Thursday, May 31, 2012

FREE on Kindle today: Eye-opening Book on Truly Knowing Christ

Secondhand Jesus by Glenn Packiam - free on Kindle today.

Amazon offers a couple of quotes they call popular highlights--things other readers have identified as key in the book. Here are several to give you an idea of what you're getting in this candid, even shocking book. I read the 10-page excerpt on Amazon and I'm hooked:

Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention. (Matt. 7:13 –14 MSG &quote;
Highlighted by 5 Kindle users

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Time and time again, without even thinking or blinking, we give up the best for all that is good. I suspect God operates differently. &quote;
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Far too many church attendees are not disciples-in-the-making; we are customers who are always right, consumers who need to have our demands met. &quote;
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The story of Job is first and foremost a salvation story: God saved Job from small, narrow, rumor-laden views of Himself. &quote;
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When did we start believing that we are the center of the universe, that God Himself lives for our pleasure and comfort? &quote;
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We need more than God’s presence; we need to learn how to see Him and respond to Him, how to engage Him in firsthand contact. &quote;
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tragedy is the great equalizer. It reminds us that no matter how rich, how comfortable, how powerful, how successful we are—or how big our SUVs are—we are, at our core, fragile. We are vulnerable. There are things beyond our control. And, if we’re honest, we don’t like it. &quote;
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God has always preferred and invited firsthand communication. He desires to show Himself to us, speak to us, draw us to Himself. It is we humans, the objects of His affection, who have repeatedly declined. &quote;
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Rumors grow in the absence of revelation. Every time we keep God at arm’s length, declining an active, living knowledge of Him, we become vulnerable to rumors. &quote;
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Friday, May 25, 2012

The Holy Spirit's Power

This week, I'm reading a classic, D.L. Moody's five-chapter book, Secret Power: Or the Secret of Success in Christian Life and Work. It's about the work and person of the Holy Spirit--the third Person of the Trinity. And it's a powerful study. It's free on Kindle.

If you're a user of my WORDsearch Bible software package, it's also available as a free add-on, which is super because it's keyed to your favorite Bible translation and fully searchable in your WS library.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Edition of Free Writing eZine - now available

Just uploaded the Summer 2012 issue of Write for Joy ezine.

http://issuu.com/julie-allysonieron/docs/write_for_joy_issue_2_summer_2012?mode=window&viewMode=doublePage


This issue features:

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz  (Branding)
Put Time in Order
The Writing Business
Book Review 
Are You Serious? (about writing)

Read -- enjoy -- and please share this free electronic magazine with your friends and writers groups.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Caregiver Devotional: For Widows ... Wonderful Resources

Caregiver Devotional: For Widows ... Wonderful Resources: As you know, occasionally I locate exceptional resources online that I pass along to you. This is one of those times ... My friend Miriam Neff has created a line of resources especially for widows at www.widowconnection.com. Here you'll find lots of first-person stories, links to two books by Miriam on the subject, a DVD series, and more. She also includes resources on the site for churches to create ministries for widows.

Blessings and prayers,

Julie

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ron Hutchcraft on our Response to Culture

Author and radio personality Ron Hutchcraft wrote a devotional today titled Everything's Moving that is spot-on about the state of our culture and the way we've moved our sense of right and wrong right along with it.

Here's a quote that'll whet your appetite for the whole devotional:

Lately, I've been getting that shifting landscape feeling a lot. Believers feeling comfortable watching things they would never have watched ten years ago. Accepting behaviors and ideas that would have been unthinkable only a short time ago. Feeling free to wear less and show more. Letting their kids do what the culture calls cool - things we thought were dangers to avoid a few years ago. Dissolving marriages that were, until recently, thought to be something that "no man" should "put asunder." And all this among growing questions about what marriage even is. Yes, the ground's been moving under our feet a lot lately. It's more important than ever to "hang onto something heavy."--Ron Hutchcraft


He isn't in the least timid to reflect the light of Truth to us. Definitely a recommended read.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For You Bloggers ... A Free ebook on Blogging

 Since you're reading this blog, I suspect you might also have an interest in creating your own blog and growing your follower base. I've just downloaded an ebook from The Digital Writer that promises to help us all: How to Build a Blog (Create Awesome Content and Build Community). It's free on Kindle today. Let me know whether you find it helpful.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bible Reference Collection on Sale thru Sunday

Just today and tomorrow left in our Bible software 20% off sale.

