As an author, I have certainly experienced my ups and downs, disappointments and joys. From five-star reviews to a one star scathing review a year ago from a Satanist who read my book and “hated it”. I know, I know…it’s a “duh moment”; of course a Satanist would hate my books that are Christ-centred but still it’s tough to have someone trash a book that I’ve spent so much time and energy on. Every author, no matter how famous and well-known you are, will experience a bad review. It’s inescapable.
But this week has been an unforgettable week for me personally as an author, and I can honestly say I had nothing to do with it, it was all God.
It started out with an email from Literary Classics saying my book, Love the Wounded, had received a five-star review and the “Seal of Approval” from them. Literary Classics is “an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in children’s and young adult literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.” To learn more about Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com
This recognition came right out of the blue for me. I was shocked, humbled and honoured and immediately I praised God because it was only last week I had begged God to give me some kind of “sign” that He still wanted me to write because I was so discouraged about it all that I was seriously considering giving up writing entirely and getting a “real” job.
I received another email that very same day, from a man in Saudi Arabia. He had read my story, “Do Angels Wear Glasses?” in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book: Parenthood. He said the story, “touched my heart and soothed my soul in a very positive way” and just wanted to write to me and tell me that. How cool is that?
But I have found that God always speaks to me in threes. Don’t ask me why. I’m like Peter, I guess. (John 21:1-25)
I received an email yesterday from a blog writer whom I had never met, who said he thought my writing was “great” and he wanted to feature my books on his Facebook page. I was flattered, I’ve had my books featured on lots of Facebook pages before, but I had no idea the exposure THIS page would give them. What Christians Want to Know is wildly popular and has a HUGE fan audience with 146 K followers. Within minutes of my books being posted on the page there were a hundred “likes” and shares.
Things like this don’t just happen by accident or coincidence…
So today, I am praising God for encouraging a discouraged author.