Highpoints Book Available

Consider the biggest announcements of history. “The British are coming,” by the night rider, Paul Revere. Or, Pearl Harbor Bombed splashed across the newspaper. Well, this one isn’t going THAT big but it’s up there in the rankings. Westbow Press has released the publication, my newest book, Highpoints.

Do you dream of the high places, of mountain air and a new-found freedom to believe? Highpoints will lead you into real life adventures of mountain climbers who risked their lives. You will explore the peaks of life-like never before and discover your own Highpoints of life.

Already, Launch Team one is building momentum. Launch Team One is a group ordering five or more copies of the book. Highpoints, for a cell group, Bible Study, Sunday School Class, Men’s group or for gifts. They receive a FREE Dare2climb ebook study guide and autographed copies of the book, Highpoints. If you would like to be a part of this group, please, email me privately via Facebook.

Launch Team Two will be announced in the next few days. Watch for Facebook posts, blog posts and twitter for special announcements.

I am so thankful for the reviews of those on the endorsement team and we will be sharing those next week. Now it is time for you to order the book and begin your ascent with Highpoints.  Order here http://www.highpointbook.com/

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Dear God, “I’m sorry”

People are suffocated from evil around us, covered with fear and mesmerized by sin but Jesus is setting people free. We have been hearing reports from across the nation and around the world of people coming to Jesus for forgiveness, receiving salvation and turning their lives around. Repentance is a heart issue not a church issue. Oh, don’t get me wrong – you will want to link up with other believers but merely going to church is not salvation. No, this is a heart issue, a believing in the heart, a cleansing in the heart and a receiving into the heart.

Why must I go to Jesus for forgiveness? Because only God is holy and you have sinned against God. Salvation is the benefit of a repentant heart. Turn to Jesus Christ with all your heart, know that He loves YOU, died for your sins on the cross and is willing to forgive you.

For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

2 Corinthians 7:11

Real repentance doesn’t occur because you are sorry you failed and you are disappointed in yourself, no, it is more than that. Real repentance is not fear from being caught and your sin laid out in the open, no, it is more than that. Real repentance is faith. Faith in knowing you are guilty but Jesus loves you; Jesus is willing to forgive you!

Admit your sin, your guilt, and your wrong in prayer to Jesus Christ.

Acknowledge He died on the cross for you and loves you. Jesus wants you to come to Him.

Ask Him to forgive you and come into your heart and He will if you ask sincerely and honestly.

Accept it all done and thank Jesus for salvation and His mercy. Praise is the path into God’s presence.

Accountability is the next great decision – join a group of Bible believing Christians and stick with your new life.

Comment: Did you pray and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you and come into your life?

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The Mix

When things fall apart, consider the possibility that God knocked it down on purpose. Not to bully you, or to punish you, but to prompt you to build something that better suits your personality and your purpose.

    Sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together.

I read those words by an anonymous author and said to my self, “How true.”

Life is a mix. Take a spoonful of flour, put it in your mouth, yech! not what you were expecting, take baking soda by itself, (don’t try this at home). No, not good either, now a little sugar and a couple more ingredients, put it in the oven and hot biscuits – now, that’s good. (For a better recipe go online, google Good Biscuit recipes and try them). But you gt the point: the individual ingredients of life may not be good to the taste separately or even make sense but together it is very good.

Maybe you are going through something right now, you don’t understand what is coming from the right or the left but together, when added, mixed and baked is a very good outcome. Are you in the mixer right now? Confused? Downhearted?

Here are just three quick points:

Pray about it There is nothing in the world like opening your heart to God in the early part of the day and expressing your needs, giving Him your cares, and expressing your frustrations but then take the time to let the peace of God melt your heart and fill your mind.

Find something bigger than you Getting involved with the homeless, a missions endeavor, a heart burning project or a church activity can lighten the load rather quickly.

Endure This is probably the last thing you wanted to hear but realize you are stronger than you think you are – especially if you are praying everyday. These things don’t last – so, endure. Pastor Mark Lantz advises, Endurance is a difficult discipline – but he who endures to the end will be saved. Keep up and God will lift you up.

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What is Highpoints Book about?

The idea for the Highpoints manuscript started over two years ago while on a hike into the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado. I had always loved the mountains but this was a spiritual hike and a physical hike. Watching the majestic beauty of the carved rock of splendor, the breathtaking beauty and the awesome atmosphere opened my heart to see God and His work within each one of us, His greatest desire is to bring us closer to Him. To know who He is not just what He does. He wants us higher, greater heights, to see life from His perspective. Highpoints was birthed in my spirit.

I collected stories, articles and outlined my thoughts but the manuscript cooked in the crock pot of my heart until October 2011, when I received a call from a Westbow Consultant asking to print a book I had previously published, “No, but I have one I will be writing.” The writing process took four months, the editorial took a little over a month, the interior design another month and the exterior design a few weeks.

