Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will remember that I served on jury duty in December. So did the President of Golden Gate Seminary where I work. While we were sitting in the jury selection room, I noticed him laugh out loud as he read a book. I looked over and couldn’t believe my eyes. He was reading my book! When I returned to work the next week, the President handed me an endorsement he’d written – unsolicited by me – stating, “We Wait You is one of the best books I have read in a long time.” Wow.
I’m thrilled whenever my book resonates deeply with people in my major target audience (missionaries), but even more, I’m astounded when I hear from people outside that group. Many of them get the point: God can do the impossible, and not just for missionaries. They write to tell me that they’re encouraged to not give up in prayer for unsaved friends. My book has helped many remember sweet times God met them throughout their lives. Some are now viewing the city where they live as their mission field. Others have decided to go for it and follow God overseas. One person said that although she doesn’t share my religion, she thought my book was very interesting and well-written. I am so humbled by all of these comments.
Probably most amazing was coming home one November weekend to read that my book had been reviewed in WORLD magazine. (The review is posted to the right under “And Also…”) And then the Thanksgiving tale from We Wait You was re-published in December in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. Every day it seems there’s another fun story of how God is using my book.