Friday, August 31, 2007

This is the basic book cover. There will be some changes that are relatively minor in nature. I have heard from many of you that you have pre-ordered it, and I want you to know that we really appreciate that.

In a sea of printed materials, it is often difficult for us to see how this can ever be anything more than another droplet of rain into an already teeming ocean. It is our fervent prayer however, that the Lord uses this to further His kingdom, and that all is done according to His will and timing.

We have often struggled to understand the timing. It has been hard for us to see the book not come out when the MercyMe cd was current (they have a new cd due out this fall, our book due out in January).

It was hard for us to see the song not get released as a single. Bart told me they only ever played it in concert once, 'cause it was too high for him to sing night after night. I'm thankful that I got to be present for that one time; however, my family didn't. I hurt for them.

Perhaps the Lord has been saving it for future use. Perhaps not. We must wait and see.

The moments we walk in right now feel like a deep, collective breath before a prolonged exhale.

We do not know what the Lord will do, we only want to be found faithful. We have already been afforded more than many parents who endure the loss of a child. We are most thankful for that. In no way do we ever want to appear ungrateful. God has blessed us significantly!

Anyone who ever has the privilege of publishing a book, hopes that it will sell well. We do hope for that. More than that, we hope that it changes lives, and allows others to see that one life can make a huge impact for the Kingdom. That God does use our faithfulness, though we don't often see it. We want it to bring hope where there is none. We want to see people surrender to Him.

Through the life of a young man, we hope to see a climate of change begin to take place in America and across the world. It is a mighty dream, we know. But we serve a Mightier God! If He chooses to use it this way, it can be done.



At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for your attitude through your experiences. The humbleness, strength, and faith you show through these tough times truly represents to myself and others what a christian man is supposed to be like. I love you dad.

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!

What an incredible cover!

We can hardly wait as well and KNOW that it is absolutely in HIS appointed time...over & over & over we see how His ways are endlessly above ours.

He promises His word will not go out & come back void. There is simply NO doubt that your lives & BJ's was an example of living His Word. It is going to be amazing, incredible, and a praise/worship time to watch His hand in the release of this work!

Revival! Awakening! All about Him living!

We continue to lift you up as you walk through these days of emotion and draw even nearer to the King of Kings...our strong tower.

You are deeply loved.

And I am so unable to express the love, prayers, and impact that God has done through you. Eternity will show.

At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent & Deanna:
As a previous "blogger" mentioned, what an incredible cover! Joel coaches Arin & Ryan's Upward Basketball teams and every year we purchase a gift for each player to give to them at our "end of the season" celebration. Last year we were able to give each high school freshman boy (about 9 players) a Mercy Me cd and shared the story of BJ. Some of these boys do not attend church on a regular basis and the comments we heard from their parents after they listened to not only BJ's song but the entire CD was moving. We too have pre-ordered our books through our friend who works at Barnes & Nobel and you can bet this year, both teams will receive a book as a gift. We can't wait to read it as your daily blogs have touched us. God can do great and mighty things through this book.
The Mearig's

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Marti Pieper said...

I have no doubt that He will use the book.

I have no doubt that He HAS USED and IS USING you.

And I have no doubt that many lives will be touched and changed because a changed life really does change lives. BJ's life proves that--and so much more.

Know that we are standing alongside you, continuing to pray you and "I Would Die For You" through to publication and beyond!

with tender love
and prayers in pink,


At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God continued to be glorified in His message through BJ & your family.


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