Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Making a Difference by J.E.B. Spredemann

Do you ever wonder if you’re making a difference as an author? I know I do. Sometimes authorship can seem one-sided, but we must remember that it isn’t. As a matter of fact, books have the power to touch lives in ways we may never know—for good or bad.

As a Christian author, my desire is for readers to draw closer to the Saviour through my books. Whether it be meeting Jesus for the first time or learning more about His goodness and grace, I want to have a positive influence in someone’s life.

I believe that authors have a unique opportunity—the chance to reach thousands (or millions!) of people we may never meet, and have an impact on their lives. Isn’t that thought overwhelming? And exciting?

I think of my book An Unforgivable Secret, which tackles a tough topic. After about a year or

so after its release, I decided to make it available to readers for free. Free, you say? What value is there in that? Much, I believe. Have you ever eaten a free sample of something at Costco or Trader Joe’s, then go on to purchase it? If you’re like me, if you really liked it, you not only purchased the item that one time, but continue to do so. So, by offering me a small sample once, I’ve now probably spent hundreds of dollars on their products. Not bad advertising. It’s the same with books. If someone reads just one and loves it, chances are, they’ll go on to find other books you’ve written.

Anyway, back to An Unforgivable Secret, my free book which now has over eleven hundred reviews. Yes, you read that right! But the number isn’t important to me, although it is nice. J What’s more important to me is the life-changing potential. Consider this reader’s response, “I really related to this character. I cried out to God while reading it.” Or this one, “The message in this book will bring inner healing to all who have experienced the loss of a loved one.” Or this, “I was greatly blessed by reading this book. Thank you for your beautiful words of hope.”

Wow! To think that God would use me—an introvert who isn’t so great at talking—to touch someone’s life.

I’d like to encourage you (and myself) today to keep on writing what God places on your heart. We may not see the results until we’re on the other side of eternity, but God gave us our gifts for a reason, and that’s to bring glory to Him. With all my heart, I pray this is what my writing will do. So if you’re discouraged in your writing journey at the moment, don’t give up! God has a plan and He will see it through. Let’s just do our part and leave the results up to God, and you never know how you may make a difference in a reader’s life.

J.E.B. Spredemann
Different Amish Fiction

J.E.B. Spredemann seeks to pen compelling stories that captivate readers and bring glory to GOD. She has authored over two dozen Amish fiction titles in her can't-put-down writing style, two of which have won awards. She resides in Indiana Amish Country with her family on a former Amish farm where the documentary Breaking the Silence was filmed. "...Spredemann weaves a thread of love and intrigue into a quilt of faith and values." - reader review

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