Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Think 4:8 Book Review


Book Review of Think 4:8
  by Tommy Newberry
"40 Days To A Joy-Filled Life For Teens"

REVIEW BY: L. Bankhead

    Yes! Yes! Yes!  It is high time someone wrote this book!  This has to be the most inspirational book for teens I have ever had the pleasure of reading.  It is truly a catalyst for a better generation.  I cannot wait to present this book to my youth girls small group.  It's a 40 day guide to get over self-loathing, entitlement, and unhelpful thoughts.  This book will catapult your mind into choosing joy in EVERY situation; and candidly living a joy-filled life.  Each day takes about 10 minutes to read the down-to-earth article.  Then, you are asked to "work it" with a quick interactive lesson every day.  Next up, comes "talk it", which encourages teens to live it and apply it to their daily living.  Third, is the best part - the sticky note!  You made a sticky note each day that gives you a reminder on living joyfully.  Some of my favorite one's are - "I am a sponge."  "I am a rat-free zone."  "I am a builder."  Lastly, comes "pray it", which gives a short, yet treasure-filled prayer.  Some topics covered are:
  • joy of perspective
  • joy of goals
  • joy of appreciation
  • joy of purity
  • joy of excellent work
The list goes on and on with 40 relevant and strong topics that this generation of teens really needs.  I found myself incredibly blessed by this book; and look for ways to flex my new joy muscles.  Grab this book for kids and teens 12 and up.  This is also an excellent book for a evening quick devo with the family.  If I recommend any book this year, THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE PICK.  Absolutely do not miss out on this for your teens. 

(I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network as part of their blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.") 

NEXT UP!  Reviews coming your way this Fall.... 

Beauty By The Book, For Teens by Laurie Cole

Fatal Tide by Lis Wiehl

Frame 232 by Wil Mara

The Other Side of The River Book Review

Book Review of The Other Side of The River
  by Robert D. Halpert, MD

REVIEW BY: L. Bankhead

    This book is a glimpse into the life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.  He's widely looked at as a brave, albeit eccentric military leader.  Yet, the author chooses not to brush aside the strong role that Jackson's spiritual life had on him and the country.  Even when our nation was at its most dire hour of crisis during the Civil War, the steadfastness and resolution of Lieutenant General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson will incite your own personal resolve.
     If you enjoy historical works, you will probably relish this book.  I felt the beginning was quite slow, and somewhat devoid of enthusiasm Though, it was still a strong book on many levels.  I think it would be very important for a potential reader to have some simple knowledge of our nation's history and what led to the Civil War. The author is throwing you right in to the middle of a national watershed, moments before the emergence of war.  Some historical knowledge would be a plus to the reader.  I do believe the average student would be lost with this book.  However, this would be an exceptional book for a high school / college student to use as a supplement to the study of the Civil War or Stonewall Jackson. 

(I received this book free from as part of their blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.") 

NEXT UP!  Reviews coming your way this Fall.... 

Beauty By The Book, For Teens by Laurie Cole

Think 4:8 by Tommy Newberry 

Fatal Tide by Lis Wiehl

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Want To Self Publish?

Should you self-publish your book?

How to get the book that’s “in you” out to the world...

You’ve got a book in you—you’re sure of it. Whether it’s an amazing story, or solid expert advice, you know others would benefit from the book you’re already writing in your head.
So, what is the best way for you to go about getting this book out to the masses? You’ve got a few options; we’ll walk you through them here.

Traditional Publishing
Getting your book published has never been tougher—if you go the traditional royalty publisher route. Traditional, or “royalty” publishing, works like this: you (or more accurately, your literary agent) queries a publishing company with a book proposal. If the publisher “buys” your book, they’ll offer you an advance (sometimes) and a small cut of the book sales proceeds. In return, they’ll edit the book, cover the costs of production (including the cover), printing, and so forth. But this also gives them editorial control and more sway in your brand management. The publisher handles distribution—getting your book into stores and online sellers—and book promotion, handling some marketing, but leaving a larger chunk to you than you might expect.

Self-publishing is a risk you, the author, take on in full. You can expect to pay all publishing costs: editing, design, printing, marketing, advertising and distribution. Because of this, you also have control of the product: you have final say on the cover, the content, and marketing plan. Once the expenses are paid, the author receives the profits from sales. The risk to you is greater, but so is the reward.

Self-publishing, as the name implies, can be a lonely job—you are on your own, often being funneled through a cookie-cutter type system. You’re doing it all by yourself. You’ll learn by making mistakes, and some of those “lessons” can be expensive. You may just want to write, but a self-published author also serves as business manager, brand manager, and more.

Self-Publishing with an Experienced Team
There is a third option in the new world of publishing: you can self-publish with a team.
Hiring a team of publishing professionals can make the self-publishing process much easier, less lonely, and increase the quality of your end product greatly.
You’ll also avoid costly mistakes by relying on the book professionals’ expertise. And you’ll be able to hand off much of the “book business” tasks so that you can focus on being an author—while still retaining control of content and the overall process.

Working with a self-publishing team like Kickstand Books is like hiring a personal concierge when exploring a new area. Having traveled this way before, this team can steer you in the right direction, help you make good choices, and take care of details that you, the author, might prefer not to handle. The team at Kickstand prides itself on the white glove service offered to each author, creating quality products every time including top design, printer negotiations, and more behind-the-scenes tasks most authors would prefer to leave to someone else.

Self-publishing can be a challenging yet gratifying option for authors, especially when they have a team of professionals working with them.

Leave a comment: If you’ve published a book, tell us about your experience. What worked, what didn’t? What did you learn? If you’re thinking of writing a book, do you plan to self-publish it? Why or why not?