Monday, April 30, 2012

And the WINNER is .... Drumroll ....

Stephanie Oxley!

Congratulations to Stephanie! My assistant Joy read all the entries, and she said Stephanie's was the most direct and focused answer to the question.

To win her copy of Dave Fessenden's book: Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract, Stephanie wrote:

Why I should receive the free book, Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: "God knows"--and so does my CWG mentor--that I need all the help I can get as I transition from active Kingdom service to "manuscript ministry!"
Stephanie, Dave will autograph the book for you personally -- and we'll get it off to you! We'll be excited to hear how God uses this on your path of "manuscript ministry." Be sure to write us and let us know -- we'll post your comments right here.
Thanks to one and all for entering! And thanks to Dave for this great gift to us.
Stay tuned -- and we'll see what other special treats we can come up with for you.

Charles Stanley Book FREE on Kindle

Charles Stanley's bestseller, Handle with Prayer, is free today on Kindle. These special promos don't usually last long ...

For Writers -- Free on Kindle

Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict is free on Kindle today. If you're struggling with creating articles and book chapters that entice readers to engage with your content, you might want to borrow this secret from our novelist siblings -- create layers of conflict to unify and excite your storytelling. After all, even we nonfiction types are storytellers--it's just that our stories are true!

Bunyan Classic FREE on Kindle

The John Bunyan classic, The Pharisee and the Publican, is free on Kindle today. It's a scanned copy from an antique text -- so it may not be perfect -- but I always love having the classics in my library--bound or electronic! Enjoy. :-)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Get Your Contest Entry In -- before Midnight!

This is the last day to enter our drawing for Dave Fessenden's great text on writing a nonfiction book: From Concept to Contract.

One blog regular who already has the book commented that it has revolutionized her book concept and equipped her to take it to the next level. We'd love for you to be the winner who gets that same benefit.

But the entries close at midnight tonight (Central time). With the drawing coming tomorrow.

To enter, email us at with the reason YOU ought to win the book. Remember, my office assistant/booking agent Joy will choose the winner--in a blind reading. She won't know who she's choosing -- so there'll be no partiality.

So, dash off your one-sentence reason -- and get it in to us before midnight tonight!

I hope you're the one to win!

As an added bonus, Dave has agreed to autograph the winner's book personally!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Read This Story ... Then ... Tell Your Story

Here's a link I came across thanks to my friend and colleague Cheryl Moeller. It's an amazing story of God's grace and mercy told by cancer survivor Elaine Doss. Not only will you catch a glimpse of the way God may choose to work in your heart in the middle of your most trying circumstances ... but as a writer and a Christian, you just might see in this retelling by Elaine another way to share your story of God's faithfulness. So read as a reader ... and read again as a writer.

Monday, April 23, 2012

FREE on Kindle - Practical Evangelism book

Free tonight on Kindle: Coffeeshop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk -- it sounds fabulous. Making the message of the gospel clear and relevant to everyday conversation. Great idea. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

GUEST BLOG: Dave Fessenden on Writing Christian Nonfiction

Today's guest blog is from someone I respect and admire. I suppose you're bound to do that with an editor who calls you on the phone, asks whether your amazing book proposal is still available for publication, and then proceeds to buy (and publish) not just that book, but another besides. That's how my friendship with Dave Fessenden took off -- more than a decade ago.

Dave is now with another publishing organization, this one a missionary endeavor, where he and his wife Jacqui raise their own support to have the privilege of publishing books about Jesus Christ in various underserved countries across the globe.

And Dave is the author of a fabulous writing text ... Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: From Concept to Contract ... which happens to be the book he's autographing and giving away to one of our Write Joyfully readers this coming weekend.

Which reminds me ...

HAVE YOU SUBMITTED YOUR CONTEST ENTRY YET? JUST 6 DAYS LEFT .... you definitely want to get in on the opportunity to win a free copy of Dave's book!

Now, then, here's Dave with some thoughts for your writing today ...

