When I told my husband I felt it was time for me write a book about my Christian life, I said, “But that’s ridiculous. Who am I to tell the world how to walk with God?”
He said, “Just say that if God could make something of you, imagine what He could do with a person who had something to begin with.”
Fortunately he laughed as he said it. But he’s right. God will take what we offer Him and make something good of it.
Not My Ideas
Some of my best ideas for novels come as I read the Bible and the writings not only of people like Chambers, Lewis, Spurgeon, but also daily devotions by aspiring writers. Often I discover something my fictional character needs to learn.
I had a character read Job and begin to see her life compared to Job’s plight. And I was inspired to craft a restoration ending for that novel.
In Isaiah, God says, “My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (55:11 nlt).
That should give us writers great confidence.
Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning author with more than 3 million books in print. She directs the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat each October at Ridgecrest, N.C.
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