Friday, March 15, 2013

#StraightDope by LeRon Barton-Guest Post & Giveaway

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Divine Perspective welcomes LeRon L. Barton who is on tour with At the Water Cooler Virtual Book Tours promoting his first title, Straight Dope: A 360 Degree Look Into American Drug Culture. Please enjoy this guest post by LeRon in which he shares his thoughts on the publishing industry.

Me vs. The Publishing World...

by LeRon L. Barton

If I had the ability to change the publishing world, oh boy I would do a lot of things. First off, I would cut the middle men (and women) out, mainly the gatekeepers. What I mean is that there are so many great writers that may have good material, but it does not get to the right people because someone who read it didn't like it. Maybe it was not their cup of tea, maybe they had a bad day, maybe they didn't get it, but there are wayyy too many great stories, concepts, and books slipping through the cracks.

Secondly, I would make the publishing companies start taking more chances. Just because the book does not sound like what is popular now, doesn't have a love story, or isn't a self-help book, does not mean that it cannot be successful. The publishing companies are too busy looking for cookie cutter crap that can make money, and not cultivating the next Maya Angelou or releasing the next Of Mice and Men.

And finally, I would change how much creative control we have. There are too many projects being changed to be more "commercially viable," and losing their edge. Just a couple of things I would change.

About the Author:

LeRon BartonMy name is LeRon L. Barton and I was born in Kansas City, MO in 1978 (totally dating myself - LOL). Like any Midwestern person, I wanted to come to California. Why? Because of the weather and the beaches, duh! After going to school for IT and moving from San Diego to The Bay Area, which I absolutely love, there was a void in my life. I broke down and admitted to myself, I am an artist! All my life I knew that I wanted to be a writer, well a stuntman, then a race car driver (I still want to!), but finally settled on using the power of the written word. I have written poetry, short stories, essays, and two screen plays, but I have always wanted to write a book.

The idea for Straight Dope came because I wanted to create something real and impact--something about which I had knowledge. Where I come from, in my neighborhood, circle of friends, and way of life, drugs have always been around. Instead of taking a judgmental view of the topic, I wanted to have people tell their own story as I listened. I just didn't want to talk to law enforcement and get this uniform answer on drugs in America, I wanted a well rounded look into drug culture, hence the title, Straight Dope: A 360 Degree Look into American Drug Culture.

This is my first book, but definitely not the last. I hope to continue to release projects that will make people take a step back and listen, learn, and as they say around my way, "Recognize, realize, and analyze."

About the Book

Straight DopeStraight Dope is a book that asks the simple question–why are drugs so entrenched in America's society. Instead of doing the same ol' rigamarole song and dance and interviewing talking heads and experts, Straight Dope gets to the heart of the matter and talks to the people at ground zero–the drug addicts whose lives revolve around getting high; the criminals who profit off the misery of the addicts; the teachers who deal with children in drug abused homes; the drug counselors who try to balance breaking the addicts’ cycle of addiction while dealing with the bureaucracy of government politics; the legal marijuana growers’ battle against tobacco companies and how to thrive in the growing industry; and the parents’ issue of how they will prepare their children to just say no.

Inspired by the late great Studs Terkel's many works, Straight Dope is comprised of raw, uncut hard hitting interviews about the participants experiences, thoughts, opinions, and outlook on drug abuse—why or why not drugs should be legal, and how the government is handling the war on drugs.

Removing nearly all of the questions, the interviews are more like monologues, allowing the reader to feel as if the subject is just, “talking,” instead of your standard interview.

In addition to the real life accounts, Straight Dope also contains spoken word pieces compiled of biting social commentary, as well as my own personal reflections comprised of my experiences with drugs.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Press Release: A Woman's Worth

A Woman’s Worth Group’s summer releases focus on helping women build stronger, closer relationships with Jesus and with each other. Dallas/Fort Worth—Whether planning a retreat, Bible study or devotional, Group Publishing has long been known as the go-to center for ministry leadership resources. With preparations underway for the summer release of three new resources designed specifically for women, it is clear Group does not intend to disappoint in the future. With the release of Café Chocolat on May 1,Group will be introducing a singularly sweet package providing everything necessary to plan and lead an affordable, hassle-free and life-changing retreat for women in the church and community. Even down to its name, the retreat kit is designed to bring honor to God. “We chose to use chocolate as a metaphor for God’s grace,” explained Amy Nappa, who heads up the adult ministry resources team for Group. “Those participating will taste God’s goodness through in-depth Bible study, unforgettable worship and a host of fun activities designed to help them slow down, enjoy their time together and grow closer to Jesus.” In June, Group will continue its focus on women through the release of This Means Love: Service Projects for Women Who Want to Make a Difference.This easy-to-use kit offers plans for 12 different projects ranging in scope from helping the homeless to caring for the elderly and comforting the grief-stricken. Bringing together all the components needed for a small group of women to easily plan and execute these simple service projects, the This Means Love service kit is great for women of all ages who want to join together to make a difference in their communities by spreading love to those around them. “This kit works well in conjunction with the This Means Love Bible study,” said Nappa. “The study provides a biblically-based format to help women understand what it means to serve, how that service affects our faith and what exactly the Bible tells us about serving others.” Group Publishing understands that women can change other women’s lives. That understanding has become a basic premise evident in every retreat, Bible study and women’s ministry resource Group provides, including their newest curriculum, Where Moms Connect,scheduled for release in July. Specifically designed to bring moms of all ages and stages together, this newest kit creates an opportunity for them to connect through discussion, faith-based conversations and having fun.

Created as an annual program kit, Where Moms Connect provides a group leader with everything necessary to guide a group through 18 twice-monthly meetings. Written to uplift and inspire, the content offered in this year’s theme, A Year of Encouragement,will leave moms feeling better prepared to handle the constant challenges that motherhood presents.
About Group Publishing: Far more than just a publisher of Christian ministry resources, Group Publishing is dedicated to offering products for group settings designed to help grow the participant’s relationship with Jesus. With a team made up of ministry experts known the world over, the company has a solitary mission to help church ministries succeed. From kids’ crafts to teen mission trips and from women’s retreats to men’s Bible studies, everything that Group offers is designed to bring participants closer to God.

Pursuing his dream to offer better tools for leading teens to Christ, Group Publishing founder Thom Schultz began the company in 1974 with the launch of GROUP Magazine, a resource periodical designed specifically for youth leaders, soon making Group’s name synonymous with youth ministry. It was not long afterward that Group decided to branch off into creating resources for children’s ministry. Soon the company was providing innovative VBS and children’s Sunday school programs and had successfully introduced Children’s Ministry Magazine. From there, creating resource materials for men’s and women’s ministries seemed a natural progression. Today, Group Publishing is recognized as a leader in the publishing of Christian resource materials for every age.

Café Chocolat Retreat Kit
Group Publishing, May 1, 2013
ISBN: 97810764490675/$69.99

This Means Love: Service Projects for Women Who Want to Make a Difference
Group Publishing, June 2013
ISBN: 9781470700973/$29.99

Where Moms Connect Kit
Group Publishing, July 2013
ISBN: 9781470704513/$149.99
Rick Roberson
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Meeting our Trials with Joy

The Bible states in James 1:2, "Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds." 

Now, I don't know who you hang out with, but most people I know, including myself, don't really see a trial as an occasion for joy. My flesh wants to whine and cry and quickly escape.

However, saved or unsaved, we live in a fallen world and there is just no escaping it. There are a lot of trials that each of us will face. So, can we really, "count it all joy?" Can I really be glad when my life takes a major turn for the worse and have no idea what the heck I am going to do?

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