The Duncan Banner

May 13, 2013

Stuck’s book finds inspiration through God

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Erica Stuck wrote a book about some of the hardest times in her life.

The words didn’t start out as a book. In fact, they were just thoughts she believed she needed to put on paper. But through God’s will, she found the words took shape into a story about her. And that story became a book.

And that book, “Whispers of the Heart: Learning to Listen to God,” has been published by Tate Publishing.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Stuck said. “I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing down my thoughts.

Stuck is a fifth-grade teacher at Horace Mann Elementary.

“I didn’t start out writing the book. It felt like God was talking to me. I felt like I had to write it down.”

Stuck wrote down what she needed to relay in words. And each time she was struck by inspiration, or the will of God, she had to write it down immediately to avoid losing the thought.

The book touches on things that have shaped her into the person and the Christian she is. It revisits her struggles with miscarriages, moving across the country and her husband’s deployment to Iraq.

“Even knowing the reason behind it, it was still difficult,” Stuck said about her struggles. “They’re stories where God has spoken or work in my life.”

After Stuck’s words became a book, her sister-in-law encouraged her to get it published. She researched some publishing companies before settling on Tate to submit her book.

Her book passed the company’s qualifications to be printed, and Stuck was offered a contract.

Even though she liked the idea of sharing the goodness of God with others, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to share her story, to put her life on display in such a way. She almost turned down the contract.

“I felt God pushing me to do it,” Stuck said. “It has reached people, encouraged them. I go in the way God wants me to.”

Aside from the times when inspiration struck her, Stuck used free time in the summer to get much of her writing completed.

On Saturday, May 18, Stuck will get an opportunity to share her story with even more people. Stuck will have a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. at Prairie Rose Gift and Boutique.

Saturday’s engagement isn’t the only affair Stuck has to look forward to as far as her book is concerned. On June 8, she will make an appearance at the Lawton Library.

Although the book won’t officially be released until June 4, the book is available through Tate Publishing or through Stuck.

Stuck isn’t concerned about how well the book does. She said it was never about selling numerous copies. Instead, it was about reaching others.

“It will do as well as God wants it to,” Stuck said.