By Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.
Why am I using my blog post to promote a nonfiction book by an author I’ve never met, a pastor and musician named Mark Hall? “The Well: Why Are So Many Still Thirsty” by Mark Hall, with contribution by Tim Luke, is not a writing craft book, either. But I highly recommend writers read it.
For one reason, Mark Hall understands how easily we creative types can get sucked into a vortex of failing to put first things first. If you’ve read any of my previous posts or follow me on Overcoming With God, then you know I am big on bedrock faith and obedience to Christ. And frankly, if you don’t operate under those principles, it won’t matter how good your writing craft is-at least not in the Christian market.
Pastor Hall goes through, chapter by chapter, deconstructing the myths we’ve put up in our lives. He does a lovely job. As writers, one of our big stumbling blocks is “the myth of approval” wherein we draw our value from, e.g., a) the dollar amount of our contracts b) the number of books sold and c) the number of positive reviews we have. Or if we are not yet published in fiction perhaps it is the number of followers or pageviews on our blogs. Regardless, this thinking is not only faulty but it is dangerous. Because we have to seek God’s approval and not become looking for the next big dose of reassurance from people that we really do matter-God made us, He loves us, and we matter to him whether any of our precious words are ever given a five star rating by anyone! Go ahead and give me an “Amen, Sister Carrie!” if you want!
I want to thank Julie Lessman for suggesting this book to me. She gifted me with a copy and I’ve done the same with other friends-it is that good.
Looking for room on your writing shelf or on your ereader? Add this book. You won’t regret it and your writing life will be blessed because of it!
Carrie Fancett Pagels writes “romantic” historical fiction. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency. She is owner/admin of two group blogs: “Colonial Quills” and “Overcoming With God.” She is a contributor to a nonfiction anthology God’s Provision in Tough Times by Cynthia Howerter and La-Tan Murphy, releasing in May 2013.