Branded is a great suspense story about innocence lost. BISAC = Law & Crime.
Hayden Heyer and the Twin Guardians is a wonderful tale about acceptance and love. BISAC = Love & Romance.
We live in a world filled with hatred, greed, violence, injustice, and casual sex, all things the Lord opposes, so why are we shocked when He brings devastation and death. It’s kind of expected, isn’t it, for opposing Him? Still, we are. Mostly because we have already surrendered to the injustice and selfishness of this world. Violence and death have crept into every aspect of our lives, from video games, movies, and television, to the classroom, daily news, and the neighbor next door, and it’s becoming the norm. We keep to ourselves as much as possible. But that is only making the matter worse. It damages our social skills and any eloquent way of speaking up against injustice so people will listen and take action. We avoid getting involved in any and all activities that will put us in with other people. We even hate going to parent teacher conferences because it takes us out of our comfort zone and puts us in an area that has been known for violence (schools). We’re afraid, and this fear is crippling us.
Deep down, we know there has got to be a better way to live. One where violence is minimal and people actually care about each other. Well there is, but it is going to take a lot to get back to that point and it will not be easy. What we need to do is change the way we think. There is no reason why we have to be self-centered and self-absorbed about every little thing. In a perfect world, we, as a people, would be more concerned about the other person and their needs, than our own. In return, our needs would be taken care of because others would be doing the same for us. I am not talking about government involvement or socialism. I’m just suggesting a step up in community activity.
There is so much we can do to make this happen. Let’s start in our own neighborhoods. There is the widow down the road who feels alone, the neighbor next door in a wheel chair who feels forgotten; the teen across the street who feels unappreciated; the unemployed mother across the alley who need help finding work; the family on the corner who does not have enough food for the week; or the elderly man 3 doors down who needs help cleaning house and cutting grass. We need to get involved and start by knowing whom our neighbors are and what their needs are. Think about it! If we kept tabs on the needs of our neighbors there would be less violence and more caring people.
People are generally good. The ones that are not usually have been hurt by someone and want to be left alone or are up to no good. The hurt ones you can help by showing that you care and are there for them if they need something. The other ones, you should be cautious about and report any odd behavior to the police and other neighbors. Maybe you will be the one who finds a robber in your neighbor’s house while they are gone, a missing or abused child held against their will, or a person who is making bombs in their home, all because you were familiar with the comings and goings of your neighborhoods and their surroundings.
Getting started is as easy as saying hello when you see them in their yard, at the store, at a block party or cookout. I once met my neighbors for the first time 1400 miles away at a Taco Johns when we were on vacation. We sat in the restaurant together for a good hour laughing and talking. Don’t put hundreds of miles between you and your neighbor before you realize there is something special about them. Say hello now!
With all the talk about Christian’s being persecuted in the Middle East today, are you thinking twice about being a Christian? Then let me ask you this question, do you believe in Jesus Christ and what he stands for and teaches? If you do, then you are a Christian whether you admit it or not, because that is what a Christian is. It’s as simple as that.
However, being a part of a special group or community does not exempt you from being persecuted, which is harassment and cruel treatment toward others. Today we call it bullying. Whenever someone doesn’t fit into the normal way of thinking or doing something, that person is singled out and bullied. Christian persecution is no different. Is it right? No. Is it something new? No. Can this way of thinking be changed? Yes. However, after thousands of years of living sinful lives, do you think people want to change? Probably not, most people hate change. This is why it still exists today, but so does Christianity. After thousands of years of trying to eliminate Christianity, it is still here. God will always make sure of that. So, we must be doing something right.
If you are being bullied for being a Christian, take courage and keep the faith! You are not alone. The enemy will do whatever they can to break your spirit, but be strong and do what is right in God’s eyes. Let’s face it, Jesus himself was persecuted; and he was the son of God. We are just carrying on the fight that started thousands of years earlier against disrespecting one another and God. Think of this, as long as there are Christians in the world, there will be a world to live in.
It breaks my heart to find out that parents are physically abusing their children to the point they need medical assistance and where it stunts the child’s growth. The story of the Madison girl in the attached video was locked in the basement, burned, raped, starved, forced to eat her own feces, and clean the house naked so they could tell if she was stealing food. No one should be treated this way, especially an innocent child that depends on their parents for support and guidance. My question is where were the other family members like cousins, aunts, uncles who could have stepped in? Where were the neighbors? Wouldn’t they notice the girl was never around? Even if they didn’t know there was a child living there, don’t you think that someone would have heard her scream and called the police?
