While the girls and I were outside in the back garden this morning, hanging clothes on the washing line in the bitterly cold wind, we were unaware that something exciting was happening at the front door. The mail man had arrived with a mysterious looking parcel. When we came back inside, rubbing our cold-numbed fingers together, there it was sitting on the kitchen bench. 

We were all eager to find out what the parcel contained. Sophie was quick to point out the ‘open’ tag to one side of the address label. I grabbed the tag and pulled and the cardboard unwound revealing another layer of wrappings. I pulled again and the parcel rolled over and over, and more cardboard came away.

“It’s like pass the parcel,” said Gemma-Rose with delight. “Loads and loads of wrappings. Do you think it’s all cardboard and nothing else?”

But by this time, I had an idea of what we’d find inside: “I bet it’s books.”

And it was. Multiple copies of a book, with a red and white cover, were finally revealed:

Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families by Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas.

About a year ago, I received an email from Patti:

Dear Sue,

My co-author, Theresa Thomas, and I are compiling a book titled Big Hearted Families, for Scepter Publishers.   We are looking for contributions that will entertain and inspire readers to grow their family's heart and soul…

And so I wrote a story, and Patti and Theresa very kindly included it in their new book. That book arrived on my doorstep this morning.

I have quickly flipped through the book and discovered there are 22 stories in this volume. My own chapter is there close to the end of the book. It’s called Moving in the Spirit. Did Patti have to do much editing of my story?  Did it need many changes? Does it fit in with all the other contributions? So far I haven’t had the courage to reread it and find out.

It’s strange seeing one of my stories in someone else’s book. I never worry about my stories when I publish them here on my blog. But to see one in print in someone’s book…  that’s totally different. I hope it's good enough.

Fortunately my story is only one of many. Here’s the Amazon description of this book:

Big Hearted gives you an inside look into the triumphs, struggles, joys and sorrows of ordinary families with generous hearts. It invites you to witness extraordinary love in ordinary moments like the simple cooking of a meal or the hug between a teenaged brother and his baby sister. Just like your family, these families experience pain, setbacks, and challenges. And just like your family, they also experience love and immeasurable blessing through their commitment and care for each other.

In this book, you will learn the story of:

• A father of seven healthy boys who struggled to love his Down syndrome baby girl

• A mother of twelve who learned an important lesson about Christmas from her children

• A special relationship between a teenaged brother and his infant sister

• Two grandparents in their final days who inspired their grandchildren in simple ways

• Two orphan children from Kenya who prayed for adoption by an American family and got what they asked for!

It has been said that God cannot be outdone in generosity. The stories in these pages will show you how big hearted families experience this truth in a myriad of ways, sometimes miraculously.

I can’t wait for a quiet moment to sit and enjoy the book. I am sure the other contributors have written some amazing and inspiring stories.

Thank you Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas for including my story in your new book, Big Hearted. I hope the book is a huge success.

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  1. Oh wow, I heard about this book from Gae - how exciting that you're in it too! This one is on my wishlist now :)

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    1. Kelly,

      I saw Gae's story but haven't had time to read it yet. It is exciting... but scary too!!

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  2. Have just added this to my must have books!

    Maybe one day I will be able to get you to sign it for me! Congrats!

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    1. Lisa,

      Thank you! I remember when I had to sign copies of my grief book at the book launch. I hadn't considered someone might want my scrawl inside their copy of my book! The signing session was awful. I didn't know what to write. Writing the book was a whole lot easier than signing them!

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  3. This looks great, Sue! Congratulations on your contribution. I can't wait to read your chapter and everyone else's, too!

    God bless, Sue:-)

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    1. Vicky,

      I hope you enjoy the book. Patti and Theresa are excellent writers. I'm looking forward to sharing their stories, and those of the other contributors.

      God bless!

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  4. How exciting Sue! Congratulations! I'll have to see if this book is here in the U.S. I'd love to see your work in print!! God bless.

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    1. Noreen,

      The book is available through Amazon as a paperback or Kindle book. Patti and Theresa are American authors. You should have no trouble getting a copy. It is exciting! Thank you for the congratulations. God bless!

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  5. That is exciting! I'm sure your chapter is wonderful - another book to put on my wishlist :-)

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    1. Beate,

      I recently discovered Amazon's wishlists. The number of books on mine is quickly increasing! Thank you for your comment!

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    2. I love the wishlists - although I had to separate mine into categories ;-) Titles to remember, books for 'school,' and the ones just for me =) REcently our library had an 'opt-in' to save the things you checked out. Whew - now I don't have to print out our library books anymore!

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    3. Beate,

      I like the idea of an 'opt-in' option for library books. There are a few library books I borrow over and over again, probably a sign I should buy my own copies!

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  6. Congratulations, Sue! The book sounds wonderful...and like a great gift for any mother. Will definitely put in on my Amazon wish list!

    Had to share this: A few mornings ago, I had a very exciting dream. You and your whole family came to visit me, and all stayed at my house! Your girls were beautiful and so sweet, and Andy was incredibly kind. You were supposed to stay for three weeks, but left after only one. That made me sad, as I thought you didn't like me :) I woke up smiling about such an unexpected dream.

    Hope all is well.... Love and blessings!

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    1. Patricia,

      The book would definitely make a great gift for a mother. It was released just in time for Mothers' Day, so I guess there were a few mothers who received a copy recently!

      How exciting dreaming we came to visit! I would love to do that. I wonder why we left after only a week. At least you weren't relieved to see us go, glad that we'd decided not to stay for 3 weeks after all! Maybe we went to see Nancy and planned to return. I wonder if you live anywhere near Nancy. Probably not. The USA is so big! Anyway, your dream made me smile. It's lovely to know we ended up in your dream.

      All is well here, though I haven't done much writing or blogging recently. Love to you too!

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  7. Nancy who? Any Nancy I know? (I hope so,'cause it would be great fun even to be in a daydream visit!).

    Congratulations, Sue... wow!!! That's wonderful, and now I'm off to check it out on Amazon. Although it's ridiculously late here.... maybe I should head to bed. I'll put on my travelin' clothes to sleep in, so I'll look presentable when I dream Patricia and I are knocking on your door.

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    1. Nancy who? Nancy Shuman! Wouldn't it be fun if we really could visit each other just by going to sleep and dreaming about it? Will you arrive tonight in your travelling clothes? I hope so! I love happy dreams where I wake up smiling and wishing it was all real.

      Thank you for the congratulations. I couldn't believe it when Patti asked me for a contribution to the book. I'd seen Patti's name on a book cover which I bought a few years ago, and then she was emailing me! It's been a lovely experience.

      Hope you're asleep by now and dreaming of travelling to see me!

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  8. Okay Sue, its on my amazon wishlist to be added with my homeschooling orders. I know you're not featuring this book to get even with all my book reviews but now you are going to make me want a GIGANTIC family --I already know it.

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    1. Anabelle,

      Unlike you, I'm not good at writing book reviews, so I've done well if I've persuaded you to put this one on your wishlist! I'm sure there's some inspiring family stories in the book. I must read it. I'm promoting a book I haven't even read! Must be good because it was written by Patti and Theresa!

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  9. Congrats on this achievement. Maybe it will take some tie before I get to reading this book. Australian books are a long time in getting to Denmark, and Kindle and co. is not for my eyes ;) I hope this book is getting good reviews everywhere. Have you written other than your grief book and this one?

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    1. Uglemor,

      Thank you!

      This is an American book, not an Australian one but I guess it would still take a long time for books to be shipped from the US to you.

      My grief book is the only book I have in print at the moment although I have some children's books in draft form. One of these is all ready for publishing. I'm just waiting for a friend to finish the illustrations. The other two children's stories need some work on them. They are only at the first draft stage.

      Have you thought any more about publishing your own children's stories?

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  10. Congrats Sue! That is so cool.

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  11. Congratulations on having one of your stories included in the book! You are a very inspiring and entertaining writer. Sounds like a good book filled with inspiration!

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    1. Dana,

      Thank you! There's been some good reviews of Big Hearted. I wonder if you are in the process of writing another book. You mentioned a book of photography some time ago. I'd love to see one of those!

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  12. Thank you Sue for your contribution and sharing the news about the book's release. We asked you to contribute for 2 reasons: You write well AND you inspire others. Stories selected for the end of the book, are ones meant to leave a good feeling in the heart of readers as they reach the end. But then, every story was intended to do that.

    Every family has challenges so reading about other families coping with grace and faith, is a sort of blueprint for us all. May God bless you abundantly!

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    1. Patti,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. It was my pleasure sharing the news of Big Hearted.

      I imagine it was a big job deciding in which order to place the various stories, so that they compliment each other, providing a smooth transition from one to the other for the reader. Thank you for your kind words concerning where my story ended up. I was so excited my contribution was included in your book, it didn't matter to me at all where it was placed. Though I have to say your words made me smile! Thank you.

      I hope the book is selling well. May God bless you too!

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