When you write a book, especially the one that goes on to become your debut, you don't know who it's for. I mean, yes, it's for the author. Yes, it's for the critique partners and trusted first readers. Maybe there's some idea of a heart beneath the story, a beating truth that you hope will find its place, but you don't know exactly how that will look, or who it will be with.
And then the book comes out, and reviews come in, and friends and family and acqaintences tell you they liked the book, and all of that is encouraging. So encouraging.
But there's nothing quite like that first time you sit down with a group of women, most of whom you've never met before. Women who, together, chose your book from a list of fantastic titles. Who come into the room with smiles and laughter. Who are welcoming and willing to talk with you for over an hour about the characters almost as if those characters are real people. Who tell you the story made a difference.
I attended my first book club discussion of Justice last night, and I've now met some of those beyond my own circle who the book was for.
Writing this story took a long time. Sometimes the process has been painful. But God used these ladies to help show me why it was worth it. He showed me some of what only He could do with a story. He confirmed again that He has a beautiful purpose and a plan.
So thank you to the ladies of Life Bridge Christian Church, and especially @kdmae87. Last night was like watching Jake and Brooklyn find a home.
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