Can you keep a secret from my mama? I’ve put together a little Christmas present for her and for you, too.
It’s a book made up of my favorite newspaper columns, and it’s called “Simply Faithful: Finding the sacred in everyday life.”
The book – and all of these columns, really – happened almost by accident.
I was leaving the newspaper business for something with steadier work hours, something more suitable for my growing family. But as I turned to go, my editor asked if I’d keep writing, asked if I’d share my stories and opinions about faith and what people find sacred.
I was terrified, but I stumbled and started.
I’m so glad I did because in the last six years these columns have become a way for me to sort out what is happening in my heart and a way for me to capture my life with the people I love. If you read the pages of this book, you’ll meet many of the people who mean the most to me, and you’ll know this book is for them… and for you, dear friend.
When I started pulling the columns together I was shocked at how much I had shared about myself in 350-word bits, surprised at how well my readers might know me. It seems I covered everything from fear, comparison and success to prayer, hope and mothering.
This book isn’t fancy or perfect, but then again, neither am I. I just pray that my personal stories always point to the Greatest Story. May you know God loves you more than you can imagine.
If you’d like your own copy of “Simply Faithful,” you can find it on Amazon for $11.99. You can feel free to tell your friends about it, too – just not Mama, who lives 1,200 miles from me in Oklahoma. She’ll be surprised when she gets her own box of books in the mail in a few days, and I’ll finally be out of the doghouse for forgetting to send her copies of my columns in the newspaper!
Marketta Gregory is a former religion reporter who now shares her own journey of faith with readers. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband, their three young boys and one very vocal Pomeranian. To contact Gregory, email markettagregory@yahoo.com or write to her at P.O. Box 12923, Rochester, NY 14612. You can also visit the Simply Faithful page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter at @MarkettaGregory.