Whether a book is or isn't written fast or slow doesn't necessarily mean it's superior or inferior. In my personal opinion, slow and steady wins the race. Not only that, but if writers are in a hurry they may easily miss moments when God speaks to them, guides them, or anoints them with His Holy Spirit. And the finished content reveals it.
I've been experiencing Jesus in a whole new way with my upcoming book, Sacred Wandering: Growing Your Faith in the Dark. Despite how turtle slow it's going, I've seen the Lord's hand print upon each page. Truly, it's a labor of love.
Although, I'm glad for authors who do write and finish their books fast, it's not what works for me. Instead, what works best for me is to sit still. Be patient. Trust God. Wait on Him. Expect Him to go before me. And when the Spirit moves me and directs me, the words flow smoothly.
The truth about letting my book go and surrendering it to Christ is that it's all about His time line. It is His plan. It's His purpose. He receives all of the glory!
Ultimately, when I let go to let God to what only He can do, my readers experience our mighty Lord for themselves. They connect with Him on a deeper level. No matter what they're facing, they strengthen their faith. As a vessel of Christ, my readers relate to me and my own story. It's teachable moments to put their faith into action.
There are authors who self-publish and authors who have contracts with traditional publishers. Totally two different circumstances. Both have pros and cons. Some authors have written books with traditional publication and self-publication.
Over five years ago, even though I was offered a contract with a traditional publisher, the Lord prompted me to self-publish. It was absolutely not my choice. Despite my wrestling over it, I experienced one of those brilliant "God moments" when He made it crystal clear.
Oftentimes, Jesus will lead us outside our comfort zone. He will nudge us to boldly trust Him. God will be God and He knows best. Follow wherever He leads. Bravely, trust that if He calls you to write a book, He will most certainly equip you to complete it.
As for deadlines, they are more rigid when it's with a traditional publisher. Those who choose self-publication have more wiggle room. Most authors will set a deadline for themselves. I do have a deadline for my upcoming book, but in reality it's truly God willing.
The writing journey with my fourth book, Sacred Wandering, has by far been the most transformational experience. God is opening up my eyes to see things that I hadn't ever seen before. My relationship has grown much closer to Him. I could never write or complete this book without Him being the soul purpose for it.
Today, I'm in awe with God's supernatural provision for me. For my writing. For expanding my territory. For opening new doors in public speaking at women's conferences. For touching other lives in a positive way.
My heavenly Fathers love lifts me up! He has my back. He goes before me to have an impact on the world around me. He's called me for such a time as this to trust in His beautiful calling upon my life.
When something is God ordained, such as writing books, we can't rush the process. Masterpieces take time to refine.
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