We all have a past. And for some of us, our past screams “You are unworthy. You have you messed up. You will never be loved again. You are condemned. You will never be happy again. You will never be whole or healed.” Have you at any point in time had these thoughts and feelings? Are you feeling ashamed about your past or even present life? Do you want to overcome the shame? My Last Walk of Shame is book that uses the art of storytelling, Biblical principles and practical steps to help you live a life free from shame, guilt and condemnation.
When I started writing the stories in the book, I didn’t plan for it to be a book but a blog post series. I wanted to post the fiction stories on my blog. But along the line, I decided to develop it into a book and I’m glad it worked out well.
The journey of this book started on Sunday, 12th February, 2017 in Lagos. That was the day I got the idea and inspiration to start writing the fiction stories which later became part 1 of my book. The introduction of the book explains what inspired me to write the book, how I came up with the book title and what the book is about.
I set deadlines for myself when writing the first draft of the book. The first deadline I set was that I would finish writing the first draft by 14th March, 2017. I worked really hard and overworked myself trying to meet up with the deadline. I would deprive myself of sleep and rest because I wanted to complete the book as soon as possible.
Deep within me, I knew I would break down sooner than later. Yet, I still kept on working “overtime.” Writing requires a lot of thinking and mental energy and for those that think it’s an easy task or a hobby; I can assure you that it is not always as easy as it seems.
And so, in a bid to prove my hard work, I broke down. It was as if my brains stopped functioning, and soon other parts of my body began to grow weak. Severe headache, pains and discomfort in my eyes, hands and legs such that I couldn’t even sleep or eat. I shared this experience on my first blog in April 2017 alongside lessons I learnt from overworking myself.
Obviously, I couldn’t meet up with the deadline and finally completed the first draft about two weeks after 14th March, 2017 which was the initial deadline. The first person I sent the first draft to after completing it was my mother. She read through it, proofread it and made necessary contributions. She has been one of the greatest sources of support and encouragement I’ve had along this journey. A lot of other people have helped me along this journey – my sisters, my pastor, my graphics designer, editor and friends. The proper appreciation is in my book so I’ll skip that in this blog post.
Frankly speaking, I thought my book would be published last year or early this year but with a series of disappointments, frustrations and others, that wasn’t possible. Even up to last night (a day before today which is the day I had announced would be when my book would be available); I was faced with a major challenge that made me unhappy and frustrated. The pages of my book didn’t display on the site as I had wanted them to be but I had already given my word on social media that the book would be available on 18th April, 2018 and I didn’t want to disappoint all those who were anticipating.
I still haven’t been able to arrange the pages as it should be but I want to keep to my word and so I’m releasing the book in its imperfect state. Please bear with me if you notice that the pages aren’t formatted properly like a standard book should.
HOW TO GET A COPY OF MY LAST WALK OF SHAME
My Last Walk of Shame is now available on okadabooks app and the price is 500 naira. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to get a copy of the book:
- Download the Okada Books app on your mobile device or tablet. [Please note that you will not be able to get a copy of the book if you don’t have the Okada books app installed on your phone or tablet. The app is free and you can download the app from Playstore and Apple app store.]
- Sign up or sign in if you already have an account
- Click on account/refill and refill your account using your visa or mastercard. Since the book is 500 naira, you should have at least 500 naira in your okadabooks account.
- Click on the “Store” tab on the app and search for “My Last Walk of Shame.”
- Click on the book and then click on buy
- Search the “My books” tab and download the book on the app.
- Once the book has been downloaded, you can read it at any time. You can find a list of the books you have purchased under the “My Books” tab on the app.
Please don’t hesitate to leave reviews on the app after reading the book. Thank you.