AN UNLIKELY EVANGELIST in Free eBook for Father’s Day

AN UNLIKELY EVANGELIST in Free eBook for Father’s Day

Unlikely Evangelist CoverIn honor of Father’s Day, I am giving away free downloads of my book, An Unlikely Evangelist. It will be available in all eBook formats from the Smashwords eBook Store from June 9 through June 23.

At 5:10 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, I learned that my father had passed away.

Daddy had died as he had lived; all alone in the bar he managed. I grieved, not just for the loss of my father, but because I wasn’t sure where he would spend eternity.

However, during the week of his death and funeral, several events revealed God’s hand at work. The day after we returned home, I wrote down the experience in a short memoir called, An Unlikely Evangelist, and shared it with a few friends.

The response was overwhelming. My pastor asked me to read it during the Father’s Day service. Monica Schmelter, host of the syndicated television show Bridges on the Christian Television Network, invited me to read it on her program and encouraged me to share my story with as many people as possible.

“Father’s Day is usually thought of as a happy occasion for family gatherings,” Monica explained. “But not everyone has a great relationship with their dad. It can be a tough day for some people. Paula’s story is so encouraging and I believe it can bring healing to a lot of hurting people.”

I did not write this story to be anything more than my own memories. So many people commented on it, however, and asked where they could get copies of it, that I decided to publish it as a short story.

I am humbled that the story continues to touch people. LeAnn Morris commented in a reader’s review: “This is a touching story and tribute to God’s unseen work to bring healing of past pain and disappointment, and the expectation of a glorious reunion one day. Well done Paula!!!”

Since the book’s initial release, it has been my tradition to give away the eBook version during the Father’s Day season. There are no hoops to jump through and no coupons to fuss with. To download a copy of An Unlikely Evangelist, click here.

The song, Nothing is Wasted, by my friend Jason Gray, was an encouragement to me during the writing of An Unlikely Evangelist. Please check out his amazing music video. For more information about Jason, visit him online at JasonGrayMusic.com.

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A 5-Star Review for “GLORY REVEALED” from Interviews and Reviews

A 5-Star Review for “GLORY REVEALED” from Interviews and Reviews

Reviewer Janis Cox gave”GLORY REVEALED: Sisters of Lazarus, Book 2, a 5-star review on the Interviews and Reviews website.

She commented the book was “A must read for anyone wanting biblical fiction.” Some of her other comments included, “I loved reading this account of Mary and Martha during the days before Christ’s crucifixion and after.” “Her [Paula’s] portrayal of each character was masterfully done. I saw the people and the times. I smelled the food. I felt as if I were there.”

Click here to read Ms. Cox’s full review. 

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“YOURS?” “MINE.”

“YOURS?” “MINE.”

My hubby, who is a professional actor, told me about a simple conversation you hear on a film set among the tech crew.

When Techie A is handing a piece of equipment to Techie B, she will ask, “Yours?”

To which Techie B will respond, “Mine.”

It’s important to note that Techie B only responds like this once he has a solid grasp on the piece of equipment being handed to him. It’s at that point, when Techie B responds, “Mine,” that Techie A will release her grip on the piece of equipment.

This back and forth conversation is only used when the technical crew is handling expensive equipment, such as lights, camera, lenses, things that cost thousands—or often tens of thousands—of dollars. It’s a way that each tech person states that they realize the value of what they are being entrusted with and are ready to take care of it.

That simple, two-word conversation carries great power, understanding, and responsibility.

What if that question and answer was used at other times? Would it make a difference how we treat situations in life?

Such as the moment when a baby takes his first breath. God looks at the parents and asks, “Yours?” Would parents understand the weightiness of their responsibility of loving this child, of sacrificing for this child, of raising this child, before answering, “Mine?”

Fast-forward several years. That child goes to her first day of school. The parent looks at that teacher and asks, “Yours?” Would that teacher realize how important it is to not only present knowledge, but also empower the child with a thirst for learning, before answering, “Mine?”

Fast-forward a decade. That child is hired at his first job. The parent looks at the employer and asks, “Yours?” Would that employer realize that his responsibility is to not only make a profit, but to set an atmosphere in the workplace where this young man can learn to be a valued member of the company, before answering, “Mine?”

Fast-forward another ten years or so. That grown-up child, dressed in a white dress, walks down the aisle to stand by a young man. Two sets of parents look at the other person standing by their own child and ask, “Yours?” Would this young couple realize that weight of “for better, for worse; for richer and for poorer; in sickness and in health, until death do us part,” before answering, “Mine?”

Fast-forward many decades. That woman is sitting by a hospital bed, holding the hand of the man she loves. She looks up to the heavens and asks, “Yours?”

Now. Here is the one time, when the other Person, the Creator of the Universe, the One Who created and loves both the person lying in the bed and the one holding his hand; this Person understands the weight of the question. He alone can take that precious soul to His bosom, and look into the eyes of the wife saying goodbye to her husband and say, “Mine.”

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“GLORY REVEALED” Garners a 5-Star Review on Interviews and Reviews Website

“GLORY REVEALED” Garners a 5-Star Review on Interviews and Reviews Website

Carol A. Brown gave GLORY REVEALED a 5-star review on the Interviews and Reviews website. Here are a few of her comments:

“I very much enjoyed this book!… What I liked was the texture, context, and backstory that it gives to the scriptural account of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. It also provides a fuller picture of the sequence of events leading up to the judgment and what may have been in the minds and hearts of those involved in the incitement against Jesus…I will heartily recommend Glory Revealed. It was a wonderful read during Passion Week!”

Click here to read the full review.

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Read an Ebook Week

Read an Ebook Week

*From Paula: Check out the news item below. All of my books published through WordCrafts Press are part of this special celebration.

If you have ever wanted to take a chance on a new author, but didn’t want to fork over full price for a hardback or paperback edition, now is your chance! The 9th annual Read an Ebook Week is underway, and runs through end of day March 11.

A multitude of authors and publishers from around the world participate in this global ebook celebration, offering thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles available for free or at deep discounts in all major ebook formats, including .epub, for most ereader devices such as iPad and Nook, and .mobi for Kindle.

WordCrafts Press is joining in the celebration, offering all of its ebook titles at a 75 percent discount from retail, exclusively through the Smashwords ebookstore.

“We’re thrilled to participate in the Read an Ebook Week celebration,” said WordCrafts Press publisher, Mike Parker. “What a great opportunity for readers to discover new authors, and for less than the price of a cup of coffee!”

The Smashwords ebookstore makes it easy for readers to purchase participating titles. Simply visit the Smashwords website and search for the WordCrafts Press title you want. Click on the Buy With Coupon button, then use the code RAE75 to get the discounted price. But hurry. The discounted prices end at close of business, March 11.

“If you enjoy your ebook, please take time to share your thoughts on your favorite social media site,” Parker added. “The best publicity an author can get is an honest recommendation from a reader.”

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