Announcing Book Deals!

A Book Promotion Site for Readers of Christian Fiction and Nonfiction

Book Deals LogoIn March of this year I wrote:

There is the need for a site where authors can feature all works that honor and respect God and Christ, offer online chats with readers, stream live video events, feature video trailers and promotions, and publicize events. Imagine if Goodreads married Bookbub and their offspring produced a site similar in appearance to Amazon but without the commerce aspect. That is my vision.

This vision actually came to me last year. I’ve noodled on it for almost twelve months. I kept looking for someone to launch such a site. I certainly didn’t want to take on such a huge task. And yet here I am, attempting the impossible.

This link is a sneak peek of what I’m working on: https://bookdeals.app/

There is still work to be done, but in the weeks ahead we plan to roll out Book Deals with a soft launch. Our goal is one million subscribers. When we reach that goal, then upon a book’s release we should be able to push it to “best seller” status within days.

When I was at LPC our FREE Kindle newsletter ranked at the top of our promotion tools. It was free marketing for our authors and if the title was new to subscribers, the email blast always generated sales. Often it pulled in sales for other books by that author.

With BookDeals.app (and yes there will eventually be an app) should Amazon ever kick Bibles and Christian books from their site, there would still be a way to communicate new releases of Christian titles and general market titles written by Christian authors to the masses.

Later we hope to expand the offerings to audiobooks, Christian music – movies – TV shows. Not sell, but point to places where music, shows, movies can be purchased or streamed.

If you would like to know how you can help grow this area of God’s kingdom, email me.

 

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Yvonne Lehman Award 2021

2021 Award

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Yvonne Lehman Award 2021 In 2017 The Florida Christian Writers Conference awarded me the Billy Wilson award. “Let your light shine before men, that. they may see your good works, and. glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

On June 2 the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference awarded Cindy Sproles and me the first Yvonne Lehman Award for, “Recognizing Those Who Help Others Follow God’s Call To Write.”

Of all the awards received during the past fifteen years of writing and attending Christian writers conferences, the awards in honor of Yvonne and Billy best represent my heart: to help authors and writers. If you want to chat about your book or book marketing, email me: WritersCoach.us@gmail.com


Books I support—authors I trust.

RIDING THE RAILS TO HOME A Mother's Song: A Story of the Orphan Train Dust Between the Stitches PIECING FABRICS - MENDING LIVES: THE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND INGENUITY OF QUILTERS Creating Comfort-ers: The History, Philosophy and Ingenuity of Quilters Cultivating Wildflowers: An Urban Teacher Romance Miss Bee and the Do Bees: An Urban Teacher Romance The Food That Held the World Together RUSH Chasing the Butterfly Down to Davy Jones Enjoy Today Own Tomorrow

When God Creates

End Times / New Times / Your Time

God Creates When He Speaks

In the beginning God created (Genesis 1:1). That is who God is. This is what God does. God creates.

In the beginning the Word was with God. The Word was God. God created the heavens with spoken words. When we speak words some may listen. Even a smaller number may understand and appreciate what we say. Fewer still will think our words profound.

But when God speaks he creates. Things that were not, become real. What takes effort, months, years to create, for us only takes a word from God.

In the beginning before there was anything we know of as life, earth, stars, planets, single-cell whatevers that would, according to some, become cave men, there were different genres of stories.

The first type of story we find is fantasy — “world-building” stories where things are not yet come into existence. One reason fantasy is so popular among young adults and children is that they offer escapism from the pressures of school, to fit in, to be popular, the fear of what’s to come. By dropping into a different realms, readers escape worry of climate change, social change, cultural change, and that most dreaded change of all, locker room change for gym class.

When we create worlds and peoples in our head we tap into the creative Spirit of God. For some, for a good many, this be pure joy. Fantasy is a joy to read, a joy to write, and we could say that fantasy is the first genre we find in the Bible. Before the fantasy story there was nothing but a world-building creator.

Imagine you could go back in time to that moment before the earth came into being and watch the Creator at work.

