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Release Party (Reserve Your Books), Book Trailer, and Loads More!

In this Post…A LOT!

  • Release Party Date! Reserve Your Books
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest
  • Peter Younghusband Reviews DTQ
  • Reader’s Favorite 5-star Review
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON!

Release Party and Book Reservation

Sorry for the delays, Everyone. But, the labor pains and the wait are nearly over. Due to shipping time and venue availability, the book launch for Daniel and the Triune Quest will be on October 7th at Barnes and Noble from 1:00-4:00. If I can get a suitable venue sooner, I’ll let you know.

But, as you may know, the books are currently available for order through Amazon and Barnes & Noble! If you’d like to go ahead and order them, feel free.

If you’d rather wait until the book release party so you can get a signed cope, please let me know how many of each book you’d like.

I’ll be posting updates periodically.

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And now…the DTQ Trailer!

 


Praise for Daniel and the Triune Quest

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

 

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!


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Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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DTQ Update: The Last Step

In this Post…

  • DTQ Update: The Last Step
  • Release Party Poll
  • Find me on Instagram and Twitter 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

 DTQ Update: The Last Step

We have a physical copy of Daniel and the Triune Quest in hand! See?

One last look-through to check that everything is in order and it’s off to the printer. Once that’s done, a release date will be set and the long wait will be over.

In the mean time, I’m getting things ready for the release party. So, don’t forget to vote below on what you’d like to see happen!


Release Party Poll

Also, thanks for everyone who’s voted so far!

If you haven’t already, let your voice be heard.

Vote now!

 


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Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 


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Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Book Trailer


Daniel and the Sun Sword Review by Peter Younghusband and DTQ Updates

In this Post…

  • Daniel and the Sun Sword Review
  • DTQ Update and Trailer Teaser
  • Release Party Poll
  • Find me on Instagram and Twitter 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

Daniel and the Sun Sword Review

Peter Younghusband regularly reviews Christian books at the Christian Fiction Review. Since D&SS debuted, I’ve wanted him to do a review, but he was too swamped. Finally, he was able to not only review it, but also Daniel and the Triune Quest! His DTQ review will be posted hopefully in conjunction with the book’s release. But, while you’re waiting, find a brief excerpt from his review below, as well as a link to the whole post.

Additionally, D&SS peaked on Amazon (probably thanks to Peter), and was in the Top 100 for one of its categories!

The Guru’s Review: 

The author asked me to review this novel in 2015 when it was about to be released but I was unable to due to a long list of author requested reviews. I have been able to now as he requested a review of the next novel in the series about to be released over the next few weeks.

Now that I have read this debut novel, I realise what I have missed. This is a wild ride for a debut novel in this genre. Lumbatis writes as one who is a seasoned novelist. It is very hard to distinguish that this is his debut. On all the infrastructure that makes up a novel, a tick can be applied. The pace never slows down, the action never stops, the characters are well developed. Worldbuilding provides a solid foundation upon which everything rests. This is developed well and believable. The supernatural elements are based firmly in Biblical foundations. They are also rooted in the mythology of the geographical location and culture depicted. This is not surprising seeing that Lumbatis is writing from a Christian/Biblical worldview.

In relation to the supernatural elements, I loved Lumbatis’s take on the Gospel message. The same for those of angels and demons and their various forms and names. Using poetic licence that includes artifacts that are supernaturally empowered by God to assist in defeating the power’s of darkness, does not detract from the Gospel message or compromise its tenets. To me, this shows Lumbatis’s motive to adhere to his faith and belief in the Bible and its doctrines.

Link to Complete Review


DTQ Updates

We are still waiting for the proof copy from the printer to ensure everything is formatted correctly. Once we get that, then a solid release date will be posted!

The book trailer, however, is finished. I’ll be posting that as soon as the book is available for pre-order!

Here are a few screenshots to whet your appetite.

 

 


Release Party Poll

Also, thanks for everyone who’s voted so far!

If you haven’t already, let your voice be heard.

Vote now!

