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The Print Books Are Coming! — Post by Mary C. Findley

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We know some people love the smell and feel of paper books, so we are happy to meet that need. Following is a list of Findley Family Video Publications print titles as of 7/31/2015, in alphabetical order. Some are still filtering through from CreateSpace to Amazon and getting connected to the ebook titles.  As soon as that happens, the only titles not available in print are The Acolyte’s Education and Carrie’s Hired Hand, short stories fewer than 50 pages in length. So, if you want print versions of any of our other books, hang on until they are all in place at your favorite online retailer and then snap them up.

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1. A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist

2. Antidisestablishmentarianism

3. Benny and the Bank Robber (BBR 1)

4. BBR 1 student study guide

5. BBR 1 teacher study guide

6. Biblical Studies Student Edition NT

7. Biblical Studies Student Edition OT

8. Biblical Studies Teacher Edition NT

9. Biblical Studies Teacher Edition OT

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10. Chasing the Texas Wind

11. Doctor Dad (BBR2)

12. Empire Saga

13. Ephron Son of Zohar

14. Fifty Shades of Faithful

15. Fifty Shades of Faithful 2: In Living Color

16. Heth, Son of Canaan, son of Ham, Son of Noah

17. Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion

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18. Lines in Pleasant Places (BBR 4)

19. Nehemiah, LLC

20. Send a White Rose

21. Shelometh Daughter of Yovov

22. Tawananna, Daughter of Zohar

23. The Baron’s Ring

24. The Conflict of the Ages Student 1 The Scientific History of Origins

25. The Conflict of the Ages Student 2 The Origin of Evil in the World that Was

26. The Conflict of the Ages Student 3 They Deliberately Forgot: The Flood and the Ice Age

27. The Conflict of the Ages Student 4 Ice Age Civilizations

28. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher 1-3 combined

[ The first 3 are not in print separately but in are 1 combined teacher edition]

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The Conflict of the Ages Teacher 1 The Scientific History of Origins

The Conflict of the Ages Teacher 2 The Origin of Evil in the World that Was

The Conflict of the Ages Teacher 3 They Deliberately Forgot: The Flood and the Ice Age

29. The Conflict of theAges Teacher 4 Ice Age Civilizations

30. The Good , the Bad, and the Ugly A Readers’ and Writers’ Guide for Believers

31. The Great Thirst 1: Prepared

32. The Great Thirst 2: Purified

33. The Great Thirst 3: Pursued

34. The Most Dangerous Game (Alexander Legacy 3)

35. The Oregon Sentinel (BBR 3)

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36. The Pinocchio Factor (Alexander Legacy 4)

37. What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism? (Serial Anti 4)

38. What Is an Establishment of Religion? Serial Anti 1)

39. What Is Science? (Serial Anti 3)

40. What Is Secular Humanism? (Serial Anti 2)

41. Write for the King of Glory

42. Zita Son of Ephron and Shelometh

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Latest List of Findley Family Video Publications

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If you have taken the time to read our books, Thank you! The best gift you can give an author is an honest, thoughtful review. Please consider leaving one. Help us understand what you liked and didn’t like about the book and why. Help authors reach more readers and spread your influence and ours. If you liked the book, please recommend it to your spouse, friends, pastors, teachers, cashiers, employers, – anybody and everybody you see each day. If you don’t know what to say, remember Proverb 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established. Thank you!

All our books (including Nonfiction, Historical Fiction, SciFi, contemporary relationships short stories, and an Archaeological Mystery serial) are linked on our blog by genre. Look for the colored rectangles with genre names on the left and right sides of each page.
Elk Jerky for the Soul includes posts on current issues, excerpts from our fiction and nonfiction works, Bible teaching, travel and everyday observations, and more. Visit our YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ffvp5657. Watch Jonah and Ruth as well as “Sojourner,” part of the Space Empire Saga, in full 3D animation, book teasers, and upcoming projects related to biblical study and the Conflict of the Ages.
Science, History, Literature, and biblical worldview studies are the focus of our book and video projects.

The following list includes all ebook versions including series links, illustrated versions, and boxed sets. In most cases, where a paperback version is available, the same link will take you to that edition. After each title is the global link to Amazon and, where applicable, a series page link.

