A Tale Of Two Americas

The Battle For The Soul Of America!

A high school classmate of mine shared a Facebook post by a gentleman I’ve never met named Joseph Ambrose.  However, I’m guessing we’re about the same age and I can totally relate to all he talks about in his post below since we both have one main thing in common.  And it certainly brings back many old memories!

I too was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. Coincidentally, my mother also worked at GF (General Fireproofing) and Livingstons. And I wouldn’t be surprised if my mom and dad danced to the music of the Frankie Ambrose Orchestra.

I can attest to everything Joseph Ambrose reflects on regarding life in Youngstown in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. My parents, relatives, and just about everyone else living in Youngstown were proud Democrats.

Here’s what Mr. Ambrose had to say:


I, like so many in Youngstown, grew up in a Democrat household. My dad was a combination blue collar and white collar worker. After the war he worked at GF and later was a sales man at Livingstons, Lustig’s and then sold insurance for National Life and Accident (American General). We were the middle class family of our time.

To make ends meet he played on the weekends (the Frankie Ambrose Orchestra). In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s there is no doubt that the Democratic Party was the workers party but, over time they have been insidiously infiltrated by Marxists masquerading as Democrats. They have infiltrated every aspect of American life and, most insidiously, government and law enforcement. The racial unrest has presented them a platform to unleash their ideology and their radical plans for America.

This certainly is not the Democratic Party of our parents. The Democratic Party has simply become a tool for them (the Marxists) to achieve their end. Knowing that they could not implement their agenda simply as the Marxist party they have latched onto the Democratic Party like a parasite to drain the party of its principles which were, for so many years, championing the causes of the middle class.

Like the man said, those principles are gone just like nickel beers. While Democratic in name only the Marxist manifesto is clearly in view. The massive intrusion of government into all aspects of our lives. They patiently and cunningly put the plan in place waiting for the right moment to unfurl it (the murder of George Floyd) and now we are seeing the fruits of their labor – anarchy, civil unrest, the painting of America as a racist country, the destruction of property, and the obliteration of our history and the distortion of history of the founding of the country (1619 project).

I write this to draw out into the open the fact that the Democratic Party is being played like a fiddle not for its betterment but to achieve an end that will destroy this country forever. They, the extremists on the left, are counting on the staunch Democrats to vote the party ticket without regard for what is at stake. In a sense, they insult the collective intelligence of the Democrats by assuming that they will blindly vote for them without a thought in their heads.

It’s akin to the Bidenesk-like mentality that “you ain’t black enough if you don’t vote for me”. It’s the arrogant belief that you, the American people, are too stupid and inept to do things for yourself. No, better for the government to take over your lives and do the thinking for you. Let us be in charge of your health care, let us redo the constitution so that if fits our agenda, let us supply your every need.

All of this designed to keep you, the American people under their thumbs, under their control and totally dependent on them, the new government, for all your needs. Remember, a government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take away everything. Is this really what you want?

I cannot believe for a moment that any American, Democrat or Republican, would blindly vote without understanding at the deepest level what is really at stake here. It isn’t about Joe Biden or Donald Trump. No! Its about a way of life that has defined who we are and has evolved into over the past 244 years.

I cannot believe that the good people that I know who are Democrats would allow themselves to be pawns and a means to an evil end. I urge all to spend the next two weeks reading and studying the platforms, the accomplishments of this presidency versus the promises of the opposition.

Examine your hearts and seriously look around you and examine all that you have been able to accomplish on your own without the “help” of the federal government and try to imagine what it would be like to wake up in a country that would punish productivity and reward mediocrity, to wake up in a country were average is good enough. Most importantly to wake up in a country where the freedoms we now enjoy are gone. Gone forever.

Think about it. You still have time.


Recipe for a revolution:
1. Censorship
2. Create fear
3. Create division
4. Create violence & lawlessness
5. Create disdain for law enforcement
6. Intimidate police not to protect and defend citizens
7. Intimidate citizens not to protect and defend themselves.
8. Encourage military to hold leader in disdain
9. Intimidate voters to not vote
10. Interfere with and create confusion in election & vote tally

11. Destroy history to re- write it

Are any of these ingredients presently occurring in America?
Wake up, America. The revolution has begun!

