In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following blog is from Cathy Corley, author of The Red Stones. To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!
One day in January, I found myself searching the web for “how to publish a Christian book”. My father had passed away in October, and I felt compelled to tell his story. They say grieving comes in all shapes and sizes. I happened to find solace and feel closer to my father when I could tell others about him. I came across the 1-800 number on the WestBow Press website and decided to take the plunge and call. Phil Yeager, a WestBow publishing consultant, answered as if he was a long-lost friend. Phil validated my father’s story and gave me the confidence to write it down. God was in the center of it all!
My father was born an optimist, he found the good in everything! During his last four years, my father battled lung cancer, lost a leg from diabetes, and suffered a heart attack. However, none of his many ailments ever prompted complaints. He would grin and say, “I feel great!”
There are so many interesting and funny stories about my dad, but the story I wanted to share was how he spread the gospel. The tangible gift of a small red stone was given to those my father met along his way. Once he placed a red stone in the new friend’s hand, he would tell them of God’s love and ultimate sacrifice. My dad shared the news of Jesus, proclaiming how He died on the cross for our sins and miraculously rose from the dead to live forever. Although my dad knew his time on this earth was coming to an end, he clung to the hope and joy of living forever with Jesus. He wanted others to know this hope as well!
I had the privilege of witnessing my father share the red stones with others, and I did not want to keep this memory to myself. My desire to write The Red Stones began with wanting my great-nieces to know about their great-grandfather. Throughout the writing process, God showed me that this was not only my dad’s story. This story was a challenge for all of us to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
I am so appreciative for WestBow Press. They gently guided me from my initial call last January to the final proofs. Each representative was patient, kind and helpful through every stage. I would encourage anyone that has a story on their heart to take the time and write it down. God has blessed me through this journey.
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My name is Terita St. Julian. My husband and I are blessed to be the parents of two loving children. They have learned to serve the Lord at early stages of their lives. I am also the author of a book called Training Your Children to Remain in the Vine which is based on John 15:5 [Jesus states] ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’ Training Your Children to Remain in the Vine is about raising godly children and is expected to be released in 2017. Throughout the process of writing my book, I definitely felt unqualified, but the Holy Spirit taught me how to let Him lead my life and parent according to His will. I make many mistakes, but I am learning Holy Spirit’s desire to intercede, which now provides a lot of peace for me. Since God sees all, knows all and has all power, I can rest in His direction.
My 6-year-old daughter, Aleesa St. Julian, is the author of The Day I Met Walt. When she first mentioned that she wanted to write a book, I thought that she definitely could when she became an adult. However, God was already demonstrating Himself to her in mighty ways; so, I should have known that He wasn’t about to wait. We began to journal many of her extraordinary life experiences. By the time she was 4, she had already been reading for 3 years. It felt like God spoke to my heart, “She was made to delight people in the Lord.” I didn’t know what that meant, but I was soon about to find out. She was persistent about starting her book, and God even led our nephew to send her a kit to get her started. I later began to see that God was behind the inner workings of her decision. A year later, God led us to WestBow Press, and we were blessed to have two books published for the price of one!
The true story, The Day I Met Walt, is about a time when Aleesa at the age of 4 accidentally tore tassels off my pillow but denied it. She wanted to make sure the book used the word “accidentally”. But, I’m still debating that one. (Don’t tell her I said that.) Anyway…Her dad punished her by taking away ALL of her stuffies, which was devastating to our little Aleesa. Thankfully, she had already learned through life experiences that she needed to ask JESUS for forgiveness and seek Him for guidance. After she found herself in that “mess” as she stated – She called on JESUS! The next day, she began her first outreach ministry with the Huntsville Dream Center. She was still sad from the previous day but chose to serve anyway. While being a blessing to others, God sent her a new friend and remarkably demonstrated to her that she was forgiven. You see, this new friend blessed her by singing her favorite song “Amazing Grace “and gave her what her heart was desiring most at the time…a STUFFY! God is a multi-tasker because her new friend, Mr. Walt, also had a troubled heart. The book, The Day I Met Walt, tells how God blessed him that day too!
The Day I Met Walt will remind people how much God loves us all. If He cares about what some may consider the smallest most insignificant things in life, don’t you believe that He cares for your big problems as well? Never underestimate His love for you and build bridges of hope for others, even while you may be waiting for your prayers to be answered. We hope you purchase and enjoy reading The Day I Met Walt! Be blessed!
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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.