Rise of Mute Spirits

Is Cancel Culture of a Demonic Nature

“While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke.” Matthew 9:32–33

The term cancel culture gets banded about daily, but perhaps the movement to silence opposing points of view is of a more demonic nature.

The Supreme Court has ruled that incitement, defamation, fraud, obscenity, child pornography, fighting words, and threats are banned speech. “The Brandenburg test was the Supreme Court’s last major statement on what government may do about inflammatory speech that seeks to incite others to lawless action. The Brandenburg test remains the standard used for evaluating attempts by the government to punish inflammatory speech, and it has not been seriously challenged since it was laid down in 1969.” – Wikipedia

Recently, however, private companies have begun to forbid speech of a certain nature (God, Jesus, certain Bible verses) that falls outside the Brandenburg test. One of the leading monitors and censors of this is Amazon. In a recent push the company began censoring ads and books that promote the transforming power of Jesus Christ. In fact  “transforming” “transformation” and “conversion” appear to be words flagged in Amazon’s algorithm. Below is a screenshot from Amazon’s ad team.

The Assault of Unclean Mute spirits

 

The offending language in this ad is the claim that God can help those struggling with addiction and find healing–which is one of the reasons Christ came.

Find healing and hope regardless of your addiction. Allow God to invade those dark thoughts that condemn you. Begin your faith journey today.

Amazon cites the ad because it targets “customers based on certain personal characteristics.”

By this standard we might expect that ads for expectant mothers to be banned. Dealing with cancer? Sorry, no ads for cancer books. Feeling a little large around the waste? No ads for dieting books.

Except on Amazon you will find ads for dieting books, and cancer books, and pregnancy books. Clearly “customers based on certain personal characteristics” is not the real culprit. If not, what is?

I suggest the offending phrase is “Allow God.” I say this because I have faced the Amazon ad censors before. When I ran Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Amazon randomly banned ads for Conversations With Jesus, a 365 day teen devotional. The approval or disapproval seemed to depend on who at Amazon read the ad that day. Amazon blocked other ads with the words “God” “Jesus” or which promoted the transforming power of Christ.

My point is not to bash Amazon. I have friends, believers in Christ, who work for Amazon. If not for Amazon, LPC would never have grown like it has. Amazon is a business. For authors and publishers, Amazon is like Rome. It makes the rules, enforces the rules, and banishes or destroys those who violate its rules.

But the day is coming, and I think soon, when Amazon will ban the Bible and all Christian content. Others claim Amazon earns too much money from Bible sales to ban it from their site. Except Amazon has already banned the Bible.

If you go to: amazon.cn and search for Bibles you will see a long list of Bibles from which to choose. This might lead you to think you can buy a Bible in China from Amazon. You cannot. Those inside China see a “no results” response to their search for the Bible. Amazon does not need the revenue from Bible and Christian book sales. Amazon needs happy customers and based on current cultural trends, most Amazon shoppers would gladly applaud Amazon for pulling Christian content from its U.S. site.

Christian authors need an alternative to Amazon, and I do not mean another store site. We need a site like Bookbub for Christian books, videos, audio, and all forms of Christian entertainment and educational material. Bookbub does not sell books; it provides information about a book and points visitors to online booksellers. This is my vision: that someone build a site like Bookbub for Christian authors.

Christian authors are represented on Bookbub but we are one small segment of their platform. Some have suggested Christian authors simply point to Christianbooks.com. Christianbooks.com carries a nice selection of titles, but their policy (according to my last correspondence with Spring Arbor distributors) is that Christianbooks.com only carries Christian content. If a Christian author writes a general market novel that does not offer a salvation message, the title is rejected. I applaud the work of Christianbooks.com, but its exclusivity would leave too many Christian authors without a way to make their books found.

Thus the need for a site where authors can feature all works that honor and respect God and Christ, offer online chats with readers, stream live video events, feature video trailers and promotions, and publicize events. Imagine if Goodreads married Bookbub and their offspring produced a site similar in appearance to Amazon but without the commerce aspect. That is my vision.

In March 70 AD God’s people thought the protection and peace they enjoyed would continue to last. The destruction that followed was one half of a prophetic warning from Christ. The rest of his warning remains for some date in the future. “There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” Matthew 24:21

For those who have their ears to the ground, we hear the distant thud-thud-thud of Romans soldiers approaching. Let us prepare while there is still time.

 

Find healing and hope regardless of your addiction. Allow God to invade those dark thoughts that condemn you. Begin your faith journey today.By the way the book Amazon refused to advertise is: Faith House: A Journey of Faith In Addiction Recovery. Nice book, nice author, and a believer trusting God for provision and sales.

