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Overcoming My Fear of the Publishing Process

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journey. The following blog is from Patricia Wasylyna, author of “When Christmas Hurts. For more information on the author visit her website. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today.

Finding the Inspiration

The inspiration for my book came from my own personal struggle with navigating the holidays in the midst of loss, relationship challenges, the stress of expectations, and general holiday stress. It led me to share my journey through those times and the hope I have discovered in the process. I know I am not alone in my struggle. My hope is to reach those who share similar challenges and emotions. I want to provide hope and a renewed joy for the Christmas season.

Finding My Way with WestBow

Once the book was written, I felt stuck and unable to move forward.  due to my lack of knowledge about the entire publishing process. Thankfully, I discovered Westbow Press through a fellow author. Westbow has helped me every step of the way. They have been very gracious to address and answer my naive questions and concerns. I felt very supported by them at every turn in the process. They made this publishing journey so easy and provided the feedback and help I needed to complete the process.

I have been very pleased with the finished product of my book. They did a fantastic job and helped to create a book that I hope will reach many and provide healing and hope.

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 through the Blog Guidelines Page. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation, and length.


Press On

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journey. The following blog is from Codi Gandee, author of “#Winning: Wisdom for God’s Warriors” and “Selfless in a Selfie WorldBefore Honor is Humility” For more information on the author visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today.

“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in a demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” I Corinthians 2:2-5 KJV

Guided by God’s Strength

The joy that I felt at the beginning of my writing process quickly evolved into a burden. Each day I struggled to find time to give to prayer, study, and writing. My eagerness, commitment and desire to follow through with the vision in my heart began to falter. Truly I was a weakened vessel, doubting at times if the labor the Lord had given me would ever come to pass.

But on the days that I allowed God’s strength to guide me, I was completely overwhelmed by His presence. Some days all I could do was pray. Other days I would squeak out only one paragraph. Countless hours were spent meditating on what the Lord was wanting me to write. However, every time I followed through by either just being still enough to listen or to sit down with my Bible and computer the Lord would intervene and provide exactly what was needed at the time.

Published with God’s Help

It was at these times that I felt unexplainably grateful that God would use me to be a vessel for Him. The words He was giving me would give glory to Jesus. After two years of battling, I finally submitted #Winning to WestBow Press. I was completely ecstatic that the manuscript was turned in; not because I had hopes of making a bestseller list, but because I could live in peace knowing that I had completed the work that the Lord had given me. I could close out that chapter of my life accepting that I had glorified God simply because I was obedient to His will.

Press On

I have shared this to encourage those that are experiencing struggles within their own writing process. If you are writing because the Lord has laid it on your heart, then I can guarantee that the process won’t be easy. But I can also promise that seeing the finished product will most definitely be worth your perseverance. Remind yourself that even in your weakness God is willing to strengthen you for His glory. You will never regret giving to the world what the Lord has given to you.

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Persistence and Perseverance Pays Off

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journey. The following blog is from Priscilla McDaniel, author of “Raspberry Castle.” For more information on the author visit her website. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today.

writingFind the Joy in Writing

If you want to be a writer, aside from perseverance and persistence, you should never write just to make money. Writing should bring you joy. The challenge for me is getting it right, what you want to say does not always go onto paper as easily as you think it should. Make every effort to keep your story interesting, i.e. don’t tell your story show it. Show it in dialogue, action words, and descriptive scenes kept short, sweet and to the point. Don’t overload with adjectives and don’t blather on or people will close your book. Develop your characters –even if your book is about your own life.

Why I Started Writing

I never read books until I was a bride at 21, and we had no television. I never thought or dreamed of writing a book, but the Good Lord had plans otherwise. My inspiration came from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice story when A & E made it into a movie. My husband enjoyed watching it with me and when it was over, he said, “What happens after that?”

Jane Austen never wrote past the wedding, so I decided I would help her along and make up my own story. My first 20 pages were horrible. I had no experience in writing fiction, but I had done some technical writing, and therefore believed I could tell a story. After much writing and rewriting and rearranging scenes, I eventually learned to show my story in dialogue and character building.

