It’s true! I have signed with NavPress to publish my first book and I’m really excited. You, like me, may be wondering, “How in the world?” Here’s a little back story (where “little” equals “more than you probably want to know, but humor me because I don’t get to do this every day.”)
1975: My 6th grade teacher, Ms. Barbur, tries to encourage me to work more and talk less by telling me I should consider a career in writing. This sticks with me and even though I never actually do quit talking, I grow in my love for writing. (Ms. Barbur, incidentally, was the first woman I ever knew who was neither a Miss nor a Mrs. and it seemed very confusing and dangerous to my sixth-grade sensibilities.)
1982: Wanting to get out of my small town, but being only 16 years old, my parents help me decide that a year or two at Bible college is a better start for me than jumping into the deep, dark waters of University life. I just plan to kill a little time and maybe get a date or two, but one word study in the Greek and Hebrew and I’m hooked. I don’t necessarily love college, but it is where I learn to love the Word of God like none other. (I also got a really awesome boyfriend there who maintains that position to this very day.)
2007: Startling discovery: blogging is a great way to get rid of a lot of extra words. I write my first post and agonize over the prospect of sending all those words out into the world to be ravaged by wolves and agnostics and stuff. After much searching of the soul, I take the brave leap into blogdom and my words go out to a crowd of about six. And my mom. To my knowledge, no agnostics were in this initial batch of readers (though I do have some who email me now and they’re generally clever, insightful and kind.)
Fall 2010: My strong husband begins to feel very weak and we take our first, wobbly steps toward the most frightening days of our lives. Again my blog becomes the place I go to share my heart, and the warmth and love we receive when we tell the story of Steve’s diagnosis is just staggering. And beautiful. In the midst of these crazy, spinning days, we are approached by a literary agent who has become familiar with my blog and my speaking, with the offer of representation. (It rarely happens this way – generally, authors have to pursue agents but I can tell you that I never, ever would have had the time or the heart or the energy to pursue anything other than getting dinner on the table during this season of our lives. So, this connection felt very divine, very right.)
For the rest of 2010 and through the summer of 2011, I work on the book, Beautiful Battlefields – the story of how God meets us in the fiercest fights of life and makes us strong and beautiful through them. In September of 2011 the proposal goes out to publishers and I go back to getting dinner on the table.
December 2011: We – amazingly – receive offers from two fantastic publishing houses and after prayerful consideration, decide to sign with NavPress. I am still astounded and so excited to be working with such a great publisher, with a rich history of providing excellent discipleship resources.
Release date for the book is set for February, 2013. I know it seems like a long way off – but that’s because you don’t have to edit it. Do you have any idea how many commas and colons are going to need to be fixed in that poor manuscript? Turns out, I have never fully grasped several fundamental elements of punctuation and have developed a love affair with ellipses that is…unhealthy. Much work ahead!
So, that’s my story. I’ll keep you updated as things happen. I’ll probably whine about the process a fair amount. But for Steve and I, at the end of the day, our prayer remains the same as it has been since our very first date in 1984: Jesus, be glorified. In all our words and ways. In all our hopes and dreams. Be the singular, shining focus of our lives. Because only You are worthy.
Solo deo gloria,