Choose wisely my friends. Our futures, and the futures of our children and grandchildren depend on the choices we make on November 3rd.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Are American Sports Letting America Down?

The message below is longer than usual, however, please take the time to read it completely. You won’t regret it and I’m guessing you’ll want to share it with everyone you know who is concerned about the direction America seems to be heading!

American Sports Are Letting Down America

• Volume 49, Number 7/8

Jason WhitlockJason Whitlock is a sports columnist for Outkick.com, a TV and radio host, and a podcaster. A graduate of Ball State University, where he was a football letterman, he worked as a sportswriter at The Kansas City Star from 1994 to 2010. He has also worked for ESPN, AOL Sports, and Fox Sports. In 2007, he became the first sportswriter to win the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. He founded ESPN’s “The Undefeated” website and helped create and host “Speak for Yourself” on FOX Sports 1.

The following is adapted from a Hillsdale College online lecture delivered in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 19, 2020.

Nearly 30 years ago, in a 1993 Nike commercial, professional basketball legend Charles Barkley fired the first shot at the “role model” concept popularized by Columbia University sociologist Robert K. Merton in the aftermath of the 1960s counterculture movement. “I am not a role model,” Barkley proclaimed in the half-minute spot. “I’m not paid to be a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”

Barkley’s words landed with a force every bit the equal of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem knee 23 years later. Former Vice President Dan Quayle defended Barkley, while Barkley’s fellow NBA superstar Karl Malone criticized him in Sports Illustrated. Leading news magazines, including Time and Newsweek, published articles exploring the controversy. Newspaper columnists from coast to coast—on and off the sports pages—also weighed in. The topic still sparks debate today.

Of the many phrases and concepts Merton coined—including “self-fulfilling prophecy” and “unintended consequences”—“role model” has had the most impact. On the surface, the argument that young people tend to model their behavior after high-profile, successful adults is harmless. However, in retrospect, the elevation of athletes and other celebrities as primary figures in the formation of behavioral norms for young people helped create the conditions that are powering the destructive Black Lives Matter movement today.

Merton’s role model concept undercuts the importance of parents and nuclear families. That was the point of Barkley’s criticism. Feminists and other progressive critics of America’s “patriarchal” society—including the Black Lives Matter movement, whose Marxist-influenced statement of purpose opposes “the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure”—have used Merton’s concept to great effect. Muhammad Ali, Pete Rose, Farrah Fawcett, Barbara Streisand, Mick Jagger, Marvin Gaye, and Burt Reynolds infringed on territory primarily reserved for mom, dad, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and teachers.

Technology has helped advance the process, diminishing the influence of traditional authority figures and strengthening the reach of celebrities. Kids shut their bedroom doors, turn on their televisions, laptops, and game consoles, plug in earbuds, open social media apps, and disappear into a world far removed from mom and dad. With a mere push of a button they tune out the worldview of their families and tune in the worldview of athlete LeBron James, actress Lena Dunham, rapper Snoop Dogg, social media race-baiter Shaun King, and others like them.

On top of all this, we now see America’s enemies, particularly China, using these modern role models to promote racial division and destabilize our country—with those on the political Left as their accomplices. Today, they have coalesced around the Black Lives Matter movement to push America toward a level of racial dysfunction and animus not experienced since the Civil War.

It’s fitting that Charles Barkley fired the first shot against this trend, because American sports have become the Gettysburg of what some have called our “cold civil war.” And if China and the Left complete their radicalization of sports, our nation may never recover.

***

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.

Nelson Mandela, the South African freedom fighter-turned-statesman, spoke those words in an effort to heal the country he came to lead after spending a quarter century incarcerated for opposing apartheid (racial segregation). Mandela embraced sports’ power to bridge racial divides, looking on athletic competition as a kind of antibiotic for racial animus and discrimination. South Africa’s victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Mandela’s presentation of the Webb Ellis Cup to team captain Francois Pienaar stand as an iconic symbol of unity in post-apartheid South Africa. Clint Eastwood directed a movie, Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, that memorialized the importance of the moment. It bears re-watching today.

Since sprinter Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and boxer Joe Louis scored a first-round knockout over German heavyweight Max Schmeling in 1938, sports have served as a powerful racial unifier in America as well. The victories earned by Owens and Louis punctured Hitler’s Aryan superiority myth, unified black and white Americans in celebration, and established Owens and Louis as this country’s first black national heroes.

