I'm going to tell you about some Black Friday sales I'm participating in at the bottom of this post, but I don't want to make this post all about sales. "There's a lot of bad isms, but one of the worst is commercialism. Make a buck, make a buck." Bonus points if you can tell me what movie that's from. :)
Thanksgiving is this week. I'm sure everybody knows that. How do we view Thanksgiving these days? I'd say to most people it's a time to get together with family for a big feast. Is it wrong to have a good time with your family? Absolutely not. But that's not what Thanksgiving is really about.
A lot of people say it started because the pilgrims were thanking the Indians for helping them. It is traditionally linked to the pilgrims, but that's not really what it's about.
The first Thanksgiving at Plymouth wasn't to thank the Indians. It was to thank God. The pilgrims understood that God was responsible for their bounty. God was responsible for delivering them from religious persecution. God was responsible for the survival of those who did survive to see that first harvest.
Throughout American history, presidents declared national days of prayer and thanksgiving. The two were inseparable. To whom else could we possibly truly owe our blessings than to God? He is our Creator, our Sustainer, our Savior, the Author and Finisher of our faith. God is the One who provides us with air to breathe, food to eat, clothes to wear, houses to live in. He gave us our family and friends, our jobs, our hobbies, our...everything. I can't possibly even list all the blessings God gives to every one of us.
So when you're hanging out with family and/or friends this Thanksgiving, loading up on turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, watching football, doing whatever traditions you might have, don't forget who really provided this all for you. When you say "I'm thankful for _______," remember to give thanks to the One responsible for it all.
Christmas will be here before we know it! So Christmas shopping will be upon us, and if you have any bookworms in your life, I've got the perfect solution for you.
Fourteen other authors and I are holding a Black Friday sale on our books again, both for paperbacks and kindle books! It's going to be awesome.
All of my books will be $0.99 on kindle and $7.50 each for paperbacks, plus some set discounts. Yes, I suppose this is me saying "wait till the weekend to buy my books." Oh well. I like to save money just as much as the rest of you. ;)
Curious about who the other authors are? I know most of them and have read a lot of their books, so I can personally say this sale is one you won't want to miss. Here's the list.
And if you're a blogger, you can sign up here to help us spread the word and get free ebooks out of it! How cool is that? Deadline to sign up is tomorrow.