#139: 7 Reasons Why You Should Write A Book [Podcast]

You've probably heard it so much that you may even tune it out: writing and publishing a book is a good thing. But do you know why?


In today's episode, I'll give you 7 good reasons why you should write a book, even if you think you're “not a writer”.

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Spiritual Foundations: How to Live Freely and Lightly

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28–30, THE MESSAGE

“Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” Following Jesus is not heavy or difficult. Anyone or anything that makes you tired, worn out, or beaten down by man-made religious rules… that didn't come from Jesus.

Stop trying to be perfect. You can't. God doesn't require us to be Christ-like, but invites us into the Christ-life.

God will never cause you to be sick, or worried, or stressed out. He is good, and will always stand ready to heal, to soothe, and to bring peace.

Look for the goodness of God that is already in your life, and then watch that goodness increase.

Feature Presentation: 7 Reasons Why You Should Write a Book

Here are 7 great reasons why you should consider writing and publishing a book:

  1. Books help people.
  2. Writing a book clarifies your own best ideas.
  3. A book helps you get clients.
  4. Being a published author gives you author-ity in your field.
  5. It's easier to get speaking engagements if you have a book.
  6. Your book can be the hub of an entire business.
  7. A book is the business card nobody throws away.

Next Week:  The Master Skill of Business Success

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Question: Have you written a book (feel free to plug your book in these comments) – and if not, what's holding you back? Click here to leave your comments.

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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Jevonnah Ellison

    Ray, your podcast intro is perfect for me. I don’t think you need to change a thing. What you do through your blog, podcast, speaking and writing impacts me so much and I want you to know how much I appreciate you. You are such a light in a dark place. Thank you for being strong, courageous and a leader in this world.

  • Archie Jones

    I think the question of how long a podcast intro should be is like asking how long should a post be? It should be only long enough.

    I listen to one podcast that often has a very… very long introduction. Sometimes I’ll look to see that we’re nearly 20 minutes into the podcast before diving into the main topic.

    I don’t mind too much because the podcast is worth it.

    Your podcast intro is great. It always holds my attention just fine. I think that’s because you don’t ramble on and on over issues like how much trouble you might have had finding a matching sock that morning.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Archie – how DID you know about my sock problem? 😉

      • Archie Jones

        🙂 lol

  • Brian Craig

    My wife has a great writing ability and we’d like to take her devotions that she does and put them into a devotional book. Where does one find resources for publishing such a book?

    • Brian, you can use Createspace. I’d start there. What particular resources are you looking for?

    • Brian, you still need help with getting your wife’s work published? I have written my own stuff, and know a lot about publishing. Would love to help. email me: ryanjpelton@gmail.com

  • Micki

    I just wrote and self-published my first book, THE For-Profit Grant Writing Guide, available in Kindle and print versions on Amazon! I loved Createspace for publishing! The writing and publishing process was amazing, all the things you stated above. And, your intro is just perfect, don’t change a thing!!

    • Thanks Micki (comment about the intro). What was your favorite part of the CreateSpace process?

      • Micki

        I liked the fact that, as a real newbie to publishing a book, they walked with me through the process and provided all the services I needed to make my book look great (which, in my case was everything besides writing the book itself). The process is flexible to meet anyone’s needs and budget.

        • Micki, thanks for sharing that – it’s a useful description that I know will help many who are considering this course of action.

  • Especially like 1, 2, and 4.

  • Ray, this was exactly the kick in the butt I needed.

    Man, I’ve been saying I’d write a stinkin’ book for 2 years. Time to just DO it.

    The “Authority” thing was a game changer for me by the way.

  • In perpetual writing then editing cycle or my book, over 55000 words, cant wait to put a bow on it and get it to an editor.

  • Your intro is just fine in length.

  • Kathleen Thompson

    I love your intro, Ray, and encourage you not to squelch your instincts. God has given you a powerful message and a unique way to express that message. Continue to shine your light as you do.

  • To me, the intro and show segments are just right. I like that you have a set format and music leitmotifs. It makes it “easy” for me to listen, because I know what to expect when. Make sense?

  • Lisa Rothstein

    I LOVE the musical intro/jingle and your welcome patter. It makes me smile and anticipate the show. I DO think sometimes the “announcements” go on a bit too long, and I also worry about the “evergreen” nature of your show episodes suffering when so much time is devoted at the top to time-sensitive items that will quickly become obsolete and may turn off those who discover you later. While I’m a devoted listener, I sometimes fall a few episodes behind and I get impatient when the first however many minutes are taken up with a promo for conferences, etc. that have already passed. But I only mention this because you asked, and it is a nit compared to how much I love your show!