Advent: Noetic Fire

This whole month so far is a blur.

So, what else is new, right? I keep telling myself that at some point in my life I’m going to get my crap together and sit in some silence during this Nativity Fast. I keep thinking that tomorrow I’m going to get it all done and find that silent time and just breathe a little deeper.

Tomorrow came and went. Now it’s already just a couple of weeks til the feast.

Yikes. Time flies.

So today I slowed down a little. I read some poetry. I drank a cup of tea. All of these things reminded me to tell you that the new episode of The Wilderness Journal is up and it’s a good ‘un. With the continuation of my conversation with Summer Kinard and poetry from my friend Scott Cairns, this episode ought to be just what we need to stoke that noetic fire. 

Along with that my latest book releases this week on I’m doing a “virtual” book launch, meaning that if you go to my Facebook page, you can come and go as you like. The only downside to a virtual party is that I can’t offer you delicious food or drink to go with the book readings and peeks into my poorly functioning literal garden. Sorry.

Still, it’s a nice way to hang out, right? Be sure to pick up the new book here, and if you like it, I do hope you’ll give me a thumbs up on Amazon or Goodreads or anywhere that asks you how you like Garden in the East. 🙂

Here’s to putting on the brakes for a few minutes this Nativity season.


One comment:

  1. Dear Angela:

    I just listened to your latest podcast, and found it interesting in a number of ways. I’d bought your book for my wife a while back, and had a natural curiosity about your podcast…being a baby-boomer, and with things changing so fast from generation to generation, I couldn’t help wondering…

    In addition to your thought-provoking stuff, hearing about the anguish we all go through—anguish apparently knows no generation gap—I had no idea Anabaptist romances were written by everyday Janes! Frequenting libraries in Indiana, I’d realized a while back why they’re so popular (a lot of Anabaptists don’t have TV’s and read books, duh)…but somehow I’d always envisioned them being written by prim matrons in gray dresses banging on manual typewriters at wooden tables.

    —Speaking of romances, I must confess to having written an Orthodox romcom (?!) myself. It has actually been published (long story), and has recommendations from Frederica and other Orthodox writers. Right now I’m working on publicity, and am sending some complementary copies out. It’s available from Amazon, and I have pasted the link and my publicity sheet below.

    If you’d like a complementary copy, please let me know an address to ship it to. My aim was to write something entertaining, that would be a good read for non-Orthodox as well as Orthodox, the perfect thing to re-gift…

    In Christ,

    Subdeacon Randall Hay
    Joy of All Who Sorrow, Indianapolis

    Have you ever wished there was a lighthearted novel that was fun to read, and also offered enticing hints of Orthodoxy to those outside the Church?

    Here I present you with FROM LIZ TO ETERNITY.

    LIZ is the story of a single woman who becomes guardian of four orphaned nieces. She loves the little girls dearly, but doesn’t know how she can support the family financially and also give them the time and energy they need.

    An unpredictable series of events leads her to visit an Orthodox monastery. She meets a monastic elder there who suggests that she look for a husband among her old high school friends. It sounds impossible to Liz, but when she checks she finds there is one person who does indeed fit the elder’s hints: Rob.

    Liz hasn’t spoken to Rob in twenty years. He had a crush on her then; what will he think of her now? What if she doesn’t like him, or he isn’t the father-type? And how will she find all this out before moving across country to start a new job? Thus begins a frenetic, often humorous courtship…which ends in a way no one expects.

    FROM LIZ TO ETERNITY has been praised by a number of established Orthodox authors. Frederica Mathewes-Green calls it “delightful, surprising, and tender, with just-enough humor and just-enough seriousness to make it broader and deeper than many contemporary novels. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.” Katherine Hyde (Editorial Director of Ancient Faith Publishing) says, “I laughed out loud more times than I could count, while also being deeply moved.” Mother Macaria Corbett (widely published poet) describes Liz as a “fast-paced, heartwarming and hilarious story.” Author/Editor Jane G. Meyer, “a well crafted page turner…smartly written, filled with witty prose and unexpected turns.” Bev Cooke (author of Royal Monastic) says, “Laugh out loud funny, but with a serious undertone that didn’t distract from its sense of mischief, the book kept me reading late into the night.”

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