Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith

What’s it all about?

The excited “cook”

In many ways, I have viewed my book, Moblility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith, as a hearty meal that I’ve prepared for my readers. As any good cook knows, people are drawn to a meal that looks enticing, smells heavenly and tastes exquisite. The ingredients don’t have to be fancy but they must come from quality stock and be prepared in the right way. All memorable meals start with an appetizer, have several courses and finish with the perfect dessert.

Likewise, I have created my book with these principles in mind. My raw experiences represented the basic ingredients. They came in a variety of textures and tastes–hard, soft, bitter and sweet. Of course, not many could stand alone. I needed to combine them to create the  right dishes. I sprinkled life lessons liberally to each one, added dashes of humor to bring out the flavor and threw in some flakes of daring, which kicked up the action a notch. I mixed in the oil of God’s love to soften some of the hardness, and stirred it all thoroughly with prayer to make sure it came together right. Then I let it simmer.

Today I’d like to you to sample an appetizer from the delicious meal I’ve prepared.

The synopsis on the back of the book will give you a taste of the bigger, heartier meal in store for you.

Adventurous international teacher, Amy Bovaird, is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disease that will blind her.  In spite of that, she manages to continue teaching overseas. Then her father’s final illness brings her back home for good. There, friends and acquaintances begin to notice that she doesn’t always recognize them and sometimes stumbles…as if drunk! Insensitive students ridicule her in the classroom. Unwilling to accept that she is truly losing her eyesight, Amy resists when the Bureau of Blindness schedules a mobility specialist to begin training her to use a white cane.  How can she, an independent world traveler, use something that screams ‘I am a blind person’?  Will her faith prove strong enough to allow her to move  forward and accept herself as she is?

The entire meal will be available to order soon.

Hope to see you at my table!


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18 thoughts on “Serving Up My Book Blurb

  • August 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Hey, Amy,
    Visiting you here from the UBC — I love how you’re stepping up and out in the world with your new book – this is so exciting. You must be so proud. This is exactly what I mean when I tell my clients to take forward action as a way to deal with the hardship and suffering. You’re a great example of that!
    Dorit Sasson
    Giving Voice to Your Story

  • August 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I’m very inspired by your journey. I will be back to get more updates. Thanks for the updates today!

  • August 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks, Kerry!
    Did you say you are starting a blog specifically for traveling? That sounds great!! I think you should start a FB page, too! A lot of people would join you because I know a lot of people who do not let their sight hold them back from seeing the world. You can post travel tips, and interviews and your stories. It will be wonderful to read those stories! Let me know if you want to bounce some ideas off me.

  • August 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you, Nate!
    More stories are on the horizon!

  • August 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you so much, Dorit!
    I hope when the book comes out you will be able to read it.
    It’s quite humorous and heartfelt, definitely a journey.
    Will be providing more updates!
    Thanks for your encouragement.

  • August 27, 2014 at 1:01 am

    It’s amazing at first how loud that white cane can scream: “I am a blind person.” A tasty blurb indeed that whetted my appetite for more!

  • August 27, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Thanks, Matt! So glad to hear that! I’m on my way. Next step, the online first version and publishing a hard copy proof! This week…it’s happening. September is going to be a wonderful month!

  • August 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Hey Amy!

    I first posted this on the 500 word group, but wanted to leave it as a comment here to ensure you saw it. I hope it helps.

    I think the blurb was a good start, but I would suggest some tweaking. Check out the edited version I whipped up:

    When adventurous international teacher, Amy Bovaird, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disease that will blind her, she was determined to live her life to fullest. While living and teaching overseas, Amy’s father became ill. Returning home for good, Amy’s friends and acquaintances became concerned when they began to notice she didn’t always recognize them and, at times, would lose her balance and stumble. Her diminishing eyesight also impacted her teaching–with insensitive students ridiculing her in the classroom. Unwilling to accept that she is truly losing her eyesight and that her life was about to change in a profound way, Amy resisted when the Bureau of Blindness scheduled a mobility specialist to begin training her to use a white cane. How can she, an independent world traveler, use something that screams “I am a blind person”? Will her faith prove strong enough to allow her to move forward and accept herself as she is?

  • August 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you so much for taking time to thoughtfully read my blurb, consider my situation and write this!
    Thanks again!

  • August 29, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Congrats Amy on your book, this is so amazing! You’re going to do great, you are such an inspiration for us all 🙂

  • August 29, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Thank you, Delia!!
    I’m in the process of getting it published now!
    Within a few week’s time…!

  • August 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Very inspiring post, Amy! I look forward to the release of your book!

  • September 1, 2014 at 12:24 am

    So sorry about your diagnosis, but I know that God will (has already) used it for good in your life. He has a way of doing that.

    I’m so very thankful that someday we will all be physically perfect. What happens in this life is not long-term, only temporary. Jesus has won the victory over disease and death!

  • September 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

    You’re right, Pastor Sherry. God has already used it for good. He has taught me so much and ministered to others through my vision loss already.

  • September 1, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I’m so glad, Laura! I’ll definitely let everyone know when it’s due to come out!

  • September 2, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Amy, I really love the way you described your book! I just kept thinking yes…I can relate to that. hehee
    I can’t wait to read your book. ?

  • September 2, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! You just made my evening!

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