Today I have the pleasure of welcoming author Denise Buss to my blog and introducing her book, Original Design: Set Free to be Who God Created.
Hi, Denise. Thanks for dropping by. We look forward to learning more about you. So, tell us:
How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
My book is narrative non-fiction. It uses my life as an example to show how Satan uses an array of influences to mold us, in varying degrees, to become someone we were never intended to be. You’ll see how Satan uses our life experiences to distort our beliefs about God and ourselves, thereby taking us off our God-designed path. Through my journey, I show you how God’s mighty hand reaches forth to unbury secrets, gently uproot lies, and heal wounds in our hearts, thereby setting us free from Satan’s grip and restoring us back to God’s original design.
Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
The Bible tells us that we are made in the image and likeness of God. Unfortunately, we have an adversary, the devil, roaming around like a lion seeking whom he may devour. Most of the time he doesn’t literally kill us, but he takes us off the path of God by concealing our true identity. Satan attacks when we are young, when our hearts are soft and vulnerable—easily molded. We don’t realize we’ve been altered because much of Satan’s work is either subtle or completely invisible. But in Christ you have redemption from all of the devil’s work, including the impact it has on your heart, the reactions it produces in you, and even his work that becomes a part of who you are.
How did you get the idea for your book?
Original Design is primarily derived from nearly 80 prayer sessions with my pastor friend, spanning over a period of 3 years. God initially used our prayer time to rescue me from the attacks of the enemy but then later to reveal secrets and unbury lies hidden deep in my heart. As God’s truths penetrated my heart, I changed from a helpless girl cowering in the corner to a mighty soldier in Christ. It is a true a story of overcoming adversity by the miraculous power of God.
How did you get the idea for the novel?
As I was living through trials and praying with my pastor friend, God kept telling me to write a book about it.
Which came first, the book or the title?
The book came before the title.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I would try to expand the ending a bit more and give more closure.
What inspired you to write this book?
I initially wrote the book because God told me to. As I got into the project I then had a desire to help others break free from the bondage that Satan’s has put them in.
Considering the book from the first word you wrote to the moment you saw it on the shelf, what was your favorite part of the process? What was your least favorite?
I loved seeing how God took a raw prayer session full of unneeded dialogue and turned it into a beautiful masterpiece of writing. My least favorite part was having an editor who sometimes tried to change (inadvertently) the meaning of the text.
What’s up next for you?
I would like to start speaking at women’s conferences and retreats about God’s healing power.
Is there anything specific you want to say to your readers?
Don’t be afraid to go into God’s refining fire. All of us have things hidden deep in our hearts from our past that need to be burned away. The fire is hot and painful, but He will give you rest as the impurities are removed. And it’s definitely worth it. Being set free from the work of the enemy is the only way you can be who God created you to be and do what He created you to do. That is your true freedom in Christ!
Denise Buss works as a nurse practitioner, but also has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry. God directed Denise to write her first book, Original Design: Set Free to be Who God Created, to share her experience of deliverance and healing with others.
Denise’s desire is for God to use her labor of love to transform the walking wounded into mighty soldiers for Christ. She believes this can only occur when God’s truths pierce the heart and replace the lies and deceptions hidden within. Once the heart has been delivered from the works of Satan, the captive is free to be who God created—His original design.
You can find out more about Denise and her book at her website, www.DeniseBuss.com.