Are You A Believer?
by Beth Kozan
“Are You a Believer?” is the title of one of the stories in Adoption: More Than by Chance, my collection of true adoption stories. Wanda had been praying for a baby to adopt when she was asked the title question: “Are you a believer?” but the question-asker was unaware of her desire for a baby. By happenstance, the questioner had been asked by a family in his church who faced a dilemma to pray for them: their adult daughter was pregnant, again. They were already raising their granddaughter, who was eight at the time. Getting on in years and facing their own health issues, they had asked the whole congregation of their small church to pray for the right person to raise the baby, whose birth was imminent.
Given that context, you might correctly guess that “Are you a believer?” had a specific meaning in this case: Do you believe in Jesus? Wanda’s affirmative answer – that she was a believer – led to the family choosing her to raise Cassandra. Was Wanda being in that place at that time just serendipity? Was it, as Carl Jung might say, synchronicity? Could it be More Than by Chance?
(I am reminded of that old joke: “Everybody has to believe in something: I believe I’ll have another beer!” That’s not what I mean, either.)
I ask myself a slightly different question: Am I a believer in myself? Are you? Are you a believer that your stories have worth? Are you a believer that there’s an audience for your stories? It’s a question all writers must eventually ask: Do our stories have merit?
I once won a copy of The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. It’s a concise book about putting off writing and other creative endeavors. In Turning PRO, published in 2012, Pressfield writes about making the inner decision to become a professional writer. I researched Pressfield for this blog piece and learned that he is a prolific writer about war and other metaphors for life, including the novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Are you a believer in yourself? Are you ready to turn pro? I am!
Beth Kozan is the author of the upcoming books, Adoption: More Than by Chance and Helping the Birth Mother You Know. Beth worked in adoption for 35 years and retired to write. She has many more books than these titles to write and will emphasize and explore the concept of community in her additional books. “Growing up in a close agriculture-based, rural community in Texas, I felt the comfort and bonds of caring for others which is often missing in our busy lives today. Exploring and building communities for today is my writer’s goal.” Follow Beth on Facebook or vist her website, where she reviews books and films featuring adoption.