Please welcome this weeks guest Susan J. Reinhardt for The Journey. She answers the question: How have you seen God work in your writing journey?
Man’s Ideas vs. God’s Plan
These were not words I wanted to hear. After eight long years working on The Moses Conspiracy and honing my skills, they represented the ultimate rejection.
“Father, I believe with all my heart You want this book published. I’ve done everything I know to do – polished my skills, gone to conferences, written a second book, and built my platform. I don’t know what to do next. Please direct my footsteps.”
No lightning struck, no voice boomed from heaven, so I kept doing what I knew was right and improving my skills.
A few months later, I attended a Christian concert at a friend’s church. The singing group had visited my church many times when I was growing up. Thinking this was a nostalgia thing, I was taken by surprise when God brought the answer to my prayer.
One of the singers, known for his powerful preaching, felt led by the Lord to share their testimony. In the early days of their ministry, they came to a place of quitting. As they drove home from a concert date, they knew it was over.
Someone began singing in the car, “God will make a way where there seems to be no way…” One by one, they all took up the refrain. He said they sang their way back into the ministry. Each member of the group said they did not start the song. They still believe an angel brought the encouragement they so desperately needed.
I sat there and cried, no sobbed, through the whole message. It was like the Lord was speaking directly to me. Nothing changed in the remaining months of 2012. Rejections piled high, but always that song rang in my heart: “God will make a way…”
Someone at work gave me a lovely journal at Christmas. The first day of the New Year, I stared at a blank page. What would this year hold for my writing?
Two weeks later, I received an email from an author friend, Kathi Macias. She asked me if I’d contacted a certain publisher. I hadn’t, but I was making inquiries into a self-publishing company even though I wasn’t overjoyed.
With her assistance, I connected with Helping Hands Press, a small, royalty publisher. Within two weeks, I’d signed contracts with Joyce Hart, of Hartline Literary Agency and Helping Hands Press.
A whirlwind of activity culminated in the release of my debut novel, The Moses Conspiracy, as an e-book. In May 2013, the print version came out.
God made a way to publication. Men said it was impossible, but He had other ideas. To Him be the glory.
Susan J. Reinhardt’s publishing credits include her debut novel, The Moses Conspiracy, as well as devotionals, short articles, and contributions to anthologies. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.