Today turned into an encounter with a sinus nasty — Apparently, some kind and sharing soul left the remnants of their symptoms where I could find them. I must have unwittingly discovered the germs; and, not being good at playing “hot potato,” held onto the little viruses too long. So they made contact. The ugly things intend to “live long and prosper!” Little aliens….. (Can’t we just send them back to the mother-ship?)
What was it the doctor used to tell us when the girls were small? “Wash your hands continually, and don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or ears.” Sorry, Larry, I forgot, I guess.
There is one good thing about not feeling well. Everything else has to stand in line for attention while you recover. And, it gives you a little bit of time to rest; doing activities that can be accomplished in a semi-sleep state…. when you’re not sleeping, that is…
So today, between naps, I was preparing a CD — lazing on the couch, with my laptop, my pillow, my blankie and my sympathetic 8-pound Maltese. Oh, and lots of water; don’t forget the water. And the tea. Thanks, Mom.
I’ve written a novel. Did I tell you that already? My brain is snowed in with Mr. Sinus…. I can’t remember.
It’s been a rather large project. One I didn’t realize I was undertaking…. At first, I was going to write a series of short stories, and give them to women who come to the Awakened to Grow retreats…. Then, I thought it might become a devotional; to which we would add the scripture reading and journaling assignments at a later date. But now, as I sign a publishing contract, and send a CD of files off, I am realizing that Abba Father has been leading me into a discovery for a long time.
I love to write…. really. I love to research, and find connections. It’s fun to watch a patchwork quilt come together; piecing the accounts into a narrative. To discover the people…Before this project, I wrote songs — and I still love doing that — but this has touched something deeper in me…. this has been fun!
It began as a personal Bible study. I wanted to know more about the woman who broke the jar in the house of Simon the Pharisee. I wanted to investigate the depth of her passion in worship. Her courage. Jesus’ response. Not long after the Bible study began, it became a message. Then, when I went to prepare the message for our congregation, it became a two-week teaching. Now, after eight years of research and a trip to Israel, it is a 460-page book.
Friends who have read it in its self-published format, tell me they have experienced personal change and growth through reading. Many of them have been kind enough to write reviews for my publisher. How did we get here, exactly? I don’t remember ever planning to write a book. It just sort of happened. I think it came down to just taking the “next logical step” as the Holy Spirit made the direction clear.
So, why am I writing today? Just to bring you into the circle; to let you know its coming. I’m excited. The name of the book is Journey: A Novel. It is being published by Advantage Books (advbooks.com). Some of you have helped me to get to this point, and I am so grateful. Thank you. Thank you.. Thank you…. (If you have questions about the process, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Periodically, from this point forward, I will post excerpts from “Journey,” so you can see the kind of book it is….. If, as you read, you have comments, I would love to have your input…
I finished the research for my second book last month; Journey Continued. The prologue is written now; and I am beginning the process of constructing a novel about the early church — Amazing…. What I have discovered in the process is the revelation of an ancient world paralleling our own so closely, that I find myself anticipating the end-time outpouring of the Spirit with even greater excitement.
Thank you for taking time to read this blog. Thanks for your encouragement and your support. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Blessings.
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