Supporting Lois as an Author

Not long ago I got a lovely note from a reader with a question I had never been asked before.

Holding up Tree“Lois, I want to support your writing ministry. How best can I do that? Could I order your books in Christian book stores or should I go to your website, or to Amazon? How can I pray for you?”

I have to say, I was very touched. Most people assume that writing is a glamorous, easy job with big paychecks and an exciting social life. The reality is that it’s mostly a solitary existence in my basement office, grappling with ideas and digging up references. And writing is not a great source of income, unless you’re a very big name.

For many, writing is a sidelight profession, but for me, writing is actually the only thing, in part because I have an autoimmune illness that limits my energy in a day. My income comes from book contracts, selling books through this website and from speaking occasionally. Funds haven’t been a big concern in the past because I live modestly and don’t have a family to support.

I’ll admit that right now finances are tight, because I’m in the middle of writing my next book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus. To make time for writing, I’ve been turning down speaking requests and not posting many articles or sending out emails. Writing goes slowly because I spend days poring over sources before I feel comfortable writing about a new idea.

So, after years of not asking, I’m finally making a button if you would like to make a (non-deductible) donation toward supporting my writing.




What are some of the places where funds would go? One, towards are a long list of books I’d like to buy (used) for research. Or support for an assistant who could help with posting articles and sending out emails, so that I could interact with readers more regularly. Right now I have more immediate needs, like my recent “surprise” purchase of a new furnace — you have to be warm to write!

If you have a tight check book, don’t worry about it. Your prayers are far more precious than your finances. Could you pray for the following for my writing?

For clear thinking
To be sensitive to what people need to learn about
For how to approach and avoid destructive controversies
For enriching people’s faith, yet teach discernment
For what should be in current and future books
For balancing my writing life with time with family and friends

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your prayers – they really help.

You know, one simple way to help me out is to order from my bookstore page rather than Amazon if you need copies of my books. (It’s cheaper and just as fast.) Or, you’re welcome to use my new button to make a donation of whatever amount you choose.

Thanks for your very kind concern! I appreciate it a lot.
Warmest blessings –

Lois

Comments

6 Responses to “Supporting Lois as an Author”

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    Lesli Moser|April 1, 2015

    I could not get the link to go to your site. Please let me know an email address or something to connect giving to YOU…. Lois!

    Thanks,
    Lesli Moser
    Huge Hebraic Fan

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    Lois Tverberg|April 1, 2015

    Lesli, thanks. I will work on fixing it.

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    Lois Tverberg|April 1, 2015

    It’s fixed now. Let me know if you have problems.

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    Nancy Johnsen|April 1, 2015

    You are in my prayers. It was thanks to your recommendation that I have read N.T.Wright’s book “How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels”. It is very important that we Christians understand what the Gospel accounts are really about, so we can be God’s Kingdom people.
    You have been a great blessing to me. Thank you.

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    Judy W.|April 3, 2015

    Can hardly wait for your next book…. I’m relating some with you healthwise – I’ve got some similar limits. It is such a balancing act at times, isn’t it – doing what you’re called to do, while meeting expenses and having time with those you’re close to…. You will be in my prayers a bit more now :).

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    Lois Tverberg|April 4, 2015

    Judy, thanks for sharing, and your prayers. Lois

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