I’ve always liked to write. I have notebooks half-filled with sermons, journals, a book of unpublished poetry, Bible studies I’ve written and taught. I’ve written a song or two, and also write e-mails or send cards by snail mail to encourage people. I’ve published two children’s books and my third one is about to be released. I’ve started working on a cookbook. Sometime I want to write my memoirs and perhaps a booklet about my experience with clinical anxiety-based depression.
Writing is therapeutic for me when I know I can help and encourage someone. In the summer of 2008 I felt called of God to write books for children, but had no training in writing. I stepped out in faith and began writing my Biff and Becka children’s trilogy. I believe kids need to be given good, solid reading material that will help shape their thinking for a lifetime. Some parents have told me the books help them in parenting.
It’s a passion of mine to speak up and defend the truth of God’s Word in living the Christian life, in moral, social, and political issues of the day. I passionately desire that people will make Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives and love the Lord their God, their Creator. To love God is to hate evil, Scripture says. It’s a passion of mine to encourage friends and family to stay on the “straight and narrow” way that leads to life. It’s a passion of mine to pray as well.
We live in a heart-rending day when our culture says good is evil, and evil is good (Isaiah 5:20). I am passionate about warning against that kind of thinking. There’s a fire in my belly to stand for truth and righteousness.
I am a teacher with a pastor’s heart. That’s the reason I write. Others may stand in a pulpit or on a street corner and preach. I am not a gifted or fluent speaker, because I fight the tendency to stutter when I talk. Others may have a ministry in singing, or whatever. But I feel fulfilled when I write something I feel is worthwhile. If I don’t write for a day or two, I get the “itch” to write.
So. You say you want to write. Thanks to my friend Dennis Burton who posted on my facebook author page, “Teach me how to write,” I plan to write some posts about my journey in writing, and share some tips that may help you in your journey as well.