Thursday, April 7, 2016
Since coming to the USA in December, we have continued to seek direction. We have always said when we publish Redeeming Sexual Love; we want to publish well. In my mind, this means it has to meet two criteria. We need to be comfortable that God has paved the way to publish, and not something we've forced along. And we need to believe it is ready, and something He can use to encourage and help other couples and families, clearly communicating the truths He used to help us.
Coming to this place, we've recognized we need help, new eyes, to work through Redeeming Sexual Love and give us feedback. Over the past four years, we've done the study many times; those who do the study with us, give positive feedback. You can read their responses on the RSL- Bible Study Participant Survey to the right. Because a few people communicated the study was challenging to work through without our presence, we've been in contact with several people who have experience in journalism and editing to figure out how to address our dilemma.
Each of these individuals gave valuable feedback. We've recently given the manuscript to someone with experience in content editing. She will be looking specifically at the structure of the study, help us with clarity and flow. We're excited about this; and hopeful her fresh perspective we will add the personal touch it needs.
We've also spoken to another journalist who suggested we find a greater volume of people willing to work through Redeeming Sexual Love on their own as pilot studies. So we're asking volunteers to participate in this way. Before we make the investment of sending something to print or make it available as an e-book, we'd like these volunteers to go through it and give us feedback the readability, of what we hope will be the final manuscript.
If you are prepared to study through Redeeming Sexual Love on your own, willing to work through it with others, or maybe know someone else who would be, please be in touch with us. Creating this Bible study has been exciting for Greg and me. Though we believe publishing will happen one day, Greg and I have decided, it's more about the path toward publishing than arriving at a finished product. Writing this Bible study has been a process; as rubbed shoulders with others, and shared our journey, concepts solidified and chapters were written. And it seems like God continues to motivate and direct us as we reach out to join hands with other people.
So, if you're interested in helping us to pilot Redeeming Sexual Love, join us in the journey! You can leave a message in the Contact Us space to the right of this screen, or send us an email and we'll get back to you. Also, if you are able to support this project financiall, ZEMA will accept donations earmarked "Seghers Bible study." This can also be done on ZEMA's website at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/jpxjzjp