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The write way

"The write way" Continued...

Issue: "2012 Books Issue," July 14, 2012

Let me go back a bit: How did you become a reader and a writer? Because that wasn't part of your family tradition. No, it wasn't. I think a lot of my pain as a child—it was easier to escape into books, into words, than to try to wrestle out what was happening in our family life. Words were a different place to go. So I was a voracious reader. I read all of the books in our public school library. Words were safe for me.

And you started writing? I've always journaled. Shelves in my study are filled with journals. It was a way to process when I didn't know how to talk to anybody about my fears, or what was happening, so I wrote,

When did your blog begin? 2003 or 2004. I had journaled up until that point as a young mom, taking Scripture that I'm reading and laying that down in a journal, and how am I living this out, and where is the sin in my life that I need to confess and work through—so never journaling apart from God's word. Blogging came out of that: If God could use in another mother's life what I was wrestling through, that was a way to go into the world while still being a stay-at-home mom and serving my husband and my kids.

So have you shown your journals to anyone else? No, no, no. Nobody. I still see it as a quiet space between God and me.

But once you started doing the blog, it's not just between God and you: You had readers. I've never had comments. I've never installed a site meter on it. So I was never thinking there was anyone really out there. Now and then you'd get an email, but up until fall 2010, the screen was black. I saw it as a dark, quiet space.

You still don't know how many people are reading? I feel it's like David taking a census. This is for God to do whatever God wants to do. When you write, it's to an audience of one. It's to Him. If He takes it to one person and changes or influences or encourages one person, that counts. Jesus left the 99 for the one.

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Marvin Olasky
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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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