Book Promotion Jesus’ Way

Jesus went from village to village teaching. When the time came for him to expand his ministry Jesus called the Twelve to himself and began to send them out two by two. Each pair served as Jesus promo team, his street squad. For us they serve as an example of book promotion Jesus’ way.

Book Promotion Jesus’ Way

“Take nothing for the journey except a staff,” he said. “No bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.”

If this sounds like your book promotion budget give thanks. You are already well on your way to promoting your books in the way Jesus promoted his message.

Authority and Power—Not Money and Marketing

“I give you my authority. When you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. Preach repentance. Heal the sick. Drive out unclean spirits.” (Mark 6:8-13)

The efforts of the Twelve proved so successful that people came from all over. So many pressed in on them that Jesus and the Twelve could not eat. Seeking to escape the crowds they left in a boat. In response people ran on foot from all the towns and reached the place where Jesus and the Twelve landed. Picture paparazzi and fans flocking to catch a glimpse of a rock star. That’s the scene along the shore. We know from the feast that comes later that day that five thousand men, plus women and children, gathered to hear Jesus.

That’s the result of his power and authority flowing through twelve disciples. Their promotional efforts brought a huge crowd. Do our promotional efforts draw such a following?

Words From Jesus

If not consider these words from Jesus.

“The words I have spoken to you are Spirit. They are life.” (John 6:63)

Do our words bring life to our books? Or do we grumble about our sales, complain about negative reviews, call our books “dead”?

Jesus gave his disciples power and authority to drive out DEMONS and CURE DISEASES. (Luke 9:1)

Do we believe we have this power and authority? Does this promise from Jesus quicken our spirit? Or do we allow a spirit of negativity and sickness to rob our books of sales and success?

“I give you authority to trample on SNAKES and SCORPIONS—to overcome ALL the power of the enemy. NOTHING WILL HARM YOU.” (Luke 10:19)

Do we reel from attacks from the enemy? Do we cower as those defeated and wounded? Or do we advance as those who are more than conquerers in Christ.

“You will be CLOTHED with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

Have we received power from on high? Are we clothed in his Spirit? Or are we only attempting to promote our books through works of the flesh?

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit COMES ON YOU.” (Acts 1:8)

Can we recall when the Holy Spirt came upon us? Have we felt its power flowing through us into others?

“Anyone who has faith in me will do even greater things than the things I have done.” (John 14:12)

Are others stunned at how the words of Jesus, spoken by us, quicken their spirit? Have we witnessed his power drawing others to him for healing, comfort, provision, protection . . . the abundant life Jesus promised?

“Because I am going to the Father, I will do whatever you ask in my name so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for ANYTHING and I will do it.” (John 14:12-13)

When we ask Jesus, do we limit our requests to our daily needs? Or do we search our heart for the treasures he has placed within—those visions and dreams he as confirmed in our spirit but which have yet to be evident in circumstances?

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. WHATEVER you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. WHATEVER you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)

Finally, have we bound others by an unforgiving spirit? Or have we freely giving them forgiveness and reminded them that Jesus forgave all who came to him. Freely we have received forgiveness. Freely we will give.

When we are in Jesus and Jesus is in us—when we are filled with his Spirit—his power and authority flow out to others. If we believe our books bring glory to the Father and Son then let us go in prayer and ask Jesus to intercede on our behalf.

Book Promotion Jesus' Way

Middle Grade Mystery Series for boys: Caden Chronicles

Enjoy this middle grade mystery series for boys, girls… even adults who enjoy a good “who done it.”

Writing a great book report can be a challenging assignment because it requires the reader (or listener, if an audio book) to remember and analyze large amounts of information. Information like: the story’s main themes, its plot, character’s external problems and emotional issues.

No worries!

Included in each book are the questions you will need to complete your book report.

With these easy-to-follow “Official Criminal Inquiry” worksheets, you can fill in the answers to the questions while you read. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to convict a killer!

Middle Grade mystery series readers will love the challenge of discovering who is behind these paranormal, supernatural crimes.

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Why should a boy or girl begin reading the Caden Chronicles?

Novels in the Caden Chronicles are fast, fun, clean teen and tween books. Boys and girls will fall in love with the quirky characters Nick meets, their oddball antics, and the way Nick solves murder cases by watching police and detective shows — all while Nick displays daring confidence, while also finding trouble and danger.

Why should parents pick the Caden Chronicles for their boys and girls?

Parents will appreciate the clean elements and moral values that avoid profanity and suggestive situations. As an imperfect teen sleuth, Nick is troubled by the phoniness he sees around him and the lies of others that pass for facts. Above all, he wants to find the truth. This drives him to act in ways that lead him towards danger. Nick believes his generation needs to seek truth and that can only be found by asking hard questions.