 


Find me…

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


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Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Book Trailer


Daniel and the Triune Quest Tour

In this Post…

  • Daniel and the Triune Quest Visual Tour
  • Release Party Poll
  • Find me on Instagram and Twitter 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

Daniel and the Triune Quest Tour

Some of you may recall that prior to Daniel and the Sun Sword’s release, I posted a video touring the ruins and towns featured in the book. Well, here’s your complementary (2.5 minute) visual tour of the backdrop for Daniel and the Triune Quest. 

Enjoy!

 

 

You can also check out the video on my Videos page.

 


Release Party Poll

Also, thanks for everyone who’s voted so far!

If you haven’t already, let your voice be heard.

Vote now!

 


Find me…

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


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Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Book Trailer


Daniel and the Triune Quest Tour

In this Post…

  • Daniel and the Triune Quest Visual Tour
  • Release Party Poll
  • Find me on Instagram and Twitter 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

 Daniel and the Triune Quest Visual Tour

Some of you may recall that prior to Daniel and the Sun Sword’s release, I posted a video touring the ruins and towns featured in the book. Well, here’s your complementary (2.5 minute) visual tour of the backdrop for Daniel and the Triune Quest. 

Enjoy!

 

 

You can also check out the video on my Videos page.

 


Release Party Poll

Also, thanks for everyone who’s voted so far!

If you haven’t already, let your voice be heard.

Vote now!

 


Find me…

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


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Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Cover Reveal for Daniel and the Triune Quest!

In this Post…

  • Cover Reveal and Poll
  • Find me on Instagram and Twitter 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

Cover Reveal

You’ve waited patiently…you’ve suffered…and now (drum roll please), here is the cover for

Daniel and the Triune Quest!

 

 

And while I’m waiting on the official 3d version from the publisher, here’s my own attempt at one:

 

 


Release Party Poll

Vote now!

 


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Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


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Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Book Release Date / Cast Your Vote for Release Party Specifics

In this Post…

  • Book Release Date / Cast Your Vote for Release Party Specifics
  • Photo Puzzler # 4 
  • Find me on Instagram and Twitter 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

Book Release Date

The release for Daniel and the Triune Quest has been pushed to July. Editing is finished! Interior layout and cover design is underway.

My hope is to have the release party at Barnes and Noble this time; but there are a lot of moving parts so…we’ll see.

I’d like to get some feedback as I plan for the event, though. Within the past month, I’ve been approached by numerous people interested in writing a book and getting published, so I’m thinking about having part of the release party focus on that. Please indicate your thoughts on this, and a few other specifics, by voting in the poll below.

 

 


Where Are These Photos Taken? Puzzler #4

Thanks to one reader for correctly identifying that the ruins from the past Photo Puzzlers have been in India. NOW…can anyone discover their names and the town they are all located in?

Anyone know where these ruins are located?

I’ll give you a hint: they are all near a famous (and ancient) military fort somewhere in western India.


Find me…

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


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Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Book Trailer


BOLO For Release Party Info / Photo Puzzler #3

In this Post…

  • RELEASE PARTY for Daniel and the Triune Quest: BOLO!
  • Photo Puzzler # 3 
  • Find me on Instagram and Twitter 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

BOLO for the DTQ Release Party!

Information on the release party for Daniel and the Triune Quest will be coming soon.

Gator says, “Come. Or I’ll pound your face.”

I imagine she means it.


Where Is This Photo Taken? Puzzler #3

The backdrop for Daniel and the Triune Quest is somewhere far far away. Here are some more pictorial clues.

Anyone know where these ruins are located?

I’ll give you a hint: they are all near a famous (and ancient) military fort somewhere in the East.

I’ll give more photo clues soon…


Find me…

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


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Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

Amazon image

 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Book Trailer


Another Photo Puzzler

In this Post…

  • Another Photo Puzzler
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

A Photo Puzzler

Daniel and the Sun Sword took place in Peru at Machu Picchu, Coricancha, and Wayna Picchu. But Daniel and the Triune Quest takes place somewhere VERY different. So, as a sort of mystery, here are some pictorial clues.

Anyone know where these ruins are located?

I’ll give you a hint: they are all near a famous (and ancient) military fort somewhere in the East.

