Is Your Book an Investment?

A couple months ago, I received a box of books from a couple who self-published a book.

The letter accompanying the book read, in part:

“The reason my wife and I wrote this book is so that the subject of the hope of Christ’s return and the subsequent living with God forever, will live more for God’s people…By using our personal tithe, we have sent out over 300 copies throughout the United States and around the world and are blessed to continue to do this…May God bless and inspire you as you read Jesus Christ Is Coming Back!

Here is a couple that is not only giving their book away for free, they are mailing it to complete strangers hoping to share the message they feel God has given them.

Having met many self-published authors who held onto their books and did not want to give away free copies because they viewed each copy given away as a loss, it is refreshing to see someone who is just inspired to share what God has laid on their hearts with others.

When you write and publish a Christian book, it is an investment in your spiritual life. Matthew 6:19-21 (HCSB) states, “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Yes, publishing is a business and as a business, one does have to consider profit and return on investment. However, for those authors who have self-published a single title, consider viewing your book as an investment in heaven. Give some away free of charge. It will do more good than having your book collecting dust in your garage or attic.

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