The Bookwifery Podcast
By Christianne Squires
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Christianne Squires, the founder of Bookwifery, hosts a weekly podcast for contemplatives, leaders, and teachers who are healing the world with light. This podcast helps you birth your book, your voice, and your audience with discernment, companionship, and guidance. For more information, visit www.bookwifery.com.
||CleanEpisode 26: What to Do When You're Not Yet Pregnant With a Book||We talk a lot on this podcast about how to navigate book pregnancy—but what do you do if you’re not yet pregnant with a book? We explore three situations that create this kind of experience and offer helpful, practical ideas for living into this rea||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: How to Birth a Book (Part 2)||In last week's episode, we talked conceptually about how to birth a book, with an emphasis on tending your book, your voice, and your audience. This week we get into the nitty-gritty—and a free checklist gets you started and is available for download.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: How to Birth a Book||We've asked if it's time for you to birth a book. Now let's talk about how to actually do it. In this episode, we cover the core concepts and milestones that go into birthing a book.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Is It Time to Birth a Book?||Is birthing a book for you? What are some of the markers that would tell you it might be time? What are the benefits of doing this? We break it all down—with examples—in this episode.||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: What I Learned From Hosting a Hashtag Challenge||I hosted a community hashtag challenge on Instagram at the end of October—and learned so much! In this episode, I unpack how I did it and what I learned so you can apply it to your own community growth initiatives, whatever form they take.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Visibility + Vulnerability||Is there a relationship between visibility and vulnerability? How does showing up—becoming visible—in the world increase or diminish our experience of vulnerability? I polled those participating in my Instagram visibility challenge and gleaned five||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: How to Show Up When the World Is On Fire||It seems every day, a national or global event happens that sends everyone running and shouting in different directions. How do you, fledgling author that you are, show up in a world like this? How do these realities impact the communication of your mes||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: When Your Book Project Isn't Going as Planned||Has some significant life event cropped up and affected your progress on your book? Has your energy for the book shifted, rendering it hard to keep going? Does life keep getting in the way? Let's talk about what to do when your book project just isn't g||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Five Approaches to Discernment||We talk a lot about discernment, but what does it actually look like? How do you discern? What’s the process? In this episode, we look at five possible approaches to discernment—plus the helpful prep work that can ready you to discern.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: What's Required and What's Discerned||Do this; do that. Don't do this; don't do that. So many rules! What's truly required when it comes to book pregnancy? Where do you have choices or the opportunity to discern your true invitations? In this episode, we unpack the realities of what's requi||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Parallels to Human Pregnancy||It's Bookwifery's second birthday! Let's mark the occasion with a bonus episode, shall we? In this episode, we explore the application of real-life pregnancy experiences to the experience of birthing a book. We find five connections worth learning from||9/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: The Role of Personal Story in General Nonfiction||If you know you're not writing memoir but still have stories to share, is that okay? The answer is yes! Personal storytelling can elevate your reader's experience of your general nonfiction book. In so many ways, your knowledge and ideas are the just th||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: When to Choose General Nonfiction Over Memoir||When you've lived through a significant live event, the impulse to share your experience is strong. Something so major and all-encompassing wants to be shared. But does it want to be shared as a memoir or as a general nonfiction book—a book that more||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Do You Need to Know the Idea Before You Start?||How much do you need to know about your book idea before entering into book pregnancy? If you already know your idea, what can you expect? You won't be surprised to hear it all comes down to discernment. But this episode gives you some pointers and exam||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: How the Podcast Is Helping You||It's time to make the celebration of the launch of the Bookwifery podcast official with stories from you, the show's listeners. Listen to how discernment has been guiding real book pregnancies from real people since the show's launch.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Six Questions to Clarify Your Life's Work||We talk a lot about shining light in this world and doing the work that is ours to do. But how do you learn what those things are for you? This episode offers six questions that can help you clarify your life's work—plus three bonus questions to start||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Responding to the Monsters||In this bonus episode, we talk about the immobilizing reality of "monsters" in our lives. What name does your monster carry? What does it say to you? What helps you respond to its advances? I share my monster story and the monster stories others in the||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Why Discernment Matters to Your Book Pregnancy||When it comes to navigating the ins and outs of book pregnancy, what role does discernment play? How do you incorporate it into your process? This episode includes a 4-part "on the go" discernment practice you can turn to when you're in need of wisdom a||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: When You Want to Be Anne Lamott, Henri Nouwen, or Liz Gilbert||You likely have an author (if not more than one) whose work you wish you could emulate. What's behind that desire? What does that desire want to teach you? And how do you make peace with the truth that you can only ever be yourself?||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Your Ideal, Secondary, and Antagonistic Readers||You've likely heard of the concept of an ideal reader, but did you know two other types of readers exist? What role can they play—positive or negative—in your book and your work? And what's the most important thing to keep in mind in all of this?||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: What Happens in Each Trimester of Book Pregnancy||If you're going to birth a book, wouldn't it be helpful to know how the book pregnancy unfolds? What happens in each trimester? How can you best prepare? This episode dives deep into the pregnancy metaphor to help you know what to expect.||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Why We Need Your Light, and How to Start Shining It||At any point in time, this world is in need of light. But what does that mean for you personally? How can you contribute light? What is your unique, particular light to shine? And how can you begin shining it?||6/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Three Approaches to Writing Your General Nonfiction Book||Which approach to writing your general nonfiction book works for you? Are you a "hunker down and get it written" kind of person? A do-it-yourself type? Someone who'd prefer to follow a path laid out for you? This episode helps you know.||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Four Factors to Consider Before Birthing a General Nonfiction Book||In your personal discernment work around the question of whether you're pregnant with a book, you likely need to fill up your knowledge bank with additional data. In this episode, we consider the four factors that can make or break a viable book pregnan||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Nine Discernment Questions to Ask Before Birthing a Book||Discernment is meant to accompany you throughout the book publishing journey, but it always, of necessity, begins here: when you're asking whether you're pregnant with a book at all. Is this work yours to do?||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Three Major Categories of Book Publishing||It's important to know what kind of book you're writing before you step into the experience of book pregnancy, as the pathway forward looks different for the three major categories of book publishing: fiction, creative nonfiction, and general nonfiction||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0: The Birth Story of Bookwifery (and This Podcast)||Welcome to the story of how a publishing-professional-turned-spiritual-director birthed a company called Bookwifery (and this podcast).||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The world needs more of this
What a gift to see someone move in the world with such clarity. This is practical and inspirational. Perfect for anyone with a story stirring that longs to see the light of day.
Thinking of writing a book?
If you’ve ever thought of writing a book you will want to listen to Christianne’s podcast. She is a knowledgeable guide through the whole process of discovering our own ideas, resources, and passion that is hidden inside of us that might become our book. She also helps us understand how to find our voice and our audience, and how these help create our book. She is inspiring, gentle and kind and yet knows what it takes to birth a book in today’s shifting publishing landscape.
I have especially loved her idea of releasing our light as a source of healing into the world through our writing. Even if your not a writer but you sense that you have something inside of you that you want to express to the world, then I think you will find this podcast to be a valuable resource.