Excerpts from “Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero”

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Here are some excerpts from the first volume of the”Breaking Light” novel series by Carl. This first book of the series is shipping from Amazon.com. Enjoy these excerpts Thanks to everyone who has helped me on this. Enjoy in Paperback or Kindle.

 

 

Restoring America -Carl Townsend

“Paralysis (masquerading as “confusion”) haunts every man when a looming decision will require a lot of us.”
John Eldredge

Restoring America

Founding Fathers

I want to see American restored. Like Nehemiah, I share a deep pain for my country (America) that has lost its way – no visioon, no passion, no leadership, no freedom, and no security. It hurts. There is a deep, deep burden there to see the America again for which those early forefathers bought with, sometimes, their lives.

In this lostness I see two churches. One is a church that tries to adapt to a dying culture and paradigm. This church, as in Germany before World War II, is experiencing a slow death in America. The members hardly recognize their dying and they continue to do what they’ve always done as the nation continues to fall, trying to adept to a failing culture. This is the cultural church.

The other is the confessional church. This Church sees there is a war, a spiritual war. They move to the front line, risking everything. Like Nehemiah, they take on the burden, the pain. We see Nehemiah praying and fasting for 40 days, asking God to forgive him and the nation. In World War II Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a part of this Church.

So I asked God what this meant for me.

I felt led to begin a multi-book Christian fictional novel that shows a path to national rebirth.

The story follows the strategies identified by George Otis (see his Informed Intercession: Transforming Your Community Through Spiritual Mapping and Strategic Prayer) where Otis found total transformation (spiritual, political, economic, healing, agricultural) had already started in certain cities and regions. The key components that were always there in each story included persevering leadership, fervent, united prayer, and often power encounters, diagnostic research and spiritual mapping. The basic problem today lies not with a particular person or political party, but rather is spiritual. There is a real war going on, and God calls you to be a part of it.

I started by defining some aspects of this story in the novel. In the first book of the series, the leadership is established.

The story is positive, uplifting, and exciting. You see hope and faith. The bad guys don’t stand a chance. God is in charge and this Church is committed to God’s authority.

  • The story has mystery, adventure, romance, risk, suspense.
  • It’s a heart story. Lots of hearts, romance, and love.
  • It is a VERY positive story full of hope and faith. The bad guys are out of the WH and Congress by the end of the first book. From that there is a lot of healing to do.
  • The conflict is real. We almost lose our protagonists at times. The actions of the bad guys, however, don’t dominate the story line. The story is driven from the characters and their relationships.
  • The story is biblically-based.
  • The plot line and story is believable. It is built from the stories of what God has done in my life and the lives of others. Sure, there are miracles, but no magic hat tricks.
  • Lots of music. Music is one of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain. Book 2, in particular, has even more than Book 1. Dancers as well. It is no accident that Psalms is the longest book in the Bible.
  • There is overt and some direct evangelism in the story.
  • The story is highly mythic. The story begins with a lone young man striking out on a desolate wilderness trail to find a spiritual community he has heard about. The wilderness is not only physical, but also emotional and spiritual. In the second chapter there is a mist, a river, and more. All are mythic symbols. At the beginning our young man is frustrated, unable to change anything from his cultural church. In the second chapter he is frustrated, lost in a mist (another symbol), and has fallen on the ground and lying in the trail. He can hear the river (another symbol) and struggles to find the water he needs. It is at this point he meets the confessional Church.

You see all of these in Book 1. An early copy of my first chapter is online and free here. (The map in the chapter can be blown up on the PC using Shift-Ctrl buttons on the keyboard & mouse), the entire book is at Amazon.com. I’m working on Book 2 now. It is really fun.

Get involved – Let’s restore America

Book 1, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero is already out and and can be ordered from Amazon.com:

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.00 by Carl Townsend More information (“fiction”)
First book in a fictional novel series about what happens in America when then the Nehemiah strategies are applied.

