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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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I'm at the International Christian Retail Show this week. It's always a lot of fun connecting with retailers and getting to hug friends. This year was more than just fun though--it really brought home to me how important affirmation really is.

i'm an encourager. It's just part of my personality. Affirming other people just bubbles up. I'm the oldest of 4 kids and I picked up that mothering instinct early in life. I know it can be highly annoying but I can't seem to help it! :) But yesterday it was MY turn to be affirmed and it impacted me more than I can say.

The first event was early. I had a brief meeting with a lovely gal from a radio station. Her smile beamed out and she came toward me and said, "I'm so thrilled to meet the legendary Colleen Coble, just to know you really exist. I just love your books." Me? Legendary? It's pretty tough to make me speechless but she did it! I floated around the floor all day on that one statement. I mean, I knew I was getting rather long in the tooth in the Christian fiction world. My first book was bought 15 years ago, and while that doesn't sound all that long ago, there wasn't nearly as much Christian fiction back then as there is now. But legendary? That sounds so much more attractive than ancient!

The 2nd encounter was at the Christy Awards last night. Liz Higgs was recognizing our new publisher Daisy Hutton, and Liz looked at her and said, "Colleen Coble just loves you." Daisy straightened and flashed me a smile. After the awards she told me how much my belief in her has helped her confidence. Affirming her actually affirmed me too. Isn't that funny how it works? 

Then last night after the Christy's we were sitting with Allen Arnold. Daisy and Katie had just toodled off to bed. A young man named Dave came up to hug Allen, and it was clear they were close. Dave shook my hand and said, "You were always Allen's pride and joy." Whoa. I grew about ten feet in that instant. As we all went off to our rooms, I was struck again with how the words we say may seem inconsequential, but they can impact us all so much. You can use your words to build up or tear down, but they always leave an impact. And isn't that what life is all about? How we all impact each other is what builds community. The day was a great encouragement to watch my words and try to lift up others. 

How about you? Who have you affirmed lately and what impact did it have, even if the visible impact was on YOU?

And oh yeah, Denise's Smitten novella is a finalist in the ACFW Carol Award and Lonestar Angel is a finalist in the romantic suspense category! :)

Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:36 AM  
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At 12:24 PM, Blogger Rachelle said...

Such a sweet post. Thank you for sharing!

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Mary Curry said...

LOL I was about to say, didn't Lonestar Angel get a Carol nod.

My chance to affirm you! Congratulations on that nomination. I was thrilled to hear your name announced. I love the Lonestar books.

Do you think it's an older sister thing? I'm also the eldest of 4 sisters and affirming others is something I love to do. I've never really considered why though.

I'm happy for you to receive some of that affirmation back! No one deserves it more.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger jel said...

woohoo! way to go!
Congrats the 2 of you! :)

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Everyone needs affirmation. What a gift to be able to give and receive it! Hope you're having fun there!

At 12:12 AM, Blogger Ashley Clark said...

Such a God-given concept. Colleen, you are always such an encouragement. I don't think you have any concept of how much you matter to so many people's lives!

At 1:44 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

It's high time, Colleen. You've worked hard for this. I'm proud of you.

At 7:37 AM, Blogger SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Another wrong assumption exposed! I don't think I have even realized- until reading this- that I assume certain people get lots of positive feedback and my own words wouldn't really have any meaning. Thank you for reminding me that we all need encouragement.

Congrats on the nomination. You were one of the first Christian fiction authors I discovered, and have continued to be one of my favorites. :)

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Lorna said...

Thank you so much for that post! You are so right about encouraging words being important. Thanks for the reminder, and she's right, you are legendary:)!

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Sandie said...

I am also a big believer in affirmation. I've written many an e-mail giving kudos to someone who has helped me particularly. I also believe in if you do a poor job, that needs to be addressed too. But affirmation is much more fun to do! My affirmations lately have been for my daughter who have been recreating my web site in a new program, a huge huge undertaking. She's been so helpful in getting things better organized, making good suggestions and just generally improving things.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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