I’ll give more photo clues soon…

 


DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeReview D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

Amazon image

 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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A Photo Puzzler / Creativity and the Image of God

In this Post…

  • A Photo Puzzler•
  • Creativity and the Image of God
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

A Photo Puzzler

Daniel and the Sun Sword took place in Peru at Machu Picchu, Coricancha, and Wayna Picchu. But Daniel and the Triune Quest takes place somewhere VERY different. So, as a sort of mystery, here is a pictorial clue.

Anyone know where this ruin is located?

I’ll give more photo clues soon…


Creativity and the Image of God

I often think about what it means to be made “in the image of God.” Most commentators explain it in terms of mankind being imbued with a spirit, and therefore able to commune with God, have insight, exhibit the Fruits of the Spirit, and be made like Christ. I agree with all these, but also believe that being conferred with the image of God enables mankind to be a creator.

When we create*, then, it would stand to reason that we are being “Godly.” It is a way for us to worship God through our abilities—to draw near to Him as we create like Him. So, spend some time today creating something. It doesn’t have to be “good” or “skillful,” and it certainly doesn’t have to be something that others see. Simply work on making, writing, composing, crocheting, photographing, knitting, cooking, weaving, sewing, gardening, landscaping, painting, wood-working, building…whatever-ing. And ask God to be with you and to create through you as you do.** Trust me, it’ll be a joy.

*Obviously I don’t mean when we create things that glorify sin.

**But for goodness sake, don’t always post it on social media! Have some privacy in your life, people!

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If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Editing…My Life

In this Post…

  • Editing…My Life
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

Editing…My Life

As I’ve begun editing again, I’ve been thinking about how characters in young adult stories—even really believable characters—have very clear steps toward growth. Even in a series where growth happens slowly over the course of several books, there is usually a satisfyingly clear progression from callous to sensitive, cynical to trusting, and/or cowardly to courageous.

Think about Harry Potter: I could’ve punched him in the forehead in The Order of the Phoenix, but by the end of Half-Blood Prince I was his friend again. And then there’s Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. What a turd. But once he’s rescued from the witch and Aslan gives a lecture, he’s fast-tracked to army commander in the service of the Lion. And who could forget the tortured growth of Katniss Everdeen, Percy Jackson’s epic path to heroism, or Daniel’s flight from orphan to son. But…

(more…)


Daniel and the Triune Quest…It’s Official!

In this Post…

  • Updates: Daniel and the Triune Quest…It’s Official
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

It’s Official

Earlier this week, I signed a contract with Dove Christian Publishers, and Daniel and the Triune Quest has been slated for publishing this May! Needless to say, I’ve already been busy with pre-publication, which is always exciting.

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And, in seeming celebration, Daniel and the Sun Sword was once again in the Amazon Top 100 for my categories!

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It’s been an exciting week, and I look forward to sharing the process with you once again.

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DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeReview D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Update on Daniel and the Triune Quest (Sort Of)

In this Post…

  • Updates: Daniel and the Triune Quest / Sons and Daughters Book 2
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

Updates

Hello friends! I know it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been busy, over-committed, traveling, and just straight up lazy…but mostly busy.

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Stop judging.

It’s been a year and two months since Daniel and the Sun Sword was officially released, and several of you have asked about the sequel. Daniel and the Triune Quest is completed, and I should be giving you some solid information very soon.

So…stay tuned!

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DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeReview D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Ordering Links

Amazon

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 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword from my website

$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Local orders not requiring shipping…

$15.00 + tax

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Happy New Year! / New Article: Protecting Your Marriage

In this Post…

  • Happy New Year! 
  • New Article: Protecting Your Marriage 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

Happy New Year!

Well folks, we’re almost there. 2017. It’s coming.

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To ring in its arrival (which I assure you I will NOT willfully see due to the fact that I like sleeping), here are some reflection questions:

  1. Was 2016 a year in which you served others?
  2. Did you serve God?
  3. Did you share the gospel at all this past year?
  4. Did you spend enough quality time with your family to balance out time spent elsewhere?
  5. Did you ever just sit and think, prayer, and meditate, as you spent time with God?
  6. Are you now more Christ-like?

Let our answers inform whatever New Year’s resolutions we make.

