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The Distraction of the Every Day

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It took me twenty years to write my first book, primarily because life got in the way. At one time I was a single mother with two boys, and working three jobs. I eventually got remarried, had another child, went to nursing school, and went into nursing. It wasn’t until I failed at nursing that I knew that what I really wanted to spend my time writing. I went to therapy, started journaling and finished writing When God Turned his head. That launch occurred on August 28, 2010.

The Distraction of Major Events

There are days when you will get out of your writing routine. There are days when we are too sick to spend time at the computer. Major events like family graduations, weddings, and births may also remove us from our desks. Doctor’s appointments, auto repair appointments, dentist appointments, major housing projects, daily activities and all kinds of interruptions can keep us from our writing task. All of us have them so it makes no sense to feel guilty when we miss a day or two of writing. The goal, however, is to not allow that day to turn into weeks, months, or even years. If you want to write a book, you must make writing a priority.

When I finally committed to writing on a regular basis, no matter what else I was doing, I made serious progress. After I wrote When God Turned His Head, I started college full time and lived on student loans so that I could devote my time writing and attending college. While in college I published Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues and Simply Vegetable Gardening. I graduated in July 2014 magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts. In 2015 I wrote three books. Book III of the Locket Saga, A Coward’s Solace and two nonfiction books—Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard and Help from Kelp. In addition, I have written countless online articles in numerous places as well as consistently writing posts for this blog.

The Distraction of Writing Related Activities

Now that I have several books under my belt, I could easily be distracted from writing by using activities related to writing as an excuse for not writing. One of my goals is to develop a publishing company with other writers. I have been learning the process of publishing through trial and error with my own books and am almost at the point where I can start presenting this idea to others. However, I don’t want a publishing business or marketing my books to get in the way of actually doing the writing.

Tactics to Keeping on Track

Planning productive writing into every day is extremely important. Even if I only write for fifteen minutes every day, I know that I am at least maintaining a writing routine.

This week I am on a working vacation. I am going home to Corry Pennsylvania where I will be attending several events. One is a library book signing tomorrow, the second is addressing a writer’s club (also at the library) on Thursday, and the last is an in the park event where I will meet a lot of people coming through town for the alumni weekend. My own class reunion won’t be held until next year, so I won’t be distracted by those activities.  In addition, I am going to be having coffee with a number of local individuals to reconnect on a deeper level. Though I doubt I will get a lot of writing done, I am going to attempt to write at least something every day. One thing that I have discovered is that when I have a change of scenery like this, my creativity goes through the roof. I know that by the end of these next two weeks in Pennsylvania, I should have done some major recharging of my creativity batteries. This will be especially true since I am also researching for a couple of my upcoming books which will be based in this part of Pennsylvania.

Another tactic I use to prevent writing related distractions from getting in the way of writing copy is that I have deadlines for my numerous projects. This blog has built in deadlines because I have four blog posts that I need to have written every week. The two writing blogs I write every week will eventually become the fodder for two writing books, one on marketing and one on how to reach your book writing goals.

Yet another tactic is that I dedicate NaNoWriMo to writing the first draft of one of my upcoming novels in the Locket Saga. The fact that I have several first draft manuscripts waiting for attention on my computer is definitely a motivational tool to continue working on them. They are there. They need to be finished. I need to take the time to finish them.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


The Legend of Johnny Appleseed

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I remember back when I was a kid, my mother told me that the apple tree in our back yard was a descendant of one of the seeds that Johnny Appleseed had brought into the area. I could see where that could be a possibility because there were thousands of wild apple trees growing in the area. Here is an article that I published online about Johnny Appleseed. http://hubpages.com/education/The-Legend-of-Johnny-Appleseed

The Apple Tree and Personal Sustainability

Having an apple tree back in the early 1800s meant sustainability to homesteaders and it still can mean the same today. Uses for apples are more numerous than we realize. if I were to suggest to someone what one fruit tree that person should grow for a sustainable crop year after year, I would have to suggest the apple tree. Apples can be used in so many ways. Check out The Apple Tree and Personal Sustainability http://hubpages.com/living/The-Sustainability-of-an-Apple-Tree. 

Make your own Pectin Using Your Own Apples

Did you know that you can make your own pectin for jelly making? All you need are some sour apples and a little trial and error. Directions are here in my article Make Your Own Pectin for Jame and Jelly Making. http://hubpages.com/food/Make-Your-own-Pectin-for-Jam-and-Jelly-Making

Of course, no Friday Gardening Tips Segment would be complete without a video, however, rather than giving a bunch of tips today, how about video about the story of Johnny Appleseed.

