On our journey, I believe Jesus desires us to be our authentic, child-of-God selves.
Writing a book brings to the surface almost every personal insecurity I knew lived in the nooks and crannies of my heart and a few I never even knew I had. I wondered who in the world would take the time to brew some coffee, sit in a chair in the middle of the hecticness of life, and read what I wrote. It felt like sheer arrogance to think that I had anything to say that would bless someone.
But I love to write and so I write.
And then Quentin Schultze at Edenridge Press said he loved the book and would publish it and Matt Plescher told me he was honored to spend hours designing it and creating a beautiful book jacket. That was sooo encouraging.
Readers read and commented. My Bible Study group went through the book with me and helped me see what needed changing and what communicated. My husband encouraged me saying, “This is good stuff.”
And then Quentin asked Mary Darling and Caryn Rivadneira to write the forward and preface. I have never met or spoken to Mary. She co-authors books with Tony Campolo and teaches communications at Spring Arbor University. Caryn is the daughter of my dear friend Cathy and is an author of some pretty amazing books. Check out Grumble Hallelujah: Learning to Love Your Life Even When It Lets You Down.
When I read what they wrote, I was blessed. They encouraged me. More than they’ll ever know.
And that’s the point.
In every insecurity, we need friends. We need friends to come along beside us. To encourage us along the way. To help us put one foot in front of the other.
And our friends need us. That’s one reason we are where we are. To come alongside those who plop into our lives in the convenient and inconvenient times. To encourage. To help them put one foot in front of the other.
Right after I sent out a facebook announcement on Woman Meets Jesus, a dear friend wrote to say that she and her husband are going through the most unexpected hurt, disappointment, and betrayal they NEVER expected. She said she wanted to go throughmy book with a group of friends. Friends she has already gathered because she knows she can’t go through what she’s going through alone.
So thank you to all my old friends, my new friends, and some friends I haven’t even met who are helping me get by.
Ruth Vander Zee
Author of WOMAN MEETS JESUS
Journey of Faith