Hi, Gang ...
I'm sitting here holding my book. My book!
Our book! The Sacred Cipher. Right here in my hands.
Andrea's Book! She got the first one out of the box.
Tears ... a knot at the crook of my throat ... a deep, fantasy-land breath. A knowing smile ... a shiver of the shoulders ... the longing glance of a lover.
Like giving birth, I guess. Without the pain.
This is Miranda's book. Dawn's book. Cat's book ... all the great folks at Kregel. Rachelle's book, too ... my agent.
I wrote them a note, including: "God is good. But He also uses good people to do His work. Thank you for helping us give birth. Thank you for an emotion I can't put words to. Brother of Joy ... Sister of Awe ... Son of Grace. Thank you for making this moment possible. My life ... our lives ... will never be the same again."
Sounds all muushhy, doesn't it? Well, guys, I really gotta say, this is an indescribable moment. I got home late tonight after a meeting at church. Walked in the door around 10:00 and Andrea, my wife, is shooting pictures like it's Christmas morning. I think I sprung every muscle in my shoulders lugging the 35-pound boxes out of one of those go-to-the-grocery-carts.
Slicing the box open, knowing what was inside, yet ... still ... shock and awe when the box is open and there, four square, is this thing that you created ... no, that God created through you. It's a part of you, but it lives on its own. Has a life of its own. And is staring back at you.
I don't know. I just keep coming back to giving birth. A gift from God with your name on it. Wow.
Well, there probably won't be much sleeping in this apartment tonight.
Thanks to you all for walking with us through this exciting time. It's been a remarkable journey.
And, hey, you too can hold one of these little beauties in your very own hands. Can you say Barnes & Noble? ChristianBook.com? Amazon? C'mon, you can say it. I know you can.
And, if any of you are in the vicinity of the Spring Lounge in NYC ... Spring Street at Mulberry Street, just off Little Italy ... tomorrow night (Friday), come on over for a little celebration. I'll let you buy me a Guiness.
Wow ... this is so cool. Wanted you to share this night with us.