Thursday, April 03, 2008

A Little Stone Crossings Housekeeping

Stone Crossings Mantle

Without fanfare, on April 1, Stone Crossings officially released. Maybe it's good that the book came quietly onto the scene, considering it was April Fool's Day.

Early-bird copies had been floating around since I went to Mount Hermon. And some enterprising friends figured out that Amazon would deliver before the release date.

One such friend, when the book arrived, had a friendly "fight" with her spouse, over who'd get first dibs. She won and proceeded to read the book in two hours; at 11:30 pm, she considered calling to tell me her thoughts on it, but must have remembered too well how much I love my sleep. She called me the following day.

Another friend has been happily walking around for about two weeks and hasn't cracked it open yet. Everyone reads differently — some gulp, some sip, some have to go through a courtship. It fascinates me to see the variation in reading ways and responses.

There have been some kind words, like these from IVCF Area Director Jason Gaboury, "Best travelogue on Christian spirituality I've read since Traveling Mercies, but deeper, more profound, subtler." Bryron Borger's generous review at Hearts and Minds Books is also appreciated.

For virtual friends who want to share about Stone Crossings, here are a few things to keep in mind...

- Stone Crossings Blog Post Tool Kit has Stone Crossings links

- I'll put a link here if you do an SC post and let me know about it

- if you take a photo of SC and provide a small story to go with it, I'll put a permanent link featuring it in my sidebar... I'll also feature your photo and story in a regular post (see Links for Art for more information)

That's it. I don't prefer housekeeping, but somebody's got to pick up the broom occasionally. Today, it fell to me.


Jim Martin's An Incredible Grace
Dennis Mullen's A Difficult Grace
Ann Kroeker's Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and HIdden Places
Ann Kroeker's Author Interview: L.L. Barkat
Ann Voskamp's Finding Grace in Hard Places
Life in the Making's Thoughts Gathered
Heather Goodman's Stone Crossings Video
Marcus Goodyear's A Good Book About Grace
Heidi's Interview and Giveaway post
Diane's Recommended Weekend Reading for Christian Direction
Marcus's 12 Lists of Christmas: 8 Great Books
Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Bookshelf's Book Awards: Best Books Read in 2008
Vonette Bright's Hard Life Journey
Laura's Stone Crossings Reflections
CPYU Bookshelf's Giveaway
Jim Martin's And the Book Goes to...
Ann's Hard Grace
Deb's Unearth
Billy's My First Giveaway
The Reluctant Homefront's Stone Crossings
Glynn's Broken Ribs and Stone Crossings
Bradley's Your Life is Perfect
Mary DeMuth's Advent Reflection: When the Boulder Became a Pebble
Glynn's Crossing Some Stones
Monica's Reflections
Bonnie's Stone Crossings


Greg Jao's Seasoned Reflections
Eugene Pratt's Beauty from Pain
Bryron Borger at Hearts and Minds Books
Alease Brown's Highly Recommend
Kansas City Baptist Temple's Stone Crossings Review
Jeff's Review: Stone Crossings
Andrea's gentle Book Review
Jennifer's 5 Minutes For Mom: Stone Crossings
High Calling Blogs' Find Grace in Hard and Hidden Places
Ruth's Stone Crossings Book Review
Katrina's Book Review: Stone Crossings
Englewood Review of Books picks up Byron Borger's Catapult review of Stone Crossings
Wendy's Book Review: Stone Crossings
InCourage's L.L. Barkat's Stone Crossings

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Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Hi there. This is just the footnote about getting one of the 10 signed copies.

You would need to do a few things:

- tell me you want one here in the comment box or in future comment boxes on future posts; first 10 first served

- tell me how you'd like it signed (how you'd like to be addressed, or if you want no name at all; if you want a little note or just a signature)

- send a check for $18.00 (sorry it's more expensive than Amazon this way due to postage and handling :) to...

My Name
c/o Community Bible Church
301 Chadeayne Road
Ossining, NY 10562

That's it. :)

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LL -- I flew through the book, loved it ALL, intend to blog about it, but first need to go back through it a little more slowly. You are so incredibly gifted, and I feel like I know you better now having read your words. It was such a generous offering of yourself to write this book.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Ms. Barkat,
Is it too late for the list?
Also, I thank Mr. Borger for getting me here.

