I have been asked the question, “How are book sales?” many times recently by inquiring acquaintances trying to start a conversation. This question always makes me giggle because I never wrote this book so that I could have book sales. Let me explain myself:
When I sat down to write I Have a Brother – My Brother is in Heaven, my only goal was to have it available to families who experience an infant or baby loss. To be a “hug” to them. That they might not feel all alone on their journey as I felt all alone.
I wrote this on the last page of the book:
“My prayer is that this book has felt like a “hug” from me to you. That is an odd statement coming from, the non-huggy type. Let me explain my sentiment…
When Daniel died, I felt all alone. Even in a room full of people, I felt alone.
Other grieving moms have affirmed feeling alone after their losses. We try to process what happened to us yet try to function normally.
Grief is hard work. It can take everything in you. There were times when I could not sleep and other times when I did not want to wake. I cried more tears than I thought my tear ducts could produce. My body ached. My emotions ran deep. The hurt I felt was so great.
And it is okay to let the hurt hurt. ”
I wrote more, but you get the gist of it.
My hope and prayer has always been that my words whether on this blog or in the book, would encourage other families. Yes, grief is hard (life is hard), but God is good. God has never left you and we must trust Him in the midst of the unknowing, the undesirable, and the hard.
So how are the books selling? Well, I am selling a few on Amazon and a few locally. The thing about these books is that they are not something that anyone wants to read. No one wants to talk about death, especially not the death of a child.
But for those of us who have experienced such, we NEED to talk about it. We need to be free to discuss our loss with its crazy emotions and its great difficulties.
So the book sales are going fine. I have sold roughly 200 books. I don’t have a lot of time to promote my book, but this last week, God gave me a few extra hours in which I was able to make some contacts and I think we will have access to donate books in the near future. But more on that later this week!
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14