Writers pay for marketing, host giveaways, visit bookstores and book clubs, belong to author groups, and spend a lot of money promoting their books. Why? Is it because we’re egotistical and self-promoting? Is it because we’re cold entrepreneurial business people? No. Let me explain.
Only a handful of bestselling authors receive help marketing their books, leaving all other authors to do their own marketing. If no marketing is done, no one finds the book amid the eight to twelve million other titles on Amazon. Even so, the motive of a Christian writer to promote her work is far from selfish.
The truth is, we’re all a product of the grace of God and the investments of others. None of us can take all the credit or boast in anything we’ve done. Giftedness and inspiration come from outside of ourselves, from things we see and hear, from ideas that leapfrog off experiences. In the womb and throughout our lives God fashions our bent and inspires ideas, stories, and words.
Teachers have taught us; parents or guardians have raised us. Mentors have equipped us. Friends and supporters have encouraged and assisted us.
None of us have created alone. Because of the Lord and all of these people, we have been able to produce something for the benefit of others and the furtherance of the gospel. This is why we want to spread the word far and wide.
This isn’t about us. It’s about the people we had in mind as the creation of the story began, as we worked on it, and when we completed it. We had you in mind. This is about you. Therefore we bring the good news to you. We tell you where to find the story. We broadcast the message, so you can find it. We run with it.
Habakkuk penned God’s own words. Obviously, this is a type of inspiration above and beyond what the modern Christian writer receives. The Holy Spirit moved Habakkuk to record what He said.
“I will stand on my guard post
And station myself on the rampart;
And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me,
And how I may reply when I am reproved.
Then the Lord answered me and said,
‘Record the vision
And inscribe it on tablets,
That the one who reads it may run'”
Though we’re not Scripture writers, authors who love the Lord also wait on the Lord’s leading and inspiration. As with Habakkuk, we know the Lord wants to inform our generation of His love, justice, and mercy. And, like Habakkuk, we know that each is to “run” with this message, telling others.
In the case of Habakkuk, it was bad news. Judgment was coming, and it was to be delivered by the Babylonians, a vicious people. Once God’s message arrived, Habakkuk wrote it down, and the bad news went out.
In the case of fiction writers, we proclaim the truth of God’s love and mercy in story form, the modern-day parable of fiction. We’ve learned to craft fiction that draws readers in, so they’re impacted by the truth in the story. A story is powerful. A seeking friend can be given a Christian novel and enjoy it immensely when they might never pick up a non-fiction Christian book explaining the gospel.
The Lord led me to write a story of the Creation, the time in the Garden of Eden, and the Fall. I worked on the story for eight years, until I was certain it contained the message the Lord wanted me to write. Now I present it to you as a source for your encouragement and for your friends.
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