Excerpts 2nd book “Breaking Light: Healing of the Hearts”

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Here are some excerpts from the second volume of the”Breaking Light” novel series by Carl. This second book of the series is not shipping yet, but continues in development with work often starting early the morning. Enjoy these excerpts Thanks to everyone who has helped me on this. Writing this story has been more fun than any book I’ve done. These excerpts have not passed the final edit.

 

Breaking Light – Birth of a Hero (Book1)

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As America finds itself hurtling toward a major election in 2032, the country finds itself trapped in divisions, multiple demonic forces, and corruption. No white knight has emerged to bring unity in the election of the next President. Out of this rubble a small church deep in the Cascade wilderness of the The American Northwest leads the nation and plays a major role in destroying a network of dark forces to move a strong Christian leader to the new Presidency almost overnight. This  first book of this Breaking Light series, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero, ends in November of 2032, as Mark Pearson celebrates with this wilderness church and others the win of the country’s Presidency.

This wilderness church, Sunodia, uses an online network of secure computers with church leaders across the world, called The Phoenix, to do most of their communications ministry. This Phoenix name refers both to their small core group as well as their larger electronic network of seriously committed churches. This network is calling the nation to repentance and the transformation of America.

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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.

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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.

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SUSPENSE – ADVENTURE – STRENGTH – RISK –
POLITICAL INTRIGUE
LOVE – AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN MEN, WOMEN

Price: $11.00 – Kindle Version $3.99
Perfect Bound Softcover Size: 6.0″ x 9.0″
Pages: 252
ISBN-13: 978-1492835462
ISBN-10: 1492835463
Published: July-2014

“[Carl] is a master storyteller….”
Scott Modrall, OC missionary to Southern Africa
“Carl is a man who hears what the Spirit is saying and places the poetry of that message for the reader to hear for himself”

Bettie P. Mitchell, Founder and former International Executive Director,Good Samaritan Ministries
“5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! The exciting Christian adventure we all hope for.”
Toni A (in Amazon.com)
“Carl’s ambitious and intriguing story fascinates and keeps readers interested. … the apt descriptions of a post-secular America are not far off the mark today even though our nation is a long way from the year 2032. Carl’s story is fascinating and will appeal to a faith-based audience.”
Gail Welborn

 

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A Journey of the Heart

In Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers we first meet Théoden as a demented man, possessed and lost to reality. Gandalf leads in restoring him to reality and as King of Rohan. Now Théoden wants to relax, party, and enjoy life. Aragorn tells him that is not possible. War has been declared by the Evil One, and Théoden has no choice but to respond, fight, and save himself and his kingdom.

This is where the Church in America is today. Blinded by the Enemy, we don’t even see the war that has already been declared.  In addition, we don’t see that God has called you to have a crucial role in this war. It is a major battle, and the battle is for your heart. We are very much in danger of losing America today, and the Church has yet to step up to the battle. Our first task is the recovery of our heart, stolen by the Enemy.

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

As the story in Breaking Light opens, Ken has lost heart. He is in a wilderness: A physical wilderness, an emotional wilderness, and a spiritual wilderness. His first challenge is for the restoration of his heart.

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Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero

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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.

The Search for Leadership

In 2009 I authored a book Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality about leadership. I was really concerned about leadership in America, which seemed to be failing wherever you looked. Unfortunately, since then, it has only gotten worse.

To quote Chuck Colson (a leader himself), “America is committing suicide”.

get beyond illusionSo as we enter election time, we are promoting this book again. Here is the surprise: This isn’t a political book. The American political parties aren’t mentioned in the book, neither are any specific political names. The “thread” story here is that of Nehemiah in the Bible. At that time Israel was without vision, passion, or security.

Like America today. (PS – if you think America is secure think again. It reminds me of the Toynbee quote in which he said 21 of the 22 great civilizations were destroyed from within, not from without. During just the last few weeks it has been a theater shooting Aurora (Colorado), a massacre in Wisconsin, a shooting at the conservative think tank Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, and then a shooting at the A & M University in the news. And I can also name decisions that show moral and ethical failure by our so-called “leaders”. In contrast, Nehemiah led the Israelites through a major spiritual, physical, and emotional awakening in only 52 days. And he was constantly fighting enemies both within and without.

In this book you will see what Nehemiah did to lead that transformation. You will also meet other Biblical leaders as well as some contemporary leaders. You will also read about several (that’s right, several) spiritual awakenings that have happened in America. You will see what will it take for an awakening to happen again.

Take a look at the Table of Contents, then order your copy while we still have them in stock.

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Breaking the Spiral of Silence

The last project Chuck Colson was able to launch before he died was a movement now known as Breaking the Spiral of Silence. I was able to hear five speakers of the leadership conference to launch this as we listened to the conference DVD last Sunday. Wow!

http://www.breakingthespiralofsilence.com

Basically, speakers are sounding a challenge for individuals and the Church to stand up to its moral and spiritual imperative that was given America when it was founded. America, on the course it is on now, is committing suicide.

From the links on the project home page, you can find out more about the project and get the DVD (2 hours), find out more, or join the movement yourself, and the personal strategies they suggest.

Some of the quotes that impressed me:

“Not the agenda of the donkey, not the agenda of the elephant, but the agenda of the Lamb.”
Sam Rodriguez

“There is a battle going on right now for the soul of America.”
(continuing to describe that we need to build what he called a “Rolodex of courage [ous men and women]”.)
Father John Morris

“The greatest evil today is not some radical movement…, but the greatest evil today is the weak, dead, feckless church.”
“You are the light of the world. There is no Plan B.”

Todd Wagner

Colson is not on the DVD and died last April, but Chuck was also responsible for starting the Manhattan Declaration project, another leadership initiative.

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Signs of Hope – 4

A few weeks ago I lunched with a nurse (RN) at Sweet Tomatoes. This took most of the afternoon; but it was a delightful lunch and we could return to the buffet table again and again as we munched out way through the afternoon. She shared with me a project with which she was involved. In just a few days, they would open the Colosseum in Portland for one day to people in the city who were poor, had little income, and had medical needs. Medical professionals from the city’s churches – doctors. dentists, nurses – all planned to donate their time that day to work to help these people with their needs. Someone (she didn’t know who) had donated the money to rent the facility for the day and the massive work needed to set up for the day (she was also involved in the setup). The project requires generators, medical equipment, and lots or preparation in which she was already involved. She was very excited about the community and networking that was birthed out of this Church in a community sense meeting the needs of the people.

Servant LeadershipMoreover, this was being done four times a year, each time at a different place in the city. Later this Fall she’s involved with them again with a similar even in the Southeast part of the city. Next Sunday I mentioned it to my pastor on the west side of the city, only to discover a similar event was scheduled for October 1 on the west side. It was all over the city, and not just medical needs, but also housing and human trafficking issues (prostitution, sexual exploitation). The organization is Compassion Connect, the web site is at http://compassionconnect.com/. Here on the west site of the city we have Compassion Beaverton.

Is this being done in other cities? Where?

Leadership in Turbulent Times is Spiritual

“Leadership through command and control is doomed to fail. No one can create sufficient stability and equilibrium for people to feel secure and safe. Instead, as leaders we must help people move into a relationship with uncertainty and chaos. Spiritual teachers have been doing this for millennia.  Therefore, I believe that the times have led leaders to a spiritual threshold. We must enter the domain of spiritual traditions if we are to succeed as good leaders in these difficult times.”
Margaret Wheatley, Leadership in Turbulent Times is Spiritual