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THE BLOG  06/12/2014 08:59 pm ET Updated 
Aug 12, 2014
Lessons I Learned As An Author

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By Sheldon D. Newton To date, I have written ten books. When people hear that, they look amazed and wonder how I was able to accomplish such a feat. I am a family man, a pastor, work at times as a Sales Executive for a leading Newspaper Company, travel to teach the Bible and still find time to write. How, one may ask? The answer is simple. When something means something to you, when it is important to you, when you are passionate and feel strongly within about it, you will make time for it. I love writing. I started writing from I was a teenager. Of course I wrote in school, doing school work, and at home doing homework. But, when I became a teenager, I started writing using a yellow note pad. (I still do at times by the way). I wrote based upon what I was doing at the moment, which for me was studying the Holy Bible, God’s Word. As I read from Matthew through Revelation, I would write down things I came to understand. As a matter of fact, when I began writing, things would just start flowing. I would write page after page from one passage of Scripture. The more I read the more I wrote. It was exhilarating. It was thrilling. It was exciting. As time went on, I began to date a wonderful and beautiful young lady, who has since become my wife. I wrote her a booklet on my plans for the future, I mean in detail. She still has it after twenty three years of marriage, and at times reminds me of what I promised her I would do for her. (Maybe I shouldn’t have written it down for now I cannot deny that I said it). Then came the time when I decided to write my first book. Now let me be honest with you when I let you know that writing a book, while to me is exciting, has also proven to be work. Indeed I have had to develop the habit of thinking things through and stating things in the clearest manner possible so that the reader can comprehend what I mean by what I write in the context that I write it. So, I wrote a book dealing with the importance of unity. I ensured that I had my reference points and that I knew my subject. And this brings me to my first point about writing: Ensure that you know what you are writing about. Do not just write a book to write a book. I know that many people are doing that these days. But if you determine to be a writer, I mean someone who speaks through the pen (or the computer), ensure that you write something of quality, something which can make a difference and have an impact upon the lives of those who may read it. Do your best. Do your homework regarding your subject matter. Make sure you know what you are speaking about. Words written and sent to the world should make a difference. So write something which matters and for which you have passion and focus.  I hope you found this article helpful. Follow Sheldon D. Newton on Twitter: www.twitter.com/sheldon

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This book is a God-send! September 21, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase I really enjoyed this book! It really hit home for me in so many chapters. I wish it had been available when I renewed my life back to Christ. It would of saved me a second trip to the altar after I’d already done so a week before, due to my lack of understanding of the new birth. This book is truly engaging! If I can get pass the first chapter of any book, it says a lot about a book. It is truly Holy Spirit inspired. As I read page after page of 'How to Live the Christian Life Successfully Victoriously' I really felt like I was in Bible study. The eyes of my understanding became opened to the truth of why Christ had to come by way of a virgin birth, who and what God has made us in the new creation, controlling the flesh, developing a relationship with the Father and learning the Father’s voice. There is also clarity about the spirit, soul and body like I have never been able to grasp before until I read this book! Bishop Newton really knows how to break down the mysteries of God hidden in Christ in a way you can understand with scriptures to back up what he is saying. I could go on and on about this book. I highly recommend it for every pulpit in America and surrounding countries. It serves as a great tool for new converts attending new members class, and for Christians who are struggling with living a transformed life. Thank you, Bishop Shelton for allowing God to use you to help people to become the victorious being we were created to be. Your wisdom and knowledge is truly a gift from God to the masses. Ecclesiastes 12:12 declares, “Of making many books there is no end.” With that being said, how many of them are actually God-inspired? For definitely, 'How to Live the Christian Life Successfully Victoriously' is definitely a heavenly conversation between the writer and God with you and I in mind. A God-inspired book indeed! Helpful Not Helpful Comment Report abuse Plots2Good2Forget 5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the Best June 23, 2016 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

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I would highly recommend this book to anyone in need or wanting a road map to spiritual maturity. Many books on this subject will exhaustively explain what the scripture says and will tell you why we all need to become mature Christians, but this book actually tells you HOW to become who God has called you to be, leaving it up to you and me to decide to walk into the destinies God has for us. Easy to read, great information. I highly recommend this book! Helpful Not Helpful Comment Report abuse

