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Resisting Gossip | Pastor Matt Mitchell

Thankful

Things have just begun to slow down a little with Resisting Gossip, so now's a good time to give thanks.

Thank you all for praying for me during these first 3 months since the release of the book. I know that the Lord used your prayers to bring many blessings.

In my last email, things had been very busy, and I'm thankful to say that life isn't as hectic and full of Resisting Gossip responsibilities as it was then.

At the same time, the book continues to be well-received (it's actually the #2 best-seller for CLC Publications this year!) and get some good reviews:
Over the last month, I got to be on two different radio/podcast shows:
And I got to do the Resisting Gossip Live Seminar at Westminster Presbyterian Church. (Check out that link for some fun pictures!)

There are still a number of things in works, including an audiobook version (we begin taping tomorrow) and more seminars (I'll be in Shelby, Ohio on January 25th and at the Grace for the Broken Conference in the Poconos on March 29th), and some more articles about resisting gossip (for EFCA Today and the Journal of Biblical Counseling), but it seems like the breakneck pace of the release is finally over. 

And that gives us some time to relax and enjoy the holidays, including one of my all-time favorites: Thanksgiving.  
  • This year I'm thankful for all that I learned in my doctoral work at Westminster with the CCEF Faculty.  (Just this weekend, I got my own bound copy of my D.Min project. My adviser, Winston Smith, gave me his own copy. See the picture below.)
  • I'm thankful to have been connected to CLC Publications for about a year now. They have a wonderful mission and ministry around the world.
  • I'm thankful to be through the writing, editing, and pre-publication marketing stages of Resisting Gossip. Each of those had their own joys and challenges, and I'm happy to be on this side of all of that work!
  • I'm thankful that the book is out and getting into people's hands. I'm regularly hearing new stories of how the book has helped someone. And I'm still thinking through different angles of the problem of gossip and how to help people with their struggles.  (See the FAQ section of my blog for some continuing thoughts on questions like "So Is This Gossip?", "Can Gossip Be Sharing GOOD News?" and "How Do I Seek Advice Without Turning It Into Gossip?)
  • I'm thankful that I've been given wisdom about how to manage this with my ministry as a local church pastor and my ministry as a homeschool dad and husband. I haven't lost my mind, yet!
  • I'm thankful that I'm still wary of self-promotion, and that I'm aware of the temptation to believe my own press clippings. I'm thankful to have friends and family and loved ones that are committed to keeping me humble!
  • I'm thankful to have gotten to meet some really neat people along this journey (including those "Resisting Gossip Triplets!").
  • I'm thankful to be where I am with the book: very, very blessed. "LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance" (Psalm 16:5-6).  Praise the Lord!
     
Have a great Thanksgiving!


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