What was your main inspiration for writing the book, The Boy Who Would Be King: 7 Lessons from the Life of David?
I didn’t have a primary inspiration. Honestly, I just could not avoid writing the book. One of the book’s chapters/lessons was focused on a lesson God was teaching me as I started writing the book. The lesson was focused on understanding the dynamics of King Saul and David’s relationship as well as submitting to authority which I did not necessarily agree with. However, the way God speaks to me through my writing, I literally must write it down when I receive a lesson, sermon, or devotional. As a jumble of thoughts in my mind, the words come so quickly they must be written and released. Otherwise, I do not have peace. So, I did not have inspiration outside of the need to tell the story. The more I read about David, the more I learned and saw life lessons for all of us.
If you could describe the book in 4 words, what would those four words be? Why?
Faith Lessons and Life Lessons are my four words (actually three since “lessons: is repeated – lol). I think these words speak to the book’s central core. It teaches life lessons and lessons about faith, a sustaining and enduring faith.
How has this experience changed you?
This is my third book. So, I felt a sense of accomplishment, just like the ones before. However, the change within me has been more subtle. I have become more settled into who I am as a minister. I wouldn’t call it confidence, but more of an acceptance in who I am. I am also looking forward to seeing what God puts in me to write next. That is a feeling I have never felt before.
What is your hope/prayer for those who read your book?
Funny. My prayer partner and I have prayed one prayer repeatedly about the book since I finished. My prayer/hope for this book is that it will be a commercial success (for me) but a private revelation (for the readers). That is my sole prayer.
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This sounds like a faith-stretching book. As I read Shaniqua’s words about the changes in her as she wrote the book, it reminded me that God seems to give us stories (in my case) or themes to write about that will stretch the writer’s understanding of who God is and the work He’s doing as the writer creates and puts words to the page. I love that He uses creativity in such multi-faceted ways . . . for the creative and the ones who experience the creation, if that makes sense. 🙂
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Hello Jeanne. Thanks for sharing. It is a great book indeed. I’m reading it now and I’ve gotten so much revelation from it. It is well written, creative, and has also challenged me to stretch my faith. It has also given me a whole new perspective on David’s relationship with God.
I enjoyed reading this and now look forward to reading this book. God has an awesome way of teaching us and reaching us through His revelations to others. Great interview!
Yes He does Sis. I’m reading it and it’s so rich. I’ve come to see David in an entire new way. I’ve highlighted almost every page. Lol.