Things I've encountered during the writing and publishing process.
Jeremy Sieberhagen and his wife Marlene have lived in the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakstan and Azerbaijan for the last twenty years. Jeremy and Marlene have three children; Abigail, Nathan and Hannah.
Creative story telling was, in large part, what helped get the kids through many cold winter nights. What began as a single story soon grew into The Adventures Of White Lightning.
The Adventures of White Lightning take place in the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia. It is the story of a young horse and how he comes to understand and trust the great Tangri, Creator God. It is a story of the consequences of making mistakes, of courage in the face of evil. It is a story of confidence and exploration, of perseverance in hardship, of trust and friendship. It is a story that teaches that we are all loved and created by God.
For more information on the paperback & e-book version please visit Koozzz Publishing.
The past several months I've been working with Andy Sieberhagen to prepare thirty of his family's most significant memories of living ten years in several Central Asian countries. The result is a powerful collection of stories that reflect the pilgrimage of an ordinary man in the hands of an extraordinary God living among those who have never heard the gospel.
Today I met with a local missions pastor to finalize plans for a new book project highlighting ten years of missionary work in Central Asia. I'm so excited after reading a few of chapters! Powerful stuff! Look for it in March!
Last month I worked with Kris Barnett to release his One Year Bible study companion, you can read more in this post. This month we release the e-book version in the most popular e-readers, Kindle, iBook & Nook.
The book was recently reviewed in "Preaching Magazine".
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I was contacted recently by Kristopher Barnett. He is a pastor who, in 2010, was looking to challenge his congregation to reading through the Bible in a year. He decided to utilize the One Year reading plan available from Tyndale Publishing. Along with reading God's word he began looking for resources that coincided with the daily readings to help his church come to a deeper understanding of God's Word, not just to read through it.
He knew that most people approached Bible reading for information rather than transformation. He wanted his congregation to move beyond simply reading the word of God and experience the joy of living out the word of God. The search for application based resources yielded little fruit.
Disappointed in the results of his search, he decided that he would take it upon himself to provide application oriented questions to publish in the church bulletin. Those questions provided the foundation for the book "What Now?".
Kris soon discovered that the most likely publisher for the project was not interested, and then to my surprise, the publisher actually referred him to me. I am the owner of the website oneyearbibleonline.com, the same site he recommended his church utilize for reading through the Bible online. Since I had recently started Koozzz Publishing, a small Christian publishing, I was excited to learn how the project began and more of the details of him working with a publisher. After discussing different alternatives we agreed that a print copy that included space for journaling would be best. We also planned to release the book in the major e-reader formats. For more information on his book please visit the Koozzz Publishing site.
For the last couple of months I've been working with Anisa Hardin and her folks to publish her first book, Diary of a Cabin Girl. It's a Christian fiction story intended for 9-13 year-olds. On August 6th I was able to deliver the proof copy to Anisa with artist Eric Mize also on hand.
The story of 12 year old Nicole takes place in the early 18th century, she works as a cabin girl on the Storm Haven, a sailing ship. Nicole doesn't know her last name because of being separated from her family when she was very young. She writes each days' events to her diary, not realizing that she is recording the most drastic changes of her life. When she finds out what has been missing in her life, it turns out to be much more than her family.
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Diary of a Cabin Girl is published by Koozzz Publishing of Mount Vernon, OH, it's the first book in a series titled The Heritage Diaries. I've already been briefed on volume 2 and anxious to begin working on it.
In downtown Columbus, Ohio we're fortunate to have a replica of the historic sailing vessel The Santa Maria. I was able to schedule a photo shoot one morning and received approval from The Santa Maria Ship Museum to use one of the images for the back cover.
July 1st, 2011 is the official launch date for Tug & Arnie, In The Gardener's Hands. It was written by new author Kyle Cook who dedicated it to his son Eli. Together with illustrator Dan Euans we collaborated to publish the first instalment of Tug & Arnie where the duo begins their adventure exploring the Gardener's tree. Read how they meet and come to know the Gardener, and discover the Biblical truths he teaches regarding true friendship and safe travels.
Title: Tug & Arnie, In The Gardener’s Hands