Saturday, March 31, 2012

Andrew Murray Classic FREE on Kindle

Andrew Murray's classic, The Master's Indwelling, is free on Kindle.

Here's Amazon's description of the book -- you'll see why it enticed me, and I think you'll appreciate it as well.


You're living in Christ.

You've accepted Him as Savior and you're doing everything in your power to live the good Christian life. You go to church, you tithe, you read your Bible, you pray. You're doing all the things a Christian should do.

You're living in Christ. But is He living in you?

Has he swept and cleared out every cobweb in your life? Or are you tightly gripping the broom yourself? Does His spirit motivate your every thought and action? Or is your Christian walk just a performance, an act that masks the emptiness inside?

He's called us to more than a game of charades. He's invited us to taste the truly Christ–filled life.

You're already in Christ; now let Him be in you. It's time for The Master's Indwelling.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Blog Talk Radio - New Show for Christian Moms

My friend and marketing buddy Cheryl Moeller gives this new info on a new podcast she's doing weekly--a great idea for many authors of practical books like Cheryl's:

Mother to Mother w/ Cheryl Moeller and Co-host Lisa Jungheim   

Motherhood is not easy and we sure don't want to go it alone. We need each other and that's why Lisa and I have teamed together to be your cheerleader, your sister, and your friend.

Our show is geared to make you laugh, inspire you from God's Word, share with you whatever mothering advice we might have picked up along the way, and motivate you to share more family meals with our easy method of making dinner with two crockpots.

Show Link
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/momlaughs/2012/03/29/mother-to-mother-w-cheryl-moeller


Show Notes and Recipes
http://www.momlaughs.blogspot.com/2012/03/mother-to-mother-w-cheryl-moeller-and.html


They'll post a new link each Thursday--it's a link you can listen to or podcast later

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Resource FREE on Kindle today

What's Your Story? Icebreaker Questions for Small Groups [Kindle Edition]  by Cheryl Shireman.
I love this concept ... but not just for small groups. I always think like a writer/journalist, and in that respect I'm planning to use this free download to give me some fresh ways to get folks started talking about themselves in an interview.

http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Icebreaker-Questions-Groups-ebook/dp/B004VA0DNE/ref=zg_bs_158280011_4

Free Book on Happiness

Here's a freebie today on Kindle from psychologist Frank Minirith, Choosing Happiness Even When Life is Hard: http://www.amazon.com/Choosing-Happiness-Even-When-ebook/dp/B006T4D2BA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1333028238&sr=1-1

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

WRITING TEXT GIVEAWAY CONTEST

Okay ... here we go.
Author and friend Dave Fessenden has offered a giveaway of his fabulous resource book for writers,
Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract

Here's what we're going to do for the giveaway:

Email me by April 28 (that's my birthday--but one of you will get the present!) at: writingnews@joymediaservices.com and tell me in one sentence how you'd use this book or why you ought to get a free copy. My assistant, Joy, will read the list of entries (without names, so there's no partiality), and she'll choose the best answer whose writer will receive the free book. We'll announce the winner the next day.

So, now, your assignment is to write the winning one-sentence reason you should win the book!
You have one month -- so make it good!

I'm looking forward to reading some creative answers!

On your mark; get ready; GO!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Beauty in the Desert FREE on Kindle

This sounds like a fantastic premise for a Christian Living book ...

Beauty in the Desert: Discover Deeper Intimacy with God Through the Model of the Tabernacle [Kindle Edition] Eddie Broussard, author.

And ... it's free today on Kindle. Can't beat it! Thanks NavPress for making this possible!
http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Desert-Discover-Tabernacle-ebook/dp/B005FG5FLI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1332800079&sr=8-2

Tozer Classic free on Kindle

The AW Tozer Classic, The Pursuit of God, is free on Kindle. This is a great resource for recharging personally: http://www.amazon.com/The-Pursuit-of-God-ebook/dp/B004TQ8GP2/ref=zg_bs_158280011_4

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Writing Text Giveaway coming up ...

Hey, friends -- just want to give you a quick heads-up on an upcoming giveaway. My friend and fellow author Dave Fessenden has offered a giveaway of his new book on writing. Dave will be doing a guest blog and introducing the contest next week. Watch for it--more details first of the week!

Free from my marketing buddy

Check out our friend Cameron Dockery's Kindle book FREE this weekend.

If I Could Do It Again. It is being promoted as a free give away for the weekend. It is the story of a man who is coming to terms with his own mortality and is haunted by the thought, "If I could do it again."

http://www.amazon.com/If-Could-Do-Again-ebook/dp/B007N81G8W/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332525692&sr=1-8

Friday, March 23, 2012

Shameless Self Promotion!

If you're looking for a speaker for your upcoming writers conference or women's retreat, here's a video demo to check out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBRPyMlTDcg&list=UUv8rQ3duwLg6iKqgpwwroeg&index=2&feature=plcp

For a list of topics, visit:

http://www.joymediaservices.com/jms2012-1_014.htm (general seminar/retreat topics)

or

http://www.joymediaservices.com/jms2012-1_016.htm (writing seminars)

Thanks!

Check Back Often

A quick reminder to check in often. Many of the freebies only stay free one day ... and we don't want you to miss out on some great resources to equip you as a writer and as a Christian who passes the faith along. As always, we writers who are Christians need to replenish our spiritual tanks.

Free Proverbs

For those who enjoy reading Proverbs through in a month, here's a great resource that's free today on Kindle: NIV Once a Day: Proverbs. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/NIV-Once-A-Day-Days-Wisdom-ebook/dp/B004PYDL7Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332507416&sr=1-1

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Prepare for Easter with Free eBook

I'm reading this classic book, now on eBooks as part of preparing my heart for Easter. It's called The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ: A Devotional History of our Lord's Passion. Here's the link on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Christ-Devotional-History-Passion-ebook/dp/B004UKEX7C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332422310&sr=1-1

It was written in 1894 in Glasgow by James Stalker, who gives his purpose in the introduction:

The scenes of the Passion ought, indeed, to stir the depths of the heart; but this purpose is best attained, not by the narrator displaying his own emotions, but, as is shown in the incomparable model of the Gospels, by the faithful exhibition of the facts themselves.
The language may be a little less contemporary than some, but this is an engaging and thought-provoking telling of the old, old story of Christ's death on our behalf.

Oh, and did I mention it's a free ebook?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bible Commentary on Kindle

You can get most of Alexander MacLaren's classic, fabulous Expositions of Holy Scripture series as free downloads on Kindle. They're not indexed nearly as well as they'd be with Bible software, but the price is definitely right! Here's a link to the list of freebies -- most books of the Bible are covered if you download them all: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=commentary+on+james&sprefix=commentary%2Cdigital-text%2C291#/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_11?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=expositions+of+holy+scripture+by+alexander+maclaren&sprefix=expositions%2Cdigital-text%2C289&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3Aexpositions+of+holy+scripture+by+alexander+maclaren

Promise Book for Kindle

I downloaded God's Answers to Life's Questions last week, and it's still free on Kindle. It's essentially a Bible promise book. Pick your topic, and read individual verses that address that topic. Nice to have on hand for those two-minute reading opportunities: http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Answers-Lifes-Questions-ebook/dp/B004HKIIDA/ref=zg_bs_158405011_1 -- and whenever your writing calls for a quick biblical insight to ground it in truth.

Equal Time ...

I should tell you that another truly fine translation -- both understandable and accurate -- is the HCSB. And thanks to Broadman & Holman, it's also free on Kindle. Such a deal! http://www.amazon.com/The-Holy-Bible-Digital-ebook/dp/B0045U9UES/ref=zg_bs_158297011_4

Too Good to Pass Up!

Thanks to Crossway, the ESV Bible is a free download for Kindle. You've got to read this version. Great, modern, true-to-the-original languages. Excellent! It's my go-to translation. Download it here: http://www.amazon.com/English-Standard-Version-Cross-References-ebook/dp/B001EOCFU4/ref=zg_bs_158296011_1

Monday, March 19, 2012

First-person story on Kindle

Written about the relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild ... this book by my marketing buddy, Pastor Cameron Dockery, is a wonderful read: http://www.amazon.com/Never-By-My-Name-ebook/dp/B00784O1JC/ref=pd_sbs_kstore_6?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Marketing Online

I found this link today -- and it gives more than you ever wanted to know about how to maximize your website's hits on a search engine. It's worth sticking with the quiz for a few levels to learn a number of principles that could help you reach more readers: http://www.openforum.com/crash-courses/?course=search-engine-marketing

Free on Kindle today

God Loves Single Moms: http://www.amazon.com/God-Loves-Single-Moms-ebook/dp/B0042P5BOE/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1332159187&sr=1-2-catcorr

Also on CBD: http://www.christianbook.com/single-practical-finding-confidence-strength-ebook/teresa-whitehurst/9781441213693/pd/10007EB?event=SP110934|928515|110934|928515|110934

Something to Give

Something to Give: Writing Out of a Vibrant Relationship with Christ
Julie-Allyson Ieron

When asked to prepare a two-sentence purpose statement, my newest Guild apprentice (like many before her) mentioned a desire to glorify God and lead others to Him. A worthy goal—similar to my writing purpose statement: to pursue those writing projects the Lord places before me, writing in His strength and seeking His purposes through each piece.

Sounds pious, doesn’t it? But rereading my goal statement, I am ashamed of how often I stray from its noble path into writing bland words out of a lukewarm commitment to Christ. I keep my quiet time with God. But in some seasons, when my heart isn’t in it, what I write is less worthy of the label Christian writing—because it isn’t authentic and it isn’t empowered by God’s Spirit.

I have something of eternal value to offer readers only when my relationship with Christ is vibrant and growing—when I seek Him ahead of opening a blank Word document.

In my reverie, I turned to a Scripture passage I’ve read often; today I read it with new eyes. The context is Paul’s closing words to the Ephesian believers (Eph. 6:11-19).  He begins with the importance of putting on the whole armor of God.

I could draw many applications to the Spirit-empowered writing life from the pieces of armor. For example, when we have content of eternal value to communicate, the enemy will succeed in thwarting our efforts unless we use the resources God’s Spirit supplies for our battle-worthiness.  Or, I could note that the Word of God is a mighty sword—using it wisely (in our writing and speaking) is our only sure-fire weapon in recapturing hearts and minds for Christ. Certainly, each piece of armor can equip us to have something to give.

But today I was drawn to Paul’s request: “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel” (v. 19, NIV). Exchange “open my mouth” for “open my word processor,” and we have a prayer for our writing lives. If even the great apostle (after he had donned the armor) needed others to hold him up in prayer for opportunity, words, and courage to speak (or write), how much more do we need the same?

How can we be sure to have something real and hope-filled to give our readers? By praying—and enlisting our friends and colleagues to pray with us—that our Father will equip us to make His kingdom known fearlessly—every time we get down to the work of a Christian writer.

Article (c) 2009 Julie-Allyson Ieron. All rights reserved. Used by permission. For reprint permission write: orders@joymediaservices.com

Near to God - Free on Kindle

Cynthia Heald's book, Drawing Near to the Heart of God, is free on Kindle today: http://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Near-Heart-Encouragement-ebook/dp/B006ODEPLC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332158941&sr=1-1

It's also on Christianbooks.com: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=24014EB&event=SP110934|928515|110934|928515|110934

I downloaded it -- and I think you'll find it encouraging to your personal walk with Christ.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Last Call -- Free Kindle book

Just a couple more hours for my free Kindle book: Staying True in a World of Lies: Practical Models of Integrity for the Workplace and Beyond ... Updated with Study Guide. Here's the link -- it'll be over at midnight Pacific time.Staying True on Kindle
Dave Fessenden is our first new follower. I know his blog will be useful to you. I highly recommend: http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/concept_to_contract

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