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We need this book May 19, 2015 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase Excellent, easy to follow. Helpful Not Helpful Comment Report abuse Logan C. Elliott 5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful book! May 15, 2015 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase Sheldon is a great author who presents the truth in a very understandable way. He shares the truth of the Word, and it touches you throughout. So thankful for this Man of God! Helpful Not Helpful Comment Report abuse Deb Moore 5.0 out of 5 starsI would highly recommend this book for all Christians April 28, 2015 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase A very practical and powerful guide for any Christian! In this book Sheldon Newton teaches the foundational guidelines for what it means to be a Christian, what happens when you give your life to Christ and then how to walk out this new life you have experienced. I would highly recommend this book for all Christians, and especially those who hunger to walk in the truth of God's Word concerning their relationship with Him and how to walk in everything Jesus purchased for us as the children of God! Helpful Not Helpful Comment Report abuse K Payne 5.0 out of 5 starsChristian growth and development May 15, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition This book offers lessons on how to grow and develop spiritually. As a believer that prayer and Bible study are to the spirit what exercise and healthy eating are to the body, I really resonated with the three chapters, “The Word of God is Spiritual Food”, “Develop a Strong Spirit: Feed on God’s Word” and “Develop a Strong Spirit: Pray Through”. Each chapter ends with Questions to Ponder and to Answer. The message of this book helps in the pursuit of living for God. I recommend it for the Christian who would like to grow in their faith. Helpful Not Helpful Comment Report abuse See all 7 reviews

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06/13/2014 08:03 pm ET Updated Aug 13, 2014

Lessons I Learned as an Author of 10 Books, Part Two

By Sheldon D. Newton As a writer of 10 books and counting, I am amazed at how much there is to learn about it. As I foresaid in my previous article, the first lesson one should learn is to know what you are writing about. Know your subject. This is vital for three key reasons: 1. When you know your subject you will give people substance. Your writings will contain value and quality. People will receive some wisdom, some answer that they are looking for. They may receive some entertainment value, filled with principles which can make their lives better. Write on purpose. Write to impact lives. 2. When you know your subject, it will keep you focus. You will be able to stay on course with what you are writing about. This is important for it will ensure that your writing has structure and stability. You won’t go all over the place. 3. When you know your subject it will give your writing credibility. When people realize that you know what you are speaking about and that they can therefore trust your words, it will enable you to stand out as an authority in the field you are writing about. It is not a good thing at all to have a book about a particular subject, with information which can be shot down easily because it is not built on truth or has very little, if any, factual substance (that is of course, unless your book is fiction). So make sure you have done your homework and write from a standpoint of knowledge. The next lesson I remember having to learn is vital if you are going to succeed as an author. You must: Learn to get past your fear of failure This was indeed a serious one for me. As I fore-mentioned, I wrote my first book, which was concerning the importance of unity. What I did not say then was that although this was my first book, I never released it. I finished writing it. And I even had a minister friend of mine do a Foreword for it. But I never had it printed. In retrospect, the book was really good (if I may humbly say so). It had substance and would have been a source of encouragement for many persons. But I did not have it printed. I wished that I still had it saved on a jump-drive. I would surely have it published, at the least as an e-book. Why didn’t I get it printed, you may ask? The answer was that I was afraid. But of what was I afraid? I was afraid of several things: 1. I was afraid that people may not buy the book.  This fear was not warranted however. After all, I had no way of knowing if people would or would not buy the book. I should not be the one who chooses for people. People ought to be given the right to make up their own minds as to what books they should or should not buy. My job was to write it, get it printed or published, and then present it to them. But I did not do this because I allowed fear to stop me from moving forward. My question to you is, are you allowing fear to stop you from moving forward regarding your book? If you are, it is time to get past yourself and to get past that fear. Some people may not buy your book. But, if you ask nicely, some people will. 2. I was also afraid that people would criticize my book if they read it.  I was scared that they would not find it interesting. And granted, some people may have negative things to say in regards to what you write. However, if you have followed step one, making sure you have written something of substance, worth and value, there will be others who will benefit greatly from your work. When I finally started getting my books out there it is amazing how many people told me the impact they have had upon them. This has transpired from my first book, Diligence to The Things of God, (available here: www.sheldondnewton.org). And it continues. Of course I have had some criticisms. But I have had more encouragement from the testimonies of those who found my books helpful. You never know whose life you can touch in a positive and powerful way. So step up to the plate, push past that fear and get your book out there. In my next article I will share with you a third kind of fear that I experienced as I aspired to be a writer and it will be something of great interest to all who read this. I can promise you that it may be the number one reason why many have never even finished writing their book. I believe sharing my experiences with you may inspire you to rise up and realize your dream of being a published author, making a difference in the lives of others. If this inspires you, please leave a comment at the bottom. I would love to hear back from you. Thanks for reading. Follow Sheldon D. Newton on Twitter: www.twitter.com/twitter.com/she Sheldon D. Newton Writer; Author of ten books; Ezine Article Expert Writer of over two hundred articles; Bible Teacher; Pastor and Inspirational Speaker.

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Sheldon D. Newton is an international speaker and a best-selling author of over twenty books including, Lessons I Learned As An Author; Genna's Fight; Thrown Away; Diligence, The Master Key To Achieving Your Dreams and the best-selling, How To Pray & Get Results. He travels continually sharing with others principles which will enable them to live better lives of peace, wholeness and fulfillment. He pastors Jesus Christ Centered Ministries International located in Nassau, Bahamas. Sheldon lives in Nassau with his wife and two children.


