Originally posted on chrismcmullen:
Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) sent out an email announcement today about the new Kindle Countdown Deals—a new promotional tool for KDP Select users.
This looks very promising. It will entice some authors who’ve left to switch back to KDP Select; and any who have been contemplating leaving KDP Select may be swayed to stay.
The angel stirred the river deep,
stirring the once-lost souls
from their restless sleep
to healing, health, and peace.
If only I were the ones
to receive just a tiny drop
from that river,
I know that everything
in this battered soul
would instantly be redeemed.
Photocredit: (Photopin/Flickr) http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanoprobe67/7037448743/ (Natural Falls in eastern Oklahoma)
Betrayed by her own false sense of protection,
Persephone felt alone,
No flowers, no sunshine, no laughter
to accompany her in her newly gained royal throne.
She tried with all her might
to grow something with a pleasant sight,
but nothing happened
until the day that Persephone fell in love
And, lo and behold
from her heart the most magnificent garden
she ever saw made its debut.
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Of Niobe’s children, there were many,
Of her blessings, there were too numerous to count,
Of Niobe’s pride, there was none who could surpass.
Until the day, that poor Niobe
heard her echo
and believed there was another
more fortunate than she.
In anger, she begged the Immortals
to curse the woman
whose voice dared to conflict with hers
and so they complied,
raining fire from the heavens
right before her very own eyes.
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Pros: Very intriguing, especially the beginning
Cons: Some parts hard to understand
As a reader of Genesis, I have often wondered about Enoch: Who was he? Why was he able to walk with God?
The Book of Enoch is a collection of spiritual literature in the Ethiopian cannon which covers prophecies and visions attributed to Enoch and some of his descendants. It seemingly provides deeper insight into the pre-flood era along with providing detailed observations about astronomy, nature, and faith. Readers will find the Watchers, Nephilim, and prophetic language similar to Daniel and Isaiah within its pages.
I really had no idea of what to expect when I came across this book on the Internet, even though I saw it referenced here and there during research. The book was downright intriguing, because it presented the early Biblical world in a different light. The Nephilim, treated only briefly in the Old Testament, are given center stage here. Not only are readers given names, but actions are detailed as well. The Nephilim were a pretty bad (actually very bad) group and terrorized their neighbors. There is some debate about whether the use of the term “giants’ was a physical (they were really big) or cultural reference (They were socially and technologically superior), but in either case, it was bad news. According to the Book of Enoch, it was the Nephilim who introduced mankind to some of the more deadly aspects of their nature. As a result, they were destroyed and the angelic fathers who created them sentenced to be punished in the Final Judgment.
The Nephilim, though, are not the only focus of this book. The Book of Enoch is a hodge-podge of other Old Testament-like literature. Such as visions, and prophecies. Included in these pages are Michael, Gabriel, Gadreel, and more, but also some other names that I have not heard of before. These visions and prophecies are written in, interestingly enough, in language similar to what you would find in the Old Testament chapter of Daniel or the book from the community of Essenes. To me, that doesn’t verifiably prove its authenticity, but it is something to consider.
Having said that, there are some sections of the Book that were a little hard to read and understand. When the Book of Enoch starts talking about astronomy (which was interesting and weird at the same time), he discusses the sun, moon, and stars going through heavenly Gates for certain periods of time. That went completely over my head. There were also certain prophecies that I just got hopelessly lost in. The commentary provided in the version that I read was a great help, but it didn’t provide all of the help.
Overall, though, this was an interesting read from all of the “modern” stuff I read. I don’t know if this is the authentic version of the Book of Enoch (if there is one), but it is interesting spiritual literature that I would be interested in learning more about. Regardless if it’s “authentic” or not, it is definitely some spiritual “food for thought”.
This book went an unexpected way than I expected. I expected it to focus on issues like Kwanzaa, Afrocentric stuff, etc. on a superficial level, but the author went a little deeper (actually a lot) than I expected. He presents a well-researched book. I am unsure if a community or family could actually implement all of the steps that the author so brilliantly describes, but it is great reading about. A great start that deals with African American education in one of the most comprehensive ways I’ve read so far.
Originally posted on BlaiseLucey.com:
You wrote the book. You did the research. You got a cover. Finally, you formatted the thing for Amazon Kindle and decided to try KDP Select.
Gleefully, you set up the promotion and let ‘er whirl. You scaled your expectations accordingly. “Maybe a dozen sales, not more… but, you know, maybe it’s the next Fifty Shades of Grey. A hundred sales.”
The downloads come rolling in like a tsunami – ten, twenty, a hundred downloads. Those are great, because it shows people are interested in what you’re writing. Or at least interested in stockpiling free books.