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February 25, 2010

Finding a Quiet Place, a free book & coffee to go with it!

Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries has a great post on her blog for you to read. Here's a portion of it. You can also head over there to get a free download of Scared and enter to win a free pound of Saints Coffee.

"Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’" ~Mark 6:31

I love Jesus' invitation. He gives me permission to pull away from the needs that pull on me. I thirst for time alone with Him. I know I need the gift of rest He offers, but I'm not always in a place to receive it. I have to get intentional or it won't ever happen.

I noticed today that Jesus invited his disciples in Mark 6 to change locations physically so that they could find refreshment and restoration spiritually and mentally. It's easier for me to rest when I pull away from the demands of life and my daily setting. What about you? Do you ever go somewhere without distractions and noises to spend time with Jesus? Sometimes this is my devotional time but sometimes it is just the chance to enjoy down time.

One of my favorites things to do is pull away to a quiet place with a cup of coffee, my journal and a great book. Sometimes I'll read my Bible, other times I'll read a novel that stirs my heart and reveals God's truth in a new and creative context.

With today's key verse in mind and some things God is teaching me about not expecting so much of myself but giving myself permission to pull away, I wanted to share with you two give-aways that include an excuse to do the same for yourself - coffee and a good read!!

First, through this Friday, you can download a free copy of the novel "Scared" (More details at the end of this post.) Author, Tom Davis, along with David C. Cook Publishers is graciously offering this to our P31 family of readers and friends through Proverbs 31 Ministries' She Reads site. Click here to read more.

February 04, 2010

A Great Deal on Red Letters

I'm excited to tell you the Family Christian Stores has selected Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds as their Member only title for the month of February. You can pick this book up for only $5 for a limited time at the front counter so buy a ton! Proceeds from the book help to benefit orphans through The James Fund. They will sell 40,000 of these this month alone - woo hoo! Click here to find a Family Christian Store near you. 


December 10, 2009

This Will Change Everything in the Publishing Industry

This is one of the coolest inventions I've seen in a long time. Not only is it cool, it will revolutionize the way we read and absorb digital content. Michael Hyatt posted this on his blog today, and he believes it will make the traditional, published book obsolete. I would encourage you to jump over to his blog and read what he says. Watch this video, then tell me what you think. One this is for sure, the developments of technology will bring us to the shores of worlds we've never experienced.

November 22, 2009

The Title and Cover of the New Book

After a long period of waiting, I can finally reveal the title of my next novel. Let me first say that we received almost 400 people who voted. Thanks you all so much! The clear winner was, "Broken." That title was submitted to the publisher and they accepted it as the winner.


A few days later we discovered that another book with the exact same title was being released. So the second place winner took the first position. Ladies and gentlemen, your winner is...PRICELESS! I must admit that title was not my favorite but when I saw the cover, I was convinced. Don Pape from David C. Cook called me and said this was one of the finest covers they've seen. I couldn't agree more. So I present PRICELESS to you. It's already available for pre-order , but will not release until June 2010.

This book takes place in Russia and the story is told through the eyes of an orphan named Marina who gets caught in the sex-trade industry. It is incredibly intense. There will be a book tour starting in the summer with our partner organization, I-Empathize. More to come as that date draws closer. 

I'm off to Ethiopia on Sunday, November 29th and will be positing pictures and reports on this blog and Facebook. One of the highlights of the trip will be a remote orphanage located hours away that is extremely poor. The orphans are severely malnourished and in need of immediate help. We have 15 leaders going on this Vision Trip and all of them are excited about connecting their churches and communities with sponsorship.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! :) You are a blessing to me, the orphans we serve and Hopechest.


November 11, 2009

Scared TV Interview

I thought you might like to see an interview I did in Canada for Scared. Because of this interview, the book has gone to #1 in Fiction a number times on Amazon Canada.  It's a two part series. 

I've been traveling around the country like an albatross as of late and haven't been able to update the blog recently. I'll get back on track, I promise. Can't wait to tell you about the people I've met who are doing amazing things for orphans around the world. Off to speak at Promise Keepers in Toronto this weekend.

Also, this blog is about to get a MAJOR face lift in the next week or so. Stay tuned!

September 16, 2009

Book Clubs - A Special Offer

I've noticed that many of you are ordering multiple copies of Scared on and Thanks so much for that, by the way! Many of the reports coming back from people say that the book has transformed their lives in amazing ways. Glad God is using it to change the way you see the world.

