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Fun…and More Fun

In this Post…

  • Updates: Co-Op and Claybank Jamboree
  • Behold the sequel’s tentative title: Daniel and the …
  • Ordering information

Co-OpCo op

I had a blast speaking with the Novel Writing class at the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Homeschool Co-op this past Tuesday! Thanks for having me, guys!

 

Claybank Jamboree

Claybank jamboree

What’s next? Come buy some books at booth 208 at the 2015 Claybank Jamboree in downtown Ozark, AL this Saturday from 9:00-4:00. And, I suppose you can shop around at other booths too. If you have to.


  Tentative Title

Thanks to everyone who voted about the sequel to Daniel and the Sun Sword! The consensus is Daniel and the Triune Quest! So, for now at least, that is my working title for the sequel.


 Ordering Info

  1. Amazon is currently shipping books pre-ordered through their website.
  2. When reviews are able to be posted onto Amazon, you can be SURE that I will be letting you all know!
  3. The Ebook will be available on SOON!
  4. You can still order books through me by using the Paypal links below or on the Homepage of my website. These can be picked up at 1st Pres (Dothan) or Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword locally

Single Copy: $15.00+tax

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Multiple copies $13.00 + tax Buy Now Button
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If you live out of the area, click HERE to order on Amazon.

♦DON’T GET CONFUSED: The book will ship at the end of September, but on Amazon.com and on B&N.com you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed as November 3, 2015. This is due to Mysterious Publishing World Rules. As the name implies, they’re very mysterious.


What I’ve Been Up To…

In this Post…

  • What I’ve Been Up To
  • Behold the sequel’s tentative title: Daniel and the …
  • Ordering information

What I’ve Been Up To…

I am skipping my usual article this morning in favor of posting a few pictures of the Pediatric Mental Health Conference yesterday. I enjoyed speaking on Play Therapy Techniques for Multiple Populations, and even had time to sell some books to awesome people. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table!

conference crowd

On Tuesday, I’ll be speaking on Novel Writing to the Ridgecrest Homeschool Co-op, and on Saturday, I’ll be selling books at the Claybank Jamboree.  Busy month.


 Tentative Title

Thanks to everyone who voted! The consensus is Daniel and the Triune Quest! So, for now at least, that is my working title.


 Ordering Info

  1. Amazon is currently shipping books pre-ordered through their website.
  2. When reviews are able to be posted onto Amazon, you can be SURE that I will be letting you all know!
  3. The Ebook will be available on September 28th!
  4. You can still order books through me by using the Paypal links below or on the Homepage of my website. These can be picked up at 1st Pres (Dothan) or Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword locally

Single Copy: $15.00+tax

Buy Now Button
DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_3d_paperback_LARGE

Multiple copies $13.00 + tax Buy Now Button
Multiple Copies image

If you live out of the area, click HERE to order on Amazon.

♦DON’T GET CONFUSED: The book will ship at the end of September, but on Amazon.com and on B&N.com you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed as November 3, 2015. This is due to Mysterious Publishing World Rules. As the name implies, they’re very mysterious.


So Many Religions, So Little Time

In this Post…

  • So Many Religions, So Little Time
  • Last week to vote for the sequel’s title: Daniel and the _______
  • Ordering information

So Many Religions, So Little Time

In Daniel and the Sun Sword, Daniel is met with competing worldviews: Christianity, Humanism, and Incan Polytheism. He quickly figures out which one is based on truth because of the events of the book. But not everyone gets called to go on a supernatural quest that shatters all doubt in a personal God. So, for those of us slogging through the Shadowlands, how do we know which religion/belief system is true? Beyond personal experience, one might say a truth-seeker would need to determine which belief system best fits the evidence. Since anyone can zip on over to Youtube and start listening to a slew of intellectuals teaching on the matter, I’ll spare you my attempt to explain why I believe and simply link you to a playlist on Youtube of said intellectuals. I’ve arranged these in the following order:

  1. Science
  2. Philosophy
  3. Archaeology
  4. History
  5. Textual Criticism
  6. Miracles

Nathan's playlist

 


Last week to vote!

 


 Ordering Info

  1. Amazon should be shipping the books pre-ordered through their website very soon!
  2. When reviews are able to be posted onto Amazon, you can be SURE that I will be letting you all know!
  3. The Ebook will be available on September 28th!
  4. You can still order books through me by using the Paypal links below or on the Homepage of my website. These can be picked up at 1st Pres (Dothan) or Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword locally

Single Copy: $15.00+tax

Buy Now Button
DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_3d_paperback_LARGE

Multiple copies $13.00 + tax Buy Now Button
Multiple Copies image

If you live out of the area, click HERE to order on Amazon.

♦DON’T GET CONFUSED: The book will ship at the end of September, but on Amazon.com and on B&N.com you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed as November 3, 2015. This is due to Mysterious Publishing World Rules. As the name implies, they’re very mysterious.


