Special Edition of the Write Stuff — Veterans Day Showcase Panel

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Active and former members of the Armed Forces share their perspectives of writing, God, faith, and duty

On this special edition of the Write Stuff, I will be chatting with three members of the writing community who are also either active duty members of the Armed Forces or retired. This episode is a tribute to the men and women who risk their lives in order for us to sit comfortably at our computers and play our online games or complain about the government without fear of reprisal.
 
As soldiers, our panel has also been able to use their experiences in the category of writing. Our panel today to consists of:
 
Travis Perry, author and publisher of Bear Publications, active service; Jeff Wilson, author of War Torn; completed two tours in Iraq; Tim Moynihan, author of No Greater Love, an Afghan memoir.
 
Join as we talk God, war, faith, writing, and duty at 2 pm Eastern time. You can call in at our new number 929-4771965 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11066651.
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Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Dead Dogs Don’t Bark & Dead Lions Don’t Roar by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi

Hello! I’m Tolu A. Akinyemi and this is one of my tour stops during my one-month book tour for Dead Dogs Don’t Bark and Dead Lions Don’t Roar. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. The tour runs Nov 5-30, 2018.  Authors book your own tour here.

 

Genre: Poetry
 
Introducing Tolu Akinyemi
Tolu Akinyemi was born in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria and currently lives in the United Kingdom. Tolu Akinyemi is an exceptional talent, out-of-the box creative thinker, a change management agent and a leader par excellence. Tolu is a business analyst and financial crime consultant as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with extensive experience working with leading Investment banks and Consultancy Firms. Tolu is also a personal development and career coach and a prolific writer with more than 10 years’ writing experience; he is a mentor to hundreds of young people. He worked as an Associate mentor in St Mary’s School, Cheshunt and as an Inclusion Mentor in Barnwell School, Stevenage in the United Kingdom, helping students raise their aspirations, standards of performance and helping them cope with transitions from one educational stage to another.
Tolu has headlined and featured in various Open Slam, Poetry Slam, Spoken Word and Open Mic events in the United Kingdom. He also inspires large audiences through spoken word performances, he has appeared as a keynote speaker in major forums and events in the United Kingdom and facilitates creative writing masterclasses to all types of audiences.
In March 2018 he was endorsed by the Arts Council England as an ‘Exceptional Talent’.
 
 
About The Book
Dead Lion Don’t Roar is a collection of inspiring and motivating modern day verses. Addressing many issues close to home and also many taboo subjects, the poetry is reflecting of today’s struggles and lights the way to a positive future. The uplifting book will appeal to all age groups, anyone going through change, building or enjoying a career and facing day to day struggles. Many of the short verses will resonate with readers, leaving a sense of peace and well-being.
Amazon:http://a.co/d/bLCmMt1    
 Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2CAY9N5
 
 
 
 
 
 Excerpt for Dead Lions Don’t Roar
A motivating and inspiring book of poetry should always leave the reader with thoughts about personal development and doses of inspiration … and that is exactly what Dead Lions Don’t Roar does. Whilst the poem entitled the name of the collection speaks volumes about using our gifts and talent and finding our own unique roar, there are a number of other poems that share the essence of the book. Here is a sneak peak of one such poem:
If Men were God
There would be no more us,
Long Dead and buried,
Forgotten with the times,
An atonement for our sins
If men were God….
This poem makes us think about what each of our individual role and purpose is in life, which will then motivate us to achieve…our very best. This is the entire purpose of Dead Lion’s Don’t Roar.
 
About The Book
Dead Dogs Don’t Bark is the second poetry collection from the acclaimed author, Tolu A. Akinyemi. With a similar tone and style to Dead Lions Don’t Roar (Tolu’s first poetry collection) this follow up masterpiece is nothing short of pure motivation. The poems cover a range of topics that many in life are aware of, that the Author himself has experienced and that we all, whatever our age, need support in. Beautifully written, the poems speak volumes to all age groups as they feature finding your inner talent, celebrating your individuality and distinct voice. The poetry collection has didactic elements for evaporating the effects of peer pressure and criminality amongst many others. Also covering mental health, relationships, career focus, and general life issues, the poetry is bitter sweet, amusing and thought provoking in turns.
 
Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2qaFPml  
 
Excerpt for Dead Dogs Don’t Bark
A follow on to the success of Dead Lions Don’t Roar, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark goes one step further. As well as self-motivation, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark digs deep into society, into behavior and into relationships that make existence worthwhile. An insight into the true power of the collection rings strong in the following snippet:
Cuddle up to Excellence
Else Mediocrity can catch up with you like a heatwave
Released in full force like a loaf oven baked
The days of long service awards are over
If your dream is to buy a Range Rover
Then you have to embrace excellence
This poem reinforces that it is healthy to have dreams and ambitions but that we must remember to strive for them and not just expect them … not taking things for granted and putting your best foot forward in life encapsulates the resonating theme of Dead Dogs Don’t Bark.
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GUEST POST EXCERPT: Halloween and the Aesthetic of Evil By G. Shane Morris (HOSTED BY SPECULATIVE FAITH)

I know I should have probably shared a post about Thanksgiving but then I found this one a bit intriguing. Here’s an excerpt for you to bite your teeth on and then follow the link for the full story


“Halloween is all about darkness and ugliness.” But Christians who say this confuse aesthetics with morality.

A while back, Steven Wedgeworth wrote an outstanding essay  over at The Calvinist International on the origins of Halloween.1

It’s an annual must-read. The CliffsNotes version is that Halloween is not some vestige of ancient paganism or even a Christian subversion of demonic shenanigans (as a lot of Christian writers have claimed over the years). The truth is actually pretty boring. Halloween as we know it is little more than a 20th century invention designed to sell stuff.

After I posted Wedgeworth’s piece, some friends of mine raised the somewhat different objection that no matter what the origin of Halloween, it’s still “dark,” which violates 1 Corinthians 6:14-18.

“Witches, ghosts, demons, and death–” remarked one friend–“why would I want anything to do with it?”

It’s a common question, so let me take a stab at answering it.

First, “darkness” in such criticisms is ill-defined. What does it mean, exactly? I’m inclined to think from the context that my friends and many others who use the word this way mean something like “menacing,” “fearful,” or “sinister.” Perhaps their intended meaning is just “ugly.” Halloween can be ugly, certainly. I don’t know anyone who would be flattered if you told them they had a smile like a jack-o’-lantern, or a zombie-like complexion. But what’s wrong with ugliness, if used in the right way?

I know people who don’t watch or read The Lord of the Rings because it has too much “darkness” and “ugliness” in it. They don’t like the look of orcs and Nazgul, and think these baddies must have something to do with Satan. Well, they do. That’s the point! Tolkien’s story is rooted in a mytho-poetic battle between good and evil—one that makes it clear we each have varying amounts of both in us. And by placing appearances over storytelling, critics who balk at “darkness” or “ugliness” miss out on the best Christian fantasy of the 20th century, among many other wholesome, worldview-shaping works of art.

Christians who object to Halloween often confuse aesthetics with morality.

This is why I think that Christians who object to Halloween often confuse aesthetics with morality. It looks evil, therefore it actually be evil. There’s no way to redeem the spooky or the dark. Contra Frodo, they think that if it looks foul, it must really be foul, and if it looks fair, it must really be fair.

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Tonight on the Write Stuff — Purposely Unchained with Muriel Gladney

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Purposely Unchained takes the reader on an enthralling roller coaster journey with the author as the Holy Spirit helps her little-faith grow into great-faith. It began with The Call by the Father to start a new life. From there, her life fell into the deepest of valleys of personal trials and demonic challenges. On the final approach back to safety, she was able to clearly see the mountain top of triumph.

Designed for the millions of women who formerly grew up without knowledge of God, and yet now fill the pews of churches around the world, Purposely Unchained humorously and yet biblically addresses the age-old issue of persecution that derails the faith of many Christians.

