Eleven years ago today my dad passed away. He was a hero. No, he did not have copious war medals or glowing public tributes or letters after his name. No, he was not some great luminary in the business world with accolades and wealth to match. But he was a hero nonetheless. You see, for almost 40 years my dad was a full-time caregiver to the woman he loved, my mum, who had been confined to a wheelchair since she was 39 years old. Today, I tell his story and honour him in a special video. I only hope it gets watched by millions over the years, for our world sure needs such examples today. Click on the image below to view the video.
I am trying out the new Instagram TV, and debating whether to switch to this platform, focus on YouTube, or do both! The decision will be made after a while. For now, you can access our IGTV video collection HERE.
The first copy of the new deluxe edition arrived today, and after a quick review, I am delighted to officially sign it off as being available for ordering direct from the printer.
The deluxe edition comes exclusively in a red-linen hardback format (complete with dust jacket), and represents an expansion of the original paperback. It adds a further 18 vignettes to the original text, bringing the total to 200. The paperback is also still available unchanged, and with this new edition readers now have greater choice in both available format, and amount of material covered.
- The original paperback comes in at $14.99 US dollars, and covers 182 vignettes. (ORDER THE PAPERBACK HERE )
- The deluxe hardback comes in at $24.99 US dollars, and adds 18 new vignettes to the original text, bringing the total to 200 vignettes. (ORDER THE HARDBACK HERE)
Please note, there are no plans at this time to offer an e-book version as that would negate the very popular journaling aspect of the printed volumes.
Interesting day. I had laser treatments in both eyes this afternoon as glaucoma prevention. Meanwhile, outside the doctor’s office the street was closed for the summer solstice street festival. There, Laurie Renton was setting up her financial services booth. Laurie is an amazing advocate of my book. She gave copies to her clients as Christmas gifts last year, and presented one to best-selling author Robert Holden in Scotland this Spring. She had a draw at her booth, and a copy of my book was the prize. So grateful for this beautiful friend and encourager.
I am delighted to report that a copy of my book has just been given to best-selling author Robert Holden at the Findhorn Community in Scotland. He received the book from reader Laurie Renton of Yorkton Saskatchewan. Laurie is a financial advisor and has already purchased 50 copies to give to clients.
Robert Holden is considered Britain’s foremost expert on happiness. He is the founder of the Happiness Project which runs an eight-week course annually. He is the author of 10 best-selling books including Loveability, Happiness NOW!, and Success Intelligence. He gives public lectures worldwide and holds public and corporate workshops and seminars for companies such as Dove, Virgin, The Body Shop and Unilever. He has been featured in two BBC documentaries, does a weekly talk radio show on Hay House Radio, and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
A few months ago I popped into a coffee shop in a small Saskatchewan town, just to grab a latte. A man sitting at a corner table noticed me, and as we made eye contact I recognized him as one of the people who’d bought a copy of the book last year during a book reading event. As we sat and chatted, he said something to me that literally brought a tear to my eye. He thanked me for writing the book and said, “This book has changed my life.”
I really needed that positive encouragement. Yes, even I, Kenneth James Kerr “The Encourager” needs to be on the receiving end of encouragement now and again. What that reader did not know is that I had become discouraged as an author after watching a video course by a big-name writer. This individual came right out and stated that every book must be extensively market tested, professionally edited several times, and have its layout and cover designed by design experts. He made it obvious that in his eyes any book not being produced in this way was not only worthless but also doomed to fail.
My book could boast none of these characteristics, and since I had gone to this man for expert advice on book marketing, my heart sank… as did my faith in my own work.
I literally ignored my book for months (that’s why I’ve been so silent on this web page!). I even began to wonder what other career I should pick instead of being an author. And then fate stepped in and I met this gentle soul at the coffee shop.
I told my unexpected encourager what had happened, and he softly said, “The first instant that he started to make you doubt your work, you should have walked away from that course.” He reminded me just how life-changing the book really is, JUST AS IT IS, and told me to keep on going with it because it is an amazing book.
And so I decided to try an experiment. With enough time having passed for me to be objective about it, I started to read my book as if I was a reader coming to it for the first time. I flipped through pages randomly over a month, made a note of the date at the top of the page, and wrote my own notes in each page, just as I had instructed others to do. Amazingly, I discovered synchronicity after synchronicity, as the book just randomly presented me with the right ideas at the right time. Many times my handwritten notes would end with, “This really IS life changing!”
Thank God for my encourager that day, and thank God for restoring my confidence in the beautiful book that I was honoured to have brought into form as moved by the silent inspiration of a source higher than myself. May the book be a blessing to you too.
Love and Light
My thanks to host Peter Francks for having me on his show with Access Communications today. This was the first-ever Television appearance for “This Book is the Perfect Gift”, and it was a great experience. We arrived at the studio in Yorkton just before 10:00 a.m., and taping began about ten minutes later. The show lasted for one hour, and it was both informal and informative.
Not sure when it will air, but it might be at different dates and times across the Access television network. I will see if I can get a schedule as soon as possible, and then post it here and on Facebook. The show will be broadcast across the province of Saskatchewan. In the meantime, remember to check out the recording of the recent radio appearance too. It’s ready to play on-demand in the sidebar of this website, and in another newsblog post further down this page.