The latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Devotional Stories for Tough Times will be released on October 4th, and my first published-in-print article “Truth at the Benefit Sale” is among the 101 devotionals included in the book. Here’s the opening paragraph:
“Cleft lip.” The words had rung in my head since the ultrasound. At twenty-two weeks, a shadow on our unborn child’s lip shattered our dreams of the perfect baby. We were facing surgeries, possible feeding problems, and other unknown complications. How were we going to handle this? We prayed every night, desperate for an answer, but the question still haunted us. After two weeks of anguish, we needed a break.
That’s why Julia suggested we go to this benefit sale.
The rest of the devotional, drawn from Chapter Four of A Smile for Anna, tells the story of the amazing baby we met that day and how we came to realize that we could handle the challenges that awaited us.
You can pre-order Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times right now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Both sites feature 35% off the list price and free shipping for orders over $25.
Or if you live in Oregon and are willing to spend more to support a local bookstore, Powell’s has it available for pre-order as well (at list price).