Of ACFW, pneumonia, and Hope By The Book Magazine

Posted October 2, 2018 by meezcarrie in miscellaneous / 56 Comments

Hi friends! I know it’s later in the day than I usually post but there’s so much to catch up on so … no time like the present, right?

The last few weeks have felt like a year – and not necessarily in a bad way.

This time two weeks ago I was thinking “I should probably start packing for ACFW” which I was heading to Nashville for the next day. Nothing like planning ahead 😉

While there I got to hug on so many of my fave authors & fave people – and yours too! Recognize anybody in these pics (besides me… i’m not interesting when you consider who i’m in frame with lol)

I also have another picture that I took at dinner one night, but I won’t publish it because I want Debbie Macomber to still like me 😉 The picture is of DEBBIE MACOMBER EATING AT MY TABLE and FRANK PERETTI just over her shoulder. I sat there in that moment and thought, “If someone had told me five years ago that I would be eating with Debbie Macomber and sitting within eyesight of Frank Peretti and hugging all those people in the photos above (and considering them dear friends) I would have thought they’d been reading too many of Frank’s books.”

An undeserved blessing that I will never take for granted ♥

And then the day I returned I got sick. Really sick. And then my husband got sick. Really sick. Diagnosis: pneumonia for the both of us. So we were pretty pitiful together.


Speaking of undeserved blessings….


(drum roll please)

(go on – click that image up there with the books and the blue wall and the nifty logo)


Yes I’m shouting because I’m that excited about it! Cue muppet flailing!

I teamed up with Hope For Women Magazine and a handful of my favorite people and trusted reviewers and we created this beautiful and fun and smart magazine called Hope By The Book.

Our first issue will launch in early November 2018, and here’s a sneak peek of the cover! (Image & colors subject to change but style will remain the same)

Hope By The Book is doing what has never quite been done before – creating a magazine to celebrate books (across multiple genres, fiction and nonfiction) AND the reading life for the avid reader, as well as offering smart reviews from industry professionals to industry professionals.

Each issue will have new articles for every reader seeking useful, fun, and inspiring content all about books and the reading life! It will be packed with top notch articles and images that feed your inner bookworm and arm you with great books to grab at the bookstore.

Each post on our website will do the same!

We love books. We live books. In fact, to us, books and lifestyle are interchangeable. Books inspire us to change our lives, to refine our souls, to stretch our imaginations, and to deepen our faith.

Wanna subscribe?!? OF COURSE YOU DO!!!

Head to the website & click on the SUBSCRIBE button on the home page. As one of my blog followers, you can enter the code BOOKISH at checkout to receive the annual quarterly subscription for only $16.95!

And while you’re over there, scooch on over to the newsletter sign up in the sidebar (or the pop up) and follow us on social media (FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER) and make sure you stay up to date with our website posts and fun news!

So tell me …. what about you? What sort of articles would you love to see in Hope By The Book?


56 responses to “Of ACFW, pneumonia, and Hope By The Book Magazine

  1. Lori Smanski

    I am so glad you had a fabulous time at ACFW. Oh no, I do hope you both feel well soon. Congrats on the magazine.

    • Carrie

      yay! Thank you! 😀 By the way you need to get on Instagram. Someone posted a really pretty pic of all of Drew’s books and i wanted to tag you in but i couldn’t find you lol

      • Julianna Deering/DeAnna Julie Dodson

        Thanks for the heads up! I’m pretty much a social media nitwit and am not even on Instagram (what does it even do?), but I’ll have a look. Yay!! 😀

  2. Misty M Beller

    I’m so incredibly excited about this magazine!!!! Huge congrats to you and the whole team!! 🙂

  3. Janet Ferguson

    So sorry you’ve been sick!I can’t wait for my magazine, and I followed y’all everywhere 🙂

  4. Marilyn

    Glad that you had a good time. Hope you and yours get better soon. I had pneumonia many years ago. It takes time to get over it. God Bless. Congratulations on the magazine.

  5. Awww sorry you and your husband are wick Carrie! I hope you get well real quick! I’m so excited for you and this magazine as well! I can’t wait to go and check it out!? I hope you gave Tina a squeeze for me! That woman owes me two boxes of tissues so far!!??

  6. Carrie, I’m super excited! and made the first blunder. I went to the site and subscribed and forgot to put in Bookish! How do I manage to do these things? Anyway, everyone remember you are going to love this magazine and put in the code BOOKISH!

  7. Carrie Turansky

    Hi Carrie, I hope you and Eric are feeling all better soon! You have a lot on your plate right now! Praying for you and excited to see Hope by the Book come out next month.

  8. Janet Estridge

    I am so very sorry that you both have been sick. Take care of yourself and take it easy. Pneumonia is nothing to miss around with, I know that for a fact.
    I have several questions about your magazine. Is it available in print form? If so, then how do we pay for it?
    Congratulations on your new adventure.

  9. It was such a treat talking to you, hugging you and getting our photo taken together! So sorry you got sick when you returned home! And congrats on the magazine! I’ve already preordered. 😀

  10. Laura J Shuck

    You know I have to have that magazine!
    Order placed yesterday and I’m very excited for both the magazine and you!

    Congratulations Carrie, well deserved honor.

  11. Winnie Thomas

    Dear Carrie, I fear that you don’t have enough to keep you busy. You should definitely take on a few more projects so you don’t get bored. 😀 Love you, my BFFF!

  12. Rebecca Maney

    Of course, I subscribed!This magazine is going to simplify my book nerd cravings by placing info all in one place on a regular basis. Great idea . . . .and I love it all. News about new releases, news about upcoming releases, news about the industry in general, products that favor the avid reader, interviews with authors, tutorials on the writing process; including promotion ideas, crafting reviews,etc. I would definitly love to know about reading group clusters and/or conferences/events in my area.

  13. Sooooo super excited about this, Carrie!!!
    And I’m really glad you’re feeling better.
    But I’m happy about EVEN more – is that I got to spend SO MUCH TIME WITH YOU at ACFW (AND meet your superhero ERIC in PERSON) – YAYAYAYAYAYA

    Love you bunches!

  14. Mindy Obenhaus

    I’m so glad I finally got to meet you and hug your neck at ACFW, Carrie. And I’m thrilled about this magazine. My order is in.

  15. Say, Carrie, I had a question. Is the new magazine< "Hope By the Book" different than the magazine, "Hope for Women"? Because I recently subscribed to the new magazine, "Hope By the Book, or so I thought, so hope I don't receive a different one instead:) Thanks! Lual

    • Carrie

      Hi Lual! Yes they are two different magazines 🙂 if you check your order confirmation email it might be from Hope For Women (since they are our parent magazine) but the order itself should say Hope By The Book. I can check on it tomorrow for you too 🙂

  16. Marie Roberts

    I subscribed to and paid for a year-long subscription of Hope By the Book magazine on 10 Nov 2018, but after receiving the inaugural issue in late January 2019, I have not heard anything else about the magazine (nor have I received any subsequent issues.) What happened? If the magazine has folded, when can those that have paid for a subscription expect to receive a refund?

    • Stephanie Atkinson

      I agree. I subscribed and paid for a year but only received the first issue. I have called and emailed but no response. If there are no more issues, refunds need to be applied. When we will hear something?

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