A few weeks ago, something remarkable happened.
I spent time thinking about each person enrolled in the Bookwifery courses I'm running right now and the projects they're stewarding. I was curious to find any common threads that could further teach me who Bookwifery best serves.
(As the owner of a small business, this is a question I'm often asking myself!)
Here is what I noticed. Each person in my courses right now is working on a book that seeks to heal or mend the world in some way.
- One person is writing about the duality of light and dark in the experience of cancer.
- Another person is working on a book about how to be a friend to yourself and to God.
- Someone else is writing about restorative living and how to build bridges of healing between those who experience harm and those who cause it.
- Another person is writing about how to move from the highway of busyness to the footpath of a slower pace.
- Someone else is teaching what it means to listen for the kingdom of God in another person.
- Another person is writing about the recovery of memories that have been lost through trauma.
. . . and this is just a sampling.
In one concentrated moment as I reviewed each person and project, I was hit with a blaze of so much light. I saw each of them stewarding a light that is only theirs to carry and how they are creating ways to bring that light to those who need it.
And I thought, The world needs more of this.
I mean, what if we were each aware of the light we uniquely bear in this world and intentionally brought it to the world around us? How might the world change?
We could set the world ablaze with so much light.
I don't know about you, but I sure need a world that is more like that.
A Clarified Mission
Since that first realization a few weeks ago, I've started talking more about this.
It started on Instagram, in a post where I asked people to share their experiences of their light.
It was an amazing conversation that then led to follow-up questions about how they came to know the light they carry, what "delivery systems" they utilize to carry that light to others, and the realization that we are the delivery system.
All of which is to say, first of all, I would love for you to join me over on Instagram for these kinds of ongoing conversations. It's my favorite place to hang out online, and I try to post thoughtful, encouraging posts daily. (If you follow me over there, be sure to say hello so I can follow you back!)
But the second thing I want to say is that all of this—noticing the common thread among those who take my courses and the beautiful conversations that have happened as a result on Instagram—has clarified what I'm doing here at Bookwifery.
I'm able to name the higher mission of Bookwifery as this: to birth books that help heal the world with light.
Is This You?
I would be so curious to hear how this language of bearing light in the world lands for you. Does it feel connected to what you're about, who you understand yourself to be, how you live your life, or how you want to live your life if you're not doing so now?
I'm also curious whether you would be interested in exploring how you might share that light in some intentional ways.
One of those ways might be a book. And if you're curious about that, I'd like to invite you to attend a free online discernment workshop I'm offering this Friday, April 20, at 1PM Eastern.
This free workshop is for people who believe they bear light in big or small ways and want to explore whether a book is one of the ways they are meant share that light with others who need it.
I'd love for you to join us!
Register for this Friday's free workshop here.
Much love to you,