When “Everything” Means So Much More…

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I can’t say that I have arrived, but I did believe at some point that I had learned what it meant for Jesus to be my everything. That is, until I read Everything by Mary DeMuth, of which I am privileged to be part of the launch team. (Everything released TODAY, October 16th!)

What does it really mean to have Jesus as your everything? I thought I was doing a pretty good job. I trusted Him when things weren’t going right that He would see it all through. If I lacked anything, I didn’t “need” it because I was okay so long as I had Jesus. There was something I didn’t realize was part of Jesus being everything — that is CONTROL.

That’s right, control.

Mary writes in Everything how control actually hurts our growth.She says, Control is the inner disease of those who need stability and order to function.”

I do NOT do well when I’m not in control. Control gives me stability and I find it to be calming. Little did I realize that it can be an idol.

Everything reads:

“Control keeps us distant from our hearts, our pet sins, and those things we hide. We forget how big God’s reach is, that He can see right past our spiritual facades into our hearts.”

I am so guilty of that. Letting go of control is probably one of the hardest things I had to do, and it is a daily choice to let it go. Daily I have to say, “Lord, have your way. I’m letting go.” When you let go of control, can you really say that He is everything?

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It can be scary letting go. But I have found it to be the best way to grow.

When it comes down to this, you realize that “everything” means so much more than the THINGS of this world, it also means cutting loose the strings. Jesus can only be our everything when we don’t hold on to anything else. 

Do you have to let go of control today? Or is there something else you need to lay down to make Jesus your everything?

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The anticipated release day is finally here! Woot! What does it mean to you? Now the book is available for purchase and if you do it so within a week you will get free stuff worth of $246.90! Here’s how it works:

So from today, October 16 until Tuesday October 23, all you need to do is purchase the book however you want (yep, even in a bookstore). Send us a copy of the receipt (you can take a pic of store receipts), send it to  EverythingPromo@ThomasNelson.com and we’ll send you the free e-products worth $246.90, many offered by my awesome friends (thanks friends!).

But what about if you already pre-ordered your book and got LESS freebies? Simple. If that’s you, simply re-email your receipt to EverythingPromo@ThomasNelson.com during October 16-23. We’ll give you the extra free stuff. Cool!

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL GET:

    • How to publish your e-book or physical book. ($1.99 value) This is an e-guide written by yours truly. If you’ve ever wanted to be a published author and you have a book you’d like to hold in your hands (or on your e-reader), this will help demystify the process.
    • A brand new perspective on the past. ($35 value) My “Get past the past” audio healing retreat in six handy downloads. If you’ve struggled in putting the past behind you, this will encourage you.
    • Jeff Goins, writer coach extraordinaire, is offering hisWriters Studio Deluxe ($35 value) including his e-book You Are a Writer and six audio sessions that will help you grow your writing. Jeff has a straightforward, winsome, and instructive way about him.
    • The 11 Secrets of Getting Published (ebook). ($4.99 value) This is my magnum opus about publishing–every. single. thing. I know about publishing, writing, and marketing.
    • Personalized Fitness Coaching. ($99 value). If you’re a runner or a couch potato, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to be coached by an amazing running coach. Corinne Baur, running coach and author of Running by THE BOOK: becoming physically and spiritually fit, is offering 4 free weeks of online fitness coaching. This offer, worth $99.99, includes a personalized 4-week walking/running training plan based on your current fitness ability/goals and once a week email interaction. For details, please visit www.runningbythebook.com and click on online coaching under “visit our store.”
    • A free month to the Bestseller Society Mastermind membership. ($55 value). This is like getting a writers conference in a box, all in one blessed place, for free. If you’ve not been able to afford a conference, the Bestseller Society will fill that need. There’s hundreds of hours of instruction offered (video, audio, downloads) for nonfiction, fiction and marketing.
    • Souper Duper–($2.99 value) a cookbook by Raquel Haggard. This e-cookbook has 160 stew, chili and soup recipes. Perfect for Fall cooking!
    • Let’s Get Purse-onal--($9.95 value) an inspiring audio by Cheri Gregory of the Purse-onality Challenge.
    • 30 Days ‘Til Christ by Paula Whidden ($.99 value). A 30-day preparation devotional to get your heart ready for Christmas.

Here are some online places to purchase:

Or stop by at your favorite book store!

Keep up with the Everything Blog Tour! Check out the daily posts about the book October 16-31st!  Find the blogs here: http://www.marydemuth.com/everythingthebook/blog-tour/


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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amedar
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 01:17:38

    Normally I don’t learn article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice article.

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  2. Mary DeMuth (@MaryDeMuth)
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 18:39:11

    I love the above comment. Way to be sweetly persuasive. BTW, I struggle with control too, which is why I wrote that chapter. I wrote it to me!

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    • Brittany Ketter
      Oct 20, 2012 @ 20:31:17

      Thank you for joining here, Mary! 🙂
      That was one of my favorite chapters. I’m a control freak and I know it.
      And that is what I love about your writing, Mary – It is vulnerable and transparent. 🙂 It is real. That is powerful.

      Bless!

      Reply

  3. laurabennet
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 15:34:18

    Thanks for checking out my blog, Brittany! I’m glad you enjoyed my post for Mary. Her writing has challenged, encouraged and inspired me and I’m one of those walking advertisements for something (or someone) I love! I really appreciate the way you’ve shared your own struggles and insights about what you’ve learned from Everything. They have added another dimension!

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  4. Diane
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 19:38:03

    Lots to think about and thanks for the links to this book. Hope you have a wonderful week! :O)

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  5. Cathy
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 19:54:52

    This sounds like a wonderful book. Control is definitely something hard to let go of! It’s a daily struggle for me too. Thanks for sharing.
    Glad I stopped by from the blog hop over at Doorkeeper! 🙂

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  6. Julie@My Favorite Pastime
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 14:08:01

    Ouch! Control is definitely one of my downfalls. Thanks for sharing this!

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

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  8. Veronica Sternberg
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 20:49:37

    I know what you mean about control; just when I feel like I’ve given it up, I take it back again!

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    Beautiful post, Brittany! And you’re the winner of the blog hop Amazon email gift card. Please contact me with your email address. Blessings!

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