I'm a retired deacon in the Episcopal Church. I served at a parish in central Florida. I've worked in radio, television and several jobs that included public relation efforts. As a Christian, I have discovered one of the things I enjoy most is spending time in a prayer closet with Jesus, learning to be still so He has space to speak. I shared about my first month as a Smashword author at my blog:
What is your ebook reading device?
I published my first ebook without access to any ebook device except my PC.
What is the story behind your book?
My wife had a desire to publish a daily Christian devotional and began writing a manuscript with one for every day of the year. A friend pointed her toward an established commercial publisher. They offered various packages costing over $1000.00 to print a small handful of copies for her. I thought there had to be a better way and began to research POD and ebook publishers. Smashwords had such a good presentation (no hype) that I quickly decided to try it out for myself. I drew on past columns and blog essays to assemble content for this experiment. Starting from scratch with no knowledge about the file requirements except what I was reading from Mark's guides, I uploaded and published my book 48 hours after I began working on it. This learning curve was MUCH easier than I expected. To date I've published three titles, including the ebook edition of Melanie's daily devotional.
Seek Shelter is a collection of inspirational stories by authors who have uncovered the good in the rubble of natural disasters. Hurricanes. Blizzards. Wildfires. Tornadoes. How do you cope in the wake of natural devastation? How can you recover? Will life ever be the same? Can any good ever come from something so bad? From the most violent side of nature can sprout rest, comfort, and peace.
This is an annotated version of the Rite II worship liturgy from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer used by the Episcopal Church in America. This was handed out to confirmation class students I taught during my ministry as a parish deacon in central Florida.
Mark 4:30 He said, “How will we liken God’s Kingdom? Or with what parable will we illustrate it?" Jesus used over 30 parables to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven. His images and symbols were colorful and memorable. Just as often, the disciples were puzzled by them. Deacon Rick takes a slow, new look to try to understand the mysteries in the Kingdom Parables.
An examination of the Ten Commandments Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai, the two commands Jesus said summed them up, and the additional "new commandment" that Jesus delivered to his disciples at the Last Supper. Are they meant to define boundaries of behavior? Or are they better understood as the best orientation toward greater fulfillment in life?
"Sermons For Pilgrims" series. This is a story about what happened when a woman called me at church and wanted "someone to pray with me." As it turns out, that didn't happen because she hung up before we started.
He was singing in churches and as a guest on radio broadcasts even as a child. Here his assistant and friend of twenty years, Kenny Frontz, recounts Gary DeHaan's story including the encounters they had along
the way with other Christian singers and ministers like Andre Crouch, Bill Gaither and Billy Graham. He also shares the inside story of Gary's final struggle with terminal heart disease.
The pelican has a long church history as a symbol of Christ. This book is a collection of my essays that have appeared on my church blogs and elsewhere. They are an "overview while in flight" and include short Scripture studies and my observations on life as a servant of Christ.