One Book I’m Surprised to Enjoy

This weekend I started reading The Year of Magical Thinking, a memoir by Joan Didion. It sounds hopeful and whimsical from the title but one page in you will realize this is a book about grief. 

The Year of Magical ThinkingI actually knew this going in and I decided to read it anyway. For me, a woman with a curious blend of sunshine and brood, this is an unlikely choice. On the one hand, I tend to want the books I read to be life-giving in an obvious sort of way (sunshine). But I am also capable of work myself into an irrational, breathless fear over nothing. I have a tendency to imagine grief-filled scenarios on my own (brooding).

In high school I once wrote in my journal, I’m in the mood to be depressed. Who says this? Someone who doesn’t need to be reading sad books, that’s who.

Still, I’m learning to be intentional about choosing books to read that I may not at first be naturally drawn to and then giving them a fair chance as  I read. It seems like the healthy, grown up thing to do.

I haven’t been able to put this book down, sneaking in paragraphs during commercials and lapses in conversation. She tells her story in an  immediate and honest sort of way, pulling out ordinary details to describe her unthinkable reality.

To see grief and loss through her experience is for me fascinating, heart-breaking, and strangely comforting. I haven’t finished it yet so it could take a turn, but so far I would recommend it.

Have you read a book you were surprised to enjoy? Or not enjoyed a book you thought you would? Tell us in the comments so we can edit our book lists.

Living Life and Taking Notes

Three weeks after John and I got married, we went on a mission trip with high school students from our church to serve for a week in Washington D.C.

We stayed in a little church in the city, slept on the floor in sleeping bags – girls on one side of the room and boys on the other. One of the days we were there was a Sunday so we worshipped with the small congregation, complete with raised hands and a super-charged sermon.

church

The students loved every minute of it. All we heard the whole five hour drive home was about how our home church was missing the point and how this new church in D.C. really loved Jesus and knew what praising God was all about.

And I was slightly livid.

Because what I and a handful of leaders knew (but what these kids didn’t know) was that ten minutes before we pulled out of the parking lot of this church to go home, one of the leaders of the church was changing his mind about how much we owed them for staying there, going back on a previously agreed upon amount. He accused us of lying and tried hard to get more money before we left.

Even if he had been the most God-fearing man on the planet, I still wouldn’t have been crazy about the students placing this little church up on a pedestal like they did. But knowing about the corruption of one of the leaders made listening to their talk even more difficult.

That trip was nearly thirteen years ago and I’ve been on a lot of trips since then. Most recently, Uganda.

First, let me say visiting another country for a week hardly counts as a cross-cultural experience.

I had a breath, more like half of one breath of experiencing Uganda. But it was a glimpse into a way of life different from mine and a daily rhythm foreign to mine. I could learn a lot from those I met there.

I know the temptation of elevating another experience or culture over my own simply because it’s different. I don’t recommend that mentality.

But considering how others live in comparison with how we live could be a wise and humble effort – not because any group or culture has figured out how to live right and certainly knowing that every small group, large group, tribe, and nation will have a fair share of shifty and manipulative people.

Still, it’s important to value the good things we see in others without disrespecting our own roots. The easy action is to elevate one and throw out the other. It takes time, commitment and humility to learn, consider, and then thoughtfully integrate. Agreeing that my way isn’t the only way (and sometimes isn’t the best way) is good for me.

notes from a blue bikeMy friends Tsh and Kyle have experienced way more than half of one breath outside of this country. They lived for years in Turkey – worked jobs, bought fruit, had babies. They had a true cross-cultural experience as a family and Tsh is sharing about it in her new book, Notes from a Blue Bike.

“We’ll take our rich experiences from life in another culture and redefine them into gifts to open here in the Western world. We would take the beauty of life in a slow, relationship-based culture and mold it into something beatiful and useful in our native culture, where the prevailing mark of a good day is getting a lot done.”

Tsh doesn’t merely recount all the ways her life in Turkey was better than her life here. That list would have made me crazy and slightly defensive. Rather she works hard to answer this question: Can we live effectively in the U.S. without productivity as our primary goal?

I am addicted to measureable productivity. Admittedly less so than in the past, but on days when I get little done, I have to wrestle through my own judgements of myself. I am daily learning how to be committed to my work while at the same time, not elevating it over what is truly my desire: communion with God and one another.

