Friday, July 1, 2011

Special Edition: Exciting news


Reposting from June 20:
(I don't know where it went, but it's not here any more!)

Special Edition:
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming
to announce exciting news

Whoa! I’ve never sought fame or fortune with my memoir, Grandma’s Letters from Africa. I’ve only offered it up to God to use as He sees fit.

Flannery O'Connor said, "When the book leaves your hands, it belongs to God," and that's how I have always looked at it.

I offer the book up to God, praying He will use it to encourage mid-lifers to consider missions, especially timid, unadventuresome people like me.

For whatever reasons—only God knows—the memoir has received three honors along the way: Editor’s Choice, Rising Star, and Reader’s Choice.

Then a couple of days ago Grandma’s Letters from Africa received his additional honor that includes phrases like “hand-picked” and “up-and-coming authors.”

Here’s what arrived in my in-box:

June 17, 2011

Dear Rising Star Author,

Congratulations! Your book will be listed in the Barnes & Noble Rising Star Special Collection on (Barnes & Noble) and will be available through this exclusive boutique through the end of the month of July.

It is very important to promote, market and drive traffic to your title listed on the Rising Star Special Collection page at The demand and traffic you drive to this page is watched and followed by the B&N national buyer. Website demand is an instrumental piece when a buyer is considering stocking a title in store.

Below is the link for the Rising Star Special Collection

Best Regards,

Rising Star Board

Friends, let me ask: Do you know people who are wondering how to spend the rest of their lives?

Maybe Grandma’s Letters from Africa can help. Here’s what I mean:

At midlife (which can begin around age 40), often people ask themselves, “Is this all there is?”

Boredom can set in and people grumble, “Is this as good as it gets?”

I call that a holy discontent, a nudge from God (or maybe even a kick in the pants) urging them to re-evaluate their life’s purpose.

A time of awakening to a deep-down desire to use their training, career experience, and expertise in a bolder way for God.

My prayer is that God will use Grandma’s Letters from Africa to help people explore working on the mission field—for a few months or a few years.

My prayer is that Grandma’s Letters from Africa will help people get ready for that change, for the next chapter in their lives.

You can help your friends, and the book, in a couple of ways:

You can buy people a gift: Grandma’s Letters from Africa (at a reduced cost!) remember to use the special link (you’ll need to scroll down):

Or you can forward this blog post to them. Just below this blog post, you’ll see little gray and white icons that allow you to e-mail this, post it to Facebook, share to Twitter, Google Buzz, or +1.

Seize the opportunity! Remember, this offer goes through July only!

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