Mo’ Libraries, Mo’ Visits

A big week on the 100-library drop-in tour – up to #56!
15 libraries in one weekend? This is getting to be a habit.

15 libraries in one week? This is getting to be a habit.

The past week has been an adventure in the familiar – along a route I’ve traveled dozens of times in the twenty years I’ve been married to an East Tennessee woman. I confess I haven’t spent much time off the main highways between “down home” and points North over the years, but the 100-Library Tour has changed all that.

Since setting my goal to visit 100 libraries by the end of the year and donate a copy of The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy for their teen collections, I’ve been looking for opportunities to drop in and say hello to school and community librarians not just in far-off, exotic locations like Kissimmee, Florida, but even in the most obvious – and should-be familiar – places. Now a well known road sign pointing to a town “that-a-way” is more than a decision whether or not to make a pitstop; it’s a chance to stop by the library and make a friend.

October 29 – November 3 I was traveling to and from Chicago and stopped in towns big and small along the way. I’ll name just a few of the 15 (a new record for me) I visited on this trip.

What a great experience, meeting librarians Gil and Carrie at Volunteer High School near my own backyard. I’ve driven by many times and never thought about stopping. But now, we’re friends (meaning I can honk and wave as I drive past and they’ll know who it is). Middlesboro, KY – one of the high mountain towns – is way more than a pass-through to the Cumberland Gap tunnel. Cindy had a lot of good news about her teen programs. I hope to visit them again. In Corbin, KY – home of Colonel Sanders – I met Casandra who’s looking for ways to get her teens as excited about the books on the shelves as they are about other activities in the library.

The massive and the mighty: Indianapolis Central Library and the Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, Indiana.

The massive and the mighty: Indianapolis Central Library and the Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, Indiana.

In Indiana I delivered a book to Seymour High School and found out their school colors are purple and white (same as my high school – GO PURPLE!). I visited the stunning and huge Indianapolis Central Library – a mix of old and new – then went on to the tiny Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, where Brenda is holding up all four corners of this little community library’s program. Then I met the dynamic Kirsten at Indiana’s Frankfort Community Public Library, where the teens have one huge section of the library to themselves.

On the way home, I made a left turn and dropped in at the Lemont, IL (southwestern Chicago area) library and donated a book for their YA collection. Next day I stopped at the Laurel County Public Library in London, KY where Krystyna, the new teen librarian is creating programs for her YA audience. I hope I can help her with a  group event sometime.

I’m learning that there are WAY more school and community libraries out there than I’d ever considered. I hope to get to each and every one within reach. (Hmm … this may require an expanded library tour in 2014.)

This week I’m heading to Williamsburg, VA for the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference with many stops en route. Next week, I’ll be at the Southeastern Library Association conference in Greeneville, SC and already have some libraries on the visit list.

Want to know how all this got started? Check it out here.

Also, follow my progress in photos on Facebook.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 must-do tasks between trips to visit 100 libraries:

  1. Shake the road dust out of the suitcase.
  2. Count the books, make sure a case of them didn’t fall off the roof of the car.
  3. Say good morning to wife until it gets annoying, then go on another trip.

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Readers rave about The Delphi Trilogy:

“Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”

“It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense… and very well written characters.”

“From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”

“Even the most reluctant of reluctant readers will have a hard time putting these books down.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
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Bring on the Books

The 100-library drop-in tour continues
Home libraries

Local libraries got books this week. I got some insights into what the libraries and schools need from authors.

The past week I was home between trips so I visited libraries in my area and gave them a copy of The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy. I’m up to 38 so far!

It was great talking with my local school and community librarians. There are a lot of exciting things happening. I’m looking forward to visiting again and doing reader and writer group programs for their teens soon.

This week, I’m heading to the Chicago area and will be visiting lots of libraries along the way – the mountain towns in eastern Tennessee and western Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis, maybe Cincinnati on the way back.

Then I’m heading to Williamsburg, VA for the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference with many stops en route. After that, it’s the Southeastern Library Association conference in Greeneville, SC. No rest till every library I can get to has been visited!

Can I reach 100 by December 31? Why am I doing this? Am I crazy? Learn how all this got started here.

Also, follow my progress in photos on Facebook.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 happy accidents that happen when visiting 100 libraries:

  1. Sit down in the peace and quiet for more than a minute, fall asleep and get a midday nap.
  2. Remember what it was like to be a teenager – mostly the good parts.
  3. Feel automatically smarter just being around all those books.

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SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – ORDER “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!

