I finished up the Christian Booksellers (CBA) in Atlanta yesterday and today I am back in the airport, heading to Seattle. Tomorrow I will get on a Holland America cruise ship to spend a week with Michael W. Smith and his Alaskan cruise. There are 900 people registered for his cruise, and they will occupy half the ship. I will be one of eight coordinators who will make sure no one falls overboard or becomes paralyzed from overeating. This is my eighth cruise to Alaska and it never gets old. The scenery is spectacular and I thin cruising is the ideal vacation. There is something for everyone of any age to do and the food is obscene, both in quality and quantity.
If you are ever looking for a good Christian cruise company, may I recommend my friends at Inspiration Cruises and Tours?
I enjoyed CBA, but it was definitely a bit down this year. Books sales aren't strong and I saw more empty booth space than I can ever recall seeing. There have been mergers and those who came seemed to have smaller booths than in the past.
I am always amazed at how many people I "run into" at CBA. With the exhibit floor so spacious and so many people coming and going, you have to have your path cross with someone else's at the just the right time and place to connect. I was talking with someone, turned around and came face-to-face with a couple who was in the church where I was pastor. I had not seen them in 14 years!
When that happens to me at CBA (or anywhere, for that matter), I always think of two verses from Proverbs:
In His heart a man plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9)
A man's steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way? (Proverbs 24:20).
I signed about 100 books, got an invitation to attend the CBA in England next February, received an invitation from my Nigerian publisher to come to Nigeria next March, and met lots of new people. It's always most enjoyable, however, to meet and catch up with old friends and associates. Next year's convention is in Orlando and attendance should pick up because bookstore owners and managers like to bring their families to visit Disney while they attend the convention.
In case you missed my announcement, I was at CBA to launch my new book, Beyond Purpose. You can order a copy by sending $15US via Paypal, using my email address of firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include your shipping address and I'll pay the postage through July.
That's about it for now, but I'll keep you posted on my cruise activities and duties.
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