Wednesday, July 29, 2009

a box of books

It was a sizzling 97 degrees here in the Pacific Northwest yesterday and we're headed for a record-breaking 101 today which shatters the recorded high in 1907! Add several cartons of books to that and it's just BLISS!

The Frontiersman's Daughter is officially on shelves and in stock at and other places. I'm beginning to hear from readers which must be the most delightful part of being an author. Our pastor bought the book at a Barnes & Noble in Seattle last week and began reading it on the ferry. When he called to tell me he was doing so I wanted to say, "I'm thrilled you bought it but I don't expect you to read it're a man...and...uh...I didn't write it for men." And then I heard from a woman who is a non-believer, typically reads Stephen King, didn't appreciate the spiritual message but loved the book. And then I heard from another man who told me how much he liked the spiritual theme. And now I'm hearing that teen girls are interested which never appeared on my radar when I wrote the book. So I'm scratching my head...

Our former pastor preached a sermon years ago and I only remember the title, "You Can't Put God In A Box." I think I'm guilty of doing that here. If God gifts us with talents and abilities, He will use them as He chooses to reach whomever He chooses however He chooses. I just have to get out of the way. And pack up my finite little ideas of how things should happen. The End.

I have a lot to learn! And I'm so thankful for you readers! From my heart to yours, that's the essence of The Frontiersman's Daughter.

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5


  1. Laura, it must have been so exciting to receive that shipment and hold your book in your hands. Congrats!

    How awesome that the Lord is using your book in ways you never imagined. He sees thing so much differently than we do. :)

  2. Yes, Keli, it is an amazing thing after waiting so many years! I know His timing is right, as is His use of our talents, just like you said. Knowing He's in charge of the impact we have, large or small, takes the burden off of us and makes it an adventure.
    I am really excited about being on your wonderful blog in August. Thank you so much for stopping by here today - please come again!

  3. Laura, I'm so excited and happy for you! I am getting ready to go on vacation with the family next week......Universal in Orlando, and Daytona Beach so each night I am going to be reading your book! I can't wait....haven't started it just yet as taking it with me on vacation! You are getting some good feedback from all kinds of fans! This is just the beginning!! Even bigger and better things to come and all for the glory in part. So happy God has blessed you this way! Hello to the family and talk with you soon...promise. :)

  4. Hi Rhonda,
    So glad you got the book and are packing it along:) YES, this book business is all for His glory!! I sure couldn't have done it otherwise. Can't wait to hear how great your vacation was!! You sure deserve some time off! Will be praying for you as you travel!

  5. I'm so excited for you!! it sounds like you are getting some good feedback on the book. I can't wait to read it!!
    I'm always amazed at how God uses us even when we don't think we are "useable".
    Just think of MOses, Abraham, David, Esther!
    They never considered the impact that their lives would have.
    Have a great day... enjoy the heat!!

  6. Yes, Lisa, God uses ALL of us even when, and maybe even moreso, when we think we are unusable:) I love the Biblical characters you mentioned as they are great examples of that! Hope you and the kids get to beat the heat and go to the river today!