1. Send a White Rose myBook.to/Send-white-rose
2. Chasing the Texas Wind myBook.to/Chasing-texas-wind
3. The Baron’s Ring myBook.to/Barons-ring
4. Benny and the Bank Robber myBook.to/Benny-Bank-robber (series link) myBook.to/Benny_Bank_Robber_series_4
5. Benny 1 Teacher myBook.to/BBR1-Teacher-Study-Guide
6. Benny 1 Student myBook.to/BBR1-Study-Student
7. Dr. Dad myBook.to/BBR2-Dr-Dad
8. The Oregon Sentinel myBook.to/BBR3-Oregon-Sentinel
9. Lines in Pleasant Places myBook.to/BBR4-Lines-pleasant-places
10. The Great Thirst 1: Prepared myBook.to/Great-Thirst-1-Prepared
11. The Great Thirst 2: Purified myBook.to/Great-Thirst-2-Purified
12. The Great thirst 3: Pursued myBook.to/Great-Thirst-3-Pursued
13. The Great Thirst 4: Persecuted myBook.to/GreatThirst4Persecuted
14. The Great thirst 5: Persevering myBook.to/Great_Thirst_5_Persevering
15. The Great Thirst 6: Protected myBook.to/Great_Thirst_6_Protected
16. The Great Thirst 7: Prevailing myBook.to/GreatThirst_7_Prevailing
17. The Great Thirst Boxed Set myBook.to/Great_Thirst_Boxed_Set
18. The Acolyte’s Education myBook.to/Acolytes-education
19. Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion myBook.to/Hope-knight-black-lion
20. Illuminated Hope myBook.to/illuminated-hope
21. A Dodge a Twist and a Tobacconist myBook.to/Dodge-twist-tobacconist
22. Illustrated Dodge myBook.to/Illustrated-Dodge-Twist-Tobacconist
23. The Pinocchio Factor myBook.to/pinocchio-factor
24. The Most Dangerous Game myBook.to/Most-Dangerous-Game-Alex-Legacy-3
25. Fall on Your Knees myBook.to/Fall_on_your_knees
26. Carrie’s Hired Hand myBook.to/Carries-Hired-Hand
27. Fifty Shades of Faithful myBook.to/Fifty-shades-faithful-1 series link myBook.to/FiftyShades_of_Faithful_series
28. Fifty Shades of Faithful 2 myBook.to/50-Shades-2-Colors
29. Write for the King of Glory myBook.to/Write-King-Glory
30. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Reader’s and Writer’s Guide for Believers myBook.to/Good-Bad-Ugly-reader-writer-guide
31. Ephron Son of Zohar myBook.to/Ephron-son-of-zohar-ephron-hittite-1 Series page: myBook.to/Ephron_Hittite_series
32. Ephron the Hittite Boxed Set myBook.to/Ephron_Box_5
33. Tawanana Daughter of Zohar myBook.to/Tawananna-ephron-hittite-2
34. Heth, Son of Canaan, son of Ham, son of Noah myBook.to/Heth-Ephron-Hittite-3
35. Shelometh Daughter of Yovov Wife of Ephron myBook.to/Shelometh-Ephron-4
36. Zita: Son of Ephron and Shelometh myBook.to/Zita_Ephron_Hittite_Book_5
37. Old Testament and New Testament Manuscript History myBook.to/OT-NT-Manuscript
38. Biblical Studies Teacher Edition Part One: Old Testament myBook.to/Biblical-Studies-Teacher
39. Biblical Studies Teacher Edition Part Two: New Testament myBook.to/Biblical-Studies-Tcher-NT
40. Biblical Studies Student Edition Part One: Old Testament myBook.to/Biblical-studies-student
41. Biblical Studies Student Edition Part Two: New Testament myBook.to/Biblical-Studies-Student-NT
42. Antidisestablishmentarianism myBook.to/Antidisestablishmentarianism
43. Illustrated Antidisestablishmentarianism http://authl.it/1hn?d
44. What Is an Establishment of Religion? myBook.to/Anti-1-what-is-estab-religion Series page myBook.to/serial_anti
44. What Is an Establishment of Religion? myBook.to/Anti-1-what-is-estab-religion Series page myBook.to/serial_anti
45. Illustrated What Is an Establishment of Religion? http://authl.it/1hp?d Series page myBook.to/serial-illustrated-anti
46. What Is Secular Humanism? myBook.to/Anti-2-What-is-secular-humanism
48. What Is Science? myBook.to/Anti-3-What-is-science
49. Illustrated What Is Science? http://authl.it/1hq?d
50. What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism? myBook.to/Anti-serial-4-results-sec-humanism
51. Illustrated What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism? http://authl.it/1hr?d
52. Disestablish myBook.to/Disestablish
53. Empire Saga myBook.to/Empire-Saga-6-in-1 series page myBook.to/Space_Empire_Series
54. City on a Hill myBook.to/City-on-a-hill
55. Sojourner myBook.to/Sojourner
56. Nehemiah LLC myBook.to/Nehemiah-LLC
57. Empire 1: Humiliation myBook.to/Empire-1-Humiliation
58. Empire 2: Repentance myBook.to/Empire-2-Repentance
59. Empire 3: Sanctification myBook.to/Empire-3-Sanctification
60. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition I The Scientific History of Origins myBook.to/COA1-Teacher-Sci-History-Origins Teacher Series Page myBook.to/Conflict_Teacher_all
61. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition II: The Origin of Evil in the World that Was myBook.to/COA2-Teacher-origin-evil
62. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition III They Deliberately Forgot The Flood and the Ice Age myBook.to/COA3-Teacher-Flood-Ice-age
63. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition IV Ice Age Civilizations myBook.to/COA4-Teacher-Ice_Age
64. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition V The Ancient World myBook.to/COATeacher5
65. The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition I The Scientific History of Origins myBook.to/COA1-Student-Sci-History-origins Student series page myBook.to/Conflict_Student_all
66. The Conflict of the Ages Student II: The Origin of Evil in the World that Was myBook.to/COA2-Student-origin-evil
67. The Conflict of the Ages Student III They Deliberately Forgot The Flood and the Ice Age myBook.to/COA3-Student-Flood-Ice-Age
68. The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition IV Ice Age Civilizations myBook.to/COA4-Student-Ice-Age-Civ
69. The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition V The Ancient World myBook.to/ConflictStudent5
70. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition I-III myBook.to/COA1-3-Teacher 

