I have been trying to find the words to say what I want to say, but I find when I can’t find them, I just need to start saying it.
So first of all, THANK YOU.
Thank you for all of the feedback you have given me about “A Heartbeat of Grace.” When I started to mail out the books, Dan made a really good point that through the book, we were opening up our lives and our story for the world to read. Were we ready? If you have read the book, there are some very raw, honest, and vulnerable situations that we talk about. But WE chose to put them in there because they are all part of the story.
But in doing so, it is a very vulnerable place to be. I had to wonder, would it be accepted? What would the response be? Not that we wrote it for a response, but we truly had NO CLUE how this book would go over. I self-published it, which means we did it all. The only professional thing we had done was the cover. Very few people read it before it hit the shelves and internet to be honest! Like as in 7 people. So when the first comment came through that they couldn’t put it down, I have to say a little bit of relief swept over me.
But why was there any wonder? When I started this process years ago, I kept praying that I wanted God to have all the glory. For Him to guide my pen. For Him to give me the words. That was often my prayer before I sat down for lengthy “writing sessions.” I just wanted HIS words to flow through it. I wanted HIM to be the cause for which we write.
I wanted people to walk away with a greater love and appreciation for WHO God is. How even in the midst of difficulty, that God is such a loving and gracious God. And that He is SO worth your life! And that is what I continue to pray as people read this book.
I pray too that HE alone gets the glory. My name may be at the bottom of the book as the author, but really, it should’ve been GOD. He was the one who guided every sentence. The ones I struggled with, I prayed over them and He helped me change them. The scenarios I struggled to put to words, He gave them to me. I know this sounds so spiritual and the “Christian” thing to say, but my hope is that if you’ve read the book, that it is evident.
So thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read a book that holds such a special place in my life now. If you want to know Kristin, my family, and the nitty-gritty details, they are all in there, folks! Hearing what others have thought just makes me smile and look up to God. It’s for HIS glory and HIS alone.
If you wonder if I read the comments, I do. They are spurring me on and make me wonder when book #2 will come out (no, it’s not out of the question, but it’ll be awhile…) And like I’ve said before, if you get a chance after reading the book, do you mind leaving a review on Amazon? I often read books based on reviews, so I figure since this book is authored by someone who really no one knows, I want them to know that they will see GOD in it.
Thank you for taking the time to read “A Heartbeat of Grace.” If you have any ideas for a sequel someday after reading this book, I’m all ears :). If you haven’t ordered it yet, it is available through me (just comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) or it’s available on Amazon. I am also working on getting it into local businesses soon!