Authenticity at ICRS in Denver

I just got back from the ICRS-International Christian Retailers Convention held in Denver. This is a trade show where Christian book retailers come to order books from publishers, and meet authors. About 10,000 attend this event. It was a fabulous time for many reasons.

First, Phil and I went alone and our schedule wasn’t as packed as usual so it was almost romantic! At least for us, it’s as close as we ever get to a romantic get away! Secondly, the weather was cool and dry-my hormones were in heaven! Hmm, maybe that’s why it was such a romantic excursion. Second, I met hundreds of wonderful people during my book signing for my new release, Lessons I Learned in the Light

Thirdly, we ran into all sorts of people we love! I saw Travis Cottrell

Jrwithtravisicrs2006webHe’s such a great singer, songwriter and leads worship for one of my favs Beth Moore and he produced my He Touched Me song for my Fingerprints of God Bible study. When I saw him I exclaimed that I had been listening to him on my iPod on the way over. He responded with “You’re on my iPod too!” I about fell over. I’ve never been on anyone’s iPod before!

Jranitaaliciaicrs Well, besides Anita Renfroe, Kirk Cameron, Alicia Chole among others, I saw George W. Bush.  Yes, Girls, you will just have to see the picture to believe it! (see Java Photo Album, this page)

Here’s what I really want you to know.

I get a great view of the authenticity of those in public ministry by being privileged to go behind the scenes. I am inspired to see these authors and speakers keeping the Word preeminent and Christ central. Be encouraged, my friend, these ministers are in the trenches for their faith just like you are, it’s just that they are a little more visible. Keep on walking by faith!

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