As a magazine editor, I read a lot. And I write as well. Because my eyes are often tired from work-related endeavors, it saddens me that the time I spend reading “for pleasure” has diminished through the years. But when I do find a good book, I devour it! That was the case with Mary’s An Unquenchable Thirst.
I was “introduced” to her through a freelancer writer who had pitched to me the idea of writing about her for publication in the magazine I edit. We ran the piece and it inspired me to buy Mary’s book electronically.
I have never written to the author of a book I’ve read before, but was compelled to reach out to Mary. I was so moved, that I sent an email to Mary immediately after finishing the book. (At the time, I was at a vacation home in the mountains, surrounded by people, but I found a quiet space just so I could finish reading the book.) Mary and I had corresponded previously via email to secure some photos for the layout of the article, but she had no idea that I read her book (which I read after we got that issue to press!).
The following is my email to Mary upon finishing An Unquenchable Thirst.
I just (and I mean JUST) finished reading your book. I cried when I finished it--still tearful as I write this. I am not sure if it was out of sheer compassion and admiration for your journey and honesty, or simply because I wanted to hear more of your story, that brings tears to my eyes and heart.
I could never equate my journey with yours, but I do believe you speak to a deeper vein that runs through all who care to live their life choosing love. With certainty--at least from my perspective--writing this book was as much of a service to the world as is feeding the poor. What's more or less valuable--desolate souls or empty rice bowls? Who's to know, but both are worthy causes. Thankfully I'm not writing this from a place of desolation, but I've been there. I think most people go there at some time or another. Thank you for continuing to serve.
Cam Mirasola is an editor in New Hampshire.