Got a crazy idea? I had one (again!) and this time, I had the guts to ask a close friend working in a christian publishing company if they can have a book about stories of pastors who were led astray using drugs and how they turned that mess into a message.
With some little chat over Facebook and going through some Q & A portion from her, I ended up asking her to send me the “Book Proposal Submission Guidelines” that needed to be filled-out.
After browsing through the guidelines and questions to answer, I was shock that it takes not only guts to write a book but a lot of reflecting and rewriting to let the message through. Here’s one of my answer below that needed a lot of time to rewrite:
“The main theme of the book is about how God rescued individuals from drug dependence and made it a message for others to be set free as well. It was very evident that God made it possible for these pastors to have a way of escape and their lives were never the same….”
I’m honest enough to share that this is something that thrills me and will entail much time and research! With the issues and concerns of the drug epidemic today, their stories can personally bring a positive impact to our church community in the Philippines. And hopefully, we as the church, to see the importance of taking part of God’s redemptive move for those enslaved by drug dependence. I hope that through this project, we can give light to the real issue and bring a different perspective with love and acceptance.
As a preview, here’s a chapter synopsis / abstract I’ve forwarded to my friend:
“Living in the limelight as an actor has its privileges but when everything turns awry by falsely being convicted of homicide, everything fell apart. His wife left him, his kids were misguided and yet he continued using drugs inside the city jail.
But one encounter inside the City Jail led him to meet Jesus at the crossroad but it didn’t just end there, he was set free from drug dependence immediately and the Lord paved the way for his parole after two decades in prison.
He now shares his testimony to different conferences and activities, giving hope that God can change our situation in the blink of an eye….”
Pray with me on this project and if you happen to know someone who has a story to tell, please share them to me by sending it through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless and thank you for reading! 😉