Book Blessed and Launched

Last weekend, my book was blessed and launched.

By our priest, Rev. Canon Claire Wade at St. Thomas’ Anglican in the village of Brooklin, Ontario

Book Photo at Launch Rev Canon Claire

And our church community, family and friends

Book Photo at Launch with Reader D

At 9.a.m in the morning of a long weekend, no less!

Book Photo at Launch Cynthia Reading

It was a full house. The food was great, the speeches were short, and I didn’t stutter or cry while reading.

Book Photo at Launch Small Group 4

Book Photos at Launch small group smiles

Book Photo at Launch Group applauds

Book Photo At Launch with Jane .JPG

Thanks to Hamlin for the photos and to publisher Don Bastian for his beautiful speech below:

Book Photo at Launch Don B

Publisher Don Bastian

“I’ve attended many book launches, but this is the first book blessing I’ve ever heard of.  I think there should be more of them!

In my experience as an editor and reader, memoir writers fall into one of two camps.

In one camp are those who create a book. Their book falls somewhere on the spectrum from boring waste of space to keen insight into a life well spent. But in the end, all they have created is a book.

Book Photo at Launch Small Group 3


In the other camp, and this camp is less populous, are those who create a book, of course, but who also create a world. In some mysterious way, in telling the story of their own life, they tell the story of their readers’ lives, as well.

I think you know into which camp Cynthia Reyes has pitched her tent.

Book Photo at Launch 2

Opening the pages of AN HONEST HOUSE is like opening a colourful gift. Yes, we do grapple with the pain we are subject to, having messed things up in the Garden of Eden. But we do get closer to the border of that wonderful garden. We are drawn into Cynthia and Hamlin’s literal garden and into their big-hearted marriage and church relationships and extensive set of friendships. And we are so much the better for it.

And so I am honoured to congratulate Cynthia on her new book. To congratulate her for displaying:

  • great skill as the writer of a book;
  • supreme artistry as the creator of a world;
  • and amazing grace to confer on us, her readers, honorary citizenship in that world.”


Thank you, Don, Hamlin, Rev. Canon Claire, Sharon and everyone who took part.






Filed under A Good Home, An Honest House, Book Blessing and Launch, Book launch, Book lovers, Canadian Authors, Canadian Books, Canadian Homes, Canadian life

92 responses to “Book Blessed and Launched

  1. A book blessing.. what a special way to launch a book. Your community looks awesome.

  2. What a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing it with us and congratulations, Cynthia!

  3. “The other camp” I loved that description. I haven’t finished reading this book, but that really applies to what I have read so far. 🙂

  4. I couldn’t agree more with Don. Congratulations Cynthia.

  5. What a special launch! You should be proud 🙂

    • I am. And grateful. I did not know how to be happy three years ago when the first book launched — I was too scared of the pain, PTSD and everything. But this time, I allowed myself to be happy. It was a great feeling.

  6. That’s high praise from a publisher. Congratulations!

  7. I also felt what your publisher said, that your books also relate the readers’ lives. What a great launch!

    • I’m glad to hear that. Thank you. And it was indeed a great launch, and the people attending were a truly interesting group, many who drove a long distance to be there. A dollop of grace indeed!

  8. Valerie Rowley

    So happy that your new book is being so well received and the church launch sounds very special. Many congratulations

  9. Well done, Cynthia and congratulations! 😀

  10. What a lovely way to launch your book. Your publisher’s words are spot on. You have created a world for us. We all want to sit at your table, even if you tell us we may be served a two ingredient dish, minus one of the ingredients!!!! 😉

    • Yup, I knew you’d never forget that little catastrophe of mine… I must say, I really outdid myself on the ineptitude scale that time! A personal worst? No, I’ve done worse.

  11. A wonderful book blessing and launching, Cynthia! Your publisher’s words, along with the love and support from your family and community, are a very special gift to a very special person. Congratulations! indicated my copy of “An Honest House” has been shipped. I am looking forward to reading it!

    • I’m honoured that you’ve bought the book, Lavinia. Thanks very much. And for your kind words here. It was a wonderful event, and people were smiling from ear to ear. I’m so glad.

  12. Congratulations Cynthia! I love the idea of a book blessing.

  13. Cynthia, reading and enjoying the book, remembering some bits you have blogged about makes me love it more! Amy

  14. How wonderful to read this, Cynthia! The photos were beautiful… and so was the book launch. We share your joy with you. 🙂

  15. Wow–what a party! It looks wonderful and you looked mah-velous!

  16. Laurie Graves

    How very, very lovely!

  17. What a great celebration! I’ve never heard of a book blessing either, but it’s a good idea.

  18. Book blessing – it has charm! Congratulations, Cynthia! You look great – happiness and peace show on your face. All the best to you!

  19. I love the photos of the event! How wonderful to have a priest who makes things like this happen. My copy arrived yesterday but I haven’t had time to start it yet. I can’t wait!

  20. Congratulations, Cynthia, on the launch, the blessing and the much deserved praise. You did indeed create a world I loved to enter.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  21. What a great speech he gave .. How wonderful Cynthia

  22. A book blessing, what a wonderful start. XOXO

  23. Kudos on the launch of Your book, my Dear Cynthia!

  24. I think it’s a great idea to have a book blessing Cynthia, I hope it brings special things for your book!

  25. What a wonderful tribute to you and your book! You should be thrilled!

  26. How can it not be number 1, wishing you all the success you deserve.

  27. Congratulations on your book launch, Cynthia. I just read Kate’s review and love the pictures of your house and garden. 🙂 Sylvia

  28. Congratulations, Cynthia! And I love the idea of a book blessing❣

  29. well done, congrats!

  30. What a true blessing and beautifully written tribute to you and your book!

  31. A book blessing is a lovely idea. Delighted to hear it went well. I wish you all the best with it. 🙂



    • It went very well, MT. Even my atheist friends (whom I teased mercilessly before the event, threatening to put them through a full high-Anglican mass) loved being there. Thank you for your good wishes.

  32. Hi, Cynthia! I am really happy for you! Congratulations and continued blessings . . .

  33. Cynthia, what a wonderful blessing! Congratulations! 🙂 ❤

    • Thank you! I didn’t realize that this was a first in these parts. It just made sense to my priest and my family, and everyone else to bless the book before sending it out to readers.

  34. How fabulous! I think a book blessing is a perfect way to launch. I certainly pray over mine enough.

    Maybe I’ll ask Father Cesar if he wants to bless mine. 🙂

  35. This is such a wonderful way to launch a book … like a literary baptism.
    All the very best. Kris.

  36. A much belated … and proper … congratulations. You know I wish you every success in every way. 🙂

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