My hope has been that we'd exceed the minimum funding goal and we did that five days into the campaign on Good Friday! Robyn and I are very, very humbled and grateful.
I believe it's significant we hit the goal on Good Friday, because our desire has been that the Lord would use for good what the enemy meant for destruction.
The plan has been to give 10% of net proceeds to YoungLives, a ministry to teen moms and their babies in Northwest Arkansas. We'll be able to increase that percentage the more we exceed goal.
We'll also be able to include more content in the book. I really like that, because there's more to be shared than we have room for in just 40 devotionals. Robyn always kicks me under the table when I talk for too long. This will be my chance to keep going! :)
We'll have a better feel for all this once we know the final amount pledged.
And I've got some other thoughts in the works! Please know our heart is to provide more value to you and to give more to YoungLives. THANK YOU AGAIN!!
DISCLAIMER: I mentioned it in the video, but it's important enough to repeat. Robyn and I are NOT claiming that you will experience physical healing as a result of working through this book. What we do believe is that seeking God and believing the truth allows us to experience the very best the Lord has for us, no matter what we're going through. The greatest healing we've experienced is from the wrong beliefs we'd held onto for too many years.
The Phone Call We Never Wanted to Receive
A few days before Christmas, my wife, Robyn, began to bruise easily for no apparent reason. Right after Christmas, she had an appointment with our family doctor. After reviewing the lab results, he immediately referred her to an oncologist.
So two days before New Year's Eve, Robyn had a bone marrow biopsy, after which the nurse practitioner told us to make a follow-up appointment for January 8th. She also said to hope they didn't call sooner, which would mean they'd found something serious.
On the morning of New Year's Eve, less than 48-hours after the biopsy, we got the call we hoped we wouldn't get. Robyn was diagnosed with leukemia.
We learned it was a treatable and curable type of leukemia, but required immediate, aggressive treatment. We were told to get to the hospital that day to begin chemotherapy.
A Healing Journey
Since Robyn's treatment began, I've posted a daily update to Facebook on her condition and the spiritual lessons we've been learning. Along the way, a number of people encouraged me to put the updates into a devotional. This project is the result.
The book is called, "I Believe God: a 40-day healing journey." In it, I share the life-changing truths we've experienced, but much more important, how you can apply them as well.
I'm already in the process of editing the posts and have secured a quote for both printing and fulfillment from a printer I've worked with previously.
A Campaign to Believe God
One of my greatest desires is to help others believe God. I've written almost 700 posts on that subject. When I say "believe God," don't mean believe that He simply exists. I mean believe that He's good, He's faithful and He's generous. That He's ready to do far more in us and for us and through us than we've imagined. And that the key is to take Him at His word. That's why I'm putting this book together.
The book will be about 120-pages (soft cover) and will help you experience the Lord and chronicle your 40-day journey with Him...what He's saying to you, prayers He's answering and how He's encouraging you to believe Him. The goal is NOT to simply gain more knowledge, but to renew your mind so you think more like He does and encounter Him in a life-changing way.
Robyn and I invite you to support the project and hopefully share it with friends who you'd like to join with you in experiencing God's very best.
Your Pledge Will Also Help Teen Moms
10% of net proceeds (after paying for design, printing and fulfillment) will be donated to a ministry Robyn and I love, YoungLives of Northwest Arkansas, a ministry to teen moms and their babies. If we exceed the funding goal, we'll be able to increase the amount of our gift.
Just for Fun
Robyn and I had fun doing the project video, but it wasn't without a few mistakes. Here are just a few...
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal. The content has been written and we've received excellent feedback. I have a good price for printing and fulfillment from a trusted supplier.
This is the second 40-day devotional I've written, so I've been around the block before. The first was, "I Believe God: a 40-day adventure." It's available in print and eBook on Amazon.
Robyn's chemotherapy treatment has progressed well and we've entered the second phase of the protocol. Her blood counts have returned to the normal range and she has more good days than bad days, so I don't anticipate any setbacks that would require a significant amount of my time over the next two months. Her most recent appointment on March 19th showed everything is on track!
The production schedule has the book ready to ship in May, but I'm setting a June 1st ship date to be safe.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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