Many of you may not be aware that I have just published a book on Amazon. The title of the book and what it is about is the title of this post. I have not posted anything new in quite a while because I’ve been so focused on writing and getting the book published. Here is an excerpt from the introduction to the book that will help you understand why I decided to write it.
Maybe you already know this but it was a surprise to me that there are approximately 200 million Americans who say they want to publish a book but never have. According to writer Joseph Epstein, “71 percent of Americans feel that they have a book in them—and should write it.” But most never do. I was one of those people. I kept stuffing ideas I had about what I might write about into a box of things I was going to do. I started a couple of times but it never went very far. However, I did learn through that process that I’m better at writing non-fiction than fiction.
I’ve always been a person who has opinions about real life problems and cares about what is happening around me. I have always been open to sharing my ideas and opinions because I loved discussing opinions and sharing ideas about what is right or wrong or how we might make something better .
I’ve also always believed that if you see a problem and you are concerned about it, then you should do something about it: offer to help, go for assistance, make a donation, pray about it, but do something!
About a year ago, I was leading a study about the Holy Spirit. As a part of that study I asked the Holy Spirit to show me what I could or should do about my concerns regarding the lack of civility that has become almost an accepted way of life in our county. I wasn’t willing to accept that and I wanted to do something about it.
I clearly felt the Holy Spirit lead me in the direction of writing a book. The intent of the book is get people talking about the problem, while at the same time encouraging them to do something about it. It seemed so clear to me that this was what God was asking me to do that I felt I had to do it. So I did. This is what the book looks like on Amazon: