Whether it is life imitating art or art imitating life, they coincide with each other deeply when we strip away everything and focus on what’s most important.
Sitting here right now, I am reminded of the time when I first penned my book, the days when I had to edit the voluminous text before publishing it and the day when I made the announcement of the birth of the same book – my first. Right up until then, it was just the computer, the holy word and me. Nobody knew what was buried deep within my keystrokes, and neither did anyone know of the mysteries that were about to unfold.
“What If You Could Complete Jeremiah in 8 Weeks?” was officially uploaded onto Amazon on 24 July 2021 but it wasn’t until 1 September 2021 when I made it public. Time stopped for a while right there because although the book was ready, the author was busy preparing his marcomm weaponry to get the word going. But short of a national blast on the TV (way short!) and billboards plastered all over the highways (in my dreams!, this book made its entry through the tiny screens when friends loaded their facebooks, instagrams, LinkedIns, twitters and emails.
The response I remember was overwhelming with streams of engagements coming through and to be honest, it was like successfully giving birth to a pair of twins in the frozen tundra in Siberia – cold and deserted but over the moon with the warmth of the congratulatory messages and encouragement. At that point, I felt like a star, not much needed to be said other than a big Thank You to all my friends on the socialverse.
The euphoric tide did not dissipate too as an interview request arrived in my mailbox quite unexpectedly after that, what more when it is from China. But isn’t China an “enemy” on this front? Well that’s another story altogether but suffice to say, if I already felt like a star before that, the interview gave me a reason to verbalise my experience for an audience I never imagined reaching. And for this, I must thank China Christian Daily for taking the time to speak to me, tucked in a little Southeast Asian nation called Malaysia.
Fast forward to today, 4 April 2022, it is just about a fortnight to Easter…
This brings back memories. Why? Because it was during this time in 2020 when the book was first scribbled together as the first draft and then in the subsequent year of 2021, the same draft was edited before it could go on to face the world. I guess, in no better way to say this, Easter has from then on become a very integral part of my life because of how the maiden release of the book is associated with the resurrection season of Jesus Christ…not that it wasn’t already.
So with only two weeks away to the big day, do allow me to implore on you again that “What If You Could Complete Jeremiah in 8 Weeks?” is not really a leisurely pursuit of a writer sitting at Starbucks or Coffee Bean pounding his keyboard with his favourite latte or Frappuccino. It is a lifestyle choice that coincidentally became a daily habit during the peak of the pandemic that shaped it to become a compilation of writing that was subsequently decided upon to turn into a book – a marketplace writer’s first book at that.
Wholeheartedly I believe that this book would not have happened in any other season if not for Covid-19 striking the world heavily in 2020. And while most were digitalising themselves to sell food, merchandises, opening their online channels for a 24×7 availability, this chap here went and wrote a book instead.
Is this art imitating life?
I don’t know but through all my personal shortcomings, and there are many still to overcome, I’d like to think that the reflections I have written in the book is as genuine, as honest and as authentic as it can be so you will come to see that life with God is not just about being prayerful, holy and incessantly mindful about converting our unbelieving friends to Christianity. If at all, it is to live a life in how God wants to live by firstly worshipping Him and to treat thy neighbour as thyself, above and among all else.
Blessed Easter Everyone!
What’s inside the book? Here’s a snapshot of the Table of Contents.