Today, I opened the package I’ve waited on for months

Today, I was in the car with my wife, Raquel, and the kids when she pulled out a package that had just arrived.

“Go ahead and open it,” I said, knowing what it was.

img_0008Raquel tore off the top of the envelope and pulled out the hardbound copy of Confessions of a Happily Married Man: Finding God in the Messiness of Marriage, the book I’ve been working on for over a year and a half.

We came to a stoplight and Raquel handed it to me. I took a deep breath and opened the book, flipping the pages and watching the words flying by — words I had spent hundreds of hours writing. I blinked away tears and looked over at Raquel.

“Wow — it really happened.”

Raquel smiled at me and I handed the book back.

It’s difficult to put words to the feeling of having the hardbound version of my book right in front of me.

In my hands I held the tangible culmination of so much: the hundreds of hours of writing. Raquel’s grief as the book seemed to take over our lives. The countless texts between my editor and me.

My constant prayer during the exhaustion of writing was: “God, please use this book somehow. Make all of the pain of writing it worth it.”

If you read Confessions of a Happily Married Man, I pray that God will answer that prayer for you. It’s coming out on December 17, but you can go ahead and pre-order it now. It would be my honor for you to read it and discover, along with me, the unexpected ways that God works in all of the messiness of marriage.

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