Oh friends, where do I even begin? I’m so excited to FINALLY share some major news in my life, and I hardly have the words to say it. In a way, this announcement has been ten years in the making, because that is how long I have been writing and blogging. And now it’s finally happening. A ten year long dream is becoming a reality, and here it is:
I’M WRITING A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many of you have followed my blog for years, and I know you’re just as excited about this as I am. To all of you, THANK YOU for being so encouraging over the years. Your support makes this moment so much sweeter, which is why I have been dying to share this news with you all.
[Signing the contract!!!!]
So, the details. I have signed a two book deal with Baker Books that I am incredibly excited about. When it comes to the vision of my first book, Baker GETS IT. They truly understand the message God has given me to write, and they can help me make it the best it can be. They are also invested in me as a writer, which is why I have the honor of writing not one but TWO books for them in the coming years!
I’m going to wait and share the details of the book later, but I want you to know I have already loved writing it. Every time I sit down to type, I feel like this is what God created me to do. It has been such a joy crafting this book and praying over it and putting into words a message that has been freedom for me. I really cannot wait for you to read it.
Even though I’m holding off on telling you about the content, I want to talk to you about the timing of this book and why it is significant for me. Over the years, people often asked me if I was going to write a book. A publisher even asked me to write one, but the timing wasn’t right. I was in school with a baby and I didn’t have any extra margin for a project of that size. I had to say no again and again, because I had not heard God say yes. So I waited.
That season of waiting was hard. I have watched a lot of my friends go on to write books while I could not. If you’ve ever been in that position, of watching other people attain the thing you’re dreaming of, it can be hard. It was hard. But in hindsight, I understand why I needed to wait. That season was crucial for my faith and my writing. God used that time to grow me and deepen me and sharpen my focus. As hard as it was, I am grateful for the waiting. I might have felt stuck, but God was not.
In addition to that lesson, there’s another reason why the timing of this project is significant. I have always believed the world has plenty of books, and it doesn’t need another one “just because.” I can write enough words to fill a book, but I didn’t want to do it unless I believed those words were from God. So for years I prayed and promised God that I would not write a book unless He gave me a message to write. If I was going to do this, I wanted to be certain the message was from Him.
I think that’s why I’m so excited about this project. Although it’s a dream come true, I am mostly just passionate about the message. It has literally changed my life, and that’s why I have so enjoyed writing about it. Every day I get to sit down and remember what God has done.
So that is it for now. And let me just say again, THANK YOU for supporting me all these years. I have such thoughtful gracious readers, and I love y’all. Many of you have watched me grow as a writer, and I’m so glad you can walk with me into this next step!
As a final note, in the coming months I will share more about my book with my e-mail list. When we get closer to the book’s release date, I will have a LOT of fun updates and hopefully some freebies too. If you would like to be a part of that, just sign up for my newsletter (just scroll back up on the right).
I love y’all, I’m grateful for you, and as a request, would you please pray for me? Please pray for the Spirit to speak through me, and that on every page I would decrease as He increases. That is my heart’s desire.
Thanks everyone, and now, it’s back to work!
Congratulations, Sharon! May God bless you and keep you in His care. May His face shine greatly upon you during this process! May He use you to shine the Light for others to see Him. Many Blessings, Mindy
Mindy thank you for that benediction. What a blessing!
Wooooooohooooooo!!!! Congrats Sharon! This is so exciting. I am so in awe of your work and ability to do this! I know God is using you for such great things. It is so fun to see!
Super excited about this, Sharon!! Can’t wait to read more details about the book!! Congratulations! Prayers your way and good luck on the project!
Congratulations, Sharon! God has clearly given you a gift and a message, and I can’t wait to read your book!
Thank you so much, Stephanie!
Yay- congratulations! I can’t wait to read it. Your words have been an encouragement and strengthener in my faith and many others, I’m sure. Prayers for the journey ahead and thanks for including us in it!
Alyson, thank you so much!!!
So exciting! This is one of those dreams that I have as well, and hope to make it happen at some point! I pray that the process is a blessing to you and all those who will read your book 🙂
Thanks Esther! I hope my story encourages you!
I can’t wait to buy your book! I’ve been following your blog for a few years now. Your blogs are so thought provoking, I can only imagine how impactful a whole book is going to be. Keep up the great work!
Wow! Thank you!!
Way to go, Sharon!! This is amazing news and it’s encouraging to hear how God brought it forth at the right time! It’s a beautiful thing when we wait on His timing and step up to the calling he has placed before us. Congratulations, and I can’t wait to read BOTH books!
Yes! And thanks for your encouragement!
So excited for you, friend!! Congratulations.
Congratulations, friend! Cheering you on for the Glory of God!
WOOHOO!!!! Congrats! Go, Sharon (and her thesaurus), go!
Congratulations! I’ve written four books with Revell and will tell you the Baker family is lovely 🙂 Welcome!
That’s what I heard! I talked to Jessica Turner and she had glowing things to say! So excited to “be in the family” with y’all!
I am so glad for you, Sharon. And glad for all of us to share in the treasure the Lord is in your life. I was stuck….God was not…… Great words right there. Put that on every page….and your book is a winner : ) Grateful for your example of seeking His face….and reflecting His grace.
Congratulations – not one but TWO Sharon books coming into the world! I’m thrilled for you!
Congratulations! I look forward to hearing more details. (and the suspense is awful.)
I know! I’m sorry! As soon as we nail down a title I can share more!
“Hooooo-waaaaay!” as my 2-year-old daughter would say. 🙂 Congratulations, and to God be the glory!
Hahahaha! Love it. Thank you!
Congratulations Sharon! Yes, when will you tell us the what?
As soon as the publisher and I nail down a title, we’ll let you know the details!
Congrats, Sharon! I can’t wait to read it.
Nice! May God continue to give you joy as you write … it’s a huge ingredient to writing something that people actually want to read. I’ll keep praying.
I have been enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading your books. Thanks for the blessings you share through your dedicated efforts.
Congrats!! Wonderful news!
Congratulations!! So excited for you and look forward to reading both 🙂
This is GREAT news! Congratulations, Sharon!
Congratulations, Sharon! I am a long-time follower (although a frequently quiet one) and have drawn so much encouragement from your blog over the past few years as I was/am “stuck” in my own season of waiting. I am thrilled for you and I can’t wait to read your words in print!
AMAZING news Sharon! God is going to light those words on fire. Can’t wait to read it. love you