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Inspirational Book FAQs
How do I work with an inspirational book ghostwriter?
It depends on you. You may provide material you’ve already written or dictated. Or the ghost may interview you numerous times, asking questions that help shape your ideas and discover relevant stories, which will then be transformed into chapters. Or both. There is no “right” way—only the approach that works best for you.
Suppose I have just a general idea of what I want?
An experienced ghostwriter will help you flesh out your idea, select your theme, choose the stories, episodes, and ideas that support your theme, then organize everything in the manner that best supports your concept. It’s never too early to get started!
Can I turn my speeches into a book?
Many speakers do so. But remember that a speech or a seminar is not the same thing as a book or a chapter. The gestures and vocal inflections that sell your stories in oral presentations will be absent in a book. Your ghostwriter will help you with this.
What can writing an inspirational book do for me?
The greatest reward you’ll receive is the knowledge that you’ve helped others. But your book can also:
- demonstrate your expertise
- establish you as an expert in your field
- bring you new clients
- generate speaking engagements and radio/television appearances
- be used for profitable back-of-the-room sales at your speeches
What kind of inspirational books become bestsellers?
All kinds! Here are Amazon’s “Best Sellers in Inspiration & Spirituality” on March 12, 2019, with descriptions quoted from the books’ pages.
#1 – Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, by Sarah Young. “Uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year by missionary Sarah Young.”
#2 – Lose Well, by Chris Gethard. “Gethard teaches us how to power through our own hero’s journey, whether we’re a 15-year-old starting a punk band or a 50-year-old mother of three launching an Etsy page. In the process, he shows us how to fail with grace, laugh on the way down, and as we dust ourselves off, how to transform inevitable failures into endless opportunities.”
#3 – God Is in Control, by Charles F. Stanley. Pastor and best-selling author Charles Stanley presents his powerful message: “We can recognize, appreciate and rely on God’s sovereignty even when our whole world seems out of control.
#4 – The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition, by Julia Cameron. The author “takes readers on an amazing twelve-week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.”
#5 – Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, by Brene Brown. The author “challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture…”
#6 – Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex, by Aubrey Marcus. “The founder and CEO of Onnit, the mega lifestyle brand and one of the fastest growing companies in the country, teaches us how one single day of positive choices leads to a lifetime of concrete strategies for better living, optimal performance, and a stronger mind, body, and spirit.”
#7 – Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, by Mitch Albom. After rediscovering his beloved college professor, Morrie, who is now in the final months of life, author Mitch Albom chronicles “their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.”
#8 – The Power of Positive Thinking, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. This book “has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s powerful message of faith and inspiration.”
#9 – The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, by Mark Nepo. “Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy—an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness—that is both profound and clarifying. His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life’s unfolding.”
#10 – The Complete Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue: Books I, II & III, by Neale Donald Walsch. In this trilogy presenting the author’s ongoing conversation with God, Walsch “reveals a God who is loving, believable, understanding of our weaknesses, and, most important, easy to talk with.”
As you can see, these bestselling inspirational books include:
- Books emphasizing religion – Jesus Calling, God is in Control, The Complete Conversations with God
- Books emphasizing positive attitude and positive choices – Lose Well, Own the Day, The Power of Positive Thinking, The Book of Awakening
- Books emphasizing creativity – The Artist’s Way
- Books on belonging and relationships – Braving the Wilderness, Tuesdays With Morrie
What should be included in an inspirational book?
There is no set formula, but your inspirational book should probably include:
- a provocative opening idea
- your own story, if possible
- stories or experiences that touch the readers’ hearts
- concrete ideas for improvement
- questions, checklists, or other ways for readers to gauge their actions, thoughts or feelings
- a closing call to action
Are there different types of inspirational books?
Yes, there are. There are no set definitions, but the genre can include books based on:
- improving your life by turning to God
- developing a positive outlook
- learning how to overcome obstacles
- understanding yourself and/or life better
- deliberately undertaking a difficult task/journey
- an inspiring story of someone overcoming great difficulties
- specific programs for self-improvement
- quotes, meditations, and/or sayings to inspire
Do inspirational books have to be true?
No. There is a sub-category of inspirational books called inspirational fiction. Here’s a definition of the sub-category, offered by the Missoula Public Library: “Inspirational fiction is uplifting, often with characters who enact positive change in their lives. The stories are sometimes faith-based and often exclude violence, strong language, and explicit sex.”
Inspirational fiction books may be sci-fi, historical, thriller, romance, and most any other “regular” fiction category, so long as they adhere to the definition above, or something close to it.
Inspirational fiction writers include Francine Rivers, Ted Dekker, Janette Oke, Charles Martin, Kathleen Fuller, and Mitch Albom.