“Gather at the Table is a book for all of us”Posted January 13th, 2013 by Thomas Norman DeWolf
I have a set of “Google Alerts” that notify me when items are posted that include various iterations of my name, my book titles, groups I belong to, and various subjects in which I’m interested. Two days ago I received notice that a review of Gather at the Table had been posted. Sharon and I have been gratified and humbled by the strong and positive reviews our book has received on Amazon, GoodReads, and elsewhere.
But this was something else.
When I clicked on the blog “VERMILYANOTES” with its tag line “I’m curious in a raw world with endless hope” and began to read, I encountered the most thorough review I’ve seen to date from someone who understands what Sharon and I hoped our readers would encounter as they engaged with the stories of our journey.
I wrote to the author, Shelley Vermilya, and we’ve written back and forth a few times since yesterday. Shelley received the book as a Christmas gift from someone who found it on display at the front desk of Longfellow Books in Portland, Maine. I am grateful to Longfellow Books for stocking Gather at the Table, and to Shelley Vermilya for “getting” our book and giving me permission to share them here.
I encourage our friends and readers to not only read Shelley’s review in full here, but to share it with your friends and networks. Thank you.
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