Playdates with God: Atlas Girl Giveaway!

I took Atlas Girlto Haiti with me—read some on the airplane. As I fell into the story, I could hear my friend Emily’s sweet voice narrating, opening her heart and laying it bare. I knew some of her story, had read Chasing Silhouettes and Mom in the Mirror.  I read her blog regularly—get updates in my inbox. Last year when I was able to finally meet her in person at the Jumping Tandem retreat, and then again at Allume, I discovered how deep her loveliness goes—that her heart beats strong for beauty and injustice, and she loves with her entire being. I have one of Emily’s prints hanging on my wall and I’ve had the privilege to pray for her on many occasions, for joys and sorrows.

I’ve known these parts of Emily’s story, but I didn’t know how extensively she’d traveled in her young life—how she’s said yes to God for some brave and scary opportunities. So, as I prepared to leave the country for the first time in my life (“Laura, I’m not sure Haiti is the best place to start your international travel,” my new friends on the missionary team teased…), I couldn’t help comparing my small world with the one Emily writes about in Atlas Girl. And I kept coming up with the same thread woven through our vastly different stories: love.
Emily candidly shares the stories of her mother’s battle with cancer and how she fell in love with her husband, and both are love stories with hard chapters. But Emily doesn’t shy away from the hard places, she takes you right through with her. And when you get to the other side you are stronger for the journey. In the end, you come to see that it’s the journeys of the heart that grow you much more than any geographical one.
That’s a pretty good place to begin the travels.

I’m giving away one copy of Emily’s book Atlas Girl. For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post before next Sunday (7/20). I’ll announce the winner on next week’s Playdates with God post on Monday.

ALL proceeds from Atlas Girl will go towards Emily’s non-profit, The Lulu Tree. The Lulu Tree ( is dedicated to preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers. It is a grassroots organization bringing healing and hope to women and children in the slums of Uganda through the arts, community, and the gospel.

Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us:

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  1. Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk says

    I’ve been resisting this book, Laura, I’m not sure why, except that I’ve worried that it will bump against too many broken and hurting places. Here I am commenting, though, and we’ll see what comes of it.

  2. says

    I think I need to read this. Laura, you always make me think. I wish we were close enough to have coffee or share a glass of wine. I think I would enjoy spending time with you. So grateful our paths have crossed in real life.

  3. Sharita Knobloch says

    I have heard so much about this book… would love a chance to snag a copy. Thanks for hosting this link-up, girl!

  4. says

    I didn’t realize Haiti was your first international trip. Yes, that was quite a big one to start with! 🙂 You are a brave soul. I’ve read excerpts from Emily’s book and love seeing her heart in it. I know her stories will bless many.

  5. says

    I’m so eager to read this book. Thanks for giving us a chance to win. And thanks, too, for hosting another Playdate with God! ~Pamela

  6. Sharon says

    I have just followed a *rabbit trail* to read some more about Emily. Her journey is amazing. I was especially blessed by a recent post that she wrote about prayer. I continue to be amazed at how our God works in the hearts of His beloved children. Especially in mine…


  7. says

    I just won a copy of her book on Joanne’s blog (didn’t even realize I had entered a giveaway!). Looking forward to digging in. I am so excited about her work with Lulu Tree!

  8. carolhiestand says

    joined you here after reading about the Jumping Tandem Retreat which I plan on attending next year. looking forward to reading emily’s book, which i will get tomorrow probably from amazon.! I have seen you here and there and it’s good to take some time and look around. I’ll be back.

  9. Len says

    I find a lack of males here! The beautiful things you have to say, and the enchanting way that you say them, are NOT gender specific! You are a delight, old friend, and remember that you are always sufficient in Him and through Him. Yes, He is a soft and safe resting place and a continuous surprising delight.

  10. Joanna Sormunen says

    Atlas Girl is amazing! I can’t believe you know Emily! I had the luck to review her book and it is amazing. Such a beautiful way to tell her story and heartfelt honesty. Please tell her Hi! from Ecuador (and Finland) and that her book is just amazing!

  11. Kelly says

    I’ve been loving all of Emily’s guest posts at all the different blogs. I am looking forward to reading her story!

  12. says

    Of course I remember you, Len! It’s nice to see you here, friend. I’m always grateful for the male perspective :). Thank you for your kind words and praying blessings your way!


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