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From Our Reading Journals: Mark Batterson

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I’m only on Day Two of the 40 Day Prayer Challenge and came across this wonderful thought on praying for books.

“I have a handful of prayers that I pray all the time… One is that God will put my books into the right hands at the right times.  I’ve prayed this prayer thousands of times, and God has answered it in dramatic fashion countless times.  The right book in the right hands at the right time can save a marriage, avert a mistake, demand a decision, plant a seed, conceive a dream, solve a problem, and prompt a prayer.  That is why I write.  And that’s why, for me, a book sold is not a book sold; a book sold is a prayer answered.  I don’t know the name and situation of every reader, but God does, and that’s all that matters.”  Mark Batterson  Draw the Circle

This is a reminder to take the focus off of traditional measures of success in publishing and to focus on the eternal prospective in our work.

This scripture is in the front of our book, The Shepherd’s Song:

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

When we write for God we don’t always see the results in sales figures but we are promised that there will be results.

I’m looking forward to the next 38 days.

Do you pray for your readers? Do you pray for books that you put in the hands of others?