I know I've told you part of this story before. The story of how my mom and I were in Churchill Handweavers in Berea, Kentucky 20 years ago, and we came across these incredible books by artist Brian Andreas filled with stories and drawings called Storypeople. The story of how we stood there and in our very different but equally life-shifting ways felt deeply seen in the midst of this time 20 years ago when our family was falling apart as my parents were in the beginning stages of their divorce.
My collection of Storypeople began that day and has grown over the years. Brian's stories are etched into the timeline that makes up my adult life.
Jon and I realized we were really in love while standing in line waiting to meet Brian at a store in Indianapolis when we agreed he should sign the "Real Reason" sculpture to both of us. I read one his stories at my grandmother's funeral, and I hold onto several others when the missing sits in. My friend Heather and I have been known to read stories from his books to one another over the phone while we laugh and cry.
Over the years, the stories Brian shares with the world have helped me understand my own. I think you'll have the same experience when you dive into his world.
And his new book Impossible to Know is full of stories that have me again nodding, saying "yes," and even laughing out loud. (Three of these stories appear here in this post! So excited to give you this sneak peek!)
The theme of this collection is love (which is perhaps always the theme of Brian's work, of all our work). The dance of love between life and each one of us...the love that invites us back to the home inside us again and again if we let it in. And romantic love full of wonder and possibility and vulnerability and realness...the kind of love we all need to be reminded is possible and can be felt when we open up our hearts and show up as ourselves.
The book comes out November 4th, and if you order it through the release date, you get some extra goodies, including:
- A signed copy of the book
- A FREE limited-edition vellum print
- An e-book download link on day of release
- And other hardcover Storypeople books are just $20 when you buy them at the same time
Imagine sitting around after Thanksgiving dinner or even during the holidays in December and sharing the stories from this book and others with your family. I'm imagining reading them with Jon by the light of the tree after Ellie's in bed.
Like I said, these stories help me listen to the truths found in my own.
I'm so excited to be partnering with Storypeople today to tell you all about Brian's new book and this preorder package. (And yes, sitting in my little quiet house Wednesday evening while reading an advanced copy of Impossible to Know was a true full-circle moment.)
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