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There Are Joys in Editing a Manuscript

And I am still editing, round three. Writing a book is like thinking you’re running a marathon and finding out that you accidentally signed up for a triathlon. But, just as I imagine there are good things that come out of doing things like running marathons and competing in triathlons (and, as an aside, I will never discover those joys), there are also joys in editing a manuscript for the seventeenth time.

Today’s joy came from remembering some wise words of Barbara Brown Taylor and getting to include them in a chapter on bringing prayer to our bodies…

“I think it is important to pray naked in front of a full-length mirror sometimes, especially when you are full of loathing for your body…When I do this, I generally decide that it is time to do a better job of wearing my skin with gratitude instead of loathing. No matter what I think of my body, I can still offer it to God to go on being useful to the world…”

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