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Ingram Delphi Deception

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Readers rave about The Delphi Trilogy:

“Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”

“It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense… and very well written characters.”

“From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”

“Even the most reluctant of reluctant readers will have a hard time putting these books down.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
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Reader & Guinness #19

A reluctant reader comic strip.
Reader Guinness

Reader accidentally learns new words and concepts from Guinness every day.

Reader is learning that his robotic rodent creation has literary sensibility. Guinness wonders if he understands what that means.

  • Who are Reader & Guinness? They are the world’s most distracted reluctant reader and the better-read robotic guinea pig he accidentally built from random parts while bored in biology class.
Chris Everheart is author of the YA thriller described as “unputdownable” and “will draw in even the most reluctant readers”:

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Spread the conspiracy – Get “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” now!

Paperback amazon Delphi Deception

Delphi 2 kindle

Ingram Delphi Deception

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Readers rave about The Delphi Trilogy:

“Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”

“It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense… and very well written characters.”

“From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”

“Even the most reluctant of reluctant readers will have a hard time putting these books down.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
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Put It on the Books

A 100-library drop-in tour starts somewhere near the beginning

I’m not loitering, officer – I don’t have time. (At Catawba County Central Library, Newton, NC)

You might think I’m crazy. The librarians might think I’m crazy. The kids might think I’m crazy. The wife … well, she’s just happy I’m getting out of the house. But I’ve set a goal to visit 100 community and school libraries by December 31.

Why on earth would I do this?! Because I was born four decades too late. Because I still value the face-to-face meeting over the social media experience. Because I like to share oxygen with the person I’m communicating with. And because I feel a debt to libraries and librarians that can’t be repaid in ones-and-zeroes.

With Barb at Danville, IL Public Library. I'm so grateful for the librarians who always pretend to be happy to see me.

With Barb at Danville, IL Public Library. I’m so grateful for the librarians who always pretend to be happy to see me.

I was a reluctant reader as a kid. I was slow and ashamed and intimidated by books. But the library was always open when I wanted to peruse the books with pictures or cool covers. Back then a multi-media experience that included putting on headphones was rare and precious. Books dominated and were still there when I learned to love them later. I’ll admit I was irritated when the librarians shushed me, but to tell the truth the library was one of the few quiet places in my world. I want to pay a little back.

I started the drop-in visits back in July on my mini-tour to Minnesota and Chicago. (I hope you’ll give me those as credit toward 100.) I went great, so I decided to keep doing it. On each drop-in visit I’m donating a copy of The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy to the library’s YA collection and asking how I can help with their reading programs. I’ve gotten such warm reception on visits so far that I’ve decided to make it for-real and set a huge goal – 100 or bust! (I hope it’s 100 instead of bust.)

The libraries I visit are chosen somewhat randomly, based on who’s between home and an event I’m traveling to. I’ll be announcing my schedule as I roll. Maybe this crazy, wandering author will drop in at your local library.

Follow my progress in photos on Facebook.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 other great things about visiting 100 libraries:

  1. 100 opportunities to rekindle a librarian crush.
  2. Late fees so big the governor will finally have to pay attention to me.
  3. 100 moments of deafening silence. Ahhhh….

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SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – ORDER “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!

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Readers rave about The Delphi Trilogy:

“Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”

“It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense… and very well written characters.”

“From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”

“Even the most reluctant of reluctant readers will have a hard time putting these books down.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
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The Delphi Deception in the Spotlight

This week, best-seller and award-winner Susan Wingate is generously featuring me on her blog with an excerpt – Chapter 1 from “The Delphi Deception” - on Wednesday and a podcast interview on Thursday.

Thanks, Susan. I’m looking forward to our Thursday talk!

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SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – ORDER “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!

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Readers rave about The Delphi Trilogy:

“Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”

“It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense… and very well written characters.”

“From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”

“Even the most reluctant of reluctant readers will have a hard time putting these books down.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
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The Delphi Deception Launches

Book II of the gripping Delphi Trilogy is NOW AVAILABLE!

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Actual photo of a book launch.

The much-anticipated sequel to “The League of Delphi” launches today in  PAPERBACK and  KINDLE.

“The Delphi Deception”: Book II of the gripping Delphi Trilogy picks up Zach’s harrowing struggle the morning after Book I left him lost, broken, and terrified in his demented hometown. Will he escape the clutches of Delphi’s 3,000-year-old conspiracy – or die trying?

“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
- Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.

