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The Back Cover: Paul Shows Us What Content to Include

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A Word From The Word

This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:17, NLT)

The Back Cover: a #devotional for #writers based on Rom 1:17 with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #WritingTips #WritingABook

A Word For Writers

The back cover motivates a reader to read your book. It includes …

  • A teaser: a promise if what’s to come, usually in 5-10 words or so
  • A book summary: the answer to, “What’s your book about?”
  • Your credentials: a reason why you’re qualified to write the book
  • Testimonials: recommendations from others about you and your work

In Romans 1:1-17, Paul offers us a tidy example of content to include on a book’s back cover … even though the passage is at the beginning of the book. Look how Paul includes each of the back cover elements:

  • A teaser: God promised this Good News long ago (1:2)
  • A book summary: Paul’s book will explain how God makes us right in His sight through faith (1:17)
  • His credentials: Paul is a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God, sent to preach His Good News (1:1)
  • Testimonials: Other Gentiles experienced powerful change as a result of Paul’s ministry (1:13)

A book’s back cover gives the reader just enough information to spark his interest and make him want to read the book.

After all, look at Paul. He stirred you to read Romans, right?

A Wise Word

Your book’s back cover content shows that your book is worth reading.

A Word To Pray

Gracious Father,

Your Book is worth reading. Thank you for including content that moves me to read it. Show me how to write back cover content to compel my readers to read my book.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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