This week I wanted to share about a project I’m so proud of! My little sister wrote her first book! We took a trip recently and there and back all I did was read this book! I couldn’t put it down! She has been someone who has always lived above reproach. Her life is lead in a way that is beyond admirable. Her book gives you just a glimpse into this past season of her life and is a true testament to her strength and love for God. Here is a little interview I hosted over dinner to get to hear her heart and thoughts behind it!
Adrienne: This is your first book at age 25! How does it feel to be an author?
Britney: It’s a great accomplishment! This book was put on my heart, from the time I thought of it to the time it was finished, was 19 months. So, it took a while to write and to work on. I feel excited!
A: You’ve talked for a long time about doing a blog or having a writing outlet. Does it feel good to finally have something out there?
B: When I was in high school, I had this dream that maybe someday that I could be working on a writing project. I had a couple ideas and actually started a couple of things that I ended up putting down because they weren’t inspired. They were good thoughts, but they weren’t inspired. So, I ended up not completing those projects because at the time, those weren’t really what God had put on my heart. Then when this came to mind it actually was a project that I was very hesitant and nervous to write about. I didn’t exactly want to do it to be honest! I couldn’t shake the idea. That’s how I knew that it was the Lord prompting me to do it. It’s been such a blessing because I’ve heard countless stories of men and women alike reading this book and they have been blessed and encouraged.
A: Tell us about your book for those you haven’t read it yet or doesn’t know what it’s about.
B: My book is called Dancing in the Dark. It’s kind of came out of a dark season of my life. Everyone goes through hard stuff. No matter what age, no matter what season, everybody goes through difficult things. How are we supposed to go through those things? To be honest, those are the things that people don’t enjoy talking about. It’s not comfortable to talk about your darkness. It’s not comfortable to talk about your pain. That’s the stuff that we all try to forget about and don’t want to think about. Let along talk about! It’s about how to walk through the dark seasons of your life. The book talks about the darkest season in my life when I was married at 19 and divorced at 23 and never saw it coming. I didn’t; think that it would ever happen to me and it did. It was a terrible and dark time in my life, because of the disciplines I had in my life preexisting I was able to walk through that time with grace. The book is about those things that I have implemented in my life so that hopefully others can learn from the pain that I walked through. They can now learn to journey through their pain with grace as well.
A: In your book, what are your ways of explaining your preexisting disciplines?
B: The book has three sections. I always have said that I don’t know how to write a book, so I wrote it like a sermon. It has an intro and three main points. I talk about my story, my darkness and pain in my life I go through three different kinds of dances. First being, the tango which is a really structured dance. What is the structure of our life, but our spiritual disciplines. Then moving into the next dance, we talk about the waltz. I actually talk about you quite a bit in that chapter! The waltz is the most difficult dance to learn, but the most beautiful to watch. The most difficult but beautiful thing in our life is relationships. The last section is the jive, the fast-paced dance that can be frustrating because it’s so fast moving. What can be more fast moving than the speed of life. How do we move through those things with the wisdom of God in our life?
A: What kind of expectations did you have going into this project? How would you say they were either confirmed or different?
B: I thought it would be pretty uncomfortable and it was! Anytime you think that you’re done talking about your pain and then somebody reads it and then they want to talk to you about it, all of the sudden you’re talking about it all over again. When you decide to open yourself up for the benefit of others it doesn’t stop. You choose to have your life be open to others. I think that’s how we are all called to live. To use our life, the good times and the hard times for other people so that we can all grow.
A: Who would you recommend this book to?
B: I would recommend this book as an emergency book if you have suddenly gone through a life time tragedy. This is as an emergency! I would more so suggest it for someone who hasn’t gone through anything! The whole point is to prepare yourself for the storm before it comes. I would say that every person could read this book. I wrote this so that it could bless people before they experience pain. So that we pain does arise, they know how to deal with it.
A: I’ve been talking to people who have read your book and how it’s not only focused on your dark period, but it’s very well rounded.
B: I had to look a lot to scripture to see what the Bible talks about in darkness. Jesus knew more about darkness and pain than any of us! He knows exactly what we are going through and gave us tools to walk through those things. There’s a lot of scripture in the book and that helps too, to look at the life testimonies of people that are in the Bible.
A: Can we expect more books from you in the future? I feel like the answer is yes!
B: I am definitely open to whatever the Lord puts on my heart, I feel like there may be something on my heart right now! I don’t know when that might come. What I have learned through this is season is the importance of community and friendship in our life. I have been processing through that topic, the importance of relationships! Church doesn’t happen just on Sunday mornings, it happens every day of our life. Live a life so that you church life and your real life become the same thing! You build a community so that when you journey through things, you have people by your side. That topic has been something that has been on my heart for a possible project in the future. I’m not sure what that will look like, but I’m definitely open to it!
A: I know that community has played a big part in the birth of your new campus in Bonney Lake! Maybe we can read more about your journey through the expansion of our church to a new city!
B: We have a singular goal and mission - that’s to reach people for Jesus! In the process of how we do that, it’s through godly relationships. Community life is definitely number one!
A: How can out readers get ahold of a copy of their own of your book?
B: My book is available online at www.britneymccartin.com. There are only a handful of copies left! We ran out of the first run, now the second run is almost done as well! Make sure to grab your copy.
I know that I have even given your book as a gift to people who are in emergency! Great questions I’ve always been asked as a leader is: What leader is in your ear? What book is in your hand? You NEED this book! It’s full of wisdom through experience, and I can tell you first hand walking through this season and seeing the blessing on the other side that no one has lived with more grace than this person right here! I am so honored and blessed to live life with my sister and I know that her words will speak to you just like they did me! I really wanted to share this project of hers with you. I read her book and couldn’t put it down! I know that it’ll be the same for you!