Jim Rubart was the featured speaker at NCWA’s September 13th meeting.
How to condense a presence, as well as a hour long message into a tiny blog, and still give the credence it deserves? If Jim’s message is to have the resounding effect it did on all who listened, we must step out of the shadows of insecurity and fear: fear of rejection, fear of not being good enough, fear to try, or fear of making a fool of ourselves. Jim encouraged, cajoled, and reminded us that God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but created us to be free in Him.
Jim’s journey as an author began at the age of seven when he was so inspired by C.S. Lewis’s, NARNIA that he “knew he wanted to be published.” He wrote a successful story for a school project, which was acted out by the students. But then writing took a back seat to growing up.
He married, had two sons and established a successful marketing business. Jim did not take writing serious again until 2003 when God asked his wife to fast. In her obedience to Him, God captured Jim’s attention. In a moment of explosive revelation, Jim knew he was to become a “novelist”.
God asked Jim to step through his fear. Committing twenty minutes a day to writing, his first novel, ROOMS, was completed in the fall of 2005. With great humor and effacement, Jim shared his journey through manuscript submissions and rejections. For a time, he felt so devastated that he gave up writing.
Then, with the encouragement of his wife, he attended a 2006 Mt. Herman Writing Conference and connected to agents and publishers. This led to publication of his best seller, ROOMS. Jim is currently under contract for BOOK OF DAYS (based on Psalm 139) to be released in January of 2011, followed by THE CHAIR. A fourth novel, BACKSPACE will be co-written with his son, Taylor.
However, the overwhelming theme of Jim’s talk was not success as a published author, but the importance of relying on God to step through our writing fears. “I’m a writer whether I am published or not,” said Jim.“Ask God, ‘What do you want me to write?’ The goal is not to be published, but to be obedient to the Lord.”
Jim concluded by challenging: “What is your definition of success? Why do you want to be published?” Jim says, “It’s not about the contract.” It’s asking what GOD wants us to write – be it a book, periodicals or devotionals. In confidence, step out of the shadows and through our fear.
Then, we will experience what Paul writes in Galations 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free…” In that freedom we will, like Isaiah proclaimed in 61:1, experience the “Spirit of God” upon us because He “has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted”.
Thank you Jim, for such a wonderful message to all of us.
Jim Rubart is a husband, dad, author, and marketing professional, in that order. By day he runs his company, Barefoot Marketing, at night he writes novels for B&H Fiction including ROOMS released earlier this year. He’s been married for 24 years to his amazing wife, Darci, and lives in Woodinville with her and their two incredible boys. Visit his website at http://www.jimrubart.com/
Marlene is a licensed counselor, author, speaker, and retreat and workshop leader. She has worked in both clinical and educational settings as a college teacher, therapist and facilitator of psycho-educational classes. Visit her website: http://www.marleneanderson-focus.com/, for more about Marlene. Her blogs: http://www.focuswithmarlene.blogspot.com/ http: www.healingheartsandmind.blogspot.com