ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Meet Blessed Solanus Casey whose greatest spiritual gift was humble hospitality

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SOLANUS’ MOVE TOWARD SAINTHOOD IS TIMELY INSPIRATION

A SPIRITUAL SIGN FOR OUR TIMES—We are thrilled to share this timely Cover Story from Patricia Montemurri who was known for years to readers nationwide as a staff writer for The Detroit Free Press. Now that she has left the newspaper, she works on special projects, including this remarkable new book we are featuring today: Blessed Solanus Casey.

Father Solanus could wind up as the first American-born male saint in the official Catholic list of saints recommended to the faithful around the world. That’s an astonishing legacy for a man who was widely known as a monastery “doorkeeper.” Over the years, the greatest spiritual gift of Father Solanus was his humble hospitality. Humility and hospitality are in perilously short supply in today’s dangerously contentious world. That’s why we are so proud that Patricia wrote this column to share with our readers. Please read this Cover Story—and share news of this new book with friends. It would make a great holiday gift for someone you love.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

THANKSGIVINGIt’s not too early to plan for holiday-themed movies, writes faith-and-film columnist Ed McNulty this week. He’s got two suggestions of entertaining but often overlooked movies—one of them a classic from Woody Allen.

NATIVITY FAST—Even before American Thanksgiving, millions of Eastern Christians are beginning their ancient tradition of fasting before Christmas. Stephanie Fenton has the story of this challenging practice—and she includes a news item with links to reports on the split between church leaders in Russia and Constantinople.

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING—While you’re planning for the holidays, start thinking now about great books for the readers you love. To help, we’ve published an overview of some terrific gift-giving ideas, whatever your year-end occasion might be. And, please, consider sharing this column with friends. Speaking for our entire family of authors: We all hope you’ll join us in encouraging Peace on Earth!

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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BOOK SALES REMAIN STRONG THIS YEAR

NONFICTION LEADS THE TREND—Our online magazine reaches thousands of avid readers, who will celebrate with us the latest news reports that show book sales growing across the U.S. In this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, David Crumm shares excerpts from several reports. The popularity of nonfiction is the driving force in this trend with books on religion making a strong showing in the sales totals so far in 2018. What about eBooks? Millions of Americans continue to buy and read digital books, so they remain a vital part of any publishing effort—but the vast majority of Americans now prefer to read ink-on-paper books.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Click on the movie still to read Ed’s review of Boy Erased.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: As We Head to the Ballot Box—Discerning Our Ultimate Concern

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WHAT IS OUR ‘ULTIMATE CONCERN’?
Americans will be taking our most passionate concerns to the ballot box on November 6. On both sides of the aisle, voters are approaching Election Day with religious fervor. But, what is our “ultimate concern”?

Since 2007, ReadTheSpirit has covered important new voices in books and films with a focus on cultural and religious diversity. This week, we invited columnist Henry Brinton to share a bit of wisdom with us—from a range of religious traditions—that may refocus our concerns in this historic week for all Americans.

We know that our readership is global—and we invite our readers overseas to read along with Henry’s column, as well. You may find yourself inspired by his column, wherever you live and whatever regional issues you are facing. AS ALWAYS—Feel free to share this column with friends!

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AMERICA’s CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

THE FIRST AMERICANS—For weeks, we have been urging readers not to miss the ambitious new PBS series, Native America, which reveals the riches of our ancient American civilizations. New this week is Rodney Curtis’s column and photos, taking us to the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in ChillicotheIf you have been watching the PBS series, then you’ll be eager to see Rodney’s story and photos. As Rodney puts it: Back when Julius Caesar and Jesus were alive and well—Native Americans were building earthen mounds and embankments in their communities.
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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

THANKSGIVINGIt’s not too early to plan for holiday-themed movies, writes faith-and-film columnist Ed McNulty this week. He’s got two suggestions of entertaining but often overlooked movies—one of them a classic from Woody Allen.

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING—While you’re planning for the holidays, start thinking now about great books for the readers you love. To help, we’ve published an overview of some terrific gift-giving ideas, whatever your year-end occasion might be. And, please, consider sharing this column with friends. Speaking for our entire family of authors: We all hope you’ll join us in encouraging Peace on Earth!

