Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do you have a Lemonade Story?

Lemonade Anyone? 

Former Publisher Don Jacobson is collecting (and paying for) lemonade stories--real-life stories about the sour twists of life that are followed with sweet surprises of encouragement and inspiration. The Gunshot Wound That Saved My Life is Don's true lemonade story.

The former owner of Multnomah Publishers is on a mission to collect “lemonade” stories, a play on the old saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—or, as Don puts it, “Lemonade happens!” By his definition, lemonade stories are real-life stories about when life takes a sour twist but is followed with a sweet surprise. To borrow the words of Paul Harvey, a lemonade story tells the rest of the story.

Through personal experience, Don knows a little something about lemonade himself; The Gunshot Wound That Saved My Life is Don’s true lemonade story. In November 1980, after suffering a near-fatal gunshot wound in his side, he lay in the bitter cold for eleven hours before anyone found him. Miracle upon miracle saved Don’s life that day—from the friends who were led to search for him, to the fog that lifted at just the right time for a helicopter transport, to an on-call doctor who specialized in treating his type of injury. After spending nine days in critical condition and nearly a month in rehab, Don left the hospital a discouraged man, no longer able to physically provide for his family. But his story wasn’t over. God used the accident to get Don’s attention in a big way, and it would change the course of his life.

Don’s new project, God Makes Lemonade™, was born of his realization that everyone has a lemonade story. Some are more dramatic than others, but each has the power to transform lives. The book-in-process is aimed at collecting real-life lemonade stories through an interactive website and Facebook page. Readers can visit God Makes Lemonade to submit their account of a difficult circumstance and the lemonade that came from it. "God Makes Lemonade™" is due for release September 2011.

Each accepted story is paid $250. See website for details:


  1. Hi Carla -

    Thanks for the heads-up on this project. I'll check it out.

    Susan :)

  2. Thanks girl...submitted a story! I will pass this along to some other writers I know!

  3. Sounds right up your alley, Susan!

  4. Great going, Shannon! Let us know how you make out.


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