I started and then deleted the opening paragraph to this blog post umpteen times. Sometimes the really important things to say can’t be expressed in words because they are better felt than “telt.” So, I’m just going to say this: This blog post is about Richard Zieman’s book, The Rest of the Story, a memoir of his wife Nancy Zieman. And you need to read it.
It is a very great privilege to be part of the “Nancy Zieman– The Rest of The Story” book blog tour. I wish I could say that I knew Nancy well personally. But like many of you, I knew her through our shared love of all things sewing and was lucky enough to have been at a few events with her. And yet, like most of you who have ever met and spoken to her in person, I feel like I did know her because she just had the ability to make everyone around her feel “known” and valued.
The very first time I got to meet Nancy in person, we were standing in a kitchen off the stage at an event where I had a little demo to do and she was the key-note speaker. I was nervous as could be, having never been on a Great Big Stage with a Great Big Name coming after me, eek! She struck up a conversation and told me how much she liked my skirt. I was so dumbfounded that she knew my name and (being the sewing professional that she was) liked my skirt; I’m not sure how I responded – hopefully with “thank you!” Looking back, I’m pretty sure she recognized my nervousness and was setting about to calm me down in her gentle, kind way. That’s just who she was.
This book was a bittersweet read for me because I attended events at which Nancy was speaking during the time that Richard writes about, detailing the very great physical hurdles she faced just to get to and then through those events. Her courage, faith and strength shine through his words as beacons of light for all of us. Now I am doubly thankful that I had those opportunities… seeing grace in action is such a blessing, both humbling and uplifting. It is something I will forever treasure and hope to apply the lessons of to my own life.
So, all I can say is read the book. You will be glad you did. It will uplift you and encourage you, just like
would have wanted. Nancy
Thanks for reading...
P.S. Here’s the link to buy the book. For a chance to win a copy of The Rest of the Story courtesy of Nancy Zieman Productions, be sure to read the post at this link. You’ll also find the links to all the posts for this blog tour there…so worth reading, read them all! Leave comments, I'd love to read them too!