On Saturday, as I was cooking for the Bread Of Life meal, a man came into the kitchen and asked for me: "They told me you're the Book Lady; can you help me find some books for my wife?"
I was able to take a break from the fruit salad I was making at the time and I accompanied him to our little library at The Well. I asked, "What does your wife like to read?" He said, emphatically, "She only likes Christian books." I answered, "We actually have a large selection of those; do you know any of her favorite authors?" He answered, "No, just Christian ones." Pointing to the shelves, I said, "You can look at them and see what you think she would like." but he replied, "I can't read very much." I asked, "Does your wife come here?" He said, "She can't get out much."
Picking out several books, I said, "A lot of people like Joyce Meyer." I selected a couple of Meyer's books and then chose ones by Max Lucado, Catherine Marshall, and Frank Peretti, thinking it was an interesting group of authors. I suggested, "Tell her to make a list and I'll put them aside for her; will you be here next Saturday?" He said that he would.
After serving the meal, the man returned to me and he handed a torn-out page from a paperback book and there were four books showing on the paper, with one book circled; there was a note on the side: "Got all but 1"; beside the circled one was written "Need" (with "Need" double-underlined).
I said, "We need to look in the contemporary fiction; we have had that series here." As we looked at the "M" shelf, there were two of the series, but not the fourth. I said, "If one comes in, I'll set it aside for her."
Later, in telling Les about the encounter, he said, "She'll probably want Fifty Shades Of Gray next!"