Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Book of the Year
A new year brings new resolutions and a year of hope. You hope the economy will be better. You hope you’ll graduate. You hope you’ll find a job. You hope your marriage will be better. You hope your loved one will survive cancer. You hope your faith will keep you going. You hope you’ll lose weight. You hope you’ll write that book. You hope you’ll find that special person. The question is in whom do you have hope? If in man, you will be disappointed. But God is the true hope.
“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about,heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools” (Psalm 39:6-8 NIV)
“Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:4-6 NIV)
In obedience to God the words of the Bible were written down so that others would know God. There are thousands of books written each year and that may be an understatement. But I can’t think of a book more important to put at the top of your reading list this year than the Bible. It is by far the most published book since Gutenberg invented the printing press. It has been printed in thousands of languages, studied by scholars and those of simple education. People have lost their lives because they value God’s inspired word but many more lives have been saved because of those words.
As a writer it is humbling to think that someone would find value in what you have written. We can only hope that our words are God inspired and do our very best at the craft of writing whether it is fiction, non-fiction, poems, scripts or songs. Quality writing is not meant for the faint of heart or the lazy. And it requires the help of many such as editors, agents, publishers, critique groups, family and friends to get to the point of publication. I say thanks to the writers and those in the industry who have shared their struggles, their knowledge and their faith in helping me to become a better writer.