Many people have childhood dreams but often they do not ever come true. For one Clinton resident, that dream will soon be fulfilled with the printing of her first book. Becky Spell is fulfilling a dream with the publication of “Rise Up Recount Love” which she hopes to have in time for the February conference which she is also promoting.
“This book is filled with short love stories,” Spell said in a recent interview. “It is something that I have dreamed about ever since I was a young girl. I really never thought I would be able to do it, but God laid it on my heart and he has promised to help us through everything, and he as helped me with this project also,” asserted Spell.
The book is dedicated to her Lord and to her loved ones. The author expressed that so many have helped her with the project that she could not list all the names. “So many have encouraged me to do this and God has been there to help me every step of the way. It has been a struggle but he has truly helped me fight back the devil again and again as I have attempted to finish the book,” stated Spell.
Sharing that since she began writing a column in The Sampson Independent in 2006, people have encouraged her to write a book. “I have taken my experience from writing my column in the Independent and used it in this book. I have tried to write short love stories that will help people when they face situations in their lives that may be difficult to deal with and help them to rise up with God’s help,” explained Spell.
Writing a book is something Spell did not think would be something she would every complete. “You know you just don’t think of an ordinary person writing a book. But through this experience, I have learned it is possible. It is a lot of hard work and every time it seems you take two steps forward the devil pushes you back one. I have a lot of respect for anyone who has or is writing a book. I have a greater appreciation for them after this experience,” cited Spell.
“Rise Up Recount Love” is a book of short stories which the author describes as love stories. After receiving a proof copy Spell stated that she discovered she had duplicated three stories in the book. “I panicked and did not know if it could be corrected. I called the I Universe Publishers right after New Year’s and only one person was working that day. I explained my problem and the person said they could just take them out but I said I would write three new stories. The representative agreed but stated the new chapters had to be in by midnight. God and I worked hard that day and got the changes done on time,” said Spell.
The book is self-published by I Universe, which means Spell was responsible for all the editing and for all that was in the book. The process began last March and was completed in December which was about nine months. “I cannot say enough about my assistant Loren Hawley. She has helped me so much with the book and getting it to the publisher and pushing me to get it done on time,” expressed the author.
Chapters were kept short because Spell realized that in today’s world a lot of people don’t have time to sit down and read long books especially when they are experiencing difficult times. “The chapters are short and, hopefully, if someone is facing a struggle they can find a story that applies to them and will be touched by the story and be able to rise up from their current situation,” cited the author. “The entire book is about right relationships and making relationship right in our lives,” added Spell.
The book will sell for $22.95 and Spell is offering it for an introductory price of $15 at the Rise Up Recount Love Conference Feb. 4.All proceeds from the book will go toward the continued ministry of Tim’s Gift.