Earth & Sky is a memoir of sudden ending and a graceful rescue from sinking grief and holding despair. It is a story of life re-beginning in the aftermath of death. Nearly three years ago, my wife died of unexpected complications following a seizure. One day all was well; the next, all was disturbed and violated. Far more than a somber story remembering a life passed in the wake of inexplicable tragedy, Earth & Sky journeys into the heart of grief, grace guiding into a new day. The correlation of earth and sky lies in the connection between and interaction of human frailty (us - earth) with faith (God - sky). Sinking in deep loss, God pursued me into the darkened depths of my heart wasting away in grief.
This story is not mine alone. It belongs to my three little daughters as well. One life that we knew together suddenly ended with no warning and left us dislodged from any sense of familiar belonging. I was widowed and they were motherless and half-orphaned. Both the story and journey belong to all four of us as we learned to live life anew and rediscover happiness, joy, meaning and reason. The inspiration to write Earth & Sky sprung up in desire to chronicle our path together through grief.
It is a telling, a remembering and an acceptance of moments when boundaries were pushed back, when darkness faded to light and life swallowed death. It is a confession of God present and very near, sustaining life by all means necessary, a revealing of himself through a finding grace.
The book is ultimately about life and love and grace and being found.
Where is God when life darkens to shades of despair unbelievable?
I wrote Earth & Sky in a time when life hung inverted. Life turned when I wasn't looking and God betrayed my expectations. What I couldn't know in the midst of hurt and loss was that loss is a normal occurrence in this life. What I now know clearly is that God is so much closer than we sense in the thinning moments of life when loss is reality and help a distant land too far to reach. Whether you've lost a loved one or not, Earth & Sky will echo hope in those areas of disappointment harbored and held to by your remembering heart.
It's simple - I need your help.
The book is written, the publishing team and artists I've commissioned are ready, but I can't do it on my own. Few big aspirations in life can be done completely alone. This is the case here. I can't publish my book and get it out to market by myself. I need your help to bring the book to published life. We have 30 days to reach the minimum funds needed to cover all publishing and artist fees.
If we don't reach the minimum, none who have backed my campaign will be charged and the book doesn't get published. It's that simple, too.
Beyond Earth & Sky, there are several bonuses exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. As a means of expressing appreciation and making our effort memorable for you, I've worked on exclusive bonuses such as a 14 day family activity guide, an ebook of poems not included in the book and a special artist signed print copy of the commissioned book cover artwork. My hope is that you not only find value in getting the story of God's rescuing grace and redemptive strength out for many living lost in disappointment and despair, but that you also feel appreciated in the exclusive bonuses offered.
Risks and challenges
My estimated delivery date for each bonus level is August 2013, coinciding with wide release of my book. In the event that delays are incurred, I will communicate any/all delays to each backer.
And again, if we do not reach minimum funds, nothing will be charged to you, and of course, bonuses will not be given.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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