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.

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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

On Becoming a Published Author


The one enduring dream of my life has been to become an author. The earliest memory I can recall on the subject is from perhaps the age of four, sitting outside and looking at the pictures of Pack Rat Pete by Robert Quackenbush. As a preschooler I didn’t know how to read, but as my mother read that library book to me, I thought – this is what I want to do! Before I could spell, I would dictate stories for my mom to write as I doodled illustrations in crayon, and I fondly remember sitting on the front step with my dad as a child and improvising interactive tales about Henry & Bill: Dinosaur Detectives.

Sure, I flirted with other career paths in my youth (Zookeeper! Private Investigator!), but until my interest in psychology solidified in the summer after 6th grade (inspired by reading Michael Crichton’s Sphere), being an author was my single overriding professional goal. I dreamed of the day that I could walk into a bookstore and purchase a copy of my own book; that’s when I would know that I had truly arrived. I also knew that if I reached the end of my life without becoming a published author, I would consider myself a failure. Hey, I might even need to pull a Van Gogh and cut my ear off in some sort of melancholic artistic protest against the world’s indifference.

Sometimes aspiring authors receive disheartening messages on their journey: “Why is it so important to be published?” or “Have you thought about self-publishing?” Okay. These people just don’t get it. And every aspiring author knows the sting of the ubiquitous rejection letter. Writing a book is the easy part – then comes editing, and finding an agent, and finding a publisher. The amount of rejection one can face while vulnerably revealing one’s labor-of-love, soul-bearing art can crush you if you let it.

But, as of a week and a half ago, my literal (and literary) lifelong dream came true. I am now a published author. Pinch me. My faith-based historical fiction (or “Biblical fiction”) novel, Kings of the Promised Land has been released to the world. It’s registered with the Library of Congress and has an ISBN and everything!

So, what is it like to accomplish what one has sought after their entire life? Well, I definitely did not have a Julie & Julia moment, dancing on the front porch with my spouse in joy as I opened an envelope to find a surprise publishing offer with a juicy book advance, nor did I come home one day to find a mysterious package, only to discover… my book in printed form! Indeed, many of my readers received copies of my book long before I did! And, although I felt a true adrenaline rush while signing my publishing agreement, the immediate nights after my book was published were sleepless, full of anxious tossing and turning as the weight of my new task sank in. I wrote a book. My book got published. But now I actually need to get people to READ the book!

I am very, very grateful to God for the inspiration, direction, and publication of my first book. May all the glory belong to him. I am no longer somebody who likes to write, nor an aspiring author, but truly an author. That fact has barely sunk in. I have crossed a threshold which cannot be uncrossed. But, I also realize that as one journey has ended, a brand new journey has just begun. I may have achieved my lifelong dream, but I, God willing, have a lot of life left to live.