead or semi truck rumbling by that would come in on the super sensitive recording equipment and cause us to have to stop. Did I mention that a fly got stuck in the recording booth with me one time and the buzzing was being recorded? Fortunately the engineer had ninja reflexes and literally caught it with his bare hands. It was a crazy three days in Nashville that’s for sure.
But the biggest thing that stood out to me as I read the book out loud was how much I believe in the message, that it will help people. And my heart was filled with how thankful I am for Lenya’s life and the way the Lord gave us strength in such weak moments. I can’t wait for you to hear it!
Yesterday was one of those all-time milestone days in life. You only ever get to release your first book one time. We spent a lot of the day on airplanes but we were able to do something very special right after we arrived back in Montana. One of the themes in the book is running toward the roar — facing things you fear so they can’t chase you. The problem with running away from things you are frightened of is that they will always be right there ready to haunt you when you least expect it. We decided that one of the ways that we wanted to celebrate the launch of the book was to practice what I wrote about and face something that frightened us.
We hadn’t been back in the hospital Lenya was taken to the night she went to Heaven in two and a half years. I drive by it almost every day (which is hard enough) but hadn’t been back inside since the early morning hours of December 21, 2012. A few months ago the thought hit me that inevitably life would force my hand. Me or someone I love will eventually need stitches, have an accident or end up for some reason in the ER that will necessitate a trip to the place where we experienced a living nightmare. I decided that I would rather have our return be on our terms and by our choice. It is always better to happen to your life than to have your life happen to you.
We brought copies of our book with us for all the emergency room employees and with a prayer for strength parked our car and marched in through doors we came out in desperate shock on that cold winter’s night. Was it easy? No. Did we get somewhat stunned by flashbacks and even feel nauseous because of the way smells triggered memories? Yes. But am I glad we did it? Absolutely. Walking in there was scary, but now it has no power over me.
We also went to the emergency services building the ambulance we rode in the night Lenya went to heaven was deployed from, and brought copies of the book to the paramedics and firefighters serving there. The men on each end of this pic were part of the crew that answered the 911 call on December 20, 2012 that I talk about in chapter 3. They came to our aid when we needed them and fought for my daughter. For that I will always appreciate and honor them.
I don’t know what it will mean for you today but I pray God gives you the strength to run TOWARD the roar. Once you face what you are freaked out by you don’t have to live in fear of it.
Do you have a roar story to share? You can do that here. (Look for the panel that says submit your story.)
Have you bought the book yet? You can do that here.
We are just a few short days away from the release of Through the Eyes of a Lion! Not just my first book…but one of the most special and difficult assignments God has ever given me. In a million years I never would have asked for it but have tried my best to live up to it and walk in the grace that is sufficient for the weakness. As this book goes out I pray for eyes to be opened and hands to be strengthened. For people to be empowered in their pain as they run with legs that tremble.
In the month of August I will be preaching a four week sermon series based on the book at Fresh Life and it kicked off this weekend! At the end of the month we will be giving away the entire series (my message notes, transcripts, graphics package, small group videos and bumper vids) for any church or group that wants to use them to do a Through the Eyes of a Lion series or weekend. Whether you want to preach or play the videos of me preaching, you will have access to everything we are doing for the series for free. I hope many will join in this, maybe by going through the book in their community groups or doing the series so that hurting people’s lives will turn into ROAR stories! You can still pre-order your copy or promote the book here.