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT EBOOK FORMATS?
In our weekly Front Edge Publishing columns, our team has been exploring Metadata 101, illuminating the many mysteries involved in preparing for the professional launch of a new book. This week, Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok sorts out the sometimes confusing array of eBook formats. From the perspective of readers—we just want to read our favorite authors! Publishers must scramble to ensure that we can sell books in every format readers could select. You may be surprised at how many options you’ve got as a reader.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Click to read Ed’s movie review.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: In Your Holiday Shopping, Support Our Authors Trying to Make the World a Little Better

IT’S NOT TOO SOON TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS …

… Hanukkah and New Year’s Giving

READ ALONG WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE—For more than a decade, our motto has been, “Good media builds healthy communities.” We have welcomed dozens of authors who feel the same way. As November begins this week, please consider placing an order for books that, first, we know will make perfect gifts and, second, will spread the values of healthy communities a bit further.

This week, our Cover Story is an overview of some terrific gift-giving ideas, whatever your year-end occasion might be! And, please, consider sharing this column with friends. Speaking for our entire family of authors: We all hope you’ll join us in encouraging Peace on Earth!

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

ALLHALLOWTIDE, SAMHAIN, DIA DE LOS MUERTES—Are you already preparing for this cluster of holidays at the end of October? Stephanie Fenton’s column has all the background, fresh ideas—and a dozen helpful links to find DIY projects and great recipes.

DIWALIComing in November is India’s popular festival of lights, called Diwali.
In recognition of the triumph of light over darkness, Diwali bears great significance for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike. As awareness of Indian culture spreads, major celebrations now are hosted around the world.
Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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SHARE HOPE AND UNDERSTANDING
IN THE WAKE OF TRAGEDY

WE HAVE THE ANSWERS—The horrific shooting spree in the heart of a Jewish community this week was fueled by an extremist who had immersed himself in hateful social media full of outrageous lies about our Jewish neighbors. As a counter to such lies, the writers and editors at the Michigan State University School of Journalism continue to produce helpful guidebooks about minorities living in the U.S.

Our motto for this series: “We answer the questions everyone is asking, but no one is answering.” Yes, there are countless book-length histories of Judaism and other standard reference books. However, these short MSU guides zero in on the kinds of questions that often wind up sparking twisted answers in online groups. These books were designed as pro-active information to help all of us counter the kinds of issues that may pop up over coffee—or around an office water cooler—with neighbors and co-workers.

Do a good deed this week. Order a copy of MSU’s book on American Jews, then read it yourself before passing it along to someone else. Counter lies with truth!

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SURVIVING & THRIVING

GOD SIGNS—This week, columnist Suzy Farbman introduces us to Ali Weitz, a 30-year-old mother preparing to have more children who suddenly got a call that she had cancer. Ali gathered family, friends and physicians to make a plan and, even though she was deeply discouraged at some points along the way, this loving network saved her life. Ali talks about the pillars of strength, all around her—and her own determination to survive. It’s a good-news story to share with others.

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AMERICA AS A CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

EYE-OPENING VISTAS—The ambitious new PBS series, The Americas, aims at nothing less than a historic transformation of our attitudes toward ancient American civilizations. In a collaboration between scholars and Native peoples, these filmmakers introduce us to wonders that most of us have never imagined. Our review also includes links to the PBS homepage, where you’ll find a host of additional resources, including an interactive map and video clips.

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

HOW ARE BOOKS SORTED?
In our weekly Front Edge Publishing columns, our team has been exploring Metadata 101, illuminating the many mysteries involved in preparing for the professional launch of a new book. This week, we look at a topic most readers have never encountered—the system used to sort books in online bookstores. Susan Stitt writes this week’s column about the creation of these special codes for sorting books. If you’re an author, this is a column you definitely should read. If you are a book lover, this column will explain one way that Amazon and other online bookstores automatically organize your search results.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: PBS’s Landmark Native America explores vast civilizations of America’s First Peoples

AMERICAS AS A CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

EYE-OPENING VISTAS—The ambitious new PBS series, The Americas, aims at nothing less than a historic transformation of our attitudes toward ancient American civilizations. For decades, many new books and films about Indians have focused on their cultural collision with Europeans. PBS steps way back to give us a vast view of these connected civilizations even before Columbus set sail.