Read the First Chapter Free

Here is Carl’s book on the Nehemiah story:

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality – $18.86 by Carl Townsend (PB) (Non-fiction)
Carl in this book tells the story of Nehemiah. The nation was without vision, passion, or security.. Sounds like America today! He turned the nation completely around in 52 days. At the same time he faced internal and external warfare.

 What”s Next?

Carl is hard at work on Book 2 in the Breaking Light series. The working title is Breaking Light: The Healing of the Hearts. Don’t expect a lot of political games as the new President begins his term. He is far, far more interested in seeing healing and being a catalyst for healing. Lots more music. The President is shifting leadership to the people and making the government smaller and less visible. Also you will discover the back story of the first book made visible in Book 2.

Desperate to Restore America – Carl Townsend

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians   3:14

Restoring America

Creative commons: Breaking through

In the movie The Man from Snowy River, Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) makes that incredible ride over the cliff. Tom did the stunt himself (as well as the other stunts in the movie), without having ridden horses much before. In the movie, the rugged ranch-hands and mountain men are chasing the brumbies, to which Harrison’s prize stallion has escaped. A brumby is an Australia term for a wild, free-roaming horse, especially  one descended from runway stock.

You watch as the experienced mountain men  chase the brumbies all over the mountain using a wild, but  objective strategy (“Go at them from the jump,” Harrison has told them.). Finally you watch these mountain men stop abruptly at the top of a cliff as the brumbies go over the cliff almost straight down to a deep valley below. The mountain men stare helplessly at the brumbies far below with no way to reach them. Then they hear the hoof-beats of a horse at full-speed gallop behind them. Parting, they see Jim and his horse continuing at full gallop through them and over the cliff. There is the determined look of authority and faith in his face as he takes the risk.

What you see next is Jim (Tom Burlinson) taking the horse (Denny) straight down the face of the cliff at full gallop in a single, long movie take. I watched this in a theater and my stomach went to my throat.

Just like Jim and those horses, God is also wild. Look at your Bible and the stories there. Sarah was 90 when she bore the child of promise. Moses was 80 when he led a nation to freedom with a series of miracles. There was David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, a virgin that gave birth, and a man that rose from the dead. Pretty wild stories. There is no limit on what God can do.

God created you in His image. That means you are wild. In what way do you see you see yourself as free roaming and wild? Just like that horse Jim was on. We are supposed, however, to run under  the control of our Creator – God. In this analogy, you are the wild stallion and God holds the reins. The problem, to quote C.S. Lewis, is that most men see themselves as geldings, emasculated, and (as the gelding), unable to birth anything.  Yet Christ told us we can do everything He was doing and more in His name. This binding we tend to live under is an illusion from Satan himself. In what way do you see yourself in this war for your heart today?

Stand up, speak out, and act to protect your freedoms. My novel (which you can order from Amazon below) shows how a small church, with God’s help, can turn the nation around.

Get involved – Let’s restore America

Book 1, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero is already out and and can be ordered from Amazon.com:

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.00 by Carl Townsend More information (“fiction”)
First book in a fictional novel series about what happens in America when the Nehemiah strategies are applied and Transformation occurs. The story is driven by characters who have a vision and dream of restoring America and drive the changes from that.

Read the First Chapter Free

Getting Your Message Through Part 1- Carl Townsend

megaphoneIf your are serious about God’s call on your life, God will give you  a burden, a message. You then begin to respond that call and call other people to join you in terms of that call God is placing on your heart. That is your message. There are many ways to get your message out: social media, a blog, magazine articles, authoring/publishing a book, speaking, singing. and more.  How you share is important, but also here are some issues common to all of these.