No Good Stede Goes Unpunished By Eddie Jones – 2021 Selah Finalist for YA Literature

Books for Boys Who Like to Read

Would you risk your life to go back in time to the golden age of piracy?


No Good Stede Goes Unpunished - AudiobookAt the conclusion of a seminar on, “Trances and Visions: Exploring the Out-of-Body Experience,” the wealthy daughter of a prominent physician approaches Ricky with an offer. “If my father could fix things so your mother would receive the best cancer treatment for free, would you go back in time to clear my ancestor’s good name?”

Ricky explains that he can’t simply will himself to have an episode and take a time-travel trip.

“Absence seizures don’t work that way. Even if I could go back, I can’t control when and where I end up.”

But Ricky also knows there have been instances where someone claimed they slipped into a trance and saw past and future events.

  • John, the Apostle of Christ.
  • Saul/Paul, also an Apostle of Christ.
  • Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter-day Saints.
  • Black American slave Nat Turner who led the only effective, sustained slave rebellion.

“They saw things,” Ricky says to the rich girl, “but didn’t change what happened in the past.”

Then, for the third time since last Christmas, Ricky experiences a short period of “blanking out” — of staring into and sailing through space and time.

Moments later Ricky finds himself in pirate land with Stede Bonnet, a rich sugar plantation owner who thought becoming a pirate might be a fun way to live out the rest of his life. And for Bonnet it was a Yabba Dabba Doo good time right up until the moment Ricky stepped aboard the Revenge.

Set sail from Barbados with Bonnet’s crew as they slant west towards the North American coast, and run afoul of the British Royal Navy, the good citizens of Charleston, and the pirate Blackbeard.

Will Ricky swing by the neck or die on the deck?

Would you risk your life to go back in time in order to save your mother?

Features:

* Historically accurate fiction (as close as possible)
* Short, fun, fast read
* Spiced with humor
* No profanity or sexual overtones
* No glorification of evil and wickedness

Benefits:

* Reinforces the Golden Rule
* Honors family
* Encourages readers to wonder “what if?”
* One of the best books for boys who do not like to read
* Also one of the best books for boys who like to read

Phantom Gunslinger Audiobook – 2021 Selah Awards Finalist

Books for Boys Who Like to Read

In Deadwood, you may lose your life. In Old West World you could lose your soul.


Phantom Gunslinger (Monster Mysteries) AudiobookSomeone is coming for Nick — and maybe his sister and all the girls who ever helped him solve a case. When Nick, Wendy, and Kat get trapped in Old West World on New Year’s Eve, Nick realizes someone is gunning for him. But who is this masked man and why does he want to face Nick in a show down on Main Street?

Chased by a psychotic wolf dog, Nick finds trouble at the Graveyard Gulch Gold Mine, tumbles into a crypt at Digger’s Undertaker, and becomes trapped on a train trestle with the Black Beauty’s cowcatcher bearing down. With a group of teen girls hiding in the Holy Ghost Church, several of whom prefer Nick drop dead, he summons all the courage he has and flunks pew plate target practice. Out of options and time, he walks into town to face the mysterious man dressed in black.

Will he learn why the phantom gunslinger wants him dead before Nick leaves Old West World in a pine box? In this middle-grade mystery suspense, award-winning author Eddie Jones takes readers on a Wild, Wild, West ride to the peak of a snow-covered Georgia mountain. In Old West World, doing the right thing may leave you on the wrong end of a tombstone.

The End of Calico Jack Wins 2020 Selah Award Winner for YA Literature

Adventure Fiction Books for Kids,Novel Series for Teen Boy, Novel Series for Teens, Pirate Fiction

 

2020 Selah Award Winner for YA Literature

In this YA pirate tale, award-winning author Eddie Jones blends action, adventure, and humor into a fictional retelling of the pirate exploits of Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read.

While searching for rumored treasure in a cave on Coffin Cay, a small island off the southwestern tip of Haiti (Hispaniola), Ricky suffers an absence seizure. During his last trance-like episode, Ricky uncovered a treasure from the Nuestra Señora de Riqueza, a vessel in an armada of ships sailing the Spanish Main. Now back on Coffin Cay with his parents, Ricky hunts for the treasure he found in the cave over three hundred years earlier during his trip back to pirate land.

The End of Calico Jack is a fictional retelling of the pirate escapades of Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read. The story is based on historical research of the life of “Calico Jack” John Rackham. Some liberties have been taken in the telling of the story, but many of the events reflect what historians believed happened to Jack, Mary, and Anne. Also, in real life those who suffer absence seizures may appear to be in a trance but cannot recall what happens during their episode. The book includes a PIRATE MAP of Calico Jack’s sailing routes and the ports he visited.

