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The year was 1999, and a denominational publishing house heard my conversion story from homosexuality, and asked me to submit my story for publication, as a resource for our denomination. I was given a deadline of four weeks.
After much prayer and fourteen-hour days of writing, I met their deadline. After many months, I finally called for a status report.
“Oh! You haven’t received your manuscript? It was supposed to have been returned to you.”
“Why would it be returned?” I asked.
“It was rejected. The book committee decided they wanted a more balanced view.”
“Balanced view of what?” I asked. “I was asked to submit my story. Are you suggesting it is unbalanced?” I was alarmed.
“No, they just thought it would be better to have more stories to put into one book in order to present a balanced view,” came the reply.
I wondered aloud, “So stories of victory and success must be balanced out with stories of failure? Why?”