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.

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.

 

 

Take Back Your Government – Or Someone Else Will


In 1776 a restlessness stalked the new American colonies. Radical leaders in the colonies, opposing taxes imposed by England, rebelled not only for tax relief, but for the independence of the colonies from England. The underground printing presses quickly became a major force in shaping the destiny of the colonies. Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, published in January of 1776, argued that the cause of America should not be just a revolt against the taxes, but a demand for independence. The fifty page pamphlet sold over 100,000 copies in two months. More than any other single publication, “Common Sense” paved the way for the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776. As the vision for America grew, Pain wrote more than 16 other papers. In December of 1776 while Washington’s troops wintered demoralized, Washington read another of Paine’s papers to his troops.

“These are the times that try men’s souls…”

Paine was not the only writer that shaped the vision of new America. Dozens of publications were printed on basement printing presses by a network of visionaries. These publications, which were called “broadsides” at that time, shaped the country. It was the printed word that rallied Americans to the cause, building community and motivation that supported the American army with food, money, and supplies. The face of history was changed.

Today, as with these visionaries, men and women who have shaped history have always had their networks. Those who have lead from the networks and using the tools of communications have always been the major force of cultural change. Hundreds of years ago in Europe the Gutenberg Press paved the way for the Scientific Revolution, the Reformation, and the Industrial Age. America was the first country in the world that was birthed from the cultural forces of the Gutenberg Press.

During the middle of the twentieth century the picture changed. During the last few decades the powers that have charted our personal destinies have always been the wealthy. In the Industrial Age, only the wealthy could purchase and control the means of production and afford the networks necessary to remain in control. The wealthy have always had their networks – their country clubs, private schools, international “commissions”, and even their electronic networks on large main-frame computers.

With the emerging of the personal computers, social networks, PayPal and more this is no longer true. Because of the rapidly decreasing cost of technology, it no longer takes large resources to build networks that span geographic barriers or to access any type of information. The new underground force for change is no longer the printing press and broadsides, but rather the Internet. Pamphlets, eBooks, papers, and blog postings can easily be stored and distributed using the Internet. Like the visionaries of early America, the leaders of our time are quickly discovering the power of the Internet and are using it to build networks and motivate people for change. Information published electronically can circulate far faster and less expensively than the printed word. Information is power, and the networks for communication and information access are already becoming available to almost anyone in the developed countries.

As a result, these new electronic networks are already having and will have in the near future a profound effect on our culture. Learning and using these is important taking back our government. We need to stand up for our rights now – or we will lose them.

“With the coming of the information society, we have for the first time an economy based on a key resource that is not only renewable but self-generating…We are drowning in information but starving for knowledge.”
John Naisbitt

“Networks offer what bureaucracies can never deliver – the horizontal link…Hierarchies promote moving up and getting ahead, produce stress, tension, and anxiety. Networking empowers the individual, and people in networks tend to nurture one another.”
John Naisbitt

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