Recently, I've been illustrating VeggieTales books and rewriting my "Cowboys" story. With a break in illustration work, I began pencil sketches for "Cowboys" and thought I would take a few minutes to do a blog entry.
I've been an illustrator of some type since I left high school. I'm an introvert, so being isolated in a studio (though sometimes with other artists) suited me fine. When I began writing children's books I mistakenly assumed that, if I were successful, I could continue my self imposed isolation from the world, writing stories and illustrating them in my safe, cozy home studio. Boy, was I wrong! It seems that these days an author is expected to do book signings and even read his stories... in public... to Live people even! And worse than that... RADIO INTERVIEWS! How was I to know?
Well, my most recent book is Magnificent Tales Treasury of Bible Stories – (Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times). As the name suggests, it's a collection of 20 Bible stories written in rhyme and meter. I feel very strongly that God has been preparing me for a long time to write this book. That it is for His glory and not my own. It contains the story Shout for the Lord, which is my version of the story of Gideon. Time for a new perspective. I feel like Gideon, who when called by God to fight the Mideanites, didn't feel he was the right choice. But God had done the choosing, so who was Gideon to God's judgement? Now, knowing that God is with me, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and promoting the Treasury of Bible Stories – for His Glory, not my own!
Is God asking you to step out of your comfort zone too?