writer friend’s book was a finalist in a contest. I emailed him and copied the
section showing his being a finalist and wrote, “Don’t you think you have
something to tell your writer friends?”
possibilities of bragging.
wasn’t asking him to brag, but to share.
reveal or keep quiet about their accomplishments. Then I recalled another friend
who recently received a book contract after learning, trying, writing,
re-writing, being critiqued for several years. She emailed me and asked if I
would let our writers group know.
we have supported you with prayers and effort and you weren’t quiet about what
you were trying to do. Now, don’t be quiet about having one of your dreams come
true. You tell it…with excitement and joy.”
been reluctant. Is it because we hear phrases like, “shameless promotion” of
one’s published books? It’s often said as if shameless means shameful. I think
the shameless should mean we may promote without shame. Writing is a
profession. What business or profession doesn’t promote?
statement; arrogant talk or manner; cockiness, braggart; to assert boastfully –
BOAST: assert with excessive pride (I would not recommend that!)
occupy, or enjoy with others; often used with with; to talk about one’s thoughts, feelings, or experiences with
others (I like that!)
growth or prosperity of; to present (merchandise) for buyer acceptance through
advertising and publicity (Who wouldn’t recommend that?)
explanation. BRAGGING RIGHTS is entitlement to boast about something. BOASTING
may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride (my note: such as
finally meeting your goal or dream)
We certainly need to guard against false pride or lack of humility. But hiding
our light under a bushel is not humility. Jesus says to let our light shine.
hanging in his Running Shop of about 50 races in which he’s participated. I
don’t know if he won. He ran the races. And he sells racing clothes, shoes,
water bottles, accessories, health products to use while running. Is he
bragging? No, he’s saying he’s qualified to help you. He knows something about
what a runner needs on his feet, on his body, in his body. He’s saying, “I know
from experience what it means to work at something and succeed” (whether or not
he got first prize).
that all I have, including the air I breathe, comes from God. I cannot write
one word without his allowing it. But he doesn’t write one word of my books
without my hands on the keyboard. We work together. That’s the wonderful joy of
it. I’m thrilled to announce that God has blessed me, worked through me to
accomplish something and to bring a little meaning into the lives of others.
That isn’t pride. To me…that’s worship.
that saying I am thinking about me and what others think about me? I want
others to see the product produced from trying and accomplishing.
can do nothing.
accomplishments of my friends. I believe they love to hear of mine.
allowed me to do, or he does through me, gives glory to God.
Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 books in print, who founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She mentors for the Christian Writers Guild. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her latest releases include eight ebooks for Barbour’s Truly Yours line and a Harlequin/Heartsong series set in Savannah GA: The Caretaker’s Son, Lessons in Love, Seeking Mr. Perfect, (released in March, August, & November 2013). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC