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During the summer of 2013, I was inspired to write the first draft of The King's Invitation. Since then, I have written and illustrated several drafts/versions of this story. I "finished" the book for my senior thesis, but my completed project was only a draft of the book I would eventually create. This book has been changed so many times. Through professors critiques, friends suggestions, editors advice, and personal convictions, this book has taken on many forms. The core message has never changed, but it's presentation has shifted dramatically throughout the process.
It has been a long journey with this baby. I've learned a lot about the balance between work and trust. I've spent hours and hours drawing and re-drawing, painting and re-painting, writing and re-writing. And before May 2014, I had no idea how my work would/could be published. I wrestled through idolatry, convicted that my project for God was becoming more important than God himself at times. Covered in grace, I continued to work, setting the sails as I tried to trust that God would ready the seas.
After I got an offer from Harris House to publish "The Boy Who Loved the King," I began another tedious process to prepare the book for print. I was overwhelmed with God's provision. Although I worked hard for such an opportunity, I couldn't take any credit for what God was doing with this story.
Now titled, The King's Invitation, the book is complete. Every spread, every page, every sentence, and every word has been thought though. Once again, as I wait anxiously for the book to be released, I find myself setting the sails, trusting that God will ready the seas. He will do what He wants. I can plan and prepare, but He usually blows my mind.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen