Laurie Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. She is the author of Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness, an incredible true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s film, Heaven, as well as on many other national and regional radio and television programs. She is a contributor to Zondervan’s NIV Bible for Women and writes at LaurieCoombs.org. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their three daughters.
I believe I have been entrusted with a powerful message to share with the world. A message that I have told only in part on my blog but tell entirely in the book I am writing.
It was just over two years ago that I felt God’s call to write a book about the mighty work He has accomplished in my life. And though I’d love to say that I immediately complied with God’s request to write this book, and that I immediately pursued my calling, I didn’t. For several months, I fought it. I felt like Jonah, running from God’s call. But one Sunday morning, as I stood in church singing my heart out to God during worship, God spoke plainly, and I knew without a doubt that it was time to stop running from God and follow Him. And so I did. The next morning, I wrote, “My rebellion is over. I choose to follow God’s call on my life.” And that was it. I was all in.
But God was calling me to do something I knew nothing about. I had absolutely no idea how to go about writing and publishing a book, but I figured, if this is where God was leading, He would equip me. And He did.
Throughout the last two years, I have not only learned what I need to know about writing and publishing, but God graced me with Jessie Kirkland, my amazing literary agent; provided an opportunity to work with a wonderful professional editor; and most recently brought along the right publishing house to publish my book. It just boggles my mind.
During the last few weeks, my literary agent and I have been negotiating my book contract with Kregel Publications. And I’m excited to tell you that I signed with them last Friday, which means my book is going to be published and will be released fall 2015!!
God is good, isn’t He! I just love how faithful He is, and I’m excited to see what He continues to do through the story He entrusted to me. Though I’d love to see many lives change through the word of my testimony, ultimately, I want to bring glory to God––to shout His name from the mountaintops––so that all may come to know that He is God and that He is good. That He redeems the seemingly unredeemable. And that He loves us with a relentless, unconditional love unparalleled by anything else known.
This is our God. A God unknown to many, and so I’d appreciate any prayers for my upcoming book that you have to offer! I pray my book will help others to come to know our amazing God and to help them to seek His redemption in their lives. We all know that the prayers of many are powerful. So, if you could, please join me in this prayer.
Thank you for being part of this journey with me. I am so blessed by each of you!