I had one such happening this afternoon at Chelsea Books in Chelsea, Quebec. I’d been talking to owner Frances Curry about James Wood as I worked my way alphabetically through the fiction section, recommending that she read him. Told her I was looking for some of the lesser known authors he mentions: Bohumil Hrabal, Joseph Roth, Svevo, Verga. Minutes later, as I hit the Ws, I found a copy of Wood’s only novel The Book Against God. Signed. For $8.00. (Incidentally, if you are into book covers, check this site out)
Joining the karmic buzz, Frances recounted how, so often, when calls for books she doesn’t have come in, they mysteriously show up the next day as new arrivals.
I recall several years ago being ticked at how expensive signed first editions of Ondajee’s English Patient were at the Ottawa Antiquarian Book Fair. I vowed, before returning the next day to drop by the Book Market, a four story used book store several blocks from where the Fair was being held, to search for a better deal. Wouldn’t you know it, a signed copy…the signature is basically a straight line – for $9.95 in Very Good to Near Fine condition.
Then there was that early morning walk, during which I’d been musing about how God makes himself known to us, suddently a light breeze hit my face, and I realized that this was it. Several blocks along, I came upon a seniors’ home. I volunteered to help cart some boxes out from the underground parking lot up to the sidewalk. They were preparing for a garage sale. One of the boxes I carried contained books. On top lay one about God. On the back was listed six ways in which he communicated with man. Number one was through the wind.
Once, whilst visiting my father, whom I hadn’t seen in ages, I found a book (The Ragman’s Son by Kirk Douglas) that he’d forever been recommending I read. I’d been searching for it for years. It was in the book section of the Salvation Army about two blocks from where he lived in North Vancouver.
Mere coincidences perhaps. But for me, proof that my connection with books is spiritual.
How about you? Any book-related examples of grace in your life?