So I should probably let you know that I wrote a book. Two, in fact. Here they are:
Here’s how it happened: sometime in the fall of 2007 (I think), I was looking for freelance writing jobs online. Happened across an ad for someone to write biographies of biblical figures. Figured I could do that — turns out, they agreed, and the books were published a couple of months ago.
The two books are part of a series called “Money at Its Best: Millionaires of the Old Testament.” They’re done by an educational publishing company in Pennsylvania called Mason Crest Publishers. Here’s what their website says about the series:
The purpose of the series Money at its Best: Millionaires of the Bible is to examine the lives of key figures from Biblical history, showing how these people blended their faith in God with their wealth or privileged positions in order to make a difference in the lives of others. Each book in this series weaves stories from the Bible with legends (for) a plausible account of the subject’s life. These portraits are fleshed out by 35 to 60 full-color illustrations, including pictures of or folk tales, other scriptural sources, and modern archaeological research to create artifacts and paintings of religious scenes from Rembrandt, Michaelangelo, and other great artists. Each book includes resources for further study, as well as a detailed index.
The complete series includes 12 books — other figures include Abraham and Sarah, Daniel, David, Esther, Job, Moses, Noah, Sampson and Solomon. They’re aimed at middle school-level readers and higher.
Each book took two or three months to write. Lots of research, lots of late nights, lots of patience from my wife. Learned a ton. Loved being immersed in the lives of God’s chosen people, who weren’t all they were cracked up to be — just like us. Stumbled upon a cool name for my blog (the story can come later). Loved doing it, can’t wait to do it again.
The publishers did a great job making the books look good. Lots of cool design and graphics.
So there ya go. A couple of books with my name on them. Who’d a thunk it? Not that I have any particular ability on my own — as the song says, “Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song.”
If you want to see them on a real website to make sure I’m not just pulling your leg, check here and here. They’re also on Amazon — here and here. There’s no danger of them cracking the best seller list. Jacob has no ranking, while Joseph is rocketing up Amazon’s list at #8,059,841.
–End of self-promotion. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.–