Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Ruby Slippers" Hits the Pavement

Today my book arrived in a nondescript, yellow manila envelope. Dale kindly let me have a moment alone as I tore it open.

My heart raced as I reached inside and felt the reality. Three years of work, all those ideas and frustrations and re-makings were made real as I felt the smooth dust jacket and pulled it out.

It felt like it was Christmas, Easter, my birthday and a new baby all rolled into one. It is 3/4 of an inch thick and covered in sparkles.

I took time to read the front and back (whew! no errors) I opened it to see my picture on the inside flap. I slowly turned the introductory pages to read my dedication page and first few paragraphs. Then I flipped to the middle to experience the layout.


It is a day to remember. Tonight I'm going to curl up with my book, to see how it feels to read it in hardcover. Oh the joys of word made reality!

15 comments:

Dale Fincher said...

Ten thousand congrats, Boost! :)

Jodi H. said...

Joni! I can't imagine the feeling of pulling that first sacred copy out of the envelope. Congratulations! I am DYING to get my hands on it. You are so awesome!

Ben Dyer said...

Congratulations Jonalyn! This is truly a fantastic occasion. May your book's sales soar as high as your spirits on seeing it finally reach print. I know this will be a great resource for Christian women!

Melissa Petefish said...

Words cannot express how excited I am for you! I cant wait to read it!
Hugs,
mel

Gretchen said...

Congratulations Jonalyn!!! I am so happy for you and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Anonymous said...

Dear Jonalyn,
All your hard work and perseverance, coupled with grace, has appeared to produce a product that can really help women understand how beautiful and wonderfully made their unique souls are. It may even help me understand how to better understand and love my wife, which is why I’m eager to read it. You can certainly include us with Dale, your family, and other friends who are extremely proud of you. May you continue to keep your heart fixed on Jesus, in whom are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col.2:3).
Warmly in-Christ,
Gary & Julie

Kristine said...

Congrats, Jonalyn! We met at last year's Calvin Festival on Faith & Writing. It's fun to find you online and see that your book has come to fruition. God bless you!

Vicki High said...

Congrats Jonalyn, I can't wait to see one for myself.

angela said...

Celebrate, Jonalyn!

Michele said...

Congratulations!! You are the number 1 hit on Amazon!!! =) I can only imagine the feeling you got when you received that precious first copy! WOW!! May God continue to bless you richly as you allow yourself to be used by Him in this life! Thank you for the example you are to Christian girls and women everywhere! I'm sure Angela will write when she can. I will share this wonderful news with her!

Erin said...

Woo-hoo! Congratulations Jonalyn!! How exciting - I can't wait to read it!!

Tina Stavropoulos said...

Congrats Jonalyn!
I can't wait to read it!
Tina

Kristin said...

3 chapters down and loving every bit of it! Well down, my friend.

Josh Elwood said...

well, i've weaved the internet's byways down to this page and thought it only necessary to offer you my congratulations. I'm sure its great to see your name grace the cover of your very own book. Congratulations!

Karl Simmons said...

Jonalyn, my copy of Ruby Slippers arrived today! I opened it at the post office and was taken by how visually appealing the book jacket is. I then went to one of my favorite Thai restaurants to dine and read a little of your book. I was the only one in the restaurant, so there were no distractions as I perused the first chapter. If the rest of the book resonates with me as well as this first chapter, then I'm in for a very pleasant reading experience. Blessings!!!