Thankfully, a few people have read the book, and it seems to have been a positive influence on them. Family members and friends have mentioned how the book has helped them to process their own sufferings in the journey of healing. I am happy to know that my own sufferings have not been in vain if I am able to use what I have learned to bring consolation to others.
A couple of days ago I had a new experience. I was at a family gathering in a public restaurant. Our private party, away from the general seating area of the restaurant, was being served by a very kind individual. After being by our table several times, she came and sat down in an empty chair next to me. She said, "I have wanted to meet you. Your book forever changed my life." We talked for a few minutes and then she quickly got back to work.
I am not sure about all of the dynamics behind the scenes. How did she get my book? How did she find out at this gathering that I was the person who wrote the book? Was it simply a "God-moment" to encourage me in my ministry? I don't know the answers to all of these questions, and it really doesn't matter. I am just grateful to see how God moves through each of us. My book made an impact on her. She, in turn, made an impact on me by sharing her experience.
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."