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Coming Soon! Jonah and the Mercy of God

 

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I’m thrilled to be working with Focus Forward Publishing to release my next book, Jonah and the Mercy of God. Tentative release date is early May, so be watching out for it! I’m so excited about this project, and I can’t wait to share it with the world!  More details to follow.
http://www.focusforwardpublishing.com

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Kindle Deals 11/6

Below are four books by Joel Beeke that I really want to read reflecting on the beauty and the glory of God, and the beauty and the glory of the lives lived in response to those truths. Each book is just $2.99, check them out.


The Beauty and Glory of the Father – $2.99


The Beauty and Glory of Christ – $2.99


The Beauty and Glory of the Holy Spirit – $2.99


The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living – $2.99

I need your help

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Most of you know I recently published and released a new book, “Gazing At Grace.” The book is a collection of six sermons that were written in order to give folks, both Christian and Non-Christian a clearer picture of who Jesus is. So far the book has done “ok” on Amazon, but my real desire is to get this book in the hands of as many people as possible…This is where you guys come in.

First, I feel like I need to say this. This isn’t about money…I make very little from the sales of my books. In fact I think I’m yet to actually turn any profit at all…That’s okay, I don’t write for money. Also, this isn’t about getting famous. I have no illusions that I will ever be a famous writer.

What this IS about is telling as many people as possible about who Jesus is, and to bring him glory. Can my writing do this better than someone else’s? I won’t say that, but I do believe I bring a bit of a different perspective to things that others might not have. Unlike many people, I did not grow up in church. I became a Christian much later in life. I’ve experienced the world, and all of it’s attempts to draw us away from God. I lived my life chasing after sin and the pleasures of this world for many years. I stand before you all as one amazed by God and his amazing grace, and his willingness to save a sinner as wretched as myself. This awe is renewed daily, as I continue to see the areas in which I still fall short.

So you may ask, “Where do we come in?”

Well, obviously the first thing you can do is buy the book. Starting tomorrow I will be making the kindle version of the book just $1 for the next two weeks. Yep, just $1. If you have had any thoughts at all about buying the book, I ask you to do it in the next few days. Having several people purchase the book in a shorter period of time will help the sales rankings on Amazon, which will in turn get the book seen by more people. This exposure for a self published author is priceless. You spending $1 to help get the book seen will help more than you know. If you choose, you can also purchase the book on Amazon in paperback for $6.95. If you don’t have Amazon or Kindle, contact me and I’ll make sure you can get a copy.

Secondly, share links to the book. Even if you haven’t read it yet, you can still share the link. Simply informing folks the book is out and peaking their curiosity is huge. Those who have read this blog or read my status updates or followed me on social media have a good idea of what the book is about. I’ve even posted several excerpts from the book already. Also, if you’ve purchased the paperback version of the book, or received one as a gift, post your pictures on social media. This too helps to create buzz.

Thirdly, if you have read the book. Please, write a short review on Amazon. If you have a blog, please write a review on your blog. (This goes for any of my titles) There are few better ways to get the word out about your book than honest reviews. If you do have a blog and would like to write a review, let me know and I’ll get you a PDF copy of the book for free.

Lastly, if you have a local independent bookstore or Christian bookstore in your area, ask for the book. (Again this is true for all of my titles) This is true especially locally here in Wilmington, NC where I know most of my readers are. Bookstores are also more apt to stock books and host book signings by local authors.

So, I ask you all, if you’re able please go out and buy the book. Take a few moments and help me get the word out. As a self published author I don’t have a large entity with lots of funds to support me and to publicize my work. I have myself, and my readers. Apart from friends and family and those of you who read my work on a regular basis, I have no other means of advertising.

I thank you all for your encouragement, prayers, and whatever assistance you can lend in this endeavor. May you all be richly blessed.

To order, or to learn more about the book, click here.

