Quotations from Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (Book 1)

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero - Creative Commons

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero – Creative Commons

(Roger to Ken)
“In mythology, the Phoenix was a bird resembling an eagle that lived for 500 years and was periodically reborn. When it died, it rose again from its ashes more beautiful and more powerful. The Phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in early Christianity. It can refer to the Church or an individual. The Phoenix is also used to refer to somebody or something beautiful or unique. There are leaders out there that define prophecy as calling forth the beauty of another person that God sees in that person; but that person may not be able to see that beauty in themselves until it is called out. Satan tries to keep us from seeing it. The reality is the person is unique in the eyes of God, created for a specific purpose even before they are born.”

(Melody to Ken)
“Now change the verse [Luke 4:18-22] and our mantra to reflect this Post-Resurrection state and put your name in there. This is the way John Eldredge puts it.”

“God has sent the Holy Spirit on a mission.
I have great news for you, Ken.
God has sent the Holy Spirit to restore and release something.
And that something is you, Ken.
The Holy Spirit is here to give you back your heart and set you free.”

(Tom to Ken)
“The biggest challenge for anyone on this earth is the rescue of the human heart. Starting with your own. No other creation has that passion. No other part of creation is created for and searches for that intimacy with God.”

The battle

Creative commons: Aragorn

(Tom to Ken)
“Ken”, Tom said, “The war is already launched. The question that haunts every man is where that battle is in his own life and the adventure to which that battle calls him.”

(Lorraine to Ken)
“Ken, I’ll tell you this about what you were researching today. I’ve lived here for many years and I don’t believe Frank Benson’s death was an accident. Don’t ask me to prove it or who is involved. I just know it wasn’t an accident.”

(Mrs. Benson to Ken)
“Ken, this area was once the center of the Cherokee Indian people group in America. Two centuries ago in 1838 legislation was signed that forced all the Cherokee Indians to move west of the Mississippi River into reservations. This was under Andrew Jackson’s Presidency, and some 15,000 Cherokees were forced to leave their home. About 4,000 Cherokees died on the march that eventually came to be known as the Trail of Tears.”
…Ken noticed that as she shared, it was as if a great pain and burden fell over her. The brilliant, twinkling eyes began to tear up. Then she quickly pulled herself together. For a brief moment Ken heard another voice. Beautiful. Then that voice was gone.
“I’m sorry,” she said.

Lorraine practically dragged him out of the library, down the steps to the mall, around the corner at the Edison Fountain and into the café. Back to that same table and she said, “Sit”.
“Look,” she said with her eyes flashing. “I believe God did something last night and we just don’t see it yet. God set us up. Something happened, we just don’t see it. There is an agenda in play. God’s agenda. Maybe it wasn’t the one we expected; but our job is to keep our eyes open and to do the best we can, praying for God to reveal His agenda. Remember those Israelites on the edge of their Promised Land? Only they could not see it. They missed the window of opportunity, or kairos moment God gave them and as a result were commanded to wait for the next generation to go in. Let’s pray on that now.”

“Another thing, Ken” Lorraine said, “You must learn to see with your heart. God is after your heart. Pray that God can help you to see with that heart.”

Finally, Don paused and gave a deep sigh. “Today, again, Crusaders must march to recover what was stolen from the Christians by the Muslims and others. This today, in many ways, is the First Crusade for us and the Church today. Those Crusaders made major mistakes at times. We must avoid those.”…
Lorraine asked a question. “What are we supposed to take back?”
Don turned to her. “The political system, the educational system, the health system, the judicial system, the financial system, the family, even the church as an institution2. They have all been stolen from us. Who do you see as a Crusader today?”

“I’ve got my purse. Tom, can I call Ginger and let her know we are all right?”
“No, Lorraine. None of us can call or contact anyone. When the news does get out about the car crashes, there will be people who care about you that will think you are dead. There will be obituaries in the newspapers and on television and the Internet, along with memorial services for you. And there’s not a thing you can do about it. Anyone you even try to contact will become a target. You will have to put aside, for now, any normal emotional response you may have about that. The only advantage we have right now is that the people who are trying to kill us probably think we’re dead and will quit, for the moment, chasing us. There is a consolation. The Church in Sunodia and Seattle is praying for us. They won’t stop.

Lorraine started their conversation.
“This is getting far more than scary.”
“Lorraine,” Tom said, “we can’t go back now. I think God is going to act, real soon, in ways we can’t possibly imagine. I think we’re going to see something big.”
“Like parting the Red Sea?” joked Ken.
Tom jumped in, “Careful, Ken, God may do just that, or at least something that looks like that to us.”

 

“And you are going to change this?”
“Nope. God will do it. He’s going to use the Holy Spirit to enable us to restore this nation.”
“God help you, Tom.”
“I sure hope so. Will you help us?”

