Jean Lee: “Living the Legacy”

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Jean Lee; author of  “Living the Legacy.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today! 

Several decades ago a melody hit the top ten music charts entitled, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”. As the title implies, the tune is a love song; and describes the intimate emotion of love experienced by people. The composer of the love song’s lyrics wrote “love is nature’s way of giving the reason to be living”. The fanciful lyrics convey the idea that the reason for living is love.

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And so it is— for the splendor of God’s love is His reason for imparting life, and in His wisdom God sent Jesus to be born on Earth.

The birth of Jesus was my catalyst for writing; for it was Christmas, 2013, when the stories began to flood my thoughts. Being brand new to Facebook, I noticed everyone was posting well wishes to celebrate Christ’s birth. I thought it rude if I avoided following suit, so a true short story appeared on the pages of my IPad.

The first was a simple greeting and a story about our family’s Christmas tree. An annual affair, the Jean Lee Xmas Treefresh tree is decorated by our six grandchildren. Our get-together typically begins with the aroma of lasagna permeating the house, the sounds of joyful Christmas carols playing, the laughter of our grandchildren exclaiming with delight as a favorite ornament is discovered, and boxes of decorations littering the room. Granddaddy (my husband, Irad) completes the evening with the time honored privilege of placing our very old and tattered angel atop the tree.

With a snapshot of Irad on the step-stool reaching up to place the angel in the treetop and a story about  our angel and the angels at Jesus’ birth, my Facebook greeting was complete.

Another story soon followed, as the Lord flooded my mind with remembrances past. The Facebook postings of true life stories continued. Friends began to encourage me to publish soon after the first post.

JeanLeeStarHumbled by their comments, I could not conceive of the idea of writing a book. The Heavenly Father thought differently. A dear friend private messaged me in December, 2014 and pointed me in the direction of self-publishing.

My initial inquiry into self-publishing was with a secular company. The Heavenly Father hit the brakes; and I placed the book idea “on the back burner”! Late one night in January, 2015, while surfing the net, I espied a Christian oriented publishing company called Westbow Press. My interest was piqued by the knowledge that Westbow was a division of Thomas Nelson/Zondervan Christian Publishers.

I completed their online inquiry form, and pressed the send button. No online reply from Westbow came through to me; but rather a personal phone call from Lamont Fells of Westbow Press. Ignoring Lamont’s voice mail, I asked the Father if He had inspired the call. To be certain Lamont’s call was “of the Lord”, I decided, like Gideon in the Bible, to lay out my fleece to ascertain if Lamont would call again. His second call came a few days later. This time I received the call and — “Living the Legacy” was “born”!

My hope for each reader is that they hear the message of Jesus Christ, grow in faith, and find God’s splendor in the land of the living because “Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary (Psalm 96:6 NASB)”.

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WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books, are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page, by tweeting us @WestBowPress, or by emailing kgray@ westbowpress.com.  We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.


Michele Coomer: “My name is Michele. And I am a survivor of human trafficking”

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Michele Coomer; author of  “foreseen.forgiven.FREE.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today! 

Ten years ago I would not have even entertained the idea of writing a book. Now I am a published author. Ten years ago, however, I was living a different life. It was a good life full of success. But I was living with a secret.

CoomerphotoDid you know there are 27 million slaves in the world today?  27 million.  According to the census bureau the population of Texas is about 26.9 million.  Imagine the entire state of Texas as slaves.  Seventy-nine percent of those slaves are trapped in sex slavery.  The media today uses the buzz words “human trafficking” to describe this appalling industry. Yes, it is an industry.

You can find these facts and many others with any Google search. They are true. But I am real. I have a face. My name is Michele. And I am a survivor of human trafficking.

Several years ago I discovered what God’s word had to say about slavery, and I experienced a radical life change.  Scripture has dozens of stories of captivity and one common thread – freedom is found only in the grace of God. After escaping from the industry I lived 25 years under the guise of living free. The reality is that I wasn’t at all free. I was wearing a mask and hiding my secret. It wasn’t until the truth of God’s word penetrated my heart and I could see myself as God does that I experienced true and complete freedom.CoomerCover

I have a story and so do you. We all have things in our lives that hold us captive and prevent us from living the glorious life
God intended.  foreseen.forgiven.FREE. is about connecting my story to your story and experiencing freedom you didn’t even know existed. As I share my story and my journey to freedom I walk you, the reader, through your own personal journey. Once I experienced my amazing freedom I wanted to tell my story and help other hurting women find the same freedom.

