Yesterday evening on my way to a meeting, I stopped on the highway shoulder and Clint carried a box of books hot off the press to my car. I’ve written a few books, but this was the easiest to write. It’s called
Katrina Soul Search.
My friend Marty had the vision for it. He saw what God did as our AIM team responded to Katrina. We prayed, God directed, and then turned on a dime to respond. The whole thing made a great story – Marty knew in his gut it should be a book.
So we decided to tell it through a series of real-time emails and journal entries. Ben and Janeen Messner had led our effort and were key players in the process, as was Alli Mellon. We stitched together the stories with the help of my writer friend, Robert Sutherland.
The end result is a short and at times moving account of real people coping with an epic disaster. And to its credit, the Church continues to respond (AIM is taking approx. 2500 volunteers thru its New Orleans bases).
Ben, Alli, Robert and I had a couple of late night writing sessions, but had the book written in less than a month. Of course the hard part is to get the manuscript into print and then onto shelves. Clint is spearheading this process. Getting the art and layout right and back from the printers has taken three months.
strange to promote your own thing
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