"Clearly I have a choice, I can write or I can choose not to write. It's been in my brain and my heart for a week and this is the first time I have done it. And I'm sitting here writing in a notebook when what I really think God wants is for me to write publicly on a blog----okay what I fear is that He wants me to write a book. Did I mention that I'm not a writer???? People with passion for writing write books; people like me do not write books. Oh my, just change my name to Moses now!""
Brooke, author of Warrior Prayers and Notes to Aspiring Writers: Your Dream, God’s Plan (due out next week), is having a little give-away of some interesting items on launch day, and she's challenged her blog readers to write an "elevator pitch" for their books. It's been fun to read other people's blogs on this. Those other people clearly have a dream to have a book published. I want to state up front that I don't have any problem whatsoever with that dream and even think that it could be a God given dream for them. It's just not my dream. My dream is to be obedient in every area and specifically in this call to write. Therefor, I don't have an "elevator pitch" so to speak. My hope is that if I am given the opportunity to be on an elevator or visit with a publisher type person someday that our conversation would go something like this:
Me: Is there anything that I can be praying for you about personally? How about professionally? I know it must be hard for you to determine how to respond to the masses that flock to you!
Publisher-type: shares some prayer requests or maybe vents about their job
Together we pray, right there, right that instant.
Publisher-type: Being leery of everyone, asks, "So do you have a book?"
Me: "God has placed a book deep in my heart. So deep that I'm not even sure where to find it most of the time. It's His book. It's about life. If He wants it published it will be. Did He tell you about my book?"
If the response is a "yes", I would simply ask this person to pray about and get back to me if that's what God lead him or her to do.That's my dream conversation. There may come a point in time that God places in my heart or directs my path into actively seeking a publishing deal with someone---of course that would require a bit more of a book. For the moment, I write. I write here on this blog, I write in my personal journal, and I write here on a blog about my family's journey through cancer. At some point, all of this writing might come together in book form, or it may not. My prayer is still the same, that I would be obedient to the call that I heard so clearly back in April. Pray for me?
By the way, I'd love to pray for you too......just leave a comment here.