First, I started CHOSEN4Freedom Ministry and began speaking at events, sharing my story and the truth of God’s word. At each event I would have so many women approach me and tell me their story, wanting to find freedom.  That is where the book was born. I wanted to be able to point women to something tangible to help them take the next step in finding their own freedom.

Find out more about CHOSEN4Freedom Ministry at www.chosen4freedom.com.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chosen4freedom
Twitter: @chosen4freedom

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WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books, are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page, by tweeting us @WestBowPress, or by emailing kgray@ westbowpress.com.  We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.


Teresa K. Page: My Journey to Wholeness: The Sojourn Continues

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Teresa K. Page; author of  “My Journey to Wholeness.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Teresa K. Page reads from her book at her recent book launch party.

Teresa K. Page reads from her book at her recent book launch party.

Saturday, August 8th, 2015, marked the beginning of a new life’s assignment as I celebrated the formal introduction of “My Journey to Wholeness: The Sojourn Continues” at Coffee Bianco of Roswell, Georgia. A little cheesecake and a little coffee mingled with a cherished assembly of family, friends and colleagues rendered “Sweets With Teresa” Book Introduction and Signing an inspired occasion.

My guests were pleasantly surprised as I read two excerpts: “A Woman Like Me” and “The Hope of His Calling” aloud; answered intimate questions and actually signed books! Yes, I was unbelievably sleepy at its conclusion, but it was so worth it!

For the past four years, my personal journey to wholeness has been the greatest challenge of my life. I did not know that there was such a high price for deciding to become exactly what I was created for. However, this process has revealed my original intent and has uncovered just how precious I am in the sight of Lord. Those two discoveries alone have caused every form of opposition to crawl out from whatever rock to break me, but it is too late now! I know the truth and I will not be shaken off this road!
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Who knew that putting a few private thoughts onto paper; having it bound between a purple cover stamped with my name and released live on many mediums for purchase would have any impact on the lives of others? If I can be honest, I did not! All I knew was that I needed to finish this book. There was an urgency that did not have the patience to prepare myself as a good author would and should. There was no budget laid aside for the publishing or marketing. There are no agents, scheduled book tours or large copy orders—yet! And let me reiterate the word “YET” for these things are forthcoming, but for the sake of this blog, I was blindly focused on finishing this book!

Now that the book is finished, bound and up for sale, the degree of adversarial pressure has turned up a notch, but so has the degree of divine blessings! Though this written work is still very young in its introduction to the world, the few souls that have already encountered my experiences have been altered and angered. For now they are demanding and actively searching out their own individual call and value. That is a great reward in and of itself. Image what this shall be as I continue to cultivate this mission!

Page signs a copy of her new book.

Page signs a copy of her new book.

Without one doubt, my future publishing adventures will definitely be more refined, but the grittiness of this sojourn has forced my faith eyes open to navigate in the dark places of uncertainty and to see the wonders of the Lord when I am neck high in the deep. So mark the name of Teresa K. Page, but be sure to look ahead to see how the Lord’s favor proceeds it. Peek behind to see how His goodness and mercy follows it! Then witness how His angels encamps round about to protect it! With heavenly strength like that, I understand why the old folk would say, “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey”!!!

Author’s Contact Information:
Email: www.tkpenterprises@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.tkpenterprises.squarespace.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TKPageEnterprises
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/tkpageenterprises1/

Event Credits:
Photography: Carmina N. Ramos-Rodriquez of Winter Queen Photo Fantasies (https://www.facebook.com/WQphotofantasies)
Book Introduction Hostess and Q& A Moderator: Mrs. Rachel Manning of Atlanta, GA

WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books, are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page, by tweeting us @WestBowPress, or by emailing kgray@ westbowpress.com.  We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.


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