Purposely Unchained shares a guaranteed battle plan that will strengthen the woman of God in her walk of Faith, while also demonstrating how to gain victory over ungodly strongholds. This book shares a life-assisting plan of action in which the perpetual promise and power of God’s word is demonstrated several failsafe steps. It brings the biblical promise of victory off of the pages of the Bible and into the lives of today’s woman of God to let her know that yes, she can be free.

Join us for the conversation with our returning guest co-host Muriel Gladney. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11059089.


 

The Adulteress Principality, Part 2 — The Parker J Cole Show

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Last month, we began our series on the Adulteress Principality, Join us for part 2 with Rebecca Bruner.

She is everything a woman wants to be — glorious, beautiful, and vivacious. All men want her. She is captivating, exciting, and desirable that men can not help but succumb to her charms.

Hiding among the pages of a magazine, pictured on the billboard of the freeway, or clicked on by a mouse, the Adulteress Principality exists only to destroy the first relationship God created: marriage.

The Adulteress Principality has existed for eons, changing shape and form. She has been a woman of ample proportions. She has been a woman of slim proportions. She changes with changing dictates of the culture and what unattainable beauty demands we place upon ourselves. With silken words, she reaches out and embrace we women with words of cunning. “You do not look, act, or talk like me. I will take him from you and there’s nothing you can do.” To the men, she whispers sweet-honeyed words, “Stolen water is sweet.” With such words she entices the men to her canopied bed. Under the auspices of pleasure, she latches chains of bondage meant to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

The Adulteress Principality is not the ‘other woman’ who make take on her guise. She is a spirit who seeks to destroy not just marriages, but self-esteem, virility, and more.

Join me as I chat with my returning co-host Rebecca Bruner as we continue to discuss the Adulteress Principality. You can call in at our new number 929-477-1965, press 1 to be live on air.

Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11049123.

NEW RELEASE! Wanted: Stonemason by Parker J. Cole

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Mallet Thorne is in trouble, big trouble. All because he listened to a gypsy fortune-teller and not his own heart. He just wanted to make right the pain his brother, outlaw Mace Thorne, caused in Silverpines. So at the advice of the Gypsy he answers an advertisement for a groom. He has every intention of becoming the husband and father to a widow and her children even though he is unsure if he would be a good father and husband. That is until he sees the most beautiful woman ever. He’s drawn to the beauty even as he sees the distrust in her eyes.

Catrina Rosenmeyer hears the name of the newest man in Silverpines and is overcome with fear. Long ago a gypsy fortune-teller warned her to beware the thorn and she’s convince Mallet is who she meant. All she wants is to stay hidden and grieve for her sister. So why is she drawn to the handsome Thorne like a moth to flame?

Can the two of them follow the gypsy’s advice or will the mutual attraction they feel overwhelm their fears and obligations? Will Mallet marry the widow or follow his heart to the beautiful Catrina? Will Catrina put aside fear and seek to build a foundation with the stonemason?

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Tonight on the Write Stuff — Author Prayercast

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1 Peter 3: 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.

I had reached out to an author of friend of mine earlier last week. I wanted to gift her a book and needed her email address. After a quick banter back and forth, I asked her how she was doing. She said, “I’m getting ready for my son’s chemo treatment. It starts today.”

She is just one of the many authors in the past week seeking answers from the Lord. She is looking for a miracle. Another author friend is looking for a house so she can live without having serious detriment to her health. As I posted informaton about this show, more and more authors began to ask for prayer requests. Not just about writing. Health, finances, ministry, relationships, community, and so much more. My mother quotes a saying my old pastor used to say: “Prayer is the order of the day.” As child, I didn’t understand what it meant but as I type these words I get it.

My author friends and colleagues are hurting in so many ways. In this special episode of the Write Stuff, we are going to focus on your prayers and we will be praying for you. You can call in your prayer request at 646-668-8485, and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11049169.