Every week I receive emails from folks who are anxious to see the release of Waymaker (or the re-release of Gideon's Dawn). A handful of these lately have taken a more direct tone--sometimes still with humor, and some with no humor at all, but rather a distinct hard edge to them--either calling me out to "get on with it" or demanding that I stop sinning and fulfill my vow to publish these books. I clearly recognize the heart behind these messages...to provoke me to action, to rattle me awake, even to inspire me to get my tush in gear. Honestly, I appreciate them. No man is beyond the need for a friend to poke and prod him forward when he is tempted to draw back from his call. And though the words have at times been harsh, the spirit behind them is equally clear. They are pushing me toward good action.
So let me say this: I hear you. I appreciate you. And I take every message before God, to see what He may show me through your words.
But let me challenge you as well, to include in your perspective a larger view: Writing is war. Publishing (that is, getting published) is war as well. Mine is not the only will at work concerning when and how these books get published. There are forces--both natural and spiritual--with a vested interest in either furthering or hindering the release of The Pearlsong Refounding.
So as you challenge me (and I hope you will continue to), I ask that you pray for me as well. Pray for the books to be released. Pray for favor with the agent and publisher of God's choosing. Pray against the spiritual forces set against these books ever coming to print. Pray for God's will to prevail--both in me and in those who have influence over when and how these books come out. Join me in this good battle. I welcome you on the front lines, where I am now. (Ephesians 6:12)