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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Critique/Review (for writers) (05/06/10)

TITLE: Amid All These Things
By Jean Beier



There are many reasons that one decides to become a writer. For some it is a burning desire that has been with them from the time of their birth, which cannot be denied. Others have a specific cause that needs to be expressed in every form of media, to reach as many people and locations as possible. Job opportunities open up, so one will learn the writing skill in order to provide themselves employment. This is just a few intents, from a long list, that a person will find themselves at the computer or with pen and paper.

For me, the reason I became a writer, has only recently become evident. Enjoying writing has been an off and on experience for me. That is, until about two years or so ago, at which time God placed it on my heart to write a book.

Why me and how can it be, are just a couple of the questions that came to my mind after His request. Being horrible at grammar and a lack of experience also hit hard on my confidence in accepting that I had actually heard the Lordís voice in my spirit.

Why does God ask us to do anything? As I asked myself that question my first response was that He asks so we can bring Him glory, honor, and pleasure. But now after nearly a year of writing in a faith filled writing group, I have learned that He also will ask us to do what will help us to grow, mature, and heal in Him. Godís ultimate goal is for us to be happy, free, and to live in victory.

As I write, more and more I receive self confidence beyond my highest expectations. With each written story or article that receives constructive criticism, brings growth in my writing skills, and also toughens my ability to accept negative along with the positive comments given.

As time has passed, I recognize the main reason for Godís request that I write the book. He knew, whereas I didnít, my fear of rejection. This fear came from years and years of rejection that I received from all areas and experiences in my life, including from family and friends, and a divorce that I did not want. I no longer knew love.

Within the writing process, criticism and rejection is part of all that it is. The critiques and reviews not only bring writing skill growth, but it also breaks off the spirit and oppression of rejection. I have found this to be true in me.

I still cringe a bit when I read a review that strikes at an error or a different opinion as I, but yet I have come a long way, and know that as long as I stay trusting in the Lord, I will come through a conqueror and in victory. And in the future when I have completed writing the book that God placed in my heart, I will receive all comments and any rejections as love from the Lord, and I will not give up.

Amid all these things I am more than a conqueror and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved me. Romans 8:37 AMP

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Brian Haugrud05/13/10
You have really opened up your heart...keep writing and don't get discouraged! I have to remind myself that a critique is only one point of view.
AnneRene' Capp05/13/10
Encouraging article for everyone and I respect your fortitude to press past and through the heart hindering moments of negative critiques. You are right about God using all of it to help us grow.
Mildred Sheldon05/13/10
Thank you for a heart felt story. I loved your title because it touched my heart. Critiques hurt but it helps us grow in stength. You will indeed write your book if you keep on keeping on. God bless.
Susan Montaperto05/14/10
Thank you for a very honest writer'story. We all have our fears. It is Christ who promises to shepherd us through all things. Let us know when you complete your book.