Perfect R Not Us

Some folks believe they are perfect. Perhaps they are, but probably not. Perfection is a stress-inducing condition from which I can cheerfully proclaim I do not suffer.

I can’t imagine the burden of needing to always be right—or to have other people think that you are—or of never making a mistake (or thinking you never do). Some of the most miserable folks I know are perfectionists. Stress is a killer. It starts on the face by killing the smile and turning it upside down.

Some of my mistakes have been notable: spending an extra $100 from my bank account because I read the teller’s receipt wrong and thought the money was there (so did the bank—so the Lord saved me on that one); turning our wedding cake into body shield armor by cooking an artificial sweetener for the frosting instead of powdered sugar; showing up at the wrong place at the wrong time because I always get lost—the list is long. Most recently, it was the first of the two books I wrote while I was stuck in the hospital with an infection in a hip replacement. I decided that the title “Utopia House Murder” had more punch than my first choice, “Murder at Utopia House.” I sent the change to the cover illustrator, but not to my editor. Oops! The book came out on Amazon as “Murder at Utopia House,” but the cover was “Utopia House Murder.” Fortunately, most mistakes can be rectified and the title now matches in both places. Whew!

Utopia House Murder is—like most of the other books I have written—a Christian cozy mystery-romance-suspense, but at the same time—it is unlike any of the other books I have written. Sadly, I can’t differentiate between the two here because that would be impossible without dropping a spoiler. And for a writer—spoilers are unforgiveable mistakes.

We, as humans, make mistakes. “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Psalm 18:30. Stephanie Parker McKean: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

6 thoughts on “Perfect R Not Us

  1. Ooh, Steph! Another new book from you. I shall have to hop over to Amazon and get it forthwith! I can’t keep up with your productivity, and I may still have one in waiting, but I’ll definitely get this one now. I’m intrigued. And yes, I simply don’t like perfection in any form. It isn’t natural!

  2. I’m glad you have recovered and are on the mend. We all make mistakes. I am so glad I’m not the only one who is imperfect. Most of the time I don’t know what I’m doing.

  3. So true, Steph. We are all imperfect creatures and will not be perfect until we are made like Christ. He is the only perfect human who ever walked on earth. The rest of us make mistakes all the time. I could fill volumes with those that I’ve made, but I won’t. LOL So happy you have another book out. I hope readers realize that we writers also are not perfect. Neither are our editors. That’s why mistakes are found even in the most carefully edited books. I have to get another of yours now that my TBR list is becoming manageable. LOLOL God bless you, my friend.

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