Donald James Parker

Donald James Parker is a rebel with a cause and is the author of nine novels, seven of which he considers culture-flash fiction. His goal is to promote God's kingdom and tear down strongholds of the enemy while he provides entertainment. He writes for The Christian Pulse, Examiner.Com, and The ebooks of all his novels are available for free download from his website at All of Don's books promote sexual purity, but two are especially focused on that topic - Love Waits and Homeless Like Me. The novels that attack the theory of human evolution include More Than Dust in the Wind, All the Voices of the Wind, and All the Fury of the Wind. Reforming the Potter's Clay is an attack on the occult. All the Stillness of the Wind is a spiritual odyssey which spotlights cheap grace and lukewarm living.

POD and Self-Publishing

Authors and Books

In case you missed the announcement last month, this column will now feature (at least most of the time) self-published authors and books. If you want to get in on the action, send an e-mail to with CFOM BLURB as the subject. I don’t want pure marketing hype but rather information concerning the story.

Jay Miller authors children’s books. I’ve run into Jay on numerous social networking sites. Sometimes it seems that self-publishing authors end up mostly marketing to one another, perhaps because of the commonality of the Internet places we hang out. Anyway, Jay’s work can be found and purchased at His book Sal and Sally will soon be headed to the Apple Store as App for iPads, etc. for children’s book. The story will have a storyteller and can be purchased and downloaded for only $1.99. Here’s the scoop on the storyline.

Cute and colorful little fish playing a game of blowing bubbles soon attract other creatures of the sea. Many are curious, but one is big and unfriendly. With a little imagination, cooperation, and kindness, all are soon having fun.

Here’s one review: “Colorfully illustrated and creative, Jay Miller’s latest children’s book will surely be found at the bedside of sleepy young children whose dreams are filled with happy, playful sea creatures. Parents and kids will treasure the many quiet times spent enjoying this wonderful story” (Apple Valley Readers Club).

This is a good example of using the new technology. Self-published authors, as well as small publishing houses, need to learn to push the envelope of innovations that will allow them to gain a competitive toehold in the slippery slope of publishing.

Lynn Dove is another author I’ve encountered in my Web travels. She and I belong to a group called John 3:16 Marketing. We will feature a blurb about that organization in the future and how it might help you in your marketing efforts. I truly believe there is power in numbers, and a loose confederation of self-published authors might be able someday to wield the power of a major publisher. Stranger things have happened. Anyway, Lynn recently released a sequel to her novel Shoot the Wounded called Heal the Wounded. Here’s the synopsis:

After the death of their friend, Ronnie (in Shoot the Wounded), Leigh and Jake try to come to terms with the aftermath of Ronnie’s death. As their love grows for each other, Leigh and Jake must face a series of devastating, life-changing events that will challenge their love and their relationship with God.

Tim, Ronnie’s brother, a bitter and tormented young man after the death of his sister, becomes the target of bullies at his school. Feeling hopeless and alone, he cuts himself to find that emotional release to let go of the pain he deals with every day.

Trying to embrace his newfound faith, Mike, Jake’s best friend, lives in his private nightmare dealing with the consequences of his parents’ constant arguing and his father’s alcoholism.

Heal the Wounded, like Shoot the Wounded, delves even deeper into the real world of teenagers trying to live out their faith in the midst of upset and struggle.

Will these youth find God’s healing and hope in the middle of hurt and heartache?

One review from Amazon: “Brilliantly written, poignantly told, readers who loved Shoot the Wounded will not be disappointed with Heal the Wounded’s powerful message and the on-the-edge-of-your-seat storyline.”

Lynn’s books may be ordered through or through her Website at

I truly believe we need to provide thought-provoking and faith-building fiction for young adults. Candy-coated fluff isn’t going to make a dent in the strongholds Satan has established in the lives of our children. We need to strike back with realistic stories that send chills down the spines of the readers and motivate them to walk the path that Christ has laid out before us in Scripture. We don’t live in a Pollyanna and Beaver Cleaver world anymore. I’m waiting for God to raise up a troupe of authors who are intrepid yet sensitive enough to weave hard truths into heart-touching stories of a brave new world without totally abandoning decorum. Filling a book with the F word may seem realistic because the language of our children is dominated by profanity, but a true artist will paint the shadow of reality in a fashion that pushes the ugliness to the background.

Lynn led me to another organization where I was able to get one of my books, The Bulldog Compact, placed on the Helpful Resources list at You might be able to do the same if your book has anything to do with bullies. No, this organization doesn’t help you refine your bullying skills; in fact, just the opposite. This site is dedicated to eradicating bullying from our society. I salute their efforts and pray they make inroads into the abusive behavior of those who take advantage of others’ weaknesses.

I hope I don’t offend anyone by mentioning my own new book, Silver Wind (not to be confused with the singing group that featured Georgian Banov and Betsy Hernandez), which will be out in January. It is the story of a basketball coach whom the Lord uses to help bring revival to a Native American reservation. This is a book in which I hope fiction precedes reality. The problems of the Native Americans cannot be solved by social programs, government handouts, or patronizing outsiders. Only Jesus and the Holy Spirit can radically transform the Trail of Tears into the Pathway of Light by renewing the minds and hearts of a precious group of people. It has been prophesied that revival will come to mainstream America through such a renewal among the Native Americans. My desire is to see this prophecy come to fruition and witness our blood brothers in Christ leading the way for an outbreak of God’s sovereign Spirit upon this nation.


Silver Wind