This Portion of My Life Is Brought to Me By The Word SURPRISE.

This Portion of My Life Is Brought to Me By The Word SURPRISE.

So, my wife got in cahoots with the worship staff at my church today. They surprised me with a Book Release Day Surprise Party. Again, as always, I was clueless. Walked right by this door of the normally-empty extra office before the party and didn’t even see it:


I’m sharp, let me tell you. Nothing gets by me.

They had balloons…flowers…Popeye’s Chicken…strawberry cake…Dr. Pepper…friends…family…

Popeye’s Chicken, I said. My wife knows my love language.

It was a room full of happy. That’s what it was.

Here’s Mr. Dorky McClueless walking in:


I bet Max Lucado doesn’t get Popeye’s on his release days. So there.


The strawberry cake was a conduit of the glory of God.


I even got presents.

I’m so thankful for the sweet people in this picture…and so many more, who have made me feel so special this week and always. Thank you so much!

22 Comments

  1. Carolyn on September 29, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Looks like a wonderful surprise party. Congratulations on the book.
    I can hardly wait to get my copy. Glad you were able to get away down to the ocean for some family time and reflection. It's a great place to be alone with God

    Love you
    Carolyn
    Oceanside,Ca

  2. Leah @ Point Ministries on September 29, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Popeye's AND Strawberry Cake???? Bless the sweeet Lord Jesus. What a celebration. Congratulations, Travis!!

    Leah

  3. mandythompson.com on September 29, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Love it love it love it!

    Congrats Travis. 🙂 I know you worked hard for this!!

  4. Deidre on September 29, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Strawberry cake … yum!

    Going this morning to get my copy! Congratulations. I'm so proud.

  5. Patty on September 29, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Congratulations!!! It looks like a fun party and you can never go wrong with Popeyes chicken! I can't wait to get your book!

  6. Anonymous on September 29, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Congratulations! A book I will be purchasing. 🙂 Max Lucado may not have received a slammin' party like yours – but he did come speak in our chapel (world vision's) as part of his book tour. Should I book you now as well? (kidding).

    Congrats, congrats!!!

  7. Anonymous on September 29, 2010 at 6:41 am

    " These are a few of my favorite things" Thanks for making Music "Worship"!

  8. Janet Roller on September 29, 2010 at 6:44 am

    So proud of you, Travis. I can hardly wait to read your book! It's no surprise to me that God is blessing you!!
    Here's to more happy –
    Janet

  9. Sarah on September 29, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Congratulations! Can't wait to pick up my copy of the book!

  10. fuzzytop on September 29, 2010 at 6:54 am

    A well-deserved celebration! That must be Angela's famous strawberry cake… You are certainly blessed!

    Adrienne

  11. Heidi on September 29, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Congratulations Mr. McClueless! 🙂 Can't wait to read the book.

  12. Melanie on September 29, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Awesome! What a great reason to celebrate! Congrats on your book. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Blessings from Idaho,
    Melanie

  13. Lacey on September 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

    What a good wife! Now I need to go find me some Popeye's… thanks very much for the craving. 🙂 Congratulations – God is doing big things!

  14. [email protected] on September 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Travis, I went to Lifeway yesterday and got my copy. Now if I ever get through Beth's intro. I'll start your book. Just kidding.
    Can't wait for God to surprise me through your writing. He has sure used you through music and now this.Wow! Looks like it was a great party. Congratulations and continued Blessings, Melanie Grace

  15. Kimberly on September 29, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Congratulations!!! I'll be picking up your book this weekend!

  16. heidimarshallauthor.com on September 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Surprised by chicken.

  17. Southern Cheesehead on September 29, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Congrats…can't wait to get it and read it!!! I have to say that my absolute favorite line of any blog of yours: "I bet Max Lucado doesn't get Popeye's on his release days. So there." Seriously, that made me LOL in my office!! Oops…hope my boss isn't reading this! 🙂

  18. Nancy Jensen on September 29, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Mr. Dorky McClueless – (a moniker which cracked me up, by the way)

    Isn't it wonderful that you have so many people to celebrate such a great day with you? I don't know who looks more pleased in that last picture, you or your lovely wife? Truly did look like a room full of happy.

    Congratulations on your book. I am looking forward to reading it. God has gifted you in amazing ways. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the rest of us.

  19. Hayley on September 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

    How fun! What a sweet wife!! Congrats on her and your book!

  20. De Anna Morris on September 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Travis, all of us who "know" you from your leading worship at the LPL events…we are so very proud of you. My book is on the way and I already know that God will use your words to inspire me…He uses you like that.

    Blessings to you and your sweet family.

  21. Jodie on September 30, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Travis, Congratulations on your book release! Can't wait to read it! Can you send me an autographed copy 🙂 I think Angela is a great wife! God has definitely blessed you through her!!! Enjoyed seeing the pictures you posted of the party.

  22. gregandkim on October 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Does your book come with a southern accent?

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