We're back from the Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita, and I want to thank everyone for their prayers. The conference was really something: I don't think I've ever been a a Catholic conference that was so well-organized and so well-run. I was really, really impressed.
My first talk was to the high school and junior high groups, on "Evangelizing the Imagination." The high school teens surprised me by doing a skit based on scenes from The Shadow of the Bear and Black As Night. First they performed the opening scene where Bear first visits the Briers. Then they recreated the friar's trashcan race from Black as Night. It was wonderful!
On Sunday I spoke to the adults on suffering. This was the first time I shared my son Joshua's story in public. I admit I broke down and cried several times during the talk, but I did manage to get through it. From what I understand, the talk on Joshua was recorded by St. Joseph's Communications. As soon as they have it available, I'll put up a link. I am secretly hoping they recorded my teen talks as well, but I don't know if they did. Will find out.
And we were able to sell the new editions of the first two books plus a special preview edition of Waking Rose to conference participants. Thanks to all of you who visited my table: it was good to see you! And for those of you who might be coming here for the first time as a result of meeting me at the conference: welcome!
I know it's probably making some of you frantic that there were copies of Waking Rose available yet you couldn't be there to buy them.... the good news is that we are definitely making the August 15th publication deadline, and if I can get the book up there any earlier, I will! I promise to send one of my (rare) bulk emails as soon as the book is available on Lulu.
Thanks again for checking in!