$40 for Julie's specially assembled 75-book Bible reference package including the powerful WORD search 9.0 program. You get Bible translations (including ESV), Bible dictionaries, Greek/Hebrew, commentaries,  maps, Bible study books (4 of Julie's--for 10 months of group or individual study), Christian classics, practical Christian life, devotionals ... It's a vast treasure of Bible-related books, easy to ready and easy to locate just the passage or comment you're seeking.

To follow a sample research trail with Julie, showing one way you can use a variety of the books included, check out Julie's free Bible study booklet: Consume the Living Word.

If you'll use this in your daily devotions, you'll come to a new understanding and appreciation of God's living Word. Click here to buy now. Or visit Joy Media Services online to learn more.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Joy Media Editing Services as seen in the Market Guide

As you read your copy of The 2012 Christian Writers Market Guide, take a look at the listing for Joy Media under editorial services. Julie would love to have the privilege of working with you as one of her private client authors for manuscript editing, coaching, consulting, media training, publicity, and more. Here are highlights from the JMS entry, in case your copy isn't close at hand:


Illinois, Joy Media Services. Julie-Allyson Ieron, j-a@joymediaservices.com; www.joymediaservices.com. Contact by email. Half of fee up front. Master’s Degree in Journalism and more than 25 years experience in Christian publishing, writing, editing, and public relations. Specializes in Christian Living, Bible study and business/ministry promotions. Coaches first-time authors. GH/CA/B/NL/SP/PP. Edits A/NB/BP/BS/GB/D. Charges $40/hr; negotiates for larger projects.

This Year's Market Guide - Special Price

The Christian Writers Guild is running a special (limited time) on the 2012 Christian Writers Market Guide. $20 including shipping. That's a significant savings. When you order, say you heard about the special here. :-) Thanks!

And, of course, if you're interested in taking a course with the Guild, I'd be delighted if you'd request me as your mentor! I work with adult learners in the Writing Essentials, Articles, Apprentice, and Journeyman Nonfiction courses.

Blessings on your writing today!

Julie-Allyson Ieron

4 Pastors on God's Goodness - FREE

Tough Times. Good God? from Christianity Today publications is free today. It features four well-known pastor/authors answering the issue of balancing God's goodness and the reality of life in this world. The pastors are: Timothy Keller, John Ortberg, Mark Mitchell, Mark Buchanan.

CTI offers the book in your preferred e-format -- all you need to do is sign up (email, name, zip code) for their e-newsletter.

Wonderful Book on Jesus' Names - FREE

The Names of Jesus ebook is free today, but only on ChristianBooks.com -- not on Kindle. It's worth it, though -- and you can use Adobe Digital Editions to read it on any computer. Not the greatest program in the world, but a fantastic book.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mother's Week Special from Julie's Ministry


For the Mom who loves the Bible ...

The Julie-Allyson Ieron
Bible Reference Collection

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Price Mother’s Day week only: $40

A savings of $10
off regular price




Great for Bible study leaders, Sunday school teachers, Adult Bible Fellowship facilitators, Small Group
participants, and every Bible-loving believer.




Equip your mom to dig into the Word for herself with this dynamic, 21st-century Bible study package assembled by author and Bible study teacher Julie-Allyson Ieron. The CD-ROM includes 75 books:

• 7 translations (ESV, KJV ++)
• 8 Bible commentaries
• 5 Bible dictionaries
• Strong’s Greek & Hebrew
• 45 reference books: maps, photos, sermon helps, study notes, topical studies, devotionals, and more

The disk also includes the powerful WORDsearch 9.0.  and
9 of Julie’s Bible-based books and studies:

Praying Like Jesus
Names of Women of the Bible
Staying True in a World of Lies
Conquering the Time Factor
Pearls to Treasure (new for the collection)

10 months of
Bible Studies (Group or Individual)
• Praying Like Jesus
• Names of Women of the Bible
• Staying True in a World of Lies
• Conquering the Time Factor


What Do Users Think?

