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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.

The Purpose of the Muslim Cordoba House at Ground Zero?

I read about the Cordoba House established in Cordoba, Spain many centuries ago after the Moors conquered the Christians.Original Statement on the Proposed “Cordoba House” Mosque near Ground ZeroNewt GingrichThis has been verified by snopes.com as correctly attributed.)July 21, 2010 6pmThere should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long asthere are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time fordouble standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward uswhile they demand our weakness and submission is over.The proposed “Cordoba House” overlooking the World Trade Center site –where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyedone of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity,passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example,most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberatelyinsulting term. It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslimconquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniardsby transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.“Cordoba,” in Islamic symbolic terms, means Islamic rule in the West.Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to”symbolize interfaith cooperation” when, in fact, every Islamist inthe world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is asign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in ourhistoric ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for “religioustoleration” are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that morethan 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there areno churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia. In fact no Christianor Jew can even enter Mecca. And they lecture us about tolerance.If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religioustoleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, toimmediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce theirintention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom. Theyshould be asked by the news media if they would be willing to leadsuch a campaign.We have not been able to rebuild the World Trade Center in nine years.Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million megamosque will bebuilt within a year overlooking the site of the most devastatingsurprise attack in American history.Finally where is the money coming from? The people behind the CordobaHouse refuse to reveal all their funding sources. America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensivedesigned to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many ofour elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.No mosque. No self deception. No surrender.The time to take a stand is now – at this site on this issue.Notes:Snopes does say that there are some criticisms launched on this for historical accuracy. See: http://gotmedieval.blogspot.com/2010/08/professor-newts-distorted-history.htmll.For the original statement of Newt Gingrich see: http://www.newt.org/newt-direct/newt-gingrich-statement-proposed-mosqueislamic-community-center-near-ground-zero