meeting Charles Martin

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite authors. Charles Martin was giving a book talk in a nearby town and I drove the couple hours to hear him and buy a copy of his latest book, Send Down the Rain.

Though I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I know I’ll enjoy it. When I need my faith in the written word restored, I turn to Charles Martin. I find his prose beautiful and the way he stitches his stories together masterful. Hearing him speak, I felt like he’s the kind of guy Big J and I could be friends with, have fascinating discussions with. I’m not one to have a lot of fan girl moments, but this was one of those. Having read so many of his books, I had to remind myself I don’t really know him – even though he wrapped his arm around me for this fan pic as if we’ve known each other for ages.

The fact that he took time to sign each book, speak with each person in attendance, and pose patiently for photo after photo, speaks volumes. He seems to genuinely love his readers.

grace for each moment, one moment at a time


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