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So Close to Amazing, KariAnne Wood, September 2017
So Close to Amazing, KariAnne Wood, September 2017

So Close to Amazing

Stories of a DIY life gone wrong…and learning to find the beauty in everyday imperfection

This is a book celebrating the incredible, awesome, special individual within each of us. It’s also a book for anyone who has ever mismatched her shoes or trimmed her own bangs when a professional might have been a better choice or added too much soap to the washer and watched it overflow.

(Not that KariAnne Wood has ever done any of these things.)

A debut memoir from the beloved Thistlewood Farms blogger, So Close to Amazing is a collection of hilarious and heartfelt reflections on getting it almost right—and how, instead of giving up, we can choose to simply embrace our real selves right where we are. It’s a story of transparency and honesty and recognizing that perfection is completely overemphasized and overrated. It’s about grace and learning from mistakes and rejoicing in every victory, no matter how small. Because when you find joy in the “you” God created you to be, you’ll discover the amazing that was there all along.

Contains beautiful DIY project ideas anyone can do, whether you’re Pinterest perfect or craft challenged! Homemade signs, centerpieces, recipe walls, and more!


So Close to Amazing is available for review, and KariAnne Wood is available for interviews to discuss:

  • KariAnne Wood gives people permission to be real. And imperfect.
  • Being ok with imperfection—finding the humor and acceptance in getting things almost right
  • Embracing our real selves, right where we are
  • Perfection is overemphasized and overrated in our culture.
  • Rejoicing in our victories, no matter how small
  • Finding joy in who God created us to be
  • We all need to give and receive grace as we make mistakes and grow in our lives.
  • Your style is what you love. Embrace it.
  • How seeking a silver lining or the blessings in everyday life equips us to handle the trials and hard places that we all experience
  • Advice for reinventing ourselves and starting over in life. How KariAnne and her family ditched the busyness of the city life for a simpler existence in the country.
  • KariAnne provides beautiful DIY project ideas anyone can do, whether you're Pinterest perfect or craft challenged!

About the Author

KariAnne Wood writes the award-winning lifestyle blog Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the rolling hills of Kentucky. Her blog has been named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens as well as a Country Living Decorating Blog of the Year. She has been featured on websites such as Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Bob Vila, and This Old House. She is a popular speaker at women’s retreats and conferences nationwide. KariAnne and her husband are the parents of three children.


So Close to Amazing by KariAnne Wood

ISBN: 978-1-4964-2201-9

Hardcover: $16.99 | 224 Pages

September 5, 2017




For media inquiries, contact Katie Dodillet, 630.784.5275, katiedodillet@tyndale.com