The "Five Minute Friday" Book is here!

Every Friday for years, hundreds of people have joined an online writing flash mob called Five Minute Friday – a community of word lovers who throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it's just right.

These are their stories. One shared prompt. Five unedited minutes.
(back cover) This spring, the Five Minute Friday (FMF) community was invited to submit their favorite blog posts for consideration in a book being compiled by Susan Shipe. 150 were chosen to be featured in "Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat".

The stories, each written in no more than five minutes in response to a one-word prompt, span a wide spectrum of topics and experiences, all unique, all honest. They are real, not perfect.

As Lisa-Jo Baker writes in the Foreword,

"I wanted to write like my kids ran – unselfconscious with arms flailing and hearts beating wildly. Running just for the joy of the running. That's how I wanted to write. For the joy of the writing. I wanted to silence the editor in my head who was constantly criticizing." (p 6)

These stories reflect our everyday lives. They are not perfect, scripted; we live in the present and there is no editing out the imperfections, struggles, and pain of this broken world. Yet, we have hope in a perfect Savior, and the opportunity to embrace the joys and ordinary moments, life lessons, and truths as we live out our faith day to day. And there are others alongside.

In all honesty, I'm disappointed with the cover and page layout. I acknowledge the most important part of this book is the content itself, but with the resources (friends!) available at our fingertips these days, I would have expected a more professional "look" overall and more thoughtful formatting (not stringing all the stories together without page breaks, for example).

Layout concerns aside, whether you read a story here and there, or have time to sit down and read it straight through, the new Five Minute Friday book is a delightful compilation. It is funny, sad, encouraging, thought-provoking, and everything in between. And I'm thrilled to have one of my blog posts included within the pages of this book among so many others from the FMF community.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Vine School and The Ten Dollar Tribe, both in South Africa.


  1. Very neat that your blog post is in the book. Can I ask which post?

    1. I can show you the book! (The post is "Belong" from 2013.)