Monday, September 24, 2012

Now Available--The Five Books of Jesus

I'd always thought of the Jordan River as straight.

It's not, of course, as you can see in the cover image. Rivers only run straight in our minds. Between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, the Jordan twists and turns time and time again. It's wider at some points and narrower at others, sometimes deep and slow, others shallow and swift.

When I was young, I thought I knew the story of Jesus. But just like with the Jordan River, it's easy to overlook the twists and turns when you know where a story ends. 

The core plot of my book is probably the best known story in the world--a story whose influence reaches far beyond the bounds of religious Christianity. But from the very first chapters of The Five Books of Jesus, I can promise I'll give you that story in a way that feels new, that invites you to notice its forgotten twists and turns. 

 How to start the journey

The book is available in both print and ebook formats. The print version, which is prettier, normally sells at $12.95 plus shipping. The ebook, which delivers faster, sells for $2.99.

To get a print copy, you have three options:

Amazon: USA, UK, Germany
-If you order enough to get free shipping and live away from Utah Valley, I recommend ordering the book on Amazon.

Amazon Create Space
-This is a store to buy directly from Create Space. They don't give free shipping, but they do allow me to create coupon codes. So if you're ordering just this book and paying shipping anyway, enter the code HXT5UDZL to get 10% off the book price.

Pre-order from me
-I get a low rate when I purchase directly, so I can offer $10 copies to anyone who's able to drop by my BYU office to say hello and pick theirs up. Just email james dot goldberg at gmail dot com to preorder as many copies as you would like, and I'll email back to let you know when they come in.

To order an ebook copy, you have two options (with more on the way):

Kindle Store: USA, UK, Germany
-The cover and "look inside" features are up already in the Kindle Store, so this is a good place to go even if you don't have a Kindle to get a feel for the book. If you have a Kindle, ordering from the Kindle store is the easiest way to start reading right away.

-If you read ebooks on a device other than a Kindle, or if you think Amazon is a dangerous 800-pound gorilla and wish to avoid patronizing them, you can buy the book in various formats--including ePub-- through Smashwords.

In the future, the ebook should also be available through the Barnes & Noble online ebook store and through Apple's online store. If you use a Nook or Apple device, you can get a Smashwords ePub file now or wait a week or two for the book to become available in those sales channels.

Sharing your progress and spreading the word

If you like what you read, I hope you'll let people know what you think, and help spread the word about this book's existence.

I've set up a Facebook Discussion group for anyone who'd like to discuss the book as they read--or who'd like to discuss the book chapter-by-chapter after they finish. In addition to giving you a chance to talk about the book, the discussion group will give your Facebook friends a chance to glance over your shoulder, as it were, to see what you're reading.

There's also a Goodreads page for the book--if you use Goodreads, I hope you'll mark when you start and when you finish, and take time to leave a review when you do.

And of course, it would be wonderful if you could leave a customer review on the Amazon page, and if you'd tell your friends what you thought of the book--good or bad, I'll be happy just to know my work is being talked about.

Thank you all for your interest in this project--and to so many of you for your support through the process. I hope you enjoy the Five Books of Jesus, and I hope that someday we get a chance to talk about it!

-James Goldberg
25 September 2012

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