For a limited time I would like to make a special offer to you as a "thank you." I'm offering book clubs a live one hour interview with your group over the phone about the book. We can discuss themes, settings, the reality of evil, or whatever topic you choose. Please send me an email at [email protected] or leave a comment and I'll get back with you right away to set something up. So excited about this! 

Here's a picture from a recent book club event. Can't wait to hear from you.


September 23, 2008

Scared - "A Novel on the Edge of the World"

Time to get your help again on a book cover. Scared is my debut novel and will release in the late spring/early summer of 2009. This is the first in a series of three, and I will be releasing a few excerpts in the months to come. The publisher has chosen to market this under the theme, "Novels with a conscience" - I like it. What do you think about the cover? What changes do you think need to be made? How does it make you feel? Any input is appreciated. Thanks everyone!

I had to take this down because the publisher wasn't ready to release it yet. Something about the sales team getting involved. Any way, your comments are noted and I will post the new version when they let me!

June 10, 2008

How Can I Get Close to the Heart of God?

Seth Barnes and I are partnering together to provide a launching point for you to find out what God has for you. If you've been a blog reader for a while and have a blog of your own, we are offering our two books to you completely free of charge, if you will do two things: listen and act.
Seth's book, The Art of Listening Prayer will teach you to better hear God’s voice and build intimacy with the Lord, and my book Red Letters will teach you about God’s heart for the poor, along with practical ways that you can reach out to the “least of these."

After you read each book, we’re asking that you post at least one blog linking to our blog sites and drop a comment on this blog, letting us know how it's going by answering these questions:
What did God move you to do?
What did you learn from our books?
How did this make a difference?

We'll walk through this with you and help you discern what God is saying and what your appropriate response is. So many people have a desire to serve God and are virtually lost in a sea of choices. We want to help you wade through all of that. If you're interested, act ASAP, because there are only a limited number of books.

Click here for your two free books: [email protected]

Most of my life I struggled with the vague notion that God wanted to talk to me and I just wasn't listening hard enough. The God I read about in the Bible regularly interacts not only with mankind, but with specific men and women. The common denominator I saw in Scripture was that these people who conversed with God were intentional and earnest in their pursuit of a relationship with him. So, I decided to pursue him like that. At the same time I became more aware that he was pursuing me. (The Art of Listening Prayer by Seth Barnes)
What if all Christ-followers lived the Red Letter words in the Bible – Jesus’ words? What if we offered the hungry something to eat, gave one of our many coats to someone who was cold, and truly loved all our neighbors as ourselves? How radically different would our lives be? How different would our world be? This is the reality of the Christian Life Jesus called us to live. (Red Letters by Tom Davis)

If the link doesn't work, send an email to [email protected] to get your books. Be sure to include your name, address, and blog URL.

May 07, 2008

Fields of the Fatherless Video

This video is the story how Fields of the Fatherless was originally self-published and is now released with brand new content, extra chapters and a study guide. Watch this and get informed and empowered by reading the book and using it in a small group to enlighten others about how to help orphans. This issue takes all of us working together to make the difference. When you purchase the book, the new edition is the paperback from Cook Publishing. Click here to get it.

April 03, 2008

Jesus' Life

I love when you read something about who Jesus really was and what he was really talked about, not some religious form we've tried to squeeze him into. What you're about to read will challenge and inspire you to be Jesus and emulate his life. This book by Richard Rohr, Adam's Return, continues to challenge me.

"Jesus' language was not formal or academic language; it was more what we would call the vernacular laanguage of the dialect, using folksy metaphors about regular life, farmers, fishermen, housewives, and daily occurrences. He was more concerned about making sense to the outcasts than to the in-crowds. He downplayed titles and pedigree status symbols. He mentioned clothing only twice, one time to criticize the priests in their "robes and tassels" and the other to say "that it is only the pagans who worry about such things." He felt free to change customs and seeming commandments. He was not a priest or even a Levite; clearly he was a layman who was not formally trained. Yet after all this, we have created liturgical orders to his honor, with detailed and enforced protocols in both Catholic and Protestant version to worship a man who never once asked to be worshiped, but only followed. We dress up for a man who tried to dress us down. We create elaborate ceremonies for a man who seldom seemed to have attended any."