After a long absence, I'm beginning again to post short, casual articles to this blog. 2016 turned out to be an extremely busy year. God gave me a "green light" to self-publish, so I compiled a devotional book that includes 90 of my INSPIRATION articles (not these blog articles).
I have a new-found respect for traditional publishing houses. I imagined the preparation for my book would take a few weeks—possibly a couple months. After all, the book was already written. But this project gradually stretched into five very long months of determined effort. Many intimidating hurdles had to be conquered. "Giants of the land" were teaming up to stop me. (Technology had to be confronted head-on. Hidden information was hunted down and forced to come out with its hands up.)
No, self-publishing is not for the faint of heart. But God kept reminding me to "be strong and of good courage" (Joshua 1:9), so I chose to persevere, one challenging step at a time.