From the day I first received the hard copied of my book I began finding typo’s and small errors. Many of these were things that only I would notice, but it bothered me. I also came across passages that that could be worded better. This is probably an inevitable part of self-publishing. So, when I began running low on printed copies I decided to do a second edition. I went back through the book with a “fine toothed comb” looking for changes that needed to be made.
I truly believe the second edition is a much better product. I am almost afraid to read through it though, since I will always find things that could be worded better. With the workbook and the new edition, I truly believe these are excellent tools for churches considering their future. I have walked through the book and workbook with two cohorts of pastors, and with a church. In each case, we had great dialogue, and they began making concrete changes in their churches. This is what the book is all about.
I am currently looking to offer another cohort this fall, and I am looking for another church to walk through the process with. The book (and workbook) have eight chapters. We cover a chapter a week, using questions and discussions from the workbook in an interactive format.
I have also had the opportunity to present material from the book is several local church networks, and in many individual churches through one-day workshops.
I am glad to see that not only have people bought the book and workbook, but that they are using these tools to help shape the future of their churches. Please let me know if you would like me to come to your church for an evening, or to present the material over several weeks.
I finally caught that big speckled trout I’ve been dreaming about! O.K., not for real. But it was a nice surprise all the same. Peggy and I were out shopping at Target yesterday when I got tired. I went and sat in the car while she finished up. I was feeling a bit frustrated and sorry for myself for not having any energy. Just as Peggy walked up to the car she saw some friends of ours. I look up and there are two of the nicest people I know – Susie and Rick Thornton. After asking how I was doing, Susie said “We have a birthday present for you in our car”. Rick went to the car and came back with this fish. And, on the back of it several of our dear Crossroads Community Church friends had written notes. What an awesome and thoughtful gift!
Susie had got the idea from a Facebook comment exchange from one of my blog posts. She had commented that the fish are going to miss me while I am in treatments. I responded that fish fear me. The gift made my day.
This whole thing reminded me once again of the presence of Godly people in my life. So many people of faith have surrounded me with prayers, words of encouragement, and acts of kindness through this time. We often look for the presence of God in our lives. I must admit that sometimes I feel God’s presence, sometimes I don’t. However, we should never neglect to recognize His present with us through the lives of His people. In the same way, we should always remember that there are times when we bring God’s presence into the lives of people through acts of kindness.
Here’s a quick update on where I am with my treatments. Last week I began having a lot of nausea. The doctor changed me to a different nausea medicine. This one works a lot better. The problem is – it makes me sleepy. I don’t mean a tiny bit drowsy. I mean I can wake up in the morning after being in bed for nine hours, walk downstairs, sit down, and fall right back to sleep for a couple of hours. I’ll take a nap after lunch time, get up for a few minutes, then go take another nap. The next thing I know, it is dinner time.
So I guess I can say, I’m at least well rested! Instead of trying to fight it, I have just been giving in to it. I only have two more days of treatments. Hopefully, the nausea will slowly start to go away after that. They tell me to expect the side effects to linger for a while. But it is nice to know that the worst will be over on Thursday.
I have been able to squeeze in a little work here and there. We are preparing for our annual gathering of the PBA on Monday and Tuesday of next week. I have mostly been busy with things related to the meeting. Since my voice is still very iffy, I recorded a message to be shown on Tuesday night of the meeting. It isn’t the same as speaking in person, but it will have to do for now.
Oh well, almost time for my next nap.