“Did you find your book?” I asked.
“No, but yours is on this aisle,” Anita responded.
Then the young lady standing near us asked, “What books do you need? I’m looking for one about anxiety and worry.”
“Well, I’ve got the perfect book for you,” I grinned. “I just wrote a book about the lessons I’ve learned about worry.”
Anita added, “It’s called Words That Change Everything: Speaking Truth to Your Soul. They have several copies of it here. It’s a great read!”
The lady looked stunned as she examined the back cover of my book and my photo. “Seriously, you wrote this book?”
“Sure did,” I smiled. “And if you need a book about Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, I highly recommend this one.” I pointed out Anita’s book: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over: Stories, Tips, and Inspiration to Help You Move Past Your Pain into Lasting Freedom.
“I sure do! I’m looking for a book to encourage my friend, whose son was killed in a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago.“
“Well, Anita’s book contains several inspiring stories about people who walked through some really difficult situations. I think it would be helpful for a person going through grief and post-traumatic stress.”
“Are you both authors? And you wrote both of these books?” Our new friend appeared confused.
“Yes, we attended a booksellers’ event here in town during the past few days. So, we decided to stop by this bookstore on our way home to see if they carried our books.”
Glancing at the two books in her hands, our new reader looked back up at us and giggled, “Well, I’d love to buy both of your books!”
“Awesome! Would you like for us to autograph your copies?” I asked.
“Yes, that would be great,” she smiled. “I still can’t believe you both really wrote these books!”
“Well, we’re finding it a little hard to believe that you were looking for books that deal with those topics.”
“I’m serious—these are exactly what I needed!” Then, she added, “This has to be a “God-thing.”
“Yes, a ‘God-thing’ for sure.” We agreed.
Then, one of us suggested, “Hey, let’s take a ‘selfie’ to capture the moment.”
After I fumbled to find my cell phone in my purse, I said, “Okay, let’s strike a pose. Smile!”
After our brief photo shoot, we all embraced, recalling our unexpected encounter.
“Can we pray for you and your friend before we leave?” I offered.
“I would love that!”
“By the way, what’s your name? And what’s your friend’s name?”
“My name is Kendra. And my friend’s name is Karen.”
“Well, of course her name is Karen,” I laughed.
As Kendra walked to the register to purchase our books, we heard her telling the assistant manager about our encounter.
Anita and I waved at both of them as we turned to leave the store.
“What an awesome ending to a very productive week,” I commented to Anita.
“I told you we needed to stop by this bookstore!” Anita laughed.
Before we left the parking lot, Anita posted the photo of us with Kendra on Facebook, sharing our experience at the bookstore.
Best bookstore stop ever! Met this beautiful young lady named Kendra. She was looking for a book on anxiety and worry for herself, and another on grief for a friend who just lost a child. Talk about a God moment.
When she found out we were authors, and Karen wrote a book titled Words That Change Everything, and I wrote one called Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, she took a copy of each off the shelf. After a quick, impromptu signing, we parted ways—all of us stunned in a great way. People like Kendra are why we do this.
Amen, Anita. This IS “why we do this.”
Tell us about one of your God-moments as an author.