8:14 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Charity... coming from you this is... Oh, I have very few words... to say how precious are your thoughts and encouragements.

Sam... and I'm glad you are here. Yes, still room on the list. I will leave a comment when it has closed.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to reading my copy ;)

10:07 PM  
Blogger nannykim said...

Well, I will have to add it to my Amazon wish list!

10:44 PM  
Blogger Every Square Inch said...


Congratulations - may you enjoy the fruits of your labor of love

11:38 PM  
Blogger christianne said...

congratulations, l.l.!

i was just thinking about you today, thinking, 'hey, it's spring 2008. what's up with the release date??'


i just re-read the excerpt on amazon, and it got me all excited. i can't wait to read mine!! i will definitely be blogging about it when i'm done.

1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ordered it and can't wait. Congratulations!

3:08 AM  
Blogger Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

my reading skills are limited but the pictures you post trigger visions of abstactions

5:05 AM  
Blogger Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

I'm on chapter four and am really enjoying it, savoring one chapter at a time.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Hmmm. I've been too wrapped up in the flurry of activity that is my life to have thought ahead enough to have been enterprising enough to have ordered or pre-ordered. That means I am still copy-less and I would like, if possible, to take advantage of your generous offer to personalize. Please let me know if I should break out the checkbook.


11:08 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Danielle... and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it, for better or worse. :)

Nannykim... wish away. :)

Every Square... thank you. I think my greatest enjoyment will come in seeing any ways the work touches people.

Christianne... so, you make me feel better that I did this little bit of housekeeping. It's not really my way. Can't wait to share thoughts with you!

Spaghettiepie... enjoy.

Lloyd... I love how you always sense the pictures.

Katrina... a savorer. Welcome to the table. :)

Nikki.... yes, just send your check to the address above. It would delight me to send you a copy.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like how you referred to the task as housekeeping. i can really relate to that.

lots of love

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanted to stop by and say congrats on the release! I've put a moratorium on my book-buying until I can catch up with books I own but have not yet read. But after that, look out, baby! I'm finding a copy!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Michelle Van Loon said...

Mazel Tov!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Jennwith2ns said...

Congrats, LL! (Sorry I didn't get here sooner.) I'm gonna get me a copy . . . Maybe I'll drive down to your neck of the woods and get an autograph, too . . . ;)

6:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Woohoo!! There's some fanfare for you.

I have my copy and can't wait to read it. Well, obviously I CAN wait, but I have some other reading obligations to attend to. I'm planning on reading it next week when I have 4 hours on an airplane all alone (and 4 more coming home a few days later). I'll link up and everything when I review it later this month.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Scott R. Davis said...

am I too late to get a copy. I checked with my leader of my group. she said it would be fine. we meet the 2nd saturday of the month at 2pm to 330 or so. we have a chance to read our works and then comment on them. we are doing the joy luck club for the big read and are doing works on immigration in our family.

we also have started a sub group on poetry. we have an informal format of sitting around the table and we have cookies and soda as refreshments.
thanks. scott

9:11 PM  
Blogger kirsten said...

hoorah!! i've got my copy in hand. and a signed one too. :o)

sigh. i haven't started as yet; i am looking forward to making quiet time to sit down & dive deeply into your words.

hoorah for stone crossings!! :o)

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations on the birth of this child. May she go out into the world and do good.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Sigh. Another book to add to my ever-growing Amazon list! Just kidding - I am looking forward to reading this. Love the comparison to Traveling Mercies and just from reading your blog posts, have a sneaking suspicions it will probably surpass TM in my estimation. I hope your thoughts bless many.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Your housekeeping dusts her off and she gleams, a polished stone. I want to pick her up, tuck her in my pocket, carry her home... but can't find her in Canada... I will have to go look for her stateside.
Some stones are worth looking for.

Warmest congratulations....

9:08 PM  
Blogger Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Read the excerpt at Amazon.
Must find these stones--evocative and glinting with words.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

I'm disappointed to see on Google maps that when I'm in NYC this coming weekend I'll be so much closer to you and yet not close enough to just pop in and visit.
I'll have to get a copy of Stone Crossings from IVP next time I'm over there! I look forward to reading it after getting a taste of your talent here.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Llama Momma said...

