This is How You Update a Book Cover

It was time for a transformation.

Along with our general sprucing up around the ole’ Packed House Publications corner, we’ve decided to update one of our most special books with a spanking-new book cover.

Dusty Remains is an awesome collection of 300 words or less stories, but unfortunately, a year ago, with the innocence of new kids on the block, we unintentionally gave Dusty Remains a textbook-looking book cover.

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And….

BAM! Here it is! Our new book cover!

Dusty Remains

Looks nice, doesn’t it? We wanted something to reflect the stories of Dusty Remains, which are snapshots of some very intriguing characters, navigating their own complex lives.

So, how did we do? Leave a comment below on what you think of the new cover!

And, as a complimentary gift for our guests, here is the first story from “Dusty Remains.”

Ponytail

She stands there alone, by the gate, with her usual big smile. She smiles even more when he approaches. There by the gate they talk. She shyly tilts her head downward. He knows she’s reluctant, but even so he holds out his hand.

      She steps around him, he cuts off her exit. Like a game she’s played so many times, she tries to dart around him, unable to do so, she shrugs her shoulders in defeat.

     Once again he holds out his hand – she lets her soft hand fall into the cradle of his majestic one.

     They walk away, the sun on their backs, the gate disappearing with each step.

     She pauses, so does he. He looks at her, then nods his head. “It’s okay.” His gentle tone, so reassuring.

     A few steps from the corner, she pauses once more. Now he wipes the tears from her eyes.

     “How did you know my birthday was today?” Her faint voice is strained under the weight of her tears.

     “I know everything about you, Sara. I’m a magician.” His eyes lock on hers.

      “Is that how you found out I like ponies?”

      “Yes.”

      “And you will keep your promise to let me ride my pony every day?”

      “Of course.”

      “And my mom won’t stop you?”

      “Your mom won’t stop me, I promise.”

      “What’s my pony’s name?”

      “Whatever you want it to be.”

      “Is my pony a boy or a girl?”

      “Why, it’s a girl, just like I promised you yesterday.”

      “Where is she?”

      “Right around this corner.”

      Sara’s face lights up. She skips with delight and anticipation.

SARA! SARA! WHERE ARE YOU! SARA, SARA!

      “Ma’am, we’ll find her, trust me.” Nancy’s eyes drown in tears.

      A stiff wind blew through the window. Yooooooooo! Out went the five candles.

Get “Dusty Remains” here today, at Barnes & Noble.
Thank you.

Confessing Jesus

Hey, come on in. How you been? Great, glad to hear everything’s going well. Come, cop a squat, there’s something I like to share with you.

I want you to imagine you live in a place where you will lose your life if you confess your faith in Jesus. How would you be able to preach the word of God in such an environment? Would you boldly obey Jesus’s command in Mark 16:15? “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Would the fear of losing your life tie your tongue? Or would you confess your love and faith in Jesus? Unfortunately, many of us today, all over the world, including yours truly, are not fully heeding the grand commission that Jesus commands his followers to obey.

It appears, for many, that it is best not to stand too firm for Christ, just blend in – don’t make waves. Oh, we preach, but mostly to other known Christians. Most of us don’t take God’s word out to the unsaved masses that need it most. We are so happy being in our personal, “Holy Huddles,” to bother with Jesus’s great commission. Why are we so negligent when it comes to confessing our faith to the world? Why are we afraid? If we love Jesus, then we should want to tell the whole world about Him. Telling everyone we meet we love Him and put our undying faith in Him. In Matthew 10:32-33, Jesus says, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”

How can any of us be willing to lose our life for Christ, when we are not willing to tell the world about Him? I like for you to check out the following video: see a woman willing to lose her life for standing up for God’s word. Please pray for her. Please let her example, and many others like hers, compel each of us to confess our faith in the only savior mankind has. You know His name, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Almost Everything You Need to Know about Christianity…On a T-Shirt

As a follow up to our recently reblogged “The Tithe is a Lie” post, we wanted to share these T-shirts with you. (We sell them here, at SnaggyTees.com). We at Cop-A-Squat are not about destroying or ridiculing Christianity, but rather, we want everyone to see the truth of what Christianity really is: the love of Jesus, and the fellowship we should share because of Him. Yes, we’re flawed – look at how we twist and misread God’s Word – but God never leaves us, and He is truly awesome. That’s the message we wish to share at Cop-A-Squat, and we want you to share it with others.

