MARCHING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE; IS ANYONE WATCHING… AND LISTENING

by James A. Wilson

It is difficult to imagine anyone paying attention to events around us who does not get it that the climate is changing; it has been changing up and down throughout recorded history. It is just as difficult to imagine a sentient being who believes – seriously – that the phenomenon is caused by the so-called scourge of human activity…not when the most cataclysmic climate events occurred during the dinosaur era…not when Greenland of a thousand years ago was really green because the pre-industrialized climate was that much warmer before the glaciers froze again. Likewise it is virtually impossible to fail to appreciate the incredible courage of sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg sailing across the Atlantic Ocean solo and facing both houses of Congress and the United Nations. It is just as unimaginable that she is not being funded and coached and manipulated by people lacking her courage and certainly her innocence cum immaturity.

This so-called teenager movement is not being funded by carwashes. Is anyone watching? Is anyone listening? Is anyone asking about the man or men behind the curtain, to remember the Wizard of Oz unveiled?

Take the hundreds of high school students – photographed marching on the Utah State Capitol – September 20. We are told they were joined by hundreds of thousands in the US and Europe – multitudes of their peers. And yet the man in the forefront of the Utah March is clearly in his thirties or even forties. Leader? Teacher? Watching? Listening?

What about Greta? She has courage beyond her years but neither the wisdom to know when she is being taken advantage of nor the maturity to go beyond primal rage at the elders she believes have failed her and her generation. This is evidenced by her petulance that quickly becomes rage. She glares at Congressional and United Nations assemblies, declaring she has no solutions to climate change while demanding these older leaders just do something. While it is reasonable to say a sixteen-year-old girl cannot be expected to solve complex scientific and social problems, it is not reasonable to commend her for an extended temper tantrum.

And what about the scientific conundrum? There is zero evidence global warming is man-caused and less that it is man-curable. Greta’s immature faith that if only the grown-ups would get off their butts and do something we could weather the crisis is matched by the equally juvenile mantra of older people who sympathize with her views. The plans so far hatched – think of the Paris Climate Accords – require nations already taking advanced leads in reducing carbon emissions to cut even deeper into their economy and wellbeing while the biggest polluters – China, India, and the Third World – go their merry way. That helps neither the polar bears nor the world’s poor people.

Speaking of polar bears, their numbers are increasing in the face of global warming; they are not likely to be Greta’s biggest fans. And the polar ice caps? Truthfully, the northern cap is reducing in size but the southern increases every year; our ice caps are showing a net gain over the past decade. The scientific conundrum is whether to believe and act on the observed phenomena – science – or make decisions based on the sermons of the followers of a religion called scientism. The latter is nothing but the feel-good – for the faithful – doctrines of political correctness. This doctrinal approach is now so pervasive in our culture that some candidates and pundits are politicizing mathematics – and proud to proclaim it.

Reality is global warming – while it poses challenges because it radically upsets the environmental status quo – if we are to believe it accounts for more numbers and more intense natural disasters, actually carries hidden blessings. (They are hidden because media declines to report them.) Greenland is finding – for example – her melting glaciers are baring more arable land than they have known for a thousand years. Beneath that arable land lie valuable and recoverable mineral deposits. Across the world we can choose between applying scientific analysis to discover and act within the new environmental parameters for the good of all, or we can push ignorant young people – ignorant only because they have not completed their education before leaping to activism – to scream that we must cut back on our lifestyles when science tells us there are much more effective solutions than groupthink.

And again let us ask, what about Greta? The fact is she did not cross the Atlantic alone. She had a crew that included her father and a state-of-the-art sixty-foot yacht that used underwater turbines to make electricity; this is not secret. Somebody with substantial resources is funding this display and it is neither Greta nor her marching peers. At the risk of repetition, she has undeniable courage for all that she has undertaken, but she is neither her own master nor her own sponsor. Who is? Who is it that hides behind Greta and the rest of the marching young people?

