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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Open the Door Within for Someone New! Re-Release Date: May 7th

It brings me ridiculous joy to announce that Thomas Nelson Publishers will ReRelease the entire Door Within Trilogy on May 7th, 2013

The first book, The Door Within, came out in 2005 originally. A publishing executive at Thomas Nelson first took an interest in the story when we met in the summer of 2004 at a convention in Atlanta, Georgia. At that time, I was unpublished…a hobbyist writer and full time teacher here in Maryland. But the story had been at work in my heart and mind for ten years.

When God smacked me upside the head and let me know in no uncertain terms that LIFE could be found nowhere else but in HIM, I ran with the Gospel and told just about everyone I knew. One encounter with a couple who was (and is) very dear to me left me heartbroken, frustrated, and angry. I spilled my Jesus-guts to them. Their reaction: "How cute."

It left a powerful mark in my life: how could people look at the life-saving, life-changing news that Jesus died for them, to forgive their sins, save them, give them heaven forever, and new life here—how could people look at that news and think it was some silly notion? How could people not see the urgency in the message? It was as if a person, sick and blistered with cancer, lying in a hospital bed and refusing the offer of a cure for cancer because "it simply couldn't be true."

The seeds of the Door Within story were sewn in that season. At the time, I was about to begin a short story unit with my 6th graders at Arundel Middle School. As I preached to them the glorious fun it could be to create people, plots, and settings, they fired a shot across my bow: "Mr. Batson, why don't you write a story? You're always telling us how cool it is to write." That was it. I was cornered. So I wrote a 17-page short story in green ink on loose leaf paper. It was called "The Faith of a Child." Nine years of students badgering me to write more and more…and more, it became The Door Within.

When the book came out, I prayed and asked God that the story might change one life. Just one, I asked. God had much bigger plans. Nearly half a million books later, God is still on the move with The Door Within Trilogy. And a new phase begins on May 7th, 2013. I hope you'll raise a sword and join in the new offensive.

If you've read this far, you're likely a pretty dedicated reader of my stories. So, I'm asking you a favor: Help the new generation find The Door Within Trilogy.

If you read the original release, you're probably in your twenties now. But a new generation of young readers is ready and waiting. Here's what you can do:

1) Purchase a copy of a Door Within book during the May 7th Amazon Blitz; give the book to a young reader you know.

2) Blog / Facebook / Tweet/ etc. about The Door Within books whenever you can and as much as you can. Talk about any impact the books have had on you, favorite scenes, characters, quotes, etc. Please mention the Amazon Blitz date: May 7th!

3) Word of mouth. Talk it up. Text it up. Let friends and family know about the Door Within books. 

4) Use The Door Within books as seed-planting. While not a perfect allegory by any means, The Door Within books do contain a lot of Jesus Truth. Use the books as a bridge to talk about eternity with friends and family who might not yet believe.

If you do any of the above, email me at: batguy21784(at)yahoo(dot)com. Put the following in the Subject Line of the email: Door Within ReRelease Promotion. I will put your name in the Acknowledgments Section of my newest book (Soon to be announced!). I will also provide you with lots of cool Door Within freebies here on my blog!

If you purchase a book, email me at: batguy21784(at)yahoo(dot)com. Put the following in the Subject Line of the email: Door Within ReRelease PATRON. I will put your name in a special Patron Section of the Acknowledgments Page of my newest book. You will also receive loads of freebies, including exclusive never-before-read Door Within material, artwork, etc.

In the name of The One True King, I thank you.
-Wayne Thomas Batson, 2013


Robert Treskillard said...

Fantastic new, Wayne! I'll be posting on the blitz day!

Writer4Christ said...

Coolio! I know a few people who might enjoy these books. (:

Aarathyn Arvell said...

XD Yay! How cool for you!

Btw, I know that you're pretty busy, but if you have time for a little fun, I've tagged you!

Morgan said...

Sweet! Glad so many more people will now be reading the books. :^) Is the Door Within Movie still a possibility?

Candi Michelle said...

I will be posting!

Unknown said...

I will be posting as well as buying. This is the book series that hooked me on writing, it is a gift and a blessing to the entire world and deserves to be spread. Not to mention made into a movie.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!! SOOO excited for you!!!

JUST loaned TDW to a friend who is about 7 years younger than me. (Haha, I guess that makes me one of the first-release-copy-buyers! Although I'm not thaaaaat old...) Her mom started reading it to make sure about the maturity level. Turns out, she hasn't given it to her daughter yet because she's enjoying it too much!! I'll definitely let them know about the re-release and also posting on my blog ( about the re-release!!


WayneThomasBatson said...

@RTres: Thanks, broski! I can't thank you enough. So Stoked about your series coming out too!

@Writer: Seriously, let them know. That kind of friend-to-friend recommending really helps. Thank you.

@AArvell: Thanks! I'm honored that you included me in tagging, but alas, I am also lame in that I rarely respond to tagging. ;-D

@ Morgan: Movie stuff is in God's hands. There's always hope, but nothing knocking on the door right now.

@Candi: Thank you muchly!

@UnknownG: my day job is English teacher, so to learn that you are writing b/c of my a thrill you wouldn't believe. Thanks so much!

@AnonDOL: Thank you for your continued service, Swordmaiden. You have honored The One True King!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Batson, I know you're acquaintances (friends?) with Mr. Bryan Davis, but in case you didn't know... Raising Dragons is being made into an awesome graphic novel, and it's getting funded on Kickstarter. If you have time, please check it out!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Mr. Batson - Just thought you'd want to know that I went to babysit the kids, like, the day after I commented and the mom had bought the entire trilogy! I keep hearing good things about it from her, her 11-year-old daughter, and her 7-year-old son (who is proud of the fact that his name is Aiden, too). : )


Anonymous said...

are you making a movie of the door within??? pls say yes! :P

Anonymous said...

Please make at least one movie. My brother started reading it but he does not love reading alot so he stopped. If you made a movie, I am sure that more people like him would be able to hear the story and would possibly be more willing to hear about God.