Everyone who’s read my book knows about St. Thomas’ Anglican in Brooklin, Ontario – the tiny, old, white board-and-batten church with the fascinating history and the big heart.
Just how big a heart, our family found out in the years after the car accident that changed our lives. Soup, prayers, encouragement – and a helping hand up the steps – are just some of the ways the people of this parish showed us their love and support.
And when the stories I’d been writing about “home” for 20+ years were turned into a book, that same little church (by now a bigger church) came out swinging on my behalf yet again. Yes, the good people at St. Thomas’ Anglican threw a fabulous launch for my book at an elegant event that drew nearly 80 people on the Saturday morning of a long weekend.
Was it rough in parts? Oh, yes. If you’ve read my book, you may already know why speaking in public scares me, and if you haven’t yet, I won’t spoil the book for you. But the St. Thomas’ audience couldn’t have been more supportive and responsive.
Parts of the book are very funny, and the audience howled with laughter, repeatedly. When I said my faith gets shaky at times, no-one threw anything at me (smile) – in fact, some people nodded encouragingly. And when I broke down in tears, they quietly waited me out. Then, the next morning, several people turned up in church with very red eyes – turned out they stayed awake all night reading the book. I blurted: “I’m so sorry!” And then realized: what a compliment! Every author loves to hear that their readers “just couldn’t put down the book.”
My editor and publisher Don Bastion, of BPS Books had such kind words for me. He was patient and supportive throughout the process; from manuscript to book.
Huge thanks go to Rev. Claire Wade, the event organizers and the entire congregation of St. Thomas’ for their great support. You’re remarkable people who live your faith through your actions, and I love you.