How God Persuaded Me to Write a Book

by Jeff Simmons August 03, 2016

How God Persuaded Me to Write a Book

I never planned to write a book. It has never been on my radar. I love to pastor, and I love seeing God transform lives for His glory. Now, I do like to write, but always thought a book was way too much writing! Kind of like running; I like to run, but I have no desire to run a marathon. I always thought the same way about a book. My life is full and busy, with an awesome wife, three amazing daughters, an incredible church to lead & serve, and a dynamic, growing mission ministry called Justice & Mercy International. I could not imagine finding the time or desire to write an entire book.

But, God. For several years, I just had this prompting of the Spirit to start writing things down. To write down the miracles we were seeing at Rolling Hills, through JMI and in the lives of God's people. So, I started making notes when things would happen. And, through the years, God kept doing more and more. Going back and reading some of it would leave me in awe of a God who accomplished the impossible.

Then, a few years ago as I was praying, I heard God say, "Tell My Story." I thought, "Well, I preach each week and tell God's Story, that must be what He means." But I kept hearing His still, small voice say, "Tell My Story." It certainly took me a while, but it finally hit me that God was calling me write a book to Tell His Story. Of course, I came up with all kinds of excuses - "I don't have the time." "Who will want to read it?" "This is a lot of extra work for nights and weekends." And, finally, after all the excuses, it all came down to a matter of obedience. Truly. Would I be obedient to God even when I didn't necessarily want to do it or think it would "work." For me, this is part of my story - this call to be obedient to God even when I am not certain of the outcome. This "faith" is the journey to which we are all called.

As you read the first five books of the Bible, Moses tells the story of God delivering the people from the land of slavery in Egypt over and over again. When you think about it, that was important - for the people to remember. As they would move into the Promised Land they would forget about what God had done and as new people were born, they would never know the story - unless it was written down. It was important for them to know of God's deliverance, so that they would have confidence to trust Him in the future. There is power in knowing and telling the story in order to grow our faith and trust in our great God.

Immeasurably More CoverSo, I wrote a book. I named it "Immeasurably More," based on the theme verse of my life and of God's church here at Rolling Hills:

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

Ephesians 3:20-21

Our God has truly done "Immeasurably More" in my life, in so many other lives, in His church at Rolling Hills, and in Justice & Mercy International, and this book is simply telling His Story. The stories in the book are from people I love dearly whose lives, like mine, have been transformed by the love of Christ.

My prayer is that our God will use this book to encourage others. I long for glory to be given to Him for all He has done and for all He will do. I pray that people will be drawn to Christ and their lives transformed - like mine and countless others in the book. And, I pray that this book will become a tool for people to take and give to their family, friends and others in order to share God's story with a broader audience today.

I have no idea what God will do with this book. But, I love that it is all in His hands. I always thought that even if it helps one person, it would have been worth the time, energy and effort. When I shared with one of the book's editors how I was praying for even one life to be impacted by Christ through the stories in the book, she simply replied, "It already has."

The book "Immeasurably More" releases August 28, 2016. You can find more information at immeasurablymorelife.com. All the proceeds will go to further God's work at Rolling Hills and in Justice & Mercy International. Please pray with me in this endeavor to Tell His Story.

What God has done is nothing short of miraculous. Lives being saved physically and spiritually. Lives transformed for the glory of our great God. It is only He who can change a life, so let's pray He will use this tool to impact hearts and lives. The fact is, our God longs to do immeasurably more in each of us. Let's trust Him, be obedient when He calls and live the life He has created us to live.

Let's be faithful to our great God and in the process, we will truly experience immeasurably more.




Jeff Simmons
Jeff Simmons

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Jeff Simmons is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin, TN. He also serves as the President of Justice & Mercy International, a nonprofit that exists to make justice personal for the poor, the orphaned and the forgotten of the world. His faith in God and role as husband and father motivates him to be the leader he is and to do the work he has been called to.



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