I bought her first book before she was a guest on the morning show. It sat in the store under the sign new authors. It was shortly after I woke up that morning to a grey world beginning my search for joy. A friend had recommend it to me. She said it was about this woman's search for joy and maybe I would enjoy the read. I bought it. She was right. It is because of One Thousand Gifts that I started counting. On those dark days when I couldn't feel joy I saw it and recorded it for a good read later on when I could feel it, for a hope I could hold onto for that moment.
About six months ago my personal demon caught me off guard sending me into a short lived but an intense mania. Since then I've been fighting for joy and hoping for balance to return. Shortly there after she wrote another book, The Broken Way. I tried to buy but it was sold out. Once I finally got my hands on a copy I sat snuggle under my quilt ready to read. I couldn't make it through the first page. She has a way of painting with her words cutting straight to the soul. I had to write so I could remember (Read it here). Turns out that's the challenge of her book remember your brokenness. Something I'm already doing as I have been revisited first by Mania and more recently by Depression.
Here's to a new journey, a challenge, a deeper life.