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I pick the book up and look at the price. $12.99. A bit steep, really, I think.  And I wonder how much it actually costs in materials to put together–paper, ink, printing press that can be reused billions of times; I bet not very much.

But then there is the author and his cost: his time, his skill shared with the readers…  but even that, though very valuable, since it is divided between all of the people who purchased the book, can’t be a lot of money.

And the chances are, this book will never become a collectible item. So it has no serious monetary value, does it? $12.99 is just not right.

But I am an author. And I have become convinced that  the worth of a book ought not to be measured in pennies and dimes.

Because every time I write, I grant you a bit of entrance inside my head, my heart, my soul. I kind of sit with you and share a part of me with you, seeking to touch, stir, shock or nurture you. I take it very seriously.

I take you so very seriously, you who are exchanging your precious time for my scribbles on a page.

I take you so seriously that I shape my sentences in view of you, seeking to reach your soul with words. I use this tool I have been granted to challenge you to color your world differently, this tool I have been given to encourage you to never settle, to always reach out, to breathe deeply. And my lofty goal is always that my words might affect your life at the level that your life needs to be affected in the now.  

And you can never measure that in pennies and dimes.

I open my wallet and gladly pay the $12.99.  I pick the book up and kind of hold it close to my heart. I will be a different person by the time I finish it.

And you can never measure that in pennies and dimes.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

one thousand#535 The sound of the wind outside while sitting inside in a warm house

#536 A great picture of my kids on my desk so I can smile every time I look up from my work

#537 My young friends asking me to go to the movies with them

Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 HomeSDG,  Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing HomePlay Dates with GodMonday Musings, Hear it on SundayInspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s StoryInto the WordIn and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday, Titus2Tuesdays, ExtraordinayLessons from IvyDenise in BloomSweet BlessingsFaith Filled Friday, Finding JoyWholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word,

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