About the Book
"Don't go, Al. You won't fit in."
Being baptized and following the Lord has made Al's life harder than it ever was before. She endured criticism from friends and family for becoming a Mormon. She faced harsh judgments from Church members for her appearance. She gave up everything and felt more alone than she ever had in her life. All because she chose God.
Now she shares an up-close look at how trusting God has led her to places she never expected. As a blogger, YouTuber, and award-winning public speaker, her message has reached millions. Sharing her love of the Savior, Al goes beyond her own conversion and encourages readers to choose God above anything else. This uplifting book inspires readers to build a true relationship with the Lord that will bring them real, lasting happiness.
About the Author
Guest Post by Al Carraway
Lots of people have great ideas for books, but it’s the follow through and the execution that is tricky. Why I wrote a book, and why I wrote it right now? Simple. The spirit made me do it. I wanted to answer people’s questions of my journey of overcoming and change, but mostly my goal of writing a book was to just magnify my ultimate goal of helping people stay close to the gospel and overcome trials in a way I couldn’t in my blog, Instagram posts, or firesides.
Publishers came to me about the idea of writing a book, and just like that I was not only in a contract, but under a deadline. If it weren’t for that 2 month deadline I’d still be walking around with only ideas and dreams in my mind.
I didn’t know how the book was going to come together at first, but I just knew I wanted it to be about the reader, whoever they are, wherever they are, and whatever they are going through. That’s why I dedicated it “to the reader.” With a lot of prayer and fasting, I think I did just that, even during the first part when it’s about “my story,” I wrote it in a way that the reader could benefit from it.
With changes of life, (moving out of state, & among other things), my 2 month deadline I was given, turned out to be 2 weeks. I locked myself in my home office all day long for a week straight while my husband watched our daughter and he would just bring me food and then leave. I would just wake up early, work all day until late at night, sleep a few hours, and then do it all over again. I most definitely couldn’t do anything I did without Ben and his support.
When I did finish, it was a ton of prayer (understatement) to figure out what needed to be changed, added and fixed. That was the hardest part to me was once I got all of my ideas and sentences and chapters down, it was now figuring out how the spirit wanted it to be and the changes God had in mind for it. But it also ended up being the coolest part, when I read my book 8 months later when it was in .pdf format there were too many parts when I thought, “oh, I don’t remember writing that, that’s a cool thought.” Or, “oh, that works really well, glad I fixed it, much better!”
Genre: non-fiction; religion; Christian; LDS
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing and Media
Publication date: December 8, 2015
Number of pages: 176
Content Rating: PG
Book Rating: 5 stars
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