There are those who look

for what is deserved, and they see less and less. There are others who look for what is needed, and they see more and more by their own light.

Caring is often painful

and difficult, and it is priceless. Where there is caring, there is life. Where there is no caring, there is no life. Without caring, existence can be no more than empty pleasures and pain. Without caring, there can be no joy, no appreciation, no gifts given, and none received.

In this world,

there are many loud voices, big ideas, and empty promises. One thing elevates all things in importance. Love uplifts and dignifies all it shines upon and through.

Encouraging and inspiring,

penetrating and enlightening, spare and to the point, There Is a Light marries the transcendent and the practical in very personal and human ways. The wisdom found in this book is not wisdom in the abstract. It is wisdom in the commonplace and everyday.

"Fresh, original, and authentic." With its clarity, immediacy, and illuminating stories, There Is a Light can open doors you never knew existed and present new thresholds to you. In those transporting moments, you need no interpreter. You see and you know for yourself.

More than twenty years in the writing, There Is a Light is the creation of author Kim Shaffer. His writing could be characterized as an expression of Christian mysticism, without reference to dogma or theology. He does not attempt to explain as much as he shows you things.

More than twenty years.

I don't know if that is something to be proud of or embarrassed by, but the truth is, I do not believe I could have written There Is a Light in any other way. This is to say that I do not believe I could have found my way any more directly or any more quickly than I did.

In the book, there is this passage: There are ways which lead to growth and development. There are ways which lead to sickness of the spirit. No one can tell you which are which. You must learn discernment for yourself. I believe that finding one's way is not a matter of discerning what is right and what is not, but what is good and what is not, and that way leads on to way.

This photograph is of me with our first grandchild, a little more than a year ago. I am a gemologist, by profession. My wife, Cindy, is an elementary school special education teacher. You will not find stories about diamonds in my book, but there are more than a few about Cindy and my grandfather. They have both been profound examples to me, and my most important teachers.

There Is a Light is now available as a book in print and as an e-book from Amazon. Clicking on the book image will take you to the Amazon listing for my book.