I Need Your Thoughts & Opinions

Hello My Friends,

I hope that you are all enjoying your week and that God is blessing you as you draw near to him in this Spring time of year. It always reminds me of newness and life. God is always doing new things in His world.

This has been a year of new things in my life. Most of you know that I released my first book this year and I have been so pleased with the response. Getting endorsements and encouragement form people I’ve admired for so long like Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Brett McCracken, and Matt Litton just to name a few has been a dream come true. I’ve also received some wonderful review on Amazon from new readers and I just feel so blessed.

The reason I’m writing is that a new opportunity has arisen which could be a real help in getting the book into the hands of more people. Dan Gummel is a talented voice actor who is very interested in narrating an audio version of my book. In order to cover his expenses and studio time I would need to raise about $1500.00 before distribution costs. Since we are in an audio/video society that frankly doesn’t read very much anymore, I feel like this audio book could be used to reach people who might not sit down to read a book, but would give it a listen in their car or while they exercise using their mobile devices.

Today, I’m simply asking if there is any interest level in helping to fund an audio book of Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms. I’d love to end each chapter with the song that corresponds allowing people to not only hear the chapter on the Psalm but then respond to it with music. I would love the chance to make this available, but I want to make sure it isn’t just me.

What are your thoughts? Any interest in supporting this endeavor or should I just leave it as is. I’d appreciate your thoughts and prayers on this as people who have been such a blessing to me in the past. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. I’m not asking you to give today, I really just want to know your thoughts.

Here is a sample of Dan reading a portion of the book so you can have an idea of what it will sound like.


Rick Lee James

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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.