Are You Afraid?

Since May is “Get Caught Reading Month,” I thought I would share with you one of the books I read this month and what struck me from the book.

Unbridged Grace: A True Story about the Power of Choice by Dr. Michael J. Norman was entered into this year’s Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. While the book did not win the award, the story fascinated me, so I decided to read it.

The book is a memoir about Dr. Norman’s experience of being inadvertently associated with the Russian Mafia and the United States Government’s Indictment against him as a result. The book tells this story as well as relates Dr. Norman’s corresponding spiritual journey during this time in his life.

I love to read interesting biographies and memoirs. In the book-selling world, biographies are a popular category, usually selling well. However, I have found that with Christian Small Publisher Association’s (CSPA) BookCrash blogger book review program that memoirs have not been as popular with the reviewers as children’s and fiction books. I believe this is because people like to read about famous people. Most memoirs published by small presses are stories about obscure people we do not know. Hence, they are not as popular as a memoir by a known personality. However, I find memoirs by obscure people the most fascinating.

Usually when I read a memoir by an ordinary Christian, my faith is strengthened. These books usually express ways in which these people have experienced God and his miracles in their lives. I am always encouraged.

Dr. Noman’s story is no different. God was very much alive and at work in this life during this very difficult time. I especially liked what Dr. Norman had to say about evil:

A third nature of evil comes in the form of the devil, or Satan himself. ..Because he cannot kill us, he wants us to kill ourselves by driving us to despair, using all possible means. Primarily through fear and deception, the devil preys upon our frail human nature as the lines become confusingly blurred between right and wrong, good and evil, and truth and falsehood…Without fear, he is left without his greatest weapon and exhibits his fundamental cowardice by backing down from a strong fight.

I appreciated Dr. Norman’s reminder that we are in a battle. The devil does not want the truth of God’s word to go forward.  If you write and publish books that point people to the Truth, you are in involved in this battle.

We can take heart from the words of Dr. Norman reminding us that without fear, Satan has lost his greatest weapon. Is fear holding you back from writing, publishing, or marketing a book? Remember, if God is on your side, who can defeat you?

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