Each of us has a unique testimony how we first learned of Christ's love for us and how we grew in our spiritual journey. Recently, I learned that bestselling author Debbie Macomber is a faithful reader of Today in the Word. Here, she shares her faith story of her “living hope” (1 Peter 1:3).
Debbie Macomber is quick to credit God for her success as an author. She has sold more than 200 million copies of her books worldwide, and her novels have spent more than 950 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Her first published essays appeared in Moody Monthly magazine in 1985!
Success did not come easily. Her writing career began at age 30, at the kitchen table with a rented typewriter. “Only God would take a dyslexic woman who struggled all through school and didn’t learn to read until the fifth grade, and turn that same woman into a best-selling author,” Debbie says.
A Life-Changing Invitation
Debbie was introduced to personal faith in Jesus when a neighbor invited her to attend a Bible study. That group of believers welcomed her, and she discovered, “This was home and this was family. I accepted Christ as my personal Savior and as they say, the rest in history."
Debbie believes in the power of prayer and devotes regular time to Bible reading. “Today in the Word has been a part of my morning devotions for twenty years or more. It was this daily devotion that nudged me into digging deeper into the Bible, to read it from Genesis to Revelation every year,” Debbie says. She often shares the devotional with others. “It’s short, easy reading, and whets the appetite for more of God in our lives. I especially enjoy the question-and- answer section in the center, and even wrote in once when I had a question. And it was answered, too!”
Debbie has seen God work in her life, both as a follower of Christ and as an author. He has used her work to encourage millions of readers. “God created each one of us for a purpose. In my heart I know He wanted me to write books. I also know that I could never accomplish this dream without Him. My advice to those with daring dreams is to give that desire to God, follow Him, work hard, and believe God will make a way where there is no way.”