Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Special Moments in a Writer's Life

Sometimes God drops special moments into an author’s life to let her know her work matters. That happened to me recently. I received a Facebook message from someone in my hometown, a woman I’d been acquainted with all my life, though we were never close friends. She wrote to thank me. Why? Because of her brother, now in his sixties, who had never read a book in his life. He’s dyslexic and struggled just to read and write enough to hold a job. I never knew that. Back in those days, dyslexia wasn’t diagnosed. Kids were just ‘slow’ or ‘dumb’. This brother saw that I had written a book and since he knows me, he was curious. He told no one about this until later, but he picked up my book and read it cover to cover. He couldn’t believe he’d done that. He couldn’t believe he’d read a whole book. Moreover, he couldn’t believe he’d enjoyed it. Now he wanted to read another. When he told his family about it at a large family gathering, they wept. All of them knew about his lifelong struggle with reading. I wept too.


I’m amazed sometimes at the ways God uses the work of my hands. Amazed and blessed.

6 comments:

  1. Linda,
    My story isn't quite the same but involves one of my nephews who didn't like to read but had to read something for his English class. His mom suggested that he read his aunt's book. He did and was excited to have read a book. He wrote to me and told me how much he liked it. What a thrill for me.

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  2. Linda -- what a blessing to have that kind of impact! That's a touching story.

    And, Merrilee, how special is that?

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  3. It's fun when someone who is a 'non-reader' reads your book and says "I didn't know books could be so good!" Glad you made a difference.

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  4. Linda, that is so encouraging to you and to all the rest of us. What a wonderful gift to that man.

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  5. Oh, wow, Linda! That's so, so touching.

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  6. Merillee, if your book can inspire a child-especially a boy-to read, you have done something special.

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