On Saturday, October 30th I officially launched my first book entitled, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your Community.
The process of writing a book has been extremely difficult, but it has been worth every minute. The main purpose of me writing the book is to inspire and teach other people to do projects in their community similiar to A Day of Hope. And I hope this book does just that.
For the next two weeks I'm going to post one section per day from the first chapter of the book. This is a free read of the first chapter of the book as a benefit to you, my blog readers.
Enjoy the book and feel free to spread the word.
As I sat back to read my usual book, the day seemed to be a little different. I sat down to read a book that had yet to be seen on the bookshelves of many popular bookstores. The book opened with the story of a young boy who was having a less than normal Thanksgiving unlike you and I who probably normally enjoy amazing Thanksgiving dinners every year. The only thing that filled the air on his Thanksgiving Day in their apartment was the sounds of his mother and his step-father who were in a fight and yelling at each other.
In their apartment, the room was not filled with magnificent smells of freshly cooked pies, a golden brown turkey, homemade gravy, or soft freshly made stuffing. The only thing filling his apartment that morning was the sound of his mother and step-father having a normal, loud argument in the back room.
Then there was a loud knock on the door. It was too early to be Santa Claus; it was only Thanksgiving Day. As the boy opened the door, he saw a tall man dressed in casual jeans and a t-shirt holding armfuls of food. As the man gave the boy the food, he said that he was a friend who had heard their family was in need of food.
This was a day that changed the boy’s life forever. It was a day that he realized one thing: that there was someone out there who cared enough for him and his family to simply bring them food for Thanksgiving. From that point forward he felt compelled to do something similar for other people. Little did he know that this would be a turning point in his life that would cause him to focus the majority of his time and attention in the future to serving others in the way that he was helped when he was younger.
That book led me to think: what if I could do something similar in my community where we delivered baskets of food and turkeys to families in need for Thanksgiving?
This book, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your Community, is the story of how I’ve learned to do that in the five years since reading that book. Since then, we’ve successfully fed 1,081 families and approximately 4,865 individuals for Thanksgiving.
In the following pages you will learn how we’ve made a difference in our community and I’ll pour out everything I know to teach you to do the same in your community.