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Tarpon Springs, FL (i-newswire) June 25, 2012 — Kentucky Pastor James D. Smith was raised by a man that, at first, he wanted nothing to do with. A carpenter named Richard became James’ step father at a young age, and over time he won over his young son. In the process Richard used his carpentry skills to teach James vital life lessons.
“I wrote my book for anyone who ever sets out to build something special,” explained author James Smith. “Everyone is building something in life but most of us could use a little help. This book is meant to share a little help.”
The story of James’ upbringing, entitled “The House that Richard Built: Lessons Learned as a Carpenter’s Son,” is now available for the popular Kindle eReader and it can be downloaded free for three days, starting Monday, June 25. It is available exclusively through Amazon.com for the Kindle eReader, Kindle App, and online through the Kindle Cloud.
“I read this book on a coast-to-coast flight,” explained Rich Nilsen, President of All Star Press. “My goal is to publish books that can change lives. I was so impressed with the numerous life lessons that Richard taught his step son James that I had to publish this book.”
We are all carpenters; we are all building something. We are building families, marriages, careers, relationships, and legacies. The question for all of us is “do we have the right type of tools and instruction to build the life we want?” You can learn about these power tools for life in the new e-book “The House that Richard Built” by author James D. Smith.
Our lives are always under construction. This book is the power tool you need to ensure that you build an awesome house, not just for you but also for your friends and loved ones. Author James Smith learned the lessons that he shares in this book by working with Richard, his stepfather, as a young man. In his life, James has been a soldier, a high school teacher, a college instructor, a trainer, and a graduate Bible student. He combines his varied life experiences and the skills of carpentry with biblical wisdom in a way that readers will find both useful and refreshing.
“In the Book of Jeremiah, God has told us that He has plans for us: plans to prosper us, plans to give us hope and a future,” explained Smith.
With sincerity and openness about his own life mistakes, James helps his readers identify and apply life lessons that will help them build the life that God has planned.
“The House that Richard Built” takes readers on a life-changing journey into the world of a master carpenter. Some of the things you will learn in this powerful life guide: What it means to: measure twice and cut once, what to do when the roof comes crashing down, how to ensure you’re building on the right foundation, how to focus so you hit the nails, and more.
All Star Press is a publishing firm based out of Tarpon Springs, Florida that specializes in e-books. Founded in 2011, All Star Press is the publisher of seven books, including “Sleep Great for Life,” “The Road to Recovery” and “Quiet Spaces: Hearing God’s Call in a Noisy World.” The organization helps independent authors market and publish their books in both print and the latest electronic formats. Learn more at www.allstarpress.com.
My daughter was born on June 27, 2009. Natalie is my only child and she is going on three years old! It’s amazing how time flies, yet I have cherished most every day. Notice I didn’t say “every” day because inevitably life gets in the way, and less important things too often take precedence.
She is a true blessing to not only me and my wife, but also to my parents who didn’t think they were going to see a grandchild from their youngest son. “Pappa” and “Mimi” have loved their time together with her.
I have unconditional love for my baby girl. There have been times – already – that she has hurt me, albeit in a small way. She has pushed me from her, or at least attempted to, physically. On more than one occasion (ok, about a thousand) she has cried for Mommy and wanted no part of Daddy.
Likewise, she doesn’t always give me the reaction I am seeking. Sometimes she’ll awake in the morning and I fail to get the “good morning, Daddy” that I am yearning for. She doesn’t always want to give me a hug or a kiss. If she is in the wrong type of mood, attempting to give her a hugcan be a futile exercise.
Fortunately, the majority of the time she does do the wonderful things a parent looks for, and it is a true blessing as a father. My wife and I treasure the simple pleasures of being guardians of a precious little child.
However, regardless of what Natalie does or does not do, she has my unconditional love. There is a life lesson in this, at least for this parent.
Some have referred to this as the “Parent-Child Analogy” and it tells us so much more about God’s love for all his children. The Power that created the Universe and beyond has a level of unconditional love for us that we can not even contemplate. It’s unconditional love beyond measure.
We can not lose this unconditional love. It’s always there. Some of us, sadly, never accept it. However, because of the unconditional love, we can always turn back to God. That, of course, is the story of Prodigal Son (found in the Book of Luke, chapter 15, verses 11-32).
If I, like so many other fathers, have unconditional love for my daughter, how much more must God have for each of us? Some of us think that God doesn’t love them due to the way the world is flawed. The world is flawed for one simple reason – we have free will to do good or to do wrong. Sin corrupts the world, which is why it isn’t Heaven.
This world was never meant to be our final place. Why? Because a Father in Heaven loves us more than that. Our eventual destination is somewhere way beyond the only world we know…thanks to unconditional love.
According to the London Evening Standard, the publisher of the popular book and movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had 25% of their ebook sales attributed to that one particular work. Quercus is the publisher of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and their chief executive officer Mark Smith said that he believes all of their e-book sales will make up between 17 and 20% of gross book sales in the calendar year 2012.
“People are buying more because it’s so convenient,” said Smith.
With that said, Smith also explained that the ebook sales do tend to be seasonal, with a majority of sales coming around Christmas time and the subsequent three months.