Yes, it’s happened again!

I write fiction. So how is it that I only seem to publish non-fiction? Last year it was the history of Haney Presbyterian Church in Maple Ridge, BC. This year it’s a compilation of the sermons of one of Haney’s previous ministers, the Reverend Kris Davidson.

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AMEN & AMEN is a very personal project … something I’ve wanted to do ever since Kris’ untimely death in January 2005.

davidsonsOn the way home from a Christmas vacation with family in Alberta, a terrible accident took his life and that of his wife, Sheryl and their older daughter, Lauren. Despite her own serious health problems, twenty-two-month-old Katie survived.

“Upheld by the prayers of the Haney congregation and surrounded by the love and care of her grandparents, aunts and uncles, Katie recovered. That she will have no memory of the accident is undoubtedly a blessing. What is a tragedy, however, is that she will also have no memory of her parents and sister, or of her father’s significant ministry.”

When Kris’ parents donated his computer to the church and I discovered all his sermon files on it, the idea of somehow preserving his words for Katie took root. Eleven years later, after typing ‘amen and amen’ yet again — the words with which Kris frequently ended his sermons — I decided they would make the ideal title.

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The cover background photo is one I took during a special weekend at the Wilderness Lodge on the Sunshine Coast.

AMEN & AMEN contains thirty-nine of the forty sermons Kris preached in the nine months between his ordination and his death. (The last, from Christmas Sunday, remained in note form awaiting his attention after the vacation from which he never returned.) My desire is that its words will one day be a blessing to his daughter. I don’t plan to promote it, but in the next couple weeks it will become available to anyone else who might wish to order a copy. At that time I’ll update this post to include the link. (Links now added below.)

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The word of our God will stand forever.

(Isaiah 40:8b)

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AMEN & AMEN is available from:

Amazon. ca

Amazon.com

CreateSpace

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8 thoughts on “Yes, it’s happened again!

  1. Darlene says:

    What a lovely thing to do and I am sure many people will cherish this book. I think Katie will be happy to have it. It is well presented. Well done, Carol!

  2. Laura Best says:

    Such a wonderful thing for you to have done, Carol. I can only imagine how that little girl will feel having something so personal of her father’s to cherish through the years. It seems that even through the most tragic of times God’s love shines through.

    • Carol says:

      Thanks, Laura. When Katie was younger she wouldn’t have been able to glean much from the sermons, but now that she’s a teenager I figured it was about time I finally finished the book.

  3. pastordt says:

    What a beautiful project for you to undertake, Carol! And I knew that cover photo was one of yours. Lovely, lovely work. Congratulations on its publication. I know it will be a blessing for Katie.

  4. What a treasure you’ve produce for Katie. And her children and their children. So sad. But she has knowledge now and that’s wonderful.

    • Carol says:

      It will likely be a few years yet before she will be old enough to delve into it, but I hope it will some day be meaningful for her to read the words and discover the faith and convictions of her father.

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