Unfortunately for my productive self, the results of communion remains maddeningly un-measurable.

But the value of communion is spectacularly immeasurable. 

This is what I hold on to.

Tsh reminds me of the choices I have in my own life to live with intention now. I don’t have to move to a different country to experience the benefit of a slower pace of living and I don’t have to discount my life here as less-than or wrong. Rather I learn what I can from others and uncover ways to weave in what matters most. We can find our own blue bikes to ride right where we are.

(subscribers click here to see a short video)

notes from a blue bikeI couldn’t help myself, y’all. I had to Waterlogue Tsh and her book. (!!)

Tsh is a mama, a writer, and a friend of mine. She wrote Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World and is the creator of The Art of Simple. You can also find her in a quiet corner of the internet on her own personal site aptly named Tsh Oxenreider.

Whenever I need to reevaluate what my family values most, I turn to her work. After reading this book, I felt like I had gone on a trip with Tsh as my guide–not to a foreign land, but a trip into the land of possiblity for all the important areas of my life. I deeply appreciate her kind and honest perspective on living with intention, especially her thoughts on money, schooling, and love.

And that is what I wrote in my endorsement in the front of the book. I put my name on this one. It’s a keeper for sure.

For When You Feel Restless for More

shadows

In January three years ago, I wrote a post called How to Live Big. You can read the whole thing, but here’s a blurb:

God writes big stories, stories that seem impossible. And they are, if you think about it. He seems to take great interest in impossible stories, and I think they’re interesting, too. But I rarely raise my hand to live them.

I write small stories. Everyday, I write stories for my life that include comfort and fun and entertainment. I live inside my little story like coloring a sunshine yellow – I stay in the lines and keep to the plan. Suns are supposed to be yellow, right? I am a rule-follower.

I wrote those words before my first book came out, 25 days after that email from Annie when she declared 2011 the year of making art. It was a time when I was wrestling with my own fear, a time when I was stepping out of my own small stories. Looking back on that time now, I would replace the word small with the word scared.

In those days, I used those words interchangeably. Not so anymore.

It’s true, God writes big stories. But we can only see that from here looking back. His big stories started with smallness: five loaves, two fish, a foot washing, a mustard seed, a fisherman, a shepherd boy, a baby.

But I felt restless in those days, wanting to write words that mattered, wanting to parent in a way that meant something, wanting to have a voice, wanting my life to count for something beyond myself. If I’m honest, I also wanted to be successful, the definition of success changing for me depending on what success looked like for my peers. I still struggle with the definition of success, actually.

Last year when we were brainstorming titles for my third book, one of the phrases I tossed into the pile was the title of that post, How to Live Big. You should know that it wasn’t a serious contender, but in titling discussions, anything goes and you can’t be afraid of bad ideas.

When I said it, I was sitting in my parked car in my driveway on the phone with Esther, my agent. We talked for an hour, trying to find just the right phrase. When I said this one out loud, her response was this: ”Meh. Do people really want to live big?”

I had to think about that for a while. In fact, I’ve thought about it now for a long while.

I don’t know if I 100 percent disagree with that post I wrote, but if I were to re-write it, I would word it differently. A lot differently.

Now, my restlessness feels different. I am careful not to color the word small in negative shades, as if it were something to run from or escape.

It almost seems like an oxymoron, but these days I’m feeling restless for smallness – not out of fear of man but because of my union with Christ.

I want to start small because I’m human and dependent, not in hopes that my small will grow into something bigger. Maybe starting small will remind me that is what I am – and Jesus will give me the grace to stay there – even when it hurts and even when it’s hard.

I’m restless to stay small in His presence, not because I’m scared, but because I’m His.

I want this to be a relief rather than a frustration.

I’m restless to accept  the beauty of smallness, hiddenness, and the secret work of Christ in the deepest part of who I am.

I’m restless to let Him come out of me in any way He wants, no matter how big or how small that may seem to me – whether that be in one big way or in a million little ways.

I’m restless for believers to see, as my dad often says, beyond what is to what could be. And this doesn’t mean I am to dream big and amazing things for God. Rather, it means I am to believe in a big and amazing God, period. I can trust Him to be Himself even as I dare to be myself.

And maybe as I do that, I’ll realize that starting small isn’t a means to a bigger end, rather I start small because it’s what I am.

And this is good and right and holy.

***

restlessMy friend Jennie Allen writes in her new book Restless: Because You Were Made for More, “We are called to dream but we’re afraid to. But because we are called, when we don’t act on it we become restless—restless to find purpose, to make a difference in the world, to matter.”

She urges believers to pay attention to what causes our restlessness, as this could be the very doorway through which the Spirit is urging us to walk.

During the month of January, we’re talking about some of these same concepts, what I like to call making art with our lives – this week specifically, what it means to make art in little ways. Maybe one little way you could make art today is to consider this question: Can you name the restlessness within you? What is pulling, tugging, and causing a bit of discomfort in your soul?

If you have an answer and would like to receive a copy of this new release, simply leave a comment telling us of your restlessness and from those we’ll pick five of you and share the winners on Saturday, January 11.

10 Books for the People in Your Life

One of my favorite gifts to give and to receive is books. As I look at some of books I’ve read (or hope to read) this year, I thought about the different people in my life I would give them to so of course, I made a list. Maybe this list will help you, too?

books for the hard to shop for

Several of these I’ve mentioned here before, but this time I wanted to give you an idea of specific people in your life who might enjoy receiving one of these books:

For your Teenage Niece, Babysitter, or Little Sister: Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter by Annie Downs

For the New Father: Know When to Hold ‘Em: The High Stakes Game of Fatherhood by John Blase

For the New Mother: Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle

For the Writer: The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron

For the College Student: The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins

For the Contemplative: Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction by David G. Benner

For the Cook: Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist

If you’re thinking of picking up one of my books, here are some people in your life who might enjoy them:

books by emily p. freeman

For the woman who needs a break: Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try Hard Life

For the teen girl who may be under a lot of stress: Graceful: Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

For the person who is starting something new (but is terrified): A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

Recently I did an interview with Joe Brookhouse at Frequency.FM about A Million Little Ways. The podcast is live now and if you need a little company as you wrap the Christmas gifts, maybe Joe and I can be that for you. We talk about art, writing, and creativity. And there’s a little Christa Wells and Ellie Holcomb music worked in, which might be why I enjoyed this interview so much.

You can listen to it here.

Just a quick reminder: I hope to see you back here tomorrow where we will unwrap our Tuesday gifts for the last time this year.

Finally, a little glimpse into my writing life. Lately it’s been a struggle for me to write. It’s a combination of the natural post-partum-esque (I’m making up words now) discouragement that comes a few months after releasing a book combined with the simple fact that I haven’t been writing consistently. Today at (in)courage, I share with you some of my thoughts on that struggle.

Recommended Reads :: Living Art Edition

Recommended Reads :: Living Art Edition - Chatting at the Sky

They aren’t all pictured, but here are several books I’ve read that have helped to shape and influence my own thoughts about making and living art. I would love to hear from you in the comments, books you recommend as well. I reserve the right to add to this list as more titles come to mind.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art :: Madeleine L’Engle

Notes From the Titl-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken Word :: N.D. Wilson

Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity :: Michael Card

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles :: Steven Pressfield

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation :: Ruth Haley Barton

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation :: Parker J. Palmer

Orthodoxy :: G.K. Chesterton

Becoming a True Spiritual Community: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be :: Dr. Larry Crabb

To celebrate the end of our 31 day series, I’m going to host a link up tomorrow October 31, inviting you to share words and/or images that represent the art you’re making with your hands or your life right now.

We’ll choose 2 winners from the entries – one of you will win a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble and another will win 10 copies of  A Million Little Ways for your small group, friends, or family to read together.

So take your photos and write your words and have them ready to link up here tomorrow. I can’t wait!

