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Big Lily’s Rent-A-Belly

Kristen and Jayne are donating one dollar from the sale of each book to Brother Wolf, an animal rescue organization in Asheville, North Carolina. Click here to learn more about Brother Wolf.

How big are your dreams? Lily is a d-o-g who dreams big. Come along with Lily and meet her mom, her friends, and a lot of happy d-o-gs who found their forever homes because Lily dared to dream that rubbing bellies could change the world.

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God Is Not a Bully: A Not-So-Churchy Memoir 

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epub book coverGod Is Not a Bully: A Not-So-Churchy Memoir, addresses bullying in the spiritual realm like no book has before. Against the backdrop of growing up as a one-day stage performer, musician and educator, is the author’s experience of identifying and overcoming various bullies, whether they be individuals or institutions, and the consequential acceptance of a broader spirituality. The memoir encompasses the innocence and curiosity we all have about who we are, why the world is, our part in it—an innocence that gets slowly eaten away by people and institutions who tell us we are less than we should be—and how we can learn to return to that innocence as an adult.

Through the use of anecdotes, God Is Not a Bully follows the growth of the author from innocent preacher’s kid who painfully and sometimes comically learns to see beyond the limitations of traditional Christianity, which for her is fraught with both intentional and unintentional bullying, to self-actualized spiritual adult who heeds the call to embrace a deeper love and understanding of both self and humanity—while never losing her sense of humor. From Southern Baptist Christianity to liturgical Episcopalianism, Celtic spirituality to Shamanic ritual, the author hitchhikes through the worlds of family, institution, and self in search of the deeper calling from the Divine.

The balance between personal revelation and the charge given to the greater world—that loving “others” begins with loving ourselves—is reinforced by the memoir’s structure, content and tone. Part One examines her struggle with wanting self-identification and acceptance by a linear, masculine Church while Part Two reveals her ability to find peace with God by freeing herself from the formal institution of the Church. In addition, a poem as culmination of each chapter personifies the very heart of the author’s journey. With a Garrison Keillor-esque feel, Hedberg paints the commonplace in her life as a portrait of the absurd with a thick shellac of high-gloss metaphor to seal the canvas. The voice is often playful, even as it moves through its most somber of subjects. God Is Not a Bully is a GenXer’s journey back to her original spiritual home, having been made stronger from overcoming life’s challenges.