Sometimes it’s more about the process than about the finished work. This time, I am going to finish the work. On our second date, Karen and I sat in a bookstore in Cape Town, South Africa and found three books that best described us or goals we had in our lives. I only remember what two of them were about now. The first was about my desire to do an epic trip by bicycle in the future, which I was able to do several months later, by cycling from South Africa to Maputo, Mozambique. The second book I grabbed was about actually writing a book yourself. In the fall of 2009 I started writing a book about some of my adventures in South Africa and things God had taught me along the way. I originally started writing a book proposal and sample chapters to send to a traditional Christian publisher. After a few weeks of writing, I thought I was being crazy and decided this dream would only stay a dream.
A few years later, I decided to pick it up again and wrote a little more. My fear of failure crept in and halted the writing process yet again. “I am not an author. No one will read this.” I thought.
As you’ll read in my book, God has been teaching me about how to work hard. In the past, I would try something, but I would stop if it was too difficult. Writing this book was therapy for me. It was showing me that I was capable of finishing something that I started. That sometimes, doing something hard was worth it. It took many hours of writing, reading, editing, and sometimes just waiting. Writing this book was mostly about my personal growth, but I hope you will be deeply impacted by what the Lord has taught me in my personal journey with Him.
My fist self-published book, Humble Walk: Lessons from a Simple Man Following Jesus will be released in the early part of 2017 and available on Amazon via eBook and paperback.
At dinner the other night, my 3 year old daughter Halle said, “Daddy you are an author of lots of books.” So I guess this is just the start for me. Stay tuned for more.