How Do I Identify the Needs of My Readers?

The “Your Questions Answered” Series


Could you offer some help for identifying the needs of readers? I am a strong biblical writer and want to share what I’ve learned, but it is hard for me to link it with a particular need.

Ask yourself:

  1. What does the Bible say about relationships, such as:
    1. Marriage
    2. Children
    3. Parents
    4. Siblings
    5. Extended family
    6. Church
    7. Friends
  2. What does the Bible say about:
    1. Finances
    2. Career
    3. Family
    4. Manhood
    5. Womanhood
  3. What does the Bible say about handling emotions, such as:
    1. Grief
    2. Loneliness
    3. Despair
  4. How does the Bible help us identify and conquer sin, such as:
    1. Pride
    2. Envy
    3. Lust
    4. Greed
    5. Sloth
    6. Gluttony
    7. Anger
  5. What does the Bible tell us about small things that can be big things, such as:
    1. Negligence
    2. Pilfering
    3. Vanity
    4. Thoughtlessness
    5. Narcissism
    6. Cutting humor
    7. Attention-seeking
    8. Criticizing
    9. Gossip
    10. Thrill-seeking
    11. Malcontention

In other words, choose a topic that resonates with the people around you and stirs passion in yourself. Then write a book that will help the person in the pew. Godspeed!

Your turn:

What topics would you like to see addressed in nonfiction?

Can you recommend books for this author to read?

For the entire series, click here: “Your Questions Answered.”

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