Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor



September 2011



I’m a Writer, Not a Quilt

Written by , Posted in faith, life, Uncategorized, writing

I’ve been writing my blog for about a year and a half, and, maybe because I try to be candid on it, people often let me know how it affects them, and I love that– mostly.

The comments and emails that tell me my writing makes people feel not alone, makes them think, makes them laugh– those are notes are grace to me, they are treasures. But once in a while someone feels so free, so emboldened (and that’s wonderful, but not) to let me know how uncomfortable I make them.

And I can only say this: My job isn’t to make you comfortable; I’m a writer, not a quilt.

My job is to write out redemption.

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Today I have the honor of kicking off the delightfully titled Missionary Positions series on the way we share Jesus in our everyday lives for my friend Jamie The Very Worst Missionary. Please check out my post to see how a writer does it! (Ahem.)

  • http://www.alise-write.com Alise

    You? Are phenomenal. I am constantly blessed by you.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Oh my. xo

  • http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com reconciling viewpoints

    Is there any blogger better suited to start off a series with that title? Don’t think so…. Great post, Tamara!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      😀 Thanks, Dan!

  • http://littlesuzysunshine.wordpress.com Little Suzy Sunshine

    I’m just starting to develop the courage to let others read my writing. I find myself worrying about what other people will think of me. You helped me remember that I’m not trying to please others. “I’m a writer, not a quilt” is my new mantra for when I’m feeling vulnerable about my writing. Thank you!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I’m honored to supply your mantra– now go write! 🙂

  • http://rasjacobson.com Renée Schuls Jacobson


    I’m writing here because I didn’t want to sign into the other log-in. I LOVE this post. I think it is way up there with some of my other favorite posts of yours. You always make me think.

    I think I was put here to teach young adults. To make them laugh, to help them find joy and help them heal wounds. I learn so much from them. I don’t know if this is moving me toward some kind of “redemption” but I know my work keeps me humble and growing everyday. Adoring you.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Aw, you. 🙂

      I love what you do.

  • http://twitter.com/CaroleTurner Carole Turner (@CaroleTurner)

    I came to your blog from Jamie, the Very Worse Missionary. The post, I’m a Writer not a Quilt is amazing!! Thanks for writing it.

    I am currently in the middle of paying a price for my Veritas (truth) http://www.carolesmithturner.com/2011/07/price-of-veritas.html. I live in the Republi-christian south and well, it’s a long story but I’ll just say it’s a heart breaking season. BUT, I found comfort in your post. It encouraged me. This too shall pass.

    Rock on Girl! Rock on!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I’m so glad it encouraged you! Can’t wait to check out your post. 🙂

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