Week 11 -"A ‘Chance’ Encounter"

Dear Friends and Family,

During the few weeks leading up to my book launch and the weeks following, I have had so many astonishing encounters and experiences.  I know they are being orchestrated by God. 

The story below is one of the most compelling of these encounters.  I hope you enjoy reading it. 

This Week’s Feature: “A ‘Chance’ Encounter

Several weeks prior to my book launch, I decided to reach out to a former UPS co-worker and friend, April Nelson.  April is a whiz when it comes to communications, and I wanted to glean as much knowledge from her as possible.   

April was a news reporter with CBS 46 in Atlanta prior to transitioning to the UPS Corporate Communications department, where we met.  Back when April was a news reporter, she did a story on mid-wives.  About a week after I met with April, one of the subjects of her mid-wife story reached out to her.  Her name is Alison Butler Robinson.  Alison informed April that she recently wrote a faith-based book, surrounding a series of losses within her family;  most notably, the loss of her 14-year-old daughter and husband in a plane crash that occurred in Texas in 2011. 

Alison included April in her book, titled “The Crash” because Alison’s daughter received news coverage when she was born (due to April’s mid-wife story) and when she passed away, since the plane crash was covered by the major new stations. 

April was astonished both because she was not aware of Alison’s losses and because she could not ignore the parallels between Alison’s story and mine.  We both contacted April “out of the blue” about a week apart.  She later also realized that Alison’s daughter and mine both have the same first and middle names, although spelled a bit differently.  Alison’s daughter is named “Brooke Maree” and my daughter is named “Brooke Marie”. 

Alison was planning to accompany April to my book launch, but could not attend due to illness.  Recently, April facilitated a Zoom Meeting so we could meet virtually.  It was wonderful to meet Alison and finally discuss our similar experiences. 

April mentioned to both of us that many unusual things have been happening in her life since she re-connected with both of us.  She believes she is being prompted by God to assist us both as we work diligently to help as many individuals as possible through our similar stories and books.  We are all praying for God’s guidance regarding the appropriate next steps.  

I want to thank April for her friendship, her prayers and a wonderful story she shared on LinkedIn regarding my book and book launch event.  Finally, I want to thank her for allowing God to leverage her talents and passion to further His kingdom. 

A photo of April (on the right) and myself taken shortly after I recognized her during the Book Launch Event
A recent photo of Alison and her sweet family.
Cover of Alison's Book "The Crash"
Alison’s book, “The Crash” is available to purchase from the following retailers: 
  • Amazon 
  • The Farmhouse in Turin, GA 
  • Walk by Faith Christian gifts in Zebulon, GA 
  • Turning Point Church in McDonough, GA 
Please visit her family’s beautiful website as well: 

Prayer Request:

Please pray for those who are grieving.

What’s On Your Mind?

Please share any key lines from the book (via the Comments section, text, e-mail, etc.) that you believe will uplift others who are grieving. I will begin sharing them in my posts…Thank You!

My Ask of You:

  • Please join me in the prayer above.
  • Please consider writing a review on Amazon or the site where you
    purchased the book, once you have read it.
  • Please plan to attend as many of my upcoming Book Signing events as you can.

Upcoming Events:

  • I will be selling and signing my book at The Atlanta Writers Conference Book Fair on Friday, November 3rd (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel.
      • Check the Events tab of my site during the next few weeks to learn more about this event and other upcoming events.

Thank you for your support and prayers… 

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  

Galatians 6:2 (NIV)