Sunday, September 23, 2012

Debbie Macomber Was a Life Saver

I'd never read a book written by Debbie Macomber when I bought a ticket to attend her lecture and book signing.  I had seen Mrs. Miracle on the Hallmark Channel and remembered it as being a very sweet movie but after having gotten my feelings hurt at the blog seminar, I thought something sweet might be good therapy. 

It just so happened Debbie's event was the next evening and in all truthfulness I almost didn't attend.  I was still struggling with the question of what contributions I make to the world.  I was feeling blue.  

Debbie Macomber was lecturing at the Margaret Mitchell house and it's on my way home from work so I stopped in.  I was late and ended up being one of the last people seated.  I didn't have a good view but it didn't take a perfect seat to hear what Debbie had to say.  

Debbie arrived just a few minutes after I got seated and she shared how she was dyslexic and didn't learn to read until she was ten years old.  In dealing with a lifetime of negativity from her teachers and her parents, somehow she knew deep inside that she wanted to be a writer.   She shared her poignant story about how she had submitted stories for publication multiple times only to get rejection letters.  She spoke about how she had written a letter to Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking.  He wrote her back.  His letter of encouragement helped her persevere.   

There were more rejections but because of a letter from Norman Vincent Peale and a family who believed in her, Debbie Macomber continued to try to get a book published and it worked!   Just take a look at her book list.  And guess what...Debbie's snail mail address is inside the front cover of all of her books.  If you write her a letter, she will write you back.  She shares in the same way that Norman Vincent Peale shared with her many years ago.  

I was so moved by the whole event.  I cried.  Just 48 hours before this event I'd been singled out of a crowd and confronted with the question of what I was contributing to mankind.  I'm still trying to answer that question but after meeting Debbie, what I realized is that the small things matter.  Kindness matters. I might not be able to quantify what I'm adding to the world but I can tell you that encouraging other people, saying positive things and being a positive influence does make a difference in the world. 

When we all lined up to get our books signed, Debbie took time with each of us to hear what we had to say and to take photos.  I aspire to be an example of graciousness, goodness and positive influence, sharing my gifts with others in need.  This is what I hope to add to the world, on my blog, with my family and in my community.  

From the heart.  Jojo


  1. Inspiring . . . kindness matters more than anything.

    Your kindness contributes to each and all who stop by and visit
    JoJo's Joys . . .

  2. I am so glad you had a positive experience to offset the bad one. Kindness is so needed in this world and makes a huge difference! Hugs, Linda

  3. I have enjoyed several of her books. I am glad that the experience was a good one. I am angry at that person in your last post that was so rude. You are a wonderful person, mother, grandmother and you give so much of yourself to others.

  4. the smallest things DO matter! kindness of the heart is a virtue...i am sure that you would need an accountant to add up the number of things you have done that made a difference in your life -- i know in my heart you can't count that high!!! matter...just think about how many times you show those qualities in a day sending you tons of hugs...

  5. I like the Hallmark movies made from her books - sweet and funny and kind of story! Glad that was fun for you. Linda

  6. What an inspiring story! I am glad you had a positive experience to make up for the bad one. I might pass this on to some of my English teacher friends so they can share this with their classes. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a perfect time to hear and see Debbie M. Inspiring in every way. I always think of "It's A Wonderful Life" and the message of that film---that one's life makes a difference and if George Bailey hadn't lived, so much would have been different for so very many people. And this is true for you, too, JoJo.....And it is the little things--because they add would up into BIG things if they weren't there. It sounds like you had a transformative experience and I am so happy for you...!
    I looked at her list of books...It Is AMAZING!!!! More inspiration from that, too.

  8. I never knew these facts about Debbie even though I've read a few of her books over the years. She is amazing, and so are you, Cheryl. I love your new header photo --your grandgirls are so adorable! My duaghter is expecting a girl --we are so excited!

  9. I really want to get her Christmas Cookbook. They had it on QVC.
    I am sure you are. Big contributor to mankind! Look at your family!

  10. What a lovely post.

    I've read her story before but you wrote it in such a way it felt new...and even more poignant and moving.