I just ordered a copy from Amazon and look forward to reading it! I had coffee with Charity when I was in Indianapolis, and she raved. (I was eager to read it before, and even more so now!)

And no fanfare? Really?

If the Llama lived closer, we'd have fanfare. You know how llamas love parties! :-)

7:53 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Nancy... it just felt that way. Glad you can relate! :)

Heather... thanks. I appreciate the warmth of such congratulations.

Michelle... love that! Shalom, sister.

Jenn... thanks. I would welcome your road trip. :)

Jennifer... that was very amusing! I feel properly fanfared now. And honored to be accompanying you on your plane trip.

Scott... not too late. I had reserved one for you earlier based on your other contact. Let me think about the group thing, okay? Summer may be better timing.

Kirsten... it was fun to share the book face to face. And I'm so glad you've mentioned you're the "courtship" type. A comfort to some other readers, I'm sure. :)

Gordon... thank you for your pastoral blessing. It feels good and right.

Dianne... hope you enjoy it. I think it's different from Traveling Mercies. More bible. But I found it interesting that Jason made that comparison. (Always interesting to hear people's impressions.)

Ann... sweet and beautiful words. Now, I believe Cook Canada is carrying it. (Look at the Blog Post Tool Kit on the Stone Crossings book club wiki. There's a link.)

A Musing... NYC?! Tell me when and where you'll be.

Llama... fanfare amidst llamas. Now that would be something. :) And coffee WITH CHARITY? I'm jealous; I admit it.

9:15 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I want you to know I love this post! It is wonderful. I have added your blog to my list of favorites. I will try to read as often as my health and time allows. I will remember you in my prayers often during my quiet times with God. I pray that God will bless you abundantly. May you continue to make a difference in lives for Jesus and His Kingdom.
In Him,
Kinney Mabry

12:33 PM  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

I quickly grabbed a copy for myself, but I'm grumbling because I won't be able to start a new book until next week, at least. (sigh)

But when next week comes, I will need to reserve some time for reading!!

4:59 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

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7:52 PM  
Blogger 23 degrees said...

Congrats, my friend! Please put me down for a signed version and I will mail a check post haste! (or am I too late for a signed copy?!)

Please sign it, "To my favorite rodeo clown..."

Been up against my last deadline at my current company and having to put in evenings to finish, sorry for the delay in responding!

Good to stop in and be in your presence (yeah, I read your current post!) Appreciate you, your friendship and your work, Laura.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Scott R. Davis said...

sham putting check in mail today. scott

6:16 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Craver... I am happy to be sharing these words with you. Thanks for all your support!

23... Yes, I'll reserve a copy for you. No problem. And it's good to have you here and to hear of your new, exciting job! Now, about that inscription....

9:39 AM  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

OK - finally through teaching for the week and finally back here to see if there are copies at your house still available - if so, I'd like three. I will send you a check as soon as you verify number available - but will put inscription stuff in the letter with the check as it is personal.

I have checked the "email followup comments" box, so I should know when you respond. If I dont' get right back to you, would you please leave me a comment on my blog (the crazy place) so I will know and can mail off the check? Thanks Susan

10:26 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Susan... that's fine. I have a few left waiting just for you. : )

10:43 AM  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Good - thanks - I have to write you an letter about the people - and then you can decide on the inscriptions. I know - sounds like a cop-out, but it just seems to me that what the Holy Spirit says to you about two of these particular people will be much better than what I can come up with because, although we've been some similar places there's one you've had to repeatedly walk through that I have not.

Actually - you'd better make that 4, I forgot one for myself!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

I know you're off in just a few hours - I hate for you to be so close - less than 4 hours I think - and not be able to come and see you!! But, you will have a letter when you return home!

12:23 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

To all who purchased Stone Crossings... thank you! The ten copies are now spoken for. How sweet it has been to share with you.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Scott R. Davis said...

is it6 too late. I can send in the check when I get the okay. scottt
welcome home from vacation. scott

7:25 PM  

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