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Sep 21, 2011

Okay, I’m On My Knees Begging…

When I publish a new book, I let people know it's available and that's pretty much it. I've never begged, coerced, urged or pleaded with folks to buy one of my books.

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This time I am. My book "Terrorist to Evangelist" is now out through a national publisher and has a real chance to get on the map... but SALES are what drives it up on selling lists and gets it noticed by the various book powers that be.

So for the first time ever, I'm begging every one I know to buy a copy - any format (paperback, audio or ebook). Purchase: Paper | Audio | eBook

I write a lot of material for a limited audience (the serious Christian market). This book has a legitimate MASS MARKET appeal. It is a fascinating and riveting story (read the first chapter below). Every person who has read this book says the same thing: "incredible story" and most of the time they've read it more than once. I wrote the darn thing, and I've read it several times just because I wanted to. Purchase: Paper | Audio | eBook

Gift Idea: Christmas Is Around the Corner


Christmas will be here before you know it, and this book would be a WONDERFUL gift. It's almost 300 pages and its genuinely a "hard to put down" read. Buying a copy is not just doing me a favor... it's a great book you'll read more than once, and give to someone else too. Purchase: Paper | Audio | eBook

Here is chapter one... the entire book is just as gripping:

This Is It




March 24, 1983: McClinton, I thought to myself, this is it. You’re about to die.

I had known for quite some time that it was coming. I was keenly sensitive to the inevitable conclusion of being a man marked for death.

Walking into the break room of the prison, all of my senses went on red alert, sounding the alarm that things were not right. The first thing I noticed was the steam floating across the ceiling. The inmate in charge of boiling water had heated gallons and gallons of water to an angry, rolling boil—far more and far hotter than necessary for making tea.

The two prison guards who had been assigned to protect me were nowhere to be found. I was now alone and unprotected in a room of convicted murderers and terrorists. I felt strangely calm in the face of such imminent danger. Having become a Christian four years earlier while in solitary confinement, it was not my nature now to be the initiator of violence, even though I knew it was coming. I simply took my mug of tea and sat down like usual at the table.

Four convicted IRA terrorists slowly moved to block any escape through the entrance or exit. Each of them was carrying a large redwood plank that looked like a square baseball bat. The ashen color of their faces betrayed their fear and nervousness.

I reached for the little Gideon’s New Testament that I carried in my shirt pocket, but my hand never made it. I felt the heat before the boiling water actually touched my skin. In an instant, gallons of scalding liquid were being poured on my head and back. My first sensation was of the soft skin behind and around my left ear instantly bubbling up and disintegrating. Within a couple of seconds, a large portion of my body had been scalded and burned severely.

It seems strange now, but at the time, I felt no immediate pain. With calm resolve, I stood up and removed the reading glasses from my eyes. I couldn’t see well, because the boiling water had run over my face, but I sensed the danger coming in front of me.

Thud! A hammer from the workshop, wielded in cowardly fashion, struck me on the high right-hand side of my face between my temple and jawbone, quickly opening a profusely bleeding wound.

My natural survival instincts kicked in as I backed into a corner, shaking my head and wiping the water and blood from my eyes. I had not uttered a sound up to this point but knew that I was very badly injured by the boiling water and the blow to my head. The first thing I saw after clearing my eyes was a terrorist-prisoner I knew by the name of Becker. He was making his way toward me, holding one of the three-by-three, baseball bat-like sticks, his eyes already focused on where he was going to deliver the coup de grĂ¢ce. In my heightened state of shock and adrenaline, I took the initiative and lunged straight for him, taking the first swing of the bat into the outside of my left bicep. Whack! He really nailed me, and the pain was excruciating, but I had successfully fended off an otherwise fatal blow. I ducked the next swing, grabbed the surprised Becker by the ankles, and with strength that was beyond normal circumstances, I picked him up and tossed him over onto my badly burned back.

