The idea for my first book really hit me out of the blue, and I’m convinced it came from the Lord as a gift. He told me to write, so I sat down and wrote and wrote. Sometimes I would get through twenty pages and feel like someone else was writing for me. It was after my third book (which is actually the first one I wrote) that I realized something. Unless I wrote all of the painful parts in the first two books, no one would understand just how amazing the Lord has been.
They would not fully understand where I had been, who I had been, and the amazing transformation that happened in my life. No one but God could have brought me through it. After that, it would have been irresponsible for me to keep to myself all that I had learned and seen and witnessed.
The inspiration for this book came from forgiveness. I was holding a grudge over wrongs done to me and was getting older every day from feeding the monster. It was awful, and the internal battle was unlike any I had ever experienced—mostly because I could not see the resentment I was holding onto.
The more I fought to have control over my circumstances and the more I cried because of the hurt done to me, the more I simply could not let go. I thought I had been so good and had finally gotten things right, and I didn’t think I deserved to be treated the way I was.
Around the time I first started writing, I was doing a lot of reflection on all of this. After reading the book of Job, I realized what a hypocrite I had been. I was like a Pharisee. With this realization, I was finally able to let go of the resentment. It was like something physically left me. It was then I was really able to write the book—not just journal my feelings but shape my experiences into something that others could understand too.
Writing my first book was really healing in a lot of ways, as I was able to articulate everything I had gone through and share it with others, so they can perhaps learn from it too.
Emma Clay is a writer who shares her own experiences about her encounters with self and her bad decisions. She shares how she transformed a life that seemed hopeless and seeks to give answers to your own questions. She is dedicated to sharing her true stories with others, in the hopes they will avoid the same pot holes, pitfalls, and detours in their own lives.
She loves people, and her need to share this love will hopefully encourage others to find their own way.
Her latest book is the Christian inspirational memoir, Revived by Grace.
Visit her website at www.EmmaClay.com.