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Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Good Night Books!

Good Night! Who would have dreamed that my books would become a trusted source for sweet slumber? But it’s true. For many individuals, the Here’s to Life! Books have become reliable “nightbooks.”

We’ve all heard of daybooks – collections of brief, encouraging, and uplifting writings, each entry separate and complete in and of itself. A daybook is designed to provide the reader with a pleasant “thought for the day” for each of the 365 days of the year. These writings are offered in the hope of helping readers approach the 24 hours ahead with optimism and joy.

But whoever heard of a nightbook? According to some of my readers, that’s just what the Here’s to Life! Books are – collections of brief, encouraging writings, providing a positive thought not for every day of the year but rather for every night.

Booklovers are telling me they faithfully read from my books in the evenings, just prior to dozing off to sleep. They keep the volumes on their nightstands, they report, ready and waiting to be picked up and enjoyed in those brief moments before lights out. Readers declare my words provide tranquil and happy reflections that temporarily relieve them of their woes and worries, thereby promoting a good night’s rest.

One dear friend confided that she makes a habit at bedtime of taking up one of my books and allowing its pages to fall open at will; wherever that place happens to be, she begins reading. She claims that the essay so revealed invariably addresses the very issues with which she currently is dealing, giving her a positive slant on the subjects.

When I first envisioned the Here’s to Life! Books, I wished to comfort readers and give them a little spot of hope. What better sign that, through God’s grace, I have accomplished my mission than the fact that people feel so relaxed and contented, after having read my words, they peacefully fall asleep?

Whenever my late father would read one of my essays, no matter the hour, he always finished with a big yawn and stretch, sighing, “That’s just wonderful, Honey. And, now, if you don’t mind, I think I’m going to take a little nap.” The first couple of instances of Dad’s sleepy reaction to my books caused me to be somewhat disappointed, to say the least. I began to think my writings must be deadly dull to have such a soporific effect on Dad. But, I quickly changed my view after several individuals independently volunteered that they welcome my books for their consoling and calming outlooks on life that, they say, naturally promote restful interludes.

Now, having slept on the idea for a few nights, I have to say, I’m delighted with the comforting concept of Here’s to Life! bedtime books.

Thank you, Dear Readers, for your soothing feedback. It is indeed an honor to be a part of your nighttime rituals.

Sweet Dreams, my friends!

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