Saturday, January 25, 2014

WOW! God Blessed The Release Date With FIVE Best Seller Lists On Amazon

Wow! I was completely blown away by the opening statistics for the Kindle version of "Discovering The Shepherd." Here's where the book ranked on its release date (01/23):

#4 Kindle Hot New Release Old Testament Commentaries
#9 Book Hot New Release Old Testament Commentaries
#61 Hot New Release Kindle Christian Bible Texts
#66 Hot New Release Christian Spiritual Growth 
#63 DEBUT BEST SELLER Old Testament Commentary

I could barely believe my eyes! I know that this was the work of the Lord and I am so grateful to Him for His favor on this project. If you haven't gotten a copy of the book yet, it's available for Kindle, Nook, and in paperback worldwide. All the links are below. God bless you and thank you for your support!

*Also available for other countries via the corresponding Amazon retail site*

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It Is Finished! Ebook Cover Reveal PLUS Pre-Order Your Autographed Paperback

I am so excited to share that "Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23" is complete and is being edited right now! What an amazing journey this has been and I can hardly wait to share this book with the world. The very talented cover artist Natasha Brown put together this amazing final cover. I cried when I first saw it because she captured perfectly the emotion and reverence for God shown in this project. What do you think about it? Leave a comment and let me know!

More than likely, the Kindle version of the book will be available in a day or two, but I am now taking pre-orders for signed copies of the paperback. These autographed copies of the paperback are being offered at a discounted price of $10, including shipping. Signed copies will only be available for a LIMITED TIME so claim your copy as soon as you can. 


Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this project. May God continue to bless you in a special way every day! Also, I would love to connect with you via social media. My links are listed below and I look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Volume 3 Is Complete! Read An Excerpt

On New Year's Eve I sent out volume 3 of "Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23" to my pre-release readers. We're getting close to a completed work! Volume 4 will be the final section and then I will combine them all into a full commentary that will be released to the public. Until then, enjoy an excerpt from the latest volume below.

(Temporary Cover)

Welcome to volume three of the Psalm 23 study! We’ll be picking up with verse four.

Psalm 23, Verse 4
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

If you recall at the end of volume three, the Shepherd shifts from solely nurturing and refreshing to commanding His flock as He leads us through the paths of righteousness. We discovered that the path is tightly constricted by two “walls” – love for God (the Shepherd) and love for our fellow man. As we enter verse four, we encounter a darker part of the path in the “valley of the shadow of death.” King David does not give us a clear indicator of where we encounter this valley, but we know by his mention of it that it is an inevitable, unavoidable part of the journey.

The Hebrew word yalak, translated as “walk” here, means to “depart; proceed; go away.” (Strong’s Concordance) This is very encouraging because we know then that this dark valley is a place that we as followers of the Shepherd will pass through and not dwell in. Another use of yalak that is noteworthy for our study is found in Hosea 2:14 where God speaks to Hosea concerning the restoration of Israel. God says to Hosea that He will restore Israel after bringing her, or walking her, “into the wilderness” called the “Valley of Achor” or the Valley of Trouble.

Unlike the valley of trouble in Hosea, the valley of the shadow of death is not a place that we are led into as a rebuke or a punishment from God. However, the trouble that we see in both valleys is only temporary and God promises to be with us and to restore us after this dark part of the journey. Having to endure these troublesome periods during our walk with the Shepherd should not surprise us. Jesus confirms in the New Testament that following Him requires carrying a burden and losing earthly comfort and security. (See Matthew 16:24-25) He promises though, that enduring these dark times for His sake brings about tremendous blessings, favor, and reward. Take time now to read Matthew 5:1-12 to refresh your mind and spirit of these promises.