Your Gifts and Mine

     Nothing brings me more satisfaction than giving.
     My livelong pursuit has been identifying my gifts, investing in and honing them, and sharing them—with the goal of making the world a better place.
     My hope for us during this gift-giving season is that we will more clearly recognize our gifts and have more opportunities to develop and share them with the world.
     I give everything I’ve got when I write a novel, pouring myself into each one, Emerson’s words that “the greatest gift is a portion of thyself” echoing inside of me.
     I also give many of my books away—not because I undervalue them, but because I value them so much. To me they are priceless and to give them is to give the best I have.
     Since 1997, when my first novel, “Power in the Blood,” was published, I have given away over one and a half million copies of my books.
     That makes me very happy!
     A gift is something given willingly, a talent, or anything that makes the recipient better in some way.  
     The truest gifts can’t be gotten so much as freely given and graciously received—an act that transcends buying, wrapping, and exchanging.
     I love what Joseph Conrad said about this. “The artist appeals to that part of our being . . . which is a gift and not an acquisition—and, is therefore, more permanently enduring.”
     Books are my favorite gifts to give and receive. Chances are you are reading this because you have at some point been one of the over 1,500,000 readers who have received a book from me. If you’d like to help me give even more books away, please join me in this endeavor.          Would you consider helping me turn that 1.5 million into 150 million or more?
     You can.  
     Please consider becoming one of my patrons at https://www.patreon.com/MichaelLister
     Click Here to combine your gifts with mine, to chip in a few dollars to help me write, produce, publish more books—and to give even more of those books away.

Playing Broom Guitar After Feeding Those in Need! 

Playing Broom Guitar After Feeding Those in Need! 

     This past weekend, I, along with friends of mine, purchased, prepared, and served the Sunday evening meal for those in need and homeless people on the street. It’s something we’ll be doing for all of 2017 and beyond. Nothing is more rewarding than giving, nothing more satisfying than sharing our gifts and ourselves, our time and our talents, with gratitude and humility, expecting nothing in return but the honor of serving.
      Make of yourself a gift—not just this season, but all year long.
      We don’t just have gifts. We are gifts. Life itself is a gift. Share your gifts and the gift of yourself with others today. It will simultaneously make your life and the world better. 

Posted on December 14, 2016 .