Rather than me try to describe the book, here is an endorsement we received when the initial manuscript was reviewed:

Jim Laudell challenges us to reject the status quo, complacent spiritual life. He inspires us to have the courage to passionately follow Christ and ascend the mountain of spiritual growth. If you are ready to go to the next level in your relationship with God, this book is for you! —Loren Hicks, Lead Pastor at Faith Tabernacle Church, West Los Angeles, CA

 

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Highpoints Book Endorsements

Highpoints book has gone to print. Westbow publishers has announced they are taking HIGHPOINTS to the printer. I will receive a preview copy and soon Highpoints will go into mass production. Already Barnes and Noble, Target and Amazon are resellers and possibly, Christian Book Distributors (CBD). Early reviews have been received and we have a great lineup of endorsements.

Not everyone has experienced mountain climbing, but everyone has experienced falling and then fighting to get back up. Jim takes us from that point of crisis, through the climb, and to the summit. Keep climbing! Brandon Cox, Pastor of Grace Hills Church, Northwest Arkansas, Editor of Pastors.com

My wife and I have been agreeing in prayer for a special anointing upon the book leading them to their own personal Highpoints. We are growing, reaching and climbing together as we grasp Trust, Endurance, Faith; like we have never had it before. Highpoints includes stories of real life mountain climbers telling their stories of stamina, high risk danger and near death experiences. Coupled with tough choices and breathtaking scenery we will move from one mountain peak to the other with Biblical examples of Joseph, Moses, Jesus, Caleb and others.

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Highpoints Book: Hiring a Marketing Team

Of all the choices a writer will make, these two stand out among all the rest. In fact, without these two, it is barely believable, your manuscript, once turned into a book, will be purchased. Of these two I will only speak of one at this time. The first is to develop a platform by which you already have an audience and following. The other, hiring a marketing team.

You can learn it, develop it and do it but I chose a marketing team because when it comes to art and design, I rarely know how to get to what I want. In other words, that is not my skill, writing is. So, I hired a social media and marketing team to help me create three elements:

Platform Social media expressions such as, a Facebook Fan Page, a Designed Twitter page, a web page, and a Designed Blog Page to attract followers.

Outreach Being able to be where I needed to be was created by my media and marketing team by well placed ads. I like the Facebook ads but not AdWords. I especially didn’t want to pay for a click because it was difficult to budget for it not knowing the results or the number of clicks I may receive in a month’s time.

Credibility To have a social media presence gave followers the humanization of the author. A real person with a real family with real aspirations, just like we all do.

The marketing team I work with has a Social Media Professional, a Designer, Photographer, and a Web Technician. The Social Media Professional develops your social media sites, assists in growing them and maintaining your presence. At this point I still do my own Twitter, Facebook and WordPress Blog, maybe someday, I will need an assistant but right now I enjoy it too much. The Designer, of course, puts together the logo, pictures, artwork and fonts. The Photographer takes commercial photographs capturing your style and personality, (make sure the photographer is willing to release all rights to the photographs since they will be used commercially). Lastly, the Web Technician, this is mainly for the set up of the webpage for your book but you want to make sure the call to action button links the reader to a purchase site.

I chose the Marketing team based on three main desires that I settled in my mind before I made the decision of what company to go with.

Personal I felt if I couldn’t meet with them over a cup of coffee, laugh, work and share stories then I had the wrong team. Having a personal team creates a mutual feeling of friendship and respect bringing the team, well, into a team. We met weekly at a coffee shop for three months and developed friendships along the way.

Professional Sorry, but I wasn’t willing to risk the project, the money, or the time into someone who was learning along the way. I wanted the team to know where we were going and how to get there.

Punctual Waiting for someone, who sails through past deadlines, is not a virtue of mine and putting off the project because someone missed the date they told me ; only frustrated the project for  everyone. We discussed punctual for me and the rest of the team at the very beginning. One more thing, Be sure and start early enough – at least, five to six months before the book launch, if you don’t already have a platform then start at least one year in advance of your published work.

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New Book: Highpoints released soon

In just a few days we will be able to release the front cover design of our new book, Highpoints, published by Westbow Publishers. We have been assured it will be available through several book media outlets, such as, Amazon, and more. We rejected the first cover design and it is now in the re-design stage. As soon as I get the re-design back I will post it and you will be among the very first to see the new cover.

Patience is a virtue but at this point it is very difficult to maintain. The anticipation level is high and we are in hopes of having a published copy in hand before too long.

Highpoint is the top of the mountain where the climber places his flag. The Highpoint is the majestic top where breath-taking scenery and the joy of accomplishment sweeps over your senses like an ocean way. The Highpoint is where we all dream of being but Highpoints are for those who dare to climb.   This book, Highpoints, is a book for climbers. Those who have chosen to climb above, reach higher and see what others may have only thought about. Highpoints unravels the logistics of the climb and plants seeds of hope in the heart of every climber, “You can do this!”

Many have been satisfied with God on my level but God is calling you to His level,a greater height in His presence.  But this book is not about a dreamy state of mind that only the elite reach, Highpoints is about those who dare to make the climb, to begin to reach, to begin to grab, to begin to feel the exhilaration of greater heights.

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