The title of this post comes from the Apostle Paul’s first epistle to the church at Thessalonica: “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (5:11, NLT). I’ve just been greatly encouraged by someone I had the privilege of encouraging, so wanted to share with you.
I first became aware of DJ Edwardson’s work because he “liked” my review of Sinclair Ferguson’s very helpful book, John Owen on the Christian Life on Goodreads. This is not something you see every day, so naturally I looked at DJ’s profile and was pleased to discover he writes speculative fiction (which I love and aspire to write myself). I read a couple of his short stories and appreciated them very much. Then I read his first fantasy novel, The Last Motley, which I loved and recommend. We ended up messaging about writing and books, and long story short: I sent him a link to my portal fantasy/allegory mashup Dragon Slave.
Although I was a complete unknown and don’t have many reviews, DJ took a chance and actually read it. Turns out he loved it and wrote a wonderful review.
I am so encouraged by his interest – especially because his response demonstrates God’s favorable answer to the prayer I prayed throughout the ten years I spent writing the book: that God would grant me the wisdom to represent Him faithfully, and that the result would encourage other believers (in a way similar to how much of C.S. Lewis’s work has encouraged me).
How kind of God to have allowed me to finish and publish a work that actually has encouraged another traveler on the Road to the Kingdom of Light! I don’t deserve the privilege, but I’m very grateful for it.