Have you heard?!

The Five Minute Friday BOOK is officially available!

Can you even believe it?

I’m still riding the wave of excitement since it released on Monday.



It’s been so much fun to revel in the joy with so many of you as you’ve shared the news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and your blogs. Thank you for helping us to spread the word!

As I mentioned on Monday, all proceeds from the book are going to two different ministries in South Africa!

So when you make a purchase, not only are you getting a beautiful collection of writing from more than 100 different writers, you’re also supporting a great cause!


In the spirit of the book’s release, this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:




Ready? GO:


I used to prefer working alone.

You know, I figured I could just do things my way and whenever mistakes were made, I knew who to blame.

But over the past few years, I’ve come to see the beauty of collaboration. Of working as a team.

There’s a deep satisfaction and a sense of unity that comes with linking arms with others and working together toward a common goal.

I like to think that serving as a group brings much glory to God. We’re all one body, after all. When we put our minds and gifts together, a magnificent masterpiece begins to form.

I’ve seen this happen with the birth of the Five Minute Friday book.

It started with one woman’s idea, and just look at the end result — over 150 writers in one collection.

In my opinion, this book is a true reflection of what Five Minute Friday is all about — a diverse group of people with unique stories and gifts, coming together in a common purpose: a love for the written word.

The finished product radiates the diversity and unity found in the body of Christ.

And I’m so honored to be part of it.




Also: It’s not too late to join 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes!

Learn more here:



Before you go, don’t forget to grab your FMF swag!

We’ve got t-shirts, hoodies, and mugs available for a limited time only!



Grab your goodies HERE before October 5th!




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30 thoughts on “five minute friday :: collect {+ book news and swag!}

  1. I’m pretty sure I know where this week’s word came from now. 🙂 It’s so exciting to see one person’s idea brought to fruition, and I can only imagine the good the proceeds will do. Honored to walk this path with you, Kate!

  2. Man, I’ve been so busy this week I haven’t ordered my book yet! I still struggle with collaboration (and perhaps a misguided sense that I could do things better on my own…I’m still working on that), but when it works well, it is a thing of beauty!

  3. One thing I learned years ago was the benefit of working alone-together, as part of a sniper-spotter team. It’s a bit like being the atria and ventricles of a beating heart (which is, come to think of it, an odd metaphor indeed).

    It’s an interesting relationship; more intimate than marriage, and stronger than siblings. You live or die together. Well, mostly.

  4. The introvert in me still struggles to work as part of a team but I love the reminder that “serving as a group brings much glory to God.” I’m so excited for everyone who has worked on and is published in the FMF book and I look forward to reading it.

  5. Kate, it is quite a collection, isn’t it? Considering the task of collaboration, the minor faux pas ??? Pretty minor! It was a joy and pleasure – I got an email from someone thanking me for the hard and then hard was crossed out…and replaced with heart work. It truly was a labor of love – I have great love for the FMF community. As my testimonial states under my contribution in the book…FMF helped lift me from the pit of despair following my mom’s sudden death in October 2012. God is always good. Love you. xo

  6. Congratulations on the release of your book. I’ve read some of your free Letters to Grief and have really appreciated it, especially since I lost my mom in 2010 and miss her every day. You are an inspiration to me and so many others. Isn’t wonderful how God provides us with the right people at the right time and place in our lives? What a testament to His love for us. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and heart with us, as well as this new resource. It’s much appreciated! My two friends and I visited an elephant refuge (in Indiana, I know?!) I share some photos and our experience and you may be encouraged by it a bit, especially if you like animals the way we do. Have a great weekend and keep the inspiration coming! http://dianeweidenbenner.com/8th-wonder-world-elephants-ctst/

  7. Thank you Kate! This book is arriving ON my birthday! (Wednesday). What a delight to be in the book!
    I hope October brings me opportunity to participate. There have been too many time commitments to fulfill this month, but I greatly miss you all!
    My thoughts are that FMF is like a jar of fireflies. We are collected every Thursday and then released only to draw back together again the next week. How brightly we shine!!!

  8. […] This is my second opportunity. I also contributed to this book which features the best writing of Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday community. I am so proud about my participation in this book because all profits from the book will be […]

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