PIQUA — “Salvation is Free; What will our walk cost us?”
With a mixture of memoir and reflection, author and lifelong Piqua resident Marsha Ball’s first book, “Our Costs,” is a reflective Bible study that draws from situations in her and her family’s lives.
“I’m hoping that it will show people that you can show Jesus in normal everyday situations,” Ball said. “It’s nothing profound that you have to do. A lot of people think that they cannot minister other people unless they’re on a pulpit.”
According to Ball, Christians can live out their faith in their day-to-day interactions and experiences.
“You minister to other people in a negative or a positive way every day, you can show who Christ is in every situation,” Ball said. “You don’t have to be on a pulpilt, you don’t have to be in a class … to affect people.”
Ball has also spent over 16 years doing prison ministry through Freda Johnson Restorations Ministries.
“I started writing this book about five years (ago),” Ball said, explaining that different teachings she was doing in the prison ministry came together as a Bible study.
“Our Costs,” released on Dec. 11, is broken up into three parts, including:
• Part I: Living up to the positions we possess
• Part II: Exemplifying four characteristics that portray Jesus Christ
• Part III: Allowing God’s fruits to manifest in our lives
Before publishing the book, Ball had different focus groups read it, including both men and women with varying Christian denominations, ages, and occupations.
“It’s not taught like by one denomination or one doctrine, it’s just scripture,” Ball said. “It’s a non-denominational book.”
According to Ball, people from 13 to 85 years old have read the book.
“I wanted to make sure that all of them could understand it and that it touched all of them,” Ball said.
According to Ball, some of the responses in the focus groups have included calling her book “something that is needed, something that is helpful.”
“Some people have already bought it to teach in their churches,” Ball said.
For the first three months of Ball’s sales, 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward medical bills for her mother.
“I want to use my book to help other people,” Ball said.
Ball explained that she has a list of people that she wants to help using the proceeds of her book before she will use the profits on herself. “It’s about getting the teaching out there and helping people,” Ball said.
Ball explained that the experience of publishing her first book is both “exciting and scary” and that she is “anticipating … a lot of people being encouraged by it.”
Ball has been writing since she attended Edison Community College, where she received a certificate after studying computer and business systems. Ball is currently working on her second book, which will also be a teaching book.
“Our Costs” can be bought on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle form, at CreateSpace’s e-store, and by ordering it from Grace Christian. People also can buy “Our Costs” directly from Ball by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.