Crucibles of Belief

In this Post…

  • Crucibles of Belief
  • Don’t forget to cast your vote for the sequel’s title: Daniel and the _______
  • Ordering information

Crucibles of Belief

In Daniel and the Sun Sword, Daniel and his friends flee from one trial to another—their decisions bringing them closer to the Father, or closer to the Enemy.

Will Daniel accept Raylin’s help or go off on his own?

Will he accept the quest to find the shards of the Sun Sword or just try to get back to the US?

Will he place faith in the Father or simply rely on himself?

Even outside the realm of fantasy, we face such dilemmas each day. Give into temptation or resist? Blow up in anger Worldviewor exercise patience? Believe this or believe that? Our response to each of these brings us closer to, or further away from, God.

The choice of what to believe—of what to place faith and trust in—is The Most Important Dilemma we face each day. Each choice point is a crucible: a test or trial producing something new in us. In the age of Google and Youtube, we are constantly bombarded by opinions, information, and entertainment, each impacting our choices (and the decisions of our kids) little by little. Below are a few Crucibles of Belief at war within our culture.

 

 

Where do you and your kids fall on these continuums?

Absolute Truth  ⇐⇔⇒  Multiple Competing Truths

Destiny and Purpose of Mankind  ⇐⇔⇒  Meaninglessness

Science  ⇐⇔⇒  Scientism

God-inspired Bible  ⇐⇔⇒  Man-inspired Bible

Theism   ⇐⇔⇒  Humanism

Are you becoming more like God or the Enemy?

 


 


 Ordering Info

  1. Amazon should be shipping the books pre-ordered through their website very soon!
  2. When reviews are able to be posted onto Amazon, you can be SURE that I will be letting you all know!
  3. The Ebook will be available on September 28th!
  4. You can still order books through me by using the Paypal links below or on the Homepage of my website. These can be picked up at 1st Pres (Dothan) or Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword locally

Single Copy: $15.00+tax

Buy Now Button
DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_3d_paperback_LARGE

Multiple copies $13.00 + tax Buy Now Button
Multiple Copies image

If you live out of the area, click HERE to order on Amazon.

♦DON’T GET CONFUSED: The book will ship at the end of August or first of September, but on Amazon.com and on B&N.com you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed as November 3, 2015. This is due to Mysterious Publishing World Rules. As the name implies, they’re very mysterious.


Worldviews and Woozles

In this Post…

  • Worldviews and Woozles
  • Cast your vote for the sequel’s title: Daniel and the _______
  • Fun videos
  • Ordering information

Worldviews and Woozles

Remember in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day when Tigger bursts up into Pooh’s house spouting nonsense about Heffalumps and Woozles? Pooh, being a bear of “very little brain,” took Tigger’s claims at face value. He was soWoozle
convinced, in fact, that he had one of the most horrifyingly phantasmagorical dreams that ever made it to the big screen. A little truth (elephants and weasels), plus a lot of bias (terrifying and powerful honey thieves), and Pooh is now haunted by fear (Heffalumps and Woozles). A silly example, I grant you, but one that has a good lesson: if you are unaware of your presuppositions and how they impact your perception of Truth, your worldview will be created by emotional reasoning, not facts.

One of the great things about writing is that you get to constantly explore issues through the different, and often totally opposing, views of the characters. In previous posts (here, here, and here), I discussed the worldviews of each main character from Daniel and the Sun Sword, and how presuppositions impacted their reactions to the events in the plot.

Christopher Robin may never have convinced Pooh Bear that Heffalumps and Woozles weren’t real. But Daniel, Ben, and Raylin do come to realize how their own subjective biases had distorted their perception of reality, and, by extension, God. It’s a good lesson for all of us: recognize our presuppositions and Truth will be easier to see.

Are you aware of your own presuppositions?

How do they affect your worldview?



Videos

All videos related to D&SS are now in one central location on my website!
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Ordering Info

  1. Amazon should be shipping the books pre-ordered through their website very soon!
  2. When reviews are able to be posted onto Amazon, you can be SURE that I will be letting you all know!
  3. The Ebook will be available on September 28th!
  4. You can still order books through me by using the Paypal links below or on the Homepage of my website. These can be picked up at 1st Pres (Dothan) or Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

 To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword locally

Single Copy: $15.00+tax

Buy Now Button
DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_3d_paperback_LARGE

Multiple copies $13.00 + tax Buy Now Button
Multiple Copies image

If you live out of the area, click HERE to order on Amazon.

♦DON’T GET CONFUSED: The book will ship at the end of August or first of September, but on Amazon.com and on B&N.com you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed as November 3, 2015. This is due to Mysterious Publishing World Rules. As the name implies, they’re very mysterious.