My Writing Tips

One very important thing to remember for those who want to write is to just sit down and do it. Don’t worry about outlines in the beginning simply or with difficulty write your first paragraph on the page. When I began writing there was no inwritingternet. I went to the library all the time. Once you start writing, even your first page, then you can do some research. Fiction does not require as much as non-fiction, but it will need some, especially if it is historical fiction. In the beginning, you may want to try an outline for your thoughts but don’t be tied to it. Don’t be surprised if your characters and storyline take on a life of its own. Go with it but don’t be afraid to delete and rewrite.

Be prepared to change things around, rewrite, proof, rewrite, and changes things over and over until you get it right. Your first novel should not be more than a maximum of 100,000 words. If it is more than that, you are saying too much, which is common for beginners.

Join a writers group, preferably a Christian group, and never, never, never let anyone other than a writers group member read your work, even then choose carefully. Family members are the worst, and friends, too, for giving you free advice, wanting to rewrite your story for you or give you unneeded criticism.

Needless to say, it can be very discouraging and even cause you to put your book down for good. Some people may offer to proofread it for you, but instead will rewrite if for you, and if that is the case they probably are not good at catching errors but are busy telling you what you should say differently, a good editor can do that. Read your story over many times, pare it down, make sure it is interesting, well written and has a good storyline.

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 through the Blog Guidelines Page. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation, and length.


He Who Has Called You Is Faithful, He Will Do It

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journey. The following blog is from LeAnn Petterson, author of “The Me Only I Get to Be.” For more information on the author visit her website and Facebook. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today.

Choosing WestBow Press

GodSome have said the greatest two days in our lives are the day we are “born again”, and the day we find out why. As a new author, I would invite anyone “sitting on the fence” to fulfill God’s purpose for you through publishing his word. Your book may be the very tool God chooses to accomplish his purposes.

I chose WestBow Press to publish my book because of their open commitment to works of Christian authors. In addition to WestBow’s affiliation with Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishers. All believers are given different gifts at the time of their new birth. The motivational gift I received was that of exhortation (Romans 12:6-8). As such, my whole person seeks to give support, reference hope, and promote faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:10-11). Thus, writing my book fell into line with the “me” the Maker created me to be. Why am I surprised when God chooses to use my book to implement his further purposes? Yet, I am reverently amazed!

He Who Has Called You is Faithful (I Thessalonians 5:24)

I believe God called me to write my book. His Word promised that he would faithfully achieve his purposes through my obedience. So, I put aside the hesitations and fears, and took my first step toward accomplishing this aspect of his will for my life.

He Will Do It (I Thessalonians 5:24)

The resulting obedience provided me with unimagined platforms from which I’ve been able to represent God. He has opened doors to accomplish all he purposed for my book; I’m cooperative, but he is “doing it.”

How Unsearchable Are His Ways (Romans 11:33)

Children:

Doors of the public schools welcomed me as I read my book to multiple assemblies of Kindergarten through third graders. In their letters of thanks to me, students acknowledged that not everyone is the same, and that it’s okay to be “myself.” I saw this as a good “footing” upon which third graders could construct a Godly identity; identities in the process of being established.

Adults:

GodAlthough classified as a children’s book, “The Me Only I Get to Be”, spans across the age continuum. God has used it to affect groups of children and adults, as well as to minister to individuals. Technology made it easy to read the book to a women’s church group. This included an assignment of “Pairing and Sharing” as women read aloud God’s scriptural Word as to the truth of who God claimed they were in Christ Jesus; identities being reclaimed.

I was also blessed to witness the effect my book had upon a young woman whose husband had just given her notice of his leaving the marriage commitment. While reading the book aloud for the first time, she broke into tears…however not for herself. She mentioned her gratitude for all with which God continued to bless her. Her focus shifted from what she had not, to all that God faithfully continued to provide.

Please, Please, move forward into that purpose for which you were created. You may never realize the blessings your obedience will acquire if you don’t take that first step in faith.

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Sharing My Message

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journey. The following blog is from Jim R. Rannells, author of “A Peace that Passes All Understanding.” For more information on the author visit his Facebook. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today.

Publishing with WestBow Press

I think my idea for a book came from the result of journaling for 20 years ever since my son took his life back in 1995. That Christ placed a certain peace about his suicide amessagend that I needed to capture what was happening and eventually get it into book form.