  1. Who shares your message? Identify, in contemporary language, who is your tribe? Who also owns the same message? This “tribe” defines others you know that share your burden and message. This identifies your tribe and may exist within your current church, a viral church, your network of churches, or you may need to create your own “Church”. One major pastor shared with me as I left for a new job: “Stay with the vision God gives you, even if it costs your your life. Join a church that affirms that vision. If  you cant find it,, build it yourself with others that share it. As an example, back in the eighties Dr. Joe Aldrich began sounding a message that he wanted to see one city or region anywhere totally transformed by the Power of the Holy Spirit. By the early nineties, George Otis, Jr. had identified a dozen cities in the world where that was already happening.  His Sentinel group published the video story of four of these cities on  a DVD. Last time I talked with Otis, he had identified some 250 cities or regions worldwide, with fires started in some 500 more as this grows. This didn’t make your local newspaper, did it? In my own city. Dr. Joe identified those pastors who wished to see this locally and called them to prayer. We had a database of 1800 churches in our four-county area. In the Christian language, you define the harvest force.
  2. Define your audience very specifically. The “audience” defines those whom God wishes to hear your specific message. To use the Internet, which is very inexpensive, you need to aim at a very specific audience. This is very different from traditional advertising, which casts its net to a very broad audience to get a few people within it taking action. Your audience should be a group of people you are naturally called to. In the Christian language, this is your harvest field.
  3. Define your message. What is your specific message to your audience? What is your burden and passion? In Chapter 1 of Nehemiah, what was Nehemiah’s burden and passion? It was not building a wall. This wall isn’t even mentioned in the first chapter. For example, it might be “Restore America” or “Transformation of America” as the message. Your message should be one that your audience can understand and relate to their heart -need.
  4. Add value to the vision of your audience. For this you need to know the need of your audience. This is heart question. What is the heart of your audience? Now you need to communicate your message in terms of the heart need. With Nehemiah, the heart need was security. Jerusalem, or what was left of it was destroyed and they were surrounded by enemies. Nehemiah was going to address that by building the wall. Their real need was a unity and oneness and spiritual recovery.  He spoke to that by leading them in building the wall. The wall was the vehicle for the real need. Some years ago in Portland we had discovered using powerful mapping tools a Hispanic community without a church and needing one. Their want was ESL classes to learn English so they could get jobs. We started by addressing their need. We can confuse needs and wants if we are not careful. Define each for your audience, then add value.
  5. Define the warfare. What is keeping you from carrying your message forward? Finances? time? education? health? depression? Define your counter strategies for each. If the Lord wants you to deliver this message, He will provide a way if you commit. You’re the “postman”. Your job is to deliver the mail, not fight the dogs.
  6. Go personal. When younger I, like others, kept a journal (still do). I’d  get upset if anyone read it.  Now I journal on Facebook. So does a lot of my tribe. And I want you to read it. The personal posts that I do get read  the most, and are also shared the most.  If you want your posts to go viral, getting your readers to share you is essential. Don’t use Truth to beat others. Build relationships in trust and love.
  7. Evaluate. Make sure you have some type of feedback system to measure your on-going success.

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Portland Riots – Restoring America – Carl Townsend

Portland riot  - May, 2015

Portland riot – May, 2015 [ creative commons]

A friend of mine that travels about to install these beautiful outdoor LED lighting systems (such as the one at Los Angles LAX) flew back on Friday, May 1. He got in town  after a week of work tired and ready to relax, only to discover Portland was having riots and the transportation systems and roads were shut down. He had to drive all the way from PDX (near the heart the city) down to Wilsonville (about an hour) and then back up west around the metro area to Hillsboro on the west side of the city. A very long way home for the tired guy that needs his family.

Down in Garland TX it seems very strange to me that these ISIS guys trying to kill did their planning on social media and Obama’s million-dollar  (or is it billion-dollar) NAS couldn’t pick them up. Yet when a delightful picture of Obama and Sharpton smiling and partying with Baltimore burning behind them surfaced on my Facebook a few days ago, the picture disappeared from Facebook after a very short time. Where is our Constitutional Freedom of the Press and why is Congress letting the morally corrupt crook run the Internet?

