Talkshow Thursday: A Guest Post by Donna Schlachter
Transformation: a chronological walk through the Bible in a year
Have you ever noticed that the voice of God often comes in the most unexpected moments asking the most unexpected things of us? This happened to me early in January of 2017 during my daily reading. Without a doubt, He stood beside me and said, “Write this book”.
Now, normally when God tells me to write a book, I don’t have any problem. I mean, I have so many stories floating around inside my head, I don’t think I’ll live long enough to get them all written down.
So, naturally, I asked, “Which book?”
“This isn’t a book.” Like I need to tell God that, or anything for that matter. “It’s just my daily journal.”
“Yes. That book.”
Honestly, that was the last thing I wanted to hear. Like I said, I have plenty of other books to write without God adding a devotional to the list. But I couldn’t escape the instruction.
So, here are three things I learned while writing this book:
- Because it was also my daily reading and quiet time, I had to be honest with my own thoughts, feelings, and understandings, but also be willing to be completely transparent with my reader. In fact, when I transcribed this book into my computer, I only changed about three words, and that’s because I’d written the wrong word in my journal.
- I waited until almost the end of the year to transcribe the book. Stupid me. I could have started almost immediately. The lesson learned is never put off what God is telling you to do.
- The process of writing a book kept me on track so I couldn’t skip days or skim the reading. At the end of every reading, I asked God what He wanted me to learn, and what He wanted the reader to learn. As a result, I didn’t use any of the “usual” verses we see in devotionals, and God gave me fresh insight every single day.
So this book has been a true transformation for me. The way I read was different; I expected God to show up every day; and I was able to be more real in what I wrote. As I transcribed, I saw days where I was upbeat; days where I was discouraged; days where I was angry. And yet God used every one of those days.
If we let Him loose in our lives, He is faithful to change us—to transform us into His likeness and image.
Answer this question for the opportunity to win a free print (US only) or digital copy of Transformation: How would knowing you were writing a book change the way you journal your quiet time?
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a local critique group, and teaches writing classes and courses. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.
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Well, good morning, Donna. This is so interesting and shows that we should never close the door to what God wants us to do -- fiction, nonfiction, devotionals. I don't journal my devotions unless something really stands out, but this inspires me to maybe start.ReplyDelete
You live in Denver? We lived in Colorado Springs for four years. Interesting area.
I previously recorded my devotional time and kept a prayer journal. Since becoming a caregiver for my mother I haven't had much time for writing.
In response to your question, I would need God to guide my hand since I wouldn't know how to even start writing a book. When I journaled my quiet time, I would record what verses spoke to me. I also would record any verses similar to the passage I was reading. I don't think I would change my method of journaling my devotions.