Monday, 19 March 2012

God's extraordinary timing

The writer's life can be one of unremitting discouragement at times. As a newish British writer of Christian fiction it can feel like swimming against the tide in a sea of liquid cement. But then sometimes God reminds me how he works very differently from us. A friend of mine has been much on my mind lately. She's been going through a particularly stressful time and I've been concerned, but didn't want to bombard her with e mails. As I went to vacuum the dirt and dog-hairs from my car this afternoon I was thinking about her - and at that point she phoned (we live in different countries.) We exchanged news, of course, but what she rang to tell me was how my latest book, ('The Land of Nimrod'), a copy of which I gave her some months ago in the hope that she would review it, had spoken to her condition and given her support and insight when she had a great need. Like, I imagine, many others I tend to dream in terms of big numbers, great sales, a growing base of readers; but perhaps I am being gently told that what matters is meaningful connection with one reader at a time.
Isaiah 55 v.8,9 


  1. Sue! That Sue! Now I am putting it together--you recently contacted me through facebook! Yes. I am very much looking forward to reading your books. I looked for you on Amazon, but only found a different Sue Russell. If you are on Amazon in the UK, you can also put up an author page here in the states! I have one on both sites. When I read your book I will definitely review it for you and post on every Amazon or other distributor you have! Just let me know where you need it put. Blessings.

  2. Hi Sue,
    Well said. The key to all we do resides in patience. The greatest thing, as you said, is connecting with one reader at a time! If we can impact one we can impact a million. A guru online marketer told me once, "Help solve people's problems and you will never lack money." It was a great point telling me to get my mind off the paycheck and on their needs!

    As the scripture teaches us, "Let patience have her perfect work that we may be perfect and entire wanting nothing!" KJV

    God Bless,
    Joe Young