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David's Current Reads

Updated: January 18, 2023

The Addiction Formula: A Holistic Approach to Writing Captivating, Memorable Hit Songs

by Friedemann Findeisen


"How To Use Subtle Psychological Triggers To Captivate ANY Audience. Writing Pop, Rock, RnB or Hip Hop has never been easier or more fun. Master The Art Of Writing Addicting Songs Music is a tough industry to break into. With production gear being affordable for the first time in history, it seems like EVERYONE is making music these days. Getting noticed in the continuous stream of information that is the internet seems almost impossible. BUT: There is a technique designed specifically to captivate and hook an audience and with The Addiction Formula, you can learn it in a couple of hours. You will learn all about Lyric-Less Storytelling, a technique used by the most successful songwriters of our time. If you've always wanted to know how to write songs that stick out and speak to a large audience, this is the book for you.” (Amazon.com, 2023).




Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies For Every Writer

by Roy Peter Clark


“Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America's most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing. In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available.


Organized into four sections, "Nuts and Bolts," "Special Effects," "Blueprints for Stories," and "Useful Habits," Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature. This new edition includes five brand new, never-before-shared tools.


Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and above all, useful for every type of writer, from high school student to novelist, Writing Tools is essential reading.” (Amazon.com, 2023).




Six Steps To Songwriting Success

by Jason Blume


"What’s the secret to writing a hit song? It’s as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6! Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Success presents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously, has packed this book with such key aids as the three-step lyric writing technique used by the pros; lyric, melody, and demo checklists; and tools for self-evaluation–plus many other exercises that work. Blume’s warm, humorous style features motivational anecdotes and entertaining stories of how hit songs came to be written and recorded. Get Six Steps to Songwriting Success, and get on the charts!" (Amazon.com, 2023).




How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician

by Ari Herstand


"How to Make It in the New Music Business, since its first publication in 2016,?has become the go-to resource for musicians eager to make a living in a turbulent industry. Widely adopted by ambitious individuals and music schools across the world and considered “the best how-to book of its kind” (Music Connection), this essential work has inspired tens of thousands of aspiring artists to stop waiting around for that “big break” and take matters into their own hands. In this highly anticipated new edition, Ari Herstand reveals how to build a profitable career with the many tools at our fingertips in the post-COVID era and beyond, from conquering social media and mastering the digital landscape to embracing authentic fan connection and simply learning how to persevere. This edition breaks down these phenomena and more, resulting in a timeless must-have for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music business." (Amazon.com, 2023)




Brave and Beloved: A Bible Study Exploring the Wisdom and Diversity of Women of the Bible

by Meredith Storrs


A Bible study unlike any other―women, men, and study groups alike will engage with the amazing ways God weaves the lives of women in Scripture into the redemption story.

Brave and Beloved is a beautiful 20-lesson Bible study surveying 30 key women in the Bible, from the more widely known Eve and Ruth to the less often studied Deborah and Jael. This fresh Bible study truly illuminates how God’s design for womanhood welcomes women from all walks of life. Readers are equipped with trustworthy study tools and insightful cultural context. The modern, eye-catching workbook includes the full biblical text used in the study for deep reading and notation, plus thoughtful questions, prayer prompts, and portrait illustrations of the women. Readers will be inspired to dig deeper into God’s word and see His heart for women and their role in his amazing plans for redemption in a brand new light.

  • 8.5”x11”, 188 pages

  • 20 Bible study lessons

  • Scripture passages printed right in the book

  • High-quality paper stock with a stylish and modern design

  • Inspiring illustrations of the women being studied

  • Historical context to promote further understanding of the women’s lives in Biblical times

  • Study tools teaching readers how to effectively get the most out of their study time

  • Thoughtful questions walking readers through their learning from each passage

  • Insightful prayer prompts to invite the Holy Spirit to speak to the reader’s heart directly

  • Family trees illustrating the women of God in Jesus’ ancestry

  • An illustrated map of the Ancient Near East

  • Perfect for individuals and group studies

  • Leader guide for best practices to lead groups through the study

  • The perfect gift for anyone desiring to learn more about God’s heart for women and the hope of the gospel” (Amazon, 2023).

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