It was while listening to different speakers at a mens conference he was attending in 2010 that Steve Sieting thought he too had a story to tell.
That story became a book. From Out of the Sand is the first book by Sieting, a local author.
From Out of the Sand is the story of the process that Sieting went through on his way back to God.
I was as empty and as dry inside as I could be, Sieting said. I kept clinging on, but inside I was at the end of my rope. My spiritual life had just drained out of me.
Sieting says that as he started writing, Gods mercy flowed through him and he felt Gods presence in his life.
There were so many times while I was writing that God just blessed my heart. I poured out my heart on paper and I felt relief. But I kept on doing it because it was what I needed. The book was for me as much as anyone else, but I know that others that have read it have been blessed by it.
Along with autobiographical essays about his journey, From Out of the Sand contains original poetry by generations of Sieitings family -- Sieting, his mother and his son.
The poems really fit into the flow of the book and allowed me to honor them both, said Sieting.
While painstakingly honest about the despair, Sieting manages to walk a fine line as an author. The reader has an easy time relating Sietings narrative to his own life as he tells a story that is not just his but that of many people.
We all have things to overcome in our life, things in our past, Sieting said. I have had so many people say to me that they can see themselves in this story, too. The fact that someone sees themselves in my book makes it that much more special for me.
Another line that the book is able to straddle is that it is not just for those who have lost their way. It is also an eye-opener to the problems and desolation of the person who lives next door or works in the next cubicle.
I really wanted to make people aware. It could be someone that we sit next to in church Sunday after Sunday. As Christians, we need to sense their struggle, make a connection, reach out to them and be a friend. But first we have to be aware of our surroundings.
From Out of the Sand is a must-read for those going through trials in their lives, for those who want to reach out to others or for those who just want to read about a man who through God had victory in his life.
It is my heart to bless people by this book and encourage them to live life to the fullest in Christ, Sieting said.
Sieting will hold a book signing for From Out of the Sand on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and noon and from 4-6 p.m. at the Assembly of God, 640 Watson Blvd. Another book signing is scheduled for Nov. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gottwals Books. The book also is available on amazon.com and westbowpress.com.
Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.