71. Under the Sun: A Traditional View of Ancient History myBook.to/Under_the_Sun
72. His Sign: The Wait Is Over myBook.to/His_Sign


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More Reviews of Christian Books You Ought to Read!

5.0 out of 5 stars “As automatic as panicking.”, April 29, 2013

Joana James has a secret formula for instant Christian success. Well, no, it’s not instant, but it will work. These “wisdom bursts” were tougher to write than the first book in the series, I bet, but so necessary. We want to worry, we want to pick up that burden we were supposed to let Jesus have, we want to ask friends instead of asking God. James sets all these normal human behaviors up like tin cans on a fence ail and shoots them right off, pop, pop, pop. Through dark times, through tough times, through the “over and over” times we fail to be like God, we have to listen to these simple, practical lessons. Get up. Go on. Trust God.
4.0 out of 5 stars Faith Makes a Way, April 27, 2013

I hoped the adventure part of this story would get rolling a little sooner, but the reality of life is that it isn’t all fun and fantasy. I loved the part where Patty had to fix up the boat. And the whole point about temptation and deception is that it catches us off guard, so this story is both fantastic and realistic. There are plenty of creatures in Kingsley to delight and keep the interest of young readers. It seems like a perfect “read to me, mommy” kind of story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Love Casts Out Fear, April 23, 2013

This historical suspense romance has lots to like. Some of the characters reminded me of the Emma Thompson movie version of Sense and Sensibility. Andrew is steadfast and sweet like Edward. Kate, Tara’s little sister, is boisterous like Margaret. Tara is her own person, though. You can feel her fear and sympathize with her keeping life at arm’s length. God, Andrew, and her family all practice persistent love through the terrors of the past and present.


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Historical Fiction for the Young and the Young Adult

Writing fiction for and/or about children (roughly eight to fifteen years of age) is a tricky business. It is easy to appeal to their vivid imaginations, their need to be “special,” accepted by peers, to become independent of adults, and to explore relationships with the opposite sex. None of these popular topics for children’s books is really appropriate or necessary, however, in the way they are usually treated, and sometimes they shouldn’t be a topic for this age level at all.

Books and movies that give children unusual powers are extremely popular. Harry Potter is a wizard. The Animorphs series had children changing into animals. In a recent movie young people are the children of ancient gods. These children are definitely “special,” but in most cases these powers give them a license to avoid adult control, to get revenge on people they perceive as enemies, and give them an arbitrary superiority over others. They do not learn obedience, submission, or reliance upon the true God. They learn self-centeredness, contempt for adults who aren’t as powerful as they are, and are convinced that the world is full of arbitrary happenings with no purpose or design.

Being accepted by peers seems essential for happiness, but the reality is that your peers are immature, sinful, change their minds about what they want from you frequently, and rarely understand or care about the essential concepts of self-control, self-sacrifice or especially reliance upon the true God. Only people with experience in life can teach these things, and they are adults. Children must respect and take advice from adults, not despise them and think they are old-fashioned, out of touch or too narrow-minded.

