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Redemption of Rejection

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A postscript is appropriate to last week's blog post Is Humiliation Ever Helpful?

I wrote:

On this particular Monday afternoon in May, I sat alone in my car and reread the email. “We have decided to pass.” The words stung as the reality of rejection once again raised a menacing head. The final word from yet another publisher (through my literary agent to me) carried a fresh wave of disappointment. For the twelfth time—12th, 10 + 2, a dozen—I acknowledged rejection of my manuscript, and battled the temptation to take the message personally.

Though a neophyte in the writing arena, I ached for the realization of my dream. Would anyone ever share my vision to minister to leaders' wives and desire to publish my manuscript?

There is more to the story.  

Forty-eight hours later, May 3rd, I casually opened a new email from my agent. To my overwhelming surprise a different publisher announced the following: “I have reviewed the proposal and sample chapters and would be delighted to publish….”

Hyperventilating, I tried to absorb the meaning. Disbelief and delight competed for control as I raced down the hall of our office searching for Larry; he alone understood my agony of waiting four years for this moment. Indeed, joyful jubilation marked our celebration!  

(Sigh) Yes. At long last, my manuscript has a home. The Leader’s Wife, Living with Eternal Intentionality, published by Ambassador International, is expected to be released in early 2018.

Bottom line: the Bible is right.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy (Proverbs 13:12 TLB).


Living with Eternal Intentionality: When have you waited for a God-given dream to become a reality? How, deep within your soul, did the realization make you feel?