I am very pleased to announce that my latest book, I Was There, is now available for sale on Amazon. This is a collection of ten Bible stories written in first person perspective.
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This project started several months ago when I began thinking about someone looking on as Jesus was being beaten and eventually crucified. I received such an amazing response to the first story, that I felt led to write more. This is the first in what I hope to be several collections. I have already started on a second book, and I am very excited at the direction it’s taking already.
I am beyond honored to have had George Verwer write the foreword for this book. Click HERE for his website. When I was little, our family was involved in full-time mission work. We were a part of Operation Mobilization (OM). You can visit their site HERE George is an amazing individual who has had a huge impact on people in all corners of the globe. Today, OM reaches across the world through the ministry of their ship Logos Hope and over 6,100 people working in over 110 nations to make Christ known in the lives of all they meet. For many years George served as International Director of OM and helped raise up dedicated leadership to pursue this task across the world, freeing him to travel and speak, helping many find their role in extending the Kingdom of God.
I want to thank several people who took the time to read I Was There before it was published. They gave me great insights, suggestions, and reviews that have helped me throughout the entire process. Please take the time to visit their blogs and read through their posts. I guarantee you will find some amazing things.
“I Was There, by Chris Martin takes you up close and inside some of the famous characters in the Bible. The stories written from a first person narrative gives the reader a deeper sense of the human element and heart which God’s word is meant to reach. Chris’ writing will lift and bolster those who know Christ and plant a seed for those who don’t. Big thumbs up to my brother, Chris Martin!” – Floyd Samons http://theregoi.com
“Chris Martin, however, has not settled for teaching us about the characters in the Bible we read. Instead, in I Was There, he has delved deep into the very being of several of the most beloved individuals in scripture. Rather than merely knowing about them and how they responded to Jesus’ impact on their lives, Martin introduces us to human beings much like ourselves, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and his words make it possible for us to experience their relationship with the Son of God in a way that touches our own hearts deeply.” – Nanci Flynn http://nancihflynn.wordpress.com
“I have read the Bible, and thought I understood it. But reading Chris Martin’s work reveals a personal side to the Bible that I never thought possible. Literally placing you in the scene in an intense and vivid way, Martin has the ability to transport you to a time and place where genuinely amazing things happened. Genuinely terrifying things happened. Genuinely holy things happened. Perhaps we know these stories too well. So well that we lose the intensity of what was happening. Martin brings that back in a powerful way and truly reveals the glory of God in doing so in a way I’ve never seen before. The concept of a first person account of a Biblical story is not entirely unique, but the way that Martin does it is truly revolutionary. To say that my faith was increased by this book would be an understatement. It was redefined and renewed.” – James Voigt http://jamesdvoigt.wordpress.com/
“I loved the way it took a few moments with each chapter to wrap my mind around who was speaking. I found it to be exciting and it made me want to rush the words so I could figure out the mystery. I would have to slow myself down so that I could let the words flow over me smoothly. Smoothly–yes, that is a perfect word of sorts. Each chapter was a smooth progression of thoughts that packed huge punches at some point. I found healing, joy, pain, sorrow, victory, and forgiveness, all wrapped up within the pages.” – Skye Alexander http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/
I also want to say a very special thank you to my Mom, Betty Jo Martin, for the amazing cover art and editing services she provided. You can check out her blog HERE.