the other side of the world

A couple months ago, I introduced a new blog Gabe made for The Worlds Apart Project. And I gave some background details here. I really had no idea what to expect. Would anybody read it? Would anyone like it enough to want to buy it? And why in the world was I putting myself out there like that anyway?

For starters, because one of life’s lessons that I reeeeeeally want to get down is that IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ME.

And also because I want to help some people I love who are sharing the gospel on the other side of the world.

(Not that the other side of the world is more important than this side, but that’s another post for another day.)

So far, 23 people have bought the book, so that’s $92 raised for missions. Woohoo! And a huge thank-you to each one of your for your sweet support! (I sent the first $50 to Jen in Cambodia and as soon as I sell 2 more books, I’ll have $50 to give to Janelle for Africa.)

I got an e-mail last week from a sweet gal who said, I finished the book and loved it! Of course, I wanted more but I think that is what makes a book good, when it is so good and happy you don’t want to stop reading about these people who have started to feel like friends.

Then she asked me–Also, my husband asked me what would stop me from emailing the book to someone else? At first I thought, integrity. And then I thought that if it was a printed book, I would lend it to someone. I guess I’m just not sure how to handle it. I only have it on my computer, I haven’t forwarded it to anyone, but I’m wondering what you think about that. And since I know you are selling it for charity… it makes it all a gray area. I don’t like gray areas.

Hmmm… good question. I told her I’d leave that up to her. Kind of a gray answer, huh?

And my favorite line of her e-mail? It made me write an email to my mother in law telling her thank you for raising such a great son and accepting me into her family. It totally made me realize how great I’ve got it! So, thanks!

Now, that’s pretty cool.

In other (related) news, my hubby and I should be getting our passports in the mail in a couple weeks. In plenty of time for our July trip to visit Anne and Tommy.

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