Today is unbelievably exciting for me…and I wanted to share it with you! For the first time since my book – How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible – came out last May, my publisher is featuring it in their monthly sale!
They let me know this was coming a few weeks ago – but today through Sunday they dropped the price to $1.99!
Since you’re reading this blog, my assumption is that my writing, speaking, blogging, etc. have been an encouragement to you. If you believe the message of relational (vs. informational) Bible study would be an encouragement to others as well, would you help me spread the word? [Insert “pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top” here.]
Here are the two reasons I really need your help:
- I truly believe this is the message God has called me to share with the world. It has changed my life (and people tell me it has changed theirs too).
- Honestly…I want to write more books and publishers look at the traction that’s generated from events like this to determine whether they want to take a chance on an author’s next book.
Here are a few ways you can help:
- Use this link to buy a copy. (BTW…This is the Amazon link, but my understanding is that it should be $1.99 everywhere for the next five days.)
- Send one as a gift to someone through Amazon.
- Copy/Paste this link anywhere and everywhere: http://keithferrin.com/enjoythebible
You could also copy/paste this “pre-made” Facebook post:
When it comes to reading the Bible, is the conversation in your head more “should” than “want?” If so, this book from @KeithFerrin will help you make the switch. And it’s on sale for only $1.99 (but only until Sunday). http://keithferrin.com/enjoythebible
Or here’s one for Twitter:
If you love to share pictures instead of text, simply hover over any of the three pictures in this post and you should be able to share them with a click on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. In case you want to share them on other platforms (or save them for later), I’ve put the four pictures you see on this page in this public Dropbox folder.
Finally…would you please pray with me that God would use these next five days to get my book into the hands of those who need it? Thanks heaps!
Have you lived out this scene? You pour a cup of coffee. You sit down to read the Bible. You pause to pray. And then you realize – before even cracking open your Bible – your mind is pulled in a million different directions.
Why does this happen? After all, you want to be fully present. You want to focus. You want to spend time with God.
And yet the distractions come. More accurately – the distractions bombard!
It seems like every time a teach a workshop on reading and enjoying the Bible this topic shows up. I get questions about it. I receive emails about it. I see comments on Facebook about it.
We live in a distracted – and distracting – culture.
Hear this clearly: You can focus. You can reduce distractions. You can read, pray, and simply be with God without having your mind wander every 30 seconds.
However, it’s not easy. It takes practice. And it takes intentionality.
I have written a longer post – and recorded a podcast episode for you listeners out there – that dives into greater detail on the 6 Tips for a Distraction-Free Quiet Time. You can read the post or listen to the podcast here (or search “Keith Ferrin” on iTunes).
Today I want to give you – for free – the eBook version.
Use the button above (or click the picture of the eBook cover at the top of this post), enter your email address, and I’ll send it to you.
Would you help me spread the word?
Thanks for helping me get this in the hands of people who need it. (I would guess that’s all of us!)
Just this morning, as Sarah (my oldest daughter) was getting ready for school, she said, “Do you remember those vanilla ice cream bars they used to sell at Costco? I think my school is now selling them in the lunchroom and I’m going to get one today!”
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We can save the conversation about a school selling ice cream for another time. What got me was how excited she was about vanilla
ice cream. She didn’t want the one dipped in chocolate. No sprinkles. No nuts.
She was excited about vanilla.
But it’s so plain. So ordinary. So…well…vanilla.
Quick Side Note: Here’s the amazing thing. I had already planned to base this post on the verse I’m about to share. I normally block out Monday mornings to write. Due to various circumstances, I didn’t get my writing time yesterday. As I was pondering this post, I was really struggling with how to start it. The mini-conversation with Sarah this morning about vanilla ice cream bars turned out to be the perfect lead-in. You’ll see why after reading this verse.
First the summary of Acts 3:1-4:12…
- Peter and John heal a crippled beggar.
- Peter and John tell the crowd Jesus actually did the healing.
- The religious people don’t like all this “Jesus talk” and throw Peter and John in jail for the night.
- In the morning they ask Peter and John, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
- Peter says, “Hmmm…I think I’m going to go with…JESUS!”
Now for one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible – Acts 4:13:
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.”
I love this verse! It is encouraging, challenging, empowering, and a perspective shift – all in two sentences. Whenever I read this verse, it completely resets my approach to reading and studying the Bible.
She looked familiar. It was just last May. She was one of the students registering for the SCORRE Conference – a public speaking conference I have had the privilege of coaching at for the last 10 years.
I introduced myself. She did the same. Apparently, I looked familiar to her too. Makes sense, since about three minutes later we discovered that we went to college together. Turns out, Mary DeMuth has gone on to get married, have three kids, plant a church overseas, and write a whole stack of books – fiction and non.
Sometimes you read a book that makes you think for a day. Others can linger for a week. She gave me a pre-release copy a couple months ago and I can’t stop thinking about it.
Mary has a way of disarming you with her transparency regarding her own weaknesses and struggles. She inspires you with her down-to-earth, biblical insight. She delights you with her mastery of the written word.
And mostly…Mary’s book makes me want to be more like Jesus.