It’s Tuesday around these parts and you know what that means: Author Tuesday returns! I have a whole lot of writer friends who’ve pushed out a whole lot of books (because books, you see, are kind of like babies) – and I can’t WAIT to continue to showcase their personhood and their words. Up today? Mark and Lisa Scandrette, co-authors of Belonging and Becoming. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? My name is Lisa Scandrette. I teach, write and do administrative work for a nonprofit my husband, Mark, and I lead called ReImagine, which seeks to help people apply the wisdom of Jesus to everyday life. I am a mom to three young adults, an avid reader and knitter, and friend. I still hesitate when people ask if I am a writer, even though my name is on two books now.
Let’s talk about your book: what, in a nutshell, is your book about anyway? Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture seeks to help families name what matters most to them and offers a concrete process for intentionally seeking a life that supports that purpose. We share successes and failures from our own family life, as well as that of others, as we explore practical ways to move towards creating a culture of belonging, where each person feels safe, cared for, and loved, and of becoming, where we are each supported to become the people we were uniquely created to be for the good of the world around us.
Do tell, what was the inspiration behind it? Family has always been important to Mark and I. As a newly married couple, we had so many great ideas about what our family would be like, how we would thrive and join God’s good work in our neighborhood and the world. However, as kids came along and our lives got more full, we became aware of the gap between the family we imagined and the family we actually were. We realized that we’d need to learn to approach our lives more intentionally and creatively if we wanted to turn the dream we had for family life into reality. We’ve been working it out for 26 years now, and this book shares some of what we’ve learned on our journey.
How do you hope readers will be changed by your words? I want readers to know that their family has a unique gift for the world—every family is as unique and beautiful as the individuals that make it up. I hope that readers will be encouraged to embrace their power. So often it is easy for us to feel pressed by the demands of life and the expectations of the culture we live in, but we have the power to decide how we want to live our lives. I want to encourage families that they have what they need to take the next step toward thriving and that it is never too late. The invitation to grow and change always comes at the right time.
Lest we forget to ask, how have YOU been changed by writing the book? For me, writing feels new and uncomfortable. As I alluded to in my introduction, my relationship with writing is still tenuous. The process of writing challenged me to dignify my voice and my experience, which is something I’ve wrestled with for a long time. Co-writing with Mark both gave me the support of a seasoned writer and offered lots of opportunity for me to confront the voices that told me that I was incapable of good writing.
Mark and I began writing Belonging and Becoming as our youngest was in his last year of high school. The writing process offered a good time to reflect on the work of our family over the season of growing children and to honor what we’ve learned together and how we’ve journeyed together. We were also prompted to revisit our family purpose at this new stage of the life of our family. We’re still in process with that, even as we travel and teach together.
How and where can we find you on the internet? If you’d like to see four families’ experiences with Belonging and Becoming, as well as a teaser for the book, these short videos are fun. You can find us on www.reimagine.org, Mark’s author page on Facebook, Mark’s Twitter, or Lisa’s Facebook and Twitter. You can get ReImagine’s monthly newsletter by signing up here.
Friends, this is such a necessary and important book, by two people who ARE the real deal. After reading one chapter, I handed it to the HBH (Hot Black Husband), and was like, we’re reading this. And I kid you not, it’s changing the way both of us interact with our children and with each other. Even though it’s written toward a Christian audience, their writing is very accessible, regardless of faith tradition. I’m giving away TWO copies of the book, courtesy of Intervarsity Press. So, why are you interested in reading Mark and Lisa’s wisdom-filled book? Leave a comment, win a book!
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