The general format or layout of a book is first the foreword. It gives a word be”fore” the main portions of the book. The foreword is usually written by someone other than the author, providing his/her perspective on the author and the book presented. 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.
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 any 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?
Congratulations on becoming an author. How are you writing your story? A best seller sits on shelves for decades. In fact, we pattern our lives after the greatest book ever written – The Bible. What best seller (legacy) will you leave?
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.
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