God’s hand has moved in a mighty way as I launched my new book OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM just 7 days ago. Here’s what has happened:
- OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM reached Best Seller status—number 3 out of the top 100 books in its category—the first day it was sold on Amazon.
- WBTV Channel 3 Charlotte news anchor Jamie Boll interviewed me and Patrick about the book on April 2, our Book Launch day. (See our photo together above.) Jamie supports autism advocacy and awareness and serves on the Autism Speaks Board in Charlotte.
- The Salisbury Post newspaper ran a major feature story about OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM on the Sunday before it was released.
- Nearly 40 people have posted reviews about OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM on Amazon.
- OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM was released on April 2, World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day.
- Patrick and I have 2 book signings already scheduled for this weekend.
You can go to the Home or News page of my website to see the WBTV interview, and to my News page to view the newspaper story.
You can visit the Events page on my website to learn about the book signings and other events
Last Wednesday, April 2, as we released OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM, I told my husband David, “Who would have ever imagined all those many years ago, when Patrick was first diagnosed with autism, that we would be releasing a book today?!”
Well, the Lord did. He authored the story.
OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM contains a history of the Lord’s faithfulness to me, Patrick, and our family. It recounts how the Lord showed Himself to be “compassionate and gracious . . . abounding in love and faithfulness” (Numbers 34:6, NIV). As I said in the newspaper story, the Lord is the main character.
Of course, He is the main character in all our stories; in fact, He is writing them. Jesus is the author of our faith, and He finishes or completes our faith story (Hebrews 12:2, NASB). He is writing a magnificent narrative on all of our hearts, so that we will be a living “book,” known and read by all (2 Corinthians 3:2-3, NASB). When others read that book, the Lord wants them to see Him.
Let Him write His story.
Sometimes, we think we know how the story should go, but the Lord always has the best plan. We are called to trust Him and allow Him to do the writing. His plans aim to bless us and others as well as accomplish His divine purposes (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 2:10).
Share what the Lord is doing.
Writing OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM gave me the tremendous blessing of being able to go back and revisit many moments in our lives where the Lord moved with power, grace, and love. In my book, I got to share what He has done. However, we don’t have to write a book in order to share what the Lord has done and is doing in our lives. We can look for the Lord in every chapter of our stories, and we can declare His mighty works to those around us.
Look forward to a magnificent conclusion.
Each one of our stories has the same ending if we have put our faith in Jesus and received Him as our Lord: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3, NASB). All of our stories have a happy ending if we belong to Jesus.
So let us run with endurance the race set before us (Hebrews 12:1, NASB), knowing that when we cross the finish line, then we will live happily every after.
Question: What is the Lord writing into your story at this moment? Share at the link below.