Writing for Life and Ministry Review

Book Review: 

This book takes a slightly different angle when it comes to writing. It’s directed towards communicators/speakers that want to translate their speaking success into written form.

However, it doesn’t mean that it is exclusively for speakers. It’s just a way for the author to fill a gap. In any case the content shared in this book could be put into practice by anyone that’s interested in writing.

In the words of the author “the purpose of this book is to help you become a better and more confident writer.”

And the way of accomplishing this it’s by learning the process.

Though writers have different styles, the process they all use is essentially the same; plan, draft and revise.

The way this book is broken up is in two parts; 1. The Writer and The Reader 2. The Process

1. The Writer and The Reader

It’s about getting to know yourself as a writer and getting to know who the reader is.

Knowing yourself; one needs to ask and answer questions like: who are you and why you want to write?

Knowing the reader; one needs to ask and answer questions like: who are you writing for and what do you want to do for them?

Knowing yourself as a writer and knowing the reader…it’s the right recipe for success.

“The most effective writers have a clear sense of both parties in this transaction at all times. Effective writers know themselves. They know what they have to say and how they want to say it. They have a clear style and voice because they have learned with practice to write naturally.”

Brandon J. O’Brien
2. The Process

In the second part of the book the author breaks down “the process” which consists of: plan, draft and revise.

Not only does the author break down the process but he also walks the reader through steps on how to plan, draft and revise.

• Planning will help you get more specific and more selective with your topics.

• Draft will get out of you all the information about the pertaining topic.

• Revise will have you cutting down all the unnecessary information and communicate your message as clear as possible.

Overall it’s a short and easy read. But will actually take a bit longer because it has a “work book” element. As you get through the book you will come across exercises to help out in the writing process.

I consider this book as a good and useful resource to help anybody interested in getting started as a writer. Provides the framework and the right tools to set you on the right path.

But perhaps most importantly…

“The only way to improve your writing is to write. And to write regularly. If you want to write better, you have to make time.”

Brandon J. O’Brien