So my book came out officially on August 6. That’s a thing.
Seriously guys. This is amazing, and it hasn’t even really sunk in yet. My dream from years ago was to be a published author. And it happened. God made it happen, even though it wasn’t at all like I expected (case in point: I thought I would be the one making it happen, just by my own expertise and will-power. Haha).
It’s incredibly humbling, too. There’s nothing to make you realize your own sinfulness and failure like writing a book and then realizing you don’t always practice what you preach. But it’s a reminder–God is the one working here. He’s the one who chose to use me to put this message into a book, and He’s the one who will guide it where it needs to be and use it in people’s lives. I’m just the cracked earthen vessel, with ineffable treasure inside.
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In Other News
I’m leaving for college again next Wednesday! I’m so excited to be starting a new school year–both for seeing friends again and for some really, really cool classes. (One of those classes is Creative Writing; hopefully this blog will see some of its fruit!)
I’m also excited for the opportunities this next semester will afford. My church is a wonderful place, and I’m looking forward to being more invested in it this year. I also want to really invest in some of the friendships I have at school, and make new ones.
My goal for this semester (and I’m putting it here both for my own accountability and so hopefully you’ll be encouraged too) is to see other people. To be less self-centered and more focused on the souls around me. To serve others. I suppose that should be all our goal, all the time, but it’s something I want to think about specifically as I go back to school, where one is simultaneously surrounded by people but also so focused on one’s own learning and to-do list.
And lastly, a quote I shared on my Facebook earlier, from Leland Ryken’s excellent book (which I just discovered), Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible.
The constant appeal made by biblical writers is for people to order their lives by the unseen spiritual realities, even though doing so usually contradicts earthly or human standards.
Have a lovely last few days of summer. May God bless you with a distinct lack of sweltering heat and smothering humidity.