A few years ago, I felt God was calling me to write a book about a difficult period in my life. I have to admit I was excited and scared at the same time! While I had been saved for many years and believed God had forgiven me for poor choices I had made in the past, I was still battling ghosts from my past. Truthfully, I had not totally forgiven myself and taken responsibility for my actions. I was hiding from others, living behind a mask of perfectionism. I was an approval addict and God knew it. I was a people pleaser.
Then I heard His voice, calling me to come out of hiding. I was frightened out of my wits! What would others think of me? How would I handle the scrutiny of my peers? I wrestled with God for a long time. It was okay to share my experiences with other women at a retreat, but I knew He wanted more from me. It was time to take off the mask and become available for His purposes. I had to become vulnerable and that was a tough decision. Remember, I was an approval addict. And it was time to break the addiction. I could no longer hide behind perfectionism. It was time to tell the truth.
The Price of Pearls, the story of my journey from the bondage of shame and depression to a life of joy and freedom has been released! The book is available at www.patriciamanns.com. My hope is that others who read it will find the strength to come out of hiding and live a life of freedom! I invite you to visit my site and find inspiration to tell your story.
Perhaps God is calling you to write a book. In the coming days, I will begin sharing my book writing journey, so sign up to receive notification of my new posts. Leave me a reply and tell me what God is saying to you about writing. Do you have a book in mind? Or maybe you want to begin blogging. If you need support, this is your opportunity to find encouragement. I made a lot of excuses when I thought about writing a book. Can you relate to that? I don’t know everything, but I’m willing to share what I’ve done in the process of writing my book.
Come on! Jump aboard! You have something to say and others need to hear it! My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, which reads “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (NKJV).”