A little over two years ago I found myself selling my books at a vendor fair. I have done this several times since the publication of my book. Because of a new marriage in the summer of 2019 and the Covid 19 virus, I have not done that in recent months, however. Perhaps I will be able to sell books at a vendor fair in the months ahead once again.
I wrote the following on my Facebook status a little over two years ago, "This is a photo of me today selling my books. It was a great day. I sold eight books. More importantly, I had great conversations with people. Thanks everyone who prayed for me today. I am amazed how God can use our past sad experiences to help others. God is good."
As most of you know, I wrote my book, Dear Caregiver, Reflections for Family Caregivers by Sharon Vander Waal (my name before remarriage) after my experience of caring for and then eventually losing to death my first husband, Wayne. After that experience I developed a passion to help family caregivers. In the section below is a synopsis of my book.
"Family care-giving for a loved one with a serious illness is a very noble and important role. It is also often a challenging and emotionally and physically draining endeavor. DEAR CAREGIVER is a book written to encourage caregivers in this all consuming but vital ministry for which many caregivers feel ill equipped. This book points to the Lord as the caregiver's source of strength. The book further seeks to provide practical and spiritual encouragement to family caregivers who have lovingly taken on a role which they did not anticipate or perhaps desire.
The author is a mother and grandmother, and she was married to her husband, Wayne, for over thirty-nine years. In 2006 Wayne was diagnosed with a serious neurological disease. The author was Wayne's caregiver for four and a half years until his death in early 2011. She knows the heartache and physical and emotional stress of being a caregiver for a loved one.
Hence, her passion is to encourage family caregivers in their struggles. The book starts with a brief synopsis of the author's personal care-giving story followed by over one hundred brief meditations written to encourage current caregivers. The author seeks to stay connected to her readers by relevant examples from her own care-giving experiences in order to drive home messages in the text and to enable the readers to persevere in the challenges of family care-giving. It is the author's desire to facilitate this goal through her willingness to be vulnerable and honest about the feelings and emotions she experienced as a caregiver for her husband. She explores both the blessings and challenges of care-giving and the blessing of drawing closer to the Lord through the experience."
Although you can not presently buy my book at a vendor fair, you can buy it online or directly from me. Consider this as a wonderful gift for a family member, friend, or yourself who is caring for a loved one. You can find my book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and elsewhere online. I have even seen it at Wal-mart.com! Amazon says there is only one in stock, but if you order it, that just means it may take a day or two longer to get sent out. You can also buy new and used from other sellers there. The Amazon link is: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Caregiver-Sharon-Vander-Waal/dp/1629524263/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482027543&sr=1-1&keywords=Dear+Caregiver Further, you can order from me directly by writing to me at email@example.com for specifics.