Blogger: Rachel Kent
If you have a moment, take a look at this video:
It’s the story of 13-year-old Maria Keller who has gathered and donated more than 1 million books to needy children (and adults) all over the world. She started working on this dream to get books to children who don’t have the money to buy them when she was 8 years old. She now runs a non-profit organization to continue to bring books to needy children in every state in the US and every country of the world. She gathers donations from individuals and publishing houses and distributes them where there is a need.
I am SO impressed by Maria. She had a dream to help others, went after it, and she has been very successful. In the interview she gives in the video, you can see her heart for these children who don’t have books. She values books very highly and wants all children to be able to own books just as she does. Maria doesn’t do this for her financial gain, it’s all about getting books out to children. What an amazing young woman.
Working in publishing and with writers on a daily basis, it can be too easy to forget the value of a book. A single book can change a life. I pursued a job in publishing because I knew this and have experienced it, and I bet many of you felt called to write for the same reasons. But it is so easy to lose focus when every day is filled with books, queries, royalty statements, coming up with marketing ideas, author copies, ARCs, giveaways, etc.
Books are powerful and wonderful. The written words, when put together just right, can take our breath away with their beauty or strength. To be able to own these books is something we should cherish. To have the gift of writing a book is a blessing from God. You have been given the gift of touching the lives of people you will likely never meet. And a book can go places you might not ever be able to go.
What helps you to remember the value of books?
How have books changed your life?
To help Maria’s cause or to find out more about her, click here.
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