Writing a book is risky business. First, you have the emotional vulnerability of: putting your thoughts; feelings; perceptions; ability to remain objective or tactfully offer opinions when appropriate; and, the ultimate success of the book out for the public to see. You ask - Is it worth the risk of investing time and resources? What are my goals? Am I attempting to bring attention and glory to myself or am I an empty vessel asking to be filled and refresh others?
These are the things the writer needs to pray about and seek His guidance. When it comes to risks, the teachings of Jesus indicate He prefers for you to trust Him and take the risk, rather than hold back through fear and self-reliance. Remember the story of the ten talents? Jesus gave one man five talents to invest; another man two talents; and, a third man one talent. Writing a book was similar to investing one talent.
Remember, talents were a form of monetary currency, but for the sake of a parable, could also imply actual talents as skills. If you write the book and do nothing else with it, you are like the person with one talent. You look at the coin, maybe shine it up a little, get some personal satisfaction out of it and bury it in the back yard where it is safe. Your book is like the coin.
If nobody reads or hears the message, you have placed your lamp under a bushel basket. If you were given two talents, you wisely invest them and enjoy returns. You write the book, make constructive efforts and wisely participate in time and resources to publish and market the book. Or finally, you were given five talents which might include: your message; your diligence in writing it; insights into marketing; amplifying your efforts; and, building your platform.
You say, “Wait a minute! All I want to do is write a book and submit it to one of the “Big Six” publishing houses, or a Christian publisher to get the message out and earn my financial reward. What’s all this talk about marketing and amplifying?” To the servant who was given five talents, the Master doubled them. He ordered the servant with the one talent, to give his one talent to the servant with the ten talents. He said, “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even that shall be taken away.” (Matthew 25: 27 NASB)
This is not about God gifting some more than others. He equips each of us uniquely. It is about providing resources to those who invest what He has given them. This is an act of trusting in Him. To do otherwise is to fear because you are trusting only in your ability and limited wisdom. Pray for your message and your mode of expression. Ask for the faith to carry it out. He will inspire and empower you to carry the project through. You grow in the process.
Like any learning situation, the more you learn about writing, the more you realize you need to know. Writing is fascinating because you are able to study so many topics and connect the dots for others. You also learn how to observe, listen and understand before trying to help others understand in connecting with the reader. You lose the attitude of: “I put it out there. They should have gotten it.” You gain an attitude of how you can make your message visible. “Wisdom makes knowledge acceptable.” (Proverbs 15:2)
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Jerry is a retired teacher who loves to work in his wood, metal and leather shops. He has released Woodcutter’s Revival, historical fiction novel this past autumn. You can find Revived: Story of Publishing a Christian Novel, Kindle at Amazon.com.
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