Everyone gets discouraged at some point, but publishing is an industry full of emotional roller coasters. It’s easy to fall into the pit of discouragement as a writer, publisher, editor or agent. And 2020 has brought a lot of unexpected challenges for all of us! A book that comes to mind for me during discouraging and difficult times is The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. This book is the true story of Corrie’s internment in a concentration camp during WWII. She and her family were Christians hiding Jews from the Germans in Amsterdam. She was caught and tortured, but ultimately survived, and her story has touched millions of people. (The movie is good as well! I cry every time I watch it.)
The most amazing thing to me about Corrie’s story is that, even though the circumstances she faced were awful, her attitude, faith, and optimism are what carried her through.
Here are some quotes taken from the book that encourage me:
“Perhaps only when human effort had done it’s best and failed, would God’s power alone be free to work.”
“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
“Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself.”
“There are no ‘ifs’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety–let us pray that we may always know it!”
I figure that if Corrie can have such a faith during that horrible war, I can strive to have faith like that in my day-to-day life. God knows the future. He has a plan, and I don’t need to worry. The discouragement and anxiety comes when I don’t let go of the worries. If I trust God, I don’t experience that discouragement; instead I’m excited to see what God has in store.
I’m not so good at letting go of the worry, but I keep trying. 🙂 It helps to think about The Hiding Place.
As a matter of fact, it’s time for me to read that book again!
What books have helped encourage you?