I’m Writing A Book!

jeffscurlock —  January 18, 2012 — 3 Comments

I’m writing a book. Yes me.  All of my life I’ve wanted to write. I’ve let fifty-one years go by and have used excuse after excuse to not write. I don’t have time. Nobody knows who I am so why would they purchase a book I’ve written. On and on go the excuses.

Our church is in the middle of a twenty-one day fast. During this fast the thought of writing a book kept popping to the surface. You should write a book! I do some blogging and have had a few very sweet relatives tell me that I should write a book. Truth be told, they might be the only ones that would read such a book.  During the fast I was having a converstation with Felicia (the wife) and began to tell her that I wanted to write a book. As I spoke my voice cracked and tears flooded my eyes. Wow! Where did that come from? Felicia looked at me and said, well, honey, write a book.

That was all I needed. At that moment the decision was made. I’m going to write a book. It may never get published, it may never get read but I’m going to write. That very afternoon I sat down at my computer and began to write and before I knew it I had 2,500 words. I was impressed with myself. Impressed until I did a Google search on “how many words in a typical book?”. Did you know that lots of novels have as many as 200,000 words in them? Since my book is a non-fiction work I refined my search to “how many words in a typical non-fiction book”? It was a little better but I found out that the typical non-fiction book has 40,000 to 60,000 words. I knew then that this was going to be a job.

I mentioned to a Wednesday night Bible study at our church about me beginning the journey of writing a book. I was so blessed to have several of those in attendance come to me with encouragement following that Bible study. Some even said that “they looked forward to reading my book”.

I’ve taken on quite a bit this year. I’ve set a goal to read fifty-two books (typical size), read the Bible through and now, write a book. Needless to say I’m going to be a busy man this year. With my life as a husband, father and about to be grand-father (Pappa) along with my joy of being a pastor, preacher and teacher of the Word my plate is full.

Since that day that I wrote 2,500 words my book has began to take shape. Now I’m up to 12,500 words. The book’s foundational scripture is Luke 17:20 where Jesus told His disciples that if they had the faith the size of a mustard seed that “NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU”.  Its  stories of modern day individuals and Bible characters that have accomplished what others thought were impossible.  Right now I’m working on a chapter about Abraham and his son Isaac. I think it’s the best chapter so far.

I haven’t really settled on a name and it’s frustrating me.

“Living the Impossible Dream”; “Who Said it was Impossible?” “Trusting God for the Impossible”. I’ve tried to do like Mark Batterson and come up with a nifty name like “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day”. Or his latest book “The Circle Maker”.

I’ve been educating myself by reading web articles, watching videos and listening to podcast on the subject of “self publishing”. Honestly: I’m excited about the prospects.  Honestly, I’m giddy with excitement. Will anyone read my book? Not sure. Will I make money writing a book? Anything is possible , which happens to be the theme of my book. I don’t know the answers to those questions. This is what I do know. I’m writing a book!

Here are some things you can do to help me.

  • Comment on this blog and give me name suggestions.
  • Don’t just read my blog, become a follower.
  • Recommend my blog to your friends and colleagues.
  • Post and recommend my blog on facebook and twitter with a link.

I know that most of you who read these blogs are people who love me and have my best interest at heart. Thank you for that!

jeffscurlock

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  • http://rebeccatdickinson.wordpress.com rtd14

    Nerves bundle up in a nice package when you start, but you’ve taken the first step. I congratulate you. There is so much that goes with writing and marketing a book, but never let any of it scare you. Push harder and write harder. Good luck!

  • http://roboticrhetoric.wordpress.com Robotic Rhetoric

    I love the idea of using scripture to drive your book forward. I would like to make use of such an inspirational device myself, if I were only to know enough about the subject! Keep writing, it will reward you I am sure.

  • Marilyn Downing

    Pastor Jeff, I know that you can write this book. We are learning so much this year during the fast and prayer (and promise) time as a congregation and for me as an individual.
    I love the theme and I truly believe that Nothing is Impossible with God. I know that He will give you inspiration as you tell His message. I am learning that true prayer is a two way conversation with God. My suggestion for a title: “Possibly believing in the Impossible”. I am sure that we will all be adding more suggestions as the book progresses.
    I am praying that God gives you direction and the words flow from your fingers. A direct request to God that He bless your mind and heart as you obey him with this endeavor. Good writing!!!!!!