Took me long enough, huh?
I won’t apologize. Covid-19 threw a wrench into everything, didn’t it?
I had to decide. Would I post this first e-book at a time like this?
But as I thought about it, I thought, this might just be the perfect time. We are cloistered in our homes. We can’t be out and about. Our lives have changed. I have a hunch we might all be thinking a little more in general.
Fear does that.
We might already have this figured out. I know blogging and writing is God’s special call in my life. I know I have the gift of encouragement and teaching. We should all know our spiritual gifts and embrace them. There is nothing wrong with saying you know what your gifts are. Sometimes, I think Christians think it’s bragging. Of course, it isn’t. Let’s not “fake” humility.
Of course, those two gifts didn’t automatically lead to writing. I know a number of people who share these same gifts but it is lived out very differently. Some open their homes to bible study. Some teach Bible studies.
I, too, have done those things and felt confident they were what I was supposed to be doing at that time. But we grow and change as God challenges us to take the next step. Writing has been that next step for me.
I have been writing for years in different formats but now find God is leading me in this new chapter. This is a big challenge for me because it means I have to learn how to self-publish.
This is my first book. I’m happy to share it with you and hope you will share it with others. Frankly, I don’t know how to copyright it or put a watermark on it to protect it so I’m trusting all of you to not reprint it in any form without asking for my written permission. (More than likely I will give it.)
The next book is much “heftier” but I’m so excited about it. It’s a sixty-day devotional (although not a sixty page book by any means) for Christians who experience or have experienced depression. Not only have I lived it, I’ve researched the subject about as much as my finite mind will allow.
I hope to finish it up very soon. (Very soon meaning a few weeks or months.)
I feel I need to add this. I’m well aware that some of you who read this may have recently lost your job and the future looks bleak. I’ ve been there and I know how scary that feels. And I, too, might think, “Hey, Rebecca, I’ve got all I can do to think about my “more” when I’m wondering where the next meal is coming from”.
I get that. I’ve been there. Unemployment is scary business. But the truth is it’s often in the midst of a crisis that we find out “more”. It was in the pit of clinical depression that I learned some of my greatest lessons and where my “more” began.
Be sure to share this book with others while it is free. Same with the next one, which is actually book-size. Eventually, I will charge for these books but not for a while. When I do, except for publishing costs, all sale proceeds will be donated to charity.
Would you believe I even had a small anxiety attack yesterday just thinking about posting this book? I mean I’ve written a book many times over just on this blog. Ridiculous, huh? But now that I’m calling it a book, it scares me.
Anyway, God bless and stay safe.
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