When Small Things Become Big—A Book Is Born

A little over a year ago, I was walking through one of my favorite places—a local craft store—and picked up a book on Zentangles for my daughter. My girl has a distinct artistic bent, and I thought she’d have fun with these doodles.

Well, it wasn’t long until she was begging me to sit with her and try them.

“Babe,” I said. “I canNOT do those.” Big emphasis on the not.

But she persisted, batting her little girl eyelashes. So I sat my “haven’t had an art class since I was 12” self down to spend time with my girl. It was a decision based on the knowledge that it wouldn’t be long before I was too uncool to hang with the girls.

And boy was I surprised.

Not only did I enjoy creating shapes and patterns, shading and texture, I was actually kind of good at this Zentangle thing.

Around the same time, I edited a book for my day job—Control Girl by Shannon Popkin. Now, I’m not your typical type-A control girl, but I definitely like things to go my way. Shannon and I hit it off and we’ve become friends.

If you’ve been around me any length of time, you know that I have trouble being still. And that’s despite the fact I think stillness is critical to a life well-lived. As I read Shannon’s book and as we talked, I realized that Zentangling was a way for me to be still in my moments with my daughter. It was a small thing…a little moment of releasing control in obedience and kindness.

But here’s where mysterious things just happened.

It didn’t take Shannon and I long to realize that I wasn’t just drawing for me and my girl. I was drawing for you—

For all of you out there struggling with holding tight, clinging to control when you and I both know life is uncontrollable…when we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are not enough.

And that’s where a book was born.

Instead of just drawing for me, I started drawing for you, praying for you as I did. Praying that when you sat down with my book, Reflections on Surrender, you would color my humble sketches and find peace, a stillness that’s beyond all understanding.

When I was willing to try something small, something new, I found a blessing that extended far beyond me and my family.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas.


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3 thoughts on “When Small Things Become Big—A Book Is Born

  1. Thank you for this coloring book, Janyre. I wasn’t sure I’d be into it, but I gave it a try. As I colored, I felt more relaxed and thought about the page’s message over and over. It really is a fun way to soak in truth! Would never have guessed you aren’t a trained artist!

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