LET’EM VOTE! God gave us free will. Men and women died for your right to vote. Who knows? Maybe you are morally superior to the actors, politicians, and media pundits. Your vote counts. Hope you enjoy this encouraging pep talk from the cast of West Wing (or at least Josh). Please, vote.
You know those letters the Apostle Paul sent to the churches in Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, Thessalonica? If Paul lived today would he use an email service like MailChimp to spread the Gospel, support the churches, and encourage the congregation? I have no idea. What I do know is that these days Christ’s Church is both physical and virtual. Letters have morphed into emails and books are digital downloads. You may be a member of a local church and also watch sermons and services filmed in sanctuaries you may never visit.
A few seconds ago my church dashed off an email for an urgent prayer request for a member who suffered a stroke this morning. Last century this sort of news would have appeared in our church bulletin — often after the hospital released the member. Why am I telling you this? Because I would like to invite you to join our Ministry of Reading.
If you’ve never heard of the Ministry of Reading, let me explain.
Some weeks back you opened an email from Authors XP that offered Christian Fiction and Nonfiction books. One of my books was in that promotion. For my participation, Amy Vansant of XP shared with me your name and email address. Here is a quick summary of who I am and why you may enjoy serving in our Ministry of Reading program.
From 2009 to 2019 I ran a small Christian publishing company (LPC). This I did in response to a calling from God. At the time when God spoke, he did so through Ann Tatlock, who asked, “So, Eddie, when are you going to quit your day job and do this full time?” By do this full time she meant run Christian Devotions and LPC.
I always expected God to have a deeper voice, but there it was: God calling me to advance his kingdom by launching a small press for Christian authors. Along with my ministry partner, Cindy Sproles, we had already launched Christian Devotions, so I was somewhat familiar with the new way books would be published and sold. All this happened during the early stages of Amazon ramping up their self-publishing and ebook business.
I tell you all this to give you a peek into how God has used me in the past and where he is using me now. Authors need readers and readers need authors writing GREAT books. But more importantly, brothers and sisters in Christ need the encouragement and support of one another. Paul emphasizes this point in almost every letter to the churches.
In two weeks I will send Ministry of Reading members a short list of FREE and 99 cent ebook deals. If you wish to receive this email, great. Simply mark our email as approved in your email settings. If you want to unsubscribe, that’s fine, too. Should you wish to support us, here are a few things you can do:
- Pray that God will bless Ministry of Reading, expand its territory, and enlarge its area of influence. This is by far the best way you can support us.
- Share our newsletter sign-up link: https://eddiejones.org/subscription-page/ with five friends who may enjoy Christian fiction and nonfiction. When I sold LPC we had over 15,000 FREE ebook newsletter subscribers. Our goal for Ministry of Reading is one million subscribers.
- Serve as a beta reader or Advance Review Copy reader for Christian authors.
Thanks for reading to the end.
(any typos are original content and purely for the entertainment of my readers – enjoy)
Writers Can’t Succeed Alone
You need encouragement, advice, and feedback from others to thrive in the publishing world.
But are you only taking from others…or are you also investing?
We want to equip writers to seek after the good of others, not just their own gain.
During pandemics and tumultuous years like 2020, needs in the writing community escalate faster than the words you type during NaNoWriMo.
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