So Close To Amazing ! And a giveaway

How many times have you felt so close to amazing?

Like your hair was just almost perfect

Or your clothes were fitting just a little looser

Or the house was basically clean

Or your To Do list was all checked off…

even the things on the list that you added just so you could

“check THEM off”.

(I know right? I DO THAT too!!)

But still, you just simply thought you fell short…

short of your almost amazingness…




Being kind

Taking care of all the details

Trying so hard to keep your desk cleared

only to have it piled high with another deadline

Picking all the toys off the floor only to have them

scattered again by your rambunctious toddler

All the laundry folded…AGAIN

you’ve planned great meals

your work schedule fits your needs perfectly…

then something brings you down

bad news

a heartache

running late

a rude motorist

a post on social media that leaves you longing…

Have you been there?

Have you felt like you’ve lost hope?

Maybe your heart has lost hope


your brain says, “Hang on a minute…or 5 years.

Hold on…

it’s NOT over!! Don’t lose hope.”

Earlier this summer,

a blogger whom I adore,

and have had the opportunity to meet

IN REAL LIFE (like squeeeeee)

announced that she was assembling a team

to assist in launching her new book,

So Close To Amazing.

I applied to participate and did cartwheels

over the moon

(in my heart and mind)

when I was added to the launch team.

KariAnne (the author of the book) who writes

the blog Thistlewood Farms has been a constant encourager

to the launch team and I am honored to participate.

Once you start reading her book, you won’t be able to

put it down.

Unless your kids run through the house with their clothes on fire…

that may or may not possibly make you put it down…but

it is filled with stories that will keep your

tummy jiggling with laughter,

or possibly a tear or two sliding down your fake smile weary cheeks,

or slowly nodding your head to and fro saying,

“Yeah, me too. I just thought that same thing.”

So if you’ve ever felt…

yet, still feel you fall so short,

and you are needing encouragement to “stay the path”

and “keep your faith walk” of your own amazing journey,

then you will find yourself hidden right down deep in the text of this book.

So hurry, pre-order this book through September 4, 2017

There are some great free items included with pre-orders.


you can read the first chapter for free

by linking to her book section on her website.

Once you read the first chapter…

I’m warning you

that’s it…you’re gonna want to know the rest of her story

You can preorder this beautiful hardbound book

published by Tyndale Publishers NOW until September 4th.

It will be available for purchase on September 5th.

This humorous, faith filled, thought provoking book is great for gift-giving

or anyone who may need an emotional boost.

Trust me on this

(if you’ve never believed a word I’ve said)

trust ME

this book will inspire hope to keep moving on

rising up

and trying


YOU are amazing…just like you are.

And even when you feel SO CLOSE



And that’s a story I needed to read.


SO NOW for some more fun stuff…

If you would like a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the book

leave a comment telling me something amazing.

Like: do you currently read the Thistlewood Farms blog

OR what is your favorite type of blog to read

OR when was a time you felt like you were so close to amazing?

and I will enter your name into a drawing.   You can share this post around if you have friends who may also want to have their name entered. A name will be drawn by random selection to win the book on September 5, 2017.

All you have to do is leave a comment!!!

It’s SO easy!

Disclaimer: All my opinions about KariAnne’s “book amazingness” are completely my own and absolutely true and viable.  She didn’t twist my arm or beg me one tiny bit to get me to tell you this.

But I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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  1. Rachel, now I am totally interested. A time I felt so close to amazing would be… each time my heart catches a glimpse of what heaven may be like. That is what I long for most and I know beyond a shadow of doubt that it will be amazing!

    1. Oh Tommie, It’s wonderful to hear from you. Isn’t KariAnne’s blog just so interesting. Yes, I believe that you would find her book to be so uplifting.

  2. You definitely have me interested in reading both KariAnne’s book and her blog! Thank you for sharing about it! I’ll go check it out. Love you!

  3. Rachel,
    You nailed KariAnne and her book, So Close to Amazing. I know how you felt when she said, “yes, I would love to have you on my So Close to Amazing Launch Team.” I felt that same wondrous feeling of being accepted, of being valued, of being lifted up.

    Thanks for linking your Amazing post to the blog Tour of So Close to Amazing Stories and Reviews.


    1. Thank you so much for dropping by Judith. Yes, it has been a great experience to participate in the book launch. xo rachel

    1. Thank you so much Abby. I really appreciate your kind words and for your visit here on the blog. xo rachel

  4. I haven’t read the Thistlewood Blog but you make me want to head on over there…as well as read the book! Thank you! Blessings!!

    1. Rebecca, definitely head over to her website and read her blog! AMAZING! You girl will LOVE LOVE it!! And hey, thanks for stopping by here and reading mine too. Hug hug. rachel

  5. I always love reading what you’ve written. I like your style, sweet lady! 😉
    So, if you recommend her book and blog, I bet I’d love it, too!

  6. I’m very new to reading blogs. I love the one Choose Joy. Many times I realize it’s amazing how much I can still do in spite of physical limitations! God has been good to me! Would love to read this book.

    1. Jonna, I will have to look for the one Choose Joy. Thank you for mentioning it to me AND also, thank you so very much for honoring me by stopping by and visiting my blog too. I really do appreciate each visitor and kind comments. I feel certain that you would enjoy the book so very much. xo rachel

  7. Rachel, you are always such an encouragement! (Love your latest post about TX.) I will check out this blog and book. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. Susan, thank you so much for your words of encouragement to me. I am glad you enjoyed the post about TX also. I know you will love KariAnne’s blog and book. xo rachel

  8. I’m fairly new at reading blogs too, but I truly do need words of encouragement. I feel amazing when I think that Jesus loves even me. I would enjoy reading this book.

    1. Susan that truly is an amazing thing to realize…the LOVE of JESUS, His love for US! I am honored that you would stop by my blog and leave a comment. I hope you will visit again. This book is an encouragement in all of our ups and downs of life and you would enjoy it.

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