We tend to think of the world’s greatest ancient innovators as having lived around the Mediterranean, but this new PBS series wants to expand our awareness. In a collaboration between scholars and Native peoples, these filmmakers introduce us to wonders that most of us have never imagined. In the first episode, alone, we visit the world’s first stone representation of the changing seasons—created thousands of years before Stonehenge.

Our review, this week says: Don’t miss this series! Our review also includes links to the PBS homepage, where you’ll find a host of additional resources, including an interactive map and video clips. This is the kind of series you’ll want to discuss in a class or small group—or simply over coffee with friends.

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A PHILOSOPHY FOR LEARNING—AND FOR LIFE

MEET PRINCIPAL HOUSTON-FROST—This week, GodSigns columnist Suzy Farbman takes us to a remarkable middle school where Principal LaShawn Houston-Frost infuses her philosophy for learning—and for life—throughout the faculty and student body. Part of LaShawn’s philosophy? “What I do isn’t a job. It’s a mission, a lot like pastoring. It takes patience and perseverance. When most others would give up, I always feel there’s hope.”

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

ALLHALLOWTIDE, SAMHAIN, DIA DE LOS MUERTES—Are you already preparing for this cluster of holidays at the end of October? Stephanie Fenton’s column has all the background, fresh ideas—and a dozen helpful links to find DIY projects and great recipes.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH—We devoted an entire Cover Story on October 1 to this important month, which touches the lives of millions of American families. You’ll find helpful tips as well as an inspirational boost in our interview with Jeanine Patten-Coble, the author of Struck by Hope. 

DIWALIComing in November is India’s popular festival of lights, called Diwali.
In recognition of the triumph of light over darkness, Diwali bears great significance for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike. As awareness of Indian culture spreads, major celebrations now are hosted around the world.
Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

HOW DO WE OPEN A BOOK?
That is, how do we gather all those engaging pieces that appear in the opening pages of a new book? In David Crumm’s column—in our series about the Mysteries of Metadata—we look at this fun process of welcoming allies to help readers discover a wonderful new release. What’s the difference between a Foreword, a Preface, an Introduction and endorsements? You’ll find out in this week’s tour through the first few pages of a book.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Learn more about the October 2018 issue.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Michigan State University’s new book improves police-community relationships

Click the cover to read Joe Grimm’s story behind this flexible new guide.

BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT POLICE

UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP—A unique three-way partnership in publishing has launched a powerful new tool for improving police-community relationships nationwide. That’s certainly a critical issue, popping up in headlines every week. Collectively, our team of journalists share the motto: Good media builds healthy communities. When we the Michigan State University Police Department invited us to the table to dream up a publishing solution—the result was this remarkable new guide.

Joe Grimm, the MSU professor who leads the Bias Busters team in the School of Journalism, tells this story of creativity and collaboration. Already, we have heard from several communities where leaders are proposing modified editions of this nationally released guide to help in local outreach programs. Please, this week, read this Cover Story and share this idea with friends and neighbors.

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The Red Scooter

A REAL-LIFE PARABLEColumnist Benjamin Pratt returns this week with a polished gem of a true story that we’re sure you’ll want to share with someone you know. It’s a story of a sleek red scooter—but it’s also about the power of spiritual inspiration to turn our impressions of the world 180 degrees. The story’s short. It’s as sleek as the scooter. Please, pass this story along to friends. Think of printing the story (there’s a convenient print button at the end) and tacking it up somewhere that might might brighten someone’s day.

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Click the Ringmaster to read the story.

‘THE CIRCUS’ IS STREAMING

STEP RIGHT UP! In October, PBS is debuting three major documentaries about Americans’ evolving awareness of diversity. The lineup started on October 8 with the four-hour film, The Circus. In our review of The Circus, we describe some of the truly amazing people you will meet, including the first African-American Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson. Now that The Circus has been broadcast nationally—if you follow our links in this review—you can stream the documentary for free online. You can watch it on a computer or hand-held device—or on a newer TV system. We also have links to two other must-see documentaries coming later this month. One reveals the American campaign to promote eugenics—a ruthless effort to purify the human race—until Nazi Germany demonstrated the horrors behind that concept. The other is a dazzling four-hour tour of ancient Native American civilizations, connecting their grandeur at the zenith of these early civilizations to the hopes of Native peoples today.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Click the photo to read about Dussehra.

