NEARLY FIFTY YEARS ON

By James Wilson

It is nearly fifty years since the Supreme Court discovered a constitutional right to take human life if that life resided inside another person’s body. That right has been exercised some sixty million times in this country alone; it is easily the most contentious political issue in our nation and certainly the social issue carrying the greatest moral and spiritual weight. Many Americans believe the reversal of Roe v Wade – the case over which that right was established – will be overturned during the Trump presidency. Many rejoice – and some dread – the end of abortion on demand in our land. However, the reversal of Roe v Wade will not end abortion on demand; it will only make its end possible. It will still be necessary to enact legislation in each state declaring the human personhood of each conceived child…or enact a human life amendment to the Constitution. As difficult as it is to amend the Constitution, changing it will be far easier than persuading states such as New York and California to respect life for all. It is imperative that lovers of life work now to enact this amendment.

One of the many promises outfits like Planned Parenthood trumpet as the fruit of ready access to abortion is a reduction in the number of out-of-wedlock births coupled with increased equality of opportunity for women. The reasoning is something like, “If women have access to abortion their capacity to become pregnant can no longer be used against them in employment practices.” In fact, the percentage of children born out of wedlock has more than tripled since the 1980s while gender-selective abortions targeting women have become commonplace. Opportunity gains for women have come about through other legal and cultural means despite access to abortion. Abortion itself simply puts the onus on women to eliminate obstacles – like babies – to the plans a couple may have for their future. A human life amendment would close the door to what seems an easy solution but in reality leads only to guilt and shame for women accompanied by occasional medical complications that can be catastrophic.

The biggest promise Planned Parenthood cannot keep is that easy access to abortion will reduce child abuse and neglect. They say only wanted children will be born alive – forgetting abortion itself is the most radical child abuse imaginable; babies can feel pain and will struggle to survive very early in pregnancy. Outside the womb the number of reported child abuse cases has risen – since 1973 – from fewer than two hundred thousand annually to more than three million. Cases of infanticide – children murdered between birth and their first birthday – have risen from seven-point-two per one hundred thousand in the 1980s to nine-point-one in 2000. Child homicide was the only cause of infant death to rise during this period, and we have known for decades the vast majority of abused children were wanted children. A human life amendment – necessarily adopted by an overwhelming majority of American voters through their representatives – would begin to reverse the cultural atmosphere that turns a blind eye to adults venting their frustrations on the nearest innocent and helpless target.

There has never been a better time to push for a life amendment. The success of films such as Unplanned is increasing and solidifying the existing pro-life majority in the United States. The current younger generation is reputed to be one of the most pro-life in our history. Despite big states like California, New York, and Illinois becoming more radically pro-death it should be possible to get the required thirty-eight states once Congress is again in the hands of a pro-life majority; one can hope fall-out from the Mueller report and the coming scandals as its instigators are exposed will make that a near term reality. In the meantime – once Roe v Wade is reversed – we can work on the additional front of passing life legislation where possible.

The most important task for all of us remains to bring the message of God’s peace and abundant life to all those we contact. Unplanned starkly illustrates the contrast between those who share this message and those who can only shriek of coming retribution. The historical record reflects the success of the one and the failure of the other. When we recognize and behave like the Lord who came not to condemn but to offer life and that abundantly to all – all – we will find a pro-life amendment is a sidebar to the culture of life we are rebuilding in America.

The abortion holocaust is nearing fifty years of age. It is time for a jubilee.

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

Our TBR May 2019 New Releases

By Sean Frankel

With some many amazing books coming out this year it is definitely difficult to narrow it down to a few that we ABSOLUTELY MUST READ! So here are some of the books being released in May 2019 that we have on our TBR (To be read) list!

1. We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

An Arabic female Robin Hood — who would have thought to hear all of that together?! This looks like an awesome read that is bringing a new twist to the “steal from the rich to feed the poor” story line.

” Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.  “

This book is released May 14th, 2019. So it is still a ways a way, but as soon as it comes out, this is going to be my MUST READ.


2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes

This book is about a girl, Anastasia, who is tasked with smuggling a spell out of the Russian Empire in to Siberia. She only is doing it to save her family. It really looks like a fun read and reminds me a little bit of The Fantastic Beasts by J.K. Rowling mixed with some Romeo and Juliet aspects. Releases May 7th, 2019.


3. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth KeanE

Is it a love story or a story of falling back in love? Either which way –it LOOKS thrilling. It has been described as a book explaining the power of forgiveness, lost of friendship, and the ripple a tragedy can cause. Releases May 28th, 2019.


4. Things My Son Needs To Know by Fredrik Backman

Finally, a book that confirms that I am not alone in the hardships of fatherhood. Fredrik Backman is releasing a book to share his experiences raising children with the intent to help new fathers all over.

” In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:

-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tight “

This book is being released on May 7th and will be the perfect read for new and existing fathers everywhere!


5. Bitcoin Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

From the same author who brought us the book The Accidental Billionaires, which; was the basis for the film The Social Network: we are given a new story on the Winklevoss brothers. Mezrich is telling the story of how these brothers became the very first bitcoin billionaires and the trials they went through.

“Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money after their fight with Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into an eccentric character who tells them about a brand-new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize “crypto” is, in their own words, “either the next big thing or total bulls–t.” There’s nothing left to do but make a bet.”

The book releases on May 21st, 2019.


6. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

This book almost didn’t make the cut for me. But after reading reviews and what other people are saying about it –I decided to put it on my TBR. This book is a multi-generational saga that is exposing a families hidden secrets.


“And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything—perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies.

In 1959 a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden’s bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len’s best friend Reg Pauling has always been the only black man in the room—at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons’ island in Maine.

An island that, at the dawn of the 21st century, this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. When Kitty’s granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather’s past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life. “

This book is being released on May 7th, 2019.


7. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

It is rare that I do this but… OH MY GOSH I AM SCREAMING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL EVERY DAY IT GETS CLOSER TO RELEASING! This book is going to be so intellectually deep, and so in to the subject matter –that you are not familiar with– that it will keep you engaged! This book is still a mystery on the plot, but from the reviews and what people are saying –it was purposeful.


“Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.”

Releases May 7th, 2019


8. One World Kill by Mark Lawrence

EVERYTHING you love put in one book –horror, fantasy, dungeons and dragons, nerds, and physics! This book is the first in what will be an incredible series that I think will be brought to the big screen.


“In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.

Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar—man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now.

He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics.

Challenge accepted. “

Book releases on May 1st, 2019.

A MAVERICK SEASON – THEN AND NOW

By James A. Wilson

The sixties were what I call a maverick season; so is ours.

The term maverick originates in a pioneer Texan. Samuel Maverick was a patriot who fought at the Alamo and helped draft the Texas Declaration of Independence. He owned large tracts of land but was indifferent to the bean counting practices that make business possible – so neglectful of branding his cattle it became proverbial in Texas that stray cattle on the prairie were referred to as mavericks. Yet he was utterly civic minded, serving multiple terms as a city mayor and state legislator known for his integrity and outside-the-box thinking. His reputation for blowing off the party line when it proved un-useful added dimension to the term that took his name. When something needed doing Maverick would turn up, do what needed to be done, and move on to his next engagement. It was this maverick spirit that animated so many of my generational peers – the Boomers – and which is so needed today.

The sixties were a time of uncommon patriotism when multitudes of young men and women – all colors and creeds – answered their country’s call although Vietnam was an undeclared war and many voices urged them to absent themselves. (Despite the draft countless Boomers volunteered.) Countless others volunteered for the John Kennedy created service organizations. In these organizations they did construction, medical missions, and educational activities for poor people in the US – Vista – and around the world – the Peace Corps. They marched for civil rights and found the content of character really was more important than skin color, as Martin Luther King preached. They opened and staffed free clinics, food banks, and addiction recovery homes. They offered humble service – whether military or civilian – in response to the strident voices of their time.

Of course there were plenty of needy people to serve. The decade saw countless people – of all ages – trapped in drug and alcohol addiction, ignorance, dysfunctional family structures, and abject poverty. This multitude was always with us, but the emerging Boomers showed an unprecedented level of compassion and a curiosity to develop new ways to help – ways that required ownership and pro-active participation from those served.

