A few months back, a friend told me that her book group had chosen “For All the Saints” for their monthly read, and she asked if I would be willing to join their discussion. Because I live in Washington State and her book group met in California, she proposed that I participate via Facetime using our iPads. I agreed, but first had to find a way to get over the intense horror of seeing my face as it appeared on my tablet (is it just me who looks like they’ve aged 20 years and got all kinds of crazy shadows on their face when talking on one of those devices?!?) Jane Jetson was on to something when she used her “morning mask” to converse via video phone – where can I get one of those for myself?
Unflattering technology aside, I had a wonderful time visiting with that group of fantastic women. I loved hearing the stories that impressed them personally, as well as the principles they saw playing out in their own lives. It took me back to the days when I was just becoming familiar with the individuals and reams of material that eventually became “For All the Saints,” when I felt as if I’d stumbled upon a treasure-trove of experiences and insights that made me want to lengthen my stride and rethink what it means to be a disciple of Christ. I enjoyed the opportunity to provide additional details on favorite accounts and share some of the things I learned while writing the manuscript. Most of all, I relished the opportunity to share something I love with others.
After I signed off, the group continued to talk and my friend later informed me they’d spent more time discussing “For All the Saints” than they had any other book in their 10+ year history.
As I prepare to speak at BYU Education Week again this year, I have been thinking of that “virtual” book club meeting and how much fun it was. In honor of that experience, I am offering a free copy of “For All the Saints” to any LDS book group of 10 or more who would like to read it. Just post a comment below and let me know how to reach you or private message me on my “For All the Saints” Facebook page.
If you promise not to hold unflattering two-dimensional Skype or Facetime images against me, I might even agree to visit. Happy reading, everyone!