From Sad News, a Bit of Book Inspiration
I hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer. You haven’t heard from me in a few weeks. That’s because I’ve been dealing with a very sad family event and, honestly, I wasn’t sure if I had the strength to share it with you. But something happened that changed my mind…
Last month one of my sisters, my sister Theo, passed away. It was unexpected, and the grief and shock are still reverberating throughout my being. We were very close in age–in fact this week we would have been the same age until my birthday this month. These past few weeks have been like a black hole. I lost all sense of time as my family and I went to Ohio, where we grew up, and did the things that needed to be done when a loved one is lost.
Every so often I would think about my October book publishing workshop and wonder, “Can I still do this? How can I put my heart into it when it feels like my heart is broken?” I really didn’t know.
Then I got my answer.
In the month before Theo died I had given her a copy of The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews. She read it quickly and we spent many phone conversations talking about the book and how we wanted to use the “7 Decisions” it describes. It’s an amazing book and I was glad that my sister “got it”.
After she passed I went to her house to go through her belongings and prepare for the memorial service. I noticed that The Traveler’s Gift wasn’t among her things and I thought that strange, but didn’t think anymore about it because I was so distracted.
A few days later, at my sister’s workplace, I was given a box of possessions from her office. Inside was a brown envelope with my name on it. When I opened it I found the book and a note from one of Theo’s colleagues:
“Dearest Sophfronia, I’m returning Theo’s book, The Traveler’s Gift to you. I noticed your special note to Theo in the front of the book.”
She went on to say she was experiencing some challenges in her life and my sister had recently given her the book. “She told me how much she liked it. Theo wanted me to read it for help with my journey. I will get my own copy and while I am reading it, I’ll be thinking of our precious Theo and you and your family.”
Standing there in my sister’s office reading this note, I broke down and cried. She only had the book a couple of weeks, but Theo already felt it could help someone else so she passed it on. I didn’t realize it before, but my sister believed what I believed: books can change lives. In one swoop she sent me my answer and some loving inspiration.
I will move forward.
So in my sister’s honor I invite you to join me.
October 15, 2011
I’ve planned a full day of high quality content designed to help you conceive your idea, write your book, and then publish and market it for your ultimate success. I’m proud of what this workshop will be and honored that so many speakers have signed on to join me in this effort.
Now, because I haven’t been around to tell you about all this, and you may have missed the earlier preview calls, I’m going to give you new chances to attend in a way that will make it easiest for you.
Here are three things you need to know right now to help you attend:
1.) We’re extending the Early Bird Deadline! You now have until AUGUST 15 to save $100 on your workshop investment.
2.) We’re now offering a payment plan: You can pay in 3 easy payments until JULY 31.
3.) We have added two dynamic new speakers to our super-expert roster! Read about them now at:
I’m posting this today (Saturday) because I want you to be able to take some time this weekend to think about how a book changed your life. Then I want you to think about how the book you want to write can change the lives of others. If you can see this vision clearly, then I encourage you to join us in October. Your book is needed. I know now, more than ever, that none of us is guaranteed another day on this earth. If you can do something to make a difference, I urge you–don’t waste another day. Do it.
Take care, hug your loved ones, and I hope to see you soon.