The general format or layout of a book is first the foreword. It is a “word” be”fore” the book itself. The foreword is usually written by someone other than the author, providing his/her perspective on the author and the book). A general book layout consists of the introduction, chapters, conclusion, acknowledgements and references.
What makes a book worth reading to you? Maybe it’s the drama. Maybe you like to read to gain knowledge. Maybe the illustrations capture your attention or the descriptions and personalities of the characters. Maybe the author is well-known and is accustom to writing amazing books. Or maybe the book was a referral from a colleague. I myself enjoy reading. It’s relaxing and it takes me away into a world that I’m not physically a part of but I certainly feel as if I am through the use of my imagination. However, if the book resembles a dictionary, I cannot wrap my mind around enjoying something that looks like a college course book.
Our lives are like a book with many chapters. We are the authors. Each day is a new page and each year is a new chapter.
The foreword is our 9 months in the womb and was written by God. He knew us before we were in the womb.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
The introduction is when we are born (introduced) to our parents after spending 9 months in the womb, that our Father God placed us in.
Then the chapters of life begin. As with a good read, our lives consists of many successes, triumphs, and tragedies. Characters are introduced. Some remain throughout our entire life story and some are there for a season. Some were never meant to stay as long as they did, but even those still served a purpose.
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV
How are your writing your story? Are you writing with expectation? Is there some structure? Are you seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, who is the Master book editor and can assist you creating a best seller?
How do we become best sellers of our own novels?
- A best seller in life is a victor and not a victim.
- A best seller in life turns tragedy into triumphs.
- A best seller in life realizes that their sufficiency is in Jesus.
- A best seller in life comes running back to his/her Father, through Jesus Christ, like the prodigal son.
- A best seller in life is not selfish. He or she uses his/her own book to help create a best seller for someone else.
Don’t copy and paste the same page in a new chapter. Your plagiarizing your own life. You cannot begin a new chapter repeating the same page.
In about a week, I’ll be starting chapter 41 of my book. It’s called: “The Year of My Father’s Business: The Powerful And Humbling Story Of a daughter and the Power Her Father Gave Her to Operate His Business!”
I do not know how many chapters I have remaining in my book; but I do know this: The remaining chapters will be better than the first because my Father didn’t just TELL me. Naw naw…He PROMISED me. This house (my body) is where the Spirit of God rests comfortable and well.
“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:9 KJV
As far as the conclusion goes, if I am not confident or certain of anything else, I do know that my conclusion will be breathtaking.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:1, 3-4 NLT
Just as I have this assurance and confidence in Jesus, so can you. What chapter are you in? What story are you sharing with the world? Allow the Master Editor to assist you with writing your manuscript. There’s only 4 months remaining in this year. Do not repeat the same story you had with the same conclusion from 2015. Make your book one of laughter, love, courage, triumph and faith in our Lord and savior Jesus. Make the pages in your book pleasing to the eyes of the Lord to read to the heavenly angels.