I can’t believe I’m finally making this announcement. My Wives of the Bible book will be releasing this month! Woo hoo! The writing of this book has definitely been a labor of love and it’s finally coming to fruition. I didn’t think the completion of this project was a big deal until my husband handed me a printout of my manuscript. I was merely looking to finish up the editing process, when all of a sudden I was overcome with tears of joy (and relief) as I held the manuscript in my hands. I was surprised by my own emotions. To finally reach the home stretch. To give birth to something I’ve held on to for a year now. Something I’ve prayed over. Thought about. Asked the Lord countless times for His wisdom, words, and insights as I write this book for Him so it could be used to encourage and equip His daughters.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, then you know I went to a ministry conference this past July where I was going to meet with publishers about this book. Well, I was tight lipped with you about my meeting with them. I sat down with Harvest House and Revell publishers and both of them loved the idea of this book and they wanted me to send them some sample chapters and such. Well, I didn’t. And here’s why, after much prayer and following the convictions of the Holy Spirit, I didn’t feel it was best for me at this season of my life to get this book into the hands of a traditional publisher. I know this makes absolutely no sense. But I’m a wife, mom, and a homeschool mom on top of that, before I’m an author.
Traditional publishers are in the business to make money. Publishing a book is not a hobby for them and I totally respect that. But I knew if I chose the path of traditional publishing then I was going to be required to jump through certain hoops in order to get the book published. And bottom line: I wasn’t willing to forsake my first ministry in order to jump through those hoops. I didn’t want the writing of this book to stress me out, nor did I want to live with the pressures from the publisher, and quite frankly, I didn’t want the writing and publishing of this book to become and idol in my life. Oh, and I didn’t want to wait at least a year in order for the book to get published. I have this urgency in my heart to get it into your hands as soon as possible.
So, this road to writing the book has been long, arduous, complicated, and drawn out. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never pursued being an author and I wrestled with the Lord on this? It’s amazing how one’s insecurities can hold you back from doing what God has called you to do. I guess now I can add reluctant, but obedient, author to my bio. 🙂
But my heart for my Savior is to go where He sends me and He sent me here to this on-line space. What’s so ironic about all of this is that the concept of the book was birthed out of a series I wrote right here last October. I never would have imagined that the little project I worked on last year would turn into a book this year. Was this my plan? No. Was this the Lord’s plan? I certainly believe so. 🙂
I’m humbled and honored that God would allow me to pen some of His words to encourage His daughters because I know I’m not worthy to do so.
So, yeah, the book is coming to it’s final stages and I’m giving you a head’s up about it. It will be released here on the blog before anywhere else. Once I know the book’s release date and the formats available, I’ll make sure to pass that info. on to you ASAP!
In the meantime, I can use your help to get the word out. If you’re interested in helping me promote this book by being a part of my launch team, please fill out the contact form below. (You don’t need to be a blogger to be a part of my launch team.) Once I’ve reviewed your form, I’ll set up a facebook group for our launch team and give you all the details over there.
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