During 2013, dozens of talented writers are joining me to cheer you on in your storytelling. These guest-writers will share a few helpful words with you right here every Tuesday night, to encourage you as you #TellHisStory. (Come back after midnight Wednesday to link up your God Story by clicking here. From now through Easter, we’re considering “The Lenten Journey,” though you are free to share ANY story that God lays on your heart.)
And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend, author Susan DiMickele. Her newest book, “Working Women of the Bible,” was released this month.
There are countless obstacles to story telling. Who will listen? What am I going to say? How will I deliver the message? But writers must persevere. We know that story has power. This is because story has power over us. We just can’t get it out of our heads until we write it down. The power of story is written in our hearts and presses deep into our DNA.
Most of us have driven ourselves crazy with the burning desire to write. For me, story floods my soul in unexpected moments. Like when I’m in the grocery store or standing in line at the bank. I feel a sudden urge, so I grab some paper in my purse and scribble a few sentences. For a moment, I can breathe a sigh of relief.
As a busy mom, wife, and lawyer, readers always ask me the same question: “How do you find the time to write?”
My answer lies in the form of the question: “How can I not find time to write?”
When I wrote Working Women of the Bible, the power of story drew me in, even becoming obsessive. I became convinced of God’s desire to redeem our lives one story at a time. What kind of stories am I talking about? Stories of successes and failures. Stories of lessons learned and second chances. Stories of hard work and sacrifice. Stories of broken hearts and mended wounds.
Once we’re convinced a story must be told, the writing process becomes therapeutic and even addictive. The power of story takes over, and our souls won’t rest until we get it out. A good story doesn’t just transform us, it becomes us. Which is why we can’t stop.
I don’t think I could quit if I tried. Could you?
Like most women today, Susan DiMickele wears many hats. She is mother, wife, author, lawyer, daughter, sister, and friend who writes about the working mom’s struggle to live out an authentic Christian faith in a complex and fast-paced world. She is the author of the newly released Working Women of the Bible: Timeless Mentors for Modern Women (2013) and Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures in Life and Faith (2010). She lives in constant need of grace, caffeine, and technology and is passionate about connecting broken people to a loving God.
You can find Susan’s new book here, on Amazon.com. Or here, on ChristianBook.com.
“If you assume biblical women don’t have anything to teach you, think again. Susan DiMickele digs into thirteen working women of the Bible with refreshing candor and wit to offer the modern-day woman valuable life lessons about work, family, and faith–and how God meets us in the often-messy midst of all three. Susan weaves these ancient stories … to create an honest, accessible book chock-full of real-life wisdom and valuable truths.” ~ Michelle DeRusha, author of 50 Women Every Christian Should Know (releasing June 2014)
YOUR TURN: How has storytelling become therapeutic for you? Has it ever become “addictive”? Let’s chat about writing in the comments…