Detailing recent blog silence

It’s been too long, hasn’t it? I think that it has been far too long. Literally, I’ve been away from Jawbone for about three months now. To those who follow, I’ll explain.

I had talked about the Sunday School class at church which was taking much of my time. That went quite well. Much good was done, and people were responding well to what was being taught. However, I had to back out early due to some family crisis.

The first Sunday was missed because I was sitting in the intensive care unit waiting for my Dad to wake up. He never did. Six days later, on February 5, he passed away at the age of 50. I didn’t take it well. Obviously, it was time to step away from Sunday School, and most of everything else for a little while.

Jawbone got placed on the back burner, mostly because the material I have been covering lately didn’t fit with my experience. You may have noticed our newest book to go live is Frank N. Riale’s “The Sinless, Sickless, Deathless Life.” It’s a great read, but it didn’t do me as much good as I would have hoped. Truly, Dad’s death was a pretty heavy blow to my faith, and I’ve struggle a lot these past couple of months.

I have needed something to hold onto lately. Thus, my latest project has been born. If you follow close on Facebook, you’ve seen me mention Unhymned, my attempt at restoring my old love for poetry by revising classic hymns. So far, I’m loving the work, and it’s really causing me to reflect on my faith and on my God. Check it out. If it does something for you, great. Leave me a comment if you feel so inclined. I could use some positive reinforcement.

Meanwhile, I’ve not forgotten my work here at Jawbone Digital. I know that what is done here has been great for many people, and I will continue what I’ve started here. Somehow, in some way, I would like to see Jawbone Digital become more than a great eBookstore. There is a community of people out here who are hungry. I want to be a part of that.

I’m back, but only for a minute

Good morning!

I’m just dropping in to touch base with you all. I know I’ve been absent for a while, but I promise that I have a good reason. I’ve been tasked with teaching the adult Sunday school class at church, and it is taking up most of my down time. However, I have no complaints. I’m taking the class through some church history, and giving biographies of many of the greats of the past. The plan is to share much of it with you all once I’m finished (which I will be March). Everything is currently in a rough outline format. So far, we’ve discussed Girolamo Savonarola, Martin Luther, George Whitefield, Christmas Evans, and John Wesley. This week, it’s George Müller.

If you’re not following on Facebook, you should be. That’s where I spend most of my Jawbone time. Twitter is not my thing, however I had to log in tonight.

I noticed a sharp uptick in the sales of The Collected Works of DL Moody, and wondered what happened. I was able to find that someone on Twitter posted a link to the book. That someone happened to be Lee Strobel!! I was shocked, honestly. This is no doubt the best publicity I have ever received around here (and he never even said “Jawbone”!).

Please understand I’m not bragging here. I’m just completely in awe of what God is doing with Jawbone Digital. I never felt like it would amount to much of anything, but God continues to grow it, and I praise Him regularly for it.

Anyway, thanks for reading. You people are great. God bless you!

It is Well with My Soul

I have found that the internet can be a place full of misinformation and rumors, despite the best intentions of those behind it. Many times, we read stories about people that are faced with overwhelming circumstances, and then God moves on their behalf in a miraculous way and straightens the whole mess out. I think of angels coming to defend missionaries in the exact number of people who were praying for them at that very moment. True? Maybe. But since I’ve heard the same story told several different ways, I have my doubts. (If this truly happened, praise God for it! No doubt angels can come to our defense at his word.)

I’ll be honest. I don’t like these untrue stories, and if I were being really honest, I’d say that you shouldn’t either. I disagree with the use of lies to boost our faith. Anyway, we’ll save that for another day.

But today, I have found a story that is true, and is worth passing along. Maybe you’ve heard it before. I know I have, but have now found proof to back up the possible myth. Following is an excerpt from Ira Sankey’s book My Life And The Story Of The Gospel Hymns And Of Sacred Songs And Solos. If the name sounds familiar, Sankey was the leader of music for the late, great, D. L. Moody.

Enjoy!

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

Words by H. G. Spafford
Music by P. P. Bliss
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea-billows roll.”

When Mr. Moody and I were holding meetings in Edinburgh, in 1874, we heard the sad news of the loss the French steamer, “Ville de Havre,” on her return from America to France, with a large number of members of the Ecumenical Council, whose meetings had been held in Philadelphia.

On board the steamer was a Mrs. Spafford with her four children. In mid-ocean a collision took place with a large sailing vessel, causing the steamer to sink in half an hour. Nearly all on board were lost. Mrs. Spafford got her children out of their berths and up on deck.

On being told that the vessel would soon sink, she knelt down with her children in prayer, asking God that they might be saved if possible; or be made willing to die, if that was His will.

In a few minutes the vessel sank to the bottom of the sea, and the children were lost. One of the sailors of the vessel, named Lockurn – whom I afterward met in Scotland – while rowing over the spot where the vessel disappeared, discovered Mrs. Spafford floating in the water.

Ten days later she was landed at Cardiff, Wales. From there she cabled to her husband, a lawyer in Chicago, the message, “Saved alone.” Mr. Spafford, who was a Christian, had the message framed and hung up in his office. He started immediately for England to bring his wife to Chicago. Mr. Moody left his meetings in Edinburgh and went to Liverpool to try to comfort the bereaved parents, and was greatly pleased to find that they were able to say: “It is well; the will of God be done.”

In 1876, when we returned to Chicago to work, I was entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Spafford for a number of weeks. During that time Mr. Spafford wrote the hymn, “It is well with my soul,” in commemoration of the death of his children. P. P. Bliss composed the music and sang it for the first time at a meeting in Farwell Hall. The comforting fact in connection with this incident was that in one of our small meetings in North Chicago, a short time prior to their sailing for Europe, the children had been converted.

While still living in Chicago Mr. and Mrs. Spafford became much interested in the Second Coming of Christ. So zealous did Mr. Spafford become that be decided to go to Jerusalem with his wife and the one remaining daughter, and there await the coming of the Lord. Mr. Spafford died there not long afterward.

Mrs. Spafford is the head of a society whose headquarters are in a building outside of Jerusalem, where a large number of people live, having all things in common. When I visited Jerusalem some years ago I met Mrs. Spafford on the Street of David. The next day I received a call from Miss Spafford, who is very popular among the natives and has become the teacher for a large body of children, instructing them in English literature and in American ways.

This hymn was heard by a gentleman who had suffered great financial reverses in the panic of 1899, and who was in deepest despondency. When he learned the story of the hymn he exclaimed:

“If Spafford could write such a beautiful resignation hymn I will never complain again.”

And if you’re curious, yes, this book will be available soon from your favorite eBook store.

The Dowie Collection is complete!

This is the one post I have been itching to write for some time now. Finally, The Collected Works of and Concerning John Alexander Dowie is complete.

While advertised as five complete books, there is even more than that in this collection. Probably of greatest value is the selection of articles that have been compiled concerning the end of Dowie’s life. These are the articles that were printed as the events were unfolding, some pulled from the “Leaves of Healing” periodical, and many others from “Century” magazine or secular newspapers, such as the New York Times.

It won’t take long to realize what a fantastic collection this is, and truly, what a fantastic bargain. The whole package is currently listed at $2.99, and that includes everything, including dozens of pictures.

I learned much about Dowie compiling this collection, and honestly, much about church history in general at the turn of the century. There was a lot going on, and Dowie and his Zion City bunch were a large part of it.

Available at all the usual places: Amazon, Kobo (coming soon), and B&N.

Some light fiction for a change

Currently, and in my down time, I have been reading some modern Christian fiction. I know, you probably thought that I never read anything less than seventy years old. Don’t get me wrong. I love my classics. However, sometimes I need something a little more casual. No doubt you know exactly what I mean.

Some time ago, I picked up a book called “Monday Night Jihad” on a whim, mostly because it was written by Jason Elam, former kicker for the Denver Broncos. What can I say? I bleed orange. It took me a while to pick it up and read it, but I did finally get it done.

