I was excited to have been invited to the town where I was born and raised for a book signing. I imagined my old friends would come to say hello, see the Immanuel Quilt, enjoy a soda, and maybe, even purchase a book. But that didn’t happen. No old friends came and few books were sold. Was the outcome worth my time and effort? The book signing wasn’t going super great, but since I never tire of telling the story of the Immanuel Quilt I shared tidbits of His Story to every patron who would listen.
To an out-of-town family who just happened to be traveling through Brazil and stopped in for a soda, I pointed out the hidden features in the Immanuel Quilt. The woman told me that her grandmother would love the quilt and the story. She described her grandmother as a faithful woman of God and a former quilter. To top that, she is 105 years old, still living at home and continues her love of reading. It was no accident that they “just happened” on a whim to discover an old-fashioned soda fountain shop. It seemed this family’s stop was a God-orchestrated stop to purchase a Mother’s Day gift for one well-loved grandmother.
To another woman who came only to grab a soda, I was an answer to her prayers. I learned she is wanting to write a book. Her story will be one of God’s redeeming love. She was kidnapped as a child and left to die. The haunting memories led her down a road of self-destruction until she met Jesus. Asking how far she was in the process, she hasn’t yet started writing her book. I told her she needed to get started. She then told me that she has been praying for God to lead her to someone who would encourage her to get started.
There was Nicole who drove for more than an hour to purchase two books. Someone else came to purchase The Immanuel Quilt because Cassandra Parkins, the photographer who took the photos for the book, is her neighbor.
I sold four books. Twice that many were brought in by people who had previously purchased the book and wanted me to sign them. One such couple not only had their book for me to sign, they brought me the newspaper article advertising the event and the store’s signage advertising The Immanuel Quilt! They were very particular on how, what, and where I was to sign each of the items. It was a little alarming when I was asked to write my name exactly as it is on my birth certificate on one of the items. They are book collectors. They travel around attending book signing events and collecting autographed book memorabilia. So now I guess I can say The Immanuel Quilt -- is a collector’s item!
My signature isn’t going to increase the value of any book…I’m just an ordinary woman. However, I humbly sign your books in gratitude for your support of this unique ministry.
So once again I ponder, "Was the outcome worth my time and effort?" Absolutely! The day was not about me.