Becoming independent from adults is something of a myth. Yes, children grow to adulthood, leave home, get jobs, and live lives apart from their parents, but they don’t do that successfully without reliance on wise and godly counsel. In most children’s books today the main character finds the adults he deals with outright stupid, disgusting, indecisive, or too far away (sometimes dead) to do any good. Mark Twain popularized the philosophy that children need to get away from the adults in their lives. Aunt Polly is dictatorial. Tom Sawyer deserves his freedom. Huckleberry Finn thinks of his abduction by his father as an escape of sorts from the confining life he finds with the Widow Douglas, but his father is an abusive drunk from whom he also ends up escaping.

Are there any really good adults in Mark Twain’s books for children? Jim, the Negro slave with whom Huck takes his raft trip, is hardly a conventional adult, and this is the key to understanding the “right” kind of adult in modern children’s books. There is no issue with his being black, as far as his fitness as an adult is concerned. But he is a being apart in the children’s perception Jim knows magic, like charms to get rid of warts and how to divine the future from a hairball. He is childlike in his approach to life, and he wants to be free as much as the children do. Of course slaves needed to be freed, but this is almost irrelevant in the treatment of Jim in Mark Twain’s books.

Huck’s decision to go to Hell rather than return Jim to slavery sounds noble on the surface, but he is wrong in the foundation of his thinking. He has no conception of what the Scriptures teach or do not teach about slavery. In fact his whole perception of Christianity is based on willful ignorance. Church is a plague of boredom and a prison. Reading or studying anything is punishment to these free spirits, so reading the Bible to find out true and right thinking is out of the question. Huck and Tom reason things out in their heads and they are “right.” There is no perfect standard, just whatever they think.

Most modern fiction has relationships with the opposite sex starting very early, and they are not friendships. Some are quite innocent, but sexuality is no foundation for a children’s book. No child is “wise beyond his years” enough to make his own decisions about having sex, getting abortions, or dressing to attract the opposite sex. This is selfishness and self-deception. If you have to sneak around and hide a relationship from parents because they wouldn’t approve, it’s wrong. Sometimes a distracting device is used, like making the issue of parental disapproval one of race or social position so that it seems justified to hide it. But the issue is sex without maturity or marriage or responsibility, not whatever smokescreen the author tries to throw up in front of the reader’s face.

These are just some of the issues to consider in writing for children. Paramount is to make sure readers receive solid training in the Scriptures. They will end up like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn if given their “freedom,” ignorant of everything that really matters and reliant on flawed human reason to survive.

Benny and the Bank Robber begins a Youth and Young Adult Historical Adventure. Benny Richardson loses his father at the age of ten and travels from Philadelphia to frontier Missouri in the 1800’s. Though his story includes riverboats and rafts, it is a very different one from Tom Sawyer’s. Both Tom and Huck would have scoffed at the verse that keeps bringing Benny back to remember what all of us must take to heart, God’s promise, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Young Adult Fiction is roughly aimed at people in their late teens to late twenties. This is a time when they are essentially adults, but may still be under the authority of parents or other adults. Stories for this age group frequently focus on independence, the freedom to make choices about the future, and especially love relationships. Too often these immensely popular books only reinforce the secularist idea that human reason can provide answers to these critical issues of entering adulthood.

Many young people in books want a complete break from parents, to “Shake off the dust of this crummy little town,” as George Bailey wished to do in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. They want “adventure in the great wide somewhere,” like Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. They have dreams and wishes for a future doing what makes them happy. Unfortunately, secularist society has ill-prepared them to face the reality that you can’t always do what you dream, that you have to get a job that makes money, that college is often bankruptingly expensive, and that true love is not easy to recognize and true lust is all too common.

The Twilight series of books and movies focuses on the dilemma of a young woman. She’s in love with a vampire. Vampires are epidemic in young adult fiction and it’s simply shameful how often they are portrayed as the “forbidden fruit,” the lover a young woman can’t resist. Dracula in the Bram Stoker novel (not any of the movie or spinoff reinventions) was irresistible to women, but he was portrayed as evil and it was clear that a relationship with him didn’t end well.

How dare writers say that damnation is worth it to have the ultimate love? They don’t even know what damnation is. They think it’s a sad state that can be altered. Vampires (aka demons) can regain their souls. It’s the gospel according to Buffy. People can make deals with the devil and then weasel out of them. There is no knowledge of the Scriptures in any of these twisted fairy tales. They tell lies about the nature of the soul, man’s ability to save himself or others, and say that true love fulfilled is worth any risk.

Homosexuality is also a popular subject for this age group. Even if you don’t practice it, you must be tolerant of it, embrace it. Girls must make a gay guy their shopping buddy. But you should at least experiment with it. Really mature adults have at least tried “swinging both ways,” and people like “Captain Jack” in the Dr. Who/Torchwood SciFi series are so cool. Note that there’s more than a hint of bestiality when Twilight turns to the subject of werewolves as boyfriends. Positive portrayals of sexual perversions are becoming so pervasive in young adult fiction that no one can say this is pure entertainment. It is indoctrination in sexual wickedness no young person should subject himself to. It should not be the mission of this group to break down every traditional barrier possible before the age of thirty.

The corporate world is a place young college graduates dream of entering. Rich, powerful, successful people ooze out of boardrooms and why wouldn’t we want to be just like them? Yet that culture is openly portrayed as being selfish, utterly materialistic, living in debt to impress, counting on the next big deal and willing to lie, cheat, steal or sleep with anyone to get it.

There are, however, simple principles to guide what you should write about for young adults and also to help them choose what they should read. Self-control, self-sacrifice, never believing that things happen without a Designer behind them, even things that seem bad. Get these new adults out of themselves and into a work ethic. No more shopping for thousand dollar purses and five hundred dollar shoes (or shoplifting them because you’ve got to have them.) No more joining a gang or becoming a prostitute because it’s the only way you can live. No more “attitude.” Practice humility, purity, hard work, and love your family and your God. No obsessions with death, the supernatural and the occult. Demons are real, but we fight them through God’s Word, not with sharpened sticks. And we don’t fall in love with them. We fall in love with the Lord, with people of like precious faith, and with reality in serving God and not ourselves.

Benny and the Bank Robber Two: Doctor Dad takes Benny through the troubles and delays of his mother’s remarriage, a boarding school with a deadly secret society, and a Christmas ending where Benny has to remind friends and family, even at the cost of losing them, that Christ came into the world with nothing to be the Prince of Peace.

Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion has no vampires, werewolves, or budding sorcerers. It does have a mysterious returned crusader who alone believes Hope’s tale of a scheming kidnapper and pledges his life and honor to the cause of getting her justice. This book is also available with illustrations in the style of a medieval manuscript. Click on the page link “Illuminated Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion” above to see a gallery of images from the book. Your Kindle Fire or other color e-reader is waiting for this one!

P.S. — Giving a shout-out to some great folks from the Indie Writers Unite Facebook page who graciously encouraged, offered space for interviews, gave links and excerpt space. I can’t necessarily endorse all their books or content, but I  so much appreciated their “uppers” when I was down!










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Principles of Writing Fiction

It’s hard to say when people began writing fiction, but it has been used for millennia to communicate truth. Seems strange to say that something that isn’t true can teach truth, but good fiction always has done that. Using characters, settings or events that didn’t actually happen, writers create a vehicle by which to make a point. Jesus Christ taught parables, beginning with “A certain man … or “A sower …,” or “A woman …, ” a clue that what he was about to say was not about a particular person, but was going to make a point about people. Even the Old Testament had parables, such as the Parable of the Trees, warning a king not to get too big for his britches.

Writers of the genre contemporary fiction write about the time they live in. Charles Dickens was immersed in the culture of his times and used his fiction for social commentary, to try to change what was wrong with life as he lived it. Writers like Georgette Heyer use historical fiction to go back to a time and place where things were done differently, to deal with certain social customs, or just to show the readers the color and life of a lost way of living. Science Fiction writers bridge from existing technology to what may be sooner or later. Robert A. Heinlein colonized Mars, updating the pioneer/settler storyline with futuristic adaptations.

Fantasy writers usually base their works on smidgins of reality or convention, classic creatures of Greek mythology or simple agrarian economies. Then they add an element of magic, spirit intervention or other supernatural influence. Allegories are a subcategory of fantasy, but they differ in including an element of teaching, usually related to religion. Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory. Things and people stand for something other than the reality. Pilgrim becomes Christian, symbolizing the salvation experience. His journey is Christian growth. Pilgrim’s Progress was inspired by Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, another story of a Christian and his armor fighting and serving God. This in turn was derived from Ephesians 6, a parable of sorts describing the Helmet of Salvation, the Sword of the Spirit, and the rest of the equipment the Christian needs to wrestle against the dark forces of this world.

The point is that the best fiction, the right fiction to read, is based on Scriptural principles. It treats good and evil as the Scriptures do. Articles, excerpts and essays in this section will show how that should be done.

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