Thank God, the child was able to find the strength to crawl out the window. Also, thank God for the person who had the courage to stop and ask her if she needed help and then quickly taking her away from the area.
I cannot stress this enough – we need to be more active in our communities. Evil seems to be more active then it use to be and we need to do something about it. If we stick together and work as a unit we should be able to make a difference before it’s too late. Neighborhood watches, church activities, community center involvement, etc; anything to get involve and meet the people we live near.
I will not be discussing this subject forever and would like to get the message out while I can. Help me, by spreading the word to get involved and meet your neighbors. Help me make a difference in the life of an innocent. Help me to get the book Branded in people’s hands, it makes them think.
Question – what do you think should be done to parents that physically torture their own children?
I would like to thank NaNoWriMo.org for allowing me to join their group and challenging me to write a 50,000 word Novel in 30 days. I want to thank my husband Allen for giving me the time and support needed to complete this project. Thank you to my dear friend Debi for being my cheerleader when my deadline was drawing near. Thank you to Margaret (Peggy) for helping me with the editing. Last, and most importantly to God, thank you for being my co-writer and inspirer.
I decided to take his advice and stay on the floor, out of his way. Considering how angry he was, it was safer. He slammed both hands against the steering wheel, closed his eyes and took a deep breath. He glared at me again before starting up the truck and heading for the highway.
About an hour later Jimmy says crap, and pulls over to the side of the road.
“Get up on the seat and keep yer mouth shut.”
I slowly did as he asked, wondering if he was going to hit me again, but he didn’t.
“Put yer seat belt on too.”
I did it, while Jimmy hunted around for his license in his back pocket. That’s when I saw it. He had a gun in the center of his back tucked into his pant belt. Until that moment, I had no idea he even carried a gun and became really nervous for the officer.
I was listening to the news and realized there are numerous children being abducted and raped today. That led me to thinking what those children would be experiencing while going through something so traumatic and what they would be like as adults, if they were forced to stay with their abductors. Also, what I would do if I was in their situation and only 12 years old.
When I started writing this book for a NaNoWriMo competition, I had no idea where it was going or what the moral of the story would be. I just wanted to write a story about abduction. I never expected it to become the book that you’re reading today, but I guess God had other plans.
We may not be able to eliminate child abuse or abductions from the planet, but we can open our eyes to what is going on in our own communities and listen to what is “not” being said by the children in them. I hope this book gets you thinking how you can make a difference. This book is mine.
It breaks my heart to see people slaughtered because of hatred or greed. It also breaks my heart to see people starving because of laziness or selfishness. What happened to the guiding principle – to help those in need? Have we become so calloused and arrogant, that we cannot feel the pain and injustice of others anymore?
There is no reason to shoot up a movie house, school, or church, because you don’t like someone or want to prove a point. There is no reason why one nation has to kill another, because of power or religion. There is no reason why people need to go hungry, because we don’t feel like getting involved or paying a fee. There is no reason why a person needs to live on the streets, because we don’t want to get involved or fear them. We are all God’s creatures, worshiping the same God! He is the only true power and the only fair judge. He will reward his people once they start to obey him. He said, “Thou shall not kill,” and we do. He said, “Thou shall not covet,” (which means to strongly want or desire) and we do. He said, “To love thy neighbor as thyself,” and we don’t? He also said, “to love thy God with all your, heart, mind, and soul.” If we did, we would not be thinking of ourselves all the time.
Technology has merged nations in many ways, but we still have a long way to go. Why don’t we try to come together, as One People to help each other, as God intended? In return, we would be honoring Him.
Is your heart’s desire, in alignment with the desires of God’s heart? – Tony Evans -
I received my first written review via Facebook. Here is a copy of the facebook documentation she sent to me on April 9, 2011 after finishing the book and in response to my question about this being my ministry.
I have been studying Theology and Christianity for some time, and I am now considering starting a blog to simplify the Christian faith for those who never went to church and don’t know what its all about. I am not interested in preaching, just educating.
Would you be interested in learning what things mean and why they are the way they are?
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Well I did it! I finished 2 years of technical school and received a diploma as a web designer and two certificates; one in eCommerce and another in Multimedia. Yea!!!
I have to thank the TAA Program for this opportunity and Edward Cullen. That’s right, Edward Cullen from the Twilight series. Believe it or not, the reason I chose to go back to school was because of a scene in the Twilight movie where Edward commented that he doesn’t sleep he studies. It made me wonder why people wait until they have extra time in life before doing something they always wanted to do. So, when I lost my job I took advantage of the available time I had and decided to go back to school for web design and to write a book, and did both. Now the hard stuff starts – finding a job.
