With the Holy Spirit They Spoke the Word of God Boldly

Grow to Become Mature — Act 4:31

With the Holy Spirit They Spoke the Word of God Boldly

With the Holy Spirit they spoke the word of God boldly. – Act 4:31

Do we speak God’s word with boldness or do we avoid speaking the Truth of God for fear we might offend, wound, or become tagged as someone who spouts “hate speech?” Paul calls us to speak truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Speak in love; speak his Truth.  When we do we “grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

Bold are those filled with his Holy Spirit of Truth.

Books I support—authors I trust.

In The Nam The Everyday: 366 Real Stories for Real People On Deadly Grounds The Consort Conspiracy: Some secrets refuse to stay buried... Letting the CAT out of the BAG 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

Make My Heart Hurt for You — Impact My Heart

He Ghosted Me—Acts 2

Make My Heart Hurt for You — Impact My Heart

The Spirit came to rest on them. – Acts 2:3
Lord, may your Ghost rest on me.

The Spirit filled them. Acts 2:4
Lord fill me with your Holy Ghost.

The Spirit enabled them. – Acts 2:4
Lord, enable me to pray with power.

They had everything in common. – Acts 2:44
Lord, may your people have everything in common. 

The Lord added to their numbers. – Acts 2:47
Lord, add to your numbers. 

They were cut to the heart. – Acts 2:37
Lord, dent my heart. Make my heart hurt for you. Impact my heart.


Books I support—authors I trust.

A Mother's Song: A Story of the Orphan Train Enjoy Today Own Tomorrow Journal Sober Cycle: Pedaling Through Recovery One Day at a Time Deep End of the Lake RUSH BROKEN VESSELS: God's GLORY through FLAWED Humanity Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops  Land of My Dreams Labor to Leadership The Flight to Excellence Faith House: A Journey of Faith In Addiction Recovery Little White Squirrel's Secret

Cost of Amazon Ads Keeps Increasing

Why Last Year's Marketing Strategies No Longer Works for Your Book

Cost of Amazon Ads Keeps Increasing

I recently informed several author clients that I no longer recommend Amazon ads. For almost ten years Amazon ads have been the best advertising investment, but now the ROI is upside down. You might spend a couple hundred dollars per month to earn fifty in royalties. It seems my gut instinct was correct. A recent article in MarketPlace Pulse confirms that too many ads are chasing too few clicks, thus increasing bid prices.

According to Marketplace Pulse research, the average cost-per-click (CPC) was $0.85 in 2020. It reached the lowest point of $0.70 in early May when the pandemic caused supply chain disruptions, resulting in some brands running out of stock and pulling back on advertising. However, it recovered by mid-September and then hit three distinctive peaks: Prime Day in October, Black Friday and Cyber Monday in November, and holiday shopping in December. After that, CPC settled at around $0.90 for most of Q1 2021.

My experience suggests Amazon ad pricing will only rise. As a way to combat the limitations Christian authors face, in the months ahead look for a new BookBub like site / app for Christian Readers. The ministry of Christian Devotions continues to work  in new ways to make books found.


Books I support—authors I trust.

A Mother's Song: A Story of the Orphan Train Enjoy Today Own Tomorrow Journal Sober Cycle: Pedaling Through Recovery One Day at a Time Deep End of the Lake RUSH BROKEN VESSELS: God's GLORY through FLAWED Humanity Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops  Land of My Dreams Labor to Leadership The Flight to Excellence Faith House: A Journey of Faith In Addiction Recovery Little White Squirrel's Secret