Into All the World …

I had no idea this was going to happen, or even that it could. (Oh me of little faith!)

I have a publishing background. I’ve been to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy and other stateside book shows where foreign rights to English-language books are bought and sold.

My publishing contracts have clauses about foreign-language editions.

But I still didn’t see it … the reach my books could have.

So far I have books in Afrikaans, South African English, Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. There are more to come—Finnish, Swedish, Slovak, and Portuguese!

“Send Anyone Else”

I’m prepping this month to start on a new project. It feels overwhelming. I feel a little like Moses when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. “Moses again pleaded, ‘Lord, please! Send anyone else’ ” (Exodus 4:13 NIV).

But then I glance over at the shelf where my foreign editions are lined up.

I feel like they are sort of smiling at me. “Moses didn’t lead the Israelites out alone,” they say. “You’re not sitting there alone at your desk either.”

Oh right.

God can, and does, do so much more than we ever ask or imagine!

What About You?

Now, you might not be writing books, but I know you’ve got challenges.

Here’s the thing. No matter what the voices in your head say, you do have abilities. You can face the situation, take action, make progress.

And no, you’re not as talented or as educated or as energetic or as connected or as able as somebody else. But that’s OK. (Just remember Moses!)

And whatever it is you need to do, maybe you can’t do it all by yourself, but you don’t have to.

Because God hasn’t left you all by yourself.

And the results? Well, they’re just likely to be waaayyyy bigger and better than anything you have ever imagined!

    

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think (Ephesians 3:20 NLT).

– Diane

5 Responses to “Into All the World …”

  1. Reply Wendy Bennett

    I have used your Spanish and bilingual editions for baby dedication gifts at our church. The parents have been so touched to have that option for them.

    • Reply Diane Stortz

      That’s fabulous, Wendy! I had no idea. And soon you’ll have a new option, the Spanish edition of Say & Pray Bible. I think Words to Dream On is on the list for Spanish in the future as well. Blessings to you!

  2. Reply Lynn Lusby Pratt

    I’m a bit late commenting, but . . . WOW. This is just fabulous! Press on, Diane!

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