If you haven't gotten your copy of Consider the Cross, now is the time! I am running a free promotion on this ebook for Kindle starting February 21th.
Why consider? Why the cross and not the resurrection or the empty tomb?
Rather than get all theological or preachy at you, I wanted to do for you what I wanted to do for me. I hoped this year to really think about Easter in a deep way, to ponder the person and deity of Jesus as well as the significance of the cross.
The daily devotions focus on the last week of Jesus' life. That week, the cross loomed large. Jesus spoke of it often and was troubled in his spirit. He taught hard things, had verbal throw-downs with the Pharisees, and had intimate dinners with friends.
We don't get to live our life knowing ahead of time the moment it will end, and how. I'm sure if we somehow were able to attain that knowledge, we would simply spend all our energy trying to escape it. Jesus knew his ending. This week, more than ever, it looms large. Behind each teaching, each interaction, each conversation, the cross was there.
I couldn't get that thought out of my head when reading for this study, thinking of what it would be like to know something everyone else does not. To have each moment colored by the knowledge of its ending. To walk through that door willingly.
I'm writing a series of posts based on or related to this book over on my blog, so if you want to get a taste for the book, head over to I Still Hate Pickles. The first post related to the series deals with a time where I was the person who had knowledge of a future event, and how it colored and entire flight from Colorado to Texas.
Go snag your free copy from Amazon. And as always, if you don't have a Kindle, Amazon can walk you through the steps to getting on on the How Buying Works link right under the tab to buy the book. If you send me an email with the confirmation receipt of purchase, I'll gladly pass along the printable PDF.
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As you may already know, I have something of a social media addiction going on. That means you can find me on my blog, on Twitter, and now on a handy-dandy Facebook page.
In case you're wondering why you might need to follow me anywhere else online, let me tell you a little about my Facebook page. I love reading articles about writing, publishing and self-publishing, reading, and generally anything having to do with this field. I follow loads of people on Twitter who post interesting articles, and any time I run across something I really like, I'm posting it on my Facebook page. That means great resources if you're interested in this whole writing thing.
I also ask questions of the day (though not every day). Things like: What are the best movie adaptations of books? That one generated some great responses. So if you want some interaction as well as some information, you can "like" me on Facebook.
....and, we have launched! There Is No Small Call is now a book, available on Kindle. No worries if you don't have a Kindle--there is a free Kindle reader available for download when you purchase. You can use it on your computer, iPad, or iPhone. Or purchase via Amazon, shoot me an email with the confirmation of purchase, and then I'll respond by sending you the PDF.
Hopefully a Bible study version will be available in a few months. For now, I hope you enjoy!
I am not known for finishing things. I read like 12 books at a time and finish maybe 3. The rest sit around the house in various half-open states, sometimes for months. I just found Moby Dick, which I started last summer, in my closet. Still on Chapter 3.
Knowing this about myself, it is no surprise that I hate the editing process. I see the finish line and want to bolt towards it, mostly to move on to the next project. (And right now, I have several projects in the pipes.) I am really and truly almost done with There Is No Small Call, but these last few days of editing have just made me ache. I have stayed up too late, written blog posts when I should be proofing, and generally just slowed to a crawl.
What's so bad about editing?
For me, it's slow. It is not as fulfilling as creating in the beginning, or the final work of publishing. Though often I write my best things in the later drafts. Now, though, I'm past drafting and more proofing--making sure that there are not typos. Or, at least, many. I proofed several times with Make Him Room and still wrote "Adam and Even" on the first page, not Adam and Eve. Doh!
There Is No Small Call will be up on Amazon by Monday at the latest--several weeks past my projected date. This is what Christmas does to my work. I sort of forgot that having guests at home and my kids out of school might cramp my style just a bit.
If you want exact details, sign up for my newsletter--I will be sending an email out as soon as the book is up on Amazon. I can't wait! Because that means I can start project #2 for this year: a Lenten devotional. Since Lent begins next month, I need to get myself out of the outlines and into the writing.