Author and new friend, K. B. Hoyle, has invited me to participate in a blog hop called “The Next Big Thing” (TNBT). The event consists of 10 questions about an author’s current WIP (work in progress.) Here’s the plan:
A. Answer the ten TNBT questions listed below about your current WIP.
B.Tag five other writers and link their blogs so we can all hop over and read their answers. (Unfortunately, I did not have anyone to tag today.)
What is the working title of your book?
Orphaned No More: How Every Christian is Affected by Adoption. I’ve been told I need to play more with the title, but I haven’t come up with anything else just yet.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I asked God if He had a book for me to write, and He showed me how the things He’d been doing in my life the past 6 months add up to a book that would be a good resource for other Christians who need to understand that adoption by the Father does so much more than we realize. It is often underplayed or under studied and Christians do not understand how adoption truly intends to affect each one of us like make us whole. There is also a mandate throughout the Bible to care for widows and orphans, and there are so many widows and orphans walking beside us each day that we don’t classify as a widow or an orphan. I really felt led to open the discussion that even though there are 143Million+ orphans there are many spiritual orphans and even widows who walk near us each day. This in no way negates the work we are to do for orphans however. The Bible defines an orphan as fatherless. How many children are in our world today with no father? Many are born out-of-wedlock. Many have emotionally unavailable fathers. How many men leave their wives? These women are modern-day widows.
What genre does your book fall under?
Christian living. It is a nonfiction book with some memoir undertones.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t tell enough of my story to make this book into a good movie. Really this book is about the gospel told through the idea of widows and orphans. Why does God command the Jews to care for aliens, widows, and orphans throughout so much of the Bible? While I tell my story, this book is about you, your story, your adoption into God’s family, what He’s done for you, and how you can in turn help others as He’s done for you.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
This book seeks to make Christians aware of their orphan status and their need for adoption as well as motivate them to actively take a part in “pure and faultless” religion, as mentioned in James 1:27.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My book proposal is being reviewed by a publishing house, but I am not opposed to self publishing it. I really feel like God has given me a message, and to be a good steward of that message, I need to write my book one way or another.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I have only written the first two chapters of my book. It is my understanding that publishers of non-fiction like to provide input into the final manuscript before they will pick it up to publish it. The book idea currently has 10 total chapters, two of which are a my own personal story weaved amidst truths I’ve learned. I expect the book to take me three to six months to write. I do plan to begin blogging about the subjects in my book.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This book will be similar to Tom Davis‘s book, The Fields of the Fatherless, Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living, and Yvette R. Dempster’s book, The Adoption: Whose You Are = Who You Are.
It will also be similar to Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Tony Merida and Rick Morton and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families by Russell Moore as an adoption type resource, but I’ve never adopted or started an orphan ministry, although I will say God is still writing my story and anything is possible. My book delves into the spiritual side of adoption whereas these resources are more about the practical side of adoption.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
God definitely inspired me to write this book. He gave me a unique picture of my life, the past and the present – how really we are all orphans apart from God waiting on His grand adoption into His family.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
You know how children have attachment rejection sometimes after being adopted? I think we do that in a spiritual sense as well. How we view our adoption by the Father seems to affect our growth and spiritual development.