Gateway to the West, the Arch, the Mississippi River, a free Zoo, and the Cardinals are all thoughts provoked by the mention of St. Louis. This year, when someone mentioned St. Louis, my thoughts were of the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS).
As we have done for the past ten years, Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) attended ICRS and represented some of our member publishers and their books at the show. In addition, we hosted twelve author appearances with book signings over a two-day span. Needless to say, CSPA’s booth was busy.
Watch our slideshow of images from the show, our booth, and the author book signings to get an idea of what it was like.
Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who is going through a hard time. She kept talking about people who have it better than she does. Each time she told a story about someone who is better off than she is; my friend would then ask why God is not doing this or that for her.
I told my friend I thought she was focusing on the wrong thing. I reminded her that for every person who has it better than she does, there are more that are worse off than she is. I told her I thought that for every person she thinks of who is better off than herself, she should think of two or three who have it worse than she does. Then, she should thank God that she is not that bad off. I encouraged her that each time she thought of someone worse off than herself she should say “but for the grace of God, there go I.”
We have so much to be thankful for. It’s all in our perspective and what we choose to focus on.
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the ways that God continues to shower his blessings. Here are a few:
- Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) has over 110 member publishers, our highest membership rate since we started in 2004.
- The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award had more nominations this year than it has had since its inception in 2008.
- Christian Small Publishers Association’s new blogger book review program, BookCrash, has over 130 bloggers signed up to review books and that program just started a few months ago.
- Small publishers continue to rise up and publish outstanding materials to strengthen and encourage the body of Christ.
Martin Rinkart penned these words in his “Now Thank We All Our God” hymn in 1636:
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
Thank you God for your blessings and gifts of love!