Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter/recording artist Jean Watson has added author to her list of creative accomplishments. Watson's debut book, Everything Can Change in Forty Days: A Journey of Transformation in Christ, recently released by Franklin, Tennessee, based Seedbed Publishing. Designed to be used as either a personal daily devotional, or as the basis for a small group study, Watson says she wrote the book out of frustration with her own lack of spiritual growth in her Christian life.
"Over the years, I learned that transformation in Christ comes, not as we try harder, but as we learn how to surrender to Him more," says Watson. "As I began to live my life for the Lord and not for me, I saw miracles in my personal life and in my ministry around the world. Last year, I decided to write about what I had seen God do. The result was Everything Can Change in Forty Days. It is my hope that through my testimony and encouragement, many will find hope to believe that through Christ, everything can change!"
The 40-chapter book is conveniently divided into four sections, with the first two focusing on learning how to get "unstuck" in life. "I share my own story of healing and transformation, going from a place of brokenness and despair to one of fulfillment," Watson explains.
The last two sections of the book encourage readers to live a lifestyle of worship, focusing on allowing Christ to live through us (Galatians 2:20). "In these two sections, I share stories of how the Lord has worked through me when I least expected it," adds Watson.
"In Everything Can Change in Forty Days, author Jean Watson leads readers through a deeply personal journey into her Spirit filled life," says Andrew Miller, Director of Publishing for Seedbed. "Over many years, Jean has grown to rely on the Lord in profound ways and has seen Him work miraculously in countless incidents. As you read of her joyous ongoing intimacy with the Spirit, you can easily draw the conclusion that her anointed gifts of music are all part of a the whole of a beautiful life--and an evangelist's heart to lead others into the radiant life she has discovered."
Watson still considers herself first and foremost a musician and notes that writing her first book, though a labor of love, was not something that came easily at first. "I knew I was supposed to write this book," she says, "but it was not an enjoyable process for me. Starting in the middle of January, I sat by the fireside and wrote for about forty days straight. My eyes burned with fatigue, and by the end of the evenings my wrists hurt from typing. Every night I would tell my husband, 'This is like childbirth--I can't go forward, but I can't go back!' There was no stopping until the forty chapters were written. It was one of the most challenging accomplishments of my lifetime, but I am so glad I pressed on and finished it."
Everything Can Change in Forty Days: A Journey of Transformation in Christ is available internationally in trade paperback and all major e-book formats from online retailers such as Seedbed.com, Amazon.com, BN.com, and Kobo.com.
Watson also recently unveiled her newest musical project, SACRED, which was produced by multi-Grammy & Dove Award-nominated contemporary Christian music pioneer Billy Smiley (White Heart, Union of Sinners & Saints, Margaret Becker) for Northern Shore Productions. SACREDincludes 10 ancient songs of the Church, brought to life by Watson's ethereal, Celtic-flavored musical stylings, and embellished with guest performances from the likes of guitar maestro Phil Keaggy, cellist Matt Slocum (Sixpence None the Richer), and legendary vocalist Matthew Ward (2nd Chapter of Acts).
For more information on Watson, Everything Can Change in Forty Days, and SACRED, visitjeanwatson.com.