Richie’s Reviews Gives Four Stars

From Woodstock To Eternity Gets Four Star Review From R. W. Lang

Hello and a Very Happy and Blessed 2017 to everyone!! I just came across this review from Richie’s Reviews for my Christian Adventure Novel, From Woodstock To Eternity and thought I would share it. I encourage everyone to click on the link and visit his site, as well as read and comment on his review.

2017 promises to be  a very good year in many ways. For those of you who were left hanging on the cliff ending, I have already started writing the sequel, which will reveal what

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happened to Dustin Morgan, and how God again worked miraculously in his life, but only after he submitted to some very difficult commands from Scripture. The name of the next book is “The Steel Wall”, but more on that in a future post.

For now, please visit Richie’s Reviews and see his great review of my book, and also, please go to my Amazon page and leave your own review for From Woodstock To Eternity. I believe this book has a valuable message, and the best way to spread it is through many good reviews.

Thanks so much, and again, DREAM BIG!!!

Happy 2017!!!

Real Christmas

Real Christmas is the Gospel

Keep Christ in Christmas! Jesus is the Reason for the Season! We’ve all heard these slogansto remind everybody that the word Christmas comes from the word Christ. But sometimes, doesn’t it seem like it’smerry-christmas just not getting through? The debate keeps raging about whether to say Merry Christmas or not, but even those who don’t believe in Jesus say Merry Christmas.

So, without further ado, here is the simple Gospel message of linus-quoting-lukeChristmas from an excerpt in From Woodstock To Eternity

This man we had never met sat down in our living room and said to us, ‘God so loved themanger-scene world that He sent His Son down to earth, Who became a baby, grew up among us, and then went to the cross to die. Now, God’s law says the penalty for sin is death, and we have all sinned. So, either we have to die, or someone else has to die in our place. That is called a sacrifice. When God’s Son died on that cross, He sacrificed himself for our sins. He died in our place so we could go to heaven. All you have to do is believe Jesus died for your sins and receive Him as your Savior, and you will be able to live with God forever. And besides that, He will put His Holy Spirit in you, Who will give you power to live a godly life, and He will make your life more abundant and full of blessings.

Now isn’t that Good News?’”

It is Good News. It is “good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” as the angel said to the shepherds. They are the words of eternal life, and Jesus is the Word of Life. Whoever believes in Him shall never die.

This is the Real Christmas Message!

Merry Christmas!!!

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For those who have not yet read this book, it is a highly entertaining story of the hippie era and a moving tale of deliverance. For this Christmas season, it is a stirring account of what Jesus can do to transform a life.

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Amazing Real Book!!! Thank you for writing it and then Sharing it with us!!! Oh how I

remember the days of my youth!!! My Parents were so right about my music and lots of other things!!! I see now that I am older, THANK YOU AGAIN !! Loving the readings in this BOOK!!!

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INCREDIBLE, VERY ENTERTAINING,GETS YOUR ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY AND DOESN,T LET UP.
WOW!!!!! FROM ANOTHER PERSON WHO ATTENTED WOODSTOCK. THE READER WILL GET THE
FEELING THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY THERE, LIVING THIS ADVENTURE. YOU ARE LEFT TO FORM
ON OWN CONCLUSIONS ON WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG, THE MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF DECISIONS
MADE BY DUSTIN MORGAN ARE OPEN TO INTERPRETATION. AWESOME!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
THIS
Powerful! January 21, 2015
There is only one possible way this man could have lived through all of this and come out of it mentally stable, emotionally balanced, and spiritually whole. This is the power of God. I promise, you will not regret reading this book!
 You made me feel like I was on the plane with you. Actually, I think I would have been in the “drop zone” waiting for the goodies! Very descriptive, accurate, and well-written. Rick Blaisdell -Pastor Renewed Life in Jesus Church and Author of One Life to Give-Living Water for Thirsty Souls.
 It arrived from Amazon Saturday afternoon and I finished it Monday morning. Couldn’t put it down. It was really intense.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

So Much To Be Thankful For

From Woodstock To Eternity might not seem like a candidate for a great Thanksgiving thanksgiving-dinnerbook, but it really is.

First, consider the setting on the Mayflower as the Pilgrims embark for their journey away from the Old Country to go to the New World

Imagine the wharf where the Pilgrims loaded all their earthly belongings on the Mayflower to sail to the New World.  What was going through their minds as they contemplated leaving not just their friends and families, but the only world they knew – a whole continent?  They left a civilized society that had developed over eons to go to a land no one had ever seen. 