With Becker flopped over my shoulders and my head actually between his legs, I was somewhat protected from the next round of hammer blows, baseball bat swings, and punches that were now coming from the other attackers. Like a movie scene, everything seemed to happen in slow motion, and twenty-two years later, I still remember it all in half speed.

One of the terrorists, a young guy whom I didn’t know, had slipped on the water that spilled on the floor and was now attempting to get a grip around my ankles to hold me for the others who would finish me off. Four others, armed with the bats, were still blocking the door and any attempt to escape. I charged them, holding Becker upside down on my back, and threw him off me and on top of them. The combined force of our two bodies sent the door guards stumbling backward against the wall and into the corner, like bowling pins being scattered.

That bought me an instant of opportunity to dive through the doorway and onto the steps toward the safety of being out in the open where others could see me. Landing facedown on the stairs, I thought I had succeeded in escaping when suddenly the door was slammed shut on my foot, trapping me. I felt the hands of the terrorists grabbing my ankle and holding me fast so that I could not get free. The door opened, and to my horror, another bucket full of boiling water was dumped on my already-blistered and burned body. Almost my entire upper torso now bubbled and broiled in the intense heat. The skin just simply melted away in a matter of seconds.

I kicked my free foot with all the strength I could summon, and suddenly my other foot was unexpectedly released. The door slammed shut. I was left there as good as dead. The pain rushed over me in waves and consumed every nerve in my body with intense fire.

I was still alive. In the coming days, I would wish that I wasn’t.

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Sep 12, 2011

My Newest Book - FREE - Immediate Download

From Brent

This weekend I finished my latest book, and maybe one of the most important I'll ever write. You can have the eBook for FREE, and distribute it for free. You can email use, use it, print, make it available on your blog for free... with my blessing.

This is knowledge that every Christian absolutely should know and understand, so I don't want a "purchase" to stand in the way of everyone having it.

These are the ESSENTIALS. I don't get into or attempt to persuade on any topic where long standing denominational differences have existed (such as the "end times" or Calvinism). Nothing controversial, nothing specific to a particular church or denomination. I think all Biblical Christian groups and families will find this book highly useful on a personal level, and to teach (family, groups, friends, churches).

If you've been a Christian for a while, you should download it and test your knowledge... make sure you really know the basics of your faith.

A description and the table of contents are below.

FREE eBook


Essentials of Christianity - Vol. 1
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INTRODUCTION

A friend called me and told me that a friend of his had just been saved. He asked: "Have you written a book for new Christians, or Christians who have not yet learned some basics?" I had not.

I had often thought about writing something like this and I grabbed on to his request for some motivation. For a couple of decades, I have noticed to my dismay that most Christians, new or not, cannot define the basics of Christianity. They know their job, their sports, their hobbies, and pop culture, but these Christians shrivel when confronted with explaining or defining the most basic of concepts and principles of the very faith they believe saved them from eternal condemnation.

I decided that the best way to teach the essentials of Christianity to new, spiritually immature, or Biblically uneducated Christians would be to:

• Provide some basic education about the basics;
• Explain, define, and illustrate a list of the foundational Christian concepts; and...
• Give a "starter list" of some behavior, attitudes, and practices you should be developing as part of the basic Christian life.

This book is intended to be a STARTING POINT for new Christians, or Christians who have never learned the basics. However incomplete this little guide may be, it certainly can provide a good foundation to begin with; and, regrettably, it contains more than the average professing Christian knows today.

