"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life."
I love the above verse, and it surely applies to the news I am sharing with you here today. As many of you know, my family and I have been on a mission of minimizing our lives over the past few years, and the Lord laid it on my heart to write a book about it and include the many spiritual lessons He has taught us along the way.
When I finished writing our family's story, I knew we needed a powerful cover for our book—one that would portray the compelling call of Jesus to follow Him wholeheartedly and without reserve. I couldn't imagine what that would actually look like, until the day, Zach, called to me and said, "Mama, you HAVE to see this picture I found online!" I can hardly put into words the emotions that washed over me as I stood behind Zach staring at the computer screen. It was my first time seeing Helen Thomas Robson's amazing photo, "My Friend." I was so overwhelmed as I said, "That's it, Zach! That is the exact epitome of everything I am trying to say in this book!"
He and Kevin both agreed, and the quest was on to find out who took that photo. After some searching online, I found Helen, and soon, we were on the phone talking like old friends. I told her some of our story and how deeply her photo moved us. I began to inquire about obtaining the rights to use her photo as our book cover, even though I was no where near ready to publish. The book needed a thorough, professional edit, and the cost was inhibitive. Helen, so graciously allowed me to use her photo as the banner of this blog, and we agreed that I would call her back if and when the time ever came that the book would be published.
After a long waiting process, the Lord made a way, and the book was finally edited and recently prepared for publishing. I contacted Helen again and was able to secure usage rights for the book cover!! Zach applied his amazing graphic design super skills, and he designed the cover so beautifully. We could not be more pleased with the outcome!
Here it is!
Yesterday, I completed the laborious task of publishing, and our book is now available for purchase—both in paperback and ebook form by clicking HERE!!
Truly, I am just speechless and SO very grateful to God that this long-held dream is now a reality!
Please join us in giving praise to God for making it all come together, for providing the finances needed, and for miraculously making this happen!
Many, many thanks and blessings to all of you for being so loyal and supportive to us on this amazing journey! May God bless each one of you in a special way.