So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:31-36 — English Standard Version
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16 — King James Version
A Pleasant Surprise, A Blessing, Newly Revised!
Not long ago I was greatly blessed by having a friend, a sister in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is as gracious as she is learned and wise offer her help to me. Freely. Without my asking.
As a child of God, a true disciple, a Christian ought to live and be.
She undertook the effort to read the original copyrighted and published in 2011 book I wrote, Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land.
And in so doing she offered to make all editing corrections, while offering me sound advice on some revisions within the work. She meticulously found and corrected all my punctuation and grammatical errors, while also offering up clear suggestions to improve the text in places it sounded rough and in need of help, and with a terrific suggestion of including an index in this edition of all Scripture references used in each poem. Something I had thought of doing back in 2010 when I wrote this book but was too lazy, and too eager to publish to take the time to do then. Well, now there is a complete index referencing all Scripture used in every poem in the book to help readers for further, deeper reading and study.
I took her advice. I spent the next two weeks going over every correction needed. Every revision. And creating the Scripture Index.
I am thankful and blessed to now come to all of you to let you all know this newly revised, corrected, and more readable and more useful volume is now ready for purchase.
The paperback edition did increase in price. From $11.95 to $14.80. The reason for this is that Amazon Direct Publishing, the publisher of this edition sets the lowest possible sale price. Not me. And I put in that lowest possible sale price.
Their pricing is based in large part on book length. This newly revised edition is 315 pages compared to the first printings version of 244 pages. Increased paper and ink publishing costs are the reasons for the paperback price increase.
This is a price reduction over the previous Kindle version.
These editions are also available through any brick and mortar bookstore. By order. And would be shipped to your bookseller of choice within 6 days from ordering for pickup, or shipment directly to you.
These editions are also available:
This work was a work undertaken and completed for the honor and glory of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, Saviour, and Sacrificial Lamb for a sinner such as I, and with the Holy Spirit at work within me to do this work. In the service of the Lord.
As I mentioned in the introduction, I never had any intention of putting together a book. I wrote all these poems out of my joy, awe, wonder, and thankfulness to God the Father, Jesus Christ the Lord, and the Holy Spirit for Their call to a corrupt sinner as myself. Their not giving up on me. Their grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love divine. Each poem was composed out of thankfulness and joy for those reasons.
If you are a person interested in seeking sound, Bible-based, Christian faith-based original poetry, and not syrupy greeting card prose, or the sugary modern-times daily devotional kind of thing found far too frequently? Then this book, I believe, is a fresh approach that also incorporates Scripture without adding to or omitting from the word of God. Go to one of the above links and order a copy for yourself. If you are pleased with what you discover in this book after buying it and reading it tell someone you know who might need it, enjoy it, appreciate it. If you know anyone in the U.K.? Germany? Spain? Italy? France? Japan, or Canada? Let them know how easy it is to get their own copy.
This would not have been possible without the selfless gracious effort of that sister and friend in the faith. She and her husband are good friends, a good sister, and brother to my wife and I. We are thankful to the Lord for them. Not only for her selflessness in helping me with this book but for the Lord bringing them into our lives. Wonderful Christian fellowship!
I hope and pray you will give this little book an opportunity to come into your life, into the life of someone you know. And it edifies; helps along the way.
May God continue to bless and provide all things to you, and may each of us be forever thankful in ALL THINGS the Lord does provide, the trials, the suffering, the tribulations to teach us well, along with the rain, the food, the clothing to keep us from nakedness, the shelter, the health, and most of all the spiritual nourishment and growth we all need daily. In and through His word. In large prayer. In faithfulness. All praise, honor, and glory to God in the Highest, and to Jesus, Name Above all names, and to the Holy Spirit to indwell, guide, and lead us in His ways.
Monday, May 4th, 2020