A few months ago I popped into a coffee shop in a small Saskatchewan town, just to grab a latte. A man sitting at a corner table noticed me, and as we made eye contact I recognized him as one of the people who’d bought a copy of the book last year during a book reading event. As we sat and chatted, he said something to me that literally brought a tear to my eye. He thanked me for writing the book and said, “This book has changed my life.”
I really needed that positive encouragement. Yes, even I, Kenneth James Kerr “The Encourager” needs to be on the receiving end of encouragement now and again. What that reader did not know is that I had become discouraged as an author after watching a video course by a big-name writer. This individual came right out and stated that every book must be extensively market tested, professionally edited several times, and have its layout and cover designed by design experts. He made it obvious that in his eyes any book not being produced in this way was not only worthless but also doomed to fail.
My book could boast none of these characteristics, and since I had gone to this man for expert advice on book marketing, my heart sank… as did my faith in my own work.
I literally ignored my book for months (that’s why I’ve been so silent on this web page!). I even began to wonder what other career I should pick instead of being an author. And then fate stepped in and I met this gentle soul at the coffee shop.
I told my unexpected encourager what had happened, and he softly said, “The first instant that he started to make you doubt your work, you should have walked away from that course.” He reminded me just how life-changing the book really is, JUST AS IT IS, and told me to keep on going with it because it is an amazing book.
And so I decided to try an experiment. With enough time having passed for me to be objective about it, I started to read my book as if I was a reader coming to it for the first time. I flipped through pages randomly over a month, made a note of the date at the top of the page, and wrote my own notes in each page, just as I had instructed others to do. Amazingly, I discovered synchronicity after synchronicity, as the book just randomly presented me with the right ideas at the right time. Many times my handwritten notes would end with, “This really IS life changing!”
Thank God for my encourager that day, and thank God for restoring my confidence in the beautiful book that I was honoured to have brought into form as moved by the silent inspiration of a source higher than myself. May the book be a blessing to you too.
Love and Light