Marketing Your Book on Amazon

I was very excited when my first book was published in 2008; but like most new authors, I didn’t know that getting published was only half the battle.

That’s when I learned the facts of life about being an author: Nobody is going to buy a book that they don’t know exists; and that nobody was going to market my book for me. If you’re an author, you have to be a book marketer too.

I started by taking baby steps—creating my own blog and website, and promoting my first book, The Bible Believer’s Handbook, on social media, and selling it on the Internet.

My second book, God’s Wisdom, is almost finished, and I’m going to publish it as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. I didn’t know how I was going to ever get this done, until I found self-publishing guru and Christian author Shelley Hitz.

Shelley is one of the pioneers in selling eBooks on Kindle, and her latest book is Marketing Your Book on Amazon. She provides twenty-one strategies for effective marketing that cost little or nothing. One of the best things that I’ve learned from it is this: how to get Amazon to advertise your book for free.

Marketing Your Book on Amazon is a treasure trove of useful information for everyone who wants to sell eBooks on Kindle. Here’s the link to the Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Your-Book-Amazon-ebook/dp/B009SGXWM0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353454978&sr=1-1&keywords=marketing+your+book+on+amazon

 

 

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All We Have To Do Is Vote

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Our elected officials refuse to stop spending money that we don’t have. They refuse to stop borrowing money from China that our grandchildren have to pay back; and they refuse to stop raising our taxes. We have the power to remove all of them from office. All we have to do is vote.

The Tea Party movement woke up a sleeping giant, the Christians of America. There are millions of us working together to take America back and restore her to her former glory. All we have to do is vote.

We are paying a heavy price for ignoring our duty to God and country by not voting. It almost cost us our freedom; but it’s never too late to start doing what is right. All we have to do is vote.

Make it your mission to vote in every election. Persuade everyone you know to do the same: your neighbors, your co-workers, your relatives, your children, your grandchildren—everyone who is old enough to vote.

Get them to register to vote online at this website:  http://www.canIvote.org . They can download the forms that they need to register; and they can find out where to file them, and where to vote.

 

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It Is Our Christian Duty to Vote

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George Whitfield‘s preaching inspired the First Great Awakening, and that led us to the American Revolution.

Charles G. Finney‘s preaching inspired the Second Great Awakening, and that caused us to put an end to slavery in America. Reverend Finney was a lawyer who became an Evangelist. He was the forerunner of all of the great Revivalists,  such as Dwight L. Moody and Billy Graham.

Reverend Finney was also an educator and a college president. He was the Billy Graham of his day, and he gave us these words of warning.

“The Church must take the right ground in regard to politics. The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics.

God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as part of their duty to God.

God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”

James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States, and a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He pointed out that it’s up to us to elect people of honesty and integrity. We are responsible for the morals and ethics of Congress, or the absence of them.

“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.”



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Spending Time With God

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“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. ” (Job 22:21)

Reading an author’s work always makes you feel like you know him. That’s because he reveals his heart and his mind through his work. This is especially true of God, as the author of the Bible. When I was writing my first book, The Bible Believer’s Handbook, I spent thousands of hours studying the Bible. I didn’t know that I was also spending time with the Lord. That is how I got to know him and how to communicate with him.

If you want to know the Lord, you will have to read and study the Bible on your own. Nobody else can do it for you. There is no substitute time spent fellowshipping with God in his word. I think that’s what he is telling us in this verse, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

If I never spent any time with my wife, and I never talked to her, she would think that I didn’t love her. Because, when you love somebody, you want to spend time with them and talk to them. The Lord knows whether you love him or not. “But if any man love God, the same is known of him.” (1 Corinthians 8:3) It’s very important that you learn to love the Lord. You do that by spending time with him.

Marriage is a picture of the relationship Jesus wants to have with you. In an ideal marriage, the wife wants to please her husband and the husband wants to please his wife. Marie is my best friend and we’ve been married for forty-four years. I love her and I want to please her. We are both married to Jesus. We love him and we want to please him.

But it wasn’t always like this. I was a sorry excuse for a husband at first. I thought that the world revolved around me. My hopes and dreams and my career took priority over everything else. Marie was nothing like me. She was different from everyone I had ever known. I could see Jesus in her. I wanted to be like her, so I became a Christian too. I was a sorry excuse for a Christian at first. But God changed me from the inside out. He gave me a new heart—a heart full of love for God and man.

I recommend that you meet with God at the same time every day. The early morning hours are best. It’s easier to hear from God when everything is quiet and still. You can talk to him about anything you want. But, don’t be surprised when he starts to answer your prayers.

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Repent and Be Converted!

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Back in the 1970′s, I was a young husband and father. I was taking my family to church every Sunday because I wanted us to be a Christian family. It was a wonderful church and we had an excellent pastor. This was  the church where I met my wife.

Our pastor was an old-time country preacher, and he preached the word of God, like Paul told Timothy, “Preach the Word.” His name was Brother Paul.

Brother Paul told us that God wanted us to repent and be converted. And that we really ought to do it. He explained that, in this context, “Repentance” meant changing your mind about sin and turning away from it. “Conversion” was changing the direction of your life. It was like you were walking in one direction, and then turned around and went the other way—walking with the Lord instead of walking away from him.

This is how to repent and be converted: Make up your mind once and for all that you are going to follow Jesus. Put yourself under his authority by doing what the Bible said.

I had already accepted Jesus as my Savior, to save me from hell. But I had not yielded control of my life to him. I had balked at doing that, because I knew that I could no longer do whatever I pleased. And I had this ridiculous fear that God would send me to China as a missionary.

But this was a very powerful and effective sermon. I did repent and I was converted. That turned out to be the most important decision I ever made.

I still remember the song that we sang that Sunday back in 1974. I’m still singing it today.

I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

No turning back

No turning back

I encourage everyone who reads this to repent and be converted. If you haven’t already done so, become a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a richly rewarding way of life.

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You’re Not Far From the Kingdom of God

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Some Christians are not very Christ-like. They’re mean and they live like the devil. Why is that?

I think that the answer can be found in the following passage of scripture.

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus Answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord Our God Is One Lord: And Thou Shalt Love The Lord Thy God With All Thy Heart, And With All Thy Soul, And With All Thy Strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself, There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other than  he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings, and sacrifices.

And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God.  Mark 12:28-34

This is one of the most informative passages in the Bible. In just a few words, Jesus has explained The Ten Commandments and revealed the meaning of the Bible. So it’s easy to get carried away with these exciting revelations and not notice what Jesus said to the Scribe, Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God.

What Jesus was saying to the Scribe is this: “You’re close to the Kingdom of God.  You’re not there yet, but you’re close.”

Close, but not there! Wait a minute, this guy was a scribe. He knew and understood the scriptures. How can a man know so much about the Bible, and still be excluded from the Kingdom of  God? What was he, one step away from heaven? Where did he go wrong?

He thought that he was in right-standing with God because of what he knew. But he was wrong. He knew a lot, but knowledge, in itself, won’t get you there. To enter the Kingdom of God, there are some things you have to know; but, there are some things you have to do.

There are many people who believe that God exists, and that Jesus exists. But that doesn’t make them Christians. There’s more to being a Christian than merely believing that God exists. Even the devils believe that.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19

There’s a good reason these people are nothing like Jesus. They’re not Christians. They think that they are, but they’re wrong.

They believe that they’re Christians, but they’re not. They’re not a part of the Kingdom of God. They’re close, but they’re not there.

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The Battle is the Lord’s

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Years ago, When I made a reference to David and Goliath to one of my co-workers, I was very surprised to find that he had never heard of them.

Then, I found out that this is not unusual. Most young people have no idea what is in the Bible. They have no idea what treasures it contains.

I put the story of David and Goliath in my last post for the benefit of any readers who are not familiar with it.

When I read it again, I learned something new that we can apply to our everyday lives. I can hardly wait to tell you about it.

The Philistines hated God. They attacked the people he loved as a way of lashing out at him. They wanted to kill God’s people just for being God’s people. (Isn’t this the same situation that we are are in today?)

To make matters worse Goliath was bad-mouthing God and that was undermining the peoples’ faith in him. Nobody had enough faith in God to stand up for him. But when David showed up, God showed up with him.

David’s faith was stronger than his fear. He stood up for God, and God spoke through him. And the things that he said did come to pass.

When I saw the phrase, “The Battle is the Lord’s,” I remembered that these same words appear in another Bible story. It’s another one of my all time favorites.

I’ll give you the short version of it. Jehoshaphat was the King of Judah, and he walked uprightly before the Lord. God’s people were facing a large invading army. Jehoshaphat called all of the people together and led them in this prayer:

O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. (2 Chronicles 20:12)

The Lord responded to their prayer through this prophetic utterance:

Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

And that, my friends, is one of the ways you can tell that the Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible. Different people, different places, different times—the same idea, the same words, the same Spirit of God. He continued to say:

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17)

King Jehoshaphat employed an unusual tactic on their way to meet the enemy. And just like God had said, they did not have to fight in this battle.

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy the other.

And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. (2 Chronicles 20:21-24)

I think that history is going to repeat itself, and we are going to see this same miracle happen in our day. The Lord is going to cause all of our enemies to be destroyed. And all the earth shall know there is a God in Israel, and in the United States. Because the battle is the Lords.

Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever!

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Your Faith in God Makes You a Winner

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I have often heard one person say to another, “you’ve got to have faith,” or “you’ve got to think positive.” They think that their faith in positive thinking will create the outcome they desire. But they have left God out of the equation.