Obuma has declared Texas a “hostile” state and has sent Federal troops in to scare the state up. The reality is that the Governor and state authorities are trying to close the border to the illegal aliens and ISIS soldiers that are leaking in there as well as stopping the ISIS groups. Obama, in turn, wants to import the illegals, give ’em free money, and register them to vote Democratic, as well  as building ISIS cells in the US.

At the same time, Obuma is letting Iran have the nuclear bomb and it ticks off the Gulf states – Saudi Arabia’s new king and four of the six don’t plan to attend his “economic summit” this week as a result. They don’t like Obuma giving Iran the nuclear bomb. Nobody trusts him any more.

Stand up, speak out, and act to protect your freedoms. My novel (which you can order from Amazon below) shows how a small church, with God’s help, can turn the nation around.

Get involved – Let’s restore America

Book 1, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero is already out and and can be ordered from Amazon.com:

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.00 by Carl Townsend More information (“fiction”)
First book in a fictional novel series about what happens in America when the Nehemiah strategies are applied. The story is driven by characters who have a vision and dream of restoring America and drive changes from that.

Read the First Chapter Free

 

 

 

Restoring America – Sweet Cakes by Melissa – Carl Townsend

Sweet Cakes by Melissa

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Restoring America seems to be a major challenge, as America has fallen so far. Last Sunday I had a chance to talk with the Herb Grey, the lawyer for Melissa and Aaron Klein, who are being sued $135,000 by a lesbian couple because their bakery would not make a cake for their “wedding”.  Herb teaches  Sunday School class at my church on this stuff. I saw a major contradiction in the lawsuit, and I asked Herb if I was seeing it right.

“First, the gay “couple” sued them because Melissa’s bakery refused to grant them service. Is that right?”

“That is correct.”

“They went to GoFundMe to set up a site to receive money to pay the fine. Then GoFundMe denied them their service. Nobody, however, sued GoFundMe for denying their service. Is that right.”

“That is correct.”

“That’s a contradiction, isn’t it?”

The lawyer smiled at seeing my insight, put his arm around me, and said simply.

“Double standard.”

His partner in teaching, Doug Lundin, was near. Doug told me  GoFundMe gave a statement on why they denied Melissa and Aaron; but the reason given was not even logically defensible. Currently, one can donate money to Melissa now through Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse.

In our free country, one should be able to start a company,  define their market, and launch on a mission statement based on reaching that market. In other words, I see nothing wrong or illegal with what Melissa or GoFundMe did. I did see, however, a major wrong in the lawsuit launched from the lesbians and judge Alan McCullough. The decision has violated the freedom of Melissa and Aaron, protected by the Constitution.

This is not an isolated case in Gresham, Oregon. It is happening north of us in Washington and other places. Today your freedom is already being stolen in your business, your school, the federal government, and even your church. The Constitution is being trashed. Mr. McCullough, please read in the Bible what happens when you peddle your corrupt judgements. In Genesis 19:4-11 the gay men of Sodom demanded that Lot respond to their entreaties for a homosexual encounter. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. I’ve walked in Israel where the cities once stood. There is nothing but gravel there now. Read another story starting in Judges 19 of the depravity in Israel at another time, the homosexual encounters, and what God did. The last sentence in Judges is “…everyone did what was right in their own eyes”. There was an initial judgement there – from the other tribes. Then God sends Samuel. It is time for America to repent. Time for the restoration of America.

George Otis, Jr. has done quite a bit of research and has identified several places internationally where transformations have  broken out – several hundred places, like fires that explode. It is very real. God is at work today. Then Otis researched to find what was in common with all of these. There were five factors there across all the stories. Two things were common to every single one of the stories. Persevering leadership (Nehemiah  6:1-16) and fervent united prayer (Jonah 3:5-10). The leader of this today is often called a John Knoxer after the man in Scotland who said, “Give me this nation or I die”. In Portland, I often thought of Joe Aldrich (no longer with us) as our city “John Knoxer”. Nationally,, I see Franklin Graham quickly becoming our national “John Knoxer”.

