This Blog Is Now A Book !

our_evolutionYep, all 314 posts from March 6, 2008 to August 30, 2009 and the book ended up being 789 pages!

I produced the book for absolutely no cost…

I started with BlogBooker which downloaded the blog into a PDF file…

Then, I used Lulu to upload the PDF and convert it into a print-ready file, with color cover and all…

Lulu lets you add whatever royalty you want to their basic costs to print the book when someone orders it—Print-On-Demand…

Well…

Since the book was 789 pages, Lulu could only produce it as a hardback; and, since the blog (and now the book) has a picture for each post, it had to be a full-color book…

So, I only added $4.00 as a royalty…

You can download it at Lulu for $5.00 or order the full-color hardback for $177.80… Ridiculous, right?

Plus, the download is much better because you can click on all the links and they pop-up in your browser…

Just for the fun of it, and so you can see what one of Lulu’s sales pages looks like, here’s the link

I suppose $177.80 for a 789-page full-color hardback is “reasonable” but I think the most important part of the whole process is that I took a blog and turned it into a book available for sale for not one penny!!

Also, I’d previously published a 305-page, black-and-white book in paperback (8.5×11) and their base cost to print was only $13.00…

Bottom-line:

Since, no matter how good this blog has been, no one should pay that much for it, you can download the book for free  right here… Since it’s a large book, give the file a few minutes to prepare itself for download…

Spiritual Quote:

“We have said in the past that one word hath the influence of spring and causeth hearts to become fresh and verdant, while another is like unto blight which causeth the blossoms and flowers to wither. God grant that authors among the friends will write in such a way as would be acceptable to fair-minded souls, and not lead to cavilling by the people.”
Bahá’u’lláh in the Compilation, Writers and Writing

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“Bring thyself to account ere thou art summoned to a reckoning…”

Time for an accounting. I’ve been writing nearly everyday on this blog since March—since I was nearing the end of eleven months of taking five highly abusive medical drugs to rid my liver of a deadly virus—jury’s still out on whether it worked . . .

From the New York Times: Uncertainties About the Role of Doubt in Religion “Religious faith was once the air everyone, even the doubter, breathed. Today, religious faith, in its many forms, stands as but one possibility alongside a range of nonreligious outlooks that the honest believer cannot simply dismiss as deluded or depraved.
“Religious thinkers, of course, have long argued that uncertainty and faith are not the polar opposites often supposed; that indifference, and not doubt, for example, is the greater adversary of faith; that absolute certitude about God often reflects a dangerous arrogance.”

I’ve been trying to live up to my Faith for almost twenty years now—struggling against my grasping ego—contending with the oh, so easy rationalizations to just be “human”; imperfections flowering into weeds of uncertainty.

This blog is part of my personal covenant with God—hopeful action to stave off the demons of doubt.

I value the feedback I receive from my visitors, especially the indicators of which posts are the most viewed (see the far right sidebar). I struggle to interpret what’s going on in the world in terms of my Faith and post my thoughts and feelings here. What people choose to read is a “message” to me—a wake-up call—about how my private efforts are connected to other members of our human family . . .

So…

Thought I’d take the current most-viewed-posts and put them together (for my meditation and, hopefully, your edification) in these files:

Word File ——— PDF File
For an undetermined reason the Word file didn’t hold the images.
If you’re able, download the PDF…

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“Examine the wondrous behaviour of the Prophets, and recall the defamations and denials uttered by the children of negation and falsehood, perchance you may cause the bird of the human heart to wing its flight away from the abodes of heedlessness and doubt unto the nest of faith and certainty, and drink deep from the pure waters of ancient wisdom, and partake of the fruit of the tree of divine knowledge. Such is the share of the pure in heart of the bread that hath descended from the realms of eternity and holiness.”
Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 5

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