I enjoy writing all sorts of things but what is so encouraging is for someone to show interest in what I have written. This means that if I read something a journal article I have particularly enjoyed I email the author to tell them – with academic publishing in particular you wonder if anyone ever actually reads something you put so much effort into! On Monday Paul came home with a parcel for me, one of the people I had emailed had amazingly generously sent me not only a copy of a couple of articles he had written but a book too – the one in the picture. He put a personal dedication into it and I feel so blessed. I also have a head full of ideas about researching the topic of the book – explaining illness, in my case to children and young people. I am particularly interested in how children and young people explain their illness to their peers – perhaps I will get a chance to research it one day. But for now I am so grateful for Bryan’s kindness and look forward to reading the book properly… It reminds me too of the generosity of God and the way that part of being made in God’s image might be mediated through me…and yesterday there was the opportunity as Bisoke, a priest from the Congo came to say hello, he took some of our modules a few years ago and I was able to give him copies of a couple of books I had written with my colleague Jo – pay it forward in practice perhaps?