At the moment, I am advising on my blog that if you plan to open a business, don’t start the business in Oregon, as Oregon does not support Constitutional  rights.

More Info: http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/christian-nation-2/radical-gay-rights-group-plotted-with-government-to-punish-oregon-bakers

 

And for the rest of us – stand up, speak out, and act to protect your freedoms. My novel (which you can order from Amazon below) shows how a small church, with God’s help, can turn the nation around.

 Get involved – Let’s restore America

Book 1, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero is already out and and can be ordered from Amazon.com:

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.00 by Carl Townsend More information (“fiction”)
First book in a fictional novel series about what happens in America when  the Nehemiah strategies are applied.

Read the First Chapter Free

 

Restoring America, Christians, Muslims and the Mirror Turtle Ant

Muslims and the Mirror Turtle AntIn the woodlands of Brazil you can find clusters of black ants of the lower branches of the trees. Stick your finger in one of these clusters you will get a shot of stinging venom from them. The black ants ants are very aggressive. Insects that stumble into their turf are seized and dismembered.

Yet scrambling among these aggressive ants that will attack to the death is a group of parasitic imposters that go undetected. These mirror turtle ants infiltrate the host’s marching army in disguise. They steal the host’s food and escape without harm.  The mirror ant’s behavior is defining a new type of social parasitism, defined as an interaction when one society exploits the social mechanisms of another. The mirror ants build their nest inches away from the well-guarded site of the host. The host ants travel by the thousands on their “highway”, marking it with the chemical pheromones to communicate with each other. During high-traffic times, the mirror turtle parasite ants emerge from their nest and merge into the high-speed traffic of the host ants. They disguise themselves by matching the speed, arched bodies, and stilt-leg posture of the host ants. They follow the chemical trail to the host’s food source, living as parasites off the work of the host’s ants. The parasite ants have no stingers or venom. The host will grow smarter with time and eventually discover the parasites. The parasite ants, however, will adapt and continue their pillage.

Now what does this have to do with the Muslims? From our open Southern border, immigrants merge in with the traffic coming across an open border and disappear into our nation, becoming parasites. The government gives each of them over $4000 a month (how much does the government give you a month?). A few days ago, ICE (the government agency in charge of releasing the alien imposters) illegally released thousands of alien terrorists. When questioned why, they said their bosses told them if they didn’t they would be fired. The Administration is saturated with radical Muslims at the present time. They deceive and infiltrate, just like the parasite ants. Students in k12 schools are forced to pray to “Allah”.  Businesses catering to Christians are persecuted.  Congress is paralyzed and doesn’t act on any of this. Inside our nation the President, Congress, and States have trashed the Constitution and all it represents.

The two key strategies then parasites are using are redefine and infiltrate. In redefining: a racist is anyone who doesn’t believe what you do. Peace means I can kill you if you don’t believe what I do, irregardless of the Constitution or laws. Lying is permitted if it furthers my personal agenda. The media is not permitted to use phrases like “radical Islam” or “Islamic Extremism”. The parasites are already infecting the White House (sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom), Congress, educational systems, economy, businesses, the media, Churches (through the IRS), prisons, and more.

We have a sociopathic (https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201305/how-spot-sociopath ) Administration and Congress quite willing, it seems, to give the nation to Iran. The negotiators are letting those Iran leaders walk all over us. I pray for our nation.

Carl’s new novel – Restoring America

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.o0 by Carl Townsend More information (“fiction”)
First book in a fictional novel series about what happens in America when then the Nehemiah strategies are applied.
Read the First Chapter Free

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality

“For the revelation [vision] awaits an appointed time ,it speaks [as to kindle a fire] of the end [the Karios moment]. Though it linger, wait for it.it will certainly come and will not delay.” Hab. 2:3

get beyond illusion
Look at the Nehemiah story.  Those guys doing the spiritual mapping of Jerusalem were reporting to Nehemiah that there was no vision, no passion, no security, no leadership and that those chosen people there were in disgrace. Is that a picture of America today? So here this one man goes in and turns that completely around in 52 days. Really? Remember this “one man” first spent four months in prayer and fasting. For what was Nehemiah praying? There is no wall mentioned in that first chapter of Nehemiah. He wasn’t praying for a wall. For what was he praying?

