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Daniel and the Triune Quest Tour

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  • 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!

 


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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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Cover Reveal for Daniel and the Triune Quest!

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  • Cover Reveal and Poll
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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

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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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Book Release Date / Cast Your Vote for Release Party Specifics

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  • Book Release Date / Cast Your Vote for Release Party Specifics
  • Photo Puzzler # 4 
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  • 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.


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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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BOLO For Release Party Info / Photo Puzzler #3

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  • 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…


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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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Another Photo Puzzler

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  • Another Photo Puzzler
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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…

 


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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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A Photo Puzzler / Creativity and the Image of God

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  • 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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Editing…My Life

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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…

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Daniel and the Triune Quest…It’s Official!

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  • 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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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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Update on Daniel and the Triune Quest (Sort Of)

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  • Updates: Daniel and the Triune Quest / Sons and Daughters Book 2
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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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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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Happy New Year! / New Article: Protecting Your Marriage

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  • Happy New Year! 
  • New Article: Protecting Your Marriage 
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
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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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  • Cyber Month Sale (Apparently)
  • New Article: Beyond Ourselves • 
  • Please review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer •

Cyber Month Sale (Apparently)

Order a copy of D&SS from my website between now and December 20th and

receive a signed copy at a 30% discount!


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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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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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Silver Medalist / Cyber Weekend Sale / New Article

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  • Cyber Week Sale 
  • New Article: Words of Eternal Life • 
  • Please review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
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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!

Order a copy of D&SS from my website between now and December 3rd and

receive a signed copy at a 30% discount!


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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!

Voting is now re-opened until Friday, NOVEMBER 18th. Please go vote!

Click on the image below to be taken to the site:

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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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 D&SS is a semi-finalist in the AuthorsDB Cover Contest!

Voting is now re-opened until Saturday, NOVEMBER 5th. 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•
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  • Please review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
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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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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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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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“Ancient Astronaut Theorists Suggest…You Buy My Book”

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  • Ancient Astronaut Theorists Suggest…
  • …You Buy My Book at a discount
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  • Book Trailer •

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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Autumn Sale!

Order from my website between now and September 31st and receive a signed copy at a 25% discount!


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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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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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The Olympics and You, and Also An Update

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  • The Olympics and You 
  • Update •
  • Please vote for D&SS Cover Contest at Authors DB • 
  • Please review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON! • 
  • Book Trailer • 
  • Ordering information • 

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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Authors DB

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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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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Daniel and the Sun Sword Video Companion

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  • Ordering information • 

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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Authors DB

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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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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True Freedom

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♦ True Freedom ♦

 You can’t be free from a problem unless you realize it’s there, and you understand the solution. In Daniel and the Sun Sword, Daniel eventually lets go of his anger, but only after he simultaneously realizes the extent of its toxicity and the freedom that comes through forgiveness. I didn’t understand salvation until the middle of the night at 9 years old when God woke me up, revealed the depth of my sin, and made the necessity of redemption clearer. 

In the same way, America was founded by brave souls who understood that depraved men abuse power, and therefore government must be a balance of freedom and accountability. Praise God for their insight and wisdom.

Happy Independence Day!

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Authors DB

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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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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Amazon Ranking, Updates, and Thanks

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♦ Amazon Ranking, Updates, and Thanks♦

 You know the book rankings on Amazon.com? The ones you may or may not even know exist because you’re a normal, well-adjusted person with more important things to do with your time? Well, authors obsess over them, and being in the top 100 in your browsing categories is something to celebrate. And this past week (drum roll please…) Daniel and the Sun Sword was #66!

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Also, I had a lot of fun talking with budding authors at the book signing at Red House Bookstore last weekend. Keep writing. Keep writing. Keep writing.

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And finally, a hearty thanks to Teressa Nyman at Red House Bookstore for having me!

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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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DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeAmazon Is Open For Reviews!

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

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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Live at Lunch and Book Signing

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♦ Live at Lunch ♦

Last week I had the opportunity to go on WTVY’s Live at Lunch segment to plug the book signing at Red House Bookstore on June 11th.
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Writers usually prefer to be hidden behind a computer screen or bent over a notebook scrawling out ideas for their latest chapter, not up in front of people and definitely not on TV! But, I survived.

So, come on down to the book signing on June 11th from 11:00-1:00 at Red House Bookstore in Dothan.

Get a book.

Get it signed.

Find out how you can get published.

Bam.

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Written a Book? Submit a Query for Critique!

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Got a dusty manuscript somewhere that’s dying to be published?

Writing a query letter but need some direction?

Well, come on down to Red House Books on June 11th from 11:00-1:00 to get some tips on how to see your book through from start to finish. The first twenty to submit query letters* will receive a critique!

Copies of Daniel and the Sun Sword will be available through the bookstore, so click here for the Facebook Event page where you can RSVP. You can also do so by calling (334)-792-1475.

*Submissions can be sent to nathan.lumbatis@gmail.com and will be given back to authors in person on the day of the book signing and publishing presentation.

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Authors DB

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.

Click on the image below to be taken to the site:

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DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeAmazon Is Open For Reviews!

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

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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 Ordering Links

Amazon

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$15.00 + S&H and tax
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Gator in Real Life

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♦ Gator in Real Life ♦

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It’s true! Last week, I was sent these pictures from a reader who did a book report on Daniel and the Sun Sword. She dressed up like Gator, Daniel’s obnoxious and barbaric adoptive sister.

I have it on good authority that she made a 103%. And rightly so. Well done!

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Written a Book? Submit a Query for Critique!

Red House Books Facebook Event Photo

Got a dusty manuscript somewhere that’s dying to be published?

Writing a query letter but need some direction?

Well, come on down to Red House Books on June 11th from 11:00-1:00 to get some tips on how to see your book through from start to finish. The first twenty to submit query letters* will receive a critique!

Copies of Daniel and the Sun Sword will be available through the bookstore, so click here for the Facebook Event page where you can RSVP. You can also do so by calling (334)-792-1475.

*Submissions can be sent to nathan.lumbatis@gmail.com and will be given back to authors in person on the day of the book signing and publishing presentation.

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Authors DB

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.

Click on the image below to be taken to the site:

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DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeAmazon Is Open For Reviews!

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

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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 Ordering Links

Amazon

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$15.00 + S&H and tax
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