Nothing is more comforting that the gift of friendship when the storms of life rage. The concept of a “storm sister” is immediately clear to women, and the response is either the joy of experiencing that kind of relationship or the longing to experience it. Publishing veteran Afton Rorvik paints a beautiful picture of the characteristics of a friendship that is there in all seasons of life, including storms. Through poignant personal stories and the stories of others, Afton covers topics as diverse as resisting the urge to “fix” a friend’s problem, rejoicing with those who rejoice, and the fine art of listening well.
About the Author In Her Words
My first memory of words comes from the King James Bible.
For some reason, at the age of four, I memorized the Christmas story as told in Luke 2. One of my parents must have read it to me frequently. I loved the sound and rhythm of the words and the way they combined to tell such an amazing story. I particularly loved these words, “Fear not for behold I give you good tidings of great joy. . . ”
Fear and joy. Both such an integral part of my life. And all wrapped up in Jesus.
My father, an English professor, apparently liked the poem “Afton Water” by Robert Burns so when I appeared in this world, he declared that my name should be Afton. He loved the idea that my first name fit so well with my last name—Banks.
As a teenager, I just wanted a “normal” name, a name that wouldn’t land me in the male dorm at band camp. And then I got married and added a new last name—Rorvik, which means “Bay of Pipes” in Norwegian. I have now completely muddled my father’s metaphor.
I have been a part of the publishing industry since 1987.
I searched and searched for a Christmas gift for my best friend, the one who had taken me and my children in as we fled an abusive man who called himself husband/father a lifetime ago. My best friend’s only child had died many years ago, and just three months ago, her husband.
We have been the one the other calls to talk, pray, or just sit in a quiet room saying nothing but only being in the presence of the other.
When I found this book in my local bookstore, I know I had found the perfect gift. I recommend a copy for you and the “Storm Sister” in your life!