Anna, Welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, Sarah! Thank you so much for having me on Homeschool Authors. My name is Anna Weaver and I'm 25 years old. I wear many different career hats. I'm a writer and a full-time RVer. I sing and play the acoustic bass guitar with my 10-member family band. We sing and play Bluegrass/Southern Gospel/Country music and average over 200 shows yearly. I live on a bus with 6 of my 7 siblings, 3 dogs, a cat, and a fish. (Life is never boring in my home.) I'm also getting married to my Air Force fiancé in April.
Everyone’s homeshooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
The early years of my education were spent in a "one room schoolhouse" type of setup. My dad made plywood dividers for our kitchen table and we kids schooled there every day as my mom taught us. Dividing her time between 8 kids wasn't easy, but she did a wonderful job. As we graduated into the higher grades, we separated, but I will never forget the camaraderie and fun we had in those impressionable early years.
What is the best part about being part of a family singing group?
The best part of being part of a family singing group is being able to do your dream job with your best friends. We all love music and we love ministering to people, so we have a blast every time we have the privilege of performing. We are incredibly blessed.
What is the hardest part about being part of a family singing group?
Probably the hardest part of what we do is the "in between concerts" stuff: keeping the bills paid, the difficult road trips, the laundry... Oh, the laundry. *sigh* And I'll be honest, working with your family and parents is not always easy, but it is the same as working for any team. You have to be part of something bigger than yourself. It can't be all about you. Once everyone realizes that, then we can overcome our obstacles and do great things. When you think about it, the same is true with being in the family of God.
Do you like traveling all the time?
It's never boring. :) I wasn't sure I'd like the full-time traveling thing at first, but this lifestyle has its perks. Constantly being on the move keeps life from becoming stagnant. There's always something new to see or do. We make new friends and renew old friendships everywhere we go. If we don't like the scenery or the weather, we just pick up and move. It's a good life.
What inspired "Surviving the Revival: A glimpse into the life of the Weaver Family Band"?
My dad did, actually. He's always been an avid storyteller, so I grew up listening to him tell people the awesome things that God did in our lives. When I was 20, I told him that I was going to write them all down in a book one day. He got so excited about it that I decided to give it a try. It was a wild and crazy year, but I was able to hold a copy of the finished product in my hands before my 21st birthday. Definitely an amazing, unforgettable moment. :)
Would you give us a synopsis?
What happens when you take 10 people and:
* Teach them to sing and play instruments ...
* Put them on stage to perform 3+ times every week ...
* Stuff them into a 15-passenger van for hours on end ...
* And they're all related?
Complete and utter chaos, that's what happens! No, this isn't a reality TV show ... this is reality for the 10-member Weaver family, also known as "The Weaver Believer Survival Revival." When the Weaver family first started singing, they didn't expect much to happen. Now traveling an average of 20 days a month and singing 200 shows yearly, the Weavers are committed to sharing God's word through song and encouragement. This book is a testament to the joys, pains, and strengths of family. You'll laugh at the outrageous antics, at their unbelievably true stories of life on the road, and you'll be left with a few thoughts to ponder when it's over. Watch what happens when God turns a ten-member family into a Bluegrass/Southern Gospel ministry.
Who will enjoy "Surviving the Revival"?
Readers have called my books many things. "Highly entertaining." "Well-written." "Down-to-earth, witty, and insightful beyond her years." "An easy, fun, and inspirational read." "A great read, full of laughs, and thought provoking insights into God's ways."
If you like light-hearted reads full of funny stories and inspirational life lessons, then you will probably enjoy my book. :)
Do you have any final thoughts?
Only this: there is no age limit or certain talent needed to serve God. You don't have to be the best writer or singer. You don't have to be brave or glamorous or perfect. All God is looking for is a willing vessel to work through and reach others. If you turn your life over to Him, you will be amazed at what He will do with it. He will take you places that you could never imagine. You just have to be willing.
If you would like to find out more about my books, you can find them here. If you'd like to find out more about my band and hear our music, please visit www.WeaverBeliever.com. Also, I blog about books and traveling and just life in general at www.AnnaWeaverBooks.com.
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