One of the things you’re supposed to do when you write a book is master your elevator pitch. How can you convey the essence of this story in the time it would take to ride an elevator a few floors with someone? Can you condense the 60,000 words to a sentence or two?
I’ve never been great at limiting my words, but in the past ten years, as I’ve continued to tell people about A Good and Perfect Gift, (which turns ten today!) I’ve given this elevator pitch hundreds of times:
A Good and Perfect Gift is a spiritual memoir about how I came to receive our daughter, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, as a gift.
Sometimes I say a little more: And how welcoming her into our family helped me receive my own life and that of everyone else around me as a gift.
Today, I celebrate the gift of Penny’s life, but also the gift of sharing our story with thousands upon thousands of other people.
Your life is a gift to others.
Every other human being you encounter is a gift to the rest of us.
And when we begin to have eyes to see those gifts within us and all around us, the whole world becomes a place of wonder.
Happy Book Birthday, A Good and Perfect Gift!
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