A short audio message introducing Andes book – A Journey with Jesus-which can be used over the course of Lent in 2021.
For Lent this year, I was asked if my devotional book – A Journey with Jesus – could be used in our church. It is a real honour to be asked, and humbling too. I wrote the book many years ago now, and at that time for a specific church I attended. Since then, I updated the material and published it for use by anyone. Although it is written with Lent in mind, it can be used any time of the year.
It is my intention to record a weekly video message to go along with the daily readings from the book. If you want to follow along, then let me encourage you to get yourself a copy of the book from Amazon here – A Journey With Jesus. As you will see, it is available in both paperback and Kindle format. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, then it is totally free to read. There is also a large print copy available for those who prefer it.
If you don’t have a copy of the book, then the weekly video messages will still be of interest (I hope!) so please do not feel excluded.
Lent is an interesting time and I am always fascinated by how people use the time. Some fast, while others do not mark it at all. I have always been a fan of trying to use the time to read a book or study in some way. Do you mark Lent in any special way? Do comment below if you do.
However you spend the season of Lent, I pray that it is a time where you draw close to God. If you fully devote yourself to Jesus this Lent, imagine how different your relationship with Him might be in 40 days time? Imagine how you might have grown, or how He might have guided you. Any day is a good day to focus on the Lord, but Lent gives us a good excuse to do so. Don’t waste this time but embrace it! I pray you are extremely blessed as you encounter Jesus this year.
It has been a few days since I last posted to the blog, and sadly I have broken my daily posting streak I started when lockdown began. I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t reach 100 posts in a row, but, as the title suggests, life happens!
Sincere apologies to anyone who came looking for a post and couldn’t find one!
On 17th March, I put up a post called Coronavirus, and that seems a very long time ago now! I posted each day for a few days, and that turned into an ambition to post something to the blog every day. Three months in, I did not miss a day until the weekend just gone.
It wasn’t a bad weekend or anything, but there were a lot of things going on in life and I just did not have the time to sit down and write. Something had to give in the end and I’m genuinely sorry it was the blog.
I am sure I am not alone in this. I suppose we have all had times where life just happened, and prevented us doing one thing or another. We love to plan our lives, and yet our plans so rarely work out! I praise God that He is in total control.
Writing a blog is actually quite time consuming – I’m sure fellow bloggers will agree. I don’t tend to write opinion pieces and largely try to focus on biblical topics. That requires a bit of thought and study, and so it may take a bit of time to prepare and write a post. While on lockdown, I gained a fair bit of time not spent on commuting to work, volunteering, and helping get children to and from various events. Now the lockdown is starting to ease in the UK, some of those things are coming back and my time is becoming more limited.
For example, I volunteer with our village’s local magazine which was suspended during COVID-19 restrictions. We are now hoping it can return in the summer, and so I am starting to pick up that volunteering again.
I’m sure the same is true for you. All that time you gained during lockdown is now starting to reduce as life – hopefully – begins to return to some new normal.
It is probably now a little ambitious for me to try and post every single day, as much as I would like to. I have seen some growth in blog readers and followers over the last few months and I do not want to let anyone down. I have to be realistic about my time however, and I certainly don’t want to put out posts which are not up to scratch!
After some thought and prayer, I will aim to post on weekdays, leaving weekends off. As well as my usual writing, I will try to incorporate an audio podcast and video as well each week (so perhaps three written blogs, a video and a podcast each week). That is still a fair time commitment, but I am hopeful I can maintain this in the coming weeks. If I return to the office any time soon, then I may have to review!
I am always happy to get constructive feedback, so do tell me what you think. I love writing this blog, and I really want to complete writing another book. Knowing the demands on my time, I need to create space in order to do that.
How are you finding the transition through the lockdown? Life changed dramatically when the restrictions came in, and I feel it will change again as it is reversed. What have you learned from this time of life? I’d love to hear your experiences.
Have a great day!
It’s only about a month until Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
I know that Christians mark Lent in many ways. Some observe fasting, while others start a spiritual habit. I knw many who like to read a new book or follow Lent study throughout the period. And here comes the shameless plug…
If you are looking for something to read and study over Lent, then please consider getting a copy of my 40-day devotional – A Journey with Jesus.
It is available from your local Amazon store, both in paperback and Kindle.
It’s also available in large print for those who prefer.
I hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, I hope you grow closer to God as a result.
My Kindle eBook is now available for free from Amazon until Wednesday 6th March 2019. Grab your copy here: A Journey With Jesus: 40-day Devotional
I’ve been both humbled and surprised by the response to announcing my book release – A Journey with Jesus. In many ways, I was testing the waters with this and so it’s humbling to receive so much encouragement. I’m genuinely grateful to every one of you. Thank you!
I also want to thank my wife for illustrating the cover of the book. So is an extremely talented artist – among many other things! Thank you too.
Another Book Project
You will (hopefully) have noticed that I’ve not been blogging as much as usual in the last month or so. I’m sorry about this, but I’ve been working on another writing project.
I’ve set myself a very challenging six-week target to get this new project done, and I hope to share more news with you by late April/early May. The encouragement you’ve given me with the release of the devotional book has really spurred me on.
So what is this new project?
I haven’t finalised the title yet, but it is a book about and for women. I know, I know, I’m a man – but I’m also a husband and a father to four daughters, so this one is close to my heart.
Any writing time I have had has been dedicated to the book, and so I’ve not been so active on the blog. Apologies for this, and I will do my very best to get back into a rhythm soon.
I wanted to keep you updated on what was happening, and I will give you any news as soon as I can. Look out for this in April…
Thanks again and have a great weekend!
I’m excited to announce that my book – A Journey with Jesus: 40-day devotional – is now available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook and paperback!
Some years ago, I wrote this devotional for a Lent series at Bramerton Road Community Church. I’ve now updated this and released it as both an eBook and paperback.
Free Kindle Version!
Between Saturday 2nd March and Wednesday 6th Mach 2019, the Kindle eBook version will be available completely free of charge! This is for anyone wanting to use it over Lent.
After that, it will still be available for free as part of the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner’s Lending Library programs. For anyone else, it only costs 99p!
Find it on Amazon here: A Journey With Jesus (Kindle)
Also available outside of the UK on the relevant Amazon site.
Prefer to read on paper? Not a problem, as a paperback version is now also available for £3.99. This covers the cost of printing the book and Amazon’s share, so no large profits are made (well, 3p per copy!). I think it is important you know that and indeed, any sales go towards funding this site and blog.
The paperback version is available here: A Journey With Jesus (Paperback)
Please also note that anyone buying the paperback will qualify for a free copy of the Kindle version also.
About the book
Jesus spent forty days in the Wilderness – but what did He spend His time thinking about?
Of course, we don’t know for sure, but this devotional explores some possibilities, focusing on God’s love, Jesus’ teaching, who we are in Christ and much more.
Each day is a short read, and is great for individuals and groups alike. There is a Bible verse for each day, some questions to get you thinking plus a word of encouragement.
I hope you enjoy reading it!