My firstborn was due December 3, 2001.
But then, life happened -- because that's what life does.
I woke up in the middle of the night three weeks before my due date, and I felt something I'd never felt before. So, I dialed the doctor. He confirmed what I assumed:
I was in labor.
I was, at once, completely ready -- and wholly unprepared. I mean to say: the bags were packed, but I had more than a sneaking suspicion that I had no idea what I was in for.
We grabbed the pink Samsonite and the camera. Then, we drove to the hospital, under all those gleaming stars shining above us, and I didn't need the stars to tell me what I knew in my heart: I was already in heaven. An empty blue Graco car seat was already strapped -- rear-facing -- in the back. (We were certain we were having a boy.)
I told Scott how "at peace" I felt.
And then I promptly rolled down the window and threw up at a stoplight.
A few hours later, Lydia Margaret Lee was born.
Releasing a book is a lot like having a baby. (Pardon me, while I roll down the window, because, umm ....)
Yeah. Sometimes, books are completely like babies. And they decide that they want to born earlier than expected.
That's the way it is with Love Idol.
Love Idol was due April 1, but for reasons that would take too long to explain here, I went into labor last night.
I can tell you this:
The nurse forgot the epidural, and I think I dug my fingernails into my poor husband's hands, and I may have been a wee-bit demanding and bossy, and parts of me hurt that never hurt before ... and I never, ever, ever want to forget this feeling for the rest of my earthly life.
Here's the baby. I think it's safe to say she's definitely a girl:
This book is my heart's cry. It's my journey, but it's also every woman’s journey – even though the details of our stories differ. And I know this for sure ... This book is for about all of us, standing together, saying--
We've had enough of the not-enoughs.
I'd love for you to watch this video and share it with your friends. This is why I wrote the book:
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What The Book is About
Love Idol is about letting go of our need for approval ... and seeing ourselves through God's eyes. It's about laying down every scorecard and tally sheet. It's about believing we are loved -- as is! It's about knowing, heart-deep, that we already approved. That we are the preapproved!
What People are Saying
"That endless, exhausting crusade for approval? Ends here. A brilliant writer, Jennifer Dukes Lee takes you to the foot of the Cross—and takes one stunning hammer to the foot of the Love Idol. Read this book—and walk free."
~ Ann Voskamp, Author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts
"Love Idol is a book that is going to set a lot of women free. It’s a journey of grace, truth, and beautiful freedom. Jennifer Dukes Lee takes her readers by the hand and leads us to the home our hearts all long for deep inside—a place of true acceptance."
~ Holley Gerth, Bestselling author of You’re Already Amazing
"I am so excited about the book you hold in your hands! You are about to embark on a journey of soul healing and emotional freedom. I love how Jennifer poetically crafts each sentence; I love her transparent heart for us, her readers; and best of all, I love the way she communicates the love of our Savior. Love Idol invites you on a journey that will change you from the inside out. Jesus has set His heart on you, and you’re worth everything to Him. Today is a brand-new day to believe it, receive it, and walk in that treasured freedom."
~ Susie Larson, National radio host, speaker, and author of Your Beautiful Purpose
See what others are saying about Love Idol in early Amazon reviews being submitted here.
No baby should be born without a baby shower. And I brought the presents. :)
If you order the book between now and next Monday, we will enter your name into a drawing for one of FIVE exclusive #preapproved necklaces created for The Love Idol Movement. (Created by the amazing Krafty Kash.)
Simply send your online book purchase receipt or proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win.
If you order ten or more books for a book study, your name will be entered into a drawing for an hour-long Q-and-A Skype call. Jennifer would love to chat with your group. Three winners will be selected.
To enter, send your online book purchase receipt or proof of purchase (of 10 or more books) to email@example.com for a chance to win.
Order Love Idol at your local bookstore, or at online retailers, such as Amazon, Barnes&Noble, ChristianBook.com, and Givington's.
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