“Walking Along the Narrow Path” {and Giveaway}

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.

I might be linking up with these lovely blogs.

Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Mary says:

    Yesterday I was at a nursery looking at all the beautiful plants, flowers and trees. In a little building were antiques and primitive things….I noticed a painting on the wall … the painting is very similar to your book cover. I have never heard of or read your book. I felt the picture would be the first thing I saw when I woke up each morning and would remind me to stay on the narrow path and to ask God for wisdom and guidance to take the high road in every choice and decision I would have to make that day. I hope to read your book someday. Happy to hear you are feeling better!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Mary! So, did you buy the beautiful painting? I hope you did. Yes, it would be a powerful reminder to always stay the course. Blessings!

  2. ML says:

    While I do not have a debilitating illness, I do struggle with some infirmities. I believe God can, and will heal me, in His time. I would love to read your book. Be blessed.

  3. Deanne says:

    Rina it would be such an honor to read your book. You continue to be such an inspiration to me and I’m sure to many others! Zac and I pray every day/night that your health will be restored. Blessings to you sweet Sister!!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Deanne, my usual reaction to such love and care from a person I never even met is: I don’t deserve this! But, when I think about the love of Jesus that can be received from anyone who believes in Him – I know then that I can never escape His love. Thank you for your love and prayers! Many blessings to you, too!

  4. Kathy Grover says:

    Just read this morning what I believe is the best cancer medicine…”Don’t come to my funeral to show me how much you cared about me …!
    Show me how much you care whilst I’m still here!

    Thanks for your inspiration!!

  5. Anganie says:

    Hi again Rina, I would like to receive a copy of this book, just by reading you blog entries, I have no doubt that your book, every word written would be anointed. You carry such grace and power with your words, never stop writing. God richly bless you and your honorable husband and your two beautiful children.

    I really enjoy reading the other blog Live Joy-Fully

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you for your gracious words, Anganie, that blessed me. I’m grateful for your prayers, too. Blessings to you!

  6. Hazel Moon says:

    Thank you for sharing your amazing story about your book at “Tell Me a Story.” I am happy your book is being read and people are being blessed. Praise the Lord for his goodness!

    • RinaPeru says:

      It’s a pleasure to be sharing my stories on your blog, Hazel. Thank you for having me there every week :).

  7. Sweetheart, may the Lord bless others through your book!!!

  8. Lorretta says:

    I am here visiting from Tell His Story and I ‘m so glad you recovered and have seen this day. Bless you sister

  9. Joanne Viola says:

    I have so enjoyed your blog since discovering it through one of the link-ups. I smiled as I read this post as I also have a son, Tim :) I would love to read your book as I have been blessed by your gentle spirit that definitely comes across in your writing. May you continue to write & bless others! I was your neighbor today at Faith Filled Fri. & am so glad that I was!
    Blessings,
    Joanne

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Joanne. You have been blessing me, too, with your words of encouragement. I feel the beauty of your spirit. Blessings to you!

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