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Capturing Thoughts: Meditations, Lamentations, & Prayers
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WHAT IS THIS BOOK?

 It's a collection of 100+ pages like this:




WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK?

I woke up one morning in February like I do occasionally, already gripped by anxiety. Every muscle tense, my mind racing, a reader board running through my brain as one aggravating thought after another raced through.

Like other mornings, by the time I got up I was fine. I quieted or captured the thoughts with God and then I got out of bed and went about my day. 

But unlike other mornings, the process of capturing and quieting was slowed down for me. Other mornings, caught in the grips of the anxiety monster, the process was a blur.  I only knew that I took breaths and cried out to God and took more breaths and cried out more.

This morning though, God shined a big light on the process.

As He did, I felt Him saying, “This could help people. Write this down.” So over the next months, as the light continued to shine on the process, I wrote. 

What I have written so far is now part of a collection of meditations, prayers, and a few short letters to the reader, available as a free download on my website beginning May 15th www.stevieswift.com.

What I want to do, what this project is about, is to double the collection and make it available as a printed book.

In addition to more prayers and meditations, and I will add a collection of lamentations.

WHY ARE WE PRINTING IT?

As I wrote these things down, as much as I am grateful for a way to share these things for free in PDF form, I felt a strong desire to put a physical version out there into the world. Something people can hold and flip through and put in a purse or a desk drawer or on a nightstand. 

I think, as people read through the PDF version, many others will feel the same - I think enough of us will want a print version that we might be able to come together and actually get it done. 

In that spirit, I created this Kickstarter project as a vehicle for us to come together and get it done.

HOW CAN I BE A PART OF THE PROJECT?

You should see a section on this page with pledge amounts and a reward described for each pledge amount. Choose which reward you would love, click on it, and follow the instructions for check out. YOU WILL ONLY BE CHARGED IF THE PROJECT IS FUNDED. If we are funded, I will have the books printed and send out all rewards by the end of September (although I'm shooting for the end of July, I want to leave lots of room for any delays we might encounter.)

This is my third printing project. I am familiar with the process and I have a  great local printer I use. Below is a breakdown of the estimated costs and why I chose the goal amount of $1,102.

150 books printed = $689 (any less than 150 and the per book price is quite high)

Estimated shipping and packing costs = $200

ISBN number = $125

Copyright registration = $35

Estimated minimum cost of additional rewards = $100

If you are doing the math, you'll see these add up to more than the $1,102 goal, and there is a reason for it. During this process there was a bit of scripture which gained, in my own heart, a much deeper meaning. It was James 1:2. $1,102 is in honor of how God worked in my own life as I worked on this book, how He pointed me to eternity, how He stripped me of ego, and how He is working in and through all things. 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds."

I'm trusting we will surpass the goal by this little bit and if not, I have a plan for that - you can scroll down to see it!

Thank you so much for coming here and checking out this project. Please don't hesitate to ask me questions if you need any help making a pledge or if I failed to answer something in this section!



Risks and challenges

This is my third printing project, so I have a pretty good idea of potential challenges.

GETTING THE PROOF RIGHT

If you have any of my coloring books, you know I am a bit picky about quality. I want to put something great out there, so I may go through several proofs before we settle on the right format. Extra proofs can add extra cost and a time delay, however these are minor.

GETTING THE BOOKS PRINTED IN A TIMELY MANNER

I believe I can get these printed, packed, and sent by the end of July . . .

So I've set the expected arrival in September because, like I said, this is my third printing project. I KNOW I can get them to you by September. Even if I need several proofs first, even if the printer runs out of something and there's a delay.

FUNDING SHORTAGE

If I run out of money because my goal was too small, my plan is to deliver pizzas so I can fill in the gaps. I'm not even kidding. And even if I have to deliver some pizzas, we will still be easily on track to ship your rewards to you in September.

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    The Coloring Book

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    Just One Book Please

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    2 Books + 3 4x6 Prints

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    2 copies of the Capturing Thoughts book and 3 4x6 prints from the book, PLUS free shipping, PLUS the digital coloring book.

    This reward will ship to the EU, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. If you are in another international location and would like to join the project, please send me a message!

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    I'll Take 3!

    Get 3 copies of the book, PLUS the set of 3 4x6 prints from the book, PLUS free shipping, PLUS get the Digital Coloring Book as well.

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    Send Me 5!

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    10 Please!

    10 copies of the book, PLUS the set of 3 4x6 prints from the book, PLUS free shipping, PLUS the digital book.

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    Custom Spoken Word Video

    A custom spoken word video by Stevie, plus the Digital Color Book.

    I will work with you to create a spoken word video. I envision this as something you might choose as a tribute to someone you love. I imagine working with you to find out more about your person, creating a written piece for them, and turning it into a spoken word video. I am open to other projects, but I will have final say on whether I participate so if you are unsure if it is an appropriate project please check with me first.

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    10 of Everything!

    10 copies of the Capturing Thoughts book,
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    10 magnets,

    AND (I would send 10 but that would be redundant)

    just 1 copy of the digital coloring book

    PLUS free shipping of course.

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    All The Things + 3 Extra Special Things

    Everything I can afford to put in a box and send you.

    15 copies of the Capturing Thoughts book,

    10 copies of my Colorful Worship Coloring book,

    2 printed-out copies of the digital coloring book on a handmade (by Stevie) clipboard,

    10 magnets,

    10 sets of the 3 4x6 prints from the book,

    and of course free shipping!

    PLUS THIS:

    I will create 3 unique, as in only you will have one like it, prints from the book. You can choose any 3 pages from the book you would like turned into your limited edition print. And these will go into the box with the rest of the awesomeness above.

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    2 Books + 3 4x6 Prints + 3 Magnets

    2 copies of the Capturing Thoughts book and 3 4x6 prints from the book, PLUS all 3 magnets, PLUS free shipping, PLUS the digital coloring book.

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