Owens and Louis laid the foundation for Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey’s partnership with Jackie Robinson to integrate our national pastime, Major League Baseball, a decade later. Robinson’s successful integration of baseball, in turn, inspired Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s.

Indeed, Barack Obama, America’s first black president—the world’s first black leader of a predominantly white country—credited Robinson’s career for his own political rise. “There’s a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here,” Obama said in January 2017, while hosting the world champion Chicago Cubs at the White House. He continued:

There’s a direct line between people loving Ernie Banks, and then the city being able to come together and work together in one spirit. . . . Sometimes it’s just a matter of us being able to escape and relax from the difficulties of our days, but sometimes it also speaks to something better in us. And when you see this group of folks of different shades and different backgrounds, and coming from different communities and neighborhoods all across the country, and then playing as one team and playing the right way, and celebrating each other and being joyous in that, that tells us a little something about what America is and what America can be.

Yes, America is a shining example of sports’ transformative power. The games we play, the games at the center of our social behavior, combine with our founding principles to enhance the American experience. America’s enemies know this, which is why the culture war has moved to our arenas and stadiums. Sports are now in the same crosshairs as our Founding Fathers, under attack for past racial sins and unappreciated for their vital role in cultivating racial unity. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, but by writing the Declaration of Independence he made the emancipation of slaves inevitable. American sports were once segregated, but no American industry can match sports’ empowerment of black men.

The black-player-dominated National Football League is the most powerful force in American popular culture. It provides the number one television show on five different networks—CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and the NFL Network. In this era of have-it-your-way TV, where consumers record and watch shows when they want while fast-forwarding through advertisements, only live sporting events can be consistently counted on to deliver audiences that sit through commercials.

But while American sports have never been more influential, they’ve also never been more vulnerable to foreign influence. Their partnership with global brands and their desire to build global audiences have given foreign countries a pathway to manipulate American sports and culture.

Look at how China, with its 1.4 billion consumers, rules the National Basketball Association and its de facto parent company, Nike, the same way it rules Hollywood. Access to China’s consumers and Asia’s cheap labor (even sometimes slave labor) is the key to Nike’s economic growth. The Portland-based shoe and apparel manufacturer generates $40 billion a year in revenue. Its global reach, agenda, and revenue streams dictate the strategy of the $8-billion-a-year NBA. Many are unaware that Nike, and not the NBA, controls basketball. One could make a fair argument that the NBA is nothing more than the in-house marketing department of Nike.

Both Nike and the NBA kowtow to China, which explains their silence on the horrific human rights abuses inside China and the suppression of Hong Kong freedom fighters by China’s communist government. More important, Nike and the NBA’s China agenda helps explain why Nike pitchmen LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick enthusiastically smear the United States as inherently racist and evil. From Joseph Stalin to Fidel Castro to our own time, the communists’ favorite propaganda tactic has been to paint the West, and the U.S. in particular, as racist.

The militant social justice messaging of James and Kaepernick serves the interests of not only the Chinese Communist Party and globalist corporations like Nike, but also our political Left. Kaepernick’s National Anthem defiance in 2016 gave the Left an opportunity to politicize football, America’s new national pastime, and force it into the kind of “progressive” posturing already commonplace in the NBA and Hollywood. Arrogance, lack of foresight, and the advice of an inner circle that included former Clinton administration press secretary Joe Lockhart as the NFL’s vice president of communications, explain commissioner Roger Goodell’s laissez-faire approach to Kaepernick’s protest. Underestimating the determination of the Left and the power of social media to intimidate corporate America, Goodell and the NFL’s TV partners wrongly thought that the Kaepernick controversy would fade over time.

Instead, four years after Kaepernick first knelt, the Leftist mob has forced the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association to take their own knees and pay homage to the dishonest Black Lives Matter narrative on police brutality. The NFL plans to paint social justice messages across its end zones this season and to allow players to wear helmet decals with the names of alleged police victims. The San Francisco 49ers fly a BLM flag next to an American flag at Levi’s Stadium. MLB opened its COVID-shortened season with “BLM” carved into pitcher’s mounds, and the Boston Red Sox put up a 254-foot BLM billboard outside Fenway Park. NHL players are now regularly kneeling during the National Anthem. The NBA’s basketball bubble at Disney World is a virtual shrine to BLM: “Black Lives Matter” is painted on the court, players wear social justice messages on the back of their jerseys, and it’s major news when a player stands during the National Anthem.

