Walking with Henry arrives in bookstores and mailboxes today!
I am beyond excited to launch this book into the world, and I want to thank you all for helping it make a splash today.
Your pre-orders have put this little book about rediscovering faith and prayer into top spots for new releases on Amazon!
For new books, the first week "out" is everything. Book sellers and buyers look at the lists of books that are doing well and make their decisions on placement in stores and quantities to stock. I never knew anything about this before becoming an author! I never realized just how much those first purchases meant.
I've never been one to worry about numbers. I don't ever write thinking about making any kind of charts.
I only write from my heart and let the chips fall where they may.
Walking With Henry is that kind of book. It's about finding myself in the midst of questions, doubts, and honest wrestling with my faith...and what that looked like as I learned to walk with a little donkey by my side.
The reviews on Goodreads have warmed my heart. You can pop over there and read what early readers of the book are saying. It's made me realize that I am not alone, and that this world needs people to are willing to lay it all out there and let others see what real-life faith journeys look like.
A faith journey is not always pretty.
But there are real pockets of joy and hope along the way that propel us forward into peace and deeper faith. I hope that's what my story communicates.
What I learned during this pathway through my questions, is that God loves each of us dearly. He is not fazed by anything we throw at Him, and He will never condemn us for asking gut-level questions of Him or any of the things we believe.
Some of our old beliefs and practices can be left by the wayside as we make room for a God that is bigger and better than we ever imagined. His infinite care and grace for us draws us upward and inward--and allows us to live in freedom and compassion for everyone around us.
If you have not yet purchased your copy of Walking with Henry, would you do me a favor and do so today?
Maybe it will sit on your shelf until you have the time to read it, but it would mean the world to me if you'd take the time to order it now.
And when you do read the book, I hope you'll find a comfy chair with a cozy blanket, pour yourself some tea...and settle in for a journey with me. I'm convinced that you'll not only fall in love with darling little Henry as our companion, but you'll also rediscover God's love and find that your own faith can once again bloom.
So, thank you, thank you, thank you, my dear blog readers! You have made this book launch possible, and you're helping to bring this little book into the world with a Hee-Haw and a splash!
With deep love and appreciation,
Rachel (and Henry)