Hi Everyone!

I think the bite of the writing bug often comes in more than one form. I know many of you bloggers have also mentioned a book-writing project, or have already published a book in some way. Heck, many of you could make a book out of the contents of your blog!

After at least a year or two since I first put my hands to the keyboard on this study, I’m happy to announce that “An Invitation to Forgive: A Study of the Book of Philemon” will be available on Amazon soon. It will be a while, though. Just when I thought I was finished, I’m not. As a newbie, I didn’t realize what a drawn-out process it is to self-publish…but I’ve loved (almost) every minute of it. It is a new world to me, and I’m both excited and a little tentative.

Why Philemon? Well, I suppose that even though this is a very small book of the Bible, it’s packed with so many nuggets of wisdom. All I can say is that many years ago my dad taught a lesson from this book so well that I became intrigued and decided to do my own study. So here it is!



Suppose you were to open your mailbox and spot an unusual piece of mail. A glimpse of your name, handwritten in calligraphy, tells you this isn’t just another bill. Pushing aside the junk mail like tares from the wheat, you snatch the envelope and open the gold-lined seal to find –

An invitation ~

It is from a friend, offering you the chance to mend a broken relationship.

“An invitation to forgive?” you may scoff…

Why would anyone want to get an invitation like that?”

And yet that is exactly the type of invitation the Apostle Paul writes in his letter to Philemon. In a manner that is both brilliant and appealing, Paul urges Philemon to take back his runaway slave, Onesimus. He challenges Philemon to see forgiveness as a privilege; an invitation to be accepted or declined. It was Philemon’s choice to make.

Would he have the character to see past his anger to the benefits this invitation would offer him, or would he hang on to resentment and miss the blessing?

This verse-by-verse Bible Study is written for anyone who has ever struggled with forgiveness or longs to see the reconciliation of broken relationships. It will address and examine the questions involved in the dynamics of forgiveness, such as:

  • Can true forgiveness ever be commanded?
  • Does loyalty and harmony come by compulsion?
  • What is the character of someone who forgives?
  • On what basis should we forgive someone who has offended us?

This study will not only shed light on the answers to these questions but also present the rich Biblical principles on which they are based. It is written in an easy-to-read, interactive format, guiding the reader to identify his own invitation to forgive—an invitation ultimately written for all of us.


So here’s your chance to plug your book or project -in –the- works! I would love to hear whatever you’d like to share about it – the idea of the book itself, the story behind your book, even tips about what you have learned in the process. I can’t wait to read about them. Anyone with a comment will be eligible to enter a drawing for a free advance copy!

6 thoughts on “ANYONE GOT A BOOK IN THEM?

  1. Good for you! Today I was talking about publishing. I have been writing for a few years and had a publisher interested, but personally I didn’t think I was good enough. Nor did I have enough content to publish. Tonight I looked into some of those self publishing websites, wow are they expensive! I write mostly poems i guess you’d call them but your right like most bloggers on here I do have a book in the works. I am way to chicken to do anything with them/it. Most of the time I only allow one or two people to read my writing, and that’s usually after I go crazy analyzing and changing it. So I am very happy for you! I must admit your courage makes me a little jealous. God bless you in your new adventure!

    • Hi Pen of the Sheep,

      You mean you had a publisher interested in your work? That’s awesome! I am self-publishing because I haven’t been able to go the traditional route. Keep going! If God gave you the desire and compels you to write, then that is your calling! He gave it to you because you have something unique to share. I read your blog and thought your entry about Christmas was especially well-expressed.

      Everyone has their own story and their own offering! 

      “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” – Col. 3:17

      God Bless, Margo

      • Yes ma’am I did. It’s a Christian publisher that’s published a few people I know. I am just crazy insecure. Thank you so much for your very kind words! He has certainly has given me the desire! I think I just have to get past myself. God bless you and thank you again! You were actually the first person I followed on here I really enjoy reading your writing and will certainly be getting your book!

  2. I am working on a book entitled “Ambassador.” It starts out loosely based on my humble beginnings and will go on to adulthood as a Ambassador for Christ.
    It’s probably a year away from publishing…but I’ll take any prayers I can get!
    Looking forward to seeing your book–Forgiveness is the most important thing!

    • Hi Sue, thanks for sharing about your project. Is it Fiction or Non-Fiction? Is this your first book? What publisher are you thinking about using? Would love to hear more, and yes, I’ll pray for you. 🙂

      • This is my first book…it’s a blend of fiction and non-fiction, what I call “embellished memoir” 😉
        I have no idea what publisher I would use…I don’t know that much about that part of it.
        thank you.

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