We just held the event Monday. I will call this week and let you know how it went and if I got a thumps up. BUT, the feedback I got so far has been positive!
I felt really POSITIVE about the event. We had some problems in the set up, but fortunately my contact there gave us plenty of time to work things out. I ended up working for almost an hour to get the program to work properly. Again, God bless my contact for taking the time to make sure that everything work out. He was amazing!
And what did the people leaving say?
You will have to wait to here! I know; how mean is that.
Jill had her books on the table, all signed, ready to give to the people attending. I took the photo below. I don’t want to brag, but isn’t she just wonderful!!!
Did you see that?
No? How about now?
YES…that’s right! Jill’s book, Painful Blessing, was advertised today on Amazon! I quickly went to the site to see how many MORE books I sold. It must be flying off of the “shelves.” They probably need to increase how many they print. I better schedule more time so people can interview Jill and me.
Wait…Are they just advertising this book to me? No…I don’t think so. EVERYBODY is seeing these ads. Or are they???
Mental note: Favorite hotel is now The Allison in Newberg. No detail is overlooked–free snacks in the room, down pillows, fireplace, stunning bathroom, views of the vineyards. Really impressive.
I had the privilege of speaking at the Inspire & Aspire Women’s Conference at the hotel. I talked about the quiet courage and sacrifice of the women that came before me in my family and pose these questions: 1) Do those women matter today? 2) Will we matter tomorrow?
The answers? 1) Yes they matter! And 2) Gosh, I certainly hope so.
Our survival story has been playing out in our book, our speeches, and our ongoing recovery. Your survival story will be different. I encourage you all to ask these same questions of the people in your life. I also encourage you to consider your impact. How will you answer?
One of the chief reasons I wrote “Painful Blessing” is to give hope and encouragement to caregivers, survivors, and generally those who are struggling. Our story happens to be about stroke but there are many common threads with a variety of challenges.
We have observed that hospitals do not carry books of hope and inspiration in their gift shops. This doesn’t make sense to me. Honestly, I can’t think of a place where more people are struggling than in a hospital. There are cookbooks, comic books, best sellers, classic literature and even a few “bodice rippers,” but no Bibles or books of inspiration.
What do you think about that? Help me understand…
Jill spoke to Speech Pathology students and faculty at Pacific University Wednesday night.
Usually, we give the speeches as a service to those who want to further their careers in helping those who have trouble communicating. We feel this is a good service to let them know that what they do matters.
What made this audience so special? The questions they asked Jill at the end of this presentation…and all the feedback they gave her. There was a line of people, who purchased the book, and wanted Jill to sign it. Some had family members who were struggling, some wanted a better understanding of their patients, and others just wanted to talk to us. Jill had a great time and said it was one of her favorite audiences.
God Bless Pacific University and all that the students there are working to accomplish. Seeing this made us happy to keep speaking and spreading the word.
I was good, but Jill is BETTER. She effortlessly delivers her talk with conviction and empathy. Every time I withess here delivering her talk, I get shivers down my spine. Don’t tell her I said this: She’s fantastic!
AND Jill is getting rave reviews: I pulled a couple for you to read:
“I love this book. An inspiring account of a family responding to tragedy with optimism, humor, faith and perseverance. A rerminder of how connected we all are and how we can help others.”
“Read your book today. Inspiring! Took your book to my son’s baseball game and could not put it down for more than 5 minutes at a time. I could have easily missed the entire game to read this amazing story. I was glued to my seat reading your story in the sunshine and in the rain – found myself chuckling out loud, and even shed a few tears.”
“Jill and Gordon share some of their great life learning’s and advice that I love. I also really appreciated the bible verse quotes as it really helped connect what Jill and Gordon were going through to how to look to and use God during these extremely challenging times.” Cara Taylor
… “She tells an honest story that demonstrates not only her strength of character, and the depth of maturity in the children (reflecting the character of the parents) but also of her humility to accept what life has offered, but a resoluteness of will to recover and move forward.” P. Griffith Lindell
Jill did another Book Tour in Springfield, OR.
It was during lunch and I must say, it was extremely successful. Jill spoke for 10 minutes and then people asked questions for over an hour. WOW. They asked everything! A few people even decided to ask me a question.
The first person asked me a question. For the first time, I didn’t understand what he meant. I thought about it, but was uncertain how to answer. Luckily, Jill answered. Then, someone else asked a question. Again, I didn’t quite know what he meant. Normally, I understand everything…I just can’t get the words out. I never had this issue before of not understanding the question. I will have to see if this continues.
My book, Painful Blessing, has now been available for a month–long enough for people to read it and respond with their reactions. It is wonderful to hear from people who can relate to our experiences or who are inspired to face their challenges more boldly.
Now that our story is out there for anyone to read, we have the opportunity to listen to people who would otherwise NEVER speak about their own struggles. I am reminded that everyone wants to be heard and understood. By telling our story, others feel safe telling us their stories. It is humbling and gratifying.
Yes, they found me! OK, I lied. I contacted them.
On Tuesday, May 13, watch AM Northwest at 9:00am on KATU. If you miss the show, we will tape it and post the show once we secure it. If you looking to hear Jill speak, you will really like this show. Jill will dazzle you with her insight.
If you are waiting to hear me speak, I am afraid you will be disappointed. If they ask me yes/no questions, I am a star. But beyond that, I struggle. I am sure a few of you saw that at Teri Oelrich’s author party Saturday night. I handled the yes/no questions, but beyond that, I had a tough time.
It is sort of staring at blank pages. I know what needs to be done, but I am SCARED to get started. But I guess I should relax…and get on with working.
OK, I am ready. The progress we have made so far is pretty impressive.
Here is where we are:
- We get our pictures taken tomorrow and will have them back in 3 days
- When that is done, we can begin our cover (I can’t wait)
- Along with the cover, I hope for two other pieces: a book mark and a mailer…all with the cover logo on it. That sounds kind of neat, doesn’t it?
- David is continuing to work on the internal layout and should be done this week
That’s what I am working on now. I will see how the web site is progressing.