Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Launch Thanks

I'm still feeling the warm glow of gratitude--a good state to be in as Thanksgiving approaches!

This Saturday, friends stopped by to help celebrate that the entire Sword of Lyric series is back in print, with extra material, and new devotions guides included in the back of each book. The work has been grueling for me -- in part because of the health challenges that made the project feel impossible each and every day of the last several years. That's why seeing the books stacked on the table was a visual reminder of God's generous and tender grace.

He did it!

The day was also special, because I was so touched that friends, family, and readers of the books, took time in a gorgeous weekend to stop by and visit. I soaked in the wonderful chance to catch up with people, hear what they are up to, and share joy (and relief) that this project is now completed.

I'm also feeling thankful as I think of the various friends who helped. Some spread the word, some brought treats, some brought friends, some prayed for me consistently these last few years. The people at the open house were a small representation of all the people whose love and support went into this work.

Here's one example. My friend Joyce created these fun "book cover chocolates":

She printed labels with book covers and wrapped those around small candy bars. One of the children who came said "Restorer's Journey" tasted the best. I haven't decided my favorite yet. Each book has a unique flavor. Hmm... guess I'll need to do more research on the leftovers. :-)

(I realize most of my readers don't live in my neighborhood, and can't drop by to have a book autographed. But I can still sign and personalize your book at Signed by the Author. Check it out! It's a super fun concept.)

Have you faced some long projects recently? Building a house, remodeling a kitchen, writing a novel, teaching a class, fighting an illness? Has God comforted and strengthened you in the midst of the work through the encouragement of friends?

He's so good that way.

Let's give thanks!



Anonymous said...

Amazing series. I just got all three Expanded Editions in eBook format. I'm currently reading book 1 (I can't wait to finish so I can read the other two, but i also don't want to rush through them either! A very perplexing dilemma!) and am absolutely loving it. I just wish my eReader had a color screen so that I could enjoy the added image content and covers in color instead of black-&-white eInk.

Sharon Hinck said...

Ahhh... Thank you so much! I love that feeling when you want to quickly turn each page, yet want the book to last, so also try to slow down. It's an honor to have a reader feel that way about my series. :-) I hope you continue to enjoy it. May the One grant you courage for each journey!

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading The Restorer on my eReader. What an amazing story. Now I'm devouring book 2 The Restorer's Son. These books would make great movies!

Sharon Hinck said...

I love picturing the scenes as a movie... I'm delighted you've enjoyed the book so much. Have fun in book 2! More twists and turns!

May the One meet you on every road!