 

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


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Last time we looked at having the right product, the audience, and advertising. We looked at the fact that the product has to be something that a person needs, but having a great product or service and advertising isn’t enough.  A connection with integrity from you is also important.

A Lesson in Integrity

I will never forget my Navy Recruiter’s integrity and how it affected his ability to sign up recruits. When I went into the Navy Recruiter’s office, the US Navy recruiter’s name was Petty Officer Angel. He was not one of those recruiters that you hear about who will tell you anything you want to hear just to get you to sign on the dotted line. PO Angel told me exactly what I could expect. He told me that nothing was guaranteed unless it was in writing. He told me about what I could expect from boot camp. He told me that if I wanted a guaranteed school, I would have to wait for a few months to get that school. I chose instead to go into the Seaman Apprenticeship program which gave no guarantees of schools. It just guaranteed that I would be able to get into the Navy more quickly.

PO Angel treated all of the people that he recruited the same way. He treated each individual with integrity. He told them exactly what to expect and how to avoid pitfalls along the way. He was honest. He had a certain quota that he had to bring in every month. Do you think that being honest kept him from meeting his quota? If anything it was the opposite. While other recruiters had difficulty meeting their quotas, PO Angel not only met his quota for that month but had met his quotas for several months in advance. He benefitted by giving accurate facts because the recruits that he brought in told their friends and they went to him rather than to other Navy recruiters or other military services.

Petty Officer Angel knew the first rule of customer service. You’re not dealing with numbers, you’re meeting with people. You’re not just selling, if you’re smart, you are developing a relationship.

Integrity and Appreciation in Social Media

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”  Francois-Marie de Voltaire 1694-1773

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. This is one of the reasons that social media is a powerful tool in book marketing. When I say using social media for a tool for marketing, I don’t mean that I blast my friends on Facebook with the fact that I am promoting a book every hour. What it does mean is that I get to know each person individually. I learn about their children and pets, kind of like a politician shaking hands and kissing babies. However, unlike politicians, the interactions have to be genuine. This is, after all, a post about integrity. I treat people with respect. I don’t rant. I post things that reflect who I am as a person.

I friend people I know and get to know their friends.  I let people get to know me as a person and that I am more than just a historical fiction writer.  I share memes that are humorous or inspiring.  I let them know I am an author who knows a lot about gardening, canning and writing. I have three adult children. I love raising chickens and goats (even though I currently don’t have any, I thinking about getting more). I share free online articles. I have an interest in environmental issues.  I have a free digital book that I give to people who want to limit toxic chemicals in their homes. I am a pastor and encourage spiritual growth.

I care about their lives as well. If my friend has a birthday, I don’t just say “Happy Birthday”. I give them a birthday blessing. If someone is getting married or has an anniversary, I send my congratulations. I love their baby and pet pictures. I am enthusiastic about their special events.  If someone is sick, I tell them I am praying for them and then do. I do my best to care about people and to let them know that I do.

I avoid online drama. If an issue comes up online, but it should remain private, I make it private by taking it to PM on Facebook, sending an email, or phoning them. Because I am a pastor, it is my job to do religion. My online message, however, is the message of love.  I avoid politics altogether.

I give credit where credit is due. I treat people with respect. I avoid arguments especially where others are looking for a fight.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 


My Vision

Hands_of_God_and_AdamA number of years ago, back when my son Jonathan was a baby, I was lying in bed when I had what I guess you could call a vision. I was sitting in the branches of a tree overlooking Alton, Missouri. At first it looked peaceful, but then I started noticing that there were these paisley looking things swirling around the buildings. I was suddenly afraid because I realized that they were demons. I thought, “I can’t do anything against them.”

The next thing I knew, I felt a hand on my shoulder and I saw Jesus. (Don’t ask me how I knew him, I just knew him.) He said, “Dealing with them is my job. Your job is to bring my people together.”

Over the years I have thought about this “vision” a number of times. How was it going to happen? I had no idea. I simply knew that if it was meant to be, God would make it happen.

A few days ago I thought about it again and realized that this calling was beginning to become a reality. Last year, the Lord started having me participate with two different congregations. I didn’t take them over, mind you.  I just participated in their worship and Bible studies. I had developed relationships with both congregations and shared their love for Christ.

Then a few months later, I became pastor of this church and joined the ministerial alliance in one of the local towns. Recently, I have started developing a friendship with some of the younger pastors of the area. I also participated with a radio prayer program with this same group.

What is the Church?

