Unworthy Launch Week: Why Unworthy?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty terrible at naming things. And whenever you write a book and plan to publish it, said book needs a name.

Cue the panic and desperate brain-wracking.

Thankfully, I put few safeguards around me for this series, so I had limited options. As is probably obvious at this point, all of them are one word that starts with the prefix un-. Wow, shocking, right? I feel like I’m not the first—nor the last—person who has done this! But anyway,it’s helpful for me, because I’m limited to all of the un- words in existence.

And to be honest, some of those un- words just naturally push themselves out of the running—usually if they sound weird or not dramatic enough. (Yeah, that’s a crazy author talking.) My poor family has gone through so many of these un- words with me, and I reject the majority of them. (Unhelpful, right? Ooh, there’s a title!)

So back when I wrote this book – early 2019 – I landed on a name. Ready for it?

Untamed.

I think it sounds like a horse book. But wow, it’s so sleek and flashy and dramatic.

And cringey. No thank you. Obviously, when I came back to this book to publish it, I decided that was not a good title. At all. Because what is the point of calling it that? Yes, my characters are a little wacked (it does fit Evgeny a little bit, sometimes), but Untamed?

Nope. Not at all.

So I proceeded to think about it. Pray about it. Because like any author, I wanted my title to match the book in some way. Not just because I thought the word sounded interesting once and might match the book slightly.

Finally, I landed—by God’s grace—on Unworthy. That definitely wasn’t the end of my fretting and wondering, because I thought about changing it after that.

Yet I realized it’s as good as it’s going to get on this earth. There are so many different facets of this story that speak to the idea of unworthiness—in both Sasha’s and Evgeny’s storylines. Sasha thought herself unworthy for a man like Evgeny. And by the climax of the book (spoiler alert), Evgeny considered himself unworthy of grace and life and love.

On one side of things, we are very worthy. Each human is worthy of life. God alone has given us life, and as His Creation, we have no right to take human lives (except in some cases, such as self-defense, etc.)

Yet on the flip side … we are completely unworthy of all the good things God gives us. We are so unworthy to receive salvation, so unworthy to receive the love and grace Jesus gives us.

We’re sinners. We’re wretched and dark and ugly and filthy. We truly deserve the utmost punishment for our sins. We deserve an eternal hell for rebelling against our Creator.

Yet the Bible tells us this glorious truth:

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 8:5 KJV

We’re sinners … yet Jesus died for us.

Why did He die for us? Was it because of our inherent goodness or our righteous deeds?

Nope.

Christ died for us, not because we were good – no, we were sinners then – to show us His love.

Because salvation begins and ends with the Lord. He’s the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Not us.

We are terribly unworthy sinners. Yet through the Blood of Jesus, we are made worthy, because we are made righteous, justified, and hidden in Christ. Because of His life, His death, His resurrection … we are made into children of God.

So yes, we are unworthy.

Yet in Him, we are worthy … because He is worthy.

21 thoughts on “Unworthy Launch Week: Why Unworthy?

  1. Untamed…I can’t…😂😂😂

    Wow, 2019??? THAT’S why you’re able to publish your second book so quickly…I thought you managed to write that fast in such a short time. 😂

    But excellent post!! We are unworthy for what has been done for us! 🙂

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      • Ah, the titles we come up with spur-of-the-moment so we don’t lose our files…And then discover them an entire six months later only to think, “WHAT in the WORLD was this even ABOUT?!?”
        No, just me? Okay, that works, too.

        Well, draw them forth from said back burner!! 😂😂😂 Don’t stop!

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      • Well, the whole “Untamed” thing wasn’t even that spur of the moment, but I don’t have that excuse, sadly. 🙂 My file titles are always really boring, hahaha!

        Aw, thanks! I’m trying, but there’s a whole lot of fixing that has to go on to get those messes from the back to the front burner. 🙂

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  2. Lol, I could work with Untamed but in comparison, I like Unworthy more. ;P But it is relieving to know I ain’t the only one who struggles with naming books. XD

    Also, I REALLY LOOOOVED your note about the title’s name!!! Amen and amen. We are so unworthy of salvation and a relationship with God but Jesus chose to give His all and die for us anyway!!! <3333

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  3. Untamed!!! Lol, yes, the trouble of naming books… I feel rather relieved knowing someone else has trouble with it too!! 😀 So glad you ended up settling on the title Unworthy… it just goes so perfectly with that beautiful theme!!! 😀

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