I poured my heart, my soul, and everything I’ve learned in 15 years of writing into Wonderstruck. When the book didn’t come out right the first time, I rewrote it.
Word. For. Word.
Then I went through another 50 drafts with friends and editors reading and rereading to try to get every image, every word just right.
We developed a launch team called “Partymob” which more than 400 people applied to be a part of—many of whom filled their blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and Pinterest pages announcing the news of the book. Their emails, notes, and shout outs and brought so much encouragement and joy that some days it’s been overwhelming.
Meanwhile, I’ve prayed thousands of prayers. More than anything I’ve asked God that the Holy Spirit saturate the writing in such a way people feel as if they’re drinking from the chilled spring of Christ on a steamy summer day. It’s a big prayer, but one our wonder-ful God can answer.
And tomorrow, Christmas Day, Wonderstruck releases.
My friend, Mark Batterson, likes to say, “Work like it depends on you and pray like it depends on God.”
I know I have done everything I can do.
I know our team has done everything they can do.
Now we need God to do what only God can do.
I wrote this book to God’s glory and now I lift it up once again in prayer to Him.
I take a deep breath, inhale a sense that everything now rests in His hands.
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