The entire American sports world—a culture that traditionally celebrates victors, meritocracy, colorblindness, and patriotism—has suddenly immersed itself in black victimization and left-wing radicalism. This immersion threatens to do permanent damage to American culture as a whole. It has certainly undermined national pride. A country that no longer believes in its founding ideals cannot prosper and survive.

***

If our sports stadiums and arenas have become the Gettysburg of the culture war, Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick are playing the roles of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, fighting to divide the nation even further than it is. The mainstream media is only half right in casting them as modern-day equivalents of Muhammad Ali. Ali’s religious sect, the Nation of Islam, was certainly divisive: it championed black secession. But unlike the BLM movement, it also rejected victimhood. Its founder Elijah Muhammad and its spokesman Malcolm X promoted bootstrap self-reliance and were disdainful of liberal politics. “The worst enemy that the Negro [has],” said Malcolm X,

is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal. It is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems.

Pro-BLM athletes today have moved beyond the idea of a role model that was debated in 1993—the idea of modeling behavior to be imitated, such as self-reliance, hard work, responsibility, and good parenthood. Through the power of social media, to which they are addicted, these modern role models exert influence by promoting commercial products and political causes. In the case of NBA athletes like Lebron James, this means turning their backs not only on the oppressed people of China and Hong Kong, but also on the poor and underprivileged in America among whom so many of these wealthy athletes grew up, and who they now condemn to victimhood and dependency with their political activism.

Charles Barkley was right 30 years ago. Parents, not athletes, should be role models. Today the situation is even worse, with sports further dividing an already dangerously divided nation, rather than providing the unifying and even healing force Nelson Mandela described. Predictably, there are now calls to boycott sports, and it seems inevitable that the TV ratings of the pro sports leagues will decline. This is unlikely to matter, however, to the suddenly-woke billionaire team owners and their handpicked commissioners.

As fans, we can only hope and pray that these feckless leaders will reconsider their embrace of the BLM cult—a necessary first step to returning American sports to what it has been in the past: a force for unity and a model of a diverse and colorblind meritocracy.


And that, my fellow Americans, says it all concerning the chaotic unrest we are witnessing daily in our nation, and why so many Americans are done with pro sports and anything/anyone else supporting the BLM and ANTIFA movements!

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – NIV)

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Christmas: A Time For Giving Unexpected Gifts

Just a brief post this week.

We are spending some time with our daughter and her family in South Carolina and the 70+ degree weather today makes it a bit harder to leave this week!

It’s also hard to believe Christmas is just three weeks away!

If you are still in shopping mode and are looking for a unique Christmas present that may have eternal significance for that very special person on your mind, I have a suggestion for you.

My publisher just sent me a video trailer of my book, What IN the World Is Wrong With This World? I’d love for you to check it out, let me know what you think, and share it with family and friends if you like.

WhatInThe World-Front Cover

I realize I’m a bit biased here. My book is a short read, 82 pages, but I believe it may be just what the doctor ordered for folks who are wandering hopelessly through life right now, who feel they are drifting without purpose and direction. It is definitely meant for folks who feel out of control, that there is something missing in life but are not sure what exactly is missing.

And without a doubt, the book is meant to make some sense out of what really is causing the chaos and craziness that seems to be building day by day in our world today.

If the video peaks your interest, you can grab the print or digital version from most online bookstores, and possibly your local retail bookstore. If your local bookstore doesn’t carry it, please ask them to consider stocking it. You can also tell them that my publisher will consign the books to them and allow them to return any unsold copies. That’s a very big deal for stores that don’t want to get stuck with unsold products.

Thank you!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Living in the U.S.A. we have SO MUCH to be thankful for! Above all the blessings we enjoy is our freedom to worship as we please.
American Flag       Worship

By the grace of God, may that freedom never be taken away!

In lieu of my usual Sunday post, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very blessed Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food and quality time with loved ones!

