Saturday, February 2, 2008

Celebrating a new author, Rita Young

Some of you know by now that Living Waters is a very outside of the box publisher when it comes to giving opportunities to unknown authors. We had an opportunity to be a blessing to one such author: 64 year old Rita Young from Oklahoma. Here's a bit of an email we received from her recently:

"Some people do not know what it feels like to chase a dream for years and years unsuccessfully. For some, it is easier than for others. I was one of the others. I've dreamed of writing my whole lifelong. My papa used to say my stories were really good. I thought it would be easy. I've had stories read at church. I'd written plays for the children. But no publisher wanted me at all. You don't know what it means to me that you would take me at this point of my life when I've been diagnosed with tumors and cancer. I thought I would die without seeing my dream fulfilled. After I read about Mark Miller and his testimony, I had peace in my heart to try once more. When I received that contract and the advance, I cried. I sobbed! I got the paper all wet and had to dry it with my hair dryer. But my heart was overjoyed at the goodness of Jesus. What's more is that the advance was enough to pay for the medicines I'd ran out of and all my bills which were behind.

I know what God can do. He never fails. He never quits. He is faithful and true and always sticks to his word. You know, I've prayed for this company since I first ran across it. I'd seen some negative things about it. But, you stand for righteousness. You stand for God and people will always try to knock you right on down. Keep right on standing anyway. This is the will of God!"

9 comments:

Marlena said...

Rita is a great friend and i also appreciate what you are doing fo rher. she deserves some goodness at this time. I believe her book will make a lot of money for you too.

Andy said...

Rita is right. Just keep a compassionate mien, continue helping others and God will increase.

lmhchristian said...

Many many 'blessings' to you Rita...
and as you have stated, I have been praying for Living Waters from the very first phone call as well...
God bless each and every one of us, and prosper unto us all good things from His Almighty hand...
"Blessings" LMHChristian

Patricia Redding said...

Rita you came upon a great company. In my own experiences, it is a business that prays. I follow Lacresha's ministry pretty closely and her husband is a pastor. So reading this did not shock me at all. Don't you dare think you're about to die. You have more stuff to do for God and I don't even know you personally, hon. I just know that our daddy is a GREAT daddy.

Rita said...

Thanks for posting my email. I want to start a weblog but don't really know what I should do to start it. I ask that all the authors pray for me. Thanks LMH.
I appreciate what you said. I believe God will bless us. We are in the right place at the right time.

Anonymous said...

Rita, may God bless you and add to you daily. We will pray for your healing. You will not be so easily defeated, not when you are praying.

Christine Taylor said...

You're in good hands. We are a praying company. We care for our authors and so you don't have to worry. You can call us your midwives to help you deliver a great book.

Charles Hughes said...

I'm Charles. I often update this blog. I just wanted to welcome you to the family. We're here for you.

Kate said...

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our family. As a publishee myself, I think you will find that we are all here to support each other.