This book follows one Riley Covington, who is drafted out of college into professional football. Because he played for Air Force, he had to finish a tour of duty before returning to the game, but was able to do so. As a linebacker, he is second to none. Things are going great for him and his team, and they are pushing hard for a playoff berth, when some terrorists set of a handful of bombs during the last game of the season. Chaos ensues, and Riley is called back into duty.

I don’t want to spoil the whole thing if you are actually going to read the book (or even the series, as I am doing). But so far, these have been a really good time, and I’m sure they will continue to be. Also, if you are going to read the books, don’t read the synopsis on Amazon. They really give away a lot of the plot and would spoil the book, in my opinion.

As an added bonus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, these books are part of the lending program, so you can borrow them for your Kindle for free. Pretty sweet deal, actually.

This is a four-part series, and I would suggest reading them in order for obvious reasons:

Monday Night Jihad
Blown Coverage
Blackout
Inside Threat

Also, check out this prayer that a new Christian offers up in the middle of book two. Dampened my eyes with his simplicity. Notice how it isn’t entirely Biblically accurate, doesn’t exactly sound good, and seems almost childish. It is just simple faith with no fancy words. I loved it!

“God, it’s Keith again. You know I’m not used to this, so please forgive me if I mess it up or sound stupid. You know Riley−of course you know Riley; You knew him before You knew me−so anyway, Riley here is going to fight some really bad guys. Guys who hate him, and who, best I can tell, hate You, too. So please protect him. Help him to kill a whole bunch of them−I mean, if it’s okay to pray that he kills people; if not, then scratch that last part. Just watch over him, okay, Lord? Bring him back safe. Thanks, God, for listening. Amen.”

So there you have it. If you like war, if you like football, if you like action, excitement, and some pretty good twists, this may be what you’re after.

Working on the strange history of J. A. Dowie

Greetings!

I’m just dropping in to let you all know that I’m still here, and still working on this collection concerning John Alexander Dowie. To those who haven’t heard the name, he is an old-time evangelist who had a very successful healing ministry in the late 1800′s. However, he is best known for going off the deep end, founding what was to be a sin-free city in Zion, Illinois, and claiming to be Elijah the Restorer. Not exactly the kind of guy you want to grow up and be like.

Despite all of this, he is an important part of Pentecostal history, and influenced many, including F.F. Bosworth, John G. Lake, Gordon Lindsay, and Raymond Richey. Unfortunately, he also went to war with the likes of D. L. Moody, and claimed that Moody’s death in 1899 was divine judgment. He pronounced death over Moody’s successor, R. A. Torrey, as well (Torrey outlived Dowie by twenty years).

Sadly, much of the doctrine he taught was good stuff, but it seems his character simply wasn’t up to snuff and he allowed pride to get in the way. Before all was said and done, he was no longer building God’s kingdom, but instead his own.

This volume is not entirely composed of the works of Dowie. Rather, this volume is set to contain two biographies (both critical), a collection of his personal letters (before he even came to the United States), a record of his California healing missions in 1888, and more. While Dowie was known for his “Leaves of Healing” newsletter that was sent out weekly, this has been all but ignored, as much of what he said was simply incorrect.

All in all, I foresee this being an awesome collection that can hopefully shed some light on this Pentecostal misfit. Meanwhile, the two biographies have already been listed as singles, so you can check them out if you like.

Dowie: Anointed of the Lord, by Arthur Newcomb (by far, my favorite!)
Amazon - Kobo - B&N

John Alexander Dowie and the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion, by Rolvix Harlan
Amazon - Kobo - B&N

I’m still waiting on some more resources for this collection, so I’m not prepared to give you a tentative release date. Soon is all I can say right now.

Library page is live

Several people have requested that our books be listed on this page. To be honest, I have been dragging my feet on this, as I knew it would be a large project, and also outside my realm of expertise. Building websites is not my forte.

However, it had to be done, and now it is!

Click here to check out the store, or roll your mouse up to the “Our Library” tab in the main menu. The links are the same.

