The year I spent listening to and writing the stories of military chaplains for Miracles & Moments of Grace
was the most satisfying year of my writing life. It was wonderful to be accepted into the military community and a privilege to hear the stories of these "battlefield pastors."
Once the book was released, rather than the elation I thought I would feel, I was instead in a kind of mourning. I didn't want to move on to something else, although I knew I needed to. So, I was elated when my publisher told me he'd like another Miracles & Moments of Grace book -- that he would like to make the concept into a series.
We wanted to keep the same format -- fifty inspiring first-person stories -- so I thought about who I might like to spend my next year with. It didn't take me long to realize that I would like to immerse myself in the kind of stories I had previously done -- stories of deeply meaningful moments that imparted lasting impressions and lessons on the persons who had experienced them.
So, in just a few weeks, my second book in the series will become available, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors.
The fifty doctors in this book shared with me the most amazing stories of encounters with their patients -- tender stories, heartbreaking stories, uplifting stories, funny stories -- a wide range of experiences from their practice of medicine. In the book, you'll hear from doctors in many specialties -- internists, ER doctors, surgeons, neurologists, dentists, ob/gyns, mission doctors, military doctors and more.
When we're in that cold exam room facing the doctor perched on that low stool in front of us, we know so little about the doctor's life and probably nothing of their thoughts. This book is a chance for you to enter the mind of your doctor, to experience the moments of triumph and tragedy as he or she does. I was amazed that so many times, it was the patient who taught the doctor something about life and death, not the other way around.
If you appreciated the stories from military chaplains, I can assure you that you'll want to read these stories from the practice of medicine. You may think differently about that doctor in front of you the next time you find yourself in an exam room.