When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan Blog Series (& a Winner!)

An idea kept nudging me as I prepped for the release of Catch a Falling Star. The book’s imaginary characters wrestle with the question “What do you do when life doesn’t go according to plan?”

Real people wrestle with that same question every day. And this thought wouldn’t be silenced: Why not have writer-friends blog about how they handled life not going according to their plans? 

Busyness shoved the question in the corner. Doubt did too — I mean, what if I asked and everyone said “Thanks, but no thanks?”

And then … I obeyed the unrelenting demand of the question. I asked 11 of my writer-friends if they’d be interested in sharing about life not going according to plan — and every single one said “Yes” within 30 minutes.

It was an a-ma-zing 11 weeks of blog posts. I have no hesitation in saying it was life-changing — for me and for others. And so, today I want to thank these friends (in order of their blog posts) for the blessing of their generous hearts and their wisdom:

A fun announcement: The posts are not disappearing! Thanks to the team at Jones House Creative, which handles my website, there is a When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan “button” on the front page of my website that links to the individual blog posts. (Look under the “New From Beth … ” title.)


Another fun announcement: The winner of the Rafflecopter When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan Goodie Basket is Lindsey Poznich Bell! Lindsey, please email me at [email protected] with your snail mail address!

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  1. June 26, 2013, 4:36 am   /  Reply

    Congrats to Lindsey.

    Lindsey, I’ll send you MY address, cuz you totally missed my birthday. 😉

    Beth, it was a great, great blog series. Loved it. SO glad you’re saving it!

  2. June 26, 2013, 7:11 am   /  Reply

    Beth, it was an honor to be on your blog! And I had so much fun. I so admire your gentle strength as you face obstacles…like the Colorado fires and back pain and even the good obstacles like 2 weddings in 2 years. I would have been pulling my hair out. lol. Can’t wait until your next book is out!

  3. June 26, 2013, 7:46 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations, Lindsey!! Lucky you!

    Beth, this series of posts was wonderful. I loved reading the stories of how others have worked through life not going according to plan. Very fun!

  4. Katie Beth
    June 26, 2013, 8:30 am   /  Reply

    It truly WAS a great guest blog series! Loved every single one.

    Um…You spelled my name wrong though. I’ll e-mail you today to claim my prize 😉 (tee hee!) Congrats Lindsey!

  5. June 26, 2013, 12:07 pm   /  Reply

    You have some gifted talented friends, and they are blessed to have you. These have made for quality memorable blogs, and I think it’s great these blogs will be preserved for future reference. May you (and your words) be as blessed as you are a blessing!

  6. Andrea Cox
    June 26, 2013, 1:06 pm   /  Reply

    Congratulations, Lindsey! I know you’re going to enjoy the goodies Beth has prepared for you. 🙂

    Beth, thanks again for creating and hosting this super fun blog series. I enjoyed getting to know so many authors (some I’ve heard of, others I haven’t). I’ve made new friends and gained a new perspective, so thanks for that, too.

    Blessings for whatever future endeavors you choose for your blog.


  7. Susan Tuttle
    June 26, 2013, 2:23 pm   /  Reply

    I loved these posts–there’s comfort in knowing we all have similar struggles and encouragement in hearing others’ stories. So glad you obeyed His prodding 🙂

  8. June 26, 2013, 2:32 pm   /  Reply

    Thanks for the shout out, Beth! Glad to be of service. We’ve really enjoyed this blog series and hope others will be blessed by it also!


  9. June 27, 2013, 5:08 am   /  Reply

    It was a true honor to be included in this awesome series, Beth. Thank you so much, and congratulations to Lindsey (and great to have so many entered in the giveaway!). I know I’ll be rereading the posts again and hope they serve as inspiration to others. Many blessings to you as you continue to write for His glory!

  10. July 3, 2013, 12:22 am   /  Reply

    Loved, loved, loved being a part of this series. I enjoyed meeting everyone, reading the posts, and being a part of the fun and fellowship. Thanks so much, Beth.

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