It was around this time four years ago that my book Walking Along the Narrow Path was published, and the Lord put me to remembrance of what He has done.
I began to write my first book when I was pregnant with Tim and that was six years ago. I didn’t do it out of whim, but as I remember, there was a constant nagging of the Spirit. I didn’t even know what to write, but everyday, there was inspiration to write a chapter and what should it be about. It was like that every morning, like a manna that was faithfully sprinkled by the Lord and I gathered what I needed.
While I was heavily pregnant with Tim, his constant energetic kicks (and discomforts caused by my illness) made me awake until the early hours. I wrote feverishly during those times. Before I went to the hospital in December 2007, I had finished writing the 40th chapter. I was so scared to face my delivery considering how much I had suffered from my illness and I was then only partially healed. There were thoughts that maybe that would be the last chapter…
When my baby and I went out of the hospital, I continued to write until I had completed 54 chapters in all. Then, I stopped writing. But I couldn’t bring my manuscript to a publisher and discuss it with them because I had fallen gravely ill. This was middle of 2008. A thought came to me that, in case I would no longer recover, I wanted that my book would still be published. So, with all the strength I could muster, I sat up, put the USB carrying the manuscript of my book in a small brown envelop, wrote a note informing that it was complete and added a few more details about how it should be printed. I sealed the envelop and put it carefully in the drawer of our night table. I was thinking that when I was gone, my beloved husband could see it and have it published. Then, I went about the business of my being sick (which was to suffer night and day but hope never ever leaving me).
Before the summer of 2009, I began to regain some strength, so I contacted a publisher. The Lord so graciously put the office of a publishing company just outside our village’s gate. They helped me get my book printed.
In May 2009, my book was out. But there were no announcements (except in our Church), no book signings, no marketing programs. It didn’t matter to me if no one bought. I was willing to give it away to unsaved relatives and friends here and abroad. It was my medium to win souls for Christ. For a time, it was sold in Church, some National Bookstore branches, and Powerbooks. But we also began sending copies to the U.S. and to our province.
Since we didn’t market the book and went around promoting it, there were no rave reviews, except for three stories which warmed my heart.
My husband brought a copy of the book to a tarpaulin poster-maker because our Church requested for a tarpaulin sign while they displayed the book. The owner of the shop told my husband that our poster was delayed because they couldn’t find my book for a time. It turned out that one of their customers took it and couldn’t stop reading it.
One day, a preacher in our Church texted that beloved Sister Teth Almeda-Smith, the beautiful daughter of our beloved Hon. Pastor Wilde E. Almeda, was coming over to our house. I was told she was so excited about my book. She came from the states then where she and her beloved husband, Minister Luke Smith, minister in the outreach stations there. She saw a copy of my book, the one I gave to beloved Peach, their eldest sibling, and read it in one sitting.
When she arrived in our house, she told me seriously and carefully, as if every word was punctuated, “Every chapter of this book is anointed.” (Hallelujah!) And I believe that is all that matters. No, not the grammar, not the writing style, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It’s all about the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s His story.
I just sat there, speechless. Beloved Teth exudes a beauty of the spirit and face that holds one riveted. Glory, glory to God!
My sister in the states later told me that our cousin Vivian, a nurse in San Diego, brought her copy to the hospital, lent it to one of her cancer patients, and the passing of the book from one patient’s hand to another began.
I give ALL the glory to the God who has been impossibly merciful to me, my Savior whom I love with my whole being. I tell Him during private worship how unlovable I am but still, He insists on loving me unfailingly, obstinately.
Today, I’m giving away 2 copies of my book Walking Along the Narrow Path. To enter, just leave your comment in the comments section. Giveaways close on Saturday, May 11th, 6:00PM. Open to ALL. Two winners will be picked via random.org.
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