As I wrote the book I was surprised how the “muse” did show up most of the time once I began writing. I would get up earlier than usual in the morning allowing extra time to write. Perhaps it was being a little sleepy that opened up the creative juices or just a blessing from God to get the project done.
My second surprise came when I received my author copies. I had no idea the cover and the binding would be so rich and beautiful. Many people have commented that besides a devotional, it is like a gift book too.
What unexpected insight did you gain while writing your book?
I learned the value of the old saying for writers – Butt In Chair. I had to intentionally write every day to meet my deadline. As far as the material went, writing about Advent really did prepare my heart for this season. I finished the book with a sense of space in my life and heart for Christ to come, a feeling of hospitality for others, and a priceless wonder once again of the story of Jesus’ birth.
Jean Wise is a freelance writer and Christian speaker at retreats, gatherings and seminars. She has published articles in the Lutheran, Christian Communicator, Sacred Journeys,The RevWriter, public health journals and contributed multiple devotions to three devotional books published by Barbour Publishing. She also is a reporter at a daily local newspaper writing profile and health articles. ]
Jean is an expert in spiritual growth, especially in the area of prayer. She is serving St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Edon as an Associate in Ministry. (AiM) She is a spiritual director and facilitates the spiritual formation for others studying to be directors. She has both a bachelors and masters in nursing. Her background in spirituality and health care adds to her love and passion for healthy spirituality.
She lives in Ohio with her husband enjoying their empty nest as their three adult children have flown the coop. Jean loves books so much her hubby thinks she has too many. Jean believes if you cannot be well read, at least be well bought! Bring on more bookshelves!
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: An Advent Devotional is available in both print and ebook editions.