A+B doesn’t = C

Aug 8, 2007Archive

You’d think there’d be a nice linear formula for these things. Do A and B and C will follow. Nope.

I believe I’ve written a life-changing book for parents. In Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, I help parents:

  • Move from a prescribed method of parenting to parenting from the heart, from the inside out.
  • Experience your child’s heart by participating in life-changing art projects.
  • Understand the postmodern world we live in so you can walk in your child’s shoes and parent with wisdom and confidence.
  • Create a haven in your house so your kids are wildly enthusiastic about coming home every day.
  • Learn to have the kind of conversations with your kids that prevents rebellion when they leave the nest.

Today I spoke with a radio host on the phone. He said “Of all the books I’ve reviewed during my program, yours is one of my top five. I’m a single father and loving this book. I’m taking notes all over the margins.”

So, I know the book has A: Valuable Content.

And I know I’m doing B: Promoting the book. (The blog tour is going well. I’m on the radio. I’m speaking.)

So, why doesn’t C: Sales, happen?

My amazon rankings are terrible, worse than all my other books.

Let me stop a moment and pray: Dear, dear Jesus, I don’t want to be obsessive compulsive about this. Not at all. I know better than to let sales define me. But I’m a little discouraged. Help me to remember Your sovereignty. I give this book and its success or lack of success to You. I place it all in Your hands. Thank You for the lessons You are teaching me through this. Bless me with heavenly perspective. Touch every single reader of that book and change their lives for eternity. Help me rejoice in the privilege of writing a book and having it published. Sell the book in Your time frame, for Your glory. Thank You that Your rankings are different, that You love me more than Amazon! Keep my heart close to Yours because that’s really all that matters. Be near, Jesus. Be near. Amen and amen.

I’m back. Whew. Much better.

I’ll stop my rant now and rest. Because I’ve done all I can do. I’m reminded of Keith Green’s lyrics: “Just keep doing your best, and pray that it’s blessed, and He’ll take care of the rest.”