You do not have to own a physical Kindle in order to read Kindle eBooks. Amazon gives away for free a Kindle app for any computer-like gadget you might own. Do you have an Android phone? There’s a free Kindle app for that. An iPhone? A Blackberry? A Windows phone? There are free apps for all of those. Do you have a tablet? Whether it’s Android, Windows 8, or an iPad, there’s an app for that. If you own a computer, whether it runs Windows or whether it’s a Mac, there’s a free Kindle app for that, too. They even make it possible for you to read Kindle books in your web browser. The same is mostly true for the competing eBook readers such as the Nook or the Kobo.
But if you would like to read any of my eBooks, for the time being, you have to use the Kindle or one of the free Kindle apps.
In addition to the four non-fiction books I’ve published with traditional publishers (such as Reader’s Digest Books and Thomas Nelson) I have seventeen eBooks for the Kindle and free Kindle app.
The Complaint of Jacob deals with the old question, “If God is good and all powerful, then why do bad things happen?” Jacob certainly had bad things happen to him. His one true love, Rachael, had died in childbirth. Then Joseph, her firstborn had apparently been killed and eaten by an animal. Twenty-five years later, when Jacob had sent his remaining children to Egypt to buy food in order to stave off starvation from a multi-year famine, a tyrant there took one of his sons, Simeon, and tossed him in prison. Simon’s freedom was dependent on Jacob sending the one remaining son of his beloved Rachael down to Egypt. Beside himself with grief, Jacob reacts with despair in Genesis 42:36:
Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”
From his perspective, from the perspective of his sons standing around him, the circumstances of Jacob’s life made his complaint that everything was against him seem completely reasonable and perfectly understandable.
But in reality, Jacob’s words couldn’t be more wrong. Despite the fact that his words seemed so obviously, unassailably true to him, we the readers of this little episode know something that Jacob doesn’t: we know that Joseph is not only not dead, but that he is that tyrant in Egypt, then the most powerful and most wealthy nation on the planet. Rather than everything being against him, things couldn’t have been better. His son Joseph is alive, rich and powerful. But Jacob won’t learn just how good his life actually is for another year.
His perspective on reality was way off.
So how does this apply to us? Perhaps our problem isn’t the hurricane of life; perhaps it is only a problem of our perspective, too.
My other non-fiction eBook is What Would Satan Do? The Devil’s Theology. It considers the question of what Satan believes about God, Jesus, the Bible, sin, the church, life and death. Surprisingly, the Devil’s beliefs are mostly the same as that of most Christians.
If you enjoy science fiction, you might enjoy reading some of the 15 novels I’ve written. Be aware that they are definitely not for children. They contain language and situations that one might find in an R rated movie. Given that I’m a theologian, they also contain religious themes and concepts. So: if you are offended by religion, violence, sex or bad words, then my novels might not be your cup of tea. But if you enjoy most contemporary science fiction, you’ll be fine.
If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow one eBook for free each month. And yes, I still get paid if you borrow a book instead of buy it. Also, notice that each eBook on Amazon allows you to see and read the first few pages—so you can read a bit of each of my books first to see if any seem interesting to you.
How do you find my books on Amazon? Just type my last name into the search bar. Or visit my author page on Amazon.
And, please, if you do read one of my books, put up a short review on Amazon; it might help with future sales. Unless you discover you hate it. In which case, why don’t you just keep it to yourself, okay?
So far, this indie publishing experiment in eBooks that the science fiction author Sarah A. Hoyt encouraged me to try is working out the way she told me it would.
And remember: if you have written something that you’d like to share with the world, it costs you nothing but time to sign up with Amazon and publish an eBook for yourself. They even give you free instructions on how to do it. You retain full rights and full control over whatever you put up on Amazon. Your royalty rate is 70 per cent of the cover price, versus 10 percent with a traditional publisher. It won’t hurt you or your prospects with a traditional publisher. In fact, it might make you a bit of change: certainly more than you’ll make if you keep that manuscript of yours just sitting in a box under your bed.