WestBow Press, I would say was just the right publisher at the right time. My desire to get my message out in book form. I believe God had a hand in all.

They encouraged me much through the process of editing and through their e-mails and phone calls. I never lost sight of my goal to finally get my message out in book form. Their high standards as to potential libel even helped me to forgive someone from 30 years back, who I thought caused the death of my wife. I actually wrote another chapter in my book as the result.

All-in-all it was a very good experience to finally get my message out in book form. I am presently writing another book from all the encouragement provided to me by WestBow Press.

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All Faith, No Fear

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journey. The following blog is from Deyona Estep, author of “Take What You Need.” For more information on the author visit her website. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today.

Facing Your Fear

All Faith, No FearFear and faith, two things that don’t mix. One can’t exist if the other is present. In the midst of trial and tribulation we don’t fold, break or clamor. Not because we are confident in our own efforts or strengths but we trust in that of the Lord. One thing that I have aspired to be is “fearless.” Not meaning I don’t feel afraid but I recognize that those feelings are false.

God tells us to be strong and courageous, to not be afraid or discouraged but why? Doesn’t God know that it’s not easy being strong, especially when things around you aren’t going as you planned. It’s not easy to be courageous when you feel unsure. Feelings are fickle and we can’t give in to them. We have to trust in what we know to be true. So he commands us to be brave because he know that he is with us and with him we cannot fail.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Josh 1:9

 Having Faith

What is there to fear when the perfect father is holding your All Faith, No Fearhand, walking with you every step of the way. He’s wanting to lead you and guide you to live out the perfect purpose that he has for your life. Now the only thing that can short circuit us from experiencing the very best that God has for us is fear. Fear tries to hinder us from taking steps of faith.

Faith is not just believing for something to happen. It’s that belief pushing you to take the necessary actions to see those dreams and aspirations come to pass. The root of all feelings of inadequacy, failure, discouragement is fear. That little four letter word tries to keep us stuck, stagnant and bound living half empty when we should always be on full. Only we can allow fear to cripple us, it’s a choice. There is great purpose, skill and yet fulfilled success that lies within us. The only thing that can stop us from fulfilling that is fear. Don’t allow it to hinder you from experience the best that God has for you.

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With Faith You Can Move Mountains

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journey. The following blog is from Marketta Smith, author of “Twenty-Nine Weeks and One Day.” For more information on the author, visit her website or check out her InstagramTo begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Losing a Loved One

God gave me a testimony to share with hundreds and thousands of individuals and one day, millions. I lost my daughter on February 5, 2017 after twenty-nine weeks and one day of pregnancy. Westbow Press changed my life and helped me through publishing my story, 29 Weeks and 1 Day.  I hope my book changes and saves the lives, hopes, dreams, and self-esteem of others. Experiencing the loss of a loved one can strip anyone down to the unknown and the unthinkable but with God, hearts can be healed and comforted out of the deepest thoughts and acts of depression.

My Journey with WestBow Press

WestBow walked me through every stage of my journey through consistent feedback, weekly check-ins via email and phone.

WestBow Press will:

Work with you throughout the entire process,
Exhibit your work,
Support your vision,
Talk you through your comments and questions,
Better your story through expertise editors,
Offer you top-notch support and assistance, and
Wait patiently for you to move through your own writing process.

Growing with WestBow Press

Pressing forward with WestBow Press was an opportunity for me to grow as a person, a writer, and an author. The loss of my child was devastating. I needed to write and wanted to publish my first book. I wanted to share how I decided to overcome and not be buried in hopelessness and depression. It was an opportunity for me to heal and allow my story to heal and help others. I was given the time I need to really select a publishing company that would bring my vision to life. I was never rushed or pushed into making a quick decision. WestBow Press left an impression on not only my heart but the hearts of many others who or am experiencing some type of pain from a loss.

