I’m glad you asked! It’s a long tale, however I’ll maintain it quick.
I left an extremely unique paid ministry placement over four years earlier, uncertain what I was expected to do with myself next. Six months later on, sitting alone at a spot somewhere along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, I was still wondering, as well as cried out to God to reveal me the ideal direction for my life. At the time, I read through Isaiah. After I had hoped, the extremely following words I check out were these:
” Listen to, you deaf, look, you blind, and also see! Who is blind however my slave, as well as deaf like the messenger I send out? That is blind like the one dedicated to me, blind like the servant of the Lord? You have seen lots of points, but have overlooked; your ears are open, yet you listen to absolutely nothing.” (Is 42:18 -20).
Needless to say, I sat up as well as took notice! What was it I had not listened to or seen? Instantly I felt God say to me, not in a judgmental way, yet in a gentle and also caring voice: ‘I’ve already shown you what to do, Jo-Anne! Go home, write the book, as well as discover Turkish!’.
I did precisely that. A minimum of, I tried to discover Turkish, as time permitted. I had actually currently begun to think of my initial book before this trip to Turkey to visit my buddy, yet had actually put it apart, too distracted to make any progression, and also not sure concerning whether this was undoubtedly a ‘reputable’ task on which to waste my time. Now I chose that if God had actually claimed it was okay, after that perhaps I could do it – specifically if by someday having it released, I can therefore money future trips to Turkey to sustain my pal’s ministry there!
I started composing in earnest. There had actually been a suggestion for an unique deep inside me for a very long time – over twenty years, as a matter of fact, ever since meeting a bold woman with an incredible life story in a church where my husband was ministering. She was dead now, yet could I possibly weave her tale, or parts of it, right into something of my very own creation? I would certainly try, I chose. I would certainly try to demonstrate how God sustained her (or instead my ‘heroine’) through numerous difficulties in her life, and also hopefully permit her to influence others to stand high and maintain the faith.
And soon she came to life for me, as did various other characters who seemingly appeared from no place at times and demanded becoming part of the narrative. It was hard work, however I loved it with my whole heart. I really felt so at residence with myself as well as with God – as if all things I had actually carried out in my life were integrating in a form that was really me, the individual I had actually been produced to be. Under God’s hand, I required to do those various other points, including being a priest. Yes, they were extremely crucial in themselves – yet they were likewise part of the larger photo, part of the preparation of what lay ahead.
After a year, and also many modifications, my first book was full. An additional year, as well as numerous denial letters later on, it was ultimately accepted for magazine by Ark Home Press, an Australian Christian publishing business. A couple of months passed, and I was then informed it was taken into consideration to be also long, as well as would certainly I be willing to split it into 2? Ultimately, I did so, making a shorter novel and a follow up from the initial manuscript. Extra months went by, till at last I was notified that ‘Helena’ would certainly be published in April 2007, followed by the sequel a year later on.
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I think novels can usually communicate deep truths about God in a method that is non-threatening, that can move individuals greatly, as well as influence them in their daily lives permanently. I believe God can utilize the words I compose or the personalities who emerge in my publications or an image in a tale to claim things that could not be understood otherwise, as well as probably even get to those that might never otherwise listen to such points. As I write, I find myself both listening to God and also listening to where the tale wants to go – I attempt to wish also that these might be one and the same.
I have a long method to go yet as an author – I feel at times I am only beginning to locate the voice God has offered me. Really God’s methods are higher than my methods – ‘to your name be the glory, due to the fact that of your love as well as faithfulness’ (Ps 115:1 b).