Tomorrow is one of the biggest local author book fairs around.
So if you like good books and want to support some amazingly talented local authors, you need to stop by and have a look-see!
I will be there, along with the Winnie Nirich (the subject of my book) and his wife Judy.
And, of course, we'll have plenty of copies of "Unsinkable" that we'll gladly sign for you. At a cost of just $13, you can't beat it for a Mother's Day or Father's Day gift!
My author friend Donna Cronk will also be there with her wonderful book "Sweetland of Liberty"...really a perfect gift for Mother's Day or any special lady in your life!
Donna invited me to write a guest blog for her this week, so thought I'd share it with you too, on the eve of the Pendleton Author Book Fair.
Note from Donna: Never underestimate the fascinating twists life takes and as my pastor, Keith Wooden says, the divine appointments we have. One of the joys of my journey has been to hear Terry Gray say that I helped inspire her to write this book. I am awed by this Sulphur Springs woman! Here it took me five years to get my title done and in print. Terry decided last summer to go for it and she wrote a book -- a wonderful, engaging book -- and got it published within months. This book is a keeper. And so is my friend Terry. She and her astounding subject, Winnie Nirich ( a real-life Forest Gump!), will be at the Pendleton Library Saturday. This book has SCREENPLAY written all over it!
I get tears in my eyes every time I think about Winnie, who was nearly starved to death with his family, living in a cave after the Nazis took over the family home. Once he spotted a huge ship and heard that he should visit the ship because the sailors were handing out food! He went to the ship and was given a meal, his first Coke, and food to take to his family. He said "I don't know where that ship is from but I'm going there. If they are rich enough to feed the whole world, that is where I want to be."
The ship was from the United States of America. And that little boy grew up to come to that magical place that feeds the world and saves little boys from Nazis. Our home sweet home.
By Terry Gray
“People really are God’s most interesting creation.”
Those were the words of my sweet sister-in-law after she finished reading “Unsinkable”…ain’t it the truth?!
I’ve always been fascinated by the true-life stories of people, especially stories of survival against unspeakable odds. I’m drawn to those types of books as well, never ceasing to be amazed at the
resiliency and inner strength of people faced with life-or-death situations.
So I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised when God nagged at me for years to write down the true story of Winnie Nirich, a man who married into my family when I was ten years old and whom I have loved and admired ever since. As a very young boy who barely survived World War II in Communist Yugoslavia, Winnie made up his mind that someday, somehow, he would come to America.
“Unsinkable” is his story… how that dream came to be and how he made it come true. And even now, as many times as I’ve heard his incredible tales and even wrote them down, I am still stunned by his
unsinkable spirit which kept him alive to tell them.
Before the book, I barely knew Donna. Just last May, soon after her book was released, Donna was the guest speaker at a social club I’m involved in and she asked us who had ever dreamed of writing a book.
My hand did not go up. In fact, writing a book was not even remotely on my radar! But looking back now, just a year later, I know that God planted a seed that day that sprung to life just a month later when I saw Winnie at our annual family reunion. It clicked! Winnie’s story HAD to be written down and maybe, just maybe, I was the one who was supposed to do it.
By the end of July, Winnie and I had started the journey of writing down his story and I had contacted Donna for help and encouragement that I really COULD do this! I felt a sense of urgency and I was amazed at how the words just flew so quickly through my fingers onto the monitor screen. By the end of October, the book was written and on January 4, we publicly launched “Unsinkable” to the world.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of fun! We’ve met so many wonderful new people and Winnie and I both have reconnected with so many we haven’t seen for years. The comments and reviews have been so heart-warming and we are grateful that God allowed us this amazing opportunity to share Winnie’s story to inspire and encourage others.
We hope to share it with you too! Winnie and I are honored to be invited to this Saturday’s Pendleton Library Local Author Fair. Stop by and see us between 10-4 pm. this Saturday, May 2… meet Winnie and me, and maybe even pick up a book or two. “Unsinkable” would make a great Father’s Day gift (we all know that men can sometimes be very hard to buy for!) even if your dad is not an avid reader, as several non-book-reading men have commented on how much they loved this story!
If you can’t make it to Pendleton, tag me in a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be sure to get a book into your hands very soon! Blessings to you on this journey across the sea of life, and wishes for you also to be unsinkable!
Hope you'll stop by to see us, tomorrow ... Saturday, May 2 from 10 am - 4 pm. at the Pendleton Public Library (595 E. Water Street, Pendleton, Indiana)...
...at the Pendleton Local Author Book Fair.