The idea for a book comes. You lay at night pondering, “writing” aloud, crafting the perfect illustrations, imagining the cover, chapter titles, and the dramatic opening line. Yet as pen goes to paper, doubt creeps in.
Does anyone really want to read this?
My topic is too niche. My experience is too unique.
No one knows who I am.
How will my book even get noticed?
And if I do manage to write this book, who will want to publish it?
The obstacles are too great, the path too unsure.
No, I’m not the person to write a book. Perhaps I’ll just blog or journal. That’s the extent of it.
Before you shelve that dream entirely, let’s consider another writer who faced more obstacles than most could imagine, and had every excuse possible to lay down the pen.
John, the disciple, sat inside a prison camp on the dusty, secluded island of Patmos. This tiny outpost near present-day Turkey in the Aegean Sea was the perfect place to be forgotten. To die in obscurity. To fade away. Instead, John wrote the book of Revelation, which is the final authority on the end times and spells out our hope of the Lord’s return.
I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea. (Revelation 1:9-11)
While many of Christ’s disciples were executed, John met a different fate. He was arrested and sent to Patmos, where prisoners were sentenced to work in the island’s mines. Surely the Lord’s command to “write what you see in a book,” must have caught him by surprise. Write a book? While imprisoned? Even if he could find the time and materials to do so, how would his writing ever be distributed? It seems John had quite a plausible excuse to lay down his pen.
And yet, he wrote. We don’t know exactly how his writings were “published,” but we can be certain that Lord’s hand guided the process. What faith John must have had to pour out his visions onto paper, never knowing if they would be read or even received as truth.
And yet he wrote. And what an impact his writings have had.
Although a skeptic, author Jonathan Kirsch states in his book, A History of the End of the World, that:
[Revelation] has come to play a unique and ubiquitous role in the world in which we live today. Indeed, Revelation has always served as a lens through which the recorded history of Western Civilization can be seen in fresh and illuminating ways. Across the twenty centuries that have passed since it was first composed—and, above all, at every point where contesting ideas of culture and politics have come into conflict—Revelation is always present, sometimes in plain sight and sometimes just beneath the surface.
So we ask you today… what obstacles do you face as a writer? What doubt plagues you? If the Lord has clearly called you to write, do it. Look to John as your inspiration as you push past the fear and hurdles to deliver the message God has given you.
At Certa Publishing, we believe in the message inside our authors. Our goal is to provide you with all the tools and support you need to transform your message into a published book.