Yet the most important thing remains for those of us who call ourselves adults to choose between science and scientism. If we choose the former we will have to deal with all the realities of the world as it is – the good, the bad, and the ugly. If we begin with the paradigm that our world was created and is managed by a loving Creator Whose foresight is a good deal more prescient than ours, we will find our eyes open to new opportunities and our hearts closed to temperamental outbursts. There is no better way to bless each other, including the Gretas of the world.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation –
available at Bounty Books, or at praynorthstate@gmail.com

New Book Releases :: December 3rd, 2019

by Sean Frankel

These are the new book releases for December 3rd, 2019.
Sorry this post isn’t all pretty like past posts. We’ve been busy getting the store back together after our big sale!

A Madness Of Sunshine by Nalini Singh – Paranormal Romance
Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee – Sci-Fi
Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan – Fantasy
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – YA
Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen – YA
Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer – Sci-Fi
Genesis by Robin Cook – Mystery
Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie – Fiction
How the Dead Speak by Val McDermid – Mystery
If You Tell by Gregg Olson – Mystery
In the Dark by Loreth Anne White – Romantic Suspense
Last Christmas by Peter Murphy – Fiction
Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza – Mystery
Reverie by Ryan La Sala – YA
Snowfall In the City by Susan Wiggs – Romance
Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde – Lit. Fiction
The Case of the Spellbound Child by Mercedes Lackey – Fantasy
The Penmaker’s Wife by Steve Robinson – Historical Mystery
The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson – YA
The Weight of A Soul by Elizabeth Tammi – YA
Thin Ice by Paige Shelton – Mystery

A HEART OF THANKSGIVING FOR 2019 IS NEEDED FOR 2019

by James A. Wilson

I am forever advocating the deliberate cultivation of a heart of thanksgiving because it alters perspective in a dynamic way. This is not about whistling in darkness, but choosing to believe there is something to whistle about, giving thanks in advance of discovery. When we make that choice hidden opportunities are revealed, unimagined strategies attempted. Miraculous powers and gifts are manifested; they were present all along – gifts from God – but unmanifested until thanksgiving set them free. As Thanksgiving Day arrives we can receive it as an excuse for too much food and football, damn it with faint praise – well, at least I’ve got my health – or make it what it is intended to be – a day to be glad for what we have and humbly glad for what we discover post-thanking the God Who gives all things and works all things together for good in those who choose to thank Him first and question Him after.

We need to choose to thank Him for 2019 as it appears to be if we would see it as it actually is.

We have seen the boundaries of our freedom expanded this year. Unemployment is lower than it has been in nearly a century because business owners labor under fewer regulatory restrictions than in that same span. Americans on welfare are fewer than most remember. Our nation is energy independent, no longer hostage to oil producers who hate America; all these things enhance our ability to care for our families. Freedom to take this responsibility personally – instead of depending on government is a fundamental freedom. It is something for which to give thanks whether in wealth or just getting by; billions of our fellow human beings are in neither category as we understand them.

Yet I keep saying the rubber meets the road of a thankful heart when we choose to give thanks for things nobody wants, and it does. I planned a lovely little getaway to Salt Lake City for my family when we realized my wife had a few days off from work leading into the Thanksgiving holiday. We would spend one night and get to do early Christmas shopping at Ikea; we would explore what is supposed to be the finest aquarium this side of Monterey Bay in California. Then our toddler came down with tonsillitis; my wife was soon showing similar symptoms, and as I write I am not feeling much better. Our hotel reservation was non-refundable and we clearly had no choice but to cancel. I had a choice to give thanks for the disaster of our plans or curse my bad luck; I gave thanks.

It turns out a heavy snowstorm was headed into the middle of our route; I am macho enough to say I could handle it, but common sense – driven by our very real health crisis – dictated otherwise. In the meantime we found out a friend was already in Salt Lake City and happy to get the one item we could only obtain from Ikea and bring it back to us. And the room? When I called the booking agent in an attitude of thanksgiving and humility – because I was well aware the reservation was clearly labeled non-refundable and I was entitled to nothing – they graciously cancelled with no charge, not because they had to but because they could. I don’t like it when my girls are sick, and I sure don’t like it when I am. But the bottom line is we get some quiet time we desperately need because something bad happened and we chose to meet it with thanksgiving instead of you-can’t-do-this-to-me. Attitude changes equations.

Half the Pilgrims who gave us the tradition of Thanksgiving died of disease and starvation during their horrific first winter – 1620 – in the new world. They hung in there, gave thanks, and made friends with neighboring Native Americans. By Fall 1621 they were well enough established to host the tribe that helped them. They served turkey and other local game, seafoods, local vegetables including pumpkins (although not in pies) and fruits. None of them imagined for a moment they had been anything but blessed in the good times and the hard; they knew too well their survival and later good living was beyond their ability to provide. They worked hard because their God tells them to work hard – so as to better appreciate His promised blessings – per Zechariah 8:9-17 for anyone interested. The rest of us do well to follow their example.

Such an attitude shapes the equations of our lives and puts us in touch with the really real.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books, or at praynorthstate@gmail.com

ABC AND CBS SCHOOL US ON WHEN NOT TO PROTECT A WHISTLEBLOWER – IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE

by James A. Wilson

Whistleblowers are by definition people with inside information about government or corporate misconduct, obtained because they are insiders. By function they are people who go public with that information; going public puts jobs, careers, and sometimes freedom at risk.

Real whistleblowers perform invaluable public service; without them we would not know of tobacco and liquor companies’ efforts to target young people for smoking and drinking. We would be blissfully ignorant of the (known) health hazards of asbestos, carcinogens and other chemicals in use that can sicken and kill those exposed. On the government front, we would not know of the incredible incompetence and monumental deception of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations in the conduct of the Vietnam War; credit Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Without Whistleblower Edward Snowden we would remain in the dark about the extent our own government spies on us.

Whistleblowers are protected by federal law from retaliation when they expose corruption or other illegal activity…except when those they expose have the power to persecute despite the protections. Edward Snowden remains a fugitive under indictment for violating the Espionage Act; even Donald Trump wants him brought to justice instead of being honored as a champion of justice. Thankfully one of the great benefits of the First Amendment is the journeyman work media can do advocating for whistleblowers…except when the whistle is being blown on them. Consider the ABC and CBS television networks.

Amy Robach is an on-air personality for ABC News; Ashley Bianco is a former ABC producer and now a former producer for CBS. Robach obtained, vetted, and produced the Jeffrey Epstein story some three years before it broke. Her network refused to run the story in the face of her repeated pleas; there were too many powerful people involved – and lucrative sources of revenue for the network. Robach complained on a hot mic and the network archived the recording. Today anyone can watch and listen to her rant on YouTube because a whistleblower released the tape. The whistleblower had been identified as Ashley Bianco – Bianco denies it – who left ABC and went to work for CBS. Where the rubber meets the road is ABC called CBS to rat out its former employee and CBS fired her after five days on the job in retaliation for alleged whistle blowing.

That’s the rubber; here is the rub: All of the networks have been trumpeting about the sanctity of whistleblowers everywhere, and especially the one who stands at the heart of current presidential impeachment proceedings. Yet two have colluded to suppress vital public information and repress a whistleblower about a serial pedophile and his associates reaching all the way into the royal House of Windsor and back to the Clinton dynasty – if allegations prove out. Never mind the way to prove or disprove allegations is to bring evidence into the light of day – both the exposing and the exonerating kind.

For media giants to bring their considerable resources to bear on hiding rather than revealing what it knows is counter-productive and just what whistleblower shield laws are designed to combat. How dare they call themselves guardians of truth at the same time they are dedicated to suppressing it? How dare they school the rest of us in the care and feeding – and protection – of a presidential whistleblower?

For media giants to bring their considerable resources to bear on hiding rather than revealing what it knows is counter-productive and just what whistleblower shield laws are designed to combat. How dare they call themselves guardians of truth at the same time they are dedicated to suppressing it? How dare they school the rest of us in the care and feeding – and protection – of a presidential whistleblower?

There is a catch; protection is not automatic or in all cases. The law speaks of reasonable belief; it refers to honesty and responsibility in the same breath. In addition the federal False Claims Act remains on the books, adopted by Congress during the Civil War and sometimes known as Lincoln’s Law. It provides serious penalties for anyone who knowingly falsifies a whistleblower claim.