Changing Lives

My book 29 Weeks and 1 Day has begun to change lives of many others. It has reached individuals who suffer from depression due to loss since that impacts many people. My story gives hope that even in the darkest and lowest points of life you can always get up and get out if you activate just a little faith. God can and will do the rest. After publishing, I received inspiring messages on how my book took people living in depression to fighting to climb out. WestBow Press took my vision and perfected it. I initially didn’t believe I would make it through the process and at times wanted to quit. WestBow Press walked me through the entire process from start to finish and then beyond the finish. I am extremely satisfied, thankful, and grateful to become a first time published author through WestBow Press.

– WBP –

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Dr. Mark Kubala on “The Execution of Jesus the Christ”

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 Mark J. Kubala, MD, FAANS, FACS, author of “The Execution of Jesus the Christ: The Medical Cause of Our Lord’s Death During His Illegal Crucifixion”. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Inspiration for My Book

As a Christian neurosurgeon, I first read Dr. Barbet’s book A Doctor at Calvary early on in my career. In this seminal book, Dr. Barbet proposed the theory that Jesus died from asphyxiation (strangulation) based on observations during World War One that prisoners hung by their arms tied over their head, with no foot support, could not exhale. Dr. Barbet felt that when Jesus’ arms were nailed to the crossbeam, and then the crossbeam was lifted on the shaft, his body sagged  (dropped down). He proposed that in this position Jesus was unable to exhale, leading to asphyxiation. Even Dr. Barbet’s partner, Dr. P. J. Smith commented in Appendix II of this book, “This theory is not supported by some of the evidence set out in the book”. However despite the lack of scientific evidence, the theory that Jesus died from asphyxiation has been taught for seventy years.

Past Research

In 1986 there was an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association from the Mayo Clinic about the crucifixion of Jesus. This created quite a stir, as many felt it was inappropriate to have a discussion of the death of Jesus in a medical journal. Since I had part of my training at the Mayo Clinic, this article prompted my interest in the study of the crucifixion of Jesus. I read many books.

Dr. Frederick Zugibe, a forensic pathologist, in his book The Crucifixion of Jesus, a forensic inquiry, carried out experiments with young human volunteers and showed that as long as the feet are stabilized there is no difficulty in breathing in the sagging position. He did not go into great detail as to what was the cause of Jesus’s death. The majority of his book discusses the evidence for the Shroud of Turin. This stirred my interest as to what was the main factor in Jesus dying so soon from his crucifixion.

What the Witnesses Saw

To answer this question, I turned to the Bible. The New Testament is replete with many quotations that say Jesus died “by the loss, or shedding, of his blood.” The only writer that was at the cross during Jesus’s crucifixion was John. However, the other writers must have known and talked to witnesses to the crucifixion, or talk to someone who knew someone who knew the witnesses. Since the eyewitnesses to Jesus’s dying said that he lost a lot of blood, the question came up, then where did this blood loss come from.

In my book, I reviewed the events as they unfolded during the passion of Jesus Christ. I present a new theory as to where this blood loss came from that led to such an early death. My book has been reviewed by many physicians who agree with my conclusion. How wondrous it is to realize that on Good Friday afternoon, as the high priests were slaughtering the lambs as an animal sacrifice, Jesus bled to death for our sins, as our sacrifice for the new Passover.

– WBP –

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Can’t Never Could – Overcoming Fear

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 Sandy Hurst, author of “52 Quick Lessons on the Bible.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

 

Writing With Purpose 

My writing journey began with a focus on students who have yet to learn the basics of scripture or its relevance to their lives.  I have been in the ministry of teaching students for twenty-five years and have never seen a time like this.  Many students do not know the basics of Scripture.  Students are coming to church with no biblical background and no understanding of what the Bible is really about. My heart broke over this disturbing trend.

 

Listening to the Call

I began my summer vacation two years ago writing lessons with simple truths about the Bible with basic life verses added. I wanted this project to be finished and ready for our students when we started Wednesday night Bible club again in August. Thus, my writing journey began. When August came, I piloted the lessons as our curriculum on Wednesday nights. It went better than I could have ever imagined. Our leaders loved my lessons and thought they were perfect for our elementary students. Many leaders with various teaching styles loved the simplicity of my lessons. The cool thing was that my study leaders varied from retirees to young teachers; everyone was able to use my lessons based on student needs.

