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A Prodigal Post, A Big Announcement | Bethany Suckrow

A Prodigal Post, A Big Announcement

I’m posting over at Prodigal Mag today, and it’s an important post for a couple of reasons :

First, there has been some tension in the Prodigal community this week. We’re debating the issues, about gender equality and abuse apologetics and Scriptural exegesis. But at the heart of this discussion is also the issue of storytelling: when and how to tell a story and whether a story is ours to tell.

I’m learning as I go that one of the biggest challenges of being a nonfiction writer is learning to handle our loved ones’ stories with care. How we share true stories might not always communicate truth, and for that reason, not all storytelling is created equal. As writers and storytellers, we have to discern this boundary and respect it. And as readers, we have the right to criticize writers who we discern have crossed that boundary.

There have been some concerns that this boundary was crossed in one of Prodigal’s posts this week. My hope is that my post helps communicate better boundaries for storytelling to everyone, whether in the Prodigal community or the internet at large, whether you’re a writer or not. My hope is that my post brings healing to some of the hurt expressed this week.

Second, the post includes a pretty big piece of news on my part. I’ve been hinting at it for months here in on my little blog, but haven’t been quite ready to say it “out loud” on the internet. But after a lot of prayer and sweaty palms and hard work, I am finally ready to share it with all of you.

I’m writing a book.*

It will be a memoir about my mother’s battle with metastatic breast cancer, co-written by her and I.** I am two-thirds of the way through my proposal, and I’ll be sending it to a potential publisher next month. Darrell Vesterfelt is acting as my agent.

As you can imagine, this endeavor means that my mother and my family have entrusted this story to me, and that this project bears a lot of responsibility.

Join me over at Prodigal as I discuss the weight of writing this story, won’t you?


*Bet y’all thought I was going to announce that I’m pregnant. But I’m not. I’m procreating a book instead. I WIN.

**More on this later, I promise.

  • Debbie Hart

    Oh, Bethany please keep us informed! I know I will purchase several! Love you, Girl and Mommy would be so proud of you! <3

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      Thanks, Debbie! Much love. <3

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    I was hoping this would be your big news! I’m so excited for you, friend. Please let me know how I can support you along the way.

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      Thanks, Leigh. I value your encouragement so much, friend.

  • http://www.cross-platform.org John Hanan

    Looking forward to hearing more about the book!

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      Thanks, John!

  • http://KatieAxelson.com/ Katie Axelson

    I knew you weren’t pregnant. Didn’t even cross my mind. :)

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      I figured most of my writing friends would know better, but there were quite a few friends that are just out of the professional loop enough to think it would be a baby, not a book. Lol. Oh well!

  • Kyleigh Vrettos

    Pregnancy did not cross my mind either, but I understand because that is always the first thing everyone thinks of when I say I have a big announcement. :)

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      Lol exactly! And I will absolutely let you know when it’s published. Hope you and the hubs are doing well, friend.

  • Kyleigh Vrettos

    P.S. Tell me when it gets published so I can buy a copy!

  • PB

    Ha, didn’t even think pregnant! Paper and ink stayed in my mind though. Congratulations regardless, and the very very best of luck with this, friend xx

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      Thanks, friend. I figured you knew what was up awhile ago. Nothing gets past you, I’m pretty sure. Much love to you. xoxo.

  • Rachel Rock

    Good luck with the book. Writing about something so real-especially something from your own personal experience- is pretty hard. But I think it makes for the most beautiful and moving works. Rachel


    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      Thanks, Rachel!

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