Genre: Christian Living, Poetry
Format: ebook, paperback
From the time Erin Lamb was a child, she was curious about the God of the Bible. She grew up in a home with a pastor and Sunday school teacher, which made knowing God a part of everyday life. More than reading about Him, her heart longed to know Him personally, as Moses knew Him. Along this journey, she picked up a pen and paper and began to write about her experiences with God and His responses.
I Thought I Knew What Love Was is a book for every person who wants to plunge deeper into the heart of God. If circumstances or life have made God seem distant or cold, the words on these pages will lure your heart on a journey with the God of the high and low places. Understanding the depths of God’s love during the good and the challenging times is essential to living a joy-filled life. Erin has captured the heart of God through prayers, sonnets, and poems that reveal the human experience in relation to God. If you have ever felt as though God doesn’t understand you, then poems like “Agape” “Even If” and “Our Deepest Need” will reveal God’s unfailing love for you. Whether you find yourself in the difficult places, or on the mountaintop, your heart and mind will be drawn to a more intimate place where you commune with God.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a Researcher/Engineer. I spend most of my time overseeing experiments and managing projects. Along with science, writing has been an integral part of my life. I’ve found that words are like paint on a canvas. Creativity is unleashed when words form sentences, and those sentences evolve into a story, devotion, or poem.
2. When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as a young child. I am an introvert by nature; writing is external expression of my internal reality and/or imagination. As a child I spent more time with a pen and paper than with conventional toys. In middle school and high school I began to write short stories. I wrote a fictional novel in college that has yet to be published. I enjoy writing more than talking or socializing.
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
I did not set out to write a book. I write constantly. After college I began to share the things I wrote with friends and family. After years of sharing, people began to recommend I publish the things I sent. The first book is a collection of 7 years of reflections on life with God.
4. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
There is always hope in God. There is always encouragement in His love. God is love. Despite how the world has portrayed Him, He will never cease to be love. He is kinder than we think; more compassionate than we can imagine. The way God feels about all of us is amazing. I would say to each person, “You are loved beyond what you can imagine. Invest time in knowing God. It’s a love that will change your life.”
5. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am working on a book about suffering with Christ. There are so many people in the world who are suffering and they ask the question, “Where is God?” The book covers many of the things we see on the news and some we have faced in life. In the middle of suffering God is there. He knows the depths of suffering, and He does not delight in our pain.
6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would include images inside the book or some of my paintings. I love words. Some people respond to art or images. I would also include space for people to write down their own reflections in response to the book.
7. How much of the book is realistic?
The entire book is based on my life experiences. There are letters to God and letters from God. There are things written during times of great sorrow and grief. There are prayers of praise written during times of tremendous joy.
8. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
One of the greatest challenges was trying to find a publisher. I searched for a year before selecting my current publisher. The second challenge was editing. I love to write. I am not so fond of editing my own work. When you self publish or do assisted publishing, it is expensive to pay for a professional editor. I asked friends and family who are masters of the English language and grammar for help. The challenge now is marketing. As an unknown author, it is challenging to grab people’s attention and market your work.
9. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Start a blog. Share your work with the world. We grow by using our skills often. I write for three blogs, and I write Bible studies. Writing is a priority. I would also say take risks. There will be people who love your work and others who do not. Be willing to rejected and criticized. Learn from the criticism. Someone once said, “Don’t allow praise to go to your head or the criticism to your heart.”
Erin Lamb is an engineer, a Bible teacher, and a facilitator of a women’s discipleship group. She has served on short-term missions in Brazil and as worship leader for missionary teams. Erin has written over 150 poems; some have been read at weddings and other special events. Her poems have also been used for various bible studies. Her passion is to know who God is, to maintain an intimate relationship with Him and to direct seeking hearts to Him.