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Mingling with teachers

It was a pleasure to meet all the wonderful teachers in Nashville.

It was a pleasure to meet all the wonderful teachers in Nashville.

I signed more than 2,500 copies of my new book,

I signed more than 2,500 copies of my new book, "What we believe."

Teachers are my kind of people. Maybe it’s because I was once a teacher. Maybe it’s because they share my desire to make difficult things understandable. Or maybe it’s just because they know my books!

It was a privilege to be at the NAD’s Teachers’ Convention last week in Nashville. With about 6,500 educators in attendance, even a place as large as the Gaylord Opryland Hotel was a busy place. And let me say this about teachers—they’re as hard to get to class on time as their students are. At least, there were a lot of teachers standing around in the hallways and exhibit hall while the meeting were going on!

Really, a convention of teachers is just a big family reunion. Everyone you turn are people who you went to school with, people you taught with, people you taught somewhere, or people who taught you. It’s a family tree whose roots go deep. It’s a shared experience that binds our church together.

The North American Division Department of Education purchased a copy of my new book, What We Believe, for each of the teachers attending the convention. I had the pleasure of signing about 2,500 of them. As I signed these books and various copies of Detective Zack, Messiah, Great Stories for Kids, and Shoebox Kids books, I was deeply touched by the stories I heard. Teachers told me how they were using my books in the classroom and how students’ lives had been touched by the stories.

I was both amazed and honored to hear what an impact my books have had. God has done wonderful things with the words I’ve put on paper.

Posted Aug 12, 2006 | 12:57 PM

Comments (3)


Posted Aug 13, 2006 | 5:30 PM by KARIM

Hi Jerry,

I was hoping to be able to purchase your book at the ABC here in Denver but could not find it. I was at the teachers convention and was trying to get your new book What We Believe but could not find my coupon. I was hoping to use this for my devotional

everyday. Can you tell me when is it going to be available at the book center? My 12 year old daughter love the Mesiah book very easy for her to understand. God bless


Posted Aug 15, 2006 | 7:43 PM by geraldine walker

What We Believe is not yet available in the ABCs. Only the special gift edition for teachers is out. You should be able to get your gift copy from your union education department.

The book will be available within a few weeks in the ABC if you want to purchase additional copies.

And tell your daughter I said hi!

Posted Aug 15, 2006 | 7:59 PM by Jerry D Thomas

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