Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
When I turned fifty years old, something deep and undeniable stirred inside of me…and I knew. The time had finally come. It was time to tell my story.
Made For More is an autobiographical novel, and the scene unfolds in a hospice ward where my cantankerous elderly patient, Leah St. John, “forces” me to tell my story. This tete-a-tete was initially a distraction for her, but she soon shares something with me so compelling, that I have no choice, but to continue sharing the rest of my story with her.
Leah challenges me, toe-to-toe on major issues. Issues such as, “Where is God??!” “Is there a God?!” “How can there be a God?” “Why do bad things happen to good people?” And, “Why do bad people seem to get away with their bad deeds?” And I do my best to answer those questions. The book is also filled with history (WW II), dialogue, foreshadowing, humor, suspense, and of course, Love.
From the very beginning, there has been great favor with this book. The band, Mercy Me, gave me the rights to use their song, “Beautiful” in the book and in the book trailer, Lisa Bevere wrote a powerful Foreword, and thought leaders and marketplace icons wrote moving Endorsements that even made me cry!
But the greatest blessings have come from the readers. Their comments, their reviews, and their testimonies of how their lives have been radically touched, healed and transformed, have brought me to my knees with joy. Through my story, people don’t feel so alone anymore. Yes, our individual situations may be different, but we all share the same heartstring of courage, resiliency and hope – and we all want to know we belong to, and are a part of, something greater.
When we hear how someone else “just like us” overcomes adversities and hardships, our own spines stiffen and we find the tenacity to try again. We realize that maybe hope is a strategy, that tomorrow will be a better day, and that we are braver, stronger and smarter than we think we are.
Sometimes the best (and only) way to give someone hope is not to give advice, but to simply share our story. We learn from one another and boost each other’s faith in this way. If someone else can do it, then I can too.
So, for those of you who have always felt like an outcast, who have never felt like you belonged, or who have felt unworthy of life, may you not only come to understand and resolve some of the events that have shaped you, but may your purpose, your calling, and the fire and passion of your heart be ignited again through this book.
No matter how heart-wrenching your past may have been, I want you to know you were Made For More.
“You make a difference, my friend. You’re not too young and you’re not too old to do something amazing for yourself—and for others.
You are more than what happened to you.
You are more than what others have said.
You are more than what others have done to you.
You are more than what you have done to others.
And you are more than what you have done to yourself.
You are more than all of this.
You are Beautiful. And it is time you know this.”
-Made For More