Julie Allyson Ieron's Bible Reference Collection is a must-have tool for a Christian writer's research. I don't have to have six books open on my desk. All I need is to open the Bible Reference Collection on my computer desktop. The tools are easy to learn and use. Multiple Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, and Bible studies are available at my fingertips. I can highlight, bookmark or take notes within the program. One of the great helps in the collection is that the Bible verses, reference books and Bible studies are interlinked by topic or verse. I have this collection on my PC for home study and on my laptop for when I travel. I no longer have to pack boxes of research books to take with me.

Sue Tornai, California
Curriculum Writer/Conference Speaker

All 75 volumes are interconnected, cross-referenced, and keyed into Bible translations when installed on a PC or Mac. Search topics, read reference books on screen, print passages, use the Bible study questions to teach, and much more.

 


How to Get an Agent ...

I get the question from writers all the time ... How do I get a literary agent? Here's a freebie on Kindle today, written by a top NY agent: How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent. Looks like it'll answer many of your burning questions on the subject -- and educate you on what to look for to protect your interests when you do get ready to sign with an agent.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Writing Conferences This Month Near Chicago

My friend and colleague Cheryl Moeller is presenting a number of conferences this month in a couple of locations around Chicagoland. She's a former agent and current author/conference speaker -- and she's dynamite! She offers a great value in these conferences -- lots of timely info for Christians who write -- and all for just a love offering (no conference fee!). Here's the info -- I hope you're able to take in at least one of these great events:

KINDLE PUBLISHING, BLOGGING, AND SPEAKING CONFERENCES with Cheryl Moeller IN MAY

These conferences are free admission, a love offering will be taken for FBFWFK Ministries

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part II
Advanced publishing and marketing skills
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8-9
10:00 Am - 2:00 Pm in Schaumburg, IL
Cheryl will take you where you are in your writing/publishing.marketing journey and move you several steps forward. She'll give you a workable plan you can really follow and make real progress.

Lunch is on your own at Fuddruckers (please buy something).
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
Location:
Fuddruckers Restaurant
436 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173
For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.:
R.S.V.P. forkeepsministries@gmail.com

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part I
Figure out and polish your idea
Monday-Wednesday, May 14-16
9:00 Am - 2:00 Pm in Harwood Heights, IL (accessible through the CTA system)
Why is information about Writing, Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? Cheryl Moeller's conferences educate, motivate, and inspire.
Lunch is on your own.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
Location:

Bethany Baptist Church (about five miles east of O'hare Airport)
6700 W. Gunnison
Harwood Heights, IL 60706

For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.: forkeepsministries@gmail.com

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part II
Advanced publishing and marketing skills
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23 (This conference is identical to May 8-9)
10:00 Am - 2:00 Pm in Schaumburg, IL
Cheryl will take you where you are in your writing/publishing.marketing journey and move you several steps forward. She'll give you a workable plan you can really follow and make real progress.

Lunch is on your own at Fuddruckers (please buy something).
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
Location:
Fuddruckers Restaurant
436 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173
For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.:
R.S.V.P. forkeepsministries@gmail.com


Cheryl, B.S., M.A.R., is a former literary agent turned nationally published author and conference speaker. www.forkeepsministries.com, www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, www.writingmentor.blogspot.com.
*Those attending a conference can submit 1500 words to Cheryl by email at forkeepsministries@gmail.com and have a one hour phone conversation with Cheryl concerning their work within 30 days of the end of the conference they attend.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Every Christian (Writer) Needs to Read This ...

No, I didn't write it. But I wish I had. It's by my friend and colleague Chris Fabry -- It's a creative and vibrant take on the way the enemy attacks those of us who work hard to write for God's glory. The enemy's tactics seem to be the same with so many of us -- when I listened to this yesterday on Chris Fabry Live, I was astounded at the similarities with many of the lies I've heard from the enemy in recent weeks.

Many thanks to Chris for being so transparent as to admit to this battle of wills -- and to remind us of how to respond in a God-honoring way when it's our turn!

Okay, so here's the link: http://chrisfabry.blogspot.com/2012/05/devil-and-writer.html

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Unsolicited Praise for Time Management Book

When I read these words today from Emily M Akin, a reader whose writing was helped by my book Conquering the Time Factor, I was absolutely overwhelmed.

Please visit Emily M Akin's Blog4writers and read what she has to say.

Thanks so much, Emily -- you've blessed my little writer's heart!