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Get your exclusive early AUTOGRAPHED paperback of “The Delphi Deception” only at yellowrocketmedia.com

A desperate teena dangerous alliance, an ancient foe. The gripping Delphi Trilogy continues with Book II, THE DELPHI DECEPTION, plunging readers deeper into a dark world of conspiracy and danger.

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Also available on Kindle!

After ten years in hiding 17-year-old Zach made the mistake of returning to his wealthy hometown. He slammed head-on into the conspiracy that killed his parents, drove a childhood friend to suicide, and exploits other teens to fulfill an ancient agenda of greed.  Zach should have run. But he stayed, and now the consequences are burying him.

His blind pursuit of the town’s deepest secrets has left him injured and terrified. The answers he’s gotten about his true identity are more disturbing than he could have imagined. And his first love, Ashley, is in more danger than ever.

Desperate to save Ashley, Zach is deterred by the mysterious man he thought was his ally. Forced to team with Ashley’s ambitious sister who’s willing to help—for a price—he enters an alliance fraught with deception and betrayal.

As the League of Delphi’s vicious new security chief closes in on him, Zach is propelled back into the jaws of danger by a cryptic command from beyond this world. Will his misguided mission save Ashley? Or will it get them both killed?

SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – ORDER NOW!

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Readers rave about The Delphi Trilogy:

“Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”

“It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense… and very well written characters.”

“From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”

“Even the most reluctant of reluctant readers will have a hard time putting these books down.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
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Teen Lit Fest 2

Walk through a door that leads to a different place every time.

They respond to extra credit!

Teens really do use the library – and not just on special occasions.

Those of you who know me understand that I’m no book nerd. Don’t get me wrong – I love books, I like to read, and I’m grateful for everything that reading and libraries and schools have given me in my life.

But being a recovering reluctant reader leaves me with some of the old challenges with books and the written word. I still find myself gaging the length of a book I’m considering reading and the amount of time it’ll take me to finish it. It can be pretty hard for me to get to THE END before the library wants their book back. I also tend to lean on friends who are readers to get the low-down on popular books that I know I won’t have time to read.

What I’m saying is, I get the reluctance and struggle that some kids have with books and reading. Like a lot of teens these days, I fought the devil on my shoulder that said reading didn’t matter so why try anyway, while the truth was that I’d fallen behind at some point and was too embarrassed and scared to try and catch up.

I was lucky to find a teacher who was so passionate about his subject that I couldn’t help but catch the excitement and start reading. So, I found a reason to put in the effort and it opened up new horizons for me. There’s a whole world of interesting stuff out there – and how many trillions (probably more) words written about it. I’m grateful that I plugged in.

So, this weekend we get to put on our second-annual Teen Lit Fest at our local library. Last year, I worked with the librarians to have the book release party for “The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy”. This year, two generous authors are joining me – Megan Shepherd and Steven James – to talk about their YA books. I’m also holding the official book launch for “The Delphi Deception: Book II of The Delphi Trilogy.”

To make sure kids show up, we’re repeating a very effective trifecta from last year: Free food; Free prizes; and EXTRA CREDIT. If you’re planning a teen event, I strongly recommend asking area teachers to offer extra credit for attending. It really brings them in!

Whenever I visit libraries, I love how even the most distracted kid will tune in when an author starts talking about books. Last year’s group was great – over 120 teens. We had a blast and I’m looking forward to this year’s event too. I hope that we authors can inspire any teen to get excited about books – and maybe even driven to write them someday.

Look for updates and photos next week!

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 other great things about Teen Lit Fest:

  1. Free pizza for the teens means free pizza for the authors (if there’s any left).
  2. The kids don’t realize that we tricked them into coming to the library.
  3. Imagining what they tell their friends they did on Saturday afternoon.

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Chris Everheart is a recovering reluctant reader turned award-winning author of books for young readers.
Read his YA thriller described as “unputdownable” and “will draw in even the most reluctant readers”:
THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI: Book I of the thrilling Delphi Trilogy

A lone teen. A suspicious death. An ancient conspiracy.

Read it now - before the October 2013 release of
Book II: THE DELPHI DECEPTION
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Electric Libraryland

What I learned visiting 11 libraries in two days.

A tirelessly self-promoting author delivers a book to Mrs. Chambers at Dandridge, TN's Memorial Library.

A tirelessly self-promoting author delivers a book to Mrs. Chambers at Dandridge, TN’s Memorial Library.

I left home on Thursday for the (usually) 5-hour drive to Nashville and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Mid-south conference. The conference didn’t start until Friday, but I wanted to visit as many libraries as possible between home and there, which required an overnight stay along the way and a lot of miles off the Interstate.