This is day 30 of 31 Days of Living Art. Click here to see all the posts in the series. If you would like to have each new post delivered into your inbox for free, simply enter your email address here and click blog posts.

i love it when my friends write books

I’ve been a little teary this week – happy to finally share some of the dreams we have as a family, thrilled and somewhat terrified to invite you to join us At the Barn November. Thank you for your comments, supportive emails and your overall kind excitement for what is to come.

books

I will write another Barn post soon to let you in on a few more details but first, I wanted to share with you some of my recent book bounty. One of my favorite parts of being an author is getting books in the mail. Books, glorious books! Free, beautiful, hope-filled books.

books

I’ve already shared Jeff’s book The In-Between - here is a post he wrote just for us incase you missed it. Another in that stack is an early copy from Tsh Oxenrieder - Notes from a Blue Bike – It won’t release until February but you can pre-order it now. Here are some of the others beauties in the stack:

41fNevaDWBLPacking Light: Thoughts on Living Life With Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt

About the book, in Ally’s own words:

“Inspired by the courage of a friend, and the story of The Rich Young Ruler from the Gospels, I decided to quit my full-time job, move out of my apartment, sell nearly everything I owned and spend the next six months driving across the country. On the trip I started to discover what it looked like to live life with less baggage, both in actuality, and as a metaphor.”

Her book cover is so calming, isn’t it?

Read more about Packing Light on Ally’s blog.

 

Encouragement For TodayEncouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Living by the women of Proverbs 31 Ministries

These are some of the kindest women you will ever meet. For the past several years I’ve served beside them at their annual conference in Charlotte and am reminded what a sweet, encouraging bunch of women these are. That Lysa TerKeurst sure knows how to assemble a team. And the book cover is divine, something that completely matters if you ask me.

This lovely book has 100 short devotions you can read in a few minutes – perfect to keep in your car to read during carpool. Or beside your bed. Or next to your morning coffee.

You can pre-order this one now – Available September 24

 

revised-speak-love-680x1024Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter by Annie Downs

Attention all teen girls, teen mamas of girls, college girls, college and/or high school girl small group leaders, youth pastors, and humans who know young women who read:

You need this book for your people.

I am so thankful for Annie Downs, in case you didn’t know this yet.

Last year we sat together in the corner of a Starbucks in Indianapolis and she told me through tears, “I just want to get rid of the mean girl. I know it’s crazy and maybe impossible, but I want to put an end to the whole mean girl thing.”

It’s too bad Annie doesn’t dream bigger.

51eyzKQ0wZL._SY300_I’m especially excited to share Speak Love with you this week because it just released on Tuesday! Hot off the press, people. You can grab a copy (or 10 for your whole small group!) from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or anywhere books or sold.

Seriously, this book is a big deal for our young girls. As hilarious and fun as Annie Downs is in real life, this girl is serious about teaching young women how our words have the power to speak life or death. I can’t wait to join Annie for a few dates on the Girls of Grace tour and hear her talk about it in person.

I love sharing this book with you because, after years serving as a high school small group leader, I know how important it is to have great books to share with your teen girl friends. You might also want to check out Annie’s companion resource to her new book - Speak Love Revolution: 30 Devotions that Will Change Your World.

You can learn more about Annie on her blog or come meet us on the Girls of Grace tour this fall – Annie will be in all cities on the tour and I’ll join her in Houston and Orlando.

That’s all I have for now. We have open house tonight at school and I’ve got to register our first grade son for hip-hop class (he loves to dance and is basically the coolest kid I’ve ever met) and I really need re-fill my mediocre cup of coffee. I’ll be back tomorrow with a blessing for your weekend. Happy reading!

 

a challenge to slow down

This is a guest post from Jeff Goins of goinswriter.com. I rarely host guest posters at Chatting at the Sky but I’m happy to have Jeff here today. Besides, I didn’t want you to miss his latest release, The In-BetweenI read it, and now recommend it to you. Welcome, Jeff.

I’ve always been a driven, goal-oriented person. With my eyes on the next big thing, I’m constantly scanning the horizon for new opportunities. But while I’m waiting for something extraordinary to happen, life has a funny way of going on without me.

The good life isn’t ahead or behind us; it’s all around — if only we have eyes to see.

the in-between

It took the birth of my son to realize this, to slow me down and focus on what’s right in front of me. With a newborn in the house, I’ve realized how important every moment is. If I miss a day due to busyness, I miss a lot.

After seeing how much our little guy changes and learns every day, I’m done with rushing through life. I don’t want to miss a thing.

Walk, don’t run

I used run a lot. Sometimes, six or eight miles a day. I like running; it’s invigorating and a great workout. But even a jog can sometimes be too quick a pace for me.

“Running is efficient,” my boss once told me. And he was absolutely right. But I’m not sure I want to squeeze any more efficiency or productivity out of me days.