NAVARATRI—On October 9, Hindus begin the nine-night religious festival known as Sharad Navaratri—an ancient festival that emphasizes the motherhood of the divine.

DUSSEHRA—Later in October,
the festival of Navaratri culminates in the most celebrated holiday of all nine nights: Dasara or Dussehra (spellings vary). From the Sanskrit words for “remover of bad fate,” today’s Dussehra brings towering effigies to the streets of India, along with a host of ancient stories and traditions that vary regionally. Stephanie Fenton has the story.

ALLHALLOWTIDE, SAMHAIN, DIA DE LOS MUERTES—Are you already preparing for this cluster of holidays at the end of October? Stephanie Fenton’s column has all the background, fresh ideas—and a dozen helpful links to find DIY projects and great recipes.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH—We devoted an entire Cover Story on October 1 to this important month, which touches the lives of millions of American families. You’ll find helpful tips as well as an inspirational boost in our interview with Jeanine Patten-Coble, the author of Struck by Hope. 

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

HOW SHOULD WE BUILD YOUR BOOK? Thanks to all the readers who have been following our weekly series about the Mysteries of Metadata—the “invisible” data files that travel with new books these days. This week, Dmitri Barvinok continues our series of helpful columns orienting authors to the many options available in publishing today. In this column, Dmitri discusses the array of paper, ink and binding choices. Did you know that color printing quality has increased, while the cost of producing a color-illustrated book has decreased?

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Learn more about the October 2018 issue.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: 3 new PBS documentaries explore diversity starting with Barnum & Bailey

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‘THE CIRCUS’ COMES TO PBS THIS WEEK!

STEP RIGHT UP! In October, PBS is debuting three major documentaries that explore Americans’ evolving awareness of diversity. The lineup starts Monday, October 8, with the first of the two-part, four-hour film, The Circus.

In our review of The Circus, we describe some of the truly amazing people you will meet—from a female daredevil who was an international star as an aerialist until a tragic accident—to the first African-American Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson.

In our Cover Story, you’ll also learn about two other must-see documentaries coming later this month. One reveals the American campaign to promote eugenics—a ruthless effort to purify the human race—until Nazi Germany demonstrated the horrors behind that concept. The other is a dazzling four-hour tour of ancient Native American civilizations, connecting their grandeur at the zenith of these early civilizations to the hopes of Native peoples today.

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To read the story, click this photo of Suzy with one of Marilyn’s hand-made quilts.

‘Friend to Almost Everybody’

GodSigns—Each week, Suzy Farbman lifts our spirits by introducing us to remarkable men and women who share one thing in common: They make our world a better place, day by day. Often, they find a Spirit moving in their lives in unexpected ways. There’s no better example of that than artist—and the gracious matriarch of her family—Marilyn Silver.

Wherever she went, even poking around a second-hand sale, Marilyn Silver envisioned creative possibilities. May it be so with all of us, hmmm?

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Everyone Loves Faygo

TRUE TASTE OF DETROIT—Joe Grimm is best known to our readers as the Michigan State University School of Journalism professor behind the series 100 Questions about … That series is helping communities nationwide to overcome myths and biases about minorities.

Now, Joe’s latest project is a love-letter to Detroit’s own Faygo soft drinks in a colorful new volume, The Faygo Book. Recently, Joe talked about Faygo and his new book in a TV-news report. He also was profiled in a Q&A published in Corp! business magazine.

In coming months, he’s barn-storming Michigan with public appearances. Among the dozens of events, here are a couple of options in October: On Oct. 17, he will be at the Warren Public Library. On Oct. 20, he will be at the Detroit Public Library.

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‘A Lot Better than Screaming at Your TV’

RODNEY CURTIS—Author, photographer, activist and “recovering journalist” Rodney Curtis (and his wife Marci who collaborated with him in this column) bring us some sage advice about channeling our frustration with American political feuding these days. Marci urges us “to do things that are good for your soul, that help others along the way instead of just ranting—it’s part of the healing process.” Wise and timely words! There also are signs of hope in the Curtises’ column this week. Please, share this with friends.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING—American Thanksgiving is still nearly two months away, but our Canadian friends already are ushering in this season of harvest festivals.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH—We devoted an entire Cover Story on October 1 to this important month, which touches the lives of millions of American families. You’ll find helpful tips as well as an inspirational boost in our interview with Jeanine Patten-Coble, the author of Struck by Hope. Jeanine’s ideas just might transform your response to this month from casual awareness—to real engagement.

