“Psss. . . pull up a chair and I’ll tell you a secret. You’d better lean in close for this one. Ready?
You don’t have to do more, be more, have more.
I’m sure there are security alarms are going off somewhere. You should probably hide this book when your in-laws come over. But it’s true… It’s the kind of true that will change your life, set you free, and make you wake up smiling for the first time in a long time. I know because that’s what it did for me.” – Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing (Revell Books, 2012)
Life-giving truth for us as women can’t be summed up better than that! So I won’t try. I’ll just say that when I got my copy of You’re Already Amazing, I gobbled it up in one afternoon. Not because the book’s ideas weren’t worth savoring, but because I was so excited to find a kindred spirit in it’s author. Not only is she a heart-to-heart writer, she’s like that on the phone too! We spent half an hour chatting about her dream for women and vision for how she can help bring it about.
Please welcome my special guest, Holley Gerth!
Q: What inspired you to write the book?
I wanted to be writer my whole life. As a child I’d read stacks of books in my grandparents’ Christian book shop. I worked at DaySpring for a few years, and began to feel led to understand women’s hearts better. So I went back for masters work as counselor, then got certified as a life coach. Through that, I’m finding that women’s hearts are more alike than different, and that what they’re struggling with is what I’m struggling with too.
Along those lines, I had the opportunity to do a retreat just before the book came out. I took women through the process of the book and it was neat to see it all worked out in their lives.
Q: What would you like to see it do in the lives of readers?
It’s part of a larger vision I have, and a series of books. This one’s about who you are, and there will be 2 more books. The next one is about what you do with the knowledge gained in the first book. And takes it to the next level: living God-sized dreams. That book will launch next March.
I say speaking is the most out of my comfort zone and keeps me praying! Before a recent retreat my friend had to say, “Get out of the car, Holley!” (she laughs). But a full weekend retreat really gives that heart connection that I want with women and I loved it.
Q: Tell us about your new company and how it’s extending this vision even further.
Stephanie Bryant and I just launched Squee, Inc. this spring. (Me: And Squee means what?? Holley: “Squeal of glee. It’s the sound you make when you’re living your god sized dream.” Me: LOVE that!)
The vision for the company is to come along God-sized dreamers and “creativepreneurs” to help them go for all God has for them. We’re finding women feel alone and don’t know what steps to take next or what to do. Squee provides coaching for women to figure that out, and then we work on how to practically move forward in their unique strengths, vision and God-sized dreams.
Q: What’s something your readers may not know about you?
I’m married to my college sweetheart who’s a great guy named Mark. We have a sweet and silly beagle basset named Katie and we affectionately call her “the beast” for reasons neither one of us can remember!
Q: If you could give one bit of encouragement to women today, what would it be?
Besides you’re already amazing? God’s mercies are new every morning because that’s how often we need them. If taking hold of the truth is taking longer than you thought, that’s normal! Keep at it and keep reminding yourself of what is true.
Thanks so much for sharing here, Holley! May the Lord extend and grow your ministry and Squee, Inc. I’m excited to see how that grows and helps more and more women make their God-sized dreams a reality!
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Special Giveaway Details!
Holley, being already-amazing as she is, has offered 3 free gifts! (Do I hear a “squee”?!)
- 1 copy of her book, You’re Already Amazing
- 1 copy of The Mother Letters, produced by Squee, Inc.
- 1 Redeemed – Truly Beautiful makeup bag (from Dayspring)
To enter to win one of these, leave a comment here or at Moms Together, sharing your thoughts or your answer to this:
What makes you amazing? How does that aspect of you show up in life or relationships?