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Protecting Your Marriage

Marriage can sometimes be like the utility closet in your garage—it’s the place all the junk you’ve accumulated throughout your life gets shoved.  After a few years, it starts smelling musty and needs cleaning, but that would require opening the door and turning on the light, which might be too overwhelming. Somehow, it can seem easier to ignore the smell. Those closets usually overflow at inopportune times, though, like when you’re trying to wedge a particularly nasty bag of Broken Promises between the Load of Guilt your mother gave you for Christmas and the Resentment your wife got you for your anniversary.

So, you turn on the light and indignantly wonder why someone else has been neglecting the build-up. Then, if you’re anything like me, you furiously pull everything out with the intention of dealing with it but suddenly realize it’s Saturday and the garbage truck doesn’t come until Thursday. Your wife doesn’t want to help, of course, because she’s disgusted with the smell of Your Father’s Criticism when you mix it with the stench of Your Secretary’s Perfume, and promptly tosses a bag of Just Desserts onto your head. And there you are, covered in your marriage and wishing you could hose yourself off in the front yard without your neighbors gossiping about it. Funny as the analogy seems, it is not too different from how many of us treat our marriages: we allow trivial clutter to choke the life and power out of one of the most wonderful, mysterious blessings God has given us. READ MORE…Double Sun Swords Transparent 2

 


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If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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Beyond Ourselves

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Beyond Ourselves

The glass doors slide open and you and your child are met by a tired, old woman. “Welcome to Walmart,” she grunts. You absently smile and walk into the store, drawing your little dear closer as people jostle past you. Where Autumn paraphernalia once hung from the ceiling or lined the impulse-buy shelves, you now see Christmas decorations and flashy toys. Quickening your pace, you make a move towards the pharmacy, but notice resistance. Cringing, you hesitantly glance down and see your child’s eyes fixed on the latest Sofia the First Magical Talking Amulet. With a quick prayer, you tug again. Nothing.

“Can I get that amulet, Mommy?” she asks, letting go of your hand while walking towards the shelf where Sofia’s deceptively innocent grin taunts you from the front of the box, as though saying, “Good luck. She’s mine!”

“Honey, you can’t get that today. Maybe we’ll get it for you for Christmas.”

“Maybe?” Sofia throws back. “This is a limited edition magical talking amulet!”

“But I want it now!”

“We don’t have the money today,” you say quietly. Then with more authority, “Come on, we have to get a lot of things and get home before your dad gets off work.” You grab her hand and begin walking. She follows while craning her neck until the amulet is out of sight.

“This isn’t over,” you imagine Sofia calling to you.

Looking down, you see your daughter frowning in concentration. “But, Grandma gave me five dollars for my birthday last month. Why can’t I use some of that to get the amulet?”

“Yeah, what’s wrong with that?” Sofia mocks from the Sofia the First clearance Halloween toothbrush stand you pass on your way to grab some deodorant.

“Because you already used most of that to buy the Sofia the First Columbus Day Go Fish Cards. You only have fifty cents left.”

“Then what about that Sofia glow-in-the-dark chapstick?”

You feel a migraine coming on. “Not today. We’re too busy, and besides it’s…good grief $20 chaptsick?”

“Healthy lips are happy lips! Can you really put a price on your health?” Sofia winks at you and then blows a kiss to your daughter. She doesn’t notice.

“You’re mean.” She begins to tear up and folds her arms.

Certainly she wouldn’t throw another fit. Isn’t she tired out from the three she just threw in Publix? you ask yourself.

“Not when you give her my Sofia the First Super Star Vitamins every morning,” Sofia laughs.

You ignore the throbbing pain in your head and grab your daughter by the arm. “Let’s go, we’ve got to go get some groceries now.”

“But Mom!” she whines, trailing behind you. “I want that chapst…”

For a moment, the sudden silence comes like a wave of relief. But then you realize your fatal mistake when you see Sofia waving at you from the amulet shelf again. Why didn’t I take the long way around the store?

“It wouldn’t have mattered,” Sofia replies happily. “I’m stocked in the toy, hunting, and craft departments too. Also, there’s a surprise waiting for you on the cereal aisle.”

