Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty – now on Amazon

IMG_5785In case you missed the news, I have written a short book on Ruth and Naomi’s story in the Bible, interweaving it with my own journey. I want as many people as possible to read and benefit from it (and at just 50 or so pages, it is a gratifyingly quick read), and so I am giving it away as an e-book for free on my site, if you sign up to receiving my newsletter a few times a year.

This was exciting enough, but soon people started asking for a paper copy, one that you can hold in your hands and scribble notes in the margins, and place upon your bookshelf next to Phillip Yancey or Virginia Woolf. And so one day last week, I was sitting in my lounge, sipping strong decaff coffee with my friend, Cat, and we heard the doorbell ring. My friend went to answer the door for me, signed for the package, and we looked at it together.

“Do you know what it is?” she asked.

“I’m pretty sure it’s my book,” I said. “I ordered the proofs.”

I thought I would feel excited, because even though it is a small book, it is still all mine, but it just felt a little surreal.

As I tore open the cardboard, I told myself it was no big deal, and not to be too disappointed with its appearance (I told myself the same thing when giving birth). As it slipped out from the cardboard, I held it in my hands: I found it to be altogether beauteous. (Again, much like giving birth). Most excitingly –

It has a spine!” I exclaimed.


When I came to uploading my book onto Amazon, there was no option to leave a title for the spine (for books under 100 pages, they are too wee to merit their own spine title, because the text wouldn’t fit). I assumed that it would be stapled like a Bible Study booklet, and I felt a little disappointed.

But it has a spine! A wordless, magnificent spine, and the printing and layout (by Jon’s fair hand) looks similarly magnificent.

“This is your book!” my friend said, and it was kinda nice to have someone to cheer with me for that moment. It is a real, real book, and it has my name on the front.

IMG_5793So – if you have an eye for a bargain, then by all means get it for free by signing up on my website and reading it on PDF or emailed to your Kindle. But – if you love the physicality of books, and you would rather turn pages with your whole hand rather than a finger, my short book on the biblical book of Ruth is now available to purchase from Amazon for a mere £3.99 or $5.50.

I also have a massive favour to ask: at the moment the review section looks forlornly empty and sad. If you have read the book, then please leave a review on Amazon, even a really brief one. Your honest reviews will help me get the book out to others, and if your honest review happens to be a 5* one, that will help even more. (But really – if your review is a 2* one, then leave that too. All the greatest authors have 2* reviews.)

IMG_5789Thank you for supporting me in this crazy adventure!

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21 Responses to Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty – now on Amazon

  1. lulu 3rd February, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    Couldn’t wait for E M just signed up and downloaded your book (I’m impatient)!

    • Tanya 23rd February, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

      Yay yay!

  2. jen 3rd February, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    Hi Tanya, I nominated you for this award. No worries if you would rather not do it. Just thought it was rather sweet and it’s nice to let people know they are valued. Thanks for blogging x

    • Tanya 23rd February, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

      Jen – I totally love the idea of these, and I’m honoured that you chose me! I’m rubbish at continuing on these kinds of things, though, but you’re right, it IS nice to let people know they’re valued! Thanks – this made me happy 🙂

  3. ed cyzewski 2nd February, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    Huzzah indeed! Looks great.

    • Tanya 23rd February, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

      Yay! I’m so grateful to you for the support you’ve given me.

  4. Janice 2nd February, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    “It has a spine!” I exclaimed.

    That made me laugh after all the comparisons to giving birth. 🙂 Did you say that in the delivery room too? 🙂

    • Tanya 23rd February, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

      Ha! I love that you see the amusing parallel. I didn’t say that, but it wasn’t far off…

  5. Janice 2nd February, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    ‘All the greatest authors have 2* reviews.” That made me laugh and it is a fantastic attitude.

    I am in the middle of reading my copy and will get my little ebutt to Amazon as soon as I finish.

    The book is positively lovely and you should be so proud! I hope the end result is that more people get to read your writing, because it will make the world a better place.

    • Tanya 23rd February, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

      Even your comments make me laugh! Ebutt, particularly. I’m really grateful for your speedy review on Amazon. SO helpful!

  6. Marie 2nd February, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    This is awesome, Tanya! Can’t wait to read!

    • Tanya 23rd February, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

      Yay! Let me know what you think of it when you’re done!

  7. lulu 2nd February, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    I’m going to be even more of a cheat and not even get the eBook I’m just gonna wait till E M gets it and borrow it from her!

    • Tanya 23rd February, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

      (I’m glad that impatience won out…) 🙂

      • lulu 27th February, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

        Me and E M are going to work through it together and hav a discussion on each chapter.

        • Tanya 11th March, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

          Awesome! Hope you have good chats about it – you’ll have to let me know if you think the discussion questions are helpful!

          • lulu 11th March, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

            Its great and we are really enjoying it!!! We talk every Monday night.

  8. Sipech 2nd February, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    Are there other stockists providing the hard copy? I know many have ethical issues about buying from Amazon. I had a look at Wordery but couldn’t find it there.

    • Tanya 2nd February, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      An excellent point – I have a few qualms about Amazon’s ethics myself…
      At the moment it’s just on Amazon, but I’ve written to Wordery to see if it’s possible.

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