In 1994, my only sister was abducted while working alone at a local convenience store. This isn't a book about the case or courts, it's a journey of faith in spite of tragedy. The journey starts with an early morning phone call then details of the emotions, grief, and confusion felt in those first moments while transitioning through the days, months, and years that follow.
A sibling's journey is different from that of a parent. Our role and feelings cannot compare yet they are just as important. Parents experience the greatest loss of their lives through the loss of their child and the emotional loss of the surviving children is just as traumatic. I lost more than my sister on April 3, 1994 I lost my faith.
Thanks to the boldness and faith of a child, I have hope and a story to share. There is no one person or thing here on earth to replace Heidi or the friendship we had together yet after ten years of searching I realized there is Someone who can, God. “Mrs. Buske, you need Jesus.” He was right. My name is Lisa M. Buske and Heidi Allen is my sister. She remains missing but never forgotten.
Our journeys after loss may vary yet the pain, grief, and need for hope are similar. This is my story of discovery, healing, and hope from the moment I learn of Heidi’s kidnapping until today. Life after loss is a roller coaster ride of memories and emotions.
Will you take this ride with me?
An Inside Look, or should I say, Behind the Scenes Tidbit:
It's been over six years since the release of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey and it still sells at least one copy a month. This is exciting to me. I understand to some this doesn't seem like a big deal and it doesn't offer enough revenue to quit my job and stay home like some of the bigger authors BUT it means there are people out there reading and recommending my books.
To have my book still selling each month means people are learning there is hope when we have faith and a relationship with Jesus. It means #Hope is alive and other siblings are learning through my testimony of faith that they are not alone. In 2011 when the idea for this book came to be the hope was to help one sibling know they weren't alone and that they too could survive the loss of their sibling. I'm blessed to know more than one sibling has hope and understands their pain is real, acceptable, and normal.
I've gone back to read aloud from my book to audiences when I speak and find typos, bad grammar, and other "oops" each time I read it. Ugh! I think most authors will say their first books were their worst yet this is a good thing because it means we are growing in our craft and developing better writing skills and abilities. As I work on my next book I pray for God to guide my fingers and heart so it is the message my readers, you, need to hear.
The next book won't be like the first, or second, or third. The newest release will highlight growth, reflection, and a step in faith to share on different level than I have in the past. I pray you are ready for this. If you think of me over the next weeks and months, life a pray for God to speak to my heart through my fingers so it's the book you have all been waiting for.
Thank you for reading my books, writing reviews, and sharing them with your friends and families. These are an author's greatest compliments. You are an encouragement to my family and me.
Thank you for reading Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey,
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323