The other day a pastor friend of mine tried to make some sort of doctrine concerning the verses in Revelation 2 and 3 where it talks about the churches. I decided to look up the word churches in the original Greek and discovered that the word “churches” is the same word (ekklisia) used for the word church. That word means “the called out”.

I received quite a revelation. The church is not a building. The church is people. God doesn’t see different churches. He views the church as a single entity. In John 17:21, Jesus prayed that “they (the disciples, the foundational members of the church) would be one that the world would believe”. The goal of the first century church was unified in their beliefs of Jesus. The only division noted in that first century was the division because of location. For example, the church in Ephesus was separated from the church in Thyatira because of distance rather than based on doctrine.

In I Corinthians 12, we learn that another term for the church is “the body of Christ”. Again we see that there is only one church, but there are many members and that there are differences with in that body and that God planned the church that way. Just as he created each one of us uniquely, he created the church with many members performing different functions. In addition, as the second and third chapters of the Revelation demonstrates, there are differences of focus presented to each part of the church, however, never once did Jesus say to John that none of these congregations were not a part of the church.

A Personal Calling

The church is people and God does not want division between us. He wants us to realize that he has each of us placed in this world for a specific calling. I believe that bad mouthing the church down the street goes against what God himself wants. We, the body of Christ, are to love one another as he first loved us. This is my calling. To show others that as believers in Jesus Christ, we belong together.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Habits are like financial capital – forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.

Shawn Achor – Educator, Author, and Speaker

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In his book the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen Covey’s  seventh habit that he describes is called “sharpening the saw”. In this habit, he likens personal maintenance as “sharpening the saw”. His analogy showed that by sharpening the saw a woodcutter was far more productive than if he simply kept cutting. Covey described four areas where we need to “sharpen our saws”. These areas include physical, mental, spiritual, and social. In this post, I am demonstrating how, as productive writers, we need to apply this strategy of “sharpening our saws”.

Physical Maintenance of a Productive Writer

To be more productive as a writer, we must keep the human machine in good condition. As I am writing this, I am thinking about my 1997 truck that I drive. Even though it has around 200 thousand miles on it, its engine does not burn or leak any oil. The reason the oil doesn’t leak isn’t luck, it is because it was given proper maintenance. As a writer, I am able to write better if I feel well and to feel well, like my truck, I need to give myself proper maintenance.

Like my truck, I need to be fed properly. I need to eat foods that are good for me. The term garbage in, garbage out, applies here. It needs the proper lubrication and needs fluids changed on a regular basis.

My truck had apparently been sitting in a garage for a while before I bought it because it ran rough at first. However after several months of driving, the performance improved. My truck just needed exercise, and so do I. I have a confession to make, I haven’t been exercising like I should. The reason for my failure to exercise is that back when I was doing it every day, I did it in the morning. The problem with that was that it was cutting into my writing time because my best hours are first thing in the morning. I am working however on a system where I don’t have to take a lot of time out of my best hours for writing. Instead, I have started exercising during my break times between writing stents. From what I have been reading, a couple minutes (yes, two)of exercise several times per day is actually better than an hour of exercise first thing in the morning. In addition to better cardio and strength training, this practice also has the potential of increasing my writing productivity which is an added plus! A healthier body and better writing output, who could beat that?

The Mental Agility of a Productive Writer

Another area that we need to exercise is in our brains This adds more to our ability to communicate as writers because it gives us something to communicate . Learning new things whether they are part of our business or just something that we want to learn for our own enjoyment improves our ability to think and to learn more. The cliché “use it or lose it” is definitely true when it comes to our ability to learn. According to a recent statistic, about one third of all Americans don’t read any books after graduation from high school. Part of the problem I think comes from the way the school systems are structured. Schools are structured so that all the fun is taken out of education. I however stubbornly maintained the idea that learning should be fun. I love to read books on numerous subjects and do a lot of research (part of the perks of writing historical fiction). In addition, I am learning French on the internet on a program called Duolingo. I should have the course finished by the middle of September. I am also continuing to review a Spanish course that I took last year. I was going to do Russian but I do not want to have to download the Russian keyboard onto my laptop so I have decided to start studying Swedish next instead. It doesn’t take very long, I do the lessons for as little as ten minutes per day (or up to an hour a day if I am in the mood). To discover Duolingo for yourself (a free program) and learn one of 27 languages, go to https://www.duolingo.com/

The Spiritually Productive Writer

Taking time to improve our connection with our spiritual selves is also important for productive writers. Praying and reading the Bible are two ways that people in our western culture think of when they think of spiritual connection, but there are other ways that we can do this as well. Many ancient cultures found spirituality in nature. In the Holy Bible in the book of Romans it says that all of creation demonstrates the existence of the creator. I know that my own creativity is connected to my relationship with nature. Often if I find my creativity stunted, spending time in nature unblocks the flow of that creativity.

