Sharing God’s Grace by Lisa Anne Duda

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 Lisa Anne Duda; author of “Faithful Sunshine.” Find her on Facebook and check out her website! To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

SKU-000611517I never imagined writing a book.  I never saw myself as an author.  My life focus was centered on balancing my hectic job and family life.  But sometimes things happen in life that redirects your focus.

I wasn’t prepared for the experience.  I felt blindsided as my sister and I helped our Mom face mortality.  The events unfolded in a whirlwind.  I felt as though I was on an emotional roller coaster watching helplessly as the past collided with the present.   But God’s Grace shined through.  God blessed each of us and words really can’t do justice on how He touched us with His love.   I’m thankful that we were able to see His blessings.  In stressful situations such as what we experienced, it’s easy to become blind to God’s messages.  But we knew He was with us.  In the end, I felt joy…the kind of joy that only God can incite deep within us.

As I shared the experience with others, I realized they could see God’s Grace as well.  So I continued sharing the story.  Then I started thinking that it would be nice to put the story on paper.  If nothing else, it would serve as a personal memory of our experience.  I didn’t want the details to fade with time.  I didn’t want the beauty of God’s Grace to be forgotten.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do the story justice.  But I wanted to press on.  As my writing progressed, I started wondering if I should actually publish it.  I had a sense of hope that my experience might help others see God’s Grace as well.

LisaAnneDuda_FaithfulSunshineThat’s when I reached out to WestBow Press.  I had researched the publishing process and knew my best option was to self-publish.  And I knew WestBow Press would give me the Christian support that I needed in order to share my story.  I only had a portion of the book written when I turned to WestBow Press.  I suppose I didn’t think it would take me that long to finish.  In my mind, I was just the translator and the story would write itself.

But then I started having long bouts of writer’s block as well as various life events that took the focus away from writing.  As the months turned into years, I felt guilty for taking so long to finish writing the book.  And then, as I tried to make up the lost time, I began to think I was rushing it.  But once again, God’s Grace shined through.  It took almost seven years to finish writing and complete the publishing process.  But in the end, I hope others will be touched in some way by my book Faithful Sunshine.  I’m not an author.  I simply needed to share this story.  I wanted to share God’s Grace.

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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 and follow the WestBow Press Twitter account @WestBowPress. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation and length. 


Joseph Chukwujekwu: The Road to “Never Lose the Faith”

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 Joseph Chukwujekwu; author of  “Never Lose the Faith.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

The road to “Never Lose the Faith” was everything I never thought of or probably ever did hope for and in my collections of superlative amusing dreams. “Never Lose the Faith” was not there.

Reminiscing about that faithful morning, that was when everything started. The day I lost my mum and everything I never did fathom was now in reality. It was totally a new turn around for everything around me and my life in general. That moment when I saw my mother kicked the bucket; it was as if the clock stood still, tension walked through my abode, terror I saw in every eye, everyone became suspects.Joseph Chu

So in quest to run away from the dark cloud hovering over my home, I made that faithful journey from Lagos to Umuahia to Umudike. It was in those cold nights in school campus, writing under deemed lights that one A4 paper became 2,3,4,5,6,7……… and then the thought of publishing came to heart.

Also, the discouraging words from peers and colleagues did follow. Really glad that I did not give in to their advice that I wasn’t good enough to be an author;  words like: “you are wasting your time.’’, ‘”You’d be better off if you face your studies’’ , ‘’you’re starting what you can’t finish’’ , ‘’you are not as smart as those who have done the same’’, ‘’ you are not Achebe’’, ‘’you are either not Soyinka’’, ‘’you not  Adiiche’’, “you better wake from your slumber.”

It’s safe to say I nearly gave in until I made that call to Westbow Press. On the other end of the line, Jon Lowell Lineback reassured me publishing my book was possible. He totally sold every package that comes with publishing with the way he narrated every steps that I needed to know. He was brilliant.

JosephChuWe just have to keep trying in the circle of life for what we believe in. “Never Lose the Faith” is an example of what you can do if only you try. You just have stand up and beat our chest and don’t let anybody tell you to settle for less, because if I did I wouldn’t be writing on this blog. “Never Lose the Faith” made me realize if you don’t try you won’t get, if you don’t fall you don’t learn to stand and if you don’t jump you can’t fly, that pain is teacher, time is a healer and faith in Christ conquers all.

The staff and publishing team at westbow press really made the publishing of my book an experience I did want to go over again. I simply just want to say they are top notch at what they do and am so glad it was them who made never lose faith all possible.

I warmly invite you to ‘’ you will “Never Lose the Faith”’’ motivational network on whatsapp with +2348162192145. You can also connect with me on social media on twitter; @sommyjoseph, facebook; Chukwujekwu Somtochukwu Joseph, Instagram; THEJOSEPH.S._CHUKWUJEKWU, email;sommyjoseph54@gmail.com.

– WBP –

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 and follow the WestBow Press Twitter account @WestBowPress. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation and length. 


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