From the time we left Hawaii after our month long search for our son John, we knew we had to write a book to tell the story. The grace, comfort, provision and all the amazing things we experienced during our search just had to be shared. We knew that many people had lost children, some through miscarriage, some through tragic accidents or illnesses and some through horrific circumstances. Perhaps our story would help or encourage some of those parents who had experienced something similar and who could identify with what we went through.
But writing wasn’t easy.
In fact, it took a long time for us to finally get everything down in print and make the decision to publish. I imagine anyone who has launched a creative work feels the same way. Will it be well received? Will it be criticized? Could we have phrased something better? Will it help anyone? Will there be errors on every other page? The doubts and fears were like tangled weeds grabbing our legs and keeping us from moving forward. Then while at a conference put on by the ministry we partner with, Family Foundations International, in the fall of 2010, we saw many books on the resource table that had been written by our colleagues. We turned to each other and said, “Hmm! Our book is supposed to be here, but isn’t.” That gave us the impetus we needed and by the end of that year, it was in print!
You might imagine that we had a hard time co-authoring the book, but that was not the case. With 38 years of marriage under our belts, we had learned a thing or two about working together. What Rick wrote, I would go over and edit. What I wrote, he would do the same. Although my gifts in editing are stronger than his, he is a better storyteller. So our gifts balanced each other and with much prayer, the book came together into a cohesive whole. Many places it is difficult to tell whether the author was Rick or Sharon. In reality, we were both the authors and the story was ours to tell together.
Rick also has gifts in layout and design. So he did all of the work on making the book look attractive and easy to read. I had no input in that arena but I think he did a fantastic job.
The goal was to bring glory to God and to Jesus Christ our Savior and to give honor to the Holy Spirit who guided our steps through the whole process. Our hope as you read it is that you will feel the presence and comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit and that He will bless and comfort you through the experiences we share.
Forgive us for the places we share our theological perspective on suffering. Perhaps someone needs to hear what we have to say. We honor your right to a different opinion, but we felt compelled to share ours.
Thank you for letting us share our story with you!