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Jolina Petersheim | Living the Dream

The Midwife
Jolina Petersheim




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May 2014
On Sale: May 16, 2014
400 pages
ISBN: 1414379358
EAN: 9781414379357
Kindle: B00GWT9F36
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Also by Jolina Petersheim:
How the Light Gets In, March 2019
The Divide, June 2017
The Alliance, June 2016
The Midwife, May 2014


My husband—in the middle of editing my manuscript—looked up at me. "You realize you're living your dream?" he said. "You're an author. A published author. "

I paused while wiping down the countertop, the damp rag in my hand. "I am, aren't I?"

"I bet it's easy to forget that when you're living your dream every day."

He was right.

The hustle and bustle of deadline, preparing to launch my sophomore novel, THE MIDWIFE, being six months pregnant all while staying home with a toddler sometimes makes me feel like whirligig in a straight-line wind, no stopping point in sight.

I am not as anxious about my June 1 book launch as I was with my debut, THE OUTCAST; I can actually enjoy these days leading up to it, instead of tossing and turning at night.

Yet the anxiety, with THE OUTCAST, fueled both me and my mild case of insomnia. I wrote blog posts, arranged radio, television, and newspaper interviews, and finalized the details for book signings like I was hyped up on caffeine.

I've done all of these things in preparation for THE MIDWIFE: a story about overcoming loss and learning to love again. But I am also aware that true happiness and fulfillment cannot be acquired through a plethora of five star reviews and critical acclaim.

You see, many things have changed in this year between book launches.

In the fall, I suffered a miscarriage that realigned my perspective and ceased my spinning. I was out of town for a book event when I understood what was happening, and those hours it took to drive back home made me realize that all that mattered in my world was God and my family.

I believe that God has indeed granted me with the gift of storytelling, and I always want to use it for His honor and glory. However, I also never want to forget that I am living the dream, regardless if I'm a published author or not.

I never want to forget sitting on the porch this spring, writing, and feeling my unborn child moving inside my womb like a promise, of walking out to the mailbox while pushing my toddler in the stroller and discovering a handwritten note from someone who enjoyed my story, of laughing with my husband—our laptops before us—as we edit my manuscript side by side.

I am indeed living the dream, not because another book is about to be born, but because of the beauty that is present in my simple, everyday life.




8 comments posted.

Re: Jolina Petersheim | Living the Dream

Congratulations on the future gift that God has given you
that is about to be born, as well as your 2nd book that is
out in print!! I'm sure that the title is self-explanatory,
but I wish that you could have written just a small
paragraph of what the book is supposed to be about. I'm
thrilled that you got rave reviews on it, and I'm sure that
your toddler is going to be just as thrilled to have a new
brother or sister to grow up with them!!
(Peggy Roberson 11:10am May 30, 2014)

Hello, Peggy! Thanks for taking the time to comment! The Midwife, in fifteen words, is the story about a mother who risks everything to save a child not genetically hers. It officially releases on June 1, Sunday, and I can't wait to share! :) Blessings to you! Jolina
(Jolina Petersheim 1:23pm May 30, 2014)

God and Family said it all. Best to you on your future.
(Leona Olson 9:35am May 31, 2014)

Hi Sweet Jolina, I am so thrilled that you are living your dream. Life is as it
should be for you and your little family. Take in every moment amidst all the
hustle and bustle as the time passes much too quickly. Your gifts and
talents are true blessings and you share them unselfishly. Thank you so
very much.
(Melanie Backus 8:27am June 1, 2014)

Thank you, Leona. It's so true that nothing else matters, isn't it? Blessings to you! Jolina
(Jolina Petersheim 9:44am June 1, 2014)

Hello, Melanie, thank you for visiting with me here and for your sweet comment. I am definitely trying to drink these days in, for I know they're passing all too quickly! Hope you have a great weekend with your family as well! Love, Jolina
(Jolina Petersheim 9:46am June 1, 2014)

I love the cover of your book Jolina. Keep using the
wonderful gift of writing that God has given to you.So
encouraging to read that you are living your dream. You sound
very content! Many blessings with your new little one too.
(Maryann Skaritka 4:29pm June 2, 2014)

Thank you, Maryann! I will. Blessings to you as well!
(Jolina Petersheim 3:04pm June 20, 2014)

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