Double-Minded

“A double-minded man,” says the book of James, “is unstable in all his ways.”

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He was talking about prayer. But it’s true in so many ways, isn’t it?

If I get on Facebook first thing in the morning and check out news and views and people’s pics and lives, I’ll have a horrible time getting into the manuscript I’m supposed to be editing fifteen minutes later. Why? My brain’s multitasking. Double-minded. Unstable.

If I can’t decide between this choice or that choice, I delay choosing anything, lose time, and miss out on any blessing or result at all. Double-minded. Unstable.

Shoot, I almost didn’t write this post because I couldn’t make up my mind about how to do it. Finally I just waded in and started writing and chased the double-minded out by being doggedly single-minded about reaching the end :).

This blog and website are getting a do-over for several reasons, but double-mindedness plays in: because so many of my books cross over well (meaning they are pretty accessible to people who believe in Jesus and to people who don’t), and I want to make all of those people feel welcome in my online living space, I’ve been frozen in how to present myself here. They tell you to write to an ideal reader, a fictional person who encapsulates your “market,” but I haven’t known who that reader should be or how I should be talking to her.

Well, I still hope people of all stripes will be able to feel welcome here, and I intend to keep writing books that cross over because I think good stories generally do, and I try to write good stories. But I’m transforming this space into “Adventures in the Kingdom” because that’s where I really live: in the kingdom of God, wrestling with his Scriptures, getting to know his Spirit, caring about all the things that happen here and adventuring with all my might.

I hope that will bring stability and clear direction to this part of my life and this corner of the Internet.

And now, turning it over to you: is double-mindedness affecting any part of your life right now? How do you see a way back to stable?

Lee Stephen & Dawn of Destiny

iRead Book Tour Logo MediumFrom time to time I like to feature other authors (especially other indies) on the blog. Today I’m taking part in a blog tour for Lee Stephen, an ambitious young author who has produced his work as a full-cast audio drama as well as a book. Now that’s impressive.

Dawn of DestinyLee’s first book, Dawn of Destiny, kicks off his “Epic” series. It’s being featured on a blog tour right now, so you can check out reviews and other info by visiting the rest of the tour.

We were able to touch base for a quick interview:

1. How long have you been writing?

I think everyone answers this, “since I could write,” but on a professional level, the answer is since I was 19, which was when I began writing Dawn of Destiny. I wrapped it up a year or so later, then spent a few years doing tweaks and making enough money to actually do something with it (aka, to publish it). College grads don’t have big bank accounts, so that took some time!

2. In your book you state that God puts you in the places you need to be. Why is that?

Because I firmly believe it. Oftentimes we find ourselves stuck in trying situations and we think, why is God allowing this to happen? Sometimes we have to go through the bad to reach the good. Wherever He’s putting you, you’re there for a reason.

3. Much of your book is set in Novosibirsk. Have you ever been there?

No, but it’s on my bucket list! Granted, it’s not exactly like driving to Florida.

4. If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?

The cop-out answer is the protagonist, Scott Remington, but that’s really because of faith aspect! But in practice, I’d probably say Boris, because he’s perpetually in the background, just getting things done. Sometimes it’s nice to just do your job and not be in the limelight.

5. If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?

How to Survive on a Desert Island (Jim Pipe)

Ultrasimple Boat Building (Gavin Atkin)

Finding your way without Map or Compass (Harold Gatty)

6. What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

I’d have to say kissing my wife (then-girlfriend) for the first time. She was my first kiss, and I was so nervous! But you’ve gotta man up and do it. It was a good decision!

About the Book: Some men go to war for the glory. Some men go to war to escape. For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny. Leaving everything behind—his fiancée, his future, his life—he embarks on a mission of faith into a battle he can barely understand. This is his story. This is his war. This is only the beginning.

About Lee: Born and raised in Cajun country, Lee Stephen spent his childhood paddlingLee Stephen pirogues through the marshes of South Louisiana. When he wasn’t catching bullfrogs or playing with alligators in the bathtub (both true), he was escaping to the world of the imagination, creating worlds in his mind filled with strange creatures and epic journeys. This hasn’t stopped.

Now a resident of Luling, Louisiana, Lee spends time every day delving into the world of Epic, the science-fiction series that has come to define him as a writer and producer. Alongside his wife, Lindsey, their son, Levi, and their dog, Jake, Lee has made it a mission to create a series that is unique in its genre—one unafraid to address the human condition while staying grounded in elements of faith.

In addition to writing, Lee works full-time for the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness. He has also spent time as a church deacon, guitar hobbyist, and New Orleans Saints season ticket holder. He is a graduate of Louisiana College in Pineville.

Connect with Lee: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

AND YES, THERE’S A CONTEST

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  • A poster
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There will be 10 winners. The contest ends April 17 so enter now!

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Adventures in the Kingdom (aka What’s Coming Around Here)

kingdom photoThose of you who’ve been following for a while know this blog has been struggling to find its footing for some time. Most of that has been related to changes in my life and business, as I’ve tried to figure out how to integrate this web space with the gazillions of things going on on multiple fronts.

I’m pleased to say I’ve finally landed on a plan. You’ll be seeing it reflected here, bit by bit, over the next couple of months.

In a nutshell: I’m going to start blogging regularly again, on living the Story of knowing God. I’m calling it “Adventures in the Kingdom.” There’ll be posts on Scripture, Christian life, storytelling and writing-related topics, books and movies (especially Marvel movies, because, er, I’m a geek), and a lot of other stuff … most likely some of that will change over time. We’re going to explore redemptive history, amazing truths, and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in the modern world.

I’ll also be sending email out more regularly, keeping you updated on new releases, things I’m learning, and highlights from the blog.

So welcome aboard! If you’re not subscribed to my email list yet, that’s a good place to start. The signup form is in the sidebar to the right.

It’s Finished!

FIFTY SHADES OF LOVED is out in its brand-new, updated paperback glory. We’ve tweaked the cover, added endorsements, and fixed a few typos. The new coloration on the paperback looks GREAT and I’m really happy about it :). Listings at Amazon and other retailers should be updating soon!

FIFTY SHADES is almost here …

The updated paperback version of FIFTY SHADES OF LOVED is almost here! The finished files went to the printer yesterday, so once the proof is approved, the book will be ready to order.

I thought you might like a peek at the new cover (as you can see, it’s almost the old e-book one–just a little tweaked for a cleaner print look), and of course it’s a wraparound:

Fifty Shades of Loved Print Cover_2

I’m really excited about the endorsements we were able to get:

How we women all long to be loved! Our longing may be motivated by different factors, yet we all have it, and we all are driven to find love. The unique stories and voices in Fifty Shades of Loved lead us to understand what it means to be loved by the One who will never let us down, never let us go. Read this book slowly, meditatively . . . and let its healing truth sink deeply into your heart.

Nancie Carmichael, author of Selah, publisher at Deep River Books

In a world ripping us off with cheap imitations of love, this timely book points us to the deepest, most fulfilling Love we could ever know:  true Love that will never fail, never give up, and never disappoint.

Michelle Nagle Arthur, former Executive Director, Women Alive

With the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY movie coming out soon, I’m all the more passionate about getting this message out to more women.