Each book has some romance, but it’s innocent and clean. The girls who help Nick solve the cases are independent, smart, brave, and often see things Nick overlooks.

What age is appropriate for these books?

The Caden Chronicles are appropriate for mature sixth grade readers. Other parents may choose seventh or eighth grade, due to the fact that Nick IS solving a murder. Because he watches old copy and detective TV shows in order to solve crimes, he’ll sometimes think and act like an older teen might. The Caden Chronicles are also a great, nostalgic read for adults.

Want to help teen sleuth Nick Caden uncover the mystery behind the avenging ghost?

Complete the “Official Criminal Inquiry” book report found in each book and see if you have the makings of a “cold case” detective. Why not get started today!

It is Not the Healthy Who Need a Doctor but the Sick

John Mark Accused of Piracy—Mark 2:13-17

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Terrified, all I could do was to stand and watch while flaming arrows flew at us. From the ship’s main deck the crew’s commander gave a sharp order to “let fly, men! Give them a blow!” One thought haunted me: It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick.

Though I could not see the men in the fleet of rowboats, only shapes due to darkness, I knew from screams that the men of the Asklepia had hit their targets and with great accuracy.

From the pirate boats came the call, “make ’em pay with their souls, boys!” A second volley of flaming arrows launched from the fleet of marauders.

Within seconds the Asklepia’s sails ignited. Soon smoke billowed on deck, stinging my eyes, burning my throat. Once more the ship’s crew returned a volley, apparently with less accuracy for I heard fewer cries for help. With the ship’s sails engulfed, cheers went up from the pirates.

“Remain here,” my guard warned. “And not a sound or it will be your last.”

Standing alone at the stern railing, exposed to flying arrows and cloaked in smoke, I reflected on the young woman’s words: The lives of his precious cargo… Tell it exactly as you told me.

I wondered of the fate of the young woman. Was she in the water near the attacking fleet? Had she been captured? Hit by an arrow from the Asklepia’s crew?

What Becomes of Pirates?

Within moments of stepping away the guard returned. “Now you will see what becomes of pirates. Watch and quake.”

In the distance, far beyond the vague shapes of boats, a loud roar echoed across water. Suddenly flaming arrows arched across blackness, illuminating the fleet, revealing the stunned expressions of the pirates. Only now did I see that the captain had let down his own boats and sent men in a flanking maneuver around the enemy force, cutting off their escape. With smoke from the Asklepia’s burning sails and the large boulders as cover, the ship’s rowboats had approached from behind without warning. Against the ship’s burning sails as a backdrop, the pirate fleet presented an easy target.

The result was the complete capture of the pirates. Those who did not surrender immediately were run through with the sword, just as the captain had warned.

Ordered to Appear Before the Captain

“You,” the guard said to me, “the captain demands your presence.”

With a sickening feeling, I fell in behind the two guards, once more trailed by a second pair.

As I walked along, I thought of my friend Levi, son of Alphaeus. He too had once been hastily summoned: not by the captain of a ship, but by one greater than any who ever lived. Leaving his tax collector’s booth, Levi fell in step with the Teacher. Soon Jesus was dining at Levi’s house, listening to the many tales told by other tax collectors and sharing bread and wine with thieves, adulterers, prostitutes, and other notorious “sinners.” I feared this might be my fate: that I might be lumped in with marauders and murderers.

Once inside the captain’s quarters, I was ordered to stand and state my reason for stealing aboard. “What is this important message for the owner of this ship?”

“I, ah… believe this information is… um, best delivered to the owner,” I stammered. “It is of a private matter, sir.”

Truthfully, anything I had to say with the owner would be a private matter, though yet I could think of nothing worthwhile the say: the young woman having left me in the lurch, so to speak.

“Did you mean to take part in the attack with those pirates? Is that why you scaled the back of this ship?”

Immediately his words resonated, for his question seemed eerily similar to that of the Pharisees who challenged the Teacher. Summoning what little courage remained, I replied, “Sir, it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have come for this purpose.”

“You? A physician?”

“In a manner of speaking, sir, yes. I was sent here to call those who do what is wrong to do what is right.”

“I hardly see how a physician is qualified to judge a man’s heart, but so be it. If it is the owner of this ship that you wish to address on this matter, so you shall. Only I warn you, Regulus is not a man to be trifled with. If your words leave him distressed, or worse, displeased, you will swing from the yardarm, same as those other pirates. Do I make myself clear?”

I nodded, thinking once more of those in need: It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick.

“Very well. Guard, take the lad to Governor Memmius Regulus. We will let Emperor Tiberius’ proconsular decide the lad’s fate.”