I am urging you to place your faith in Jesus Christ, and put him in charge of your life. He provides more than just salvation. That is a free gift, but it’s not the only one. Hope and faith are gifts from God.

Most people hope that good things will come to their way. They’re like gamblers hoping their bets will win. But your life is too important to leave to chance, or luck. God gives you hope for the future that his based on him and his word.

To be a winner in life, you must develop a relationship with God and get to know him. Then, you will have the kind of hope and faith that God provides.

You have to turn to the Bible to learn how to approach the Lord. It shows you what God is like, and teaches you how to live. He says, that if you call on him, he will answer you.

If you’re not familiar with the story of David and Goliath, you should read it for yourself. It’s a really good story and you will find it in 1 Samuel 17.

What is the point of the story, and what does it have to do with you? It has everything to do with you. God put this story in the Bible for your benefit. And when you know its deeper meaning,  that could change your life forever.

The first thing you have to know about this story, is that you are David. And Goliath is your worst nightmare. Goliath is that problem that you are afraid to face, and you know what that is. I don’t. But it could be anything, from the fear of poverty to an addiction of some kind.

Goliath is a giant. He is nine feet tall, a very intimidating and experienced warrior, and he has destroyed many a man. David is just a kid, but he is armed with the most powerful force in the universe—the faith of God.

The following verses tell the most important part of the story. Look at what Goliath said to David. He proudly stated what he was going to do, he was going to take this young man’s life.

And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. (1 Samuel 17:43-44)

Now look at what David said to Goliath. His confidence was in God, not in himself. He proclaimed what God was going to do. His faith-filled words reveal a heart that was full of faith:

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

David wasn’t afraid of what might happen, because he knew what would happen. He was going to win the battle, and it was curtains for Goliath. Do you want to know what happened next?

David ran toward the giant and attacked him. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone stuck into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and smote the Philistine and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. (1 Samuel 17:48-51)

And you can do the same thing to your Goliath. You can be like David and learn to use the faith that comes from God. Where do you get this kind of faith? From reading and studying the Bible. From hearing it spoken. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart. David got to know God by spending time with him in the field. When you spend time with God by reading the Bible; and talk to him about what you’re read, he will answer you. He will show you his favor and he will make you a winner.

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Faith is Believing God’s Word

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God told Abraham that he would be the Father of many nations, and that through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. This is certainly true, even though it seemed to be impossible at the time.

When Abraham was a hundred years old, he and his barren wife, Sarah, had a son named Issac. And he is the child through whom that blessing (Jesus) came.

God told Abraham to offer Issac as a sacrifice. Even though this defied logic, Abraham was willing to do it anyway. He trusted that God would do them no harm, and that he would fulfill his promise.

He didn’t know what God had in mind. We know that he expected God to raise Issac from the dead. If you read this whole story in Genesis 22, you’ll see that Abraham told his servants to wait and that, “I and the lad . .  will come again to you.”

Abraham knew God and his ways very well. He had based his whole life on believing God’s word. This is what the Bible says about him:

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was rich in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  (Romans 4:20-24)

What exactly did Abraham do that was so remarkable. He believed God to the extreme extent of being willing to obey him. All he provided was the willingness. God provided everything else, including the sacrifice–one for Issac and one for us.

God even provides us the faith we need to believe his word. As it is written, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)


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It Is Impossible to Enslave a Bible-Reading People

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Horace Greeley (1811-1872) was the founding editor of the New York Tribune. He was an influential American journalist and political leader. He said, “It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”

The current events of the day show this is certainly true. The American People are refusing to be enslaved by their government, and live in a Socialist state.

The Liberals and Socialists of America were aware of this connection between freedom and the Bible. They thought that the first step to enslave us would be to take away our Bibles. They have spent the last fifty years trying to remove God and the Bible from our culture.

The Bible is banned from our public schools. The Ten Commandments have been excluded from schools, and some local courthouses. That is ridiculous when you consider that the Ten Commandments are a permanent part of the US Supreme Court building. But the American people are still holding on to “their guns and their religion.”

Everything the Liberals, the Secularists, and the Socialists have done has come to nothing. They don’t know they are fighting against God and have no chance of winning. They have limited themselves to the wisdom of men, and that doesn’t amount to much.

Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” God’s word has made us free and keeps us free.  We are the most free people on earth and we intend to stay that way

The Liberals may have removed the Bible from our schools, but they cannot remove it from our hearts and minds. We will pass it on to our children and our grandchildren.

The United States has always been the land of the free. Americans will never surrender the freedoms guaranteed us by our Constitution. We are the envy of the world, and the most prosperous nation the world has ever seen.

The United States is most definitely a Christian nation. That is how we started and that is who we are. According to the Rasmussen Survey, 63% of Americans believe that the Bible is the word of God, and 79% believe that Jesus rose from the dead.

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