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The Moody Bible Institute

I remember waiting for Moody’s decision letter.  I had no idea what Moody was when I applied.  I didn’t know the history.  I had just heard the name once spoken, and the name itself bore such elegance that I was drawn there.  I had applied to no other school, and found out later that only half of the applicants would be accepted.  I came home one day and found my mother sitting at the table, the letter from MBI laying flat, untouched.  I opened the letter in silence, and together we found out I was accepted.  My mother cried tears of pride.  I was gonna be the first member of our family to ever attend college.

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Saying No

I hate saying no to people.  I do it often, but it is not something that comes easily to me.  I play like I don’t care, but I do.  I care about people.  I care about the stories I hear, and I want to do what I can to make people’s stories better.

But there is something else.  I say yes a lot because I am afraid of saying no. 

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Telling Your Story

This year, I wrote a book.  It is in editing, and will be seeing wide release come early 2018.  And while walking this manuscript from my head to people’s bookshelves, there was much I learned along the way.  I put my foot into the publishing world, and found the water cold and slimy.  So I began looking around at the many options available for unknowns to get their stories into the world.

What I found was discouraging.  I either had to sell my rights as creator, or pay someone stupid amounts of money to make me a less than professional work.  There was also the path of self-publishing, but to walk that path you must be businessman, graphic designer, marketer, and writer.  That is a lot for the average person working a 9-5 gig.

So I found a way forward.  I built a team of creatives who had mad skills and publishing experience.  And we are bringing my book into the world.  And it is beautiful.  It can stand next to any book in Barnes & Noble and exchange blows.  When I looked at this process I had built to bring my book into the world, I realized it could help others.  It could bring more stories into the world.  It could help other people share their message.  And the thing grew from a project into a dream into a company.

Today, I announce the opening of Hidden Hollows Publishing.  It is a full-on publishing house that brings your words into print.  If you have a story to tell or a message to share, you now know someone who can help bring your dream into reality.  If you know someone who has been talking about writing a book for years, send our info their way.

You can go to hiddenhollows.net to check out who we are and what we do.  Maybe 2018 is the year you get published.  And maybe we can help.

-Ernesto Alaniz

Christmas Album 2017

I do not hide nor do I try to minimize my love and loyalty to Jesus the Christ.  My life has been and will continue to be led by his teachings, his example, and his guidance.  To this end, I love music about Jesus.  I especially enjoy the music of Christmas.  And every year I try to highlight a new Christmas record worth listening to.

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Editing my Life

I love anecdotes.  I don’t know if this comes from meeting so many new people, being a preacher and telling stories to punctuate greater truths… I don’t know.  But that is how I tell stories.  I tell small stories.  It is why I like writing this blog so much.  I take out a little moment in time and use words to give it life.  

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