I approach exercise like I do work and sometimes, unfortunately, time with family. That is, quickly. But life is not a race; it’s a dessert to be savored, through and through.

One way I remind myself of this is by going for daily walks. When you walk, you see things differently, things you might otherwise miss. Walking forces you to slow down and pay attention to the beauty all around.

And I need more of that in my life.

Cook your food slowly

I love cooking, but I’ve never had the discipline to make my own meals.

cook

After getting married, my wife and I ate out a lot. But when we realized how rough that was on our budget, we started buying cheap, prepackaged meals to heat up at home.

When our son was born, we had even less time to make meals, so we rushed the process even more. In this past year, however, we’ve resolved to eat more fresh food and to enjoy the process of preparing it.

There’s something about savoring a meal that took half the evening to prepare. This takes time, of course, but as I chop onions and watch water boil I’m learning an important lesson: Some things, maybe the best things in life, take time.

Turn technology off

Before getting a smartphone, I used to not have to fight for silence. There were just ordinary moments in my life where there was a pause. But now those moments are few and far between.

Don’t get me wrong; I love my iPhone. It’s an amazing tool that does so many things. Too many things. I can literally go through a whole day attached to that device, if I’m not careful.

There’s a danger to ceaseless activity and constant doing: You can lose sight of what’s most important.

It made me uncomfortable how attached I’d become to a four-and-a-half inch piece of technology. Recently, in order to recapture part of the stillness in my life I lost, I’ve started finding ways to ditch my phone.

First, I began “accidentally” leaving it in the bedroom. Then I turned off all notifications, so I would only get a text or email when I looked at the phone. Finally, I began turning it off on Friday nights and sometimes not turning it back on until Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Yes, sometimes, I miss a phone call or semi-important email. But the truth is, as I go for walks with my wife and push my son in his swing, I know I’m not missing a thing.

Jeff’s new book, The In-Between, is about slowing down and learning to embrace everyday moments. If you find yourself in the quiet valley of waiting, Jeff offers a kind voice in the silence. This gently honest book challenged me to surrender to the waiting moments rather than try to rush ahead to the next thing. It really is a lovely read. Find out more about it at inbetweenbook.com. You can read more of Jeff’s writing at his blog, Goins, Writer (goinswriter.com).

in which we sync up our calendars

It’s hard to transition from a post like the one I wrote yesterday to one like this. But I think it’s important for me to do that. Yesterday’s post took a long time to write and I’m even wondering if I should have waited to post it, mainly because for every one thing I’m sure of, there are forty things I’m unsure of. If you’re wondering what this IF Movement really is, you’re not alone. On a good day like yesterday, I’m in. But I also have lots of questions and I’m sure you do, too. I am searching for my voice in what I believe could be something really beautiful. Yesterday was a step toward that. I hope you’ll do the same.

9048327931_faf1ac5771_oAnd so I continue to breathe in Lord Jesus and ask him to gather us to be with Him. Because that is really the point. There is more to come on that, to be sure. For now, though, I have this running list in my head of things I want to tell you about. And it keeps getting longer and feels like too much for a weekend blessing post, so grab your mug and your calendar and let’s see if we can sync them up.

Summer Reading 800px

1. The Growly Book Club: I’m so excited about this. My friend (and blog designer) Erin Ulrich and her husband Phil wrote a children’s book and my friend Annie Barnett did the illustrations.

Begin is the first in a series of three books and I can’t wait to read them with my kids. If you want to join in and read with your kids, they are hosting a book club from July 1 – August 11. You can read all about the details here on their site and you can go here to buy the book directly from them or here to grab your copy from Amazon.

Follow the Compassion Bloggers in Nicaragua
2. Compassion Bloggers: 
It’s been two years now since I traveled with Compassion to the Philippines. Now every time a team leaves, I pray and read and can’t stop thinking about them. They’re in Nicaragua this week – follow their trip and consider sponsoring a child?

3. Graceful (For Young Women) only $2.99 - Only two days left to get the ebook version of my book for teen girls for only $2.99. Download your copy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or CBD.

4. Things I Learned in June Link Up – Next Friday, June 28 we’re going to meet here to share the things we learned in June because it’s fun. Here’s some tips if you have no idea what I’m talking about.

