“In Raise Up A Standard—
Michael Phillips asks, ‘Do we want to write
the sensational or the significant?’
He challenges Christian writers
‘to be on the cutting edge, not of trends,
not of what’s going on in publishing … but to be on
the cutting edge of what’s going on in God’s heart.…
If you believe in your message,
don’t give up on it.
Don’t water it down.
Don’t sensationalize it
just to get published
or to try to make it a best-seller.
Stand firm, in integrity and truthfulness,
for what God has given you
(Eureka, CA: Sunrise Books, pp. 29-31).”
(Marlene Bagnull in Write His Answer:
A Bible Study for Christian Writers.)
I like that: In writing memoir, let’s “be on the cutting edge of what’s going on in God’s heart.”
That, however, is a daunting task.
How can any human approach the cutting edge of what’s going on in God’s heart?
Henri J. M. Nouwen tells us the way to begin, and to end, and to accomplish everything in between: