#AddictedToHope: The Book That Almost Never Came To Be

Many people have asked about the journey in writing this book and I thought I would share a bit of that story which can also be found in the preface of the book.

As I set out to write a book on hope, I was unsure what to expect. Honestly, I wasn’t even trying to write a book in the first place. I started writing to grow myself as a communicator and found creative writing as a helpful outlet. Every morning I would have the same routine. Get up early, pour myself a cup of coffee, put my earbuds in, start the same playlist of instrumental music by Andrew Reid (go check him out), sit down in the same chair, and start writing.

Hope had always been something powerful in my life, and I couldn’t think of a better topic to write on. As each day built on itself, I realized that there was a lot my soul wanted to say, and this little project started to take a life of its own. It became clear that this exercise in growing myself as a communicator was evolving into something more, and I began to contemplate if there was a resource to be shared with others. At first, I wondered if it would become a devotional book. But as I wrote more and more, it grew into something very different. Whole chapters, ideas, and themes started to emerge, and around the 3/4 mark, I realized that I might have a book on my hands.

It actually amazed me. I never imagined myself as someone who would write a book. But I guess the old adage that “everyone has a book inside them” is true. It seemed like things were rolling and I would have a book in print in no time. My goal was to get the book done, edited, formatted, and released before I started a Master’s Degree (that was in the works). What seemed like the finish line approaching became a whole journey in itself.

My editor went M.I.A, I started my Master’s Degree, our third child was born, I changed jobs, the COVID pandemic hit the entire world in the third week of my new job (when I became the COVID crisis manager of an entire staff team), and finally our fourth child was born in the first months of the pandemic. It seemed like, on all accounts, the idea of this book had died.

Fast forward to a few months before the penning of this introduction, with some encouragement from good friends and the support of my wife in reviving the editing process, we got back on track. The irony of a book about hope almost not being released amid the mess of life, does not go unnoticed.

It is my hope that as people engage with this book, it wouldn’t be the words themselves that captivate them but the very idea of hope being unpacked. I pray that God would awaken and invigorate people’s hearts and souls with His truths, promises, and Spirit.

If you would like to learn more about the project and get your own copy, you can do so by heading to http://getbook.at/addictedtohope

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Drake De Long-Farmer

Drake De Long-Farmer

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Follower of Jesus, husband, father of four, Executive Pastor at beulah.ca, & author of Addicted To Hope. www.drakefarmer.com.