when I was younger, as you can imagine, one of my favorite superheroes was Superman because he was practically invulnerable. He didn’t have to be afraid of anyone or anything. And he had amazing strength—you know, “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, able to stop a locomotive with his bare hands…” and all along, he was a mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent.
Every boy wanted to be superman, right? But one thing I never thought too much about was his one weakness, his “Achilles’ Heel” so to speak: Kryptonite. Darn! There was something that could bring the Man of Steel down. Something that could render this near demigod feeble, even kill him. Not the perfect hero after all. It turns out, this made for a great fictional character. Not so great for superman, but great for stories.
No matter what stage you are in your career, there will always be another email to answer, another task to complete, another deal to close. How many of you can relate? It’s not just business, it’s busy-ness. As a home-maker, there’s always another meal to cook, always another load of laundry. It’s endless.
By the end of the day, you may feel you haven’t accomplished enough and are falling behind. But nothing will ever be enough to remove that feeling. Can you relate?
Many of you know through various interviews and blog posts that I start every day the same way: Prayer and drinking in wisdom and inspiration from The The Bible. With all the things going on around the launch of my new book DARKROOM, I felt it especially important to re-center myself in the red-letter portion of the Bible, that is to say, the words of Christ. Today’s reading led me to the Gospel of John and I found some inspiring verses which really spoke to me.
a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance
Judge not, lest ye be judged
Have you ever had this experience? You’re waiting somewhere public like–oh, I don’t know, DMV or something–and someone near you is acting incredibly rude and inconsiderate. (Hold on, before you all jump and raise your hands, don’t answer just yet, because we’re not focusing on that person, we’re focusing on you.)
The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths.” –Eddie Adams, Photographer
Go ahead, fill in the blank: Character is _____________
Did you ever ponder this question? Is character defined by what you do, what you wear, how you speak, the things you believe in?
Or is it defined by whom you associate with, your socio-economic background?
Remember when you were a child, and you believed you could fly if you just ran hard enough and leapt? I’m not proposing you do anything like that might possibly cause bodily harm, but I am asking you to consider what it was that allowed you to take that flying leap off that porch, or deck? Was it ignorance? Maybe just a little. Was it foolishness? Again, maybe a bit. But I submit to you that it was something else. Something that as you watched reality, grownups and negative people snuff out your dreams (some rightfully so), died within you. Something that seemed a lot more fun than the harsh “reality” of life.
Great to know that FROM THE ASHES, by my “evil twin” Ian Alexander is doing so well. It’s sitting with some good company among the Left Behind books by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. FROM THE ASHES is a short novella set in the YA/Epic Fantasy world of the Sojourner Saga. It is a prequel to another Amazon #1 Bestseller–ONCE WE WERE KINGS by my pen name Ian Alexander.
I have never been a fan of the Fantasy genre of books, but Ian Alexander has changed my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to everyone! Give it a try, even if you don’t usually read fantasy. You might change your mind…I did.
–Nanci R., Amazon Reviewer.
Here are the bestseller lists it reached:
I had a great time talking with Laura Lester Fournier on her radio show “Spiritually Speaking.”
While I’m not what I’d call a “religious” person, I am a person of deep faith. On this show, I speak not only about my books and writing, but candidly about my faith which, while something integral to my being, is not something I push upon people. Rather, I try to live it out and share with those who may be interested.