Thank you Stephanie Meyers for inspiring me!
I have been pondering what the 4th of July means and what we have sacrificed to get where we are today. I thank God for the nation we live in with its freedoms and blessings, and for the people who sacrificed their lives so we can have and keep these freedoms; but in looking back it occurred to me that not much has changed in 2000 years. We still live in poverty. We still have senseless killings. We still have theft and dishonesty. We still have drought, earthquakes, sandstorms, and other natural disasters. We still have famine and rely on each other to survive. We still have people dying from illnesses that have no cure. We still have people pretending to be something they are not – lying and dishonesty. We still have leaders that try to be fair to all people, but the outcome is still unjust and unfair. And, we still have people who refuse to believe in God, Baptism and Jesus Christ. You would think that after 2000 years, we would have come farther as a people and learned from our mistakes, but I guess not.
Part of the problem is temptation. It’s no secret that good and evil (Satan) have been at it since before Adam and Eve, but who do you think is winning? As a Christian and one of God’s people, we have gone through a lot in the last 2000 years and have been tempted in multiple ways by evil to turn from God or to hurt him. Idol worship; piracy; mercy killings; destroyed cities, rape and murder; slavery; beaten with whips, chains, and rods for our belief or speaking the truth; fed to lions for entertainment; tempted by money and prostitution; war; torture; beheadings; assassinations; burnings; holocaust (destruction of the Jews); unfair and dangerous labor practices; corrupt politicians and leaders; columbine; wolves in sheep’s clothing (clergy sex scandal); and embezzlement are just a few. Satan wants to hurt God’s name, his people, and his glory anyway he can, and he doesn’t care who gets in the way.
However, I have noticed a change in his strategy lately, and maybe you have too. He is now targeting our children and God directly, and he is using the media to reach as many people as possible. We have people going from state to state picketing and blaming God for the world’s problems. Families have left the church and are no longer handing down God’s laws to their children, leaving them open to temptation. We have bullying, child prostitution, child labor, and children used as shields in war (some countries). Our children are being tempted to worship demons, vampires, werewolves, dragons, dark magic, and disrespecting their parents and each other; giving glory to Satan. No, wonder why we haven’t changed in 2000 years. We are still fighting the same battle over and over again – like the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years circling the same mountain.
What do you think needs to change for good to win and how can we help? I prefer to be on the side of Good with God’s mercy and grace, then on the side of evil and constantly be deceived and lied too. What about you? Maybe, then we can stop circling that mountain and learn the lesson we have been overlooking for 2000 years.
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Haunted by memories of the past, 16 year old Hayden Heyer (pronounced Higher) lives in a world where she feels invisible and insignificant, finding it difficult to fit in. Then she meets the Sparks twins during the first day of school and her life changes forever – Literally.
Here is a new story about a quick thinking 9 yr old who was kidnapped and escaped. Her story is similar to my book Branded.
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There is no doubt the world has changed since 9/11, but do you feel like the changes are happening all at one time? Everywhere you turn today there seems to be something happening that is unfair or unjust; everything from corporate corruption to street injustice, healthcare reform to political recalls/elections, or unemployment levels to job security. It’s as if we are in a state of constant flux and uncertainty that can be overwhelming at times. The good thing is most of the information has now been brought to light so we can do something about it. The bad part is change usually comes at a price, and are we willing to make the sacrifices needed to pay that price and create a better way of living?
I have been trying to bring awareness to the injustice of child abduction for sex for some time. It’s also no secret that I have been encouraging community involvement to help prevent child abductions and to support my book BRANDED. I believe we all have the power to look out for each another and make a difference. I found one such person who has done just that and I wanted to share her information with you and the organization she built to help young girls of sex trafficking. A survivor herself, she knows the injustices of the world and yet she is still trying to make a difference. I commend her!
That being said, for every copy of Branded that is sold between April and December of 2012, I will donate $1 to the GEMS organization. So pass this around to all your friends so we can all make a difference. Click on the Amazon link below to order from Amazon or go to the features tab and pick an online vendor. (I will keep you posted as to how many are sold on my website.)
Thank you for supporting me and GEMS and for making a difference is someones life.
Take some time and check out the GEMS website.
