Heather Thompson Books

This is a world of echo chambers and mirrors. We only hear and see what we want. So many of us walk around blind to our short comings because society produces a lack conviction and emotional maturity needed to handle the fact that eventually we all need to change somewhere, somehow.

It is much easier to point out the speck in someone else’s eye, than to deal with the plank we have in our own. This is why it’s difficult, as a human being, to put your work “out there” for the world to see and risk onslaughts of negativity. Usually, a creator of any kind (movies, music, books, art etc.) is proud and excited about their work but has to muster up the courage to share it with the world.

Writing a book is like that. I poured my heart, time, money and everything else into something that made me feel vulnerable and I was essentially willing to place myself on a chopping block while offering the axe to passersby. Why? What is wrong with me? It’s so much easier to keep my heart hidden and covered than to expose it to the world’s jaded ridicule – especially with a first book.

Perhaps it’s because I don’t lack conviction. In fact, I’d place a strong bet that I have it in spades. When the Lord speaks I hope I answer with a “here I am Lord, send me” which I would immediately follow with a “protect my heart from those seeking to destroy me.”

The story of Stillwater is so real and the characters are so alive that I had no choice but to write it. They lived in my head bursting to get out for people to read, enjoy, criticize, judge and every other thing under the sun. As the creator, you feel personally attacked when someone doesn’t like your work. But Jesus was often personally attacked. “What good can come from Nazareth” they said. Yikes. He was called a heretic, a blasphemer and every other name under the sun.

Is writing a book the same as our Savior living, preaching and dying on the cross? No. But He did say if the world hates me, they will hate you also.

So, find joy when you face trials because they produce in you perseverance as it says in James 1; because the battle is not ours to begin with.

When I get to heaven I want to hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant” even if those words were for writing a book.

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