Shells is a collection of short meditations. I hope it becomes a book you can come back to in times of need and quickly find something that resonates with you and brings light to the dark.
Shells has been some 5 years in the making, beginning with a "You should write a book" comment from my wife, Suzanne. I felt that was a good idea if for no other reason than to give my children a lasting resource to remember what kind of man their father was after my ALS ran its final course.
I threw some stuff together after realizing a linear, this-is-my-journey, tale was impossible for my ADD brain. I pronounced it done in 2011 and gave it to Suzanne to edit. She immediately pronounced it garbage, and she was right.
Progress during the next two years was retrograde as I cut material but added nothing new. I believed Shells had to be deeply personal and that level of vulnerability scared me. In 2014 the still, small voice in my head kept repeating "Finish the book", and sections started pouring out. I hope you enjoy the result.
The cover art for Shells was created by Rob Tucker, and I absolutely love it. What do you think?
Front: Life can seem like a lonely, isolated beach with violent weather all around, but there are gifts we have been given that will bring purpose and strength to rise above every storm. The oyster, scallop and conch symbolize these gifts that are meant to be given away to be effective.
Back: All may seem dark in the tempest’s wake but there is always light, a precious light of hope that is inside us if we only open ourselves up to it.
Steve needs a creative outlet since he no longer plays instruments due to ALS. He believes there can be music in words, too.
Oysters, Scallops, Conches
We are created to have abundant, meaningful life. Life where joy, beauty and love abound even in the most tragic of circumstances.
Find out how in Shells: Sustained by Grace Within the Tempest.