My Favorite #AddaWordRuinAChristianBook Tweets

My Favorite #AddaWordRuinAChristianBook Tweets

Have you come across the hashtag #AddaWordRuinAChristianBook yet? If you are a reader, check it out. The tweets you’ll read will have you laughing again and again. The hashtag #AddaWordRuinAChristianBook was created by Rachel Marie Stone on Monday morning. The tag was so popular, it became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter in the U.S., with Christian leaders, authors, and bloggers joining in the online fun. Thousands of Twitter users used their creativity and came up with a new book title by inserting a new word in the title of a popular Christian bookto change the meaning. They tweeted these new titles along with the #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook hashtag. What followed is truly hilarious. Authors and publishers joined in tweeting new titles to their books and encouraged others to do so as well. Many offered giveaways for the most creative tweet. Ed Stetzer even added book covers to highlight some of his favorite. See them all HERE. Have some ideas of your own? Feel free to join in. All you need to do is create a comical book name and tweet it with the hashtag #AddaWordRuinAChristianBook. I’ve picked a few of my favorites out and listed them below along with the author of the tweet. Found a few more favorites? Leave them in the comments. My Favorite Tweets from #AddaWordRuinAChristianBook I French Kissed Dating Goodbye @Rachel_M_Stone Crazy Love Handles @stevekmccoy The Taco Shack @rustygraves The Power of a Praying Mantis Wife @tedolsen The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Malfunction @chudson71 “The Problem of Pain Killers” by C.S. Lewis @JonathanMerritt Returning One Thousand Gifts @KatelynBeaty The Costco of Discipleship @dianabutlerbass A New Kind of Christian Mingle @TylerHuckabee Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Upholsterer, Spy @ericmetaxas Chicken Soup Nazi for the Soul @cameronstrang Desiring God Complexes @barnabaspiper Outlive your life savings @adrianwarnock Boy Meets Bat Girl @ashgmoore Nose Piercing the Darkness @Rachel_M_Stone The Pilgrims Progress report @adrianwarnock Brothers, We Are Not Internet Professionals. @Servant_Lawyer The Great Divorce Attorney @sirkevinbean C’Mere Christianity @cprsmum The Divine Conspiracy Theory @zfleming01 The Fellowship of the Onion Ring @Tom_Paisley And it’s sequel, Return of the Burger King @Tom_Paisley The Purpose Driven Life Jacket @Rachel_M_Stone  ...

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If You’re Not Giving, You’re Not Living

If You’re Not Giving, You’re Not Living

It started with the memory of a memorial service for a Pastor I once knew. That was followed by a story of a man and his wife and eight children who sold their business to be missionaries in Nicaragua. And it ended with a video I happened to see on Facebook this morning. What I’m talking about is the 7 simple words “If you’re not giving, you’re not living.“ It’s a catchy title, don’t you think? If you just read those seven words, you may nod your head in agreement, maybe file it away in your memory to dwell on later, or you may consider it a pithy slogan and not give it any further thought. But if you’re interested, here’s the story behind it. The Pastor My former pastor was a good man, wonderful teacher, and good friend to me and my family.  Not full of bravo, not an attention seeker, he was just a man, normal and ordinary. How he adds to this story is what happened at his funeral. His son was assigned to do his eulogy, to speak to the people who came to show their respect. It was not your normal eulogy. His son told of the years growing up in the church how he would spend hours waiting for his dad to finish praying for every single member of the church. It was a kind speech. It touched the heart of everyone there. But, what left us all in amazement was when his son asked for a show of hands. He asked the audience to raise their hands if they ever received money from his dad, or a visit at the hospital, a visit in the middle of the night, or clothes, or shoes, or furniture, or help going to a camp, or help with their yard work, or just a special conversation when you needed it. The hands began to fly up and down furiously. We may have come to show our respect for a good and kind man at his funeral, but when his son asked these questions, we were in awe from the many lives this man not only touched, but changed with his lifetime of normal and ordinary gifts. I pondered this and realized that this normal, ordinary pastor truly lived. The Family Last Sunday, we visited my sons Church. In preparation to our visit, I watched the previous weeks sermon online to get a feel for what to expect at this Church. Just before the sermon began, the pastor asked for prayer for a family raising money to go to Nigaragua for one year. The pastor encouraged all to contribute but also noted that this husband and wife with their eight children heard the call to go and sold a successful business to become missionaries. After the one year in Nicaragua, they would come home to no business, no home, no income. This family didn’t expect contributions, they sold everything they had to be obedient and give one year of their life and to trust God to supply what they needed while they were there and when (or if) they returned home. I found that astonishing. I sensed a lack of giving in my heart. This was living. The Video Checking my Facebook page this morning, I found a video titled “Giving” posted by Kyle Idleman, author of Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus. Because my mind was already stirring from the other thoughts on giving, I watched this video. What do I know? I know that Jesus said “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” I know that small acts of kindness, pay great rewards. And, I’m reminded of the line from the movie Braveheart “Every man dies, not everyman really lives.“ Am I giving of my life to others, like the pastor? Am I giving of my future, like the family? And, am I giving in the moment, like in the video? If I’m not giving, am I really living? Are...

