From our homes to yours, we hope your February is going well and this newsletter finds you happy and healthy. If your home is anything like ours, you're glad that winter is almost over and spring is right around the corner!
We were discussing how the holidays now seem like a distant memory (even Valentine's Day seems like it was ages ago!) and it will be the Fourth of July before we know it. It's with that warmer weather in mind that we're excited about some of our new releases that have just come out and/or will be coming out soon. So if you've got plans for spring break with the family or are in the process of making your summer vacation plans, now is the perfect time to pick up a few of our new paperbacks to take with you. By ordering directly from eLectio, you're helping support an independent, faith-based author and supporting his/her dream of being a traditionally published author.
Speaking of dreams coming true and prayers being answered, I wanted to share with you a true story that has many parallels with the writing of a book and getting it published.
Many years ago now, I worked at a business with a man who seemed to be fairly down on his luck. While he had a good job working maintenance for our company, he still seemed to struggle some when it came to keeping his bills paid and with some personal interactions in the workplace. Regardless, we got to know each other and visited sometimes throughout the work day.
When he severed ties with the company not quite a year later, I really didn't give it a second thought. That is, until I saw "John" a few years later, at the convenience store where I was getting gas. We visited and I quickly came to find out that John was living on the street, and panhandling for cash to eat and survive.
To make a long story short, my wife, son and I became involved with John in his everyday life. He began coming with our family to major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc) and he would spend the night in our home during the worst of the cold winter nights and the rainiest spring nights. Due to health issues, and multiple other factors, my wife and I were at our wits end as to how to help him get on his feet. He was too young to collect social security, and there were multiple issues with being able to collect disability due to his poor health. He was a classic example of someone who "fell through the cracks" of our society's safety systems.
Our son was quite a bit younger back then, perhaps five or six, and was not dismayed. Every single night when we would say our prayers before bed, he would say, "Dear Lord, please give John a house where he can be inside and warm and dry. Thank you, Jesus. Amen." And he never faltered in his nightly prayers. Amber and I were appreciative of his prayers but didn't have the heart to tell him that some miracles might just be out of reach, even for God. We thought his prayers were cute and well-meaning, but that God wouldn't be able to do much about that particular request.
And wow were we wrong. A few years passed after first getting reconnected with John, and through a series of unexpected events, John got a place to call his own. The story continues from there of course, but the point was not lost on my wife and me.
God truly answers prayers, even when we believe that it can't happen. And we can learn lessons from our children when it comes to having a childlike faith and/or heart. Our son believed that John could and would end up with a home... And he was right! In our eyes, the "impossible" had happened. For our son, he saw it as God simply doing what God does when He hears our prayers.
There are a number of parallels between this story and the stories in our everyday lives, from getting a book published, to meeting a family member for the first time. But the point remains, as we head out of winter and into spring, that God has great things in store for us, even when we least expect it. And some of those great and true stories can be read in the books we publish. If it's been a while since you've looked around our catalog, we believe you will find some great new reading material, regardless of whether you enjoy fiction or nonfiction... Take a look!
We appreciate you and your support of faith-based publishing. And as February winds to a close and we head into March, be encouraged this month. Because when God is involved, anything can happen!
From our families to yours...