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David's Current Reads

Updated: Jun 3, 2023

Updated: June 3, 2023

Save The Cat!: The Last Book On Screenwriting That You'll Ever Need

by Blake Snyder


"Here’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that’s been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. “Save the Cat” is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including: The four elements of every winning logline The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by ― and why they’re important to your script Why your Hero must serve your Idea Mastering the 15 Beats Creating the “Perfect Beast” by using The Board to map 40 scenes with conflict and emotional change How to get back on track with proven rules for script repair This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat.” (Amazon.com, 2023).




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).




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).




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)




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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