(Speech by Mark Pearson, incoming American Presidential nominee)
“We each have our dreams. Yet, for each of us, the temptress calls, like the singing siren, and lulls us from taking any conscious action. We tend to avoid the pain of rejection, doubt, and disappointment and have numbed ourselves from the epic story of a life fully lived to which God calls us. To sleep through your dreams is to choose a life of restless nights and unfulfilled passions. I applaud the work of this small group that now challenges every one of us and yes, even the sleeping church. God’s invitation to each of us is to seize the divine, or kairosmoments, that are found in the needs of other people’s lives and to speak that moment into them, to encourage them to take hold of their own epic story, even as you take hold of your own moment.”1

 (From a speech to the Phoenix group by Mark, incoming US Presidential nominee, quoting a former Czech Premier)
”The danger to America is not President Mike Henderson [former President], but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Henderson presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Henderson, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Mike was just a willing puppet with a personal agenda. He knows nothing of how America has been forged or what patriotism is. Nothing. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Mike Henderson, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who elected him as President.2

Book 1 of the series is out now as Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero.. Order from Amazon.com or see:
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Ferguson and the Church

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hope it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela.

Like many others in America, I weep as I see the effect of what happened and is happening in Ferguson and other violence (as sexual assaults on the campuses) issues as they sweep across the nation and the riots emerge in one city after another, including my own city of Portland Oregon. I don’t expect it to go away any time soon, as the basic causes till remain. I share a deep burden and pain for what is going in in America. There are many causes, but one of these is very important. There is a movement going on in our culture toward something call modernism, liberalism – it has many names. In this you define your own rules for your world view. There are no absolutes. The problem this is that their are, indeed, some absolutes. When someone tells me there are no absolutes, I tell them they have just contradicted themselves by making an absolute statement.  There are absolutes (see Amos 7:1ff). When America was founded, the wise men who led the nation then established the Constitution as our reference for legal and political decisions. The Constitution, in turn, was built on the Bible and philosophical principles birthed by the Protestant Reformation. When we refer to America as a Christian nation, it doesn’t mean we are Christians. We are saying we are built on the Judea-Christian principles. If you don’t like those rules, move somewhere else. A law court here, for example, will not judge by the Sharia. If you can’t honor out system, move to a country that honors what you want. Don’t try to change us. Obama, for example, has been a disaster as a President. He tries  to lead from his twisted Muslim faith and a narcissistic mentality among other things. He’s tried to throw out our Constitution (which he says is not valid anymore) and lead as a emperor or king from his own laws, even though on his inauguration he swore to uphold the Constitution. Congress, in refusing to hold him accountable, has also failed and running on their own laws, which vary among the leadership there. They have left the Constitution, which they swore to uphold as well. Then the police leave the rules of law. After awhile the people say they can do that, too, and they become ungovernable, as at Ferguson – with riots now at at lease a dozen cities. When this begins to happen, you no longer have a republican government. You have anarchy. There are many posts circulating on the Internet that Ferguson could be TIME’s “Man of the Year”. Makes sense. (It did get the #2 slot.) At a conference a few years ago with George Barna of Barna Research, He told us that in five years we would have either anarchy or revival. Looks like America has chosen anarchy. What does mean for me as a Christian and the Church? At the root of all this we are basically looking at a spiritual warfare. The enemy (Satan) is after the very hearts of men – your  heart. The anger, resentment, depression, hate – all of it – is part of the attack from the enemy. From what I see, most Christians don’t even know there is a war going on. In addition they don’t seem to know God calls them to be a part of the warfare. We enjoy our coffee-time before Sunday School, contemporary music, and non-threatening messages. Jesus was not meek and mild. He threw out the money-changers in the temple just days before his arrest and death. Do you know why? The temple was so busy with the money-changers and their corruption of what God was trying to do that the people who needed to be healed could not get in. The kids saw what Jesus was really trying to do and celebrated, praising God. Jesus led from a righteous indignation  and upset “what is. ” Where is the Church today?

Ed Silvoso, spiritual warfare

Ed Silvoso, Creative Commons

“The Church in the West today presents too easy a target for Satan.  We do not believe we are at war.  We do not know where the battleground is located, and, in spite of our weapons, they are neither loaded nor aimed at the right target.  We are unaware of how vulnerable we are.” Ed Silvoso

Barna also said at the conference that of the churches he has worked with, over 90% had no strategic and objective mission statement. As I began authoring my Breaking Light book series, I asked myself what would the Church look like here? You see the young protagonist striking out to find his manhood in this world of confusion. Can he find a Church that can call him out as warrior, hero, and leader in this culture? The Church that God leads him to is called The Phoenix  in the book doesn’t even have a mission statement. They have a mantra found in Luke 4:18-24. Then they send him out with a very bold assignment. They soon find themselves way over their heads with their lives at stake. Big adventure!! Book 1 of the series is out now as Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero.. Order from Amazon.com or see: http://creatingnewworlds.org/2014/08/06/breaking-light-birth-of-a-hero/ Great gift for a friend this Christmas! Only $10.