In that light, let us proceed with the impeachment process. If prosecutors can prove anything they claim – and prove it a relevant case of presidential wrongdoing – let the chips fall where they may. If the whistleblower – and those who have used this report for their own exploitive purposes – are found to be the liars they appear to be, let them bear the full weight of legal consequence for conspiring against our elected president.

While we are at it, let the media repent; the jury is already in on CBS, ABC, NBC, and a host of others. Let them earn back the respect of a public who more and more sees the nakedness of this emperor.

Last but not least, let us all beg God’s mercy. None of us is so good we can afford to live without it; the good news is none of us so evil we would be required to.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books, or at praynorthstate@gmail.com

New Book Releases :: November 19th, 2019

by Sean Frankel

Here are all the new book releases for November 19th, 2019. There aren’t a lot of them, but there are some amazing books.

A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci – Mystery
All Fired Up by Lori Foster – Romance
Angel Eyes by Ace Atkins – Thriller
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao – YA
Code of Honor by Marc Cameron – Thriller
Crying Laugh by Lance Rubin – YA
Declan by Melody Anne – Romance
Incidental Inventions by Elizabeth Ferrante – Fiction
My Book With No Pictures by B J Novak – YA
Nantucket White Christmas by Pamela M Kelley – Fiction
Outmatched by Kristen Callihan – Romance
The Chosen One by Walt Gregg – Thriller
The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg – Lit. Fiction
The Princess Plan by Julia London – Romance
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – YA
The Resurrection Key by Andy McDermott – Thriller
The Second Sleep by Robert Harris – Thriller
Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks – Fiction
Voices in the Snow by Darcy Coates – Horror
Wall Street Titan by Anna Zaires – Romance

SEARCHING FOR THE REALLY REAL

by James A. Wilson

Nobody – not even God – expects flawed human beings to find Him; He finds us. He does expect us to seek Him; yet He is content for us to seek whatever passes for ultimate reality within our clouded perspective. He guarantees success in exchange for faithfulness on the quest throughout the book bearing His mark.

The main characters in my novel, Generation, do not have the wherewithal to go searching for God; they simply do not believe He exists. They do have the integrity to recognize the bankruptcy of nothing more important on their horizon than cutting school to go surfing and avoid discovery by school authorities. They do discover the poverty of lives lived in reactive rebellion against the parents and other people they do not trust. That same integrity impels them to begin to search for what they call the really real. It is my conviction there is only one terminus for such a search, but I have neither right nor need to judge when God does not, and certainly the characters find themselves in disparate locations from one to another when the story ends. Of course the last page of Generation is not really the end of their story; the author plans six books for the series.

But what does this search look like? Really?

For one thing it’s a good thing Jon and Lonnie and Travis and Blume begin their search as teenagers. If they had the responsibilities of family and career that come not much later in life they might excuse themselves with the old saw, “So up to our armpits in alligators we forgot our purpose was clearing the swamp.” The good news is the God they (unknowingly) seek at the end of their quest often promises He will take care of the alligators – if we let Him – so we can focus on our calling per the swamp. These young people have a roof over their heads – provided by their families – and a heart to work for the extras their families do not provide. The combination of two factors and a mandate to learn about the world beyond their high school campus confines provides both the impulse and the environment for their questing.

Another good thing is this God they unknowingly seek has a habit of challenging us with no more than we are prepared to handle in a given moment, though more is likely waiting in the wings. In Generation these close friends encounter virulent racism on a Southern California beach – where many believe it cannot exist in the easygoing culture of wind and wave – there it is dangerous but not yet deadly. They will later experience the lethal violence of the Klan, but coming as an escalation of what they have already had to process and respond to.

Still another is the will they share to have each other’s backs in fair and foul weather alike; this will extends to telling each other what neither wants to hear. When the protagonist is more devoted to conning his way through life than meeting it head on his friends confront him. The same dynamic operates when he begins to suspect a dark secret about a family member that could invade his life as well; he is able to receive the input because it is clear his friends speak from love rather than judgment; they have his back, and at cost. He has already demonstrated the same devotion to them in the first pages of his story.