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Introducing VP Publicity

Introducing VP Publicity

For some time now, I’ve blogged about freelance web design, social media, writers conferences and other helpful tips for authors, publishers and media groups here on this site. My freelance work has grown so that I need to place all that information on another site to free this site up for my personal writings. So, if your interested in my freelance work or want to continue reading my updates on web design, social media and other topics for writers, please visit the new site, VP Publicity at www.vppublicity.com.  I’ve moved my portfolio to that site and added other freelance information there. With this change, if you are still subscribed here, you’ll start receiving blog post from my journal, devotions, bible studies and more. So if you want to continue receiving marketing info, check out the new site. At the new site, you’ll find: My Portfolio and Gallery of web designs My Advertising Opportunities on The Vessel Project, the Christian Publishing Directory, as well on The Vessel Project Facebook Page. My thoughts on book marketing and publicity. And, because I am the creative type, I’ll be redesigning this site to better function as my blog.  If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a note at keiki.hendrix@gmail.com...

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson, Sharing Hope for Hurting Hearts

Dr. Michelle Bengtson, Sharing Hope for Hurting Hearts

Have you met Dr. Michelle Bengtson? If not, allow me to introduce you. Besides being a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Southlake, Texas, Dr. Michelle is a passionate inspirational author and speaker. Her desire is to share hope for hurting hearts. She brings a lifetime of experience to her patients and to all who attend her workshops and conferences. She’s just started a new column on her website called ‘Ask Dr. Michelle’ where she answer reader questions. So, if you have a question for Dr. Michelle, go HERE and send it to her. It just might make her weekly column. We just finished designing her website which makes her website the newest in my portfolio. Here’s a peak at her new site. Lots of great information there. Find it at www.drmichellebengtson.com. Browse through it and leave her a comment on two. Sign up for her email updates. And, if your church or organization needs a speaker, check out her One Sheet and Speaking Topics...

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Following God is an Education of Its Own

Following God is an Education of Its Own

This is the latest of my image art creations. I hope you like it. When I saw the image, that quote from Katie Davis came to mind and I just put them both together. Her book, Kisses from Katie is an outstanding book. If you haven’t read it, pick it up and discover why it’s a New York Times Best seller.

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VP Reviews: Affordable, Professional Book Reviews

VP Reviews: Affordable, Professional Book Reviews

I’m developing a new service for authors seeking to cultivate and grow a healthy reader base. VP Reviews, a professional book review service for authors, publishers and media groups will roll out in less than 30 days. The framework for this service is complete but the details are still in process. If you are or represent an author, publisher or media group and want to know more about this new author service, please complete the form below. Background The Vessel Project, my flagship site is a website for those who love Christian books that offers free and discount Christian books. It began as a book review website where I posted all my book reviews. As more and more people subscribed to The Vessel Project, I was inundated with review requests so I started adding reviews from trusted friends.  Having a heart to promote Christian books, I wanted to help these authors, publishers and other groups get the word out about their books but I was simply overwhelmed with the number of review requests. I stopped posting reviews altogether.  I could not justify the time spent reading, writing reviews and publishing the reviews on The Vessel Project and/or other consumer sites.  I reformatted The Vessel Project as an eBook alert service offering readers my recommendations of 15+ free and discounted Christian books. Purpose of VP Reviews Authors need book reviews, they are essential in marketing their book and in developing a reader base.  VP Reviews will offer an affordable service to authors, publishers, media groups  where they will receive a professional review of their book. Optional services will also be offered like publishing the review on several sites and social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  This exposure on  The Vessel Project social media outlets is well over 50,000. If this interests you, please be sure to complete the form with your name, email address, website/blog and any notes or comments you have. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.   Name(required) Email(required) Website Comment(required)            ...

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About Writing Author Bios

About Writing Author Bios

Ask a writer to compose a few paragraphs summarizing a person, an organization, or an idea and they’ll complete that for you in no time flat. Ask them to write their bio in the same amount of time and it may be hours before they finish that assignment, if they ever do. Most writers don’t like to write their own bios. But, unless you plan to publish your work anonymously, you’re going to need a bio. In fact, you are going to need several. Here’s a few tips on writing an impressive bio. Bio Essentials The most important thing in crafting a bio (or any other writing project) is to know your reader.  Your audience should determine whether you write your bio in first person or in third person. For personal interaction purposes like query letters or your website, first person bios are best. For magazines, proposals, book jackets, etc., write your bio in third person. Here’s a simple formula for writing a bio. Identify yourself. If you have a tagline, include it in your first sentence. Then, state your purpose and/or what you write.  Follow that with your credentials. For new writers with no publishing credits, include your memberships and associations. Finish up with your contact information or website. Bio Fluff Bios need to be short, clear and interesting to the reader.  The shorter your bio the more people will read it. If you’ve crafted a few interesting sentences for your bio, people will want to know more about you. But, if you’ve filled your bio with fluff or lots of descriptive adjectives that are meant to impress, you run the danger of turning off your audience. Not good. Bio Expiry After you’ve crafted your bio, keep it fresh. Give it an expiration date on your calendar. Rewrite it often. Your life changes and so should your bio. Remember that the more you work on writing a clear, interesting bio, the better you’ll get at it. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. ~Will Rogers Bios serve as a first impression of an author. It’s been said that impressive people have short bios. And while it is true that the shorter the better, there are situations a longer bio is acceptable. Your blog or your About page is the perfect place to include a more detailed description of you, your work and your personal life. One more thing about bios. Remember that your bio is not what your reader will purchase in the bookstore, it’s your book. Your byline is not why magazine readers purchase magazines, it’s the article your wrote. And your bio is not what will sell your book to agent,  editor or publisher. But it does help. So, while bios are important, your writing is much more important....

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