Now, this is still not an all-inclusive list, but it highlights some of our most popular books and breaks them into a few general categories. Like I said, this may not be the prettiest thing you’ve ever navigated to on the world-wide-web, but it gets the job done.

Any feedback, as always, is appreciated. God bless!

History of Protestantism is FINISHED!

You simply cannot understand how excited I am!

J. A. Wylie’s “The History of Protestantism” has been a trying project, full of grinding drudgery. Creating the three epic volumes, and then breaking them up into 24 bite-sized portions is not exactly my idea of a good time. However, despite all the work, this has been a rewarding project.

So what better way to celebrate such toil then to reward my followers with a free book?

Book 1 of Wylie’s epic is available to you freely. If you use Kobo, you can download it directly from their library. If you use Amazon, I would plead that you inform then that this book is available at their competitor for a better price, and hopefully they will make it easy there, too. Otherwise, you will have to download the book from this page, then manually install it on your Kindle.

And, best of all, you don’t have to read my gripes about how rough this project is anymore!

Two-thirds down…

Greetings!

If you’ve been following on Facebook, you may have seen me struggling along with our latest project: The History of Protestantism. This 24 book set was written by James Aitken Wylie in 1878, and is considered by many to be one of the best collections on the subject. Originally, it was published in three volumes, which is exactly how I am doing it in the eBook format. Right now, volume 1 is available for $3.99, and volume 2 should be ready in the next 24 hours or so.

These works have been painful, as they are chock full of end notes. Volume 1 has over 1300 of them. These are simple enough to do, but are quite tedious, so the work has been slow. However, I committed to see it through, and the text is complete in volume 3, leaving only the dreaded notes to link.

In spite of this, I am encouraged in that if I can tackle this behemoth, there are very few projects that can intimidate from here on out. There have books that I have shied away from because they had a hundred notes. That is nothing now.

So to you, I will say that whatever you are facing, PRESS ON! Trust me when I say that when you are through, you will be a more courageous person. Sounds trite when we’re talking about end notes, but this is life. Things will come your way that will intimidate you. Never forget that greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world! (1 John 4:4)

I’m comfortable applying spiritual principles here, because Jawbone Digital is more a ministry than I ever could have imagined.

So yes, this project has been a real difficult one for me, but I’m pressing on, and it will be done before anything else goes up around here. And because of that, it will get done. I’ve got some exciting stuff to work on, and I just can’t wait to share it with you!!

Oh, did I mention that “The History of Protestantism” is live? Available wherever eBooks are sold. Well… almost.

BuyAmazon BuyNook BuyKobo

(Note: At this time, I’m still waiting on B&N to get this one live)

Good stuff coming…

Things have been quiet on the eBook front around here lately. At least, it looks quiet…

You must know that things are really moving behind the scenes. First, God reminded me that this is his project by having a sister in Korea contact me. We talked shop for a bit, and I’d like to think we both walked away encouraged. I know I did!

On the front side of things, I’m in the middle of a project that will revolutionize how you get your eBooks. I can’t say much yet, as the project is still in its infancy, but if I have my way, you will be able to get select eBooks for less than our rock-bottom price of 99 cents. No promises, but I’m pretty excited about what’s in store.

You may have seen the links on Facebook, but we had three books by Martin Wells Knapp go live this week. I nearly finished these sometime last year, and then somehow forgot them, so they have been collecting ‘dust’ on my hard drive for a while now. You can check out the three titles here:

Lightning Bolts from Pentecostal Skies
Rescued! or, The River of Death
Revival Tornadoes: or, Life and Labors of Rev. Joseph H. Weber

In addition, I have found my next eBook project for your enjoyment and edification. As is my custom, I’m not about to leak any secrets, but I will offer a bit of advice that I picked up from the book “When Heaven Invades Earth” by Bill Johnson. To paraphrase, there is nothing wrong with reading books by those who did not finish well. After all, we must learn to eat the chicken, but leave the bones (insert lame Kentucky Fried Chicken joke here…).

Thanks for reading, and God bless you!