It's here - it's finally here!
I'm so excited to announce the release of my new book:
Encounters With Jesus
This book was birthed right here at Another Red Letter Day. My interaction with this wonderful community of faith has encouraged me to write, and keep writing. So I want to say a huge thank you to all of you.
I'm hoping that you'll share it with your friends.
If you have not been following my blog, let me bring you up to speed.
Encounters is a collection of forty stories from the life of Jesus. What is striking about these stories is the way they look through the eyes of the people He touched.
What would it have been like to be on the boat when Jesus calmed the sea?
How would it feel to see your son raised from the dead?
How would you react if Jesus asked you to sell all that you have?
Can you imagine standing at the foot of the cross?
I walk through the life of Jesus from before His conception to His resurrection speaking in dozens of voices.
To those of you who have shared life with me the last few years as a blogger, I hope you will join me in praying that this simple approach to the life of Jesus will draw men and women to Him. Will you pray with me for the impact of this book?
Here are a few book reviews, so you can see what others are saying:
"40 familiar stories, creatively re-written (with a little imagination included), that will astound you and cause you to love and worship Christ all over again." ~ from Kristyn Mogler's review on her blog Deep Cries Out here: http://deepcriesout.com/encounters-with-jesus/
"Not only could I not read these stories fast enough but my 11-year-old son was hooked just like I was." ~ Debby from DebBe Still and Listen reviews 'Encounters' here: http://debbestillandlisten.com/2015/03/23/a-must-read/
"You feel like you’re in their shoes as you read." ~ Steve Bremner reviews the book on his blog - SteveBremner.com here: http://stevebremner.com/2015/03/encounters-with-jesus-book-review/
"Well, I will just admit to you that I wept in awe and wonder and gratitude for the love of our Savior." From Felecia Clarke's review on here blog - A Life Sanctified - http://alifesanctified.com/2015/03/31/encounters-with-jesus/
Felecia also interviewed me about the writing of "Encounters with Jesus" which you can read here: http://alifesanctified.com/2015/04/20/an-interview-with-benjamin-nelson/
For a preview of one of the stories - you can read "Blood in the Sheets" right here on my blog.
There is a promotion going on - if you buy the paperback from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for 99 cents.
One last thing. If you've read the book and love it (or even if you don't love it) PLEASE take a minute and rate it and write an honest review on Amazon. Amazon reviews (especially good ones) are what cause books to float to the top in Amazon's attention and rankings.
I want to leave a few links here for folks who helped me put this project together.
My editor, Susan Hughes, is a freelance editor with great sense for how to take writing from good to great. You can connect with her at her website, where she offers a free sample of her work: http://myindependenteditor.com/
My designer, Christopher Nelson, who happens to be my son, works as an art director, and does freelance work as well. You can connect with him at his web site: http://csnelsondesign.com
The wonderful rendition of the woman with the issue of blood used on my cover is from an oil painting by Al Young called "I Shall Be Whole," part of his "Women of the Bible" series. I just love his work. You can see it on his website: http://alyoung.com/