Like any journey, I started off with one set of ideas and reached the end with more insight than I expected. Here are a few of the things I discovered (or was reminded of):

Libraries still matter.

I thought visiting libraries on weekdays at off hours I’d see just a few loiterers around. What I found was a lot of foot traffic, people reading, and patrons talking to librarians. Communities – no matter how small – still need and use their libraries.

Librarians make a difference.

Need help? Ask a librarian. I don’t know any smarter group of people (including brain surgeons) who are as helpful as librarians. True the stakes of librarianship are not as high as for some other brain-oriented professions, but they still take their work seriously and help LOTS of people every day.

Some libraries need more funds!

I walked into a couple of beautiful, new library buildings. But mostly, the libraries I visited could use some degree of updating (some need a lot). This is not a reflection on the job the administrations and staffs are doing, but on the importance of getting resources to these much-used community facilities.

DVD sections are at the front.

You can still hide out in a quiet corner of a library to read and explore books – because the videos are near the front door where they should stay ;)

Children use libraries.

Every place I went had a section with colorful furniture and decorations and colorful, well-used books. Each also had a Young Adult section for teen books separate from the little kids’ section (very important). You can tell that the kids are reading. They need our libraries.

Libraries need “friends”.

“Friends of the Library” organizations do A TON of good for a community library – from taking some workload off the shoulders of overworked staff to raising money for programs and facilities. This is crucial work in our fiscally strapped towns. Being a friend to your library means being a friend to your community.

My conclusion: A literate culture is a healthy culture.

There’s no down-side to engaging people in reading and sharing a love of learning. Exploring the worlds within books fires the imagination and understanding of a whole society. The library is the free and safe place to explore and develop the vision that keeps a culture viable.

The libraries and towns I visited on my short trip and the people I met have really had an effect on me. I reached Nashville feeling uplifted and happy to know that those libraries are out there serving their communities and that there may be some way I can help.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 other things I learned at community libraries:

  1. Books age better than shag carpeting.
  2. The real estate where the card catalogs used to stand is a natural spot for the DVD section.
  3. Anyone – and I mean anyone – looks smart in a library.

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Chris Everheart is a recovering reluctant reader turned award-winning author of books for young readers.
Read his YA thriller described as “unputdownable” and “will draw in even the most reluctant readers”:
THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI: Book I of the thrilling Delphi Trilogy

A lone teen. A suspicious death. An ancient conspiracy.

Read it now - before the October 2013 release of
Book II: THE DELPHI DECEPTION
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A 100 Percent Win!

How I hope God, Education, and Kindness can change a young person’s life
Believe it or not, when I kind/gentle...

The world doesn’t have to be harsh and lonely. Mistakes can be forgiven and we can work to change ourselves for the better.

A couple of weeks ago I announced online that I’d been invited to speak at the graduation ceremony for a small group of young men leaving a residential school program designed to help them get their lives on track. I was honored by the request to speak to my teenage self!

I’m also grateful for the words of encouragement and advice and the resources shared by many of you. I can tell that my friends are very passionate about our youth and about education – and that we all believe in second chances. So I thought I would share with you the speech I gave.

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Who wants to win the lottery?

Raise your hand if you’d like to wake up tomorrow with $200 million dollars that you don’t have today.

What would you buy with that money? Where would you go? Who would you meet?

Now, concentrate for a moment on the feelings that come with the money, with the things, with the places and the people. Does it feel the same as what you feel in your daily life now? Probably not. Likely, it feels different than you feel today, different from what you perceive your life to be today.

Why is the lottery so attractive? Why do we buy Powerball tickets and hope to win?

The answer is that the lottery offers a chance of maximum change with minimal effort. Who wouldn’t want everything to change—supposedly for the better—without having to really work for it?

We want our lives to be different than they are now—assuming that if life is different, if the stuff and the places and the people are different that we will be different.

Well, here’s the bad news. Do you know that statistically your odds of winning the Powerball are practically the same whether you buy a ticket or not? Hundreds of millions of Powerball tickets are sold, but only a few people win each year. That means that your odds of getting the change you want by playing the lottery are hundreds-of-millions-to-one.

And yet we want that change so badly that we spend our precious resources of time and energy for the slim hope of getting it quickly and easily.

And for those of us with life difficulties, with burdens to bear and serious obstacles to overcome—whether it’s family, personal, emotional, or cultural challenges, here’s another bit of news: We must change. And not the easy way! We must do the hard work to bring about change in our lives. There is no easy way out for us. We are responsible for our development and the work it takes, because no one is doing it for us.

