What’s unique about me and my books?

Many writers of non-fiction, including myself, suffer from a certain doubt.  It may come from inside our heads or be suggested by other people.

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This is the question of not being different enough from other writers to be considered unique.  What I mean is that there are lots of books about, say, statistics, risk or Christianity. Why does the World need another one?  The same is true of books on almost any subject from gardening to starting a business to healthy lifestyles.  Nothing is truly new, unless you are reading the findings of the latest scientific research.

 

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I have been reassured recently by the unanimous views of experienced writers participating in a webinar.  They all say that each person brings a unique contribution.

  • It may be a particular insight or experience.
  • It may be a story that illustrates a point in a new way.
  • Or it may simply be that the latest author has a certain unique way of expressing things that will communicate with some readers who had never quite got it from reading other books, similar as they might have been.

The other writers would all encourage me to keep at it.  If I have something to say, there are probably people who need to hear it.  I hope there are enough of them and I really hope some of you will find you get the message from my writings that you never got before.  Of course, if you do not, I hope you find the right writer for you.  Good luck!

What is a Christian book?

I have now written four works of non-fiction and am working on a detective novel.  As my last book How to Cope with the Church is an expression of my Christian faith, I have been asked:

  1. Whether it is a departure from my usual theme(s)
  2. Whether my novel will be a Christian book.

The answers are not simple.

  • I do refer to God, faith and the Bible in my three secular books, although the proportion of the books taken up by such things is so small that you would have to have a strong phobia of all things Christian to be unable to benefit from the books as a whole. And enjoy them.  The references are, I hope, relevant to the subjects I am writing about, rather than interruptions.
  • As a Christian, I hope all my books will help readers replace error and falsehood with truth. I hope too they will all help readers deal with various problems in their lives.
  • My understanding of life is influenced by my faith, as everyone’s understanding is affected by his or her beliefs and values, whether religious or secular. I do not claim that all my understanding comes from my Christian faith.  Like anyone else, my education, experience and environment play their parts too.
  • My fictitious heroes will not be committed Christians, neither will religion be a major topic in the novel. It is possible that in one of the sequels they will encounter Christianity in some way and be obliged to consider certain aspects of their beliefs.  I intend to make them consider many issues in due course.
  • I do not intend to let religion, politics or social concern get in the way of the story. I am writing whodunits not treatises.
  • If I am to be real, my beliefs will almost certainly come out in my writing, fiction and non-fiction, as is the case for most writers.

Finally, I do intend to write another book or two on specifically religious topics, but fear not: the titles and publicity will give sufficient warning to enable the more sensitive of you to steer clear of them.

Soap Box

 

Are you interested in the Occult?

As Halloween approaches, I observe that there are four kinds of people.

  1. Some people begin to think about the Occult.
  2. For others it is just a time to dress up and have a party.
  3.  Some are hostile to it.
  4. Then there are those who do not pay it any attention.

If you are in categories 1. or 3. you might like to look at an article I wrote two years ago on this subject.

http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Do-Christians-Have-Against-the-Occult?&id=8749853

Otherwise, enjoy the fancy dress and the parties.  Or just ignore it.

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What do my books have in common?

I have now written four books.

  1. How to Avoid Being Misled by Statistics
  2. Be Victorious!
  3. Load the Dice
  4. How to Cope with the Church

I set out more details later in this article.

Some people find it hard to detect a common theme.  This applies to my blogs and Ezine articles as well as to my books.  Do I lack a plan?

Well, to be honest, I do tend to write about all sorts of things.  You could say I do not have a one-track mind.  Or you could say I lack direction.  I am being myself.  But I do think there are some unifying elements, the most significant being myself.  All my writings reflect my thoughts, feelings and personality.  For better or worse.  Here are a few other common features.

  • Most of my books are short.  They are intended for people who do not have a lot of time for reading.  There are plenty of bigger books that cover the same topics in more detail.  OK if that is what you want.
  • I write in my own voice.  I do not try to put on a more literary style.  I want you to feel we are having a chat.
  • I draw on my experience of life.  Of course that includes things I have read or been taught, but I major on things I know are true and relevant for me.
  • I try to address issues I come across and that I know other people do too, so that I hope what I write will be helpful, whether in business, church or everyday life.

Fuller details of my books are:

  1. How to avoid being misled by statistics: don’t be one of the 60% who are below average.

https://www.createspace.com/4767398

ISBN/EAN13: 1499190484 / 9781499190489 Kindle ASIN: B00LPG8VUE

Price GBP 4.77 Kindle price  $3.40

2. Be Victorious!  Lessons from World War I for Business and Everyday Life.

https://www.createspace.com/4875614

ISBN/EAN13: 1500327905 / 9781500327903 Kindle ASIN: B00LPG913U

Price GBP 4.70  Kindle price $4.23

3. Load the Dice.  A simple guide to managing risks in small businesses          https://www.createspace.com/5163656

ISBN/EAN13: 1505480345 / 9781505480344  Kindle ASIN: B00R58W9NQ  Price GBP 5.76 Kindle price $5.55

4. How to cope with the Church. Practical help for would-be Christians.

https://tsw.createspace.com/title/6534903

ISBN-13: 978-1537365039 (CreateSpace-Assigned)  ISBN-10: 1537365037 Kindle ASIN: B01LZ53GBS

Price GBP 3.00 Kindle price $1.28

 I am now working on a detective story.  That will be longer than any of my other books and is intended to be interesting and entertaining rather than instructive.  It will, however, be in my style and will be drawn to some extent on my experience as well as my imagination.  I will not tell you which parts come from which.

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Another useful little book

Bible for Dummies : Bible Journaling Made Easy

I have just read this little book and highly recommend it.  It is easy to read, humorous yet intelligent.  It explains not only the Bible’s contents but its origins and other issues around it.

 Speedy Publishing LLC  also on Amazon and Kindle

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bible-Dummies-Jeffrey-Geoghegan/dp/0764552961

For those who are doing extensive studies on bible scriptures to enrich their lives as a christian, The Bible For Dummies: Bible Journaling Made Easy Book, is a wonderful companion book to have in making entries about the scriptures and their thoughts as they read the bible. A great journaling book to have!
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