Saturday, January 16, 2010

Challenge Your Spiritual Growth

There are times when I feel like I should know the answer to something before I write about it. Yet, God has taught me on many occasions that He teaches through the written exploration of writing itself. Writing causes me to question things I otherwise wouldn't question. It makes me look up and research information that I would never take the time to do. When I write about God's Word, I feel the Holy Spirit teaching me as I reason through the words that pour out of my heart.

I have written a non-fiction book entitled God's Word Is Sovereign. Everything within me wants to see this book published, but I have been warned that publishers don't like to publish Christian nonfiction by a writer that isn't well known--who doesn't have a HUGE platform. Writers of Christian nonfiction should typically already have a following through the ministry, TV, a popular column, or through other published works. Every fiber in me screams out against this stereotype, even though I know it to be true.

There is a lot I didn't know about God before I began writing this book, and I had learned a great deal by the time I finished writing it. I grew so much spiritually that I hated to write the ending. Yet, I knew it was time to finish it. I haven't tried to publish it, but maybe some day I will. I've been holding on to it as I wonder if it is meant to be published. Perhaps it was something God wanted me to write for my own spiritual growth.

Writers often teach beginners to write what they know. I agree with this suggestion, especially if you are just starting out. However, as you gain a little experience, I recommend the challenge of writing about something you don't know. The challenge will only help you grow. Even if I never see this book in print, the spiritual growth I have experienced from it was well worth the 1 1/2 years it took me to complete it.

Regardless of your endeavors, challenge yourself to grow spiritually through whatever you choose to do.


  1. Amen to that post.


  2. Jenn,
    I would love to write a devotional one day. I think they are God's inspiration.
    And you know, I took a year and a half to read the Bible all the way through the first time I ever read the Bible. It was well worth it. I enjoyed it. I really didn't write much during that time, but I felt like I was doing what God wanted me to at that time.

  3. Jenn, I always feel like I learn something during the writing of a book. It might not be some new spiritual truth, but somehow God always teaches me something about myself in relation to what the characters are going through.

    I hope we can read your devotional someday!

  4. Lindi, I'm sure God will lead you to write a devotional one day. It is such a blessing.

    Missy, I agree. I always learn something from my writing or I'm reminded of things.