Mayflower

Mayflower

Then the day and the hour came when they drove their animals on board, carried all they could take up the ramp to the boat, settled into their places in the hold and headed off into the Western expanse.  The great sails went up, and the waves slapped against the hull of the magnificent vessel as they lined up along the rails.  Straining to absorb every last detail of the skyline, they took one last gaze at the vanishing European land mass.  All that they knew became smaller and smaller as it receded into the emptiness behind them.  They turned to soak up the scene ahead, and there was only the sea and the horizon, the bow of the mighty ship rising and falling with the swells.  From now on, all they had were their dreams and a determination to conquer the unknown.

We know they were thankful that they made it. They realized their dreams and conquered the unknown. And they gave God the glory.

Dustin Morgan is also he made it in the final chapters of the book.

Soon, the guitar strikes up the chords, and the whole house fills with the joyful music.  Everybody sings it out with all their might, clapping the island beat, and a big grin spreads across Morgan’s face.the-other-side

“I finally made it!  I really did.  I made it to the other side, and I don’t feel bored.  On the contrary, this is probably the best I have felt in a long, long time.”

He also made it from the Old Country to the New World in Christ.

Now that I am living in the Heavenly Country, here are some things I am thankful for.

A lovely, faithful wife who goes with me chasing my rainbows

Seven fantastic children who make me very, very proud

Six (and counting) grandchildren – all boys so far.

A life of deliverance, free from the chains of sin

May God richly bless each of you this Thanksgiving!!!

The Same Holy Spirit Falls

The Christian’s Bond Through the Ages: Mar’s Hill to Grenada

Phillip in Samaria  Acts 8:6-8  “And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things phillip-in-samariaspoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.”

Peter at Cornelius’s house  Acts 10:44 “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word”day-of-pentecost

What do you suppose it felt like to be in the streets of Samaria, or in Cornelius’s house when the Holy Spirit fell? It sounds like a far off fantasy, doesn’t it? It’s in the Bible, so it was 2,000 years ago, and everything was different back then. That means people felt differently back then right? No! Of course not! Their love was the same as we feel, their fear was the same fear, their joy was the same joy. They just had to experience them without electricity and running water.

whitefield-preachingWhenever there is a revival, the same Holy Spirit falls. George Whitefield had a booming voice and preached a message of holiness to tens of thousands in the American colonies. Ben Franklin estimated a crowd in Philadelphia to be over 80,000 people! Jonathan Edwards read his sermon called jonathan-edwards-resolved“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and people moaned out loud, “what shall I do to be saved.”

In “From Woodstock To Eternity” Dustin Morgan is in Grenada and witnesses the Holy Spirit fall in response to the preaching of the Word.

While they are singing, many locals gather around to listen or join in, clapping along in their rhythmical, island beat.  Suddenly, Pastor Terry steps out in the open air and starts to proclaim a message about the saving power of Jesus.  They are having a revival right here in the middle of the street!  A couple of local islanders raise their hand to get saved and walk up to the Pastor.  He lays his hands on their heads and they bow in prayer.  Dustin whispers in Lisa’s ear,

island-people“I tell you what, I never would have seen anything like this in my old days.  I feel like we are experiencing something that has been going on for centuries.  I bet people felt the same Spirit when George Whitefield was preaching in the colonies, or even when Paul was on Mars Hill in Athens.  I had no idea being a Christian would be anything like this.”

Isn’t it something? When we get saved, or filled with the Spirit, or feel God’s presence, we feel the same Holy Spirit that people felt in the Bible – or in The Great Awakening – or in Cornelius’s house! Just pull up a chair, listen to Peter and start speaking in tongues… it’s that easy, and it’s part of our bond. The fellowship of believers spans the ages.

Rites of Passage

Before and After: How a Rite of Passage Imparts a Permanent Change

In the movie, The Bourne SupremacyJason Bourne’s boss, Conklin, encourages him bourne-supremacybefore Bourne goes into a building to carry out his first assignment – kill a Russian politician.  He has been trained and brainwashed to be an assassin for the CIA, and now is his first test.  Conklin urges him on with the words, “see you on the other side.”

The fact that there is “another side” means by implication that there is a barrier of some sort that must be crossed, or gone through.  In Bourne’s case, it was the physical barrier of shooting another person, as well as the emotional barrier of committing the act.  Conklin knew that once Jason had crossed that emotional barrier, he would be a different person because of it… he could do it again and again.

Although this may be a grisly way to make the point, this scenario perfectly illustrates a vital part of everyone’s life.  The Rite of Passage.  But just because it’s called a passage does not mean everyone goes through it.  Only those who take up the challenge and summon the courage actually come out “on the other side.”

rockwell-footballIt starts out in our youth.  It could be a schoolyard wrestling match, or joining the military.  Once you’ve done it, you know you can do more.  It could be a one time mission or years of study in a college program, but then one day, POW!  A diploma and job offers.

