Books. There are so many ways that books can affect us. For the better or worse. Some can transport us to distant worlds and teach us about the ideas of courage, bravery, and perseverance. Some teach us about people who display those characteristics and more. Some books educate us on facts and figures and concepts. And some books are just for nothing else than good, ol’ entertainment – giving us an escape from whatever is going on at the moment.
It’s for this reason that I love books. From my childhood, I can remember being read Little Golden books by my mother and when I got older, I can remember my sister reading me Little Women and A Tale of Two Cities. Reading has always been a big thing in my family. I can remember reading Great Expectations in school and my mom joining in so we could discuss it. I remember reading I am the Cheese and being so shocked that I took it straight to her room and insisted she read it too. I remember my sister and dad reading Stephen King and Les Miserables and discussing it even though I had no clue what they were talking about.
So it’s no surprise to me that a book would have such an impact and change my life in such a way.
Two years ago, I heard about something called a launch team and never one to turn down a good author or a free book, I applied. It was for Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love and little did I know I was one of 5,000 applicants. Greater still, I found out that I was one of the 500 who were picked for the team. Can you believe that? I couldn’t. Next came a secret Facebook group and 499 new friends that I couldn’t have ever dreamed up.
What’s more? After two years, we are still going strong and getting ready to launch another book. I’ve been on a few more launch teams since then (10 or so), but nothing will ever come close to my first – that original group. My friends. My people. My church, especially at a time when I’ve become disillusioned with so much, these women have provided a constant and a safe place to land.
Thank you, Jen Hatmaker. Thank you, my FTL sisters. Thank you, Jesus, for this phenomenal opportunity that I thought was once in a lifetime, but turns out I get to do again! Keep an eye out for Jen’s latest book, Of Mess and Moxie.