Recently, a long-time friend and fellow pastor reached out to me for lunch. It had been a little while since we were last together. He shared that he was working on his first book in which he wanted to share wisdom he’s gained over decades of church, and especially small group, ministry. He was asking for input from my experience. We had a great time together.
Over the course of lunch, when it came time to recommending further resources to him, I was so glad I remembered Andy LePeau’s recently published Write Better: A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality. (As Andy was finishing the first draft, he reached out to me to share the story of a stuck place I’d found myself in when writing in my second book, An Unhurried Leader. You can read that little story in his book on page 211).
What a beautiful book this is! When I read it, I felt like I was being coached with compassion and wisdom. I love the main sections on both the Craft and the Art of Writing. There is a lot of practical wisdom for how to get started, how to get unstuck and how to improve what you’re writing.
What I especially appreciated and found unique in this book is the section on the Spirituality of Writing. He touches key themes such as writing as calling, finding your voice, how to write about yourself unselfishly, spiritual authority, courage in writing, and writing as stewardship. This section alone is worth the price of the book!
Since I’m writing this review as COVID-19 quarantines are beginning, and since I have a lot of unexpected free time due to cancelled engagements, I’m working on two book projects. This book is going to be close at hand to help me make my way.
(I was sent a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher, and invited to write an honest review. Unhurried Living is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.)