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Who controls the publishing industry?

From editors and acquisition agents to CEO’s and authors, many hands hold a piece of the pie in determining what goes on in the publishing industry.  But there is one person who holds more power than any other: you, the reader.

As the reader you have the power to tell others in the industry what books to publish.  Will a publishing house invest in 14 books on how to repair a leaky faucet, or 14 romantic suspense books?  It depends on what you buy.  If if you never, or rarely, buy a book you are telling the industry that they really don’t need to publish anything new for you to enjoy.

This week I purchased  6 books.

  1. My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren
  2. The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin
  3. The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis  (somehow this one disappeared from my set at home)
  4. Crossfire by Jeanette Windle
  5.  Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle (already read @ library)
  6. Freedom’s Stand by Jeanette Windle

My 14 year old  used the last of her funds to buy Field of Blood by Eric Wilson, and my 12 year old was told she needed to do some extra chores to earn money if she wanted to buy Lights, Action, Lily by Nancy Rue. 

I have plenty of books at home, a library nearby, and a pile of unread books for review that have been given to me by the publisher. Why would I spend my hard earned money (or in this case a gift card) to buy books when I could possibly read them for free?  I purchased them to tell the authors to keep writing.  I purchased them to tell the publishing houses to keep publishing books by these authors.  Of course, I also purchased them because they are really great books.

Many avid readers, including myself, can not afford to purchase every book they read (at least if they want to eat),  but most of us can buy at least some books.  If reading great books is important to you, then you can likely find a way to purchase some.  It may mean less trips to the theater,   less cable channels, or (horrors) less fancy coffee, but it can be done.  Unless you want to be reading memoirs of a dryer lint collector in the future, do yourself a favor and buy great books.

Come Visit a Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time*

Petra:  City in Stone                     by T.L. Higley

In Petra: City in Stone, I  felt like I was being whisked back in time to this ancient lost city.  Historically accurate without sounding like a history book, Higley takes the reader on a journey of what might have been, mixed right alongside  the story of what was.  Higley does a spectacular job of creating a feel of the life and structure of the city.

Cassia’s waiting for the circumstances to be right to get herself and her young son away from her abusive thief of a man Aretas, but how can a woman with a young son survive without money or a place to go?  Especially when Aretas will certainly come after her and punish her for leaving.  When the opportunity finally presents itself, Cassia takes young Alexander and leaves for Petra, the city of her husband’s birth.  She is hoping to find his estranged family and ask them to take her in.

The Treasury at Petra

Watching his betrothed and his friends as they are fed to the lions, Julian is afraid his brash and outspoken behavior as a leader of the followers of The Way will soon mean death to his prominent family.  Julian steals away to Petra, the city of stone, hoping to start anew and make a new name for himself as a talented sculptor of stone.

Petra, the ancient city carved into the desert rock is a place where worship of demon gods abounds.  A small group of followers of Christ know it’s only a matter of time before open persecution begins.  When both Cassia and Julian are pulled into the care of this group, things will never be the same.  Can Cassia learn that love must be shared out of abundance and that abundance can only come through Jesus?  How long will Julian run from his God given call to leadership?  The life of Cassia’s son Alexander hangs within the answer to these questions.

Siq, a narrow passage that is the only road into Petra

I really enjoyed reading this book, and will look for new titles in this series to read in the future.   I give it 4.5  stars.

This book was provided to me for review by NetGalley.  All opinions rendered are my own.

* “a rose-red city half as old as time” is a line about Petra in a sonnet by John William Burgeon

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