Writing

Exciting News

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Exciting News!
One of the dreams of any writer is to complete a book, and then to see that book published. It’s hard to explain the feeling of seeing a book with your name on the cover. Another dream, is to have someone actually buy your book. For someone to actually want to buy a book you have written, and to actually give you money for your words…that too is an amazing feeling.

Perhaps one of the greatest feelings a writer can experience is to see your book in a real brick and mortar bookstore. Today, that dream became a reality for me. Two of my books are now available locally in a real honest-to-goodness brick and mortar bookstore. Seeing a dream become a reality, even on a small scare is pretty amazing. I’m very thankful.

Just thought I’d share.

Click here to learn more about “Ruminations.

Click here to learn more about “Gazing At Grace.”

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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.

Words Fail Me

Since “In the beginning…” and “Let there be…”
Man has been grasping for, and trying to wrap his mind around eternity.
Since His life filled our lungs we’ve been searching our minds
Reaching for words, to try and define
The beauty we see, the love that we need.

Words are so insufficient for a God beyond our comprehension
Praise and glory to a God that condescended.
He was revealed to us as the Word, in shadows and pictures
Still we were blinded by sin and misguided wishes.
But the beauty of the story is that He knew our condition.

Word became flesh and dwelt among men.
He lived to die and he lived to live.
He lived in righteousness, he died for sin.
To the right hand of the Father, it was for him to ascend.
So that we might join him, a beautiful bride he’s been given.
Who has the words for a God with such wisdom?

Why I’m Blogging Less

Some of you have probably noticed that outside of a few posts promoting books I’ve not been blogging very often. It’s not that I’ve gotten writer’s block, nor is it that I’ve lost the desire to write. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. I am still writing, though not all of it makes it to the blog. So, you might ask, “What’s going on?”

Well, first of all, I’m extremely busy. My wife and I are expecting our 6th child in the next few weeks. We are tremendously excited. But, with the new little one on the way there has been lots of prep. We’ve prepared freezer meals for after the little guy gets here and there is little time for her to cook. We’ve also been switching around and painting rooms for the kids, and making the house ready for the new baby. Along with this, I’m also working. My day job is working with beach tourists, so as you can imagine…summer gets pretty hectic. I’ve also began taking seminary classes…so all in all, life is pretty crazy right now.

But, the biggest reason I’m blogging less is the fact that my desktop computer, that I prefer to write on has ceased to be for the moment. It’s as old as my oldest child, so,I guess it’s about time. I have a laptop, but I’m afraid it’s on it’s last legs also…I do sometimes use it to write, but the easiest of online tasks that should only take a few minutes, end up taking 10 times as long. This is bad news for my writing, and even worse for my classes. I’m just praying I can nurse it through until I’m done with this first phase of of my studies.

So, when I do write for the blog, it has to be either on that old laptop, or my tablet (where I’m writing now). Unfortunately typing on the tablet is a bit tedious, and importing graphics is also more of a project, which makes the blogs less appealing, in my opinion. Which discourages me a bit.

So, this is where I’m at. I want to try to pick up blogging more often again. Perhaps I’ll just have to trudge through it on the tablet…even if it’s shorter posts. Just bear with me, and thanks for sticking with me through all of these seasons of life. It does my heart well, and blesses me beyond belief to know that there are folks who benefit from my words.

Keep reading and be blessed! Until next time…

On Writing

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I have a love-hate relationship with writing. I love it because I love words. I love searching for just the right word at just the right time, and being able to construct a beautiful sentence. I’m not always great at doing this, and I fail more times than not, but I enjoy trying. On that rare occasion that I get it right, it’s pure magic. I love being able to impact people with the words that I write. It is an amazing thing to be able to help people discover, or perhaps just think about things in a new way. Writing is one of my passions.

I hate writing because writing is hard work. I hate the way in which it can consume your mind, even when you aren’t writing. Sitting down to write takes effort. Finding a block of time is not always easy, especially when you have a real job and a large family. Writing is terrifying. You are often bearing your soul to the world. Writers by nature are often very sensitive, and I am no different. When someone hates what I write, it often crushes me. Recently I had someone refund one of my books, for reasons I’m not sure of… But, for over an hour it was all I could think about. (I feel ridiculous for admitting this)

Because I hate writing, I will often go through seasons in which I hardly write at all. Because I love writing, I always come back to it. Recently I’ve decided to become more serious about my writing. So, the question is…Why?

Do I think I’m a great writer? No. I think I’m a decent writer, but by no means am I a great writer. Do I think what I have to say is more important than what other people have to say? Absolutely not, but I do think I have important things to say, and I’m willing to say them. In a world in which many people are afraid to voice their opinions about anything of substance, this is not a small thing. Not only this, God has given me a love for writing, and at least in some measure a gift for it. This being true, I should use whatever gift God has given me in order to serve him and his church. As I view my writing in this way, my writing becomes a form of worship. This is a beautiful thought to me.

So here is my exhortation to all of us. If you have a passion for something, do it. Don’t be afraid to take that step. If God has given you a gift, don’t keep it to yourself. You don’t have to be great at it, you simply need to be willing to share. You don’t have to be a best selling author, or a gifted orator in order to be used of God. You simply need to offer whatever talents you have as a sacrifice to the Lord, and trust him to bless it. Use your gifts, whatever they may be to bless the church.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

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