Carl’s book. Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality, speaks into this change. Take a look at the Table of Contents, then order your copy from Amazon.com.

 

 

The Healing of America – Carl Townsend

Healing of America - Carl Townsend

When growing up, I remember my mother reading Bible stories to me as I sat in her lap by the fire. I loved them. One hero after another. One story, in particular, continues to amaze me today – the story of Nehemiah. Nehemiah’s friends had spiritually mapped Jerusalem and the story starts with those friends (one of them his brother) reporting to him what they found [1] the report showed a spiritual lethargy, a cold-hearted indifference to God. They found in Jerusalem there was no vision, no passion. There was no leader. These friends found apathy and discouragement. For those in Israel, there was no security, no walls. It was an economic disaster. Wow! Sounds just like America today. (See ongoing reports from PEW and Barna Research) I pray daily for a healing of America.

As Nehemiah and his friends examined the Jerusalem report, both Nehemiah and his friends saw the same data. But look at the difference with Nehemiah! His friends they saw objective data from which to make decisions. To Nehemiah, it became a burden, a burden of the heart.

The amazing thing is that Nehemiah went in, and with the Lord’s (Yahweh’s[2]) help, turned the nation around in only 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15-16). How did he pull that off? I have a friend – mentor, really – that said the book of Nehemiah should be named Management 101. There is a lot of truth in that. Here is the Nehemiah strategy.

  1. First, identify the burden. I remember praying with a lady that was trying to decide whether to go to Haiti to do some mission work. She had some people telling her to go to Haiti, others telling her not to go. I asked her one question: Where is your burden? I ask you now as the reader now: Where is your personal burden?
  2. Pray. Nehemiah spent four months in prayer and fasting before taking any step. Read Chapter 1. There’s no mention there of a wall he will soon be helping them build. What was he praying for? What was his burden that he is bringing before the LORD (Yahweh)? There is confession and repentance there – both corporate and personal. Then Nehemiah reminds God of the covenant God made with Moses and claims authority on that covenant. Wow! God will never give up on His part of a covenant. What covenant has God made with you? It will be in term of the burden He has given you.
  3. Third, Act. In Chapter 2, we see his vision of building the wall around Jerusalem begin to take shape. As each family rebuilds the wall near their house, they will want to make the part of the wall there as strong as possible. Families will be networking with each other and working together to share information, resources, and tools. Community will emerge. Nehemiah doesn’t tell the king this. He tells the king that this outlying part of his kingdom (including Jerusalem) is not protected and needs a wall. Notice he brings his vision to the king in terms of the king’s vision – not his own. The king is going to actually help him. How?

Read though the book and see the story. Circle each time Nehemiah prayed in the entire story. In each case identify what he was praying for.

Identify the outward battle he faced and how he dealt with it. Then identify the inward battle he faced with the Israelites and how he dealt with that. What battles (outward and inward) do you personally face in the healing of America?
What aspects of servant leadership do you see here? What does servant leadership mean to you?

  1. Fourth, Celebrate. Nehemiah’s primary objective was NOT the building of the wall but the restoration of the Law. The celebration lasted many days with many complex and legal ceremonies, including the confession of sins and the dedication of the wall. Most of this was led by Ezra, the high priest.

What parallels do you see with America and where we are today?

What does all this mean for the ekklesia (Church, The called out) today? At the beginning of World War II, there were two churches in Germany: the cultural church and the confessional church. The cultural church compromised with Hitler and the Nazi forces. The confessional church, which was much smaller, did not compromise. What happened? Is there a growing parallel today? There have been several spiritual wakenings in the history of America. Who led each of these and what is their history?