“The earth (page) was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep (screen), and the Spirit of God (fingers of God) hovered over the waters (keyboard).” Genesis 1:1

This is the beginning for all writers. We start with a blank sheet, a blank screen. God began the same way, only with God, his work is effortless and perfect.

We do not know how many heavens God created. From our tiny perspective on land and sea we can only see the one heaven above us, but we know there are more “heavens,” possibly more worlds.

This blue ball we sail and walk upon is within a galaxy consisting of anywhere from 100 billion to 400 billion stars. If you wanted to sail across the earth’s “heaven”it would take you 100,000 light-years. That sounds like an enormously long passage on a sailboat, and it is, but it is small compared to other “heavens.” The galaxy next to ours, the Andromeda galaxy, is twice as wide: at least 220,000 light-years across. And another galaxy, IC 1101, is almost 4 million light-years across.

With fair winds and following seas a stout sailing vessel could possibly cover one light year in 75 million years. It would take a crew aboard such a ship “100,000” of these 75 million earth years to sail cross our “heaven.”

Somewhere far above us God lives in a space so wide and deep and big that we cannot imagine it: lives there and yet loves us so much he made all Creation for our enjoyment.

  • God loves you so much he created you in his image.
  • God loves you so much he breathed you into existence and made you a living character in his story.
  • God loves you so much that even when we, as characters in this story, refuse to believe he exists — refuse to believe there is an Author behind this story — he still loves us and seeks to “write” us back into the character we were meant to be.

Imagine you are writing a story and one or millions of your characters refuse to follow your will. In fact your characters “take on a life of their own” and run off in ways you had not envisioned. At first this might be fun and exciting but in time you realize your characters are ruining the story you envisioned for them. 

How to fix this? you wonder. I know. I’ll write myself into the story. Then my characters will see my true nature and understand that I have only their best interest at heart. 

So you, the author, become the “son of the author” in your story. Only, in order to save all your characters you must take the blame and punishment for every murder, theft, lie . . .  slight every character has committed. We are a people who demand justice and cannot rest until justice is served. Only by taking the punishment for every character in the story will all the characters see how great is your love for them.

This is the story of mankind. This is the story of God.

God created a story, created characters, wrote himself into the story, died for his characters, rose from the dead — because as Author he has this power — and now he awaits to see which of his characters will recognize that their small life on earth is not nearly as insignificant as they once thought. In fact, they are immensely important in a story that spans galaxies, universes, and time itself. 

If you are someone seeking answers, looking to make a difference, hoping for something more than what a short life of 80 years or less offers, turn to the Author of your story.

The Bible is God’s love letter to you. The words you read in the Bible are the very words of God. Men acted as scribes, but like any author, God served as final editor, author, and its inspiration. He is, after all, the Creator.

All Scripture is breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:16).
No prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:2).
You who have received the law that was given through angels (Acts 7:53).
“The Lord gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18).
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words” (Exodus 34:27).

Believe the story or call it pure fantasy, only think on this: before you came into existence someone conceived of you, perhaps planned for you, wondered how you might turn out. 

For me to believe that I matter, my life matters, and my actions matter makes perfect sense. For me to believe that every person who has ever been born matters in God’s story makes perfect sense. For me to believe that you matter, regardless of how horrific the circumstances of your life, makes perfect sense. For me to believe that God created every man and woman who has ever lived in his image makes perfect sense. 

But I know for most this is pure foolishness. I suppose in the end it comes down to this one question: do you wish to matter in the way God destined you to be, or simply exists as cosmic matter?

How you write the end of your story is up to you.

Email me if you wish to chat about any of this. I’m a member of North Raleigh United Methodist Church and attend worship services at Bayleaf Baptist. I minored in religion at Meredith College. (Yes, I know Meredith is a girls’ school. I was lucky in that way 🙂 I am a graduate of Bible Study Fellowship. In years past I have served as a Methodist Youth Fellowship counselor, middle grade, high school, and adult Sunday school teacher. I am co-founder of Christian Devotions Ministries and founder of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Other than being an eighth grade boy stuck in an older man’s body I’m pretty normal 🙂