It's no wonder that I came upon writing a book. Writing came to me at an early age, captivating my mind and hand. Creative writing was my go-to, my art, my creativity. Writing was supposed to be for fun, entertainment, and down-time for myself, that is until my world entered into the cancer world. Once inside with my life on the other side, blogging became my writing, researching, encouraging not only myself but others. My once creative writing became vital sources for others, even myself, cementing behind me a path that I actually lived out.
The remarkableness of the entire thing?! As unplanned as it all was, the one thing planned was the interactiveness of it. In my obedience, I told God that if this was what He wanted, then I asked for it to be different that an ordinary paragraph-to-paragraph, word-for-word autobiography (boring to some, besides, who was I to strike the public interest, anyway?). That is just exactly what happened. God heard and He delivered.
My book, Widowed After Cancer and Financial Loss: How One Woman Overcame Her Losses is an interactive study autobiography, filled with scriptures, questions, and journals to engage the reader, draw them in, and possibly que in on areas within their lives. This is exactly what I wanted! Personal pictures I added in, realizing why I had taken these to begin with-what was supposed to be my own personal documented journey had become available to the public within my book. It all made sense. It was all in completion of my entire journey.
Now to the remarkable unplanned portions of this book journey facts?! There are seven chapters, it took 7.5. months to write, edit and publish, being pre-released to family and friends on my 7 year cancerversary in May AND being published-get this-on my late husband's date of death in June. This is beyond what anyone could ever plan intentionally! There are many scenarios in-between that led up to those facts, those scenarios that I had no control over. I actually wanted everything to happen on my 7year cancerversary, but having the publication on his day is the absolute perfect closure for me. It was over-emotionally. empowering. Through those emotions and tears, the kids and I found ways to rejoice, celebrate, and honor their dad and God together. It was a definite emotional ride but so graciously sure and true and just. Isn't our God just amazing?!
To pick up your copy (or to simply check it out, even view a few pages) go to Barnes & Noble or Amazon, where an eBook is available thru Kindle.