How You, Too, Can Become Judgmental and Legalistic

The writer in yesterday's post said to me, "using profanity is not a sin but being judgmental is." She says this like a doctrinal statement, like she knows it to be a fact. But I don't find a statement like that anywhere in the Scriptures. It sounds to me like a personal opinion. The Apostle …

Judgmental Sinner … Yep, I Guess That’s Me

Recently I offered to review a book for another author. She warned me that it contained some sex and language. I said I could objectively review a book that wasn't intended for Christians. But then she told me it was intended for Christians, so I wondered what I was getting myself into. I read the …

After Christmas Sale!

All of our e-books are now marked down for our After Christmas sale. Unillustrated books are now $2.99 and illustrated books are $6.99. (The Teachers Edition of Biblical Studies remains at 99 cents, however.) If you got an e-book reader for Christmas and haven't filled it up yet, follow the links on the right side …

Writing and Reading Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science Fiction can glorify God if the writer can keep his facts straight. It's a haven for uniformitarianism, the perfectibility of man, in short, secularism of all kinds. But since true Science is based in the Scriptures, true Science Fiction must be based in factual information and reasonable speculation based on what may happen. Man …

Put a Little Adult Historical Romantic Suspense on Your EReader

Our books don't quite pigeonhole easily into one genre, so we try to give them descriptions like the one above. The three books featured today are Send a White Rose, The Baron of Larcondale, and Vienta. In the spirit of romance, we include here some excerpts from these three books on the subject of true …

Review of Karis by R.M. Strong

We all need heroes, and some of us even need to be heroes. The vigilante seeking justice is certainly not a new or original idea, but R.M. Strong has put, for me, a highly desirable twist on it with the story teenaged Tamara Weatherby. I'll talk about the twist shortly. Tamara's family and scores of …

Historical Fiction for the Young and the Young Adult

Writing fiction for and/or about children (roughly eight to fifteen years of age) is a tricky business. It is easy to appeal to their vivid imaginations, their need to be "special," accepted by peers, to become independent of adults, and to explore relationships with the opposite sex. None of these popular topics for children's books …

Kindle Keyboard Compared to Kindle Fire

Michael's further observations on the two devices: In May 2011 our son bought me a Kindle. Though we own hundreds of paperbound print books, this one device has almost completely replaced our entire library. Print books are just too large and bulky. All but a handful are now in storage. We use our laptops for …

Books for All Kinds of Readers (Devices and People) Part One: Non-Fiction

Recently I joined my first forum claiming to be especially for Christians. I won't name it, but I will say in my brief experience poking around over the last few days I am amazed at the wide variety of people who post on a Christian forum, and what they post. There are Pro-Choice Christians on …

Part Three: Your Book, Where It Should Go, How It Will Look

Our e-publishing journey now comes to the formats and how your book will look in each one. Smashwords has great information on this topic from a mechanics standpoint. As a previous post we made on the subject said, https://findleyfamilyvideopublications.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/the-hows-and-whys-of-e-books/ , although almost all devices can read the pdf format, consider that people might get your books on …

The Camel’s Complaint: A Christmas Puppet Play

Our Christmas gift to all: A puppet play I wrote some years ago. Merry Christmas! The Camel's Complaint Characters: Caliph the Camel Hannah the Horse Daniel the Donkey Lucius the Lion Ollie the Ox Sarah the Sheep Scene One| Setting: Desert oasis. Palm trees, green plants such as aloe, yucca, water hole off to side. …

Part Two: Make It Clean, Get It Out

So many people have said writing a book is the easy part. Still, it can't be repeated often enough. New writers are cropping up all the time, while the traditional publishing contract including a marketing machine to get your word out is fast becoming downright mythological. "Do it yourself" takes on a whole new meaning …

What Is a Pig Translation?

  Every missionary to the many tribes in Papua New Guinea has to face the translation issue. There are numerous tribes and each tribe has its own language, usually with no understanding of any outside language. There are very few missionaries for the total number of tribes. When the missionary lives in a tribe and …

Kids Need Friends and Heroes

This is the cover image for the book, created by Levi Whitworth. This book is copyrighted by Emmy Swain. It should not be copied or downloaded for any reason. "Meet Franklin Bean" is a children's fantasy chapter book by Emmy Swain, illustrated by Levi Whitworth. I reviewed this book for the author and she provided …

Review of the Huguenot Sword by Shawn Lamb

I am interested in church history, especially regarding Protestants, and as soon as I saw this book I wanted to read it. I got the Amazon Kindle version on a 99 cent Cyber Monday sale after a heads-up from the author on Goodreads. It deals mostly with young adult characters and includes a number of …