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People are continually surprised when they ask me how many books I have written, and I tell them I have over twenty and counting. They seem amazed and some question how I write my books, and when do I find the time. The truth of the matter is that if something is a passion, if it is an issue you feel strong, excited and enthusiastic about, then you can write about it. Overcoming Procrastination As An Author Writing and Speaking: Creative Writing • Published: March 12, 2017 If you desire to be an author, and a successful one at that, you will have to learn how to master procrastination and become diligent in working on your book. This is what separates the winners from the losers much of the time in life. We procrastinate. We put things off until we get "that feeling." And so we do not get done what we could have done, or we do not reach our goals. Know Your Subject Writing and Speaking: Writing • Published: March 10, 2017
It is vitally important that you establish from the very beginning what you will be writing about. And while it may go without saying, it is still worth saying over and over again that you must know your subject. Be Descriptive In Your Writings Writing and Speaking: Creative Writing • Published: March 10, 2017 Be as descriptive as you can be in your writings. Do not just seek to give points assuming that the reader will get your point and understand what you are attempting to convey. Use your imagination and aim to make your statements so alive that the reader will perceive what is being said clearly. Overcoming Your Fear Of Writing Writing and Speaking: Publishing • Published: March 8, 2017 I believe that fear stops so many from doing what they have in their hearts. DO NOT let fear stop you. Regardless of how you feel, write your book. Persevere until you get it done. Keep at it. It will be worth it. Developing Confidence In God To Answer Your Prayer Self Improvement: Spirituality • Published: August 25, 2015 Answered prayer should be the norm in our lives. God has always responded to the prayers of His people, and He always will. He is not a man that He should lie and He is not the son of man that He should repent. He gives us the invitation to call upon Him, and He assures us that He will answer and show us great and mighty things. (Jeremiah 33:3) We need to understand that God is keenly interested in us. He loves us. And He wants to answer our requests. The question is, "Do we believe that He will?" Obedience And Answered Prayer Self Improvement: Spirituality • Published: August 21, 2015 A great obstacle and hindrance to answered prayer is disobedience to the known will of God. God has a will, plan and purpose for each and every life. That includes yours and mine. His will is revealed by His written Word, and by His Spirit bearing witness within our hearts, leading, guiding and directing us. If we are to fulfill Divine destiny, we will have to learn His leadership and walk in the light of it. Doubt Is An Obstacle To Answered Prayer Self Improvement: Spirituality • Published: August 20, 2015 Doubt can rob you of answers to your prayers. What is doubt? It is being double minded in regards to prayer. Prayer must be prayed in faith. You must believe that God is, and that He rewards those who believe Him and seek Him with all of their hearts. God loves when we believe Him. He takes delight when we stand fast on the sure foundation of His Word, regardless of what we may see or feel.


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A Deeper Walk Wth God Part 2 Self Improvement: Spirituality • Published: August 29, 2014 God wants us to know Him. And we can know Him if we approach Him with an honest and sincere heart, and a determined focus to draw close to Him. Many people frustrate their personal knowledge of God by attempting to complicate the process. But, according to the Bible, we can all know God intimately and draw as close to Him as we want to be. Now to me, that is GOOD NEWS. We can actually have fellowship with OMNIPOTENCE. We can hear from God and know His Voice. One of the keys to such a place with Him is prayer. Prayer is misunderstood much of the time, but by definition, to pray simply means to commune with God. It means to speak to Him, opening your heart to Him, worshipping Him and asking for His help and guidance. It is receiving His love and acceptance of you in Jesus Christ. Prayer is vital to a deeper walk with God.


How To Go Deeper In Your Walk With God Self Improvement: Spirituality • Published: August 18, 2014 So many people desire to know God. They are seeking after Him, some of them in the wrong way. God wants us to be found of Him. He wants us to know Him in the intimacy of everyday closeness. Actually, He wants us to know Him more than most of us realize. Knowing God is an experience which can be enjoyed repeatedly because the more we know Him, the more we will want to know Him. How can we get to know Him in reality? Here a just a few keys which, if practice daily, will bring you into a closer walk with

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Self Improvement: Empowerment • Published: October 1, 2013 All of us have issues which we must face in life. And these various situations can have diverse effects upon us because of the choices we make in the midst of them. That is, after all, what life is about, decisions. We make these choices every moment of every day of our lives. And our choices create our reality. So many people have been deceived into thinking that life is all about fate, that whatever will be will be and that they have nothing to do with it. But the truth about the matter is that we have everything to do with it because we are the ones who determine the paths we will take. Even when you make a decision to not make a decision, you have made a decision. None of us can escape the fact that we are and will be the sum total of our choices.


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