Months of work finally paid off, as Saturday saw the release of my book, ‘Encounters: Life Changing Moments with Jesus’. Any of you who has had the privilege of writing and publishing a book knows what a great, great moment that is.
The Book Launch
I wanted the launch to be a celebration, not only of the power of stories and books, but also of friendship. Many of the people who were attending the event had really drawn alongside me on my writing journey, and I wanted to honour them for that. This, of course, required me to say a few words.
“The reason I love to write so much is that I’m all alone when I do it, and I don’t have to say a word.”
That was the opening line of my speech, although I did go on to say how my Nigerian friend, author Pusonnam Yiri, once pulled me aside at a training we attended, and told me rather sternly that writing and speaking go hand in hand so I would just have to do it whether I wanted to or not! Pusonnam will be proud to know that I made it through the speech (and even cracked a few jokes) before having to do the next thing I was dreading – signing books with witty little comments. Unfortunately, the wittiest line I could come up with was “Hope you enjoy this book.” I’m going to need some counsel on this one from those of you with a few more years of experience!
Go to my FB Author Page to see some Book Launch photos.
The Post Launch Buzz
The days after the book release were a buzz – with messages to answer, orders to take, articles to write and feedback and reviews to respond to (ok, that should really be singular – I have one 5-star review on Amazon). One of the things I shared in my speech was my prayer that God use the books in lives He wants them used in. I saw Him answer this prayer a mere two days after the launch, when I attended a school meeting. There were almost no seats available when I arrived, but I finally found one near the back, next to a mom I don’t know all that well. She said, “Oh, someone showed me your book today. Where can I buy a copy?” Somehow I had the sense God had been keeping that seat open just for me!
Just in case you live so far away that even God would struggle to get us into a room together, you can buy ‘Encounters’ on Amazon (paperback or eBook) or Kalahari (eBook). If you’re in Jo’burg, you can get a copy directly from me ( with a witty ‘hope you enjoy this book’ and signature included).
The “Encounters” Book Trailer
It’s an auspicious day to release a trailer. The third Hobbit movie trailer comes out today at 8 pm, SA time (I know this snippet of trivial information because I live with the South African Hobbit expert). So, I do hope Peter Jackson doesn’t mind sharing some of the limelight as I release a trailer of my own. Here it is folks…