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Why I’ll Shamelessly Promote My Book

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Epic Grace cover FINAL

TIMELY REPOST with the release of my book this week . . .

In our Christian culture, self-promotion is frowned upon. Anything that smacks of pride is immediately dismissed as worldly, or worse yet, satanic. So before I go any further, let me clearly say, I’m a fan of humility.

I wholeheartedly agree with the wisdom of Solomon who wrote, “Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth.” (Proverbs 27:2).

I understand the value of humility and fully embrace the words of the apostle Paul, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).

I get it. I really do. Humility is good. Pride is bad.

So how can I “shamelessly promote” my book?

First, when you read it you’ll find story after story of my past idiocy. The subtitle is: Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot! It’s hard to get too prideful when you’re basically exposing the raw nakedness of your soul and a track record of learning lessons the hard way.

Second, I believe in grace . . . EPIC grace! Grace beyond our imagination and understanding. Grace that changes everything because it changes us. My hope is that many will read this and think, “Wow! God really is a God of second chances who is full of grace and mercy. If he can redeem, restore and renew Bubna’s life—He can do so for anyone . . . even me.” I am no C.S. Lewis, but I’m convinced this simple book has the potential to impact the lives of many.

Third, long ago (before I even had a book contract), the Lord spoke to my heart and asked if I would “reverse tithe” on any profit from this book. Without hesitation, I said, “Yes.” I do so out of love, and I do so to keep my heart pure in this journey. I never want it to be about money. And giving God 90% of whatever comes my way gives me the freedom to pray that LOTS of books get sold.

So if you planned on buying one, buy two! If you planned on buying two, buy five! And if you planned on buying five, buy a case! Give them away to anybody you know who struggles with a past filled with brokenness and sin (and that would be all of us).

I am truly humbled and grateful for the wonder of God’s grace and the miraculous journey I’ve been on from the beginning of this book. I know it will bless you.

Epic Grace ~ Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot is scheduled for release in September. You can, however, pre-order for a reduced rate at any of the following:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Epic-Grace-Chronicles-Recovering-Idiot/dp/1414385048/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366238620&sr=1-1&keywords=Epic+Grace+by+Kurt+Bubna

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/epic-grace-kurt-w-bubna/1114918369?ean=9781414385044

Christian Book Distributors:

http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=385044&product_redirect=1&Ntt=385044&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

Advance Praise for Epic Grace

Kurt’s honest, heartfelt, and sometimes hilarious experiences will encourage you to walk in a grace that is truly epic! I pray that you will open your heart and allow his hard-learned lessons about grace to both challenge and encourage you in your journey.   Mark Batterson, New York Times best selling author and pastor

Kurt Bubna’s near-lyrical storytelling focuses on a grace by which we can “live beyond our limitations.” Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor, The King’s University, Los Angeles and Dallas

I was captivated by his life stories and left immersed in the splendor of God’s amazing grace. Wayne Cordeiro, Best selling author and pastor, New Hope Christian Fellowship, Honolulu, HI

Kurt bravely chronicles how epic grace has transformed his life, his marriage, and his relationships, throwing a life jacket of hope to fellow recovering idiots like me. Ronna Snyder, Author of Hot Flashes from Heaven

A cascade of words rushes to my mind when I think of this book: funny, real, observant, insightful, genuine. . . . It is a story of how God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. Jerry Sittser, Professor of theology, Whitworth University; author of A Grace Disguised and A Grace Revealed

Full of stories, depth, and affection, Bubna leads us to a life of possibilities. Mary DeMuth, Author of The Wall around Your Heart

 

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3 Responses to Why I’ll Shamelessly Promote My Book

  1. If you were an author/musician/plumber/whatever who wasn’t promoting your work and struggling financially, people would encourage you to work harder at self-promotion. It’s part of
    the job description, a thousand times more for the self-employed than the rest of us.

    The idea that promoting your product/service is opposed to humility is nonsense. Humility is not always (or even often) found hiding oneself, but in being other-centered and honest. Yes, you can fail to be humble in promoting your work, but properly promoting your work is by no means a failure to be humble.

  2. The opposite of shamelessly promoting your book is to be too ashamed to promote your book. If you believe in it and if it brings hope to people you HAVE to promote it. Too many people believe that Christianity is about sitting quietly in a corner while the world goes to hell. Keep promoting and let me know where I can get a copy.

How to Press On When You’d Really Rather Not!

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BurnoutOne of the signs of burnout is when you stop caring about the things you really should care about. You know you should take better care of your body, but you eat another bowl of ice cream instead. You know you shouldn’t watch so much TV, but you veg-out on mind numbing idiocy for hours anyhow (there’s a reason some call it the idiot box). You know you should spend more quality time with your family, but you choose to hibernate in the garage alone. You know you should drag your butt out of bed and go to church, but you roll over and think, “I’ll go next week” (and you’re the pastor!).

Burnout isn’t pretty. It isn’t fun. And it’s never anyone’s plan. You didn’t wake up one day and say, “Hmmm, wonder what I can do this week to end up in a pile of drool and in a fetal position, numb to everything?”

Typically, the path to becoming emotional toast happens slowly and unintentionally. You said, “Yes!” when you should have said “No!” to another commitment outside of your gift mix. You said, “Just this one time…” when you should have said, “Thank you, I’ll pass.” You did something out of obligation or to keep somebody happy because you still wrestle with being a people-pleaser. Or maybe you suffer from a “Messiah” complex and actually believe that the world might stop spinning if you stop spinning all the plates you’ve got up in the air.

Whatever the reason, the honest truth is, we are responsible for our choices, and all too often we choose poorly.

Okay, so that’s the problem. What’s the solution?

1.            Own it and confess it. Living in denial about burnout is foolish. The path to health starts with acknowledging you need to change, and you want help.

2.            Develop a trusting relationship with someone who will encourage and support you. This guy or gal shouldn’t be the “margin police” in your life, but they should be able to ask you the hard questions in love.

3.            Intentionally carve out time in your calendar for rest and recuperation. I make appointments in my day-timer for me to be with me. If someone asks, “Are you available tomorrow at 8am for coffee?” and I’ve made an appointment to be with a cup of coffee and a good book, I say, “Sorry, no, I already have an appointment at that time.” And for heaven’s sake (and yours), don’t feel guilty about it!

4.            Learn to practice the power of no! Where did we get the crazy idea “no” is a bad word? If you are going to survive for the long haul, you better figure out that always saying “yes” will kill ya!

5.            Make a firm commitment to run, walk, bike, or Zumba at least three times a week for at least thirty minutes. How many times do we have to be told about the benefit of physical exercise? Seriously, this is a no brainer. By the way, go back and read #3 and then schedule several weekly appointments with the treadmill.

6.            Rather than zone out, zoom out. Practice the lost art of reflection. Stop at least once a week, if not once a day, and zoom out to see the big picture. One of the easiest ways to suffer burnout is to lose sight of what truly does and doesn’t matter. I hate procrastination. I generally operate with the idea of not putting off until tomorrow what can be done today. But I’m learning to ask this simple and powerful question, “If I don’t do this, will it really matter in a week, a month, or a year from now?” Guess what? I’m not as critical to the world’s survival as I thought I was.

Burnout is a serious issue. You can’t be the man or woman of God you are destined to become if you lack the passion and energy needed to accomplish what He has called you to do. We need to have the long view and learn to live wisely.

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