Thank you all so much for
enduring the seemingly endless pleas for financing of this project. I
feel embarrassed having to even do this, but this is what Kickstarter
was designed for and I REALLY want to get this book out there.
going to get pathetic for a moment and share something with you about
this book that I haven't brought up. Underneath the unique aspect of
Christmas and the heartwarming stories...there is a very personal need
to see this book succeed. Let me explain...
I wrote this book
while I was homeless. If you can even begin to imagine what it is like
to be a parent and be homeless and to have your daughter at Christmas
with that as a backdrop. Morgan and I had always had Advent calenders
that we kept...one at my house and one at her moms. The Christmas I
wrote these stories (2009) was the first year that she no longer
believed in Santa...and no longer cared to do the Advent calender. It
was hard for me. My daughter was growing up and doing it with me living
in a car. I felt like the biggest loser there was. I wrote these stories
out of some sliver of hope that I could regain the magic of the Advent
calender just one more time...more for me than for Morgan.
tried to imagine myself in that cave on the night that Jesus was born.
How would I react to Him? What would I say? How would he be any
different from my daughter on the night she was born? What would Joseph
and Mary be like? What came about was 24 different scenes. 24 different
people who find themselves in that same nativity scene on the night
Jesus entered this world as a baby. How did they react to Him?
What effect did the baby King of Kings have on this variety of souls
that I placed in that cave on that scandalous night?
result was an amazing collection of stories. There are 24 in all...one
for each day of the Advent. Each one touching and moving and emotional
and different from the others.
Publishing this book would be a
small measure of redemption for the heartbreaking hardship I endured as a
homeless father. This book was born out of the worst of that very bad
period of time. I want it out there as a testament to what God can do
during the stormiest times of our lives. I have lost much...more than I
might ever regain. Some things I know I never will regain. The moments
with Morgan...the quiet and comfort of my home. Time raced forward while
I was trapped in that desert of homelessness, and while God used it to
bring about an entirely new life for me...still a hole remains where
certain memories should be.
Please help me get this book to
press. Please help me find out if what I believe is God-given talent is
as good as I believe it is. Please help me redeem that 4 year block of
my life and squeeze something very very good out of it.
Thanks everyone who has already helped and those who will. This will be the final update until our deadline.
This book has been pretty highly regarded for the two Christmases I self-published it. Now it is time to get it into the hands of the bigger market. So I need your help. The video explains more about the project and you can read excerpts at www.ragamuffinchristmas.blogspot.com