"Come matter here. I know that story. I lived that story. For years, I was consumed by what it would mean to “matter” in this world. To people. To someone special. To God.
I think we’ve all felt that. We want to know that our lives matter, that this isn’t some crazy accident we all got stuck inside of. I started to chase after whatever the world told me mattered. Success. Acclaim. Love. Happiness. I became obsessed with this idea of “getting there,” wherever “there” was. I was in a constant state of waiting to arrive somewhere better.
I didn’t know yet that all the good things—like faith, love, trust—don’t happen overnight. You can’t pick them up from the drive-thru or snag them in an instant download. It’s easier to run after the next thing the world tells you matters. It’s easier to never do the hard work of planting your roots or letting people in as you grab your suitcase and run hard toward “the next thing.”
But when you get tired of running, there’s a better story waiting to begin. I promise, it’s better. Yet there’s a catch: you’ll just have to stick around long enough. You’ll have to dig in and do the work—the work that happens in the here and now."
Come Matter Here, Pg. 16.
This big box of books showed up my doorstep last week. I'm absolutely speechless. I hoped this day would come but I honestly didn't know for a while. It felt like such a wrestle to get to this place after three years of trying.
As you may know, Come Matter Here is my second book. The two books could not be more different. My first book-- If You Find This Letter-- was a straight memoir. Come Matter Here is more centered around themes, around different topics that matter in our daily lives.
I wrote Come Matter Here after walking through and out of a severe depression that stole any form of normalcy in my life for 4 months. I didn't know if I would even work or write again. I wrote the book because for so long I was enamored by what it would mean to "matter." I wanted my actions to matter. I wanted my words to matter. Plain and simple: I wanted people to look at me and say, "She matters."
I can tell you this (because I've been there before), a TED talk won't make you feel like you matter. A book deal won't fill the hole. A shiny new relationship will lose its luster after a little while. I strived for all of these things. I pushed for all of these things. And I was surprised to find myself still wanting more.
I'd love for you to pre-order this book. It would mean the world to me. I realize I am asking this big thing and I, myself, rarely used to go out of my way to pre-order a book. Now I do pre-order books from my favorite authors because every pre-order sends a message to the bookseller that a) this book matters and b) you should stock it. Plus you get the book on your doorstep the day it comes out!
Whether it's your local Barnes & Noble, Target, or Amazon- I would so appreciate your pre-order. You can submit your receipt here and get the following instantly when you pre-order:
- The first two chapters of Come Matter Here
- My digital bible study "First Be a Follower"
- 3 downloadable + printable prints
If you order 3+ books, please send your receipt to us at info@hannahbrencher. I will handwrite and mail you a letter- or send it off to the person of your choice!
This book goes out into the world on May 29. I can hardly believe it but I am so grateful to God for this great opportunity to see a huge chunk of my heart (200+ pages of it) show up in bookstores around the country. If you've got a dream to write a book one day, don't give up on yourself. Don't deem the process too hard or the vision too big. What sits between you thinking you'll write the book and actually writing the book is one thing: the words. Sit down. Write honestly. See what's inside of you waiting to come out. I promise it will be worth it.
tying you closer than most,