3 Lessons and 2 Tips from Leah Darrow

3 Lessons and 2 Tips is a series of interviews in which some of my favorite people (and probably some of yours) share three lessons they’ve learned by being married, plus two tips for single people.

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This edition features Leah Darrow, a wife, mom, author, speaker, fashionista and broadway musical enthusiast I first met when she and her husband Ricky and I took a class together last summer at the Theology of the Body Institute.

Leah enjoys engaging culture from a Catholic perspective and challenges people to reclaim love and beauty from a society that has distorted both. She hopes to one day swim with orcas or catch the first sighting of bigfoot, whichever comes first.

Book launch party pictures!

I owe a debt of gratitude to the fabulous family, friends, and folks I had never met who showed up to celebrate the release of my book Chastity Is For Lovers at two launch parties over the weekend. I also owe my body a lot of sleep.

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So while I catch up (and prepare for my trip to New York), enjoy the following photos (just a handful out of more than a hundred!) from both parties (and the picture above, of me reading an excerpt of the book at Saturday’s party).

Thoughts on becoming an author.

my and my book

The moment I learned I would become an author is vivid, even now, almost two years later:

11:12 a.m. on February 28, 2013.

I sat beneath the bright bulbs of the chandelier that floats over the kitchen table and grabbed my phone while a notification buzzed: an email from Patrick, the editor who that morning, had presented my book proposal to his colleagues at Ave Maria Press.

“So, I was wondering,” he had written. “How would you like to write a book for us? :)”