Waiting in not much fun, but then patience is a virtue – how can we ever reconcile those two? I am learning as I wait for my second book, Zainabu’s Story, to make its debut.
I have been waiting for some time for the much anticipated Zainabu’s Story to hit the printing machines and be produced in its final classy form. Problems with the publisher’s print shop have delayed printing, while I champ at the bit to have the book in my hands before my first public talk about it! I know it is going to be well received and I know it is another story with a redemptive theme that lifts us up in a world that is pulling us down!
Meanwhile, I have completed a third book which is about ready to ship off to the publisher. This time it is a children’s chapter book – a ‘juvy’ they call it in the trade. I was inspired to use the Bible as the base for this story, then theme of which is: Is God Real? That is a big question for adults as well as children. So many think of the Bible stories as fairy tales – I heard one Bible story referred to recently as a myth! In my book, some New Zealand children re catapulted into a huge adventure in ancient Israel, where they discover that God is indeed real and also timeless. I think kids will love it. As they read, they will be drawn into the scriptural accounts of some of the greatest adventures ever recorded.
Not to be outdone by my books, I am also heading into my next adventure. I am moving home in October to Hamilton, a middle sized city in New Zealand not far down the road from the biggest city of Auckland. As I have no friends in this city, it will truly be a walk of faith…….. I am trusting that the God who has guided me all through my life, even when I didn’t know Him, will continue to walk with me through this next stage. It will be a new lifestyle for me – believe it or not, I will move into a retirement village! I will be the youngest person there, I think. A health issue and the very prohibitive cost of housing in New Zealand, plus a clear mandate from the Lord, has led me to this radical and (for me) somewhat surprising move.
How does one suddenly learn to engage with elderly folk, when one’s whole life has been focussed on children and activities only done by the super fit among us? (full pack hard core tramping was my most recent passion, along with overseas trips done the back packer way.) We are never too old to face new challenges!
So readers, wish me well in this one and take a leaf out of my book and try something you are sure you can’t do – just to prove it isn’t all about you at all!!