“I want the amulet!” your daughter suddenly shrieks behind you, pulls away from your hand and throws herself on the ground. After making several wriggling motions, she ends up under the amulet shelves.

“I….WANT…SOFIA!”

With everyone watching, your head exploding, and the growing realization that if you don’t give in, you’re very likely to experience what many psychiatrists are now calling Post-Sofia-the-First Psychosis, you grab the amulet and your flailing daughter and proceed to the checkout line.

The groceries can wait, you think, and then begin planning what to tell your husband about supper.

“It’s only food,” Sofia replies in comforting tones. “At least your darling little girl is happy.”

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            Let’s be honest with ourselves, even though this is fiction, we’ve all experienced the store tantrum at least once. Kids can be just as materialistic as the rest of us; and, with children becoming some of our biggest consumers…READ MORE.

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If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

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Silver Medalist / Cyber Weekend Sale / New Article

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Silver Medalist

Daniel and the Sun Sword brought home a silver medal!

Thanks to everyone who voted.

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Cyber Week Sale!

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Words of Eternal Life

John 6:68 “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Paul writes in Romans that my destiny as a Christian is to be conformed to the image of Christ—to spend my life allowing the Holy Spirit to bend me, mold me, and shape me until I resemble the Son of God.  I should, in fact, always be aware of some sin or bad habit that God is targeting for change.  Change, however, is hard.  After all, as a culture, we do tend toward cynicism and self-centeredness, both of which inhibit my willingness to die to myself and submit to what God wants.  So, when He begins putting pressure on me to crucify the deeds of the flesh, I have often squirmed my way to the edge of the Holy Spirit’s presence, where the compelling and louder voice of the flesh eases my guilt by excusing, rationalizing, and watering-down my sins.  But when I am honest with myself, I know that God will not settle for this, that He wants total submission and transformation.  Christ’s life made that…READ MORE


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If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

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Finalist in Cover Contest…Please Vote in Last Round!

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 D&SS is a Finalist in the AuthorsDB Cover Contest!

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Finalist for Cover Contest and New Articles

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 D&SS is a Finalist in the AuthorsDB Cover Contest!

Daniel and the Sun Sword is a FINALIST in the AuthorsDB cover contest. Thanks to everyone who voted.

BUT…

Another round of voting opens on November 15th to determine the overall winner. You’ll be hearing from me again soon…

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Unsolicited Advice

Several years ago, I wrote bi-monthly articles for a local magazine’s Good Advice column. I’ve now begun posting these in a new place on my website under a drop-down menu entitled Unsolicited Advice.

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I currently have two posted, and plan on posting a new one every two weeks. Here are brief excerpts with links for the first two. Enjoy!

But Be of Good Cheer

Almost everyone I talk to lately seems to be going through something difficult. My grandmother is in failing health and struggles to adapt to life in a nursing home. Relatives watch as a loved one makes poor life decisions. Others struggle with debt and difficult situations with work. My 25-year-old friend suffers from a calcified brain tumor that impairs his vision, balance, and causes nausea every day. There can be no doubt about it, we live in a fallen world and people around us have problems. Jesus even predicts this in John 16 when he says that, “In the world you shall have much tribulation…” His words do not end there, however, and in half the sentence following, he speaks the calming words, “…but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” These are easy words to say, but how can we effectively encourage those around us who are in the midst physical or emotional pain to “be of good cheer”? After talking with several friends and family members, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts about encouraging those who are struggling. READ MORE…

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I Don’t Feel Like Loving You…

The honeymoon phase of relationships is wonderful. People usually prioritize the time spent with their loved one, become other centered, self-sacrificing, gentle, and quick to forgive. Even in friendships we see a phase similar to this, wherein each person or couple, caught up in the joy of becoming acquainted with a new and exciting person, finds it easy to put others first. We feel hopeful about the future, and our lives seem filled up with activity and satisfaction.

Loving others who show love to us is easy and fun; it’s like a good business investment with the promise of a good return. But how long do honeymoons last? A week? A month? Maybe even a couple years? It’s only a matter of time, however, until something happens. READ MORE…

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Semi-finalist for Cover Contest…Please go Vote!