The Socially in Tune Productive Writer

In order to be a productive writer, it helps to have family members on board with our writing efforts. When family members are not on board, the writing process can become difficult. For family members to accept the time we spend at the keyboard, it is important that we recognize that they may be sacrificing time with us as well. Setting boundaries between our writing time and family time can help improve social relationships as well as taking some of the related friction out of the equation.

Improving our social network, building on our relationships is highly important for us as individuals as well as for our writing careers. As an author, I need to know how to produce good conversations in my fiction books. In addition, I also need to communicate to those people who are part of my network when dealing with the marketing aspects of the writing process. Again a cliché comes to mind. “People don’t care what you know until they know you care”. I will be sharing more about this in Thursday’s blog post.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


I remember reading back in the 1970s about the gypsy moth infestation that was killing trees all over the country. A series of photographs that I saw at the time, showed that as the moths were sprayed with insecticide, the gypsy moth population spread. Before spraying occurred, gypsy moth populations were small, but when the spraying occurred moth populations temporarily decreased in that area, but the population spread as the moths tried to get away from the poisonous spray areas.  In addition,  predators of the gypsy moth were killed off. In other words, the spray did not control the problem, the spray caused the problem. In addition, less resilient moths were killed off, but the moths that had some tolerance to the chemicals requiring more lethal chemicals to control the populations. See this photo about how the gypsy moth population has spread since 1900 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_moths_in_the_United_States

Chemicals are not only toxic to the insects but can but are also toxic to us. Insects can build a resistance to chemical controls, however, diatomaceous earth is not a chemical control, but a physical control rather than poisoning the insects, diatomaceous earth has tiny glass-like shards that cut and dry out insects. To learn more about diatomaceous earth in the garden, read my hubpages’ article why I use Diatomaceous Earth Around my House and Garden.http://hubpages.com/living/DEinhomeandgarden

One Article Not Enough Information?

if you would like more information read my free book  Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, on pdf, kindle or nook as well as other formats at Smashwords.https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/617019

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Diatomaceous Earth Video

Not willing to take my word for the benefits of diatomaceous earth? Check out this and other videos of people who love the benefits of this naturally occurring substance.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Image via Bill_Owen Flickr Creative CommonsWhat is Book Marketing?

Marketing is about letting people know and trust you and your books. It is the first link in the chain of customer service.

Each step of the way involves dealing with individuals on some level. Vital area of marketing is also part of the overall picture of customer service. If marketing is done properly (and honestly) the rest of customer service is easy. People will flock to get what you’re offering.

Marketing includes five vital areas. 1) A  product or service people want  3) advertising, 3) public relations 4) Closing the Sale 5) Referrals

One of the first big lessons I had in this was when I was 21 and decided that I was going to join the military. I had planned to join the army, but the army office was closed that day so I went to the Navy recruiter instead.

The Right Product or Service

The first step in marketing is in providing a product or service that people want. I needed and wanted a job so I decided to join the Navy.  Book marketing starts the same way. People have a need that needs to be filled. Even with novels, the need for relaxation is part of the equation. Our first objective is to give people a product that they want.

Advertising

Paid and unpaid advertising also helps in marketing. Advertising promotes the product or service to the world. Advertising works best when it connects more with the benefit of the product or service than it does with what the product or service does. The Navy offered that to me. I took the opportunity and walked into the door. Advertisements of the time said that “The navy wasn’t just a job, it was an adventure” It appealed to what I wanted in my life. I not only wanted a job, I wanted to see the world. I wanted to get in shape. I wanted to learn new skills. I wanted to make money so that I could get a college education. Advertising works best if the product or service is presented to the right audience at the right time. The reason soap operas were called soap operas was because the main audience used to be stay-at-home housewives. The companies that sold laundry detergent discovered that sales increased when they advertised in the commercials during these programs. Women who day after day watched these programs to see what happened next on General Hospital were the same women who did the laundry and bought groceries which included laundry detergent.

Advertising appeals not so much to the idea that the product or service fills a need, but appeals more to the benefits that the advertising provides. Those women didn’t buy Wisk because they needed a good laundry detergent. They bought Wisk because it got out “ring around the collar”.  People don’t buy books because they want a book. They buy books for the information that they provide about a specific subject or in the case of fiction, novels offer an escape from their everyday lives. In addition, the readers of fiction get involved with the characters. Novel series are popular because when readers get involved with the characