Monday, September 14, 2015

How to Turn Your Bible Material Into a Class Book

A lot of ladies ask where I get the ideas for my books. Some study books I write because the topic appeals to me, others I write because there is a need for certain class material.

One of the easiest ways I've found to get my books written is using my ladies day material. I already write a manuscript for every event that I speak, why not turn it into a book? It's just a matter of formatting.

It is relatively simple to create a ladies study book. If you're already teaching a class or speaking on a ladies day, you already have a topic.

When you work on your class material divide it into 12 or 13 main sections. These will become your chapters. (Standard Bible class material has 13 chapters, but I often use 12 chapters, just because that's what I like.)

Consider each of your chapters as an individual topic, and write all the information you want to include -- it's much like writing a paper for school. You want an introduction, body and conclusion for each chapter.

Once you have a chapter written read back over it, and ask yourself what were the most important lessons you wanted to stress in that chapter. Write study questions over those key ideas. This will force the student to reflect on those topics. Repeat this process for each chapter.

Some people like to write an overall study guide, but it's really not necessary.

A typical unformatted ladies class book is around 50-70 double spaced pages. (That's at a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.) Of course, your book can be longer or shorter.

I hope this gives you an idea of how to write your own ladies class book, and if it does, make sure to let me know when you're finished so I can get it listed on here!

So, you've got your book written, now what? Check out Print On Demand Options!

What ladies class books are you working on?

Book of the Month Club Week Three: The Treasured Woman by Christa Bryant

I can't believe that we are getting close to the end of our first ever book of the month club book! Woo-hoo! While I am sad to see the book coming to an end, I am so happy that we are going to be starting a new book very, very soon.

If you haven't had the chance to read The Treasured Woman, you still can. It's a fantastic book and I wholly recommend it!

The next book of the month club book (for October) is Out of the Ashes by Sandi Rog. It is a fiction book, and already has a 5-star ratings on Amazon. I hope you plan to read along with us! I'll post the reading schedule at the end of the month. 

Out of the Ashes
"A stranger. A kiss. A shotgun wedding. NATHANIEL WARD, wealthy entrepreneur, needs a wife. But he's not interested in the preening, high-society women who are offered to him on a silver platter. He wants one woman, and one woman alone: the girl who gave him all the money in her reticule years ago when the Great Chicago Fire left him destitute. He sets out to find this woman and discovers she's unattached. There's only one problem, a shotgun wedding may be able to bind them, but will he ever be able to win her heart? AMELIA E. TAYLOR blows a kiss to a street rat. Little did she know, years later that kiss would follow her to Green Pines, Colorado. When a handsome stranger arrives in her hometown, she guards her heart from the stirrings this man ignites. Despite society's disapproval of spinsterhood, she is determined not to marry, having witnessed first-hand the lack of love and horrors that accompany marriage. But will a shotgun wedding reveal blessings that arise out of the ashes?"

Are you excited about the upcoming book for the book of the month club?