Is God stirring your heart to share your testimony in writing? Then this is an opportunity you cannot miss as a first-time author.
Sela — a venture committed to helping new Christian authors to self-publish — is holding a competition that offers Christians an opportunity to get their testimonies published in an upcoming book called By The Word of their Testimony.
The competition is the vision of Anneline Bezuidenhout, the founder of Sela Co-Publishing, whose journey with writing began in 2016 when she was encouraged to write and self-publish her own testimony, Chariot Taxi, her account of being kidnapped in Egypt and rescued by an angel.
Anneline, who lives in George and writes under the pseudonym Anneline De Hout, says of the testimony competition: “I believe that giving people an opportunity to write their story and have it published in the book By the Word of Their Testimony, will help many to self-publish in the future.
“I had a dream about a collection of testimonies and in April 2018 I received confirmation through a prophetic word. The person delivering the confirmation had a vision of a thick book with the title By the Word of Their Testimony.
“In January 2019 I woke one morning and the Lord told me: ‘It’s time to stir the hearts of people to write about His workings in their lives.’ This is the foundation of this competition I launched on 1st February. I also believe it will be the first such book – thus already naming it Volume 1.
Entry forms for the competition can be downloaded here. Competition entrants must submit their completed form, plus a testimony of up to 1 200 words in PDF format. The entry fee is R25 and entries close on May 1. Testimonies may be written in English or Afrikaans.
Anneline launched Sela in 2016. “Sela” is Afrikaans for Selah, a word found in the Psalms as an instruction to musicians. It means to pause or reflect.
She offers new writers assistance with a range of publishing services including, layout, editing, cover design, ISBN application and barcode, and marketing.
On receiving a request to assist with the publishing of a new book, she asks for a few days to prayerfully consider the book. She says the Lord then gives her insight into what He wants. She sometimes asks the writer to revisit some areas of the story.
A network of new Christian writers has grown around Sela, bringing authors together to encourage one another and develop their skills. Titles of the 10 books published to date by Sela can be seen by clicking on the Shop link on their Facebook page.