Frequently Asked Questions
What writing projects are you currently working on?
At the present I just finished an eBook, on “The Perfect Church – How to Build Your Faith and Save Your Church in 4 Easy Steps.” This eBook will interest not only pastors and their wives but anyone serving in the 5-Fold ministry or parishioners wanting more from their walk with the Lord and/or their church environment. Way too many churches are closing, pastors leaving the ministry and Christians are walking out on their churches and many on God. This book tells in steps how to restore your faith and build your church, not walk away.
As a life coach I have mentored pastors and their wives. There is definitely an enemy out to destroy their ministry as well as their marriage and family. The same enemy is out to trip up the Christian; I’ve coached them too. The average parishioner is restless and they are sharing they’re not getting from church what they came for. If numerous churches are closing, and they are, and if their congregations are church hopping or quitting altogether, something is definitely wrong.
I have an interesting Wedding book out called “How to Have the Perfect Wedding – It Is Possible”. For those brides and grooms who want the inside scoop on how to have what you want for your wedding, this eBook is for you. We had a catering business as well as a wedding business and have learned a lot about each industry, so thought it appropriate to do a ‘tell all’ book to save brides and their relatives a lot of money and heartache before attempting the big venture of a wedding.
I’m interested in knowing more about your books. How much experience do you have in writing Christian non-fiction?
In 1995 I began Susan David Ministries along with my husband Wayne. Our walk took us in several directions before landing here. During those years I wrote many periodicals consisting of articles, which were sent out bi-monthly to pastors and parishioners. I mentored those who contacted me. My experience is deep not only in personally coaching those who contacted me but I’ve spent many years in the Bible seeking the face of God and I share my experiences.
Non-fiction is where my heart is because we’re in a world where reality and truth is taking precedence over fiction and fairy tales. Way too many people are suffering and if you would ask the average person this question: “If you could have one or the other which would you choose; to dedicate the next two hours and watch a good fiction movie or dedicate the next two hours and find out how to get out of your pain whether it be physical, mental or emotional, which would you choose?”
Why aren’t people using the Bible to turn their pain into success stories? With knowledge they can.
Why are you now turning your articles and knowledge into eBooks?
The Lord kept dealing with me that everything I had walked through and experienced was not only for my personal use. He had brought me out to the other side of so much and I now have knowledge that can be backed up with experience. I kept seeing these trials and experiences forming chapters and the Bible Scriptures which I used to receive my breakthroughs, turnarounds, healings and success were to be shared. I knew the words in these chapters would be a lifeline to many to keep them from falling away and some from leaving their posts. I guess you might say it comes down to being obedient to the Spirit of God who is faithful to share these nuggets of truth with me at His will. But it’s His love moving through me for others that cause me to dedicate so many hours per day in my Bible and at my computer.
What is the recommended order for reading your books?
At present there is no recommended order. If you are a bride and about to be married, I would recommend my book on “How to Have the Perfect Wedding-It Is Possible.” It’s really a must read for all brides-to-be. Otherwise I recommend, “The Perfect Church-How to Build Your Faith and Save Your Church In 4 Easy Steps.”
Will you be also writing in any other genre besides Christian non-fiction?
I won’t say no because I have at times heard another book in my head. I would need to really hear more about where God would want to take that before beginning. So for now I’m really into writing about what is happening to us as a nation and as Christians and what is our part on this earth.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing short stories when I was around eight years old. I would write them for family members. I would keep diaries and enjoyed entering my life each evening. I’ve written letters and articles as well as periodicals for many years. It’s only just recently that I knew the things God placed in my head and heart needed to be shared not kept and I saw them being presented through books.
How do you create a story?
I start my day with reading my Bible. I noticed that wherever I begin reading God unfolds meaning to His word that comes through in story form. It’s more than just receiving revelation, wisdom or knowledge. It comes across as if I’m sharing it with someone. This is my first clue that the Lord desires to help others with the knowledge He is sharing with me.
I can watch something on the news and hear about certain things people are walking through and this unction inside me just jumps up and I can hear this excitement saying, “I can help you through that.” If God has helped me through tough times and difficult places, should I not try to help others get through where I’ve already been? I realize some will listen and others will not. We all have choices and a will. So I create a story or book in the simplest fashion possible; not only an easy read but one quickly understood and easy to apply.
Do you outline your books before writing or “wing it” as you go?
I do both. I like to make notes as certain thoughts come to me. Sometimes it’s during my devotions, other times it’s in the middle of chores and often I am awoke in the night time and I keep a tablet and pen next to my bed so I don’t miss anything important. Often times when I hear words running through my head I may try to remember them and get it penned later, but then later I cannot remember what it was. So I’ve learned to be obedient, since I’m not the one ‘orchestrating it’, and I write things down so as not to lose it. As far as outlining, I write out my chapter titles as quickly as they come to me and I use that to organize the material in each chapter.
What is your favorite and least favorite aspect of writing books?
My favorite part is when I’m hearing truth that excites me and it’s just running through my head. I like to jump to my computer and get it down. I am so into truth and exposing deception that I realize for some people that’s a problem. Many like to label truth tellers as intolerant to others, judgemental or not accepting all people for who they are or where they are in life. I believe it’s important to speak truth even if it hits the ears of those who take it as offense. Jesus did. If one went no further than Matthew Chapter 23 where Jesus addressed (exposed) the Pharisees and scribes 16 times and he didn’t mince words. Are we to do any different when he said, “Go and do likewise?” So receiving God’s truth is exciting while delivering it in words takes some careful thought as to how to put the words down so people are helped with revelation not hurt.
How does reading your books help readers understand life struggles and trials and how to cope with them?
I believe the readers who are most attracted to my books are those who are not satisfied with what’s going on around them in this world of ours. They are searching for universal truths and they are sick and tired of being lied to by politicians, the media and even people in their circle of friends. We all must deal with the problem of pain and suffering, trials and tests on some level. My books offer hope; courage and just plain tie together the Biblical answers to everyday circumstances that otherwise seem more difficult to comprehend.
What would you write if there were no barriers to prevent it?
I would continue to write what I hear in my head except more. I hear the words but often do not share the totality of what I hear because there are so many who would be offended by so much truth. You see we think lies are what hurt us but actually lies are less painful a lot of times than truth. For example; a man comes home late and his wife asks, “Why are you so late, where were you?” If he answers “I stopped off and played a game of cards with the boys, so sorry I’m late” is that as painful as “I’m late because I was with another woman, so sorry.” But if he WAS with another woman, the question is do you want truth even though it’s painful or do you want the lie which doesn’t hurt as much?
How about, a woman asks her friend, “I just had my hairdresser give me a new hair style, and do you like it?” The friend answers, “Well yes, it looks good, how pretty you look.” But the problem is she lied. She really wanted to say, “That style looks horrid on you, you need to find something else.” Everyday someone is lying somewhere. I believe people want truth even though it may hurt. My desire is to present as much truth as possible and find the words to present it in the least painful manner.
I want readers to know the God who created them on a personal level of tremendous love and worth; just the opposite from some of the garbage the world feeds individuals through many avenues, like the media and certain Politician’s. My joy is when readers finish a copy of one of my books and they are not just entertained but they are able to take away nuggets that make a life change for them and their loved ones.