On encouragement and heaven and hitting bestseller lists…

I slip into the kitchen and he’s already at the table–coffee in one hand and Wall Street Journal in the other. Beside him is the Bible he’s just finished reading. I take a seat and my Grandpa greets me with, “Good morning, H.E.!” That’s short for Holley Ellen–my first and middle name. I’m named after my Grandpa so it makes things simpler and it always makes him grin when he says it. 

Poppi & Holley copy

We talk about many things but it always seems to circle back to words. He owns a bookstore, after all. And most nights when I stay at his house I’m up way too late devouring as many books as I can before I head home again.

My Grandpa taught me words can touch hearts.

He showed me words can change the world.

He believed that one day I would add my own words to the shelves in his shop.

He finally retired at age 85 and so my books didn’t quite make it there in time but just knowing he thought they could pushed me forward. And his prayers–so many prayers for me through the years–did too.

Jesus opened the door to heaven for him a few months ago and he got to step through to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” 

And this week I opened an email that told me my book You’re Already Amazing stepped onto the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. The paper my Grandpa read every morning. And the first thing I thought of was him smiling.

WSJ Weekend Nov 15-2 copy 2

Hebrews says we’re surrounded by “a great cloud of witnesses” and I don’t understand all the mystery contained in that phrase. But I believe part of it means my Grandpa is still cheering me on and his prayers are still echoing through eternity and reaching God’s ears on my behalf. So are the people who loved you well and made it Home before you. 

I once wrote, “The light of a distant star continues to reach the earth long after the star itself is gone. In the same way, the light and love our loved ones gave continue to reach our hearts even when their lives on earth are done.” And it’s never felt more true.

Thanks, Poppi, for all that encouragement and all those prayers.

And thanks to all of you for the same. Without you, You’re Already Amazing would never be on that list.

You're Already Amazing by Holley Gerth

Life is all about love and any achievement is meaningless without all the hands and hearts who helped us get there.

We made the Wall Street Bestseller list this week–you, me, Poppi, Jesus!

Let’s celebrate.


Holley Gerth

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My best-selling book for over 90% off…What?!

I try not to talk much about book sales but, y’all, this one is over 90% off! Friends don’t let friends miss out on that kind of deal, right? The e-book version of my best-seller You’re Already Amazing is only 99 cents from November 2-4. You don’t even need an ereader because there are free reading apps for computers, tablets and smart phones. Woo-hoo!

Grab it here: Kindle, Nook

Even if you already have a copy, you can give one to anyone and everyone you know who needs encouragement. {Yes, you can gift ebooks! Just click “Give as Gift” when you purchase the book. So fun!}. And because you can schedule the delivery date on many sites, you could get some serious Christmas shopping done. Or get ready for your next group study. Or whatever else would be helpful to you.

You can dream big because you’ll get over ten copies for the price of one. That is crazy. And will probably never happen again.

See why I had to tell you? Here are the links so you can dash like a wild woman over to your favorite spot before this ends:

Grab it here: Kindle, Nook


From the intro:

“Even if we’ve never met, I know this about you: you’re a daughter of God, a holy princess, a woman created with strengths you’ve yet to fully grasp and a story that’s still being written by the divine Author himself. And if you really take hold of who you are and what you’re called to do, there will be no stopping you. That’s because there’s no stopping him in you—and he’s got bigger plans for your life than you’ve even imagined.

If you’re feeling brave, I dare you to read on . . .” {and go get your copies for over 90% off!}

Grab it here: Kindle, Nook

Would you like to tell your friends and family about this fabulousness too? We don’t want them to miss out either, right? If someone needs encouragement, they need this book. I’m looking forward to hanging out with you and the people you love on these pages!


Holley Gerth

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

It’s finally here!

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days - Holley Gerth

Hey Friend! Do you ever have hard days and need encouragement? Me too.

That’s why I’m so excited to share with you that my new devotional book What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Truths to Hold On To officially releases today! Woo-hoo!

You can order your copies by clicking here and it’s on sale right now

And for the first time ever, I’m going to host a book club. Think of it like us gathering in a corner of our favorite coffee shop for some heart-to-heart encouragement. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? {To be part of the book club, all you need to do is like my Facebook page.} We will kick off the book club next Monday, September 8th so you still have time for you and your friends to get your books!

To give you a little taste, here’s an excerpt from the introduction…

We all have hard days. The kind that make us want to pull the covers back over our heads, move to Hawaii, or eat a dozen cupcakes. Deep inside we know those aren’t the best options for our lives or our thighs. So what’s a girl to do?

Thankfully, Jesus said we don’t “live on bread alone”—that includes cupcakes—“but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). That means while we may crave all kinds of things, what we really need is truth. We need to know who God is and what he’s promised us. We need to remember who we are and have confidence that we’re going to be okay. We need to find a way to quiet the hunger pains in our hearts.

The book of Psalms is like a table covered with God’s goodness. It’s a place I’m often drawn to when I’m feeling down. And it’s where we’re going to sit together in these pages. So pull up a chair if you’re feeling tired, if you’re discouraged, or if you just feel a little empty inside.

Because this book has fifty-two entries, you can read it as a daily or weekly devotional. My prayer is that by the end of our time together, you’ll walk away with a heart that’s full. You’ll have more strength, peace, and joy. You’ll feel refreshed and nourished in a way that will sustain you through whatever the future may hold.

You’re not alone, my friend. We’re in this together. Let’s “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).

God used this book to speak some truths to my heart that I find myself going back to again and again on tough days and I can’t wait to share them with you!

You can order your copies of What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days by clicking here {and it’s on sale right now!}. And to be part of the book club, all you need to do is like my Facebook page. We’ll start going through the book together on Monday, September 8th. Who can you invite to join us?

I’m really looking forward to this time with you. And I’d love for you to bring some friends with you too! Who else in your life needs encouragement for their hard days? I hope we’re not the only ones who ever feel this way! :)


Holley Gerth

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