I also want to extend grateful thanks to my family and friends from the east coast to the west, from the north to the south, who have sent words of encouragement and have supported the introduction of my newly published book which is now available in both print and digital versions! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Christian Living – Spiritual Growth

My First Book

WhatInThe World-Front CoverWith every new day, we are witnessing growing tensions and turmoil in societies around the world. Terrorism, school shootings, violence and unrest in our streets, drug addictions, broken families, crime, corruption, and religious persecution all seem to be escalating at warp speed. Are there any reasonable and factual answers to why the world we live in today appears so chaotic, and in many instances, downright evil?  What IN the World Is Wrong with This World?/Are You Ready For the Truth? will attempt to answer this question from two very different worldviews.

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See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

A Brief Update On My Exciting News!

NOTE: If you have already read my post earlier this week, please disregard this post. The only new news from my publisher is the digital version will be available in about three weeks. A bit frustrating but, if sooner, I’ll update quickly.

As strange as it still sounds to me, I am officially an author! My first book, What IN The World Is Wrong With This World?, has been published and the print version is ready for distribution right now at Amazon.com.

Hard copies of the book should also be available soon in many national retail and specialty Christian outlets. It takes a little bit of time for these outlets to get word of new books and place their orders to stock.

You can do me a HUGE favor though. If you don’t find hard copies at your local retail outlet, please let them know you’d like them to carry it.

WhatInThe World-Front Cover

My life has been a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs and I’m guessing I’m not the only one who feels this way! There are a variety of reasons for those ups and downs. I’ve tried to document those reasons in a book I felt compelled to write hoping it might help others relate, and maybe even add some fresh insight into why all humanity is in the same boat to one degree or another.

As I stated in the first blog about my book-writing experience, I believe this book will affect most readers in at least one of four ways; some will be offended, some will be enlightened, some will be encouraged, and some will be changed forever!

Throughout the book I make no apologies for the fact that I am a Christian with a conservative ideology. This fact alone is the reason why many liberals who choose to read it out of curiosity will be offended. Then again, with this admission, I may have just lost about 25% of my potential readership base!

Others who read it may not totally agree with all I’ve written but will at least feel enlightened by a different point of view and use the book as a resource for further discussions on many of the diverse issues dividing our nation, and our world.

Most conservatives and Christians who read it will agree wholeheartedly with the content and be encouraged to stand firm in what they believe and why they believe as they do.

Finally, I believe this book can be used by all Christians as a powerful outreach tool to unbelieving family members, friends, co-workers, and even strangers they may meet in the most unexpected places, hoping and praying some may be changed forever!

I tried to keep in mind that everyone today is in a hurry. Life has many real priorities as well as many distractions and idle time is almost nonexistent. With that in mind, I wanted this book to be a quick read with a critically important, highly relevant, and powerful message. I believe I have accomplished those goals but that’s strictly my opinion! It’s only about eighty pages in length so it can easily be read in one or two sittings.

So, the bottom line is What IN The World Is Wrong With This World? is available right now at Amazon.com. And, as I said earlier, hard copies of the book should also be available soon in many national retail and specialty Christian outlets, and the digital version will be available in about three weeks.

WhatInThe World-Front Cover

Again, if you don’t find hard copies at your local retail outlet, please do me a HUGE favor and let them know you’d like them to carry it.

I hope you’ll pick up a hard copy here today and let me know what you think once you’ve thoroughly read it at least once.

Last but not least, please be sure to share this info with your family members, friends, and co-workers because Wisdom Matters, and so does the Truth!

Life is short; Eternity is forever!

HOT OFF THE PRESSES: More Exciting News to Share With You!

An Update On My Book-Writing Endeavor

I just found out about an hour ago and wanted all of you to be the first to know!

As strange as it sounds to me, I am officially an author! My first book, What IN The World Is Wrong With This World?, has been published and the print version is ready for distribution right now at Amazon.com.

Hard copies of the book should also be available soon in many national retail and specialty Christian outlets. It takes a little bit of time for these outlets to get word of new books and place their orders to stock.

You can do me a HUGE favor though. If you don’t find hard copies at your local retail outlet, please let them know you’d like them to carry it.

WhatInThe World-Front Cover

My life has been a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs and I’m guessing I’m not the only one who feels this way! There are a variety of reasons for those ups and downs. I’ve tried to document those reasons in a book I felt compelled to write hoping it might help others relate, and maybe even add some fresh insight into why all humanity is in the same boat to one degree or another.

