“Do you have a book?” Iï»¿ can’t remember the firstÂ time I was asked that question. It was probably twenty-five years ago. I wanted to write a book. I felt I had a book full of thoughts and stories poised to burst out of my consciousness. But writing a book takes something that I was lacking…discipline. I could never bring myself to stay at the pen and paper, or the typewriter, or the word processor, or the keyboard (writing has changed in twenty-five years) long enough to get a bookload of words out.
But writing tools are not the only thing that changes in a quarterÂ of a century. People change, too. To be specific, I changed. I’ve matured…or something that looks a bit like maturity. Maybe it was raising children, maybe it was telling stories verbally in thousands of places, maybe it was riding a handcycle across America, or maybe it was Darla. If I had to pick one, I would say it was Darla. She is usually at the base of any positive growth in my life. Either way, for the first time in my life I don’t have to answer that question with a discouraging, “No.” Because, “Yes. I do have a book!” Wow, thatÂ looks better written out than it sounded in my head.
Hope and Courage Across America (the book) is finished and available for sale. It was a long time coming and I hope I did a good job.Â It is filled with stories and lessons of hope and courage. The hope comes from Jesus Christ and the courage comes from within us when we realize we don’t face life’s mountains alone.
I encourage you to buy a copy for yourself and a friend. It will make a difference in each of your lives. And as a bonus, the proceeds from each book goes back into our outreach project, Hope and Courage Journey 2011. You not only get the book about our last journey across America, you help send us across again to share our message of Hope. Thank you.
Hope and Courage Across America by Bob Mortimer. Â Buy it now!