Thursday, August 30, 2012

God's Divine Book Selling Appointments

Our waitress bubbled, "I'm so excited! My husband just graduated with a degree in journalism and we're moving south!"

A degree in journalism! My ears perked at those words.  "Hey, if your husband likes writing, he might be interested in reading my new book!" I handed her a postcard of We All Married Idiots book cover.  (Yes, authors, carry postcards or book marks and be ready to hand them to anyone anywhere.) 

She took my postcard and left. Within minutes she was back beaming in her sweet southern accent,  "Where can I get this book?"



 I told her it was available on-line or at bookstores or she could buy one from me. (Yes, authors, always carry copies expecting these God appointments.)

One book sold. One marriage helped.

She returned smiling, "Do you have more books? People in the back want to buy one. Can they download it on Kindle or Nook?"

More God appointments!

A different waitress arrived, not to take our order, but to buy a book.

Another God appointment. Another marriage encouraged.

The second waitress returned a second time asking, "Do you have more with you? One of the other waitresses wants a copy really bad but she has no money. I thought I'd buy it for her."

Wow! The God appointments keep on coming!

Our smiling southern waitress returned with our check and a plea: "One more? The cook wants a copy?"

The cook himself arrived at our table saying "I've only been married a year and things aren't going well. My wife will be so pleased that I bought a book admitting to her that I'm an idiot!" He smiled, but I sensed his pain for his hurting marriage.

"Hold on to your marriage!" I told him." I packed my husband's bags three times our first year and we will soon celebrate 42 years together."

"Wow!!! That makes me feel better. Thanks!" He smiled deeper now and returned to the kitchen with hope and a copy of We All Married Idiots.

What a day! Four books sold in a restaurant to four hungry people.

The world sits at the edge of their seats waiting for someone to serve them hope. Authors, God gave us our books and we should not be embarrassed to market them. The words we say and the books we write give splashes of serenity in a world that is drained.

Perhaps your marriage needs hope. You can order  We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can at http://www.amazon.com/We-All-Married-Idiots-Marriage/dp/0984765522/ or on this website.

May God bless our ministries!

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6 comments:

Lisa M Buske said...

Elaine,

God is so good. I love HIS appointments, something we could never plan. I will pray for the four marriages starting the journey to a healthier marriage and the hearts of those reading and even the people at the tables around you who witnessed God at work. May they trust the Holy Spirit's leading and go home and get the book. :)

Thank you for the reminder of God appointments with a teaching to other authors - always be prepared. :)

Lisa M Buske
http://lisambuske.com

Diane Estrella said...

LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O)

Jean Oathout said...

Thanks for your encouraging words, dear friend. I will do my best, too!

Tracy:D said...

Is it fair that YOUR divine appointments bring a tear to MY eyes? :')

Favorite part was the hope that rose up in the cook as you encouraged him with your own proof.

Great post... great tip/reminder... Great God!

Tracy:D said...

Is it fair that YOUR divine appointments bring a tear to MY eyes? :')

Favorite part was the hope that rose up in the cook as you encouraged him with your own proof.

Great post... great tip/reminder... Great God!

Christian Business said...

God appointments are awesome! Happy to know how God is using your book to encourage married people. Hope overflows!

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