Photo: Jerry bodysurfing the crowd at an LU basketball game.
On to brighter topics:
A few days ago, I received the following in an email from one of my Tyndale editors:
Just wanted you to know that we have some fun, fun news. You have not one, but TWO books as finalists for this year’s Gold Medallion Award in fiction!!!
The Nativity Story and Magdalene are BOTH finalists . . .
I jotted back a quick reply, thanking her for letting me know, then I sat there and read her message again.
Then I pillowed my head in my arms on my desktop . . . and sobbed. Didn’t stop until two worried mastiff noses worked their way to my face.
Why the tears? Hard to explain. I’ve been nominated before, but not in a while. I don’t know . . . it just felt like God stooped down, threw his arms around me, and said, “I see your hard work. And you’re doing okay.”
That’s why. Gratitude.
Especially when I skipped over to the ECPA web page and read the judging guidelines for this award: http://www.ecpa.org/goldmedallion/gm_fiction.php . It’s not just the writing that judges consider, but also things like design, cover, title, and cover copy. So this nomination is not only an honor for me, but for the entire Tyndale team, without which these books wouldn’t exist. I am only a happy team member.
God is good. All the time.