The self-publishing revolution is a blessing...

Publishers Weekly announces self-publishing is up up up, and that's good good good--particularly for the Church. Remember how the printing press helped the Reformation? Rome couldn't block the direct pipeline the Reformers now had to expose the wickedness in high places, warning the sheep.

The same is true of the digital publishing revolution of the past three decades, starting with Macs and laser printers. Wheaton and Grand Rapids and Covenant and Redeemer can't block the direct pipeline reformers now have to the sheep. Every true shepherd owns his own printing press and every smartphone and tablet is his forum for warning his sheep day and night, from house to house.

And yes, the sale of nudity and perversion also benefits from this revolution, but don't forget about Edward's problem with young people looking at the manual for midwives. Every good gift is abused by sinful man.

(My son-in-law, Ben Crum, is employed by Author Solutions mentioned in the article linked above. Author Solutions was recently purchased by the Penguin Group.)

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Would love to hear more from you on this.  I've got a couple of things that have come across my view that might be well treated so.

>>I've got a couple of things that have come across my view that might be well treated so.

Tell us more, dear brother.

Also working for self-publishing, I can affirm it is pretty easy to get your book out there nowadays and have freedom of content and conscience as far as limiting and discerning what gets published. This is a blessing to churches who can print writing from helpful Pastors, Elders and Deacons that wouldn't normally be printed on a large or even accessible scale. And anything people would be censored by the thought police. 

Two things; I've noticed that most American commentary on Christian finance and stewardship really isn't reaching those who need Biblical guidance most--front and center is the budgeting that any Edward Jones rep will share with you, and only towards the end of the books do they even mention the perils of covetousness and sloth and the joys of contentment and industry.  So something along those lines.

Also, I had the (bad) experience of some time spent in a "only KJV" church, and upon leaving as the direction became apparent, it occurred to me (especially as I was provided with KJVO literature)  that the mental attitudes and habits I saw in the KJVO literature (and those quoting it) were linked to any number of other theological bad habits and disasters.  So I've been sorting that out, too.  (see my blog for some details of what I'm thinking)

Dear Bert, They look great--go to it!

Love,

Bert, if you ever need advice on what to avoid feel free to email me or with even more experience Ben. Definitely some do's and dont's and things to avoid and make the process easier and less costly. There are even free eBook packages out there. Just make sure you always do your homework first. 

Patrick, thanks for the offer.  Now how do I reach you?  (your comment has no link)

I've figured out that I want to emulate part of what a good publisher offers--editing help, feedback, and so on--but other than that, I confess myself to be without clue.

Bert, you can email me at pjosephhart@gmail.com

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