Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Willing Spirit

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” 
Psalm 51:12 NIV

OK, so here is the story of my story.

A few weeks ago I submitted my story to my publisher (if I haven’t shared the story of how I found this publisher that will have to wait for another time). He e-mailed me back quite happy with it and willing to publish it as it was (with of course lots of editorial changes). But he did mention that he would like me share more of the Gospel.

I was kind of stumped by what he meant. But instead of sounding dumb, I e-mailed him back that I would work on it and submit another version. I spent the next week going over the entire manuscript again, adding a Bible verse or two and expounding on my beliefs. I e-mailed it back to him a few days later, not quite sure if I had really added the elements he was looking for.

The very next morning, as I was driving to work, God joined me in the passenger seat of my car. I hate it when He does that. Have you ever read the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz? The ghost of Elvis does that to Odd Thomas. I’d rather have God in my car anytime.

So God told me exactly what I was supposed to have added to my story. I thanked Him very much, but did ask that next time He let me know these things before I send out my book.

As soon as I got to work, I e-mailed my publisher that little tid-bit about God sitting in my car – and now my publisher thinks I’m crazy. But what is more crazy is that he still wants to publish my book!

I made the re-vision which God had asked me to do, and I think that it was a really helpful addition to the manuscript. God is after all the ultimate editor.

When the book comes out and you have bought and read your very own copy of it, let me know if you can pick out the section I added. If you get it right and you remind me, I will give you a free copy of my NEXT book.  

And the chosen Bible passage for today? I use Biblegateway to find the passages I use. I am kind of tired from the roller-coaster last two weeks, so I just copied and pasted the passage that the website had for their verse of the day. It kind of fits, doesn’t it?


Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi Chris!! I can't wait to see your first book in print!! I'm on for the challenge! Ha ha!! What fun! I'm very excited for you and this God inspired writing venture! Blessings!

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

Thanks for the comment Sue. I'll have to drive down and hand deliver your signed copy!