I got the call this morning that the books are done. Some of you might remember that I was helping my pastor write a book about what God taught him through his experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. It's been a long process. Tom was diagnosed in November 2005. We started work on the book in the spring of 2006. (He is cancer-free and feeling better than he has in years.) I filled several roles. First, I transcribed Tom's tapes. He told his story, then I translated that to written grammar and put it on paper. Next, I compiled manuscripts so we could have about 20 people read through and help us make sure it was (1) accurate and (2) easy to read. I then sorted through the suggestions and prepared a revised manuscript. At that point Tom's brother (a retired editor) did a great job editing the manuscript. My final assignment was finding a printer and walking with Tom through that process. Tom plans to give a copy to each household on Easter Sunday. He's excited about that. His purpose in doing the book was simply to share his story. He regularly counsels cancer patients. He will give his book (free of charge) to any of those patients (or their families) who would like to read it. Another neat part of the story is that his brother is reworking the book a bit and planning to shop it to a few of his publishing contacts. He thinks there might be a place for it in a niche market. Can you tell I'm excited?