NAVARATRI—On October 9, Hindus begin the nine-night religious festival known as Sharad Navaratri—an ancient festival that emphasizes the motherhood of the divine.

Click the photo to read about Dussehra.

DUSSEHRA—Later in October,
the festival of Navaratri culminates in the most celebrated holiday of all nine nights: Dasara or Dussehra (spellings vary). From the Sanskrit words for “remover of bad fate,” today’s Dussehra brings towering effigies to the streets of India, along with a host of ancient stories and traditions that vary regionally. Stephanie Fenton has the story.

ALLHALLOWTIDE, SAMHAIN, DIA DE LOS MUERTES—Are you already preparing for this cluster of holidays at the end of October? Stephanie Fenton’s column has all the background, fresh ideas—and a dozen helpful links to find DIY projects and great recipes.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

THE MYSTERIES OF METADATA, PART 2
Thanks to all the readers who contacted us about last week’s column by Susan Stitt, which explains why book sales depend on a largely invisible file called “metadata.” This week, David Crumm explains how authors and publishers carefully craft the “Description” of a new book. It’s such an important and complex challenge that we devote a lot of time to perfecting those short texts. These weekly columns are designed to help writers—and to unveil the mysteries of book marketing to readers, as well.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Learn more about the October 2018 issue.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Jeanine Patten-Coble wants us all to make a difference in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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PROMOTE BREAST CANCER ‘ENGAGEMENT’

‘TURN YOUR OFFERS UPSIDE DOWN’—Jeanine Patten-Coble is the visionary cancer-survivor who has made it her mission to help thousands of families struggling with breast cancer by providing week-long retreats all across the U.S. She tells her story in the inspiring memoir, Struck by Hope. This week, she talks with ReadTheSpirit about ways we all can transform Breast Cancer Awareness Month into an opportunity to really assist families in need.

Not only does this story have some great advice for helping others—we also share news about how to help an affected family apply for the upcoming 2019 season of retreats. Plus, we have links to some truly up-lifting reading about men, women and teenagers making a difference.

All of us have been touched by cancer in some way—perhaps through family, friends or co-workers. You’ll want to share this week’s Cover Story with friends!

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AND SPEAKING OF INSPIRATION …

GodSigns—This week, columnist Suzy Farbman writes about the life and legacy of Dr. Paul Kalanithi whose inspiring memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, is an eloquent testament to the value of each human life.

Published after Paul died, the book has become an international bestseller because of its honesty about the struggles Paul faced in becoming a neurosurgeon—then facing his own terminal diagnosis. In his search for deeper meaning, Paul turned in many directions and finally found that a faith he once rejected held deeper truths than he had been willing to admit.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING—American Thanksgiving is still nearly two months away, but our Canadian friends already are ushering in this season of harvest festivals. Our story points out that, over the years, Canadians have broadened their tastes—so, today, traditional roast turkey is not always the entree of the day.

NAVARATRI—On October 9, Hindus begin the nine-night religious festival known as Sharad Navaratri—an ancient festival that emphasizes the motherhood of the divine. Each night during Navaratri, Hindus worship a different form or characteristic of the Mother Goddess Durga.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

THE MYSTERIES OF METADATA
This week, in our Front Edge Publishing column, Susan Stitt offers a guided tour of the biggest mystery in book publishing for new authors: Metadata 101.

This may be the first time you’ve heard this 8-letter word—but it’s a huge topic in book publishing. Metadata files now travel with all new books as they find their way into online bookstores and search engines. Wonder why one of your favorite books is hard to find? It’s likely a flaw in the metadata. Intrigued? Susan also offers lots of suggestions for further reading.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM:
Henry Brinton

MEL GIBSON IS AT IT AGAIN! This week, we introduce a new contributing columnist, Henry Brinton, who writes about Mel Gibson’s plan to produce a sequel to his violent The Passion of the Christ. Details of Gibson’s vision for this sequel are beginning to emerge this year—focusing on the days after Jesus died on the cross. Henry tells us that Gibson would be closer to Jesus’s true ministry if he focused his movie, this time, on Jesus’s com-passion. But then, Henry asks: Are we really ready for Jesus’s compassion?

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

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