Table of Contents

First Things First.................... 3

A Starting Point........................ 5

A Starter List of Christian Living... 6

Love............................... 6

Discipline.......................... 7

Service............................. 7

Integrity........................... 7

Seriousness........................ 8

Kindness........................... 8

Humility........................... 8

Generosity......................... 9

Study............................... 9

Prayer............................ 10

Worship.......................... 10

Discernment..................... 10

Knowing the Basics................... 11

Some Basics About the Basics.... 12

God............................... 13

Jesus Christ...................... 14

Holy Spirit........................ 15

The Bible........................ 16

Man............................... 17

Heaven........................... 18

Hell.............................. 19

The Church...................... 20

Angels, Demons, & Satan...... 21

Fundamental Truths................. 23

Defining the Fundamental Concepts of Christianity 24

Repentance...................... 25

Faith.............................. 26

Substitution...................... 26

Reconciliation................... 27

Propitiation...................... 27

Remission........................ 27

Regeneration.................... 27

Redemption...................... 28

Imputation....................... 28

Adoption......................... 28

Supplication...................... 29

Justification...................... 29

Sanctification.................... 30

Glorification..................... 30

Election.......................... 30

Foreknowledge................. 30

Predestination................... 30

Sharing Your Faith................... 31

How You Can Explain Salvation to Any Person Who Is Not a Christian 32

Assurance of Salvation............... 35

The Evidence of True Salvation.. 36

Will Jesus Know You?........... 36

Obedience & Morality........... 38

Good Moral Behavior........... 39

Obedience to God............... 40

Religious Knowledge........... 42

Selflessness & Serving.......... 43

Conviction About Sin............ 44

True Repentance................ 46

Religious Acts.................... 48

Separation from the World (Sanctification) 49

Self vs. Others................... 50

Practical Lessons About the Christian Life 54

A Few Basics About Christian Behavior 55

God’s View of Wealth And Status 55

Let the Lowly Glory............. 56

Wealth Is Fleeting............... 57

How to Love God When Life Stinks 58

The Question of Divorce........ 60

God Hates Divorce.............. 61

Divorce on the Grounds of Adultery 61

Divorce on the Grounds of Abandonment 62

The Christian and Remarriage. 63

Divorce and Remarriage Before Becoming a Christian 63

A Word about Biblical Divorce. 64

About Un-Biblical Divorce...... 64

In a Nutshell..................... 65

Ears and Hands.................. 67

Mouth Shut, Ears Open......... 67

Ignoring Your Pimples.......... 68

Rein In That Tongue............ 69

What Is Godliness?.............. 69

In a Nutshell..................... 70

Evil Favoritism................... 70

Dead Faith....................... 74

That Little Thing That Controls Your Entire Life 77

Don’t Get in a Hurry to Teach. 78

The Key to Perfection.......... 78

The Power of the Tongue...... 79

Preach It Brother!............... 79

Squeezing Lemons.............. 80

Two Types of Wisdom.......... 81

There Are Only Two Choices.. 83

Strife and Turmoil.............. 85

How to Cure Your Worldliness. 88

The REAL “Don’t Judge”....... 91

The Bible Says Judge!.......... 91

The Bible Says Do NOT Judge.. 92

Today Not Tomorrow........... 94

Special Instructions About Money (Yeah, I’m Talking To YOU) 95

The Misery Is On The Way...... 96

Who’s Your Real God........... 97

Treasure Heaping............... 97

And Then You Flaunt It......... 99

Patience & Overcoming....... 100

Be Patient Like the Farmer... 100

Establish Your Hearts.......... 101

Remember Job................ 102

Above All....................... 103

Bible Abbreviations............... 105

Sep 8, 2011

Hard Questions Kids Ask Parents

From Brent

A new book I'm working on is "Hard Questions Kids Ask Parents". It is a book for the parent to use as help to answer those questions.

I've got a list of questions but hoping I can compile many more from the group creativity and experience that all you folks have.

If you submit a question (that I don't already have) that gets used in the book, you get a free eBook when it comes out. I don't want to post my list because I don't want to bias or influence the questions you submit. I'm hoping you'll come up with all sorts of good stuff I haven't thought of.

What is a question that your kids have asked or could ask, that you would love to have simple, clear and accurate help with answering? Enter your question in this Linky Tools Questions list: