GRAND ISLAND —
She had submitted the story to a similar inspirational publisher for a series called “Cup of Comfort,” and it was accepted. But that publisher went out of business shortly thereafter. She presumes that somehow, stories from one company were passed to the other. While she had written the story in both prose and poem, her poem was included in the recently published book “Finding My Faith,” within the Chicken Soup series.
She still remembers the revelation from her bible studies and the powerful sharing of faith among her fellow seekers.
In her story, she recounts the experience of responding to the question of her then-pastor, Paul Robinson, about why she had come to the bible class: “I have nothing to offer them. No history. No religious upbringing. No basis for faith. Without warning a calming presence settles with in me. I look up and meet eyes with Paul. ‘I’ve come here to become a Christian,’ I say.”
Her story will now be retold throughout the world through the popular series which has more than 112 million books sold in the U.S. and Canada alone and almost 200 titles in print and translations into more than 40 languages.
“It’s so satisfying and so thrilling to be part of this anthology and to think how many people are going to read it,” she said.
The honor has fortified her work as a writer, which she shares on her blog, at amywritesnet.blogspot.com.
The stipend she received for her work will be paying for an online writers’ “bootcamp,” after she took the advice of her husband, a Grand Island 911 superviser, fireman and part-time financial planner. She smiled as she recalled his words. “He told me to invest in myself,” she said, smiling. And so, she did.