By Debbi Farmer
I recently had the blessed experience of chatting briefly with Sherry Boettcher author of “Living a Meaningful Life” She has had such a good response from her readers, as well as many testimonials that inspire others to read and share her book.
Sherry, thank you for taking time to speak to me today, can you tell us a little about yourself and why you felt led to write the book “Living a Meaningful Life”?
Thank you, Debbi. Oh, how it breaks my heart that there are so many of us who hurt, but I’m so glad we can encourage one another and that God offers us all hope! I guess one of the most encouraging things for me has been the response from readers, giving me the affirmation that my book is touching hurting hearts and truly giving them hope and encouragement.
I’ll start by saying my name is Sherry Boettcher and I have had fibromyalgia from birth. I was diagnosed at the age of 18 and I nearly died from complications in 1998 which landed me in a wheelchair for several years. Though I’ve never felt well, and I face pain and many challenges each day, I feel that my life has been very blessed.
I love to do art work (when able), talk on the phone (with a head set), spend time with my husband and our two dogs, and spend time with God and in His word. God’s wonderful care, love, and provision through extreme difficulty is what inspired me to write “Living a Meaningful Life.”
The thought that there were others who were going through the same things, perhaps without the comfort of being understood, believed, and loved, helped me persevere. It took me four years from start to finish. I just kept thinking, “If I can reach one person with God’s comfort and love, if one life can be saved from the ruin, it will be worth it all!” The letters I have received have indeed made it worth while!
What is the key message you would like your readers to grasp?
The key message I want readers to grasp when reading my book is that they are priceless, that they have great value, and that their value is never affected by there limitations. They are not alone and that there are others who understand, believe, and care. And that most of all, God understands, cares, and experiences their suffering right along with them!
What inspired you to chose the title “Living a Meaningful Life”?
I chose the title “Living a Meaningful Life” because that is what I believe each one of us can have, no matter what our limitations! I may not be rich or have the perfect health I wish for, but my life if full of blessing and abiding comfort. God gives me comfort and joy even during the most trying times and that is what makes my life worth living. Sharing the secret to happiness and hope is what I want to share with my readers!
Can you tell us a bit more about your book and little about some of the reader’s responses to your book?
My goal in life is to give hope to others who are hurting, by offering understanding, encouragement, practical advice, and hope. I believe there is hope, because God is coming soon to take all who choose Him to a world where we will never ever be sick again and we will get to do so much more than we ever could have here! Praise God!
I want to offer hope to others, because I know what it is like to be sick, tired, and in pain, and I would want others to do the same for me. Please know that writing is hard for me, like emails etc., but I enjoy encouraging others on the phone when ever possible.
Just the other day I had the privilege to talk with a lady who had just read my book, she was so encouraged and said she felt like I was an old friend, that my book had given her such comfort, hope, and re-assurance that what she suffered was not imaginary and that someone understood.
Another lady contacted me whose friend had lent her a copy of my book. She is in her sixties and suffers immensely, but said my book had been such a comfort and inspiration to her that she had read it three times and now wanted her own copy!
It truly gives me great joy to know that my little book can make such a great difference in the lives of others who are hurting. God is so good and He cares for us all! My heart is filled with gratitude to Him, for allowing me the joy of encouraging others, even though it has meant I must walk the same painful path.
Thank you Sherry! I am sure there will be many who will be truly blessed by reading your book. God bless you.
Debbi Farmer is a retired homeschool teaching mom, who presently has opened her fun-dream “small business” even while facing many health challenges in her life. Debbi has worked many years with Rest Ministries in both the “Beyond Surviving Homeschool” forums as well as writing devotionals for the “Chronic Illness” forum. She has had many short stories, devotionals, as well as poems and gospel songs published over the years, and is now presently enjoying life with her husband of almost 30 years, walking where the Lord leads us.
You can find out more at Sherry’s web site, Hope4Hurting. Rest Ministries does not specifically endorse this book, as our founder has not yet read it personally.