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!
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!
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!
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”!!!
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