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Two speeches – Heroes, Hearts, and Leadership

Breaking Light: Birth of a HeroSuppose you had to write a speech for the President of the United States that he will be giving. Assume this President is taking the reins after the failure of the last “president”. The man stepping into the Presidency now is a devout and committed Christian. What would write for him to say?

When I wrote my last book, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero, in the story the next President of the United States steps to the stage twice and has to deliver two speeches. The first speech is to an inside group of committed Christians. The second speech is to America at large through the established media channels. What should be the content of each these speeches? Suppose you were writing each of these speeches, as I had to do, what would you say? The name of this guy of this guy in the story is easy for me to define. I named him  Mark Pearson in the book. Some tried to tell me this was a fantasy character. He isn’t. The first name is the same as a politician that didn’t live that long ago and worked in Congress from Oregon, Mark Hatfield. What is this Mark in the story going to say in these speeches today?

Now, here is the second question: What is the best political speech you have heard in your lifetime? Before going further reading this post, wrestle a bit with both questions a bit – maybe in your journal.

To prepare Mark’s  speeches for my book, I turned to searching the Internet. For many, people see the top speech of the last century was the speech given by Ronald Reagan to the world after the Challenger shuttle blew up shortly after its launch. You can find this speech an video at http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/ronaldreaganchallenger.htm. This famous Reagan speech was written for him by Peggy Noonan, a very well-know speech writer who was writing for Reagan at the time. She still writes today. My own “Mark” in my book faces a crisis even worse than the Challenger disaster as he prepares to step into the Presidency after another “President” has been leading the country down a dark, dark path. In my story, that evening at the reception before him sit members of an secluded, non-denomination church that doesn’t even have a mission statement. Only a mantra (Luke 4:18-22).  Mark’s political party is never identified, but there is really no competition for the job any more. Mark is hurled into it from what this band of Christians did, risking their own lives in doing it.

Just before Mark speaks, it is Tom, the “pastor” of this strange church, stands and thinks Mark for committing to the try for the Presidency. He thanks Mark for taking the physical risks of the pursuit, the financial risks, the time risks, and the times he had to spend away from his family. Mark turns to Tom, fire in his eyes, and says one of his most memorial lines that evening, “Tom, I had no choice. And neither does anyone else in this room.”

For the rest of Mark’s speech and his second speech to the media, you will need the book.

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The Hero – Every man has a battle he has to fight. Want to be a hero?

Resources for Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero

The battle every man faces
Eldredge wrote Waking the Dead, another major book relative to the themes that led to my writing the Breaking Light series. Both Eldredge books along with Captivating for women (written by Stasi and John Eldredge), and Carl’s “Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality” are non-fiction books. I wondered what would happen if someone really lived the heroes Eldredge projected. I took on that challenge with “fictional” Breaking Light:Birth of a Hero. It is a very wild fictional adventure set in 2032. Only it is not fiction and not 2032.

Be aware that when you are engaged in prayer and have a burden that God gives you, you are engaged in warfare. Few people are aware of the issue of prayer and its relationship to healing.  Few understand the dangers and power involved. In the name of Jesus you are taking authority and the power for the healing. That is the last thing the Enemy wants. The Enemy doesn’t even want you to know there is a war going on. These are the key resources we suggest for the journey.

Here are a few resources we suggest fo0r this. To save postage, order more than one. Catch Carl at church or about and he should have the latest book with him and maybe more.

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.00 by Carl Townsend    More information

Wild at Heart (PB) -(for men) by John Eldredge
Wild at Heart – Field Manual – – for men (PB)

Captivating –  (for women) PB by Stasi and John Eldredge
Captivating – Field Manual –  – for women (PB)

Waking the Dead – by John Eldredge (PB
Waking the Dead – Field Manual – (PB)

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality – 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.

 

 

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero

Breaking light cover

Cover for Breaking Light, photo by Mark Metternich

Carl’s next booktitled Breaking Light: Birth of Hero, is now shipping from Amazon or available from him in person.. The book is Christian fiction story set in the year 2032. Then again, maybe I’m playing with the reader. The tagline, or what some would call the elevator clause, is: What happens when a small community of believers risks everything to change everything.

Really, writing this book has been a very wonderful and fun experience. The entire book has been authored now (and it looks like it may spill over to more books). One of the editors (whom I shall call my co-pilot), went very creative with me on her edits. I’m not complaining – she’s very, very brilliant and I love her ideas.

