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By Lauren Ibach
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Hello everyone!

I am in the final stages of creating and publishing my first book, Romans: A Hand Lettered Devotional. If you order today, you will not only get the book as soon as it's released, but you will also get some bonuses (bookmarks and free shipping) that won't be offered when the book is released in mid-November (that's just two months away!). The book will be sold for $24.99 + shipping once it's released, so if you order now, you will get the best deal I can offer!

Thank you for considering supporting this project! Your pledges/pre-orders will be so helpful as I finish the self-publishing process.

Now, let me share with you my heart behind this book:

When I started this project, I didn’t intend for it to become a book. One Monday morning, I woke up and decided my year-long Bible reading plan wasn’t working for me. I was simply checking off a few boxes a day and it was clear to me that though I was about a fourth of the way through the Bible, I couldn’t remember what was happening - not just forgetting the next day, but finishing my four chapters a day and completely blanking immediately after setting my Bible down or turning the audio off in the car. I wasn’t taking in what I was reading and listening to and I wanted to change that.

So that morning, I picked up my purse, packed up my little blue Bible, my rose covered journal, and my pink, polka-dot pencil case, filled with some crisp new brush pens, and headed to my favorite coffee shop, which quite possibly is my favorite place to sit down and spend quality one-on-one time with Jesus.

I decided to open my Bible to Romans 1 and hand letter my notes, which would not only be fun for me, but would really force me to slow down and take in what I was reading. I chose the book of Romans, because the Bible study group I belonged to would be studying it in the fall. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to join them because of a new conflict with my schedule, so I wanted to study it as well as I could on my own.

After finishing Romans 1, I was pleased with my work. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but it didn’t matter to me. That morning, I experienced something I hadn’t experienced for awhile - I was excited about scripture and remembered what I read! I wanted to share that with the world, so I posted a picture of my journal page to social media and discovered that I wasn’t the only one inspired by this new project.

I kept hand lettering through Romans, posting photos of my journal, and focusing on one word per chapter to help me remember some of the main themes and I shared those thoughts with my social media followers as well. The more I shared with people, the more I received requests for copies of my journal pages and suggestions to write a book.

So, as soon as I finished lettering my way through the book of Romans in my journal, I scanned all the pages into the computer and began re-creating my artwork digitally to be used in what would one day be a book. I considered re-designing the first few chapters, because they weren’t as “fancy” or intricate as my later designs became, but I decided to leave them as is. I wanted those who paged through this book to see that it’s through practice that we improve on anything we put our minds to and that there is beauty in imperfection and growth.

I also decided I would include some of my personal thoughts on each chapter - still focusing on one word to help me remember what I read. I’m no theologian, but I did have some very good friends of mine, who are long-time Bible studiers and and trusted teachers, read through my content to make sure there was nothing in this book that would lead my readers astray. The words I wrote to accompany my hand lettered art are a reflection of specific things God was putting on my heart during this particular study of Romans. I recognize that many of you might pick a different word for each chapter and I know it’s very likely that I might too some day. That is just one of the many beautiful things about the Bible. No matter how many times we read it, God will always speak to us through it, teach us new things, and use it to meet us in whatever season of life we may be in. So I encourage you not to hold my words as truth, but to read this book with your Bible open alongside it, remembering God’s word is the only one that is perfect and true.

I share this story with you, because I want you to know about the book you’re considering buying. God knew the plans He had for this project before I ever did. He put it on my heart and I simply followed as He led me through the process. He used it to bring me closer to Himself, and now, it is my hope and prayer that this book would inspire you to draw near to Him as well.

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Since I have already completed the majority of the work, my only challenges left are financial. By supporting this project, you are eliminating that challenge.

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