Wednesday, April 27, 2011

how to get people to hear you

A Book on Selling Books

So this is a book on getting your book published.

For aspiring (and starving) writers, this book might give them some clues as how to get the “in” they need in order for their career to take off.

The book starts you at the beginning, walks you through the conceptual stage, into the production, and finally helping you walk through the steps of finding the right publisher, making your presentation as striking as possible, and moving through the final steps before publication.

It’s very clear. That can be said for sure. It is very descriptive of the process and might be helpful for someone who is trying to break through.

Don’t rush out thinking this book holds the key to making this process easy.

I do wonder a bit about how wide of an audience this book can find, though.

So if this is something you’re interested in, this book might be able to help. If not, save your money.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beyond Opinion

As with most volumes like this, the strength of the different chapters are varied and mixed. On the whole, this is a very interesting treatment of apologetics that is pretty easy reading and doesn't take a huge amount of time. It's readable enough for most Christians with some grounding in faith and doesn't overwhelm.

That's a bit of an upside.

My issue with the book, and it's really more of an issue with the discipline of apologetics. It tends to come off as a bit arrogant at times. I'm all for the belief that truth exists and that we can know the parts we need to know, but there is quite a bit that requires faith; not blind faith, but a certain amount of trust.

Just when we think we have Christianity systematized and wrapped up neatly, we have entered into dangerous territory. Just because the Holy Spirit of God allows us enough knowledge to produce faith doesn't mean we possess or own it. It remains God's.

So my overall feeling about this book is mixed, but that doesn't mean that some good points can't be gleaned from it.