Moments to Treasure – a Prayer Book

New Book Moments to Treasure Released

I’ve just released Moments to Treasure: Prayers for Navigating Life’s Journey, a prayer book that covers the seasons of life. It’s available on Amazon and CreateSpace, and the Kindle version (without pictures) is a free download through Thanksgiving 2013 (11/28). This book actually includes one prayer from Spiritual Response, along with about 29 others plus several reflections. The paperback includes color photos and is dedicated to my granddaughter, who’s doing very well.

I’ve set up a website for it and there’s a special offer to download FREE a fillable PDF document – where you can create your own special book – collecting all the inspiring and comforting words in one place.

I hope you find it useful.

John

I Believe – October Special

It’s not ready yet, but it turns out that’s not a big deal. What? I’ve enrolled I Believe: A Year of Reflecting on One’s Faith in the Kindle Matchbook program. However, just before preparing to release the news I found out that I was a month too soon. Not in enrolling, but in when you can see it.

So, beginning in October, if you’ve purchased the book from Amazon you can download the Kindle version – FOR FREE!

That’s right. And it doesn’t matter when you purchased it. So you don’t have to buy them together or think, ‘Rats! I bought the paperback last year.’ You’re still eligible.

I’ll mention it again when it actually goes live.

John

A New Year Beckons

We’re on the cusp of the new year, and as I listen to people’s resolutions and consider my own, I also think that these are things that should be part of our daily life, not something we attempt only at the beginning of a new year. However, knowing my own failings, it’s a good point in time to renew our resolve, to reconsider what we are doing, what we are living for, and give thanks for each moment in our lives – even the difficult ones.

Thank you to those who have downloaded my new ebook, I Believe. I hope it guides you to deepen your own faith, to consider what you believe in, and come closer to God. Our journeys can cover many miles, or we can choose to rest in a comfortable place, never reaching out to see what may await us. I prefer to continue walking, not knowing exactly where I’m going, but cherishing each step as it brings me to a new understanding of humanity and faith.

Search out one new source of inspiration this year. It might surprise you what you learn!

John

Senseless

I hesitated to comment on the senseless slaughter of innocents in Connecticut, but finally decided I would summarize some ideas here for your consideration. I also prefer not to label these my own beliefs, because I think when one does that, (even though I think one should stand up for what they believe in), it polarizes others into an us vs. them debate, and then nothing happens as neither side is willing to budge. Beliefs rarely change for someone when they view someone else’s situation.

That said, I wonder if several discussions could be started that might lead to more productive and constructive actions. The martyrs and saints of Newtown deserve honest dialogue – about life. Until we recognize that our most precious gift in this world is life, and that once here we are required to support and nurture it, these things will continue.

Others have written of lives lost daily in inner cities that go unnoticed and ignored. It’s a privileged society, and only when the privileged suffer do the alarms ring, and loudly. How could this happen? How could it be stopped? And then the other side shouts “Don’t even think about taking away my guns!” And people many states away and far removed from the tragedy arm themselves and prepare as if this were an epidemic and not an isolated incident.

It is an epidemic. An epidemic of fear. If I use a kitchen knife to chop carrots and I cut my finger, I clean the wound and put a bandage on it. If I use a machete to chop carrots and I cut my finger, I go to the hospital to either have it re-attached, or to fix what’s left of my finger. If the tool is available, you must accept the level of destruction it can accomplish.

I pray for those lost in Newtown, for those who remain, and for all those whose loss goes unnoticed and uncared for. Martyrs and saints are made every day, usually out of our sight, but not God’s.

A brush stroke in time – Victor Bellis

Victor Bellis passed on recently. As a friend, I did not know him that well, but I did see a resemblance to my own dad in him. I’m not sure why, because if you compared pictures, you would probably say they didn’t look anything like each other.

On our journeys we come across many other souls, and some of them just for a moment pass through. I once watched cars flowing past me on a highway and wondered what each driver’s journey was about. Victor crossed my path, and others have shared the richness of his life, and I accept the blessing he was in those brief moments we had.

It’s difficult to let go of a loved one, but I like his attitude of telling us to move on – he’ll be waiting for when we take the step he has.

Our lives are peppered by news of every little action others take in their thirst for attention – and the time we spend paying attention is time we’ve lost living our own lives, and touching those around us.

Thank you, Victor, for the opportunity to say hello and how are you. The sound of your voice now echoes in my soul.