It is a slow process to discover ways of becoming….Recently I learned that logos and brands are helpful to get your message out quickly – leaving an impression (either deep or fleeting depending on the situation) for readers to really understand what you are doing. The question for me has always been “What am I called to do by the God who created me?”
I could assume all sorts of images of grandeur but I have a host of family realities which do an excellent job in keeping me grounded. For example – bathroom towels have a way of falling on the floor and need to be cleaned, refolded and put in place…dishes have to be washed (though the kids are reallllly good at that) and there are a thousand details of living that require honest, simple, workable solutions. There is nothing particularly grand about our day (except perhaps the music and prayer) but it is in those details that sanity keeps a firm grip on me. (Notice - I don’t claim to keep a firm grip on anything.)
But when this brand idea came up through reading a great book called Sell Your Book Like Wildfire by Rob Eagar…I got to thinking. What do I want to say about my books? Why am I spending the time and, yes, the money to get these books out? So I thought about it and prayed about it…In the end my head hurt but I had a notion…
I want my books to “Reflect a splintered fragment of the eternal truth that is with God” as Tolkien once opined but I also want my work to grow with the reader. Every reader brings their life experiences to the page. Every reader knows truth from a unique perspective. Every reader has a story to share. Every reader has delved into depths too painful to explain and reached heights too grand to summarize. I want those readers – the readers who give their heart and soul to this experience called life and have a passion about being present in reality to know that they are not alone – even when they are beaten up and thrown away by people and a civilization which should have known better.
God created us and God calls us. Never give up on your future no matter how grim your past. That is why I chose the tree image with the great network of roots. We must be rooted but not inhibited by those roots. They are our foundation to grow up and into the light. May we bear fruit…holy souls who journey toward forever….