I know what it’s like to be sure that no one loves me, to grow up not knowing what kind of problems I’ll find when I walk in the door of my house, to have parents who are checked out, unavailable, or abusive, to feel like it’s me against the world. I was in a dropout spiral in a family of dropouts, in a school that was trying to make me look stupid, in a world that didn’t want me around.

But something amazing happened for me when I was in high school. I let a teacher inspire me and show me that I could be more than what I was acting like. I decided to start showing up for myself. I realized that my education was for me and that school was not set up for me to fail, to make me look bad, but for me to succeed if I was willing to show up and put in some work.

Then when I was 25 years old, I had to stop drinking and using drugs because it was killing me. I didn’t want to stop. I would have kept going if I could have gotten away with it and lived. But I was scared and wrecked and I asked for help. Through the help of people who were successfully staying sober, I began following directions and learned to my surprise that God was for me, too. And life is much better this way.

The lessons I’ve learned and the personal development I’ve gained from my problems haven’t come easily or cheaply. But I’ve started to understand a very important theme that keeps coming up in my life. That is that problems seem to be God’s way of getting my attention. I have to admit that sometimes I wish God didn’t need so much of my attention, but my attention has to grabbed somehow! God knows I’m not always offering it voluntarily.

And here’s the biggest problem I face as a person with serious personal challenges: No matter where I go, there I am. I can leave here, I can leave this, I can leave them—but I can’t leave me behind for very long.

If I’m going to show up in every new place, situation, or group, then I’d better be the best me I can be so I can make the most of that change. Otherwise, I’ve gotten what I wanted—change!—but it won’t be positive, it’ll be another round of  “Oh, no. Here we go again!”

So, the difficulties I have are really my Higher Power trying to get through to me and say it’s time for me to change and develop myself. The first way I do that is by surrendering to and relying upon that God of my understanding—not a God of someone else’s understanding, not a God of someone else’s relationship, but a God of my own direct relationship and understanding. That relationship comes through internal work and really stretching who I think I am. And that relationship is there when I’m ready to seek it.

I told you the bad news earlier about how if I count on the Powerball and other easy paths to bring change into my life, my chances of growing and developing in a meaningful and useful way are hundreds-of-millions-to-one.

Now here’s the good news: when I take the time and focus and energy and money away from the easy methods and put them toward developing myself instead, my chances of succeeding are 100 percent! And that’s mine—no one can take that growth away from me.

Some of you are leaving here today. This program has given you a foundation for turning your lives in a productive and happy direction. But you’re going back into “The real world,” where you’ll have to rely on yourselves more in order to continue in that positive direction.

There are three things I want you to consider focusing on as you go forward: God, your Education, and Kindness.

The True Higher Power is bigger than any problem. I’ve found that I can’t overcome any difficulty without God. Develop that most important relationship and learn to rely upon God.

Your Education is for you. Keep indulging in what you’re interested in and passionate about. Keep improving yourself through reading and education. Keep your curiosity alive and strive to learn more about the world. Don’t ever lose that!

Practice Kindness. Believe it or not, when you approach the world in a kind and gentle manner, the world is usually kind and gentle back. And when it doesn’t seem so kind and gentle, take it as an opportunity to rely upon God and change yourself.

I find that when I work on improving myself, when I’m willing to put in the hard work of looking inside and striving for real change through God, education, and kindness, I always win—100 percent of the time.

I have faith that you will too.

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Chris Everheart is a recovering reluctant reader turned award-winning author of books for young readers.
Read his YA thriller described as “unputdownable” and “will draw in even the most reluctant readers”:
THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI: Book I of the thrilling Delphi Trilogy

A lone teen. A suspicious death. An ancient conspiracy.

Read it now - before the October 2013 release of
Book II: THE DELPHI DECEPTION
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Reader & Guinness #18

A reluctant reader comic strip.
Guinness wants a new name. Reader learns a new vocabulary word.

Guinness wants a new name. Reader learns a new vocabulary word.

It’s Reader’s fault for creating a robotic rodent with literary sensibility and a demand for originality.

  • Who are Reader & Guinness? They are the world’s most distracted reluctant reader and the better-read robotic guinea pig he accidentally built from random parts while bored in biology class.
Chris Everheart is author of the YA thriller described as “unputdownable” and “will draw in even the most reluctant readers”:
THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI: Book I of the thrilling Delphi Trilogy

A lone teen. A suspicious death. An ancient conspiracy.

Read it now - before the October 2013 release of
Book II: THE DELPHI DECEPTION
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