5. She Speaks (July 25 – 27) - This will obviously only apply to a few of you, but it’s important for me to say it anyway. This will be my fifth year leading a writing session at She Speaks. And all five years, without fail, someone emails me after the conference and says she was in my session and wanted to speak with me afterwards but didn’t want to bother me.

What? That’s why I’m there! So this year, I’m thinking about having an intentional time to meet up with Chatting at the Sky readers who come to She Speaks. Maybe gather in a corner, connect with one another, share some encouragement for a few minutes?

If you’re going to She Speaks in July and would like to gather with a smaller group for a little conversation at some point during the weekend, email me emily(at)chattingatthesky(dot)com including “She Speaks” in the subject line and I will be in touch.

For now, I’m taking a few days away from the laptop. John has one week left of work as a youth pastor and there are a lot of emotions I’m working out about that. Look forward to sharing more and hopefully seeing some of you soon.

On Memorial Day: a gift for the military wife

In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to quickly pop in here to share a resource that might be just what you need today. I know this won’t apply to all, but if you or someone you know is a military wife, my dear friend Kristen wrote a free ebook just for you. Here’s a sneak peek:

Serving-You-01-cover-e1369595185808

“While no two military wives’ personal circumstances look identical, all military wives share common threads woven throughout this lifestyle. We battle frequent seasons of loneliness, fear, separations, and feelings of missing out. So whether a military wife has just walked down the aisle or driven through her tenth base, whether her husband has deployed a dozen times or not at all, I believe Serving You will speak to each woman in emotional, spiritual, and practical ways.”

Kristen Strong, Serving You

Visit Kristen’s blog to find out how to download your copy for free – and I hope you are able to enjoy this day no matter what life situation you currently face.

here is your chance to stock up on eBooks for the year (or 10)

Update: This bundle is no longer available.

I have never written an eBook. I would like to have one available by this time next year – even just a free one for you to say thank you for subscribing. People who have written eBooks tend to say everyone should write one. They’re probably right.

Ebooks are a fantastic way to spread ideas, explore a topic you want to learn more about, and maybe even make some money for your family. Even though I haven’t yet written one, I do like to read them. Most of my friends (and let’s face it, my family) have written one and they’re good at it. 

ebooks

I want to tell you about this amazing sale on eBooks incase you want to stock up on reading for the year (or 10).

Here’s the big idea: For 5 days only, I’m teaming up with more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere to spread the word  - they are offering 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for only $29.97. Head here to see what’s all included or you can click here to buy the bundle now.

You may have seen this sale around other blogs you read yesterday and have wondered if it’s worth it. It’s worth it to me. I’ve never seen a sale like this one.

This bundle won’t be for everyone, but it seems like something some of you would really enjoy. And even if you don’t like every single one of these eBooks, you can customize your own collection to contain exactly the ones you want and know you’ll use.

I will list all the books you’ll get on a separate page, but just to give you an idea, the bundle is filled with tips on homemaking, mothering, organization, recipes, spiritual growth, home décor, pregnancy, baby care, frugal living, health and fitness and financial tools.

Pretty much every ebook I’ve thought about downloading is included in this bundle.

For example, NOT a DIY Diva by my sweet friend Melissa @ The Inspired Room (normally 3.99), iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli @ Alli Worthington (normally $9.97), and The No Brainer Wardrobe by Hayley @ The No Brainer Wardrobe (normally $7.99). I’ve been meaning to buy her wardrobe eBook and I haven’t but now, I’m just going to get all these along with 94 other eBooks in the bundle!

I don’t want to overwhelm un-interested readers with a long list of the 97 eBooks included. So for those of you who are interested in perusing the titles, you can see a complete list of what is offered here as well as to read the details (translation: I can’t help you with download issues, but someone else can).

Visit this page to see some of the free stuff you’ll get when you buy a bundle. These brilliant women have teamed up with 10 companies to bring you over $140 in bonus offers, giving you an affordable opportunity to get products you’ll use and love for only the cost of shipping, or in some cases, entirely for free!

Please note: This collection is only available from 9 a.m. EST on April 29th to 11:59 p.m. EST on May 4th. There will be no late sales offered. This post includes affiliate links, and I make a portion of the sale of each eBook bundle. Thanks for your support of Chatting at the Sky!