The last-but-not-least good and essential thing is the commitment to act on truth discovered, wherever it may lead. The principal characters come upon opportunity after opportunity to take risks – physical, social, even spiritual – with the hoped-for pay-off being a more authentic life, a life worth living. Because they believe the really real is worth whatever they can imagine investing they go for it and are guaranteed ultimate success.

I am not offering some pap about all roads leading to the same destination. I am saying anyone willing to walk any road to its consequential end out of passion for authenticity will eventually come face-to-face with authenticity. As a Christian I am convicted authenticity has a Name. But I am equally convicted the really real God loves each of us more than I can and has made provision for each beyond my imagination. All I – or anyone else – need to do is be faithful in my own lifelong quest and encourage those I meet along the way – just as Jon and Lonnie and Travis and Blume practice for each other.

These things are essential.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books or at praynorthstate@gmail.com

New Book Releases :: November 12th, 2019

by Sean Frankel

These are all the book releases for November 12th, 2019 that are popular. #titletuesday

Some really good science fiction and horror releases. A whole lot of series continuations as well. Good day for book releases!

The New Releases;
An Irish Country Family by Patrick Taylor – Fiction
Auberon by James S A Corey – Sci Fi
Coral by Sara Ella – YA
Day Zero by Kelly deVos – YA
Drone by M L Buchman – Mystery
Fan Mail by Daryl Wood Gerber – Mystery
Flamebringer by Elle Katherine White – Fantasy
Her Revolution by Gemma Jackson – Fiction
In the Heart of the Fire by Dean Koontz – Thriller
Lethal Pursuit by Will Thomas – Mystery
Mama Hissa’s Mice by Saud Alsanousi – Fiction
Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskins – Mystery
Photographing the Dead by Dean Koontz – Mystery
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender – Fantasy
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri – Fantasy
Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan – Romance
River Run by J S James – Mystery
Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy – Romance
The Agent by Elle Kennedy – Romance
The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton – Thriller
The Broken Man on a Halifax Pier by Lesley Choyce – Fiction
The Dog I Loved by Susan Wilson – Fiction
The Fall of Legend by Meghan March – Romance
The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown – Fiction
The Innocents by Michael Crummey – Fiction
The Killing Light by Myke Cole – Fantasy
The Langoliers by Stephen King – Horror
The Lost Colony by A G Riddle – Sci Fi
The Menance from Farside by Ian McDonald – Sci fi
The Pelican by Martin Michael Driessen – Fiction
The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North – Horror
The Road Home by Jill Shalvis – Romance
Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima – Mystery
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich – Mystery
When the Stars Lead To You by Ronni Davis – YA

New Book Releases :: November 5th, 2019

by Sean Frankel

These are the popular book releases for November 5th.

I highly recommend that if you are a fantasy reader that you pick up Piers Anthony’s new book. He is a fantastic author and is actually my all-time favorite writer.

Another book that really caught my eye is The Book of Colours. It is a historical fiction that takes place in medieval times and brings to life the power of creativity and the importance of connection.

For those that love Young Adult, The Toll (Book 3 of the Scythe series) by Neal Shusterman was released today, which; if you have yet to start this series, it is highly recommended that you do. I mean who doesn’t like reading about a bunch of grim reapers?

Book of Colours by Robyn Cadwallader 
Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – YA
Council of Fire by Eric Flint – Fantasy
Fate of the Fallen by Kell Kade – Fantasy
Final Option by Cliver Cussler – Thriller
Fire Sail by Piers Anthony – Fantasy
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark – Mystery
Legacy by Shannon Messenger – YA
Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward – Fantasy
Leopard’s Wrath by Christine Feehan – Romance
Novice Dragoneer by E E Knight – YA
Rage by Jonathan Maberry – Thriller
Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse – Sci Fi
Sh*tshow by Richard Russon – Fiction
Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock – Mystery
Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh – Romance
Supernova by Marrissa Myers – YA
Tell Me Everything by Amy Hatvany – Fiction
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell – Mystery
The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer – Kids
The Old Success by Martha Grimes – Mystery
The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton – Fiction
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstein – Fantasy
The Toll by Neal Shusterman – YA
The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs – Fiction
Unnatural Magic by C M Waggoner – Fantasy
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – YA
Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney – Kids