The Writer’s Heart: Encouragement

The Writer’s Heart: Encouragementbooks

“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:

and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”

Proverbs 15:23, KJV

Joshua found himself in a difficult situation when the Lord chose him to follow Moses in leading the children of Israel into the promised land. Think about it. God had done many wonderful works through Moses. He had given him wisdom, power, and strength to endure forty years with a multitude of people prone to whine instead of worship. Joshua needed a word spoken in due season, and the Lord through Moses supplied the word.

“Be strong and of a good courage:

for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee;

he will be with thee,

he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee:

fear not, neither be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 31: 7-8, KJV

Joshua received encouragement through the LORD’s charge, his presence, his word, his promises, and Moses’s example of God’s faithfulness.

As an author, I could get sidelined by the success and fame of the many great authors I respect. But the Lord has wrapped me in the same encouragement he gave Joshua—the same he gives authors who consistently gift us with best sellers, the same he gives authors who faithfully write wondering if or when.

He has given us another charge through Paul’s words to Timothy:

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee …

give thyself wholly to them:

that thy profiting may appear to all.”

1 Timothy 4:14a,15b, KJV

We have the charge, the promises of God, and his presence as we seek to tell his story. He goes before us. And as the Lord gives each of us encouragement, we are to pass that encouragement to others.

“And let us consider one another

to provoke unto love and to good works:”

Hebrews 10:24, KJV

Encouragement for a writer comes—

  •  In the inner voice of the Lord saying, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant …”
  • In the bloody red marks of the editors pushing us to make our writing its best,
  • In the words we hear from our readers,
  • from fellow authors,
  • the awards we receive,
  • through those who have persevered,
  • and yes, through book sales and those coveted reviews.

Writer’s encourage one another by helping with the launch, reading the book, and leaving an honest review.

This process isn’t about selling books but putting the message into the hands of the readers. Yes, the process does translate into book sales, but the end goal is giving the gift of encouragement to another.

One last important tool of encouragement comes wrapped in prayer for our books to reach the one they were written for.

If you have received encouragement from a recently read book, won’t you leave a review on Amazon, GoodReads, or Bookbub?


Books to Check Out:

Below are some titles from my recently read books, including several genres and my own,

  • The Nazarene’s Price, by Donna K. Stearns, Historical Biblical Fiction.
  • The Rancher’s Legacy, by Susan Page Davis, historical fiction;
  • Love In Any Season, four novellas by Regina Rudd Merrick, Amy R. Anguish, Sarah Anne Crouch, and Heather Greer, Contemporary Christian Romance;
  • Anna’s Song, by Brenda Gates, Time Travel Saga;
  • The Ghosts of Trumball Mansion, Linda Wood Rondeau, Mystery, Suspense, Romance;
  • The Exploits of Edna and Gertie, by Jan Pierce, Humorous Friendship Fiction;
  • The Domino Effect, Origins, by Cassiday Stearns, Teen, YA Superhero Fiction;
  • Who Am I? by Deryn van der Tang, Christian Inspiration,
  • and last but not least, Who Made This Mess, by Dayna Ault, Children’s Fiction;

For more information see Amazon or Goodreads—and be an encourager to not only the author but those looking for a book to fit their needs. Thank you, and happy reading!

What’s your latest read?


The Writer’s Heart: Words

The Writer’s Heart: Words

“Oh that my words were now written!

Oh that they were printed in a book!”

Job 19:23, KJV

Is this not the dream, the driving desire of every writer? With the publication of The Nazarene’s Price, my desire became a reality, as it does with every author who holds that first copy in his/her hands.

Within the cover of our work, whether fiction or nonfiction, power to change the world resides by reaching out to the one the words capture. We’ve heard it said,

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”*

Long before this famous quote, the Lord inspired his writers to pen the power of our words.

“The lips of the righteous feed many … 

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life …

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones …

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”**

The author’s tongue finds its expression through the written word. We hold a great responsibility in handling our words carefully.

“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart

bringeth forth good things:

and an evil man out of the evil treasure

bringeth forth evil things.

But I say unto you,

that every idle word that men shall speak,

they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

Matthew 12:35,36, KJV

Daunting isn’t it? But the workshops and speakers we listen to at conferences teach us the same concept—except for the judgment of God part. We do learn our words are judged by the publishers and editors as they remind us to make every word count. Each word drives our purpose, our message. Done well the words have the power to change one life at a time through encouragement, hope, feeling as if the reader is not alone, someone understands.

When one is touched by the author’s writing, the writer and the reader become partners in sharing words powerful enough to affect change.

My novel, The Nazarene’s Price, has been out for two months now. Many came to celebrate with me at the book signing. A few have left public reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, a few have been left in comments on my website, but just as important are those who have called to say, “I identified with Matthias and his doubts because of the places I have been,” and “Your book made me feel I was there with those I’ve only ready about before,” or “I’m passing this one on to _________.”

My readers encourage me, and I want to thank them for expressing how my words touched them.

I do remind readers, not only of my work but any author’s work, of the importance of reaching out to others by leaving reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub, Barnes and Noble, or other sites. Your words there or by word of mouth serve as a means to others to read books that may speak to their hearts. In this way, the author and the reader share in—

a word well spoken, and seeing another’s life changed.

What book has spoken to your heart?

*Edward Bulwer Lytton penned the quote after Richelieu spoke them to King Louis XIII. Source, BBC News.

**Proverbs 10:2a;15:4a; 16:24; 18:21,KJV