The biggest and most colorful cultural phenomenon of the sixties was the advent of the Jesus People. Birthed on the beaches of California and Oregon, many of them were drugged out hippies miraculously brought down from their acid, speed and opioid highs, re-launched with what they described as the spirit of Jesus Christ. They addressed a world of demonstrators chanting, “Hell no; we won’t go,” bombings, and hard hats rioting against them with a supernatural love and a can-do spirit. They began the modern recovery movement through ministries like Teen Challenge. They launched the short-term missions movement with its emphasis on local control and initiative through ministries such as Youth With a Mission and Frontier Missions. Fallout from their influence included a general democratization of commerce and politics, community literacy programs, and a spirit of what this author calls warfare by honor. Such an approach leads to reconciliation across the board through mutual honoring and engagement. They rediscovered respect for tradition as a supernatural gift without kowtowing to traditionalists.

What can their movement – and their season – teach us today?

In our current culture of rage and promiscuous prejudice – we believe things not because they are demonstrably true but because our buds believe them – we can learn from them the things they attribute to that spirit of Jesus. We can value the quest for what is really real for its own sake – like my characters in Generation – choosing to believe that commitment will produce good fruit if we stick to it. The Jesus People understood why Jesus led His disciples on an eighteen month journey over a three days’ walk from Galilee to Jerusalem; He obviously valued more than destination.

We can learn that we all live in glass houses; there really is something to that Golden Rule, especially when we think the other guy undeserving. These Jesus People got it that love without truth is not loving, and truth without love is not truthful. Respect beginning with repentance from our own bad behavior before we expect it of others is really the highway to resurrection.

Finally, we can learn that a rising tide lifts all boats, and this is crucial. The Jesus People knew enough to focus on the tide more than on their own personal boats. They re-focused – which is the essence of repentance – on clearing the swamp instead of battling one alligator at a time while the other gators are closing in.

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

10 Suggestions for Young Male Readers

By Sean Frankel

The struggle is real when it comes to finding books for the young male reader. They have these stipulations that it can not be too girly, or they don’t want to be seen with a pink book. So, we decided to come up with a list of books that we suggest they get in to outside of Rick Riodan, John Green, Dav Pilkey and Erin Hunter’s books.

1. A Place of Shadows by Dave Lafferty

This book is incredibly captivating. Dave has this very unique writing style that grabs you back in to the book every couple of pages. It has some very chilling moments, but what do you expect from a ghost mystery thriller?! I highly recommend this book.

2. Scythe, Thunderhead, and Dry by Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman writes some really fantastic books. His Arc of Scythe series is only three books in, but they are so incredibly written. The concept of the storyline is that people can not die on their own, and the only people who can take a life is a ‘Scythe.’ Dry is a novel that is basically about the California wildfires before they happened. His book is obviously more dramalized and fictional, but it is ironic that it takes place in some of the areas that have been on fire around the same time the book was released.

3. James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard series

Being stripped of their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit to be a normal teenager; two teens are stripped away from the life they had by the “New Order” and stuck in a prison. Only to find out they have some kind of magical powers.. This series is very fast paced and very captivating. James Patterson did a really good job at giving us another great series that anyone can enjoy. I am still wondering why it hasn’t hit the big screen yet…

4. Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl

Speaking of books that had yet to hit the big screen. Artemis Fowl is going to be a major motion picture coming August 9th of this year. To be honest, I don’t know why it took this long for the books to hit the big screen. It should almost be a kid’s classic because the books are extremely well written, fast paced, captivating, and the character development is beautiful. Maybe Eoin Colfer was a little before his time, but hey, he finally got on the big screen!

5. Jason Reynold’s Track series

This is a very strong series about self discovery, resilience, and learning how to forget the past. Each book really follows each individual main character on the track team. Telling us more about who they are and what they are all about. Each book expands the story line and develops the characters more and more in each book. Which leaves you WANTING MORE with each cliff hanger!

6. Margaret peterson haddix’s shadow children series

Being the first child was the best thing that could ever happen to you, but being the second was a life sentence. In Haddix’s incredible series, she creates a world with population control laws that state each family is only allowed to have one child. Every child after this is considered illegal and treated like an abomination and a waste of space. The main character is unfortunate to be a second child hiding in the attic –until he is found out and taken away. This thrilling series follows a captivating timeline of rebellion, post-apocalyptic society, and freedom. Haddix does such a wonderful job writing these books that you almost can not put them down.

7. Obert Skye’s Levin Thumps series

Just another book about a fourteen year old trying to save the world. A boy who lost his parents, and lives with his horrible aunt and uncle–no, no it isn’t Harry Potter, promise. But this is a good mix of everything you love about books like the Golden Compass, Harry Potter, and Narnia. It really packs in to a magical world that anyone would enjoy.

