Day 18 :: Authors

on October 18, 2013 in 31 Ways To Speak Love, I heart books. with 7 comments by

31 ways What is it like to be an author?

Well today, it means I’m sitting in a hotel room alone in Moore, Oklahoma while all my friends with the Girls of Grace tour hang out together at the church.

I remind God a lot that I am way too extraverted to be an author- I’ve been sitting at this desk for approximately twelve minutes and I’ve already called our worship leader Amanda Noelle once.

While it requires some good amount of alone time, one of the joys of this career [and there are many], is meeting, spending time, and being friends with so many incredible authors and writers.

I just could not be more amazed at the words many of my friends are writing right now.

My pastor Pete Wilson just released Let Hope In. It’s one of those books that will minister to you right where you are in every way. Pastor Pete is an important voice in my life and he has spoken many of these truths into my life. I’m so so glad that same wisdom can travel anywhere with me.

Emily Freeman’s A Million Little Ways is going to move your heart like whoa. I’m excited that it is the next Bloom Book Club selection. I totally plan on participating. I love honing and exploring the art that is in my life- I think you will too. It starts on MONDAY, so go ahead and grab your book and get to reading!

There are many many more. I won’t start to list them because I would leave someone out, but I know you have your favorite authors too. I’ll tell you what I know about us- you and I LOVE US SOME BOOKS. Just look through all the posts and comments about books! I think reading is our community’s favorite hobby, huh?

Those authors that you love? Do you know they cry on their keyboard? Do you know they walk laps around their living room, their house, their neighborhood trying to replace one adjective so that you will feel a moment, not just hear it? Do you know that they miss time with their family and friends to create a piece of art they will never see appreciated by the reader?

Do you know that last week I walked into a bookstore and the lady said, “Sorry, we won’t carry Speak Love because we have only sold one copy of Perfectly Unique.” and she smiled at me like I was a failure. And I’m supposed to be gracious when she’s talking about my heart and soul on paper and how she won’t make it available to her customers?

This job is so very hard. I’m sensitive today for a lot of reasons and I sit here wondering if being an author is going to feel like the most expensive call and exquisite gift God has ever sent my way?

Fiction authors feel that too, just like us non-fiction ones. And poets. Anyone who sets their life down on paper and sends it away to the world has agreed to lay bare their soul in some form or fashion.

It’s not for the money or the bookshelf space [obviously] that we do this. It’s for the love of words. For the love of reading. For the love of providing for the reader.

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SPEAK LOVE NOW

Every author needs to hear his book or her book has made a difference in your life. I cried like a baby when I met Catherine Marshall’s grandson [her book Christy is my all-time favorite] and I teared up telling Robin Jones Gunn that her fictional character Christy Miller was one of my best friends in high school.

So take time today to pop over to the website of your favorite author and tell him or her why their books matter to you. You could send them an e-card via twitter? Or just write on their facebook wall. Just take time to speak love to the people who are pouring their words into your life every time you pick up a book.

 

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This is Day 18 of 31 Ways to Speak Love. You can click here to see a list of all the posts in the series.

7 comments

  1. Heather
    posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM  |  reply

    I am an introverted reader who uses books to recharge – I am never far from words (also in my work as a speech therapist!). I love reading the passion authors infuse in their works but I also think of you as incredibly brave to put so many of your thoughts down on paper and share them with the world! Submitting comments on blogs is already out of my comfort zone 🙂

    I’m sorry Annie that you encountered a bookstore that didn’t want to put your material on their shelves. They don’t know what they are missing! Don’t let that deter you from writing. Your words are reaching those who need them and that is a great gift from God!

  2. posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM  |  reply

    LOVE this post. So much, so, in fact, that I’m linking to it in my Saturday Six tomorrow. WELL DONE.

  3. marylyn
    posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM  |  reply

    dear annie, love love love to you. thank you for writing about singleness with grace & authenticity & hope. thank you for being vulnerable & sharing your heart with a critical world, for we are blessed by you. thank you for invested in young girls by writing & traveling. thank you for sacrificing comfort & security to create art. you are brave and inspiring & i am thankful for you. ps. you met robin jones gunn?!? that is so cool. i think christy miller’s friend katie is one of my favorites, though i always wished that i was hippie enough to be sierra.

  4. marylyn
    posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM  |  reply

    also notes from a tilt a whirl is fantastic. it is one of the most beautiful books about God i have ever read.

  5. posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:16 PM  |  reply

    I thought that first comment was so well-put. That shopkeeper will have to answer to God one day, but He’ll make sure your book gets to those who need it without her store. He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies and I hope one day she sees your success for what it is: You’re honouring Him with what you write and that’s success.

  6. posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM  |  reply

    Thanks for your suggestion to encourage writers. I sent 3 messages and in less than 12 hours (and at the weekend too) I’ve had a reply from a fiction-writer whose books I read in my late teens/early 20s. She says: “Hearing from readers in that way is what keeps us writers going.” It shows that people are so hungry for a bit of appreciation and how important our encouragement is.

  7. MrsManley
    posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM  |  reply

    This post made me think of how God must feel when His book of life-giving, absolute words of truth are dismissed as fables and worse yet, the author himself is relegated to a figment of one’s imagination. With that in mind, Annie, you are in good company – keep writing!

    I read Speak Love aloud to my two daughters, ages 9 and 6. They loved it, refer to it often and want everything you write. Your name is a household name spoken of as a friend to my girls. Thank you for your vision and passion so accurately portrayed in the pages of Speak Love. My girls got it and intend to live it!

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