One interesting story will illustrate an issue I experienced. I actually started this book back in the seventies but stopped when it seemed the protagonist was doing a lot of running around but not getting the mission he had been given done. He was committed to the mission, it was just that everything he did seemed to lead to a dead end.  This went on for over three chapters. I was about ready to email another fiction author that had already helped me and asked her what she did in a case like that.Should I take those chapters out, or backtrack and rewrite?

The answer seemed to come from God without sending an email to anyone. If I was frustrated at how the story was going, think how frustrated my protagonist is. Moreover, think how often all of us are frustrated when God gives us a mission and we don’t see any way of even getting to the first base.

The solution was to identify my own frustration with the dead end path of the story and project it into the narrative through the feelings and actions of the protagonist. Poor Ken: depression, anxiety, anger, stress and you name it. In the book we see him sitting with Lorraine in a cafe; and Lorraine is trying to lead him out of this. Ken shares with Lorraine that he is lost as it relates to his mission. He has no “place”, he doesn’t see that God is doing anything. How many Christians do you know at a point in their life like that? Lorraine is telling him that God is working even they don’t see it. Think of the Israelites as they stood at the Promised Land. God wants Ken to see that place,  that Ken has place and God is working through him, even if he doesn’t see it. If he prays and asks God to show him where God is working God will show him because God wants Ken to see it. God will reveal it. They pray together asking God to show this to Ken.

I continued on with the book. Nothing seemed to be revealed to Lorraine, to Ken, or even to me – and I’m the writer! Several chapters later God showed me how everything fit together and led to an incredible experience in the narrative. God had been working and I hadn’t seen it in the story. I didn’t have to rewrite anything in those early three chapters. It was all there.

Now the interesting thing is that this fictional story played out in my own life in reality 2009 as I lunched with a lady. I was”Ken”, lost to place. We were eating in a restaurant. She spoke the very words Lorraine spoke to Ken in the book. This was the most powerful dialog I have ever had with anyone. In other words, this book really isn’t fiction or fantasy. All the stories in the book are true, I just shifted the time line to play a game with the reader.

Last week I prayed with the collected group of pastors in my church. They asked me how to pray for the book, and now I ask you to pray with me in this.

  • That God will be glorified in the story.
  • That Jesus will be lifted up in the story.
  • That the Holy Spirit will anoint the story.

I think it is pretty exciting as I talk with people about the weird characters. It’s a very revolutionary story.

Christmas in 2013 – Breaking Light

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:5-6 NLT

Merry Christmas and an Astonishing New Year

Nativity Scene (c) Jeff Weese / Flickr/creative commons

Nativity Scene (c) Jeff Weese / Flickr/creative commons

This past year has been interesting in that I slacked off a lot of secular work and focused on ministry. That meant I’d have little income but taking on an interesting project: writing my first Christian fiction book.

It all started last April as I drove with a lady friend to a Graham Cooke conference when she turned to me and said “it’s time to write another book.” I told her I didn’t have the time or money for it. She said “Yes, you do”.

After praying about it, I told her I felt led to do a fiction book. Amazon will set the book up free now and do a print on demand from that. That means I have to do the setup work, but I think I have the skills for that. So I was off and running. The book title is Breaking Light. You can see the cover at http://www.creatingnewworlds.org/images/covergaramond3.pdf

Tag: What happens when a small community of believers risks everything to change everything.

The book is set in the year 2032, which gives me a lot of freedom to set the stage. Toward the end of the book as the new U.S. Presidential nomine steps to the stage and speaks. He is speaking at a reception honoring the small group of believers that has saved his life.

“We each have our dreams. Yet, for each of us, the temptress calls, like the singing siren, and lulls us from taking any conscious action. We tend to avoid the pain of rejection, doubt, and disappointment and have numbed ourselves from the epic story of a life fully lived to which God calls us. To sleep through your dreams is to choose a life of restless nights and unfulfilled passions. I applaud the work of this small group that now challenges every one of us and yes, even the sleeping church. God’s invitation to each of us is to seize the divine, or kairos moments, that are found in the needs of other people’s lives and to speak that moment into them, to encourage them to take hold of it, even as you take hold of your own moment.”

Carl Townsend

Carl

I loved living into that world and writing it. The book is “completed” and my friend Wayne McCroskey has already done the editing on it. He did a great job. I then gave it to a certain lady friend for editing. She liked what I did; then exploded creatively with new ideas and helping me draw out the characters better and locations better. When she returned the book work she did, it looked like a chicken had walked over every page. Heavy, creative input. Last Saturday we met and we did even more brainstorming. I may have to list her as co-author. (I have no problem with that.) Getting the new stuff in will take a little time, but I’m committing a lot of my holiday time and beyond as necessary to it.

No, you can’t order the book yet. We’ll let you know when it is available, hopefully in a few months.

In the same way, I challenge you to dream and explode your own life during the next year. Expect God to astonish you. God’s out to do a number on you. Believe it.

In His name,

Carl