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From this widely popular writer and
songwriter comes another wonderful collection of nearly forty essays filled with
humor, sharp wit, optimism and wisdom. Combining personal experience with the
professional insights of a minister and therapist, Barnhouse beckons us to let
go of regrets and worries about the future and, instead, surrender to life. “It
doesn’t look very cool. But sometimes sitting down is the only clear thing to
do. A wonderful mentor used to say: ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’”
Barnhouse’s empowering faith in family, friends and one’s self is what we need
to weather life’s struggles. Includes a foreword by Pat Jobe, author of 365 Ways
to Criticize the Preacher.
Meg Barnhouse travels nationwide as a singer, songwriter and humorist. A
columnist for the Spartanburg Herald Journal, she has been a commentator on the
Carolinas’ popular public radio program Radio
Free Bubba for thirteen years. A former Presbyterian minister, Barnhouse is now
minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Spartanburg, South
Carolina. She is co-author of The Best of Radio Free Bubba and The Return of Radio Free Bubba, both
published by Hub City Writers Project, and author of Waking Up the Karma Fairy, published by
Skinner House Books. She has recorded two CDs, "July Blue" and "Mango Thoughts in a Meatloaf Town",
featuring twenty-five of her original songs.
"Meg Barnhouse is a hilarious and brilliant thinker, writer, preacher and
singer. She is someone who might just be touching the most sacred energy
vibrating in the universe." —Pat Jobe, author, 365 Ways to Criticize the
"Meg Barnhouse has a gift for finding important life lessons in what most of
us would consider mundane and inconsequential, whether a dumpster filled with
pumpkins or a stalled lawnmower. Her ability to deliver these insights with
humility and wit makes Did I Say That Out Loud? a memorable and
entertaining read." —Ron Rash, author, The World Made Straight
"Meg Barnhouse does what all good writers should. She takes one tiny snippet
of an incident in her life, analyzes it, then offers up universal truths and
insights. These essays are hilarious, heartbreaking and plain fun to read."
—George Singleton, author, Drowning In Gruel
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