8. Holly black & tony diterlizzi’s spiderwick series

Okay we could not leave these out. Spiderwick is such a beautiful fantasy world, and when it was brought to the big screen –I was in awe. All of my imagination was on the big screen because the vivid imagery this book has is incredible. Not to mention the intense story line and how fast paced the series is.

9. Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events

Fantastically written books with an amazing story line mystery. Following the grim tale of three orphans and their horrible uncle. I highly recommend this series as the twists, turns, and imagination in these books are incredible. Plus, who doesn’t love reading about an self-absorbed uncle?

10. Sarah J. Maas throne of glass series

So is Lara Croft a descendent of Celaena Sardothien or what? This series is about another powerful female character who kicks butt and takes names. Following through this very thrilling story line that never misses a beat, and has one of the greatest cliff hangers of all time. It also has very strong character development, and a lot of action. Even Drizzt Do’Urden can’t keep up.

Independent Book Store Day

By Sean Frankel

A national celebration for readers everywhere to go out and have a party. Independent bookstores almost went away at a point –with bookstores closing left and right across the country up until 2009. After that, a facade ideology that indie bookstores are going extinct swept the country. But according to the statistics indie book stores have been opening up in the masses since. In 2009 there were only 1,651 indie book store locations operated by 1,401 companies. As of 2018, there are now 2,470 indie book store locations being operated by 1,835 companies. That is some huge growth! So to celebrate the fact that indie bookstores are still around –we celebrate!

So why are indie bookstores important?

Independent bookstores are becoming the center of their local communities more and more. By getting involved in every which way possible,e.g, hosting events, supporting schools, volunteering in community events, and much more. Indie bookstores are a home away from home for the avid reader. A place of inspiration that anyone can get lost in for hours. Not to mention, independent bookstores are the gateway(s) to the reading community. The staffs are always way more knowledgeable, passionate, and personable about everything book related. It is just a different experience than anything else in the world because they are growing and expanding for you!

How do I participate in Independent Bookstore Day?

Well it is quite easy. All you have to do is find all of your local independent bookstores and head out to them. Some cities and stores organize bookstore crawls that you can show up and be a part of. It may require some travel to go from one city to the next for book crawls, but you will definitely get to meet some people. A lot of stores are going to be hosting author signings, book launch parties, holding big sales, and potentially doing giveaways. This will definitely be a fun way to connect and make some new friends!

What can I do to support my local indie bookstore YEAR ROUND?

Share them with your friends, show up to some author signings, and spread your love for your local indie bookstore all over social media. By getting the word spread about your local indie bookstore you are helping them grow, and helping them grow your local community. I am sure everyone has suggestions too for their local indie bookstore, so help them out by sending them notes and sharing your thoughts with them. I am sure they would love to hear how they could better service YOU!

What else?

Bookstores are going to continue to thrive because they do for the reader what Amazon and other big box retailers can not do. That is being there to personalize your experience and help you out on your reading adventures. So make sure to go out make some new book worm friends and get involved in an amazing community of book addicts that will blow your mind.

Our Favorite Books Published April 2019

By Sean Frankel

We had so many amazing books released this month that we just had to share some of our favorites!

1. “Shout” by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book is powerful in its own right. An amazing poetic memoir that is just captivating. Laurie is telling her story, the truth of what she went through, and the inspiration behind her novel “Speak.” I 10/10 recommend picking this book up. Especially if you want to know more about what Laurie, a sexual assault victim, has gone through in the last 25 years.

2. “Descendant Of The Crane” by Joan He

This book has been on my personal radar since the beginning of the year. The book is definitely based on a traditional plot, but Joan knows how to freshen it up and recapture the readers attention with his creativity. This book is a page turner where you are almost yelling out loud about what is happening next. Keeping you up until almost 3 AM when you have work in an hour because you have to figure out what happens next.

3. “Iola O” by G.M. Monks

Two words; MUST READ. This book grabs you in every which way and will have you laughing out loud at some points. This book is all about self discovery and self resilience. The plot has so many twists and turns you can never predict what will happen next. I can honestly see this being a sitcom or movie someday.

4. “The Red Scrolls Of Magic” by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

This is the start of a new amazing trilogy continuing the shadow hunter series. The book takes place after the Mortal War, which; follows familiar characters Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. This book continues an epic story-line and gets you to fall in love more with characters you didn’t love before –or know much about.