What’s in your junk drawer? You know, that catch-all space that collects pens, rubber bands, dead batteries, sticky notes and instructions for gadgets you’ve never taken the time to read? We all have one (some of us have more than one), and they are usually so cluttered it’s hard to find that one item you need, even though you know it’s in there…somewhere.
Messy to Meaningful: Life Lessons from the Junk Drawer, published by Bold Vision Books, was released May 1.
Messy to Meaningful started as a conversation about a junk drawer, but soon became much more. Living in two different states and three different
stages of life, popular author, broadcast journalist and TV personality Monica Schmelter, and the mother-daughter writing team of conference speaker/TV personality/humor columnist Rhonda Rhea and novelist/TV personality Kaley Rhea have banded together to deliver hope, truth, humor and a whole lotta Jesus in their newest labor of love.
In their new book, the writing trio encourages readers to join them on a journey that starts with a junk drawer, sorts through a little of this and a lot of that, and ultimately ends at a place with a new kind of beautiful and whole new level of freedom.
“With God, even our messiest junk can take on new meaning,” declares Schmelter.
The concept for the project originated with Schmelter during pre-production planning for a series of television shows called ‘Lessons from the Junk Drawer.’ “I asked a group of brave women for pictures of their own junk drawers,” Schmelter recalls. “As I scanned through the pictures, I learned I wasn’t the only one who had problems holding onto stuff.”
“The second we heard Monica’s idea, we were immediately all in,” says Rhonda Rhea. “The idea of choosing common and sometimes humorous items found in junk drawers, then relating them to the ‘spiritual junk’ we all tend to hold onto was too good to pass up. It was a marvelous opportunity to encourage people to sort through some of that junk, keep what’s needed, throw out what’s unnecessary and move forward, less hindered, less weighted down, more spiritually organized and more…free.”
“I love our dynamic,” adds Kaley Rhea. “It’s been such a blessing to see our three very different voices come together to make a unified, fun and biblically sound message that points people to Jesus. He really is our hope in our every mess.”
The book has already gained a following with fans and reviewers.
“How can emptying a junk drawer get rid of so much junk in ‘real’ life?” asks Pam Farrel, bestselling author of 45 books, including Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience. “Rhonda, Monica, and Kaley have taken that messy, common space in everyone’s home–that space you hope no one looks in–and have used it as a brilliant and biblical word picture of how to get whole and healthy, and they’ve done it with a dash of humor. If you want to get rid of the stuff that holds you down so God can lift you up, this book is for you.”
“As a junk junkie, I found this book enormously helpful,” says Debora M. Coty, award-winning author of over 40 books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed series. “While reading the chapter on pens, I did a count and discovered 38 writing utensils in one drawer. Messy to Meaningful’s message rings true, that stuff that we stuff–not just physically, but spiritually, too–needs to be periodically sorted and discarded. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ doesn’t work with junk. The good stuff gets harder and harder to dig out beneath it. That’s why I adore this book so much; it gives me tools and motivation to tackle the junk in my life, both physical and spiritual.”
“Messy to Meaningful will lead you to sort through your life to discover not only the gold nuggets you’ve been looking for, but an occasional chocolate bar,” quips Linda Evans Shepherd, international speaker and bestselling author of When You Don’t Know What to Pray.
“If you want to get rid of the clutter in your life and learn how to keep what’s good and let go of what weighs you down, read this book,” adds Carol Kent, author of He Holds My Hand: Experiencing God’s Presence & Protection. “In Messy to Meaningful, the authors will have you laughing out loud as you discover how to make positive changes, apply biblical truth, release the unnecessary, and get personally and spiritually organized.”