It seems that even after months of hard work and preparation, nothing can ever quite prepare me for this day—the day a book is born, the day it officially makes its way into the hands of readers. It is no longer mine, and that is a scary thought!
Is it horrible that I feel like I should slap a WARNING label on this book? (My marketing manager would probably advise against this!) But truly, if I were to write one, it would go something like this:
Do NOT open if you are looking for a sweet, comfortable read.
Do NOT open if you are looking for a bubbly romance.
Do NOT open if you don’t want to stretch yourself, if you don’t want to peer at life from outside what you may consider normal and safe.
DO open if you want to be challenged.
DO open if you are willing to go to the dark and difficult places to seek out growth and change.
DO open if you are willing to step outside comfort zones and explore the unknown.
DO open if you want to seek ultimate hope and light in the midst of the hopeless.
DO open if you are willing to have hard conversations with others.
DO open if you are willing to have your previous suppositions slain for the sake of growing in empathy and faith.
Okay, there it is. And perhaps it’s a little lofty, but every single point hints at how this story pushed and changed me, even when I was dragging my feet about it. I’m trusting God to work in it how He will in the hearts of my readers.
Thank you, dear readers, for trusting me when you open this book. Thank you for coming alongside me on this journey. You all are an amazing blessing.