As I stated in the first blog about my book-writing experience, I believe this book will affect most readers in at least one of four ways; some will be offended, some will be enlightened, some will be encouraged, and some will be changed forever!

Throughout the book I make no apologies for the fact that I am a Christian with a conservative ideology. This fact alone is the reason why many liberals who choose to read it out of curiosity will be offended. Then again, with this admission, I may have just lost about 25% of my potential readership base!

Others who read it may not totally agree with all I’ve written but will at least feel enlightened by a different point of view and use the book as a resource for further discussions on many of the diverse issues dividing our nation, and our world.

Most conservatives and Christians who read it will agree wholeheartedly with the content and be encouraged to stand firm in what they believe and why they believe as they do.

Finally, I believe this book can be used by all Christians as a powerful outreach tool to unbelieving family members, friends, co-workers, and even strangers they may meet in the most unexpected places, hoping and praying some may be changed forever!

I tried to keep in mind that everyone today is in a hurry. Life has many real priorities as well as many distractions and idle time is almost nonexistent. With that in mind, I wanted this book to be a quick read with a critically important, highly relevant, and powerful message. I believe I have accomplished those goals but that’s strictly my opinion! It’s only about eighty pages in length so it can easily be read in one or two sittings.

So, the bottom line is What IN The World Is Wrong With This World? is available right now at Amazon.com. And, as I said earlier, hard copies of the book should also be available soon in many national retail and specialty Christian outlets.

WhatInThe World-Front Cover

Again, if you don’t find hard copies at your local retail outlet, please do me a HUGE favor and let them know you’d like them to carry it.

I hope you’ll pick up a hard copy here today and let me know what you think once you’ve thoroughly read it at least once.

Last but not least, please be sure to share this info with your circles of influence because Wisdom Matters, and so does the Truth!

Life is short; Eternity is forever!

 

 

Exciting News to Share With You!

When I first introduced my website, www.wisdom-matters.com late last year, I stated on my About Me page, “One area I’m feeling strongly about is writing a book, which will include my backstory.”

The truth is I believe God’s Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit many years earlier about writing this book but I just had a hard time believing it. I tried to dismiss these thoughts of writing a book because I never saw myself as an author or someone who was ready to speak out on the topic I sensed He was asking me to write about! As hard as I tried I could never erase the thoughts of one day having to sit down and write what God was burdening my heart with.

I made an outline of what I thought the book should include and would write bits and pieces of it from time to time. It wasn’t until I “retired” and we finally settled back in Ohio last year that I finally had no more excuses and plenty of time to sit down and get serious about finishing what I had started years ago!

The name of the book is What IN the World is Wrong With This World? The subtitle is Are You Ready for the Truth?

I’m excited to announce that I completed the first draft of the manuscript in March! I chose a Christian self-publishing company, Covenant Books, to help me through the process. Now, the final editing of the manuscript is complete, the page design process is complete, and we are currently in the cover design stage.

Once the cover design is complete and approved, the publisher will convert the manuscript into the various digital formats necessary for distribution to digital distribution channels such as Apple iTunes, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble eBook platforms. Hard copies of the book will be available in many national retail and specialty Christian outlets and via Amazon’s print distribution platform.

Along with the excitement of this project, I must admit this whole book-writing journey has been a bit overwhelming and intimidating to me! I don’t know if other books will follow but for now I think it’s a one and done.

I tried to keep in mind that everyone today is in a hurry, life has many real priorities as well as distractions, and idle time is almost nonexistent. With that in mind, I wanted this book to be a quick read with a critically important, highly relevant, and powerful message. I believe I have accomplished those goals but that’s strictly my opinion! It’s only about eighty pages in length so it can easily be read in one or two sittings.

I also believe this book will affect most readers in at least one of four ways; some will be offended, some will be encouraged, some will be enlightened, and some will be changed forever!

Well, that’s all the excitement from this end for a while but I’ll keep everyone updated on publication dates, etc.

Finally, if you are a prayer warrior I would greatly appreciate your prayers for God’s continued guidance and for His Hand of protection on my family and me as we endeavor to serve however and wherever He leads. Obedience to God’s call and sharing His Good News will not go unnoticed or unchallenged by the forces of evil!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!