Amber had never been much of a reader. All through school she did not like to read the books that were required reading. I had to make her read them! : )
When I was hospitalized in 2001 for about a month in ICU she began to read again - after all my family spent all day in the waiting room for visiting hours to come around and the hospital was out of town.
So she began reading and fell instantly in love with Karen Kingsbury's books. She is a NY Times bestselling christian fiction author and the sweetest christian lady you will ever meet. She and Amber beame friends over the past several years. My entire family loves her. Karen always took extra time with Amber and made her feel special! Amber always looked forward to seeing her each visit when she was anywhere in the Southeast.
Karen has written over 30 books and has signed all of Amber's books with a special Bible verse in each for Amber.
They kept in touch through emails, etc.
Amber and Karen Kingsbury this past May in Birmingham at the EWomen's Conference. Amber was given "special treatment". She had a special prayer for Amber in May. It was so emotional to me and so heartwarming. Who knew it would be the last booksigning Amber would attend.
At another booksigning in Tennessee a couple of years ago.
We have been all over the south to see Karen at booksignings.
Amber decided she wanted to make a scrapbook album with her meetings with Karen. The scrapbook is amazing! We spent so much time on the scrapbook.
Here is the front of the scrapbook. It is overflowing at this point and I have more pics to add from the May event!
Amber came up with every creative idea in the scrapbook!
This is just one page of the scrapbook!
Karen wrote this inside the album.
After Amber passed away in July, I emailed Karen and told her what had happened and she had a special tribute on her website for a week just for Amber! It was so sweet!
Amber would have been thrilled!
Karen even sent a huge basket of plants and flowers to our house after the funeral. I have the plants all over the house and they are very special to my family.
I know Amber is looking down from Heaven and knows how much she meant to so many people. She touched so many hearts with her attitude about her disability.
These are the latest two books Karen has written and I will visit Karen when she is back in the south and have her sign them just for Amber. Amber had just finished reading Take Two before she passed away. I always read the books after Amber read them. They are wonderful reads if you enjoy Christian fiction.
I am taking the time to read this weekend. I may get tear-eyed at times but I will read these two new books!
I will think of every page that Amber turned and read as I read Take Two.
Hopefully if you like to read and like Christian books you will read one of Karen's books.