So how does a little girl born among the steep hills of SF Chinatown, who grew up speaking Chinese first from her momma who didn’t speak English (I actually learned to speak English from Bert & Ernie, by watching Sesame Street before meeting my Kindergarten teacher Ms. Carol) – how does someone like me end up publishing a book that sits on the shelves at Barnes & Noble bookstore, waiting to be held in a reader’s hands to bring home, held and come alive in her heart as she turns the pages?!
It was only at 5 years old, I heard my first book read to me in English. I still remember it. Ms. Carol wore her hair in a soft 70s bob that curled up on the side, a smile that made the frost blue in her eye shadow shimmer, and a silky scarf tied to the side with a bow around her maroon ribbed turtle neck. She sat down in her chair in front of us while we all sat on the carpet criss-cross apple sauce.
As she opened the book that lay resting in her lap, I wondered how she could hold a picture book so big with one hand. And as she began to read the lines to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the words floating across the page across beautiful illustrations of a painted night sky & stars in beautiful colors – the words seemed to welcome me.
And my heart was filled with something beautiful and something that has never left me to this day, as I read and as I write. I felt loved. I felt joy. I felt everything beautiful & bright.
As I stood there at B&N last Tuesday when my book released, after picking up the kids from school with my husband Eric, I cried finding Whispers of Rest in my hands, as I scanned the shelves for this book.
My little son Caleb pointed,”Look, Mom! Your book is now out in the world! People will read it & know how much God loves them!”
My son Josh said,”Your book is going to do great!”
And as husband Eric who has tirelessly loved me when I felt I had no voice, wrapped his arms around me to say, “It’s real.” – I closed my eyes and whispered, “Jesus, thank you.”
So, how does a little girl from SF Chinatown somehow find herself here with a book?
Like seeds giving life:
First. You. my sweet kindreds who read & support me. There would be no book without your gift of reading.
Two? Grace. God’s tender, faithful, irrevocable grace. Thank you Jesus. Thank you sweet friends. Your kinship means more to me than you may know.
Whispers of Rest Free Book Club starts next Monday June 5th!
Sign up NOW to join the Free Book Club, friend! We start Monday June 5th & I’m so excited to cheer you on & read Whispers of Rest together! Let’s encourage each other!
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This 6 Video Series is free! Share the news & Invite your friends and let’s spark some joy together! It’s going to be so fun!
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* If you order the book but it won’t arrive in time, no worries! I can give you first five digital chapters so you can read, as you wait for your book to arrive. Just email Micayla Brewster, who is helping with the Book Club, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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6 Book Study Video Series
Six 10-min teaching videos, shot in beautiful nature landscapes: ocean, creek, redwood trees, meadows and mountains. Includes Scripture reflection time with music.
This powerful Video Series explores 6 themes in Whispers of Rest:
1) Being the Beloved: Embrace Your True Identity
2) Choosing as the Beloved: Reclaim Your Self-Worth
3) Dreaming as the Beloved: Reignite Your Passion
4) Healing as the Beloved: Deepen Intimacy with Jesus
5) Daring as the Beloved: Being Known in Community
6) Shining as the Beloved: Celebrate Your Calling