Book Reviews

I am an avid reader of books about faith, and I love to help other writers get their work seen by more readers. One of the best ways to do that is by having your work read and reviewed. If you have published a book and would like for me to do a review here on my blog, as well as post a review over at Amazon and on social media, simply send me an email at chrisc9951@yahoo.com and I will give you instructions on what to do next. Below are some reviews I’ve already done.

Edgewise-By Jana Greene

The God Of The Mundane-By Matthew B. Redmond

Winter Light-By Bruce Ray Smith

Awaiting A Savior-By Aaron Armstrong

Cruciform-By Jimmy Davis

But God-By Casey Lute

Are Catholics Better Writers than Baptists?

My friend Matt Redmond(no, not the singer) recently wrote a blog addressing this question. You can find it here.

I attempted to comment on his blog, but for some reason his blog ate the comment, so I figured I’d just write a short post here…I think it is an interesting discussion to say the least, and would love to hear what some of my friends have to say about it.

I really do think there is something to what Matt has said. I think there are many reasons, but I will give a few of my opinions.

First, I do believe that Catholics seem to have more imagination as it relates to their faith. Folks in the Protestant/Baptist/Reformed circles seem to be a bit more wooden in our faith. Of course this isn’t true across the board, but I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we can acknowledge there is some truth to that statement. We seem to think we have God all figured out, in theory…We have placed God in our Systematic Theological boxes, and in many cases have lost our Awe of God. I think our Catholic friends and Brethren tend to be much better in regards to this. We have tried our best to take the mystery out of our faith, the sense of mysticism….But the truth is, that is still there. Sure God has revealed Himself, and we can have much understanding of God as the Spirit illuminates who Christ is…But there is still mystery there…there is still discovery.

Second, Catholics seem to place far more emphasis on the experience of God. I think this goes back to my last point as well. Folks in my tradition of Christendom, though I think it is unintentional, focus so much on the ‘What God has DONE through Christ’ that we lose site that God is still DOING things through Christ. The Spirit is active here and now. The Spirit is still at work. We can experience God…It’s okay, it really is.

Third, I think Catholics view much of the world, their lives, and their work Sacramentally. Again, this isn’t something that is true across the board, but I know certainly reading Catholic authors, they seem to view their writing through this lense. So much value is placed on their words, as each one is an effort to point someone to this experience of God. Folks in my camp, certainly do this to some degree, but we call it being missional, or intentional…but even in that it seems more about just getting the Truth out there, with little regards to how beautiful you are telling the story. (Note, this is dangerous territory…Don’t tell a story in an effort to be beautiful at the expense of the truth…I know a certain Christian author whose name rhymes with ‘Hell’ that has made this tragic mistake.) I have to say too though, that the Puritans were much better at this than our modern writers…They were able to communicate the truths of God’s Word and the truths of who He is in such a beautiful way…We need more guys who can write like Puritans.

So are Catholics better writers that Baptists? Or Presbyterians?(excluding Eugene Peterson of course, but he does have a certain Catholicity to him doesn’t he?) You can really insert any Protestant/Reformed branch of Christendom you’d like….I don’t know if they are…but it should certainly cause us to ask the question, and seek the answers…Our words have power, and they ought to be conveying the beauty of God in a way that helps others experience that beauty. Just my 2 cents…Maybe 3…Still it’s worth a ponder.

Hmmm…Now I’m wondering how many angry comments I have solicited. We shall see…

A Couple of great websites for Authors

For all of you undiscovered authors out there, and folks who love to read and would be interested to find new and exciting authors, here are a few websites for you to check out. First, http://bookdoggie.com. It is a very cool way to find books that you won’t normally find in a bookstore. It may take a few clicks, but I think you will find something there that interests you. Second, http://www.spaigroup.com/ . I love the idea behind this website, it links authors of the same genre together, in order to help them get their names and books out there to the public. Anyone who has published anything, knows the toughest part of the whole process, is promoting your work, and letting people know you are out there. I think the SPAI group will help many in this regard.

Thanks guys, and please support your local authors. 🙂