Yesterday, I was asked by a journalist who handles my book press releases, “What makes One Life to Give unique, in light of it being listed among thousands of other Christian books”?
I really had to stop and think about that question before blurting out a rapid-fire answer. I find no short answer. For other authors, that may not be a problem.
One Life to Give is unique in several ways. First, it is written in a semi-journal format, and yet, has a distinct storyline throughout its fifteen chapters.
Second, in the first four chapters, this book graphically documents the hardships and persecution of believers who had lived under forty years of Communist oppression. I stayed in the homes of many such families and have written their stories. Otherwise, very few will ever know. This is not a popular message in the times we now live in, and many probably don’t care. They have their own issues to live with.
Third, a larger portion of One Life to Give, documents what it is like for a believer living in the rural Hindu/Muslim villages of South India. The challenges, persecution, and minority status is sometimes difficult for me to have witnessed firsthand. How would you like to live in a place where vast segments of the population in these villages have no medicine, no doctors, no clinics, and no nearby hospitals? Can you imagine having to search through three villages to find one where a person could purchase aspirin? I did, and this book is filled with such testimonies of how the people reached out to God in simple, childlike faith, and received their miracles, His compassion, and His mercy.
These are just a few reasons this book is unique. I can’t say with any certainty, how well it will be received, or how many copies will be sold, but I can say what I hear most from readers, is how much it inspired them and their appreciation for the provisions God has provided for His Beloveds.