Utile Dulci
Today I stumbled across a Latin term which clearly expresses an important principle of writing: utile dulci, which means “the useful with the agreeable.”

To quote from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary website,

In Ars Poetica, Horace offered this advice: “He who joins the useful with the agreeable, wins every vote, by delighting and at the same time instructing the reader.” In other words, the successful poet—or more broadly, communicator—combines the edifying with the enjoyable, turns business into pleasure.

This brings to mind the frustrations I used to have when working as a technical writer. Engineers and programmers wanted my written instructions to be totally utilitarian—useful, but not agreeable. To their minds, the only measure of writing was accuracy; if it communicated “just the facts, ma’m,” it was acceptable. Since any literary quality in the writing was judged to be esoteric and immeasurable, it was not important. (Even measurable issues, such as grammar and syntax, were sometimes considered optional!) Fortunately, it appears that this kind of technical documentation is losing popularity.

Technical hacks have kissing cousins in the academic and theological fields (“the letter kills, but the spirit gives life”). The information they provide may be useful, but it is not always presented in an agreeable form. No, I am not intending here to make a wholesale condemnation of all technical, academic and theological writing, especially since the situation seems to be improving. I am simply saying that in these fields there can be a tendency toward a merely utilitarian approach to writing—a style which is hard to read and should be avoided.

At the opposite extreme is the literary (or perhaps pseudo-literary) writers, who are enamored with their own words, and think that poetic and rhetorical devices such as alliteration and metaphor can substitute for meaning and clarity. Their writing may be agreeable (if only to themselves), but it is far from useful.

Striking the balance, in which utility and beauty are seen to go hand-in-hand and complement each other, is the only successful approach.

Dave Fessenden

Author of:
Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract
Father to Nobody’s Children: the Story of Thomas J. Barnardo
Teaching with All Your Heart
The Waiting Missionary
A Light to All Japan (children’s version)
Study guides for A.W. Tozer’s Attributes of God, Vols. 1 & 2

Visit my blog:

Another Writing Idea Text FREE on Kindle

The Writer's Idea Book -- free on Kindle. How to develop great ideas for various genres.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Free eZine from Christian Bible Studies

CTI's offers this free magazine online -- to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Here's the link: free digital magazine . The theme of the issue is: "Trusting and Understanding the Bible." A worthy goal -- and a great resource!

Christians in Business and Writing Ministry

Here's a website I've found recently and am really enjoying: The High Calling -- it's all about integrating our faith and our work. I read an article there today that "dinged" me as a Christian who writes for a living. You might enjoy it, too. It's called: Why Can't I Be Honest About My Work. Find it at:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How Do You Get Your Writing Ideas?

Someone asked me yesterday where I get my ideas for nonfiction that (hopefully!) sells. I gave her a few of my answers, but I'd love to hear yours.

Also, if this is a subject that interests you, I located this book, free on Kindle today, that asks and answers the same question: How to Create Nonfiction Book Ideas that Sell.

Check it out, of course. But really, I'm more interested in giving you the opportunity to share your ideas.

Thanks in advance!

Book on Blogging - Free on Kindle

The Digital Writer's Guide to Blogging -- free today on Kindle.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Marketing Help for Writers

Just found this recommended resource free on Kindle:

Profitable Book Publishing

It promises to offer practical, profitable marketing help for writers -- and the reviews on Amazon's site give it high praise for delivering on its promise.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Titanic e-booklet - FREE

In celebration of the Titanic anniversary today, Moody and Ron Hutchcraft ministries offer a giveaway of his booklet, Your Personal Titanic. (As announced on Chris Fabry Live, MBN, this afternoon.)

I just downloaded mine -- and am looking forward to Ron's timely, practical suggestions! His writing style is so conversational -- and I always love his content.

Happy reading!

I'm a guest blogger this week ...

Please visit Dave Fessenden's publishing blog, From Concept to Contract -- where this week I'm a guest blogger. My subject is creating BUZZ for your writing -- establishing your personal brand as a Christian writer.