In my article, “The Heart of a Pioneer” I try to articulate the inner desires and motives that drive someone to take the plunge, so to speak.  There are compounded benefits, along with multiplied risks.  But whether you Wagons 3succeed or fail, there is one benefit no one can ever take away – you did it!  You went through the gauntlet and you survived, and that very experience has left an indelible mark.  It has changed you, and you are no longer the same.  As a matter of fact, now that you

know you can do it, you may go for it again, and again, and again until you get it right.

There’s nothing wrong with refusing the Rite of Passage while others go on.  Nothing bad will happen to you, and it may happen to them.  But empty-ball-and-chainyou will experience what I call “The Agony of Not Trying.”  You will simply stay the same, but you will never taste the delicious honor of victory.  To a pioneer, even defeat contains a trace of victory.  Why?  Because he did it – he went for it – he came out “on the other side” – and he has left sameness behind.

Old Hippie Reunion in Blacksburg, VA

News Flash! Get Together Steppin Out Weekend August 5&6

An event that is destined to be is now coming together for everyone who was a part of the magical time in Blacksburg, VA from the late 1960’s thru the 1970’s.  Sparked by the book, From Woodstock To Eternity, the lofty memories can put on life as we make

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SteppinOutTShirt_2016

concrete plans to meet for a grand reunion during the Steppin Out Festival on Friday and Saturday, August 5 & 6 in downtown Blacksburg, VA.

Ever since From Woodstock To Eternity came out in early 2015, a feeling of excitement has been growing among those who were a part of that era.  For many, it has reminded them of a time gone by that held very fond memories.  Like most fond memories, we tend to embellish them a bit, but good memories are good memories, and in this day of who knows what? they can be a welcome diversion.

Please get the word out any way you can.  Share this blog, share each other’s posts.  Let’s make this viral – it should be a lot of fun.

We all know who each other is…  See you there!!!

The Inner Battle: Know Your Enemy!

Have you ever felt like you are in the middle of a battle?

We are always being pulled in separate directions.  Most of the time, we don’t think about it.  We go about our daily lives and believe we are merely making our own decisions.  However, every thought and attitude is motivated by one force or another.  In this political season, a great deal of focus is being given to knowing our enemy.

Good & Evil pulling apart

Good & Evil pulling apart

Either the Spirit of Christ is thinking through us, or the enemy of our souls is calling the shots.  This is a silent battle, most of the time.  But when push comes to shove, we can feel like we are being torn apart.

Dustin Morgan experiences this phenomenon in the book “From Woodstock To Eternity” when he is offered a job to fly marijuana from Jamaica.

pro pilot

pro pilot

“When he made his confession of Christ, he entered into a

stack of money

stack of money

spiritual realm he didn’t know existed.  He received the Holy Spirit as an on-board Teacher to drive his conscience toward doing the right thing.  But unknown to him, he had another battalion of demons, commanded by their leader, Legion, who were determined to make him do the wrong thing.”

 

Making the choice

Making the choice

For all Christians, we have the amazing gift of an on board Teacher from Heaven.  All we have to do is ask for advice and we get it!  There is only one catch.  We have to be open to what the Holy Spirit says in order for it to do us any good.  It doesn’t work when we allow ourselves to hang on to old desires.  If we are not willing to abandon our own inclinations, Legion is more than willing to step in.

So the choice is ours.  It all depends on who we appoint to call the shots.

angels in heaven

The Teacher from Heaven

or

 

demons in hell

The Tempter from you know where

D-Day minus 1

The Secret Language of D-Day

Everything about World War II is full of superlatives.  There is nothing about the planning, logistics, espionage and execution of World War II that is not amazing to the

French Underground

French Underground

point of being incomprehensible.  The courage and fortitude of the troops was so heroic that they all command our honor and respect.  No wonder they keep using the War as a a topic for movies that never grows old.

One little known aspect of the War, and D-Day in particular is the work of the

underground networks.  British and American  groups worked with the French to assist in gathering information as well as sabotage.  In the movie, The Longest Day, a resistance group is huddled together around a radio, waiting for a BBC broadcast.  There are certain phrases that carry hidden messages within.  An advance notice of the

BBC messages

BBC messages

impending invasion came at 9:00 PM, June 1, 1944

“Les sanglots longs des violins de l’automne”  (The long sobs of the violins of autumn)

This meant the invasion would happen soon, within the next few weeks.  The second half of the message came at 8:15 PM on the night of June 5.  The invasion would begin within the next 48 hours

“Blessent mon coeur d’une angueur montone”  (Wound my heart with a monotonous

Ike and troops

Ike and troops

langour)

One final announcement,  “Jon has a long moustache.”  and the word was “GO!”