This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, July 11 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.
WHAT IS 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, I will add a collection of lamentations and short devotions/reflections on scripture.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter