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Write your own

I believe that we all have at least one novel inside of us.  I waited 54 years to write my first book and within three months I’ve written my second.  If God allows, I’ll write another one. And then another.

I’m convinced we all need a purpose, one which burns inside deeply.  The one which on occasion keeps us up at night, or maybe wakes us in the middle of the night.  Somewhere next to the “what’s it all about?” question in our spirits.  3 AM is my usual rendezvous time with my worst enemy, my brain.

That’s what finally drove me to the keyboard.  I’m known as a person with an opinion and for thirty plus years it was an opinion born of error.  I was lost but I had a big enough mouth and ego that I could pull it off and hide behind the facade I’d built to negotiate social interaction without actual involvement.  You know who you are but you aren’t about to let anyone in on that identity.  You who are reading this, if you’ve read this far, know what I’m talking about.

When I came to faith in Jesus Christ, I had exhausted all other avenues of worldly pursuit for identity and peace.  And purpose.  As Jimmy Buffet wrote, “I made enough money to buy Miami but I pissed it away so fast.”  I didnt make that much but what I managed to earn  I burned.  I came first.  Always.  I had extraordinary children and a wonderful wife but I came first.  Oh everyone ate and had birthday presents and a home in which to live but I still managed to drink first and live and give on the remainder.

Oh that I could have those days back.  God has shown me that He will redeem the lost years, He has been more than merciful.  As I tell my brothers, sin has consequences even though we’re so far forgiven that God won’t even remember our transgressions.  The enemy reminds us just what garbage we are.  Or were.  It matters not, the damage has been done.  If it weren’t for the mercy and grace of our Lord, I’d be dead at my own hand by now.  Slow, seemingly unintentional suicide.  Alcoholism, drug addiction, anything to escape the pain and exposure of reality.  I know now that this is from the pit of hell and that the living Christ can pull us from that mire and put us on solid ground which will never move.  Never.

My only goal with The Outlaw Preacher was to reach the lost for Christ.  I thought, and still think that conversational evangelism within a well told story will reach millions of people who otherwise would never listen to a preacher.  My life is a sermon, my life is a movie, one where you watch and cringe when you see me heading straight into some stupid situation and you scream at the screen but I don’t hear you.  Not anymore.  I’m not going there anymore, I’m walking slower with my head down like Caine in the old TV show Kung Fu.  A wise man walks with his head down, humble like the dust.  Life kicks your butt and if you live through it, you should emerge humble and wise.  The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Welcome to wisdom.

We all have a story to tell.  Change the names to protect the innocent.  Or the guilty.  Write it down.  Start today.  You can start a blog, a website, a book, a journal, anything.  Just start and write something every day.  After a month of writing something, anything every day, you’ll look at your story and realize, as I did, that if you do it again next month and the next, you’ll have a book in no time.

Let me know when you’re finished.  I’d love to read it.

Peace,

John

 

Comments

Maggie
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I was married to a man just like you for 15 years and I thought I lived in Hell. Praise God for His patience and mercy, He broke through my husband’s selfishness and now he has been a pastor for 25 years. Praising God He rescued you too! Thanks for sharing. There are so many who need to hear your story. Blessings.

admin
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I am glad you are no longer in hell, I too am thankful for God’s grace and mercy. Thanks for the note!

Mary Jane
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I like the concept of writing a blog. It’s a great way to spread God’s message of love and to be a good servant. You never know when a random thought will touch someone’s life. Thanks for a great idea John. Can’t wait for the second book. Many blessings to you.

admin
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I can’t wait to read your random thoughts! May God Bless you.

Sioux Phillips
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I have such an awesome testimony that I need to write, but I truly need help… God delivered me; and is still working on me and in me ! Praise His Holy Name! I have been saved for eleven years, but before that I lived only of and in this world. I spent a large portion of my life within the Bandido 1% MC Nation and have seen and done so many sinful acts. God has done such a mighty work in me and in my life. I need to share to help others but I cannot do it alone. Please, I need some help! Thank you, and God bless! In Christ’s Perfect Love, Sioux Phillips

admin
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Wow, the best advice I can give you is to…..START! haha, really and truly my sister in Christ, I tell you, write thoughts, even if they make no sense, or don’t flow like you want them to flow. Just get a 99 cent writing tablet and write something every day. Soon you will have some stuff to arrange in order of events. I’m here for you! We can reach many for the kingdom of God. Remember, just start. You don’t have to write a certain amount every day just write something every day. God Bless you!!

Latonyadwebb
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May GOD continue 2 Bless U Always..!!! I can’t wait 2 read ur book & also, maybe one day, u can read mine..( that is if I ever finish it..!! Lol ) I’m so Blessed 2 know that there are other out there such as myself, who were lost but now are found…GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME…& ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD….Amen.

admin
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Amen and welcome to the crew!

Susan Guerrero Hoffpauir
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I just want to say i love your book i am about done with the outlaw preacher….i grew up in the IE myself (Redlands area) and as you describe James’ journey on the interstates i can picture it all….loved the part about in&out never knew that…..i moved out of state in 2001 and have only been back once in 2005 and get homesick and your book has helped me with that along with giving a great CHRISTian story line i am looking forward to probably starting book 2 within in the next couple of days and i look forward to a third book ….thank you for your faithfulness in writing for JESUS

admin
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Great! Thank you so much for reading The Outlaw Preacher. You’ll love the next book, it’s more action packed. I’m working on the third book and I appreciate your kind words. May God bless you, I hope 2013 is an epic year for all of us! Praise the Lord! -John

S.Jones
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Thank you..I’m gonna freakin’ do it…I’m gonna write. God bless you 🙂

admin
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Good for you! I’m happy to hear it. It can be lonely and frustrating and unbelievably satisfying. Pray and write and you will be amazed at how God uses your pen (or keyboard). God bless you too! Have fun.

Lee DeBevoise
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Your book’s main character reminds me of a dear friend of mine, Roamer, a former Hell’s Angel. I patiently stood by him and prayed for him and told him about Jesus for over 13 years. I was blessed to see him accept Christ and was best man when Roamer married his “woman”. He was called home less than 6 months later. God Bless you and your ministry and books!

admin
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Thanks Lee, great story. Thanks for the blessing, I’m working on book three.

Holly
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Well, awhile back I somehow received a message about your first book “the Outlaw Preacher” and was asked to read it and let you know what I thought. hhmmm…The still small voice in my head did not give up reminding me until I finally caved. So earlier this month I bought I what I thought was the first rendition but turned out to be book two the miracle. God is smooth. HE started me on “the Miracle”, I suppose because working in a major hospital and also having had a couple of friends years ago in a “biker club” I could relate to every bit. I am hooked, I immediately read Book One last week and I just finished “redemption last night. EVERY bit was so familiar. Great work! I look forward to more. btw, might I recommend for you to read “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander, M.D. He is a well renowned neurosurgeon who wrote about his experience in heaven while in a coma. after reading about ‘Snake’, in the miracle, I just have to wonder if he experienced something along the same lines while you were praying for him. Just a thought of maybe another area you could explore.
I forward to your next work.

admin
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Yeah, He does that to me a lot too. I’m just glad you found the books and that you enjoyed them. Thank you for taking the time to contact me, I appreciated the kind words.

John

Rick Ruhlman
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I’ve read all the outlaw preacher books and really related. I to am a recovering outlaw and drug addict. I was wondering if there was going to be another book? I would enjoy another addition to the family. I to have found Jesus in my recovery, God Bless and thank you.

Rick

admin
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Rick, good to hear from you. Also good you’re on the road with the Lord! Yes, I’m writing another “Outlaw Preacher” book, it’s called “The Reckoning” and it’s a deeper journey into the madness, Preacher’s faith will be tested again and we hope he can grow past his usual response to trouble…but you never know with him. Thanks again for the support, keep an eye out for book 4, it will be a couple months before I like the book enough to release it.

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