Between email, blog comments and personal responses, I received dozens of votes and opinions. All helpful! Thank you for speaking into the book cover. While it is always hard to say "no" to an option I like (hence, why not have three flavors of ice cream in the same dish!), I'm going with Option #1. Now the book is in the hands of the interior layout designer, then off to proofreading and finally to the printer. Hopefully we'll have copies of In the Midst: Treasures from the Dark in hand in a month or so. Cool!
I continue to receive such rich feedback on how God has used the first book, An Honest Look at a Mysterious Journey, and where it is being placed (it is now in a cancer clinic lobby, motel rooms, a car repair shop, a Catholic seminary library, a prison, etc.). I'm encouraged and expectant for His work to continue through the second book.
Meanwhile, I've received my "baptism" at the district office in Wilsonville, OR. Great staff. A flurry of learning, but in a healthy context. (Read the July Update if you don't know what I'm talking about here.)
And, meanwhile, the speaking opportunities continue. Each one is an honor. And, for those who pray for me, wow . . . I really sense my need for spiritual, emotional and physical support as I stand before diverse audiences. Here's where I'll be speaking in August and September:
August 5 Woodinville Alliance Church, Woodinville, WA
August 12 Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, MN
August 19 Jacob’s Well, Chippewa Falls, WI
August 20-23 New Official Workers’ Forum (C&MA), Colorado Springs, CO
August 26 Jacob’s Well, Chippewa Falls, WI
Aug. 31- Sept. 3 Big Sandy Camp and Conference Center, McGregor, MN
Sept. 8 Elma Alliance Church, Elma, WA
Sept. 9 Canby Alliance Church, Canby, OR
Sept. 16 Community Alliance Church, Butler, PA
Sept. 17-19 Nyack College, Nyack, NY
Sept. 21-23 First Alliance Church, Erie, PA
Sept. 27 3rd Annual Rehabilitation Week Educational Community Outreach,
Chemeketa Auditorium, Salem, OR (Registration Required)
Sept. 30 (Pending)
This information is always on my website (JohnStumbo.com) as well.
Grace and peace!