Author: Nicole Baart

love on its knees

Years ago I made this the prayer of my heart: “Break my heart for what breaks yours.” And God very faithfully answered that prayer. But I’ve learned that pity and compassion are not the same thing, and the difference can be summed up in a single word: understanding. Pity condescends from a distance. Compassion is love on its knees. And we can’t get to that place of brokenness, of entering into the suffering of others, without putting ourselves in their place.

Words are so powerful, friends. They have the spark of the eternal, the ability to give and take away. They crush hearts and create worlds and breathe life. Maybe most important of all, they teach us compassion. Help us understand what life is like for our brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends. Even for our enemies.

May we be well read. May we seek out books that challenge us, that shake us to our core. May we reach for books that are written by people who are marginalized, silenced, ignored. May our hearts be open and unafraid, humble enough to be changed.

It would mean so much to me if you would leave a book recommendation in the comments. What book has moved you? Changed you? Made you see the world from a different perspective? I’ll leave a few of my favorites there, too. Have a gorgeous Tuesday, friends. Be bright.

xoxo – Nicole

It’s My Book Birthday!

I can’t believe it’s finally here! Little Broken Things drops today and I couldn’t be more thrilled, nervous, excited, anxious, or hopeful. Yes, hopeful. I love this book. I love the story, the characters, the quest for something beautiful, something more. I hope it connects with a lot of readers. I have SO MANY fun things to share about this book, so I guess I’ll just start listing!

First of all, I’m thrilled to share that LBT has been chosen as Salt Water Reads book of the month for December! This is an online book club, and we are going to have so much fun! Please join us! There will be giveaways, author chats, and more. Check it out!

Also, ViBella Jewelry has designed an absolutely gorgeous line of jewelry to complement the release of LBT! Want to give a really unique hostess present this holiday season? What about a stocking stuffer? A book and a beautiful necklace are sure to be a hit!

If you’d like to read an interview about LBT, HuffPost has got you covered!

And if you’d like to watch a Skype interview, you can catch it on the Writing Fun podcast.

There’s more, but I’m going to leave you with this today:

THANK YOU. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It means the world to me that you have joined me for this incredible journey. I am so very grateful for you.

xoxo – Nicole

Quinn & Walker

We’re only a few days away from the release of Little Broken Things and I’ve saved my favorite Pinterest board for last. Quinn and Walker are at the center of the book, and their love story is one that completely captured my heart. They have only been married for a few years, and their relationship is going through a bit of a rough patch–for reasons that I hope you’ll soon learn! I loved writing about them… and their passion and commitment to one another amidst some difficult odds.

Take a few minutes to be swept away by Quinn and Walker! I hope you love them as much as I do!

xoxo – Nicole

Little Broken Things Book Club Theme Party

Hey, friends!

We’re just ONE WEEK from the launch of Little Broken Things! I’m in the mood to party. 😉

One of the main characters in Little Broken Things is not-quite sixty-year-old Liz. She’s the matriarch of the Sanford family and a very conflicted character. Liz believes that she’s done her very best… But wonders if maybe that’s simply not good enough. Liz is a card-carrying member of the Betty Crocker club, a gardener, decorator, artist, and a bit of a busybody. But if there’s one thing she excels at, it’s throwing a fabulous party.

I’ve put together a Pinterest board that Liz would be proud of. Grab some friends, order Little Broken Things, and then plan a themed book club evening! Books, wine, friends… What could be better?! I hope you find some inspiration on Liz Sanford’s Party Pinterest board. And if you DO have a book club party for Little Broken Things, snap some photos and tag me! I’d love to send you some swag.

xoxo – Nicole

Julie Cantrell

Julie Cantrell is such a kindred spirit! I first heard of her years ago when her debut novel, Into the Free, made a giant splash in the literary scene. Her tender, passionate books are filled with heart and redemption–and they’re absolutely unputdownable. Julie and I are Tall Poppy sisters, and I’m so grateful that this woman I’ve admired for so long is now a part of my circle. We haven’t met in person yet, but I’m already looking forward to the day that we do!

Julie’s kind words about Little Broken Things mean so much to me–encouragement from people you admire is priceless. My heart overflows! Thank you so much, Julie! And friends, run, don’t walk, to your nearest Indie bookstore and snag your copy of Julie’s new release, Perennials. Or B&N or order it online or do whatever you need to do to get your hot little hands on it. Perennials releases TOMORROW! It’s on my e-reader right now and I’m savoring every word.

xoxo – Nicole