Some stream of consciousness for you today…
Yesterday I was going about a normal day, doing the things I love to do around the house, listening to one of my favorite author’s book: Jan Karon’s “Shepherds Abiding” (which is a lovely way to begin the Christmas season, I think). The audio is wonderful, too.
As that played in the background, I decided to buy a prelit tree for the space I had created in our very crowded living room space. We are real-life tree people. We love the smell, the ambiance of it and going to get it at a tree farm. But my smelling ability is on and off these days. And the room has one place for a tree. With the shortages of everything, I thought it might be hard to find the right-sized tree. So I ordered it curbside at Walmart, scheduled it for an afternoon pick up and continued my routine at home.
The doorbell rang and I ran to get the door, as the UPS driver dropped off a large box. I carried it to the kitchen table and what did I find? 10 books that I had edited and co-wrote. 10 books with my name on the cover. 10 books of which I am very proud. 10 books which I plan to give to those I thanked in the foreword.
So I snapped a picture to share on Instagram. And I went to find the link on Amazon and saw that we had a review–our very first! He gave us ONE star with a Buyer Beware. And then wrote that he felt tricked into buying it, since it has “religious” overtones in it. All the wind went out of my sails. I sat down and prayed. Then I texted my Chris, my friend Alisa and Steve. It was really discouraging.
I then told the Lord even if no one likes the book, even if no one buys the book, I am still glad we finished it. We began it before quanrantine. And with all the retreats and gatherings getting cancelled, it got shelved for almost two years. Then Steve’s wife reached out to me to see if we could go ahead and finish it.
It is a really great book on relationships and reconciliation–it is helpful, too, in that calling someone an Owl, Piglet, Tigger or Rabbit is not offensive, but actually endearing! And through that, walls come falling down. God gives us the ability to understand others and actually grow in knowing ourselves and others better. Not only that, it is FUNNY. I am not funny–not really anyway, but I like to laugh. STEVE is funny! Check out his Dry Bar Comedy routine linked here. To top it off, my Chris said it is a really wonderful book–excellent, he said! As an Owl, that is high praise–for owls do not praise lightly. And as a Tigger myself, I take such praise to heart.
As a Tigger, I also take insults and bad reviews to heart. I learned that about myself from Steve’s concept, which he has used for over twenty years to help people. Thus, why we wrote the book.
So, if you will…BUY the book linked here. And will you give it an honest REVIEW, please? I mean that. Full honesty, even if it is not positive, is always my preference.
Thanks so much!
PS By the way, the Christmas tree looks beautiful and fits perfectly! We ended the day in praise, watching The Chosen’s Christmas special at the movie theatre. I highly recommend it. Sometimes a day is sandwiched that way. Good-Bad-Good. But all in all, I thank God for being with me through every kind of day. And I thank Him for each of you, too.