A book and support

I realize it has been a little while since putting up a blog here, and I apologize about that. However, I hope that the breaking of the silence by this post will bring you some excitement. If you have been following my book’s site over the past few years (or simply click on the tabs; shirts, Larisa’s trip or Katie’s trip you will see that I have a very strong passion for the mission field and for helping those who are on the mission field.

The other day I was out on a run and began praying and thinking through new ways in which to be involved with missionaries. Knowing a good friend of mine, Lexi, is currently raising support to return to the field, I wanted to find a way to help out. After thinking through it on my run and talking with Lexi we would like to put forth the following: For every copy of Footprints of the Unnamed that is sold between Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day – all royalties will go to support Lexi and her ministry in Germany. 
It would be most beneficial for Lexi for you to send me an email and purchase a book through me, rather than an online distributor. Upon receiving an email, I will put one in the mail for you and get it to you as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your support in Footprints of the Unnamed and for supporting Lexi.
For more information about Lexi’s ministry, please click here or here

A positive response.

I am by no means an expert at this, but it seems as though there is a roller coaster of emotions following the publication of a book.

There is great excitement and satisfaction the first time a printed copy is in your hands. All the work. All the research. All the editing. Done. It is finished and available, and it is a great feeling.
Accompanying this is a rush of enthusiasm as energy is spent trying to spread the word about the book. Believing in the published work, and the message that is put forth, creates a desire and belief that the reader will be moved and challenged. The trick is getting it into the reader’s hands.
Trips to the post office are made in order to send out purchased copies. The energy and enthusiasm is still there, but the package is dropped off with slightly shaky hands. What if they don’t like it? What if someone finds it boring and is upset they purchased the book?
Leaving the post office results in a time of silence. The book is out and being read. The first wave of sellers has come and gone. Will anyone else buy? Will the first reports come back carrying news of encouragement or word of discouragement?
Then, slowly, feedback finds its way home.
I feel as though in the past few weeks I have been hovering around in that final silent stage. It is a scary and unsettling place to be. However, within the past few days I have received a few different notes regarding the book and the work God is doing through it. I want to share an email I received, not in an effort to in any way boast – but to rejoice in knowing God is moving through the book. If you know of anyone who would benefit from reading a copy of Footprints of the Unnamed please get in touch with me as I would love to make another trip to the post office.
Hey thanks for sending the book! It looks really good! I haven’t been able to read too much yet but I read through the intro and recognized it from when you spoke in chapel. That day really had an impact on me and got me thinking about the impact that I was having on others and what kind of footprint I’m leaving behind. I’ve carried those words with me ever since and am constantly trying to be aware of the type of person I am and how I treat others and how they will be able to see Christ in my life.