Don't query until your manuscript is complete. Even non-fiction. Unless you've got a backlist of other titles that sold pretty well, they aren't sure you'll be able to fin
“What, what would have become of me if I had not found the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living?” Psalm 27:13.
February 2005 crying out, “God if this is all life is, I don’t want it”, was life altering, although I didn’t know at the time that God did hear me, until He showed Himself the next morning. I understand the Christian inspirational market a bit, and I think the pivot point here is HOW God revealed Himself to you and what the specific changes were in your life at that point. You don't need to go into detail in the query, but you're in territory that (as you say below) any Christian could be writing about, so you need to establish right from the start why your experience is different enough to be writing a book.
Why the sobbing, today isn’t any different from yesterday, the day before that or the day after and sure as hell don’t see it being any different tomorrow! Death seemed the preferred outcome to living life without purpose and meaning.
Depression, ending a relationship due to his addiction to porn and alcohol, laid off, in debt unemployment, leaving state in search of work, no income, going to college on President Obama’s stimulus package, losing the house, moving out of state and being reunited with family after thirty years.This is just a list of bummers -- we need some way to relate to them. Were these things that just rolled off your back because of God, or were these the situations that nearly led you to suicide? Interwoven with the above situations is with God’s grace I was able to walk through to the other side with purpose, wholeness, and a sound mind. Your sentence structure is a bit overcomplicated. Just talk the way you'd talk in real life. You're packing the subject of the sentence, packing the verb, and packing the object. It's hard to know what to concentrate on first.
My book is everyone’s book and could have been written by any one of the millions whose shoes I have walked. At first I thought you meant anyone could have written this book, which is a publishing no-no, but then I thought maybe you mean your spiritual experience allowed you to live the lives of millions of different people, but I'm not sure you mean that either.
I’m the girl next door or I could be one of their family members. From 2008 to present there is an ongoing movement of millions searching to find purpose, stability, and to be validated. It is noted 70% - 80% of Christian consumers are female (Covington). Google: God and see 80,400,000 results, seeking God -53,600,000. Any agent who markets Christian inspirational nonfiction should know the market, so you don't need to establish this. This book is also for those who are on a spiritual journey, on the fence teetering undecided if God is real or not, for those encouraged by reading how others overcome challenges, and grew up with faulty thinking.
Mentioned are my mentor’s plural, not possessive Joyce Meyers and Pastor Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life), whose millions of followers will want to read how their mentor’s nuggets changed a life.Did these people actually mentor you? As in you can pick up the phone and call either one of them for help? Because if so, get them to give you a blurb right now and have them call their agents. Pastor R. Warren’s book was the pivotal factor in deciding to give God a chance in my life. I wrote Rick Warren after hearing of his book through the news involving Ashley Smith and he responded back. My passion is to be one cog in the wheel of this sweeping movement in transforming lives, one reader one nugget at a time. With Facebook, my friends and their friends is well over several thousand.
High School – graduated bottom of class, forty years later an AS degree graduated w/ Honors Phi Theta Kappa and the Dean’s List. 2011 - Donna’s Story – A documentary at Ft. Myers Film Festival (Florida.) 2012 Creative Writing Class - Positive and encouraging comments to continue writing and to explore further some of the stories submitted, Christine Kloser Transformation Author Webcast Four Part Series, and Bo Eason – The Power of your Personal Story Web Series. You don't need a bio paragraph unless you're mentioning credits like other published books or if your book is about Navy SEALS and you were a Navy SEAL, so I'd leave this off.
The unfinished inspirational nonfiction manuscript is at 31,800 will be completed in two months.
Wait until it's finished and critiqued and highly polished, and then query. Most agents won't request material that's unfinished, and if it's unfinished when you get a request, you might be tempted to rush things and not edit as thoroughly as you otherwise would. It will take another two months to finish the draft, but then it should take at least that long again to do an edit and get feedback from other readers.
But here's the thing: I don't actually know what your book is doing or how it's doing it. I assume you're working from an outline or a table of contents, but you need to convey that to us. "I follow the work of God through the timeline of my life, demonstrating how apparent failures were the actions of grace in my life," or "I show how God defeated the depression that was causing me to make bad choices and used my brokenness to lead others to healing."
Right now, it's reading more like "God did many awesome things for me when I was at the end of my rope, and now I want to tell other people about Him." Which is great, but it needs more structure than that to succeed as a book. Because, as you said, every Christian has an experience like that. (Anne Lamott has an awesome statement in Bird By Bird
, that you let God move in and He says He has a few improvements in mind. He takes measurements and then leaves, and you're imagining new curtains, and then one day you look out the window to find a wrecking ball and a back hoe in the front yard.)
The query needs more structure. It needs to be tight and tell us what the problem is (depression?) and what the solution is (God's grace, but I assume you have a specific take on that) and how everyone can apply that in their lives (which I assume will have specifics attached to that.) Then if you can give a bullet-point list of those specifics, that will help an agent decide what the specific market is for this work, and how it can best be marketed, and if any of the ECPA publishers will be interested in it.
Hope this helps!