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Last Chance! Vote for Daniel and the Sun Sword in the Cover Contest Today!

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For those who haven’t voted yet, PLEASE go vote on D&SS’s cover in the Authorsdb Cover Contest. And remember, you actually have to “VOTE,” you can’t just click the Facebook “LIKE” button.

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Blue Light Special…Flash Sale…Black First-Week-Of-October….And All That Jazz.

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Blue Light Special…Flash Sale…Black First-Week-Of-October…25% Off…And All That Jazz.

 Last week Daniel and the Sun Sword was in the top 100 again for its category on Amazon.

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Woohoo!

To celebrate, orders placed to my website between now and October 9th will still receive a 25% discount!sale

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If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

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“Ancient Astronaut Theorists Suggest…You Buy My Book”

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Ancient Astronaut Theorists Suggest…

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE the Ancient Aliens show on the History Channel. It’s both hilarious and interesting. It’s hilarious because of the crazy guy with the weird hair, the number of times the phrase “As many ancient astronaut theorists suggest…” is said in each episode, and all the speculation. The interesting part comes in because the show’s popularity reflects the opinions of most Americans, which, according to a 2012 National Geographic survey, is that 77% believe there are signs that aliens have visited earth.

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But what I’m most fascinated by is how frequently the show uses the alien hypothesis to explain away spiritual beliefs. “No, no. Not gods. Just extremely intelligent, insanely powerful, hyper-dimensional beings who planted you here on this earth and then disappeared and who may or may not come back to destroy you…or help you advance as a species.”

It seems to me that in our era of scientism, such an explanation is sufficiently naturalistic, while still appealing to the universal human fascination for what we don’t understand, while allowing us to avoid any personal responsibility to the divine. Once the supernatural is redefined as simply “super-advanced,” then it’s okay to avoid it, disobey it, fight it.

As I’ve said in Daniel and the Sun Sword, it would stand to reason that the similarities between the major mythologies of the world would indicate that they reflect some element of truth. For the Christian, that truth is mankind’s painful journey away from God, God’s plan to redeem us, and a judgment on evil.

Which is why ancient astronaut theorists suggest you buy my book at a 25% discount! See below for details.

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Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

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The Olympics and You, and Also An Update

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The Olympics

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I’m not going to lie. In my household, we’re pretty big Olympics fans. We watch it every night (obsessively). I’m always amazed at the time and effort the athletes devote to their sport. They must LOVE what they do. At least, I hope they do.

Which gets me to thinking about us normal humans, and what we’re capable of. Those athletes have very visible talents, but God has given each of us gifts and talents as well—whether others know about them or not. And every gift is a tool through which you can experience the joy of God, if you will but invite Him to be with you while you USE it. I’ve found that more often than not, the greatest joy arising from using my gifts and talents usually comes when no one is around except me and Him.

This puts me in mind of the conversation between the Artist and the Spirit from The Great Divorce:

Spirit: “[In Heaven] they aren’t distinguished—no more than anyone else. Don’t you understand? The Glory flows into everyone, and back from everyone: like light and mirrors…”

Artist: “Do you mean there are no famous men?”

Spirit: “They are all famous. They are all known, remembered, recognized by the only Mind that can give a perfect judgment.”

In the private times and solitary places, create, practice, write, play, garden, run, cook, sing, build, walk, study…do. Simply because He has put it in you to do so. You are recognized by the only Mind that can give a perfect judgment.

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Updates

Last week, Daniel and the Sun Sword was #58 in the Action and Adventure category on Amazon!

 

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Also, for those who haven’t voted yet, please please please don’t forget to vote on D&SS’s cover in the AuthorsDB Cover Contest. And remember, you actually have to “VOTE,” you can’t just click the Facebook “LIKE” button.

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If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

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Daniel and the Sun Sword Video Companion

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D&SS Video Companion

Late last school year, I did a few presentations for Daniel and the Sun Sword at a local school. As a fun way to give an overview of the book, I created this video to be a companion for my “book report.” So, if you want some visuals to go along with the story in your head, here you go!

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Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

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