The response to our family story as told in Flipped has been overwhelming. Almost every day, sometimes several times a day, people are sending me or other family members heartfelt notes that reflect encouragement and hope from reading the book.
We are seeing some people read the book themselves, then ordering 10, 20 or 40 copies to share with friends or people who they want to encourage. Our prayer that our story will help others who have been flipped by life is being realized. And we are just getting started.
Five weeks into publication, about 1,000 books are in the hands of readers. We only printed 2,600 total initially – and my fear then was that I might have 2,500 sitting in my garage forever!
In reflecting on this journey in my quiet time with the Lord this morning, I am overcome with thankfulness. What started with Tommy’s tragedy nine years ago, followed by darkness and very difficult times initially, has become, over time, brighter days and hope for the future. Each of us in the family has a sense of purpose for our lives. We know all of this comes from our God, who is mighty to save (Zephaniah 3:17).
Stephen Caldwell, the editor of Flipped and my friend, recently shared this quote from Charles Spurgeon; the famous English preacher, who said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” Amen.
That is our family story.