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Check out these tees. We serve a wonderful God – now share it with the world (and leave a comment if you wish).

 

The Tithe Is a Lie: The Untold Truth

Originally posted on Cop A Squat:


 

The above clip is humorous, for obvious reasons. However, the untold truth that is preached to the masses is not.

Tithing, according to the Bible, is not a requirement in our day and thus a lie being imposed on the church for the profit of those in spiritual power.

For you to truly understand this misrepresentation, first, let’s examine tithing and its purpose.

Tithe

1. What was the tithe?  Tithing means a tenth and was established as an offering to God where the Israelites were required to give the first tenth or 10% of their fruit, grain, herd or flock to God. Leviticus 27:30-33 explains this requirement in detail.

2. What was the tithe’s purpose? The tithes was to support the Levitical priests and their families.  When God divided the “Promised Land” for the children of Israel, the tribe of Levi received no allotment. The Levite priests were established…

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Julia Roberts: Cop A Squat

Over the last few months I’ve been wrestling with the decision whether to change Cop A Squat to another name. After a surge of recent  readers on the page “Cop-A-Squat – What Does it Mean?”, I’ve decided to address it.  Today, some kids have turned a cool, welcoming phrase into something dumb and disgusting. Unfortunately, many think the term now means urinating in public. I can assure you its original meaning never conveyed that kind of silliness. So what does Cop A Squat really mean?

In the 1970′s, when friends came over, you would say, “Come on in, cop-a-squat.” Even the Online Slang Dictionary defines cop-a-squat as inviting someone to take a seat, sit down, relax.

In some circles its still used today as its true meaning. That’s why the term Cop A Squat made its way into the movie Pretty Woman, where Julia Roberts’ character invites Richard Gere’s character to “cop-a-squat” and relax.

Even TripAdvisor used the phrase in one of their recent ads. From the picture you can see people enjoying each other’s company.

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We at Cop A Squat want our guest to feel at home when they visit. So come on in, take a seat, and let’s talk.

 

Smile, I’m An Angel In An Earth Suit Campaign

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Look at the picture on these shirts – aren’t their smiles beautiful? We believe every child deserves a smile just as lovely. Every year more than 170,000 children are born with a cleft lip or palate. They cannot eat or speak properly, and as they become older, they cannot attend school nor work due to speech problems and societal rejection.

Yet, the surgery needed to fix this issue only costs $250 and is completed in 45 minutes. We support Smile Train as they provide speech therapy, orthodontic care, and most importantly, cover surgical costs for families who cannot afford the operation.

With these t-shirts, we want to support this wonderful charity and show that every child just like our children are truly angels.  For every shirt purchased, we will make a donation to SMILE TRAIN.

Please purchase a shirt or two today so you and your angel can wear the shirt that supports angels all over the world.

CAMPAIGN ENDS FEBRUARY 22

YOUR PURCHASE WILL HELP SUPPORT SMILE TRAIN

GIVE A SMILE THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME

PURCHASE YOUR ANGEL SHIRT  HERE

Dusty Remains

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One moment can change everything. The second installment of the ‘Life’ Series trains its eye on the fleeting snapshots of life, pictures that say a million words but are whispered in three hundred words or less. Our lives are stories in the making, and these twenty-one stories are haunting testaments of lives vivid and complex as our own, but more importantly, how these stories deserve to be told. Because if life decides to tear us apart, we can find the truth in what’s left over. This is the pulse of these short stories, these fragile lives. This is Dusty Remains.

What are people saying about Dusty Remains?

Dusty Remains is fast, powerful, and just damn good.” – Some Guy on the Street

“I read ‘Inside’, one of the best stories in this collection. I will never hate my inner child again.” – Definitely Not my Mom

“Want to know the meaning of life? Read the second to last story.” – Truly not my neighbor

“If you want to be challenged, disturbed, and awaken, this collection will rocket you to new heights” – Magic Man of Mars

Dusty Remains is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get, but every bite is soooo delicious.” – Paul Worthington

Read About the Author, I share a personal account on how I came about writing short stories:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HISULNI

Take a Look Inside the book  – enjoy Ponytail and become hooked with the story Inside.  Purchase your copy today – enjoy short stories that are bold, complex, some humorous, others sad, but most of all engaging and are (probably) the best you have read in a long time.  Please spread the word and be sure to share what you think.