Order the books from Amazon

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $9.90 by Carl Townsend More information
Fictional story of a small church committed to turning America back to God. This is book 1 in a novel series.

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality – $18.86 by Carl Townsend (PB)
Carl in this book tells the story of Nehemiah. The nation was without vision, passion, or security. Sounds like America today! He turned the nation completely around in 52 days. At the same time he faced internal and external warfare. Non-fiction.

Notes:

  1. Jerusalem was 1000 miles away. It would have taken four months for the researchers to reach Nehemiah. The book of Malachi describes the state of Israel.
  2. The word used in most Bibles is LORD (see 1:5), which translates from Yahweh, implying a personal, covenant-keeping God.

Chiristmas Letter- 2014 Carl Townsend

Christmas 2014 - Carl Townsend

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Carl Townsend
8325 SW Mohawk, #48
Tualatin, OR 97062

December 19, 2014

Greetings!

Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!

They say as you get older, things become less important at Christmas and friends become dearer. That must be true, for I place much value of the friends I have, particularly on new ones I’ve met this year that as well as the ones I remember who have gone on to Glory. In addition to friends, I am thankful for health, that my mind still works, my church, that God & I have a growing intimacy and He’s still using me, and that I can live in the beautiful Northwest.

“…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Last Christmas I shared that I had started the writing of another book Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero. The book came out last July out and is now selling on Amazon. The remarkable thing is thing is that for the first time this cost me nothing but my time. Once I authored the book with my word processor and friends edited it, I could do the publishing part (setting up the master camera-ready copy in electronic form) and then do a print-on-demand with Amazon. Amazon does the distribution, selling, and some level of marketing for me both as with this as an e-book and paperback. The royalties to me are higher, as a lot of the middle guys (agent, publisher, etc.) are eliminated.

The battle

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The book is the “fictional” story of a small church in the Northwest wilderness committed to turning America back to God. As with the early outreach of the Christian church, it gets very dangerous for the adventurers. As with most novelists, fhe characters at times seem to be projections of real people.

I also have a very  special thanks for my editors as well as the professional photographer that helped with the cover. They are all a rich blessing. Thanks also to the couple that loaned me the use of their beach condo for some of the final editing. I’ve kept the book price at a low $10 until the end of the year. You can sample the cover, first chapter, and sample quotations from the book using the menu at: http://creatingnewworlds.org/2014/08/06/breaking-light-birth-of-a-hero/

Enjoy!  Lots of free stuff on that web page. You can also do some scanning by clicking the book icon on Amazon. Finally, the book is also available on Kindle as well as paperback. At the present time, I’m working on a sequel to the book. The working title of the sequel is Breaking Light: Reconciliation, Book 2. I don’t expect it out until much later in 2015.

 Interesting Web Addresses
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http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/current Free newsletter from Hillsdale College. This is the latest issue and discusses the last November election. Subscribe for free and have issues mailed to you. Or read the latest issue or back issues from the menu here. The web site also has many speeches of famous people available at no cost as well as intensive online classes that are free. The college is not linked to any government program, which means speakers can speak their mind, the classes use factual material, and the printed newsletter is their own.

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Sir. Anthony Hopkins wrote this waltz 50 years ago. Watch as he hears it for the first time since he wrote it!

http://www.creatingnewworlds.org Carl’s own ministry website.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/the-pulse/46229-8-clear-signs-of-a-compromising-church 8 Clear Signs of a Compromising Church.

Prayer Requests

  • Marketing of Breaking Light Birth of a Hero. This is primarily done though my ministry web site at http://www.creatingnewworlds.org. Google recently changed the rules on how they rank web sites on results. I have a copy the new rules and am trying to make them work.
  • The authoring of Breaking Light: Reconciliation (Book 2)
  • The financial base to keep going with the book series. My main computer went down a few days ago. I’m working on a laptop that was gifted to me at the moment. Probably April or May before main computer is repaired.

In His Love,

Carl