(Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!)
She teened her way through puberty right into adulthood and married the love of her life, the man with the tinkling eyes, and welcomed two boys and twin girls into her nest.
One day, God said, “JUMP!” And so they did just that. They packed up and landed in a green place called Kentucky. They bought a farm, fondly naming it Thistlewood Farms, and jumped in to renovate its 1918 farmhouse.
Everything was so close to amazing. Except for some mishaps along the way, like when she dripped paint on the antique floor (of the house she was selling) and she took a roast (which she’d never made before) to the garden club meeting.
Oh, and she can’t cook a lick, according to her, but she can bake a mean and amazing apple pie.
She has giggled and cried and chatted her way through each mishap in her life, wearing red lipstick all the while. She’s always on a mission, wrapping her painted fingernails around a hammer in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.
But the one thing, the one most important thing, she holds is Jesus in her heart.
This is the story of KariAnne Wood, whose new book is called So Close to Amazing: Stories of DIY Life Gone Wrong…and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection.
She says, “So Close to Amazing is about celebrating the incredible, awesome, special individual within each of us.
“I wrote it to celebrate imperfection. I wrote it for anyone who has ever mismatched their shoes or added too much soap to the washer and watched it overflow or trimmed their own bangs when a professional might have been a better choice.”
The best way for me to describe this book is to share with you the review I wrote:
Come sit by me, KariAnne constantly tempts. A bubbly Miss Sunshine with a heart of humble faith. With purple painted toenails. With blond curls bouncing. And with red lipstick marks left on her sweet tea glass.
Grab your own cup of whatever, sit down with KariAnne, and breath in her engaging stories of so-close-to-amazing. One part memoir, one part DIY, and a whole chunk of uplifting chapters fill this inspiring book with life lessons.
You’ll laugh out loud at her mishaps, you’ll shed a tear over her stories, and you’ll shake your head in agreement with every chapter and every sentence. No life is perfect and obstacles sometimes litter our journey, but KariAnne will let you know you are not alone in your so-close-to-amazing life struggles.
And in the end, no, right from the beginning, she will convince you to believe in yourself and that you are an amazing person. You’ll want to be KariAnne’s best friend. This is an amazing book. Don’t miss it!
KariAnne says on her site, “It’s about getting it almost right―and how, instead of giving up, we can choose to simply embrace our real selves right where we are. It’s a story of transparency and honesty and recognizing that perfection is completely overemphasized and overrated. It’s about grace and learning from mistakes and rejoicing in every victory, no matter how small. Because when you find joy in the ‘you’ God created you to be….
….you’ll discover the amazing that was there all along.”
If you want to be blessed by your next read, do not miss this book.
**Please leave a comment either here on my site or on Facebook to enter for a signed copy. Yay!
*You can find KariAnne hanging out on her site where she has a great giveaway going. You need to drop by and check it out.
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