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Novel News Update: February 2018

Work is proceeding on the second draft. I’m happy to report that I am 25% of the way through and hoping to finish the second draft by late March or early April. Still unsure of a publication date but please continue to check back often for updates.

I’ve also begun work on another new novel unrelated to the kingdom of Alethia. This new novel is set in the near future and is more in the science fiction genre. More to come on this in the upcoming months.

Sales of my first book are still holding despite the end of the holiday spending season. Please keep checking in for more novel news!

For those still wishing to pick up a copy for yourself, The Chronicles of Alethia: The Heir Comes Forth was re-released to the public August 2, 2017. Click here to purchase either the paperback for $9.99 or the Ebook version for $4.99.

I always want to acknowledge my readers and the significance that your support has on my writing and success. Yet even more so than each of you, I must give the honor and credit to Jesus, my Lord, without whom all my efforts would be for not. Thank you all and thank you Jesus.

Blessings upon all of your writing endeavors in 2018.

“The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” — C. S. Lewis

Hope in the Midst of Despair

In life we will inevitably encounter seemingly impossible situations and circumstances. The paths we have chosen in life, however carefully, will at times lead us to confront insurmountable obstacles. These obstacles may take the form of people, events, places, or situations even when we think that we’ve plan for every contingency. When we inevitably fail to find solutions to our circumstances, our first instinct is to despair and seek someone to blame. We blame God, the people around us, even ourselves.

Billy Graham tells the story of a man who became shipwrecked on a deserted island many years ago. Upon reaching safety, the man built a hut and filled it with all the supplies he’d managed to save from his boat before it was wrecked. He built a fire and each day he would watch and wait for some sign of a ship or airplane passing by. He prayed to God for help. Some days he would get discouraged and wonder if he would ever get off that island, but still … he prayed.

Then one day while he was exploring the other side of the island, he noticed some smoke coming from the direction of his hut. With sudden realization and horror, the man ran as fast as he could back to the hut only to find it and all his supplies caught in a blaze of fire. He sank to his knees, realizing that everything he’d needed to survive had gone up in a pillar of black smoke.

He shook his fist skyward demanding to know why God had allowed this to happen. Then he lowered his head in dispair.

Several hours later as the man gazed out into the endless ocean, a small speck appeared on the horizon. The man watched elated as a ship grew closer and closer. He yelled greetings as a landing party arrived, took him onboard, and told him that they were plotting a different course but noticed smoke off in the distance and thought the smoke was a signal for help.

It was then the man knew that God had sacrificed his meager possessions on the island for a much better future elsewhere.

This life is full of trials; storms that erupt suddenly leaving us to struggle to merely stay afloat. We may not understand what God is doing, but we can keep our confidence in His plan for our lives.

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'”

(‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

So where do you go to find peace and security in the midst of the struggles of this life? There is only One who can provide lasting refuge. Just One! His name is Jesus Christ. In the midst of the storms of this life, I choose to place my hope in Jesus.

A Few Writing Quotes To Help Keep You Writing!

Just a few quotes from some of the greats to encourage my fellow writers! Don’t stop and don’t quit until the draft is done!

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”
– Orson Scott Card


“I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English–it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.”   – Mark Twain

“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.” – Ray Bradbury

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material…” – John Steinbeck


“We must not of course write anything that will flatter lust, pride or ambition. But we needn’t all write patently moral or theological work. Indeed, work whose Christianity is latent may do quite as much good and may reach some whom the more obvious religious work would scare away. The first business of a story is to be a good story. When Our Lord made a wheel in the carpenter shop, depend upon it: It was first and foremost a good wheel. Don’t try to ‘bring in’ specifically Christian bits: if God wants you to serve him in that way (He may not: there are different vocations) you will find it coming in of its own accord. If not, well—a good story which will give innocent pleasure is a good thing, just like cooking a good nourishing meal. . . . Any honest workmanship (whether making stories, shoes, or rabbit hutches) can be done to the glory of God.” – C. S. Lewis

Who Am I To Judge?

“”Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:1-5‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

We’ve all read or heard this passage quoted at some point. Many have summarized the main idea of this passage by quoting the first verse: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” Yet we all do it every moment of every day. As human beings we excursus each judgement constantly, often with little to no regard for the truth. We jump to conclusions, judge a book by its cover or a person by their appearance, and categorize a person by their faith or political opinions as being just another radical liberal or stiff-necked conservative. We make snap decisions about individuals and judge them harshly.

One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in John 8:3-11.

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

What are the main ideas of this passage?

1. We have all sinned, even the most religious or seemingly “righteous”

2. We have no right to judge anyone

3. Commuting adultery is a sin; one of the Ten Commandments. The penalty of commuting adultery is death. “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus ‭20:14‬)

3. Jesus knows you are a sinner, but He loves and forgives you anyway.

You may not have committed adultery or murder, but you have sinned against God  (Romans 3:23). Yet Christ came to die for us so that we could be free from sin and judgement (John 3:16-17). The question we should ask ourselves after accepting His forgiveness is: If Jesus forgives us and no longer judges anyone who comes to Him, what right do we have to judge anyone?