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Margaret Wesley, author of The Job Experience
December 23, 2009, was the beginning. I began on a journey that would change my life forever. I was faced with a debilitating illness that no doctor could find the cause for. In the early stages of my illness, God led me to read the book of Job.
HE told me that I was going through my own Job experience. HE then led me to write down all of my experiences which evolved into this book. I didn’t know it then, but my illness would catapult me into realizing God’s purpose for my life.
It is my hope that my experience can inspire someone else to continue trusting God no matter what obstacles they may face. My illness is just one part of this book. I have experienced so many ups and downs, and my relationship with God has increased dramatically since this all began.
I have learned to lean and depend on God even more, and I know that HE is always with me no matter how long it takes to come out of my storm. This Job Experience is my test to make sure I am ready and prepared to carry out the call of God on my life.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Job Experience?
Margaret Wesley: The Job Experience wasn’t actually a book I set out to write. I was faced with a debilitating illness. Through prayer, God led me to write down all my experiences. At first it was just therapy to help me get through what I was dealing with.
Then I realized that what I was going through and how I dealt with what I was faced with could help so many other people. From there, all of my experiences, all of the pain, all of the ups and downs and my final revelation evolved into The Job Experience.
JP: What sets The Job Experience apart from other books in its genre?
MW: My book is unique because I wrote it during my storm, so readers get to follow me through the ups and downs I experienced and all the hurdles I had to overcome. They will actually get to see how I felt when doctors couldn’t give me answers.
They get to experience the journey with me. There is no pretense in this book. It didn’t happen five or ten years ago, and I wrote with faint memories of what happened. I wrote in the present and all I could do was be honest with myself and with you, the reader.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Job Experience getting out to the public?
MW: I think perserverance is the key. My book was written to encourage other people, and I believe that what I went through was for that very purpose. I will continue to let people know what I’ve gone through, and I will keep looking for new and effective ways to promote my book so it will reach those who need to hear my story.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The Job Experience?
MW: I really didn’t have a writing process, per se. When I felt like writing, that’s when I would. I didn’t have a layout for chapters because I was writing in the midst of what I was going through. I had no idea what the end would be. I just had faith that God would lead me, and that’s exactly what he did. I started writing the book in January, and I finished in June.
JP: What’s next for Margaret Wesley?
MW: The Job Experience is my first book. Before I wrote it, I never had dreams of being a writer or even being in the public eye. Now I realize that God has called me to reach others through my writing, so I am working hard to perfect my craft. I want to learn as much as I can.
I am working on my second book now which I hope to be released sometime next year. In the future, I want to expand into poetry and children’s books. Whatever I do, I want to make sure that all my work is centered around Christ, and I just want my life to be a reflection of God’s abundant love for me.