Dave has agreed to be a guest blogger here very soon -- so watch for his upcoming comments. AND ... don't forget he's giving us the privilege of giving away a copy of his great book by the same title ... write me a quick one- or two-sentence reason why you ought to get a copy of the book! Dave just may autograph it to you if you're the winner!

Check it out -- and have a great weekend!

FREE from Author Ray Pritchard

My friend and colleague Ray Pritchard has issued his book on Elijah: Fire and Rain, as a free ebook to Facebook fans. Here's what he says about it:

We’re hoping to acquaint a new generation with the exciting story of Elijah’s life by offering this free ebook. We think it would make an excellent study for small groups.
Just go to the KBM Facebook page, look for the image you see above this blog entry, and then download the version you want. It’s as simple as that.

If you're not on FB, here's the link to his website:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Don't Forget -- our Writing Text GIVEAWAY

Okay ... here's your first reminder of our great giveaway thanks to Dave Fessenden ...

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: and tell me in one sentence why you ought to get a free copy.

My assistant, Joy, will read the 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 April 30.

So, now, your assignment is to write the winning one-sentence reason you should win the book!
You're under a month, now ... the clock is ticking -- so make it good!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Amazing Results!

Well, friends, we ended the weekend with more than 650 copies of Praying Like Jesus getting into the hands of new readers. We're so grateful to all of you who helped get the word out -- and who downloaded your copies. Please join with us in prayer that the book will prove meaningful to those who read it -- and that it will enhance their individual walks with Christ. If it does this for you, would you let us know? We'd love to celebrate with you! --Julie-Allyson Ieron and the Joy Media ministry team.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Our Best Book -- PRAYING LIKE JESUS -- FREE on Kindle


Praying Like Jesus: Discovering the Pattern of Godly Prayer

Updated Second Edition—with Bible Study Guide
By Julie-Allyson Ieron

Amazon Kindle Edition

Jesus prayed—twice—on the night He was betrayed. You probably know that in Gethsemane, He prayed for His upcoming sacrifice. But before that, He prayed  a marvelously articulate prayer for His followers.
So, then, that night, Jesus prayed for you.

What we can observe from Jesus’ conversation with His Father is this: Prayer is more—infinitely more—than a laundry list of requests. It isn’t about getting the answers we want just when we want them. It isn’t about keeping ourselves healthy and happy and financially secure. Actually, it isn’t about us, at all. Prayer is about relationship. Relationship between the Creator and the created—between Almighty God and YOU. In this newly updated edition of Praying Like Jesus, Julie-Allyson Ieron introduces you to prayer from a close-up perspective—that of God the Son, Jesus Christ. Take a dynamic journey into 52 ways Jesus prayed for you—just before He went to the cross. Use the bonus nine-session Bible study guide alone, with a prayer partner, with your spouse, or with a study group.

Price April 5-7 only: FREE

A savings of $9.99 off regular price

Monday, April 2, 2012

FREE from Best-selling Author Tim LaHaye

Here's a primo FREE offering on Kindle: Best-selling author Tim LaHaye's (of Left Behind fame) wonderful book: Jesus: Why the World Is Still Fascinated by Him. I own this in hardcover, but I'm so glad to have it now on my Kindle. Don't miss out on this one!

Memoir from a Friend and Colleague

A dear friend, Bob Haslam (whom I've known since my years in Christian magazine publishing), has just released a charming book with Xulon: PK: A Preacher's Kid Comes of Age During the Great Depression and World War II. Here's what Bob says about the book:

It's about my first 18 years living in six parsonages and towns in a family of six during the depth of the Great Depression. When folks had little or nothing to put in the offering, we lived off the land like everyone else. My editor commented that my scrapes and adventures while growing up remind her of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. There's a strong component of how my father guided my moral and spiritual formation. It's available at, keywords: PK Bob Haslam.

This is a delightful book. As you read, perhaps it will jog your memories and prompt you to follow Bob's example by creating a book filled with your personal narrative story. It's a worthy goal. I applaud Bob for undertaking and completing this project!