Sunday, October 07, 2007

Gala Book Launch 3

What was I thinking about as I welcomed everyone?

A theme threaded through my novels is that God can take ordinary, flawed, and weak people, and accomplish remarkable things.

The fact that He stirred me to write, helped me complete manuscripts, opened doors for books to be published, (especially these books which are so unusual and by all conventional wisdom didn't have a chance) and allowed those stories to touch hearts is a huge gift of grace. As I looked out at all the gathered faces, I wondered what gifts of grace He is planning to unfold in each life. Delightful plans. Amazing adventures. A room full of wounded healers and unlikely heroes. There were people from North Carolina, Kansas, and Wisconsin. There were people facing trials of various kinds. Men and women of all ages. God knows the story in each heart, and they are far more poignant and dramatic than any story I could write.

Thank you so much to everyone who came -- to the Book Buddy volunteers who brought food, handed out prizes, and greeted people; to the wonderful staff of Northwestern Bookstore, Burnsville; to the musicians who arranged beautiful harmonies and performed the songs from each Restorer book; to my eldest daughter for taking photos; and to my family and friends who prayed me through the writing and release of The Restorer's Son.

Soli Deo Gloria.


Justin B. said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun, wish I could have been there! Just finished the book, absolutely loved it!!!!!!!

everlastingscribe said...

Oh! It looks wonderful! I wish I had been there! I'm glad to see the banner too! I'd hoped you'd get more use out of it, I'm all ways tickled when authors can reuse the stuff I've made.

Kaza Kingsley, said...

Wow! This looks sooo nice!!
You obviously did a lot of work. I just got back home from the East coast part of my book tour, and I can say that when someone puts this kind of love and attention into an event it makes it so much fun. You deserved all the wonder that came from this.
Kaza Kingsley
Author of the Erec Rex series