Holding my first published book in my hand I stand gazing at it in awe. It isn’t as though a long awaited dream has come true. It’s more amazement and awe at what the Lord has done. When He said, “You’ll see,” when I sat down with the pen and paper, or later at the word processor, I had no idea what we were going to write.
Typing along I began to see part of where He was going and would try to fill in what I thought He wanted. Wrong move! That’s how the book became so big that cutting much out was necessary. I learned through that experience to totally turn whatever is written over to Him and just type what He places in my head. And okay, I can understand if you crinkle an eyebrow when I say, “He takes control of my fingers on the keyboard.” Am I delusional? No!
I’ve stated before that I am not a typist. I hunt and peck and yes, the speed of hunting and pecking has increased. But I don’t have to stop and think about what I will type in the next sentence or paragraph because my fingers are just clicking keys as though they have a mind of their own.
That alone amazes me! When going back to reread what I’ve typed there’s no question it is coming from the Lord. There are parts of the book that I really wanted left in. I had my reasons and He agreed. Then there are other parts that I wanted left out. I felt they were just too transparent, or unbelievable to the public, and didn’t want to share them with the world. He insisted they be left in.
The end product has been accepted very well. In fact, it’s my best seller! Well, dahhh, of course it is, it’s the only published book I have at this time! With delusions of grandeur I picture it on the New York Times best seller, maybe a movie deal, and all kinds of awards and recognition, so I order a whole bunch and carry several wherever I go. I still carry my books in the car and do sell some through conversations right out of the backseat.
Seeing my name as the author in large letters on the front cover is very humbling – I shake my head and tell the Lord, “Your name needs to be there, not mine. But if it was, nobody would believe it or buy it. But we know who really wrote the book! You’re my “Ghost writer.”
The Lord is by no means a “ghost.” He is very much alive and well. The term, “Ghost writer” is someone who writes the story but is not recognized in any way on the cover. Like a secret partner in a business.
Hang in there, there’s more good stuff coming.
NOTE: As stated before, This book is out of print/publication. If you would like one free copy (I’ll pay the postage – U.S.A. only) send me your name and address. Elah501c@bellsouth.net Additional copies is $10.00 plus $5.00 postage.)