Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Free Books - 100 Book Give Away

The response to the 100 Book Give Away has been amazing. There are so many wonderful people out there helping our most needy children. Homeless children, refuge children from the toughest places on earth who have found safety in the US, children with cancer, children suffering depression and other mental challenges, and endless other situations. I am deeply touched by the kind and caring people who have written and requested books. The books are flying out the door and I feel very grateful for this opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.

At the same time sales in bookstores and gift stores are picking up as well, with many wonderful consequences, like book signings at fancy private schools and newspaper articles that help to get the word out. The more the books sell the more I can keep giving them away - which is my greatest joy.

I have asked everyone to send stories relating to Here You Are and its impact on children. In a few weeks there will be much to write about as many have already promised to send their most inspiring observations.

It is sad to contemplate how much suffering there is for children on our planet. As a matter of fact, it is best not to think about it too much in order to keep one's spirits and energy up to reach out to every single child in one's own path. That way we make a difference where we can, which is the only place where we can ever really do anything. Sometimes that just means to be kind and attentive to our very own children. This alone is not the easiest task at all times.

My heart goes out to all who are working hard to help the children in our world, be it patiently making cookies and Valentine cards with your own, or taking on the healing of the broken hearts of refuge children from Somalia.

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