Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The Beauty of Blessings with Debbie Macomber
PJ, here. I've had the opportunity to meet many authors over the past ten years, some online and others in person. Of those I've met in person, one of the most genuine and generous is Debbie Macomber. I've been reading Debbie's books for almost 30 years, receiving mailings from her since before the invention of the World Wide Web, and chatting with her via her forum before the invention of Facebook or Twitter. In all those years, through good times and bad, what has most impressed me about Debbie, besides her ability to write enough keeper novels to have her own shelf in my home library, is her joy, her gratitude, and her kindness. Each year, Debbie sets goals, chooses a word, and, as she puts it, "lives with intention." Her word for 2016 was "Joy," a word that inspired her to create something called a Blessings Box.
Blessings is a word I learned at a young age. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of time spent with my grandmother and the lessons I learned at her knee. Prominent among them were those of kindness, generosity, gratitude, and blessings. Those attributes were present in her life every day and, through her example, I learned to make them a priority in my own. She taught me to not only be grateful for the blessings in my life but also to be a blessing in life. To do for others. To treat others as I want to be treated. From her, I learned that being a blessing in someone else's life brings blessings to my own; bringing happiness to someone else multiplies that which I receive in return. That joy is in the giving.
Back to that Blessings Box I mentioned earlier. Included in the Blessings Box that Debbie created are items that bring her joy: a tote bag, her favorite tea and candle, recipe cards printed with some of Debbie's homemade recipes, stickers, jam from a company started by two young women following their dream and spreading positivity, a pen, an inspirational print, and a personal journal in which Debbie provides suggestions, quotes, and guidance to help others reflect on their blessings and set themselves up for the year ahead. And, of course, because they bring joy to Debbie's life, she's hoping they will also bring joy to others.
Do you know someone who would enjoy Debbie's Blessings Box? They can be purchased from her website but, because of limited quantities left, will only be available until February 15th. Click here for more information. The Romance Dish readers, for one week from today, can use the code TRD5 while ordering to receive a $5 discount. In keeping with Debbie's commitment to sharing blessings, $5 from the proceeds of each box sold will go to World Vision to help educate girls around the world.
Remember, at the beginning of this post, when I mentioned Debbie's kindness and generosity? She has generously offered three complete Blessings Boxes (that's a $120 value!) for us to give away here at The Romance Dish. So tell me...
Who or what has been a blessing in your life? Large or small, recent or long ago, share those blessings that have brought you joy.
Three randomly chosen people leaving a comment will each receive a complete Blessings Box. (U.S. only)
Because international shipping on these boxes would be prohibitive for me, I'll also randomly choose one international commenter to receive a Debbie Macomber book of your choice from bookdepository.com. (value not to exceed $10 U.S.)
Coming next from Debbie Macomber...
If Not For You
Ballantine Books/Random House
March 21, 2017
If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she’s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not—and her parents’ worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who’s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn’t exactly Sam’s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.
But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam—who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived—Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital—even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both.
Before long, Beth’s strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam’s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she’s come to love.