Monday night, May 23, I was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Close to an hour of comments, written, vocal, and video from people I helped in their publishing career: Jerry Jenkins, Dennis Rainey, John Maxwell, and many more. My wife Rita and Lillian, our granddaughter, thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved seeing my wife laugh and laugh and just enjoy being with me as the positive comments kept coming.
Sally Apokedak, my associate, and Austin Boyd, client, put in many hours contacting people and putting the program elements together. I was asked to give a quickie inspirational talk at the end, so I wrote it out carefully – and then forgot it in my room. So prayerfully I stepped up and just shared how God got me into the business and kept growing me in it.
So many comments from people since then on what an inspirational evening it was for them. To my amazement, Austin Boyd, the MC, and Steve Laube, a very well-known agent I got to join us on the board of Here’s Life Publishers, and others, since then have reiterated my final comments had been a perfect ending to the evening. To God be the Glory.
Since 1995 this is my fourth version of a lifetime achievement award presented at a Christian writers conference. The others were plaques and impressive in their own way. This one is a bronze lighthouse and a clear glass panel beside it with the award statement. A work of art.