September: A Second Chance for a Fresh Start

I never get a new planner in January. My life has always revolved around schools, so I start getting excited around the last week in August about selecting my new planner for the year. And I never seem to leave the office supply store without some new pens, new folders, new pads, and new notebooks. Any of you share my stationery addiction?

The start of a new school year, traditionally the day after Labor Day, has always carried the promise of a fresh start. New pencils, new notebooks, new school-clothes. A new schedule, a new teacher, a new backpack.

People whose lives aren’t defined by the academic calendar only have one time a year—New Year’s Day— when they get to turn the page for a fresh start.

Students, teachers — and I want to add life-long learners — get a second chance in September for a nice clean sheet on which to write their hopes and dreams and good intentions.

The Day after Labor Day

This is just one reason I am so excited to launch Living CrossWise : Hope and Help for Navigating Transition on the day after Labor Day! Is there a better time than a new semester to start reading and studying a resource that will help you grow in faith?

The Fall Season

Take this opportunity to call some friends and invite them to get together with you  to go through this book and Bible study this fall. Maybe you’re enjoying a happy transition—you have some free time now that the kids are in school, or you’ve just retired . Or maybe you are in a difficult season of transition and could just use the love and support of a group that gets together regularly to share their lives and stories, their laughter and tears, while focusing on God’s answers to the dilemmas of life.

If you would like to obtain a copy of Living CrossWise:Navigating Transition, it will only be available through my website or at my speaking engagements.

To celebrate its release, I will be offering Free Shipping through September 30. If you subscribe to my blog, you will also receive a 10% discount on your first purchase.

Join me at Journey

If you are in the San Diego area, I invite you to join us as I teach Living CrossWise at Journey Community Church in La Mesa. We begin Tuesday September 10 at 6:30 or Wednesday September 11 at 9:30. Come and bring a friend. Childcare is provided. You can register for free online at