While listening to a writing podcast at the Christian Publishing Show I found myself captivated by a guest speaker. His insight into devotional writing was helpful for my journey as a new author. After the podcast, I bought his book 16 Ways to Create Devotional Writing to Renew the Spirit and Refresh the Soul by David Sluka. You might want to read it too!
Here’s 3 reasons why I think you should read 16 Ways to Create Devotional Writing to Renew the Spirit and Refresh the Soul.
First, the book is easy to read. In just a few hours I had digested all the brilliant words. Cover to cover, I found myself unable to put down the book. I kept pouring more cups of tea and turning the pages with anticipation. Each chapter title is an action plan for success.
Second, the book is a resource for devotional writers. As a factfinder, I found the research material in this book to be a great writing resource. Included are charts, numbers, and project plans for a successful devotional book. If you are a passionate reader of devotionals like me, then you have traveled through 365 pages of several books! It is helpful to understand the structure behind these books- from the editor’s view!
Third, the author has expertise in devotional writing. As I worked through the 16 short chapters, I saw the devotional pattern recommended by this author. He applies his methods into each chapter and his readers “learn by example.” Learn more about his experience at David Sluka’s LinkedIn Page. He is the Senior Acquisitions Editor at Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
David takes a different approach from other writing instructors, and encourages his us to write about the experience our reader is having. It’s not about YOU (see John 3:30).
From this great book I have learned the importance of connecting with your readers and leading them towards God. It’s a beautiful thing!
David Sluka Quotes
“God is a planner, and He wants to help you plan as much as He wants to help you write.” David Sluka
“In devotional writing, your priority is not only to communicate the message God has given to you, but also connect to your reader and help him or her connect to God.” David Sluka
“Boundaries allow for creativity. No boundaries lead to chaos.” David Sluka