On Friday I received a proof copy of the cover for my newest book, The Potter of Paradox. I am excited about the book, not only because it is my first large-scale attempt at fiction, but also because the story has a lot to say about our calling in life and how we go about answering that call.
The story also has a lot of my own story in it. Yes, about calling, but also about my family. There are little pieces of my family sprinkled throughout the story.
My mother has three sisters; my father eight, plus four brothers who married some exceptional women as well. My aunts have been an important part of my life since the day I was born. They have taught me how to cook, how to raise children, and even how to sing. They have taught me how to be a good daughter and a child of the King.
There are two aunts in the book who help guide their nephew, Jack, as well. They encourage him to choose what he loves, pottery, over what seems to be the logical, practical choice: business. They point out which girl would be helpful in that pursuit. They remind Jack that family relationships are of high importance, and they are instrumental in bringing him back together with his father.
Now those aren’t exactly what my aunts have done for me, but they have been my guides, my cheering section, and my menders. They have reminded me of what and who is important, and they have done it with patience and humor.
So to all of my aunts: If you think you are in the book, you are. Thanks for all you have given me over the years. I love you.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV