Crowdfund the Sequel to my Novel

Help crowdfund the sequel to my faith-based historical fiction novel, Kings of the Promised Land, and get:

  1. Early-access to the first chapter!
  2. Your name immortalized on the Special Thanks page of the book!
  3. A signed, first-edition copy of the book mailed to you upon publication!
  4. The satisfaction of helping people get interested in Biblical narratives!

For my first book, it took a total of six years from putting pen to paper until publication. I’m planning on a much shorter turnaround this time.

Donate now at:


I am very excited about this project – the sequel is the book I always wanted to write, and the first was a necessary prologue (although a great story in and of itself). Although I have been able to raise money for charitable causes, it has been my overarching goal to get people interested in the biblical narratives – to let others experience the same page-turning intrigue that I do when I read 1 and 2 Samuel. My novels are gateway drugs to the Bible!

I wrote Kings of the Promised Land before obtaining a master’s level seminary degree. I believe that I have a much richer appreciation for and understanding of good scholarship, and hopefully my craft of writing has improved over the years. No matter what, I take the task of bringing readers into these stories very seriously. I aim to be as faithful as possible to the source material.

Your generous contribution will help with the following items:

* Upgraded laptop
* Scrivener writing software
* Logos Cloud subscription
* Acquisition of other research materials
* Professional editing fees
* Cover design mockup
* Printer ink, paper, and other materials


Praise for Kings of the Promised Land (Elk Lake Publishing)

“A fascinating depiction of Biblical Israel.”

“The way that Justin Gabriel describes the characters, the landscapes, the atmosphere … calls to mind the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.”

“Beautifully written and one of the most faithful, true accounts of the biblical story of Israel’s first king, Saul, David and the prophet Samuel.”

“Makes the scarlet thread that weaves all scripture together come alive for me!”

“Challenges the reader to step into the reality of a story often received as an extraordinary legend.”

“I actually felt as if these events were unfolding right before me.”

“A masculine work of Biblical fiction.”

“You’ll be on the edge of your seat.”

“Anxiously awaiting the next book!”


Saving Children – One Book at a Time

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Atlanta, GA – 10/02/2017 — Highly-reviewed author Justin Gabriel announces that 100% of his profits from the sale of his novel, Kings of the Promised Land, will be donated to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. “I’ve felt convicted about the lack of generosity in my life and wanted this book to be used for a purpose greater than personal enrichment.”

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is a non-political, nonprofit humanitarian organization that has provided medical assistance and emergency surgeries to thousands of innocent children from Palestine and other countries in the Middle East. PCRF has been awarded with the coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator for accountability and transparency. Of particular interest to Gabriel is the Gaza Mental Health Program.

A work of “faith-based historical fiction,” Kings of the Promised Land (Elk Lake Publishing) tells the epic tale of the rise and fall of King Saul and his rivalry with the future King David in ancient Israel. The novel currently has a five-star rating on both Goodreads and Amazon, where it is available for purchase in paperback and Kindle formats. “Read a great story, buy a gift for that book-lover you know, and do some good at the same time!”

Justin Gabriel
PO Box 921412
Norcross, GA 30010

Hitting the Reset Button

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Welcome! My name is Justin Gabriel. I am a Christian Author, Mental Health Advocate, and Theology Geek. This blog represents a ‘soft reboot’ of my online writing presence. By the grace of God, my lifelong dream to become a published author took a giant leap forward when I signed a publishing agreement for my forthcoming novel. Acknowledging the likelihood that I may step into the light of public awareness, I wanted to launch Select Arrow with a few goals in mind:

  1. Consolidate my current (and some former) online blogs into one
  2. Bring a clear, unified voice to bear on my diverse interests
  3. Replace the formal anonymity of my past endeavors with a cohesive identity
  4. Polish and repackage some of my favorite past writing
  5. Build relationships with readers
  6. Experience less stress about maintaining and updating multiple blogs

Select Arrow was actually the name of the first legit attempt at a blog I recall launching (the name comes from a passage in Isaiah 49 and has a deep personal relevance for my life). Through the years, I’ve worked on a political blog, a satirical blog, a steampunk blog, a serialized science fiction blog, Thank You Jesus For These Pop Tarts, a blog about evangelism in Japan, Theology Geek, Crazy Church, Flatland Pilgrim, and the Organic Mental Health Manifesto (I’m surely omitting some). Now I come full circle.

The unifying focuses of Select Arrow are ‘Theology, Mental Health & Art.’ The majority of my posts will fall somewhere between those three core passions of mine. I reserve the right to blog about other things as well, so as not to experience the urge to create additional blogs as has been my pattern in the past. My former blogs will live on in new form – as categories for my new blog posts. Here is a quick category guide:

Justin Gabriel – posts about my books and myself as a writer

Theology Geek – sharing my deep fascination and love of Christian theology

Crazy Church – compassionate mental health advocacy from a Christian perspective

Flatland Pilgrim – works of art that reflect the Image of God in humankind and the ex-nihilo creativity of the Creator

Thank You Jesus For These Pop Tarts – reflections on life and culture

Kamikaze & Umeshu – Japan, Japanese people, and Japanese culture

Thank you all for joining me for this new venture. I appreciate your thoughts, comments, feedback, and dialogue. This is just the beginning.