Features:

* Historically accurate fiction (as close as possible)
* Short, fun, fast read
* Spiced with humor
* No profanity or sexual overtones
* No glorification of evil and wickedness

Benefits:

* Reinforces the Golden Rule
* Honors family
* Encourages readers to wonder “what if?”
* One of the best books for boys who do not like to read
* Also one of the best books for boys who like to read

Readers Are Leaders!
The Caribbean Chronicles Series is a popular book series for boys who don’t like to read.
Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains no; sexual dialogue or strong language.

Let Us Endeavor to Speak Until They Silence Our Voices

CHRISTIANS FIRED FOR THEIR BELIEFS

Let Us Endeavor to Speak Until They Silence Our Voices

Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency Fires Agent for Having Parler and Gab Accounts

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency fired literary agent Colleen Oefelein after the firm discovered she had accounts on social media sites Parler and Gab. Oefelein had publicly acknowledged starting the accounts two months earlier.

Kate Hartson, Former Editor With Center Street for Supporting Donald Trump

Kate Hartson, former editor with Center Street, was recently fired, “for political reasons,” she says. The New York Times reports that her colleagues considered her a “true believer” in Donald Trump.

In an industry where imagination and words are the tools of the trade, such actions should give all authors pause for concern.

The “Information Establishment” shapes minds with words. When only one voice is heard, that is propaganda.

The “Entertainment Establishment” creates false reality and has the ability to make what is evil appear good and what is pure to appear prudish.

The “Academic Establishment” shapes young minds and is the recruiting field for the expanding army of thought police.

The “Political Establishment” enacts laws and sets public policy to insure its citizens remain in line.

The “Corporate Establishment” decides who works, eats, and lives in comfort or squalor.

All the above establishments exists within the kingdom of man.

Only in the Kingdom of God will you find free will for all, love for all from God, and the freedom to live without sin and hate through the Spirit of Christ. Those in Christ are not called to wage war on the kingdom of man. That is above our pay grade. Instead, we are called to pray that God’s words go forth and proclaim his Good News. Let us endeavor to speak, write, and teach until they silence our voices.

Calling All Christian Romance Authors

Calling All Christian Romance Authors

 

Announcing the opening of the 2021 Faith, Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Faith, Hope and Love Chapter of RWA. Books published in 2020 are eligible.

All authors of Christian fiction are welcome to enter. They do not have to be members of any set group. There are seven categories available: Long Contemporary, Short Contemporary, Long Historical, Short Historical, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Suspense, and Novella.

The FHLRCA is the only contest that is solely for Christian fiction and judged by readers of Christian fiction who are not involved in the writing industry. This is an excellent opportunity to get your author’s work in front of new readers who love to tell fellow readers about books they love.

If you would like more information, the rules and entry form can be found on the FHL website: https://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org/fhlrca-contest/. You can also email me directly for information:  nancy-rca@faithhopelove-rwa.org. Please share this information with your authors and the other editors at your publishing house.

Blessings,
Nancy J. Farrier
FHLRCA Coordinator

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Join us for the
Asheville Christian Writers Conference
February 26, 27 and 28, 2021

https://acwc.live/In the years following the formation of Christian Devotions Ministries, our small staff of volunteers would gather at the Ridgecrest Conference Center outside of Black Mountain, North Carolina, and discuss how we could help writers and authors.

Back then ChristianDevotions.us served as our only online presence. After a few years of gathering with thirty or more writers, we decided we should offer those who drove up for the day some instruction. After all, they were giving up part of their weekend simply to help the ministry. That year Yvonne Lehman, Ann Tatlock, and several other award-winning authors offered classes on plotting, character development, and other ways to improve our writing. Thus began our next ministry: a Christian writing bootcamp.

Today we call that ministry The Asheville Christian Writers Conference.

All Christian writing is a battle cry, a call to rally around God’s words and act as a herald for his Kingdom. God calls us to step up and answer with the best work possible using the talents received. We are called together to focus our hearts on the task Christ assigned us . . . to strengthen our ties with one another and hone our craft of writing in order that we might clearly spread God’s message of love for all and to all through fiction and non-fiction books, screenplays, scripts, articles, and blogs.

Past attendees have gone on to write for Inspire A Fire, our online magazine, Christian Devotions, CBN Devotions, the Upper Room, and Inspiration.org. Some attendees have received book contracts from Iron Stream Media, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, and other book publishers.

This year we will offer both in person and  virtual options for attendees. Whether you join us online at ACWC.live or at The Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, you will be challenged to improve, encouraged to persevere, and prayed for and pray with fellow believers who take serious the call of Christ to “go and make disciples in” his name.

If you wish to attend in person, we would love to see you! Currently, we have a limited number of rooms available for on-campus housing. Act fast to reserve a room on site at The Cove. Hotel space is available nearby, but staying at The Cove is a treat you will not want to miss.

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