One Wednesday evening after our Bible club, the leaders approached me saying that I needed to publish the lessons for other churches to use as a resource. I thought there was no way that could happen. God has a sense of humor because I am not a writer by any means. Since that conversation, it seemed that God continued to impress on me to publish. I researched self-publishing companies and always returned to WestBow. It seemed that each time that I attempted to move forward, I would hesitate due to fear. I was at the point that I would call WestBow and hang up before anyone would answer.

 

Letting Go Of Fear

“Cain’t never could,” was a quote my mother said many times. This saying always came to mind when deciding whether or I would publishing a book.  I had to start somewhere and that is what I did.  My favorite verse, 2 Timothy 1:7 came to my thoughts consistently. With this verse in mind, I picked up the phone to finally contact WestBow Press. The verse says, “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.” Fear of “can’t,” and “ain’t” will not allow you to try. God showed me that He gives power, love, and a sound mind. This was the confidence I needed to say I could by trusting Him and using WestBow to complete this project.

 

Reflection of Thankfulness

I look back on my publishing journey and think WOW! I am thankful for this opportunity and proud of the accomplishment God has allowed in my life. My hope is that if one church uses this as a resource to share God’s word then my work is done. The take away from this experience is to release the spirit of fear and let God’s power, love, and sound mind lead you on a writing journey that could possibly change lives with your obedience.

 

– WBP –

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Labor of Love

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 Paul J. Murphy, author of “Leading Well.” You can learn more about Paul by visiting his author Facebook page. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

 

Something to Say

“I want to write a book.”  I was a young pastor in my late 20’s when I first voiced my author dream.  Ray, a seasoned friend and mentor, smiled and placed his hand on my shoulder, responding, “But you don’t have anything to say yet.

Thirty-five years later, I finally felt I had something worth saying, specifically, about living as a Christian leader. Leading Well is about the Purpose, Power, Personalities and Practice of Christian leadership. It is intentionally practical while also being theological. It is experiential, not merely idealistic. It is about inner development and outer skills.

But, how would I get Leading Well published? I enlisted my network, searching for publishers. This lead to direct contact with several major publishers. After reviewing my manuscript, they all politely declined, citing other big name authors who already have published books on Christian leadership.

Then, I received an email from Matt, a young man in his mid-twenties. Matt attended a church in Hollywood where I had served as an intentional interim pastor the previous twelve months. He mentioned that a man who had been his youth pastor had transitioned to work for a publisher, though Matt did not know much more than that. This information lead to several phone calls with Keith Ogorek, who usually began the conversation by saying, “Paul I am getting into a taxi in New York so I have a few minutes to talk now.”

Keith connected me to WestBow Press.  I now had a publisher!

 

Labor Pains

When my wife was in labor with our first child the attending nurse told us that 1 out of 100 women in labor “quit”. She explained that the woman would be far along in labor, but mentally hit the wall. These women literally got up off the bed and began walking to the hospital elevators saying, “I’ve changed my mind, I don’t want to do this.”

Labor, including labor pain, was what I felt during the publishing process. It took longer than I expected. Along the way, I felt frustration, anger, weariness, then finally peace and satisfaction.

I knew what I wanted to say, but in what order I was not always sure. Moving sections and then moving them again was wearying. Eventually, I had lost all objectivity about my own manuscript.

I sent the manuscript to twelve of my closest friends and colleagues, inviting their honest feedback. Eleven responded with varying versions of “good for you Paul”.  The twelfth, Dave, emailed me two pages of critiques saying “I suppose that perhaps there might be a good book in there somewhere, maybe….”.

For two days I nursed the sting of his critiques, and tried not to be defensive.  I asked another good friend what he thought of Dave’s critiques.  He felt Dave had valid, useful feedback.

So it was back to work, more ‘labor pains’ as I revised what I had already labored to write. In the Acknowledgements section of Leading Well you will find this sentence, “A number of friends invested time to read the draft version of this book, offering their compliments and constructive critiques.  The end result is better than what I would have produced on my own.”  That is my thank you sentence to Dave.

 

The Final Push

Finally I was ready to email my revised and improved manuscript to WestBow Press. WestBow reviewed portions of the manuscript and sent it back marked up with various change notes.  They insisted on a “release” (to avoid any invasion of privacy) from my deceased mother (tough getting her to sign a release, so they excused me) and from my elderly incapacitated father who could not walk, talk, chew or write. I felt like I had been pushing for months, years, yet still no baby – no birth. This was taking longer than I expected. Wasn’t my publisher supposed to HELP, rather than frustrate me?

After venting my anger and frustration, I took a cleansing breath and went back to pushing. I was actually closer to birth than I realized. I once again sent off my latest revised version of the manuscript. Instead of more change notes, WestBow sent me proofs to approve for publication. Several (uneventfully peaceful) weeks later, my newborn arrived: triplets – a hard back, paperback, and  e-book stub versions.

I will not tell you that Leading Well is perfect, but it is what I wanted to communicate. All the pain of writing, rewriting, revising, negotiating WestBow’s edits, and enduring Dave’s critiques was worth it. Leading Well is a better book for the struggle. Here is what I wrote in the introduction:

This book is for Christian leaders, whether in the ministry or in the marketplace.”

 

God’s Fingerprints

How do we experience the fingerprints of God upon us and upon the ministry He has given us? Leading Well is arranged by sections – the Purpose, Power, Personalities, and Practice of “leading well” as a Christ-like servant leader.

I have written this book to spark renewal in your own life, while equipping you to lead well in ministry.  I hope you will experience a caring arm around your shoulder and a firm hand in the middle of your back as we discover what it means for leaders to help Christian ministries meet the challenge of their calling.  Our calling is worth it.  The world for which Jesus gave His life needs the body of Christ to be who it is, because “if it is who it ain’t, then it ain’t who it is.

Who knows. Yet now, writing a second book does not seem so hard.

 

 

– WBP –

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God Speaks Through Dreams

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 Wendy Westerfield , author of “Adventures with Piggy.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

A Stirring Soul

In September 2015, I headed to Nashville for the DotMOM Conference. As a mom of 3 kiddos, I was ready to be recharged, encouraged, and with Jesus. I remember listening to Karen Kingsbury speak there. She was reading one of her children’s books, Let Me Hold You Longer. Karen had all the moms crying and wanting to go home to love their children better and show them Jesus.  At that moment, I felt a stirring in my spirit: God had more for me to be doing. I want to encourage moms and families, I want to share God’s love. I want to help build character in kids and let them know that with God they can do anything. My desire is that people are moved to see Jesus.

On October 26, I woke up from a dream feeling such an urgency from the Lord. I had an inexplicable feeling that God was up to something.  I wrote in my prayer journal because I knew I had heard Him and didn’t want to miss or forget anything.

My Prayer

Lord,   

I want so much to do something extraordinary for you. God give Matt and I a fresh new vision of how our family can serve you. How we can use our talents, gifts and experiences to lead people to You. We want to see them excited about you.  Give them the desire to live for You, not out of obligation but a longing to want to be more like You. Show us what that looks like.  Place people into our lives that can speak and encourage us.  Open doors for ministry. Open a new door for our family. God I feel like You said to write a book. Give me guidance and direction.

May this dream and desire come to fruition. Give me favor. Guide me in the right direction. May I feel Your presence always. Fill our house with Your presence. Touch our kids. Use them for Your glory. May they turn to You and love You. God my desire is to see our family serving together and ministering together. Give us a clear vision.

God Speaks

Soon after my prayer, God spoke to me for the first time about writing a book. I found it quite strange that He would want me to write. I am not the best writer. I never know where to put the correct punctuation and I am not a woman of fancy, big words. As time passed, almost a year, I continued to pray for God’s guidance and wisdom.  I still didn’t know exactly what He wanted me to write.

And then it happened…another dream. I woke up with the main character, as well as the title of my first book. I knew this was God. So I wrote, and that was the day Adventures with Piggy became a reality.

My whole life I have always been encouraged and told I could do anything. When it comes to things I’m not naturally good at, I tend to doubt myself or shrink back in fear. What I’ve learned through this whole process though, is that God would not put a dream in my heart if He hadn’t already given me everything I needed to fulfill it. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. If God has spoken to you, I encourage you not to let fear keep you from trusting Him and Dreaming Big.

– WBP –

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