The year was 1988. Our very first self published book, The Bible Incorporated in Your Life, Job and Business was introduced to the world on national television. As I began to write more and more books about incorporating God's Word into our work and business, even the prominent Tennessean newspaper covered the story!
Within months of its release, The Bible Incorporated exceeded all expectations and became a best seller. Over the years, letters poured in from every continent but Antarctica of coworkers being saved, hopelessly lost family members coming to Christ and businesses turning around.
Soon business owners were buying them by the case and using them to share their faith.
One example among many is Jim Crenshaw. He traveled the state of Florida in his chosen profession of sales. Along the way, he carried a case of Bible Incorporated with him to share with prospects, clients and others he met along life’s journey. Jim has been ordering these books by the case for as long as anyone can remember. The stories he shares of the lives affected from his outreach lift everyone’s spirits and make our work worth the effort.
But when the idea for this book first came, we were in no financial position to write it, let alone pay out over $100,000 for the first leather bound, print run. However, one night we heard our pastor preach, “Instead of trying to get God to bless your efforts, why don’t you find out what God is blessing and do that!” That was a God breathed word for us and when we sought the Lord about it, He answered “Blessed are those who publish the gospel.”
We knew nothing about publishing. There was no internet or websites and we had no distribution channels whatsoever. We certainly had no way of paying for the 25,000 books we ordered in our first print run.
What we did have was a word from God. And that was enough! Of course, faith without works is dead and we did our part stepping out on the water, but God kept sustained us, meeting our every need and the story is nothing short of amazing.