GEMS – Girls Educational and Mentoring Services
New legislation has recently been passed to make pimps and purchasers of child prostitutes responsible for their actions. Seems they have been hiding behind The Safe Harbor Act, or good faith act as some want to call it. It protects those responsible but not the victims of sex trafficking because of a loophole. The new piece of legislation closes that loophole and increases felony charges from a class E to class B for those responsible, making them equal to those accused of rape. The problem is, not every state has signed this new bill to date and some are contemplating if it is even worth signing for their state. To my knowledge, those that have signed or are about too are: Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Washington. There may be more, but that is all I could find at this time.
Are you against sex trafficking? Do you want to make a difference in your area? Contact your state representative and let them know that you support this new legislation and would like your governor to sign the bill. Creating harsher penalties for pimps and johns may make them think twice before getting involved. If not, it will put them behind bars a few years longer.
A Christmas Poem by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt
Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who in this home did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand, and on the wall pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sobering thought came to my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and do dreary, the home of a soldier, now I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone, curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder, not how I pictured a United States soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I’d just read, curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families that I saw this night, owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon round the world, the children would play, and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year, because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.
I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice, “Santa don’t cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more, my life is my God, my country, my corps.”
The soldier rolled over and soon drifted to sleep, I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still, and we both shivered from the cold evening’s chill.
I didn’t want to leave on that cold, dark, night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure, whispered, “Carry on Santa, its Christmas Day, all is secure.”
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right, “Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night.”
By Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt
This poem was preprinted in a Christmas card we received. It’s part of the Home for the Holidays collection. There is also a web address on the back of the card www.dav.org.
If anyone knows the writer of this poem, tell him Thank You, from us.
Should prostitution be legalized? Do you think that will eliminate the problem and stop the traffickers from abducting children, or will it just give them cause to continue doing so, but legally? The attached link discusses this avenue. What do you think the answer is in protecting the innocent from being abducted or kidnapped?
Actions are being taken to make it harder for trafficker and johns to walk away from a compromising situation and making them responsible for their own actions. The new legislation can help, but it is state based and not all states are approving it. If the industry is ever going to change, laws must be carried out by every state and nation world-wide. We cannot allow traffickers to pick up and relocate to another state or country just because the heat is on. This just allows them to take our children across borders and making it harder for us to find them and get them back.
I don’t know what the answer is to stop this horrible crime but I do know doing nothing is not the answer. Doing nothing gives them our permission to continue growing their business. Even something small is a step in the right direction until we can install righteousness into the minds and hearts of those committing the crimes. For now, my recommend is to ask every parent, school, and government agency to fingerprint their children to make sure their identities are on file. Maybe the government can even start an entirely new database for non-criminals. This would make it easier to find people that have been abducted, since they eventually get arrested at some point. Even applying for a job like bartender, would raise a red flag in the system then for a child that was kidnapped and raised by another family.
My other suggestion is to know your neighbors and their habits. I’m not saying interfere in their business or tell them what to do, just know what is going on in your area and try to friend them. This way you have a better understanding of who, or what, is in your neighborhood and when something is not right. Let’s face it, who knows more about our neighborhoods then us? We have to live in them. We should also be looking out for each other and helping those in need. However, if they become hostile or violent, that automatically tells you something is wrong. They could be going through a rough time emotionally or they could be up to no good and trying to hide it. If you sense foul play or danger is eminent contact the Police immediately! Most states will allow you to do so anonymously too. I’m not asking you to be known as the area pest, but to contact the Police when you feel something illegal is going on or when someone’s life may be in danger because of the abusive yelling.
What are your thoughts? How would you protect the innocent from predators?
I left the school, put my headphones on and started my music, heading home. I was a half block from the school and passed a beat up old van, as I was changing songs. The side door quickly opened and startled me. A big burly man that reeked of cigarettes jumped out and grabbed me. He threw me in the van with one quick swoop. I had no idea what was going on and was really scared. I scooted to the corner behind the driver, who was now driving away. I was screaming and kicking at the man telling him to get away. I told him to leave me alone and to let me out. I even threatened to call my Dad, but I never had a chance. He immediately took my music and phone away from me and tossed them out the door, along with my backpack. He pushed me down on my back and climbed on top of me, sitting on my knees. He checked all my pockets, empting them and tossed everything I had out the door too. The only thing he forgot was my lucky penny my Grandad gave me for my birthday last November.
Here are some links to give you more information about why I feel this is so important.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.dperduehenderson.com/
A Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ and follows his teachings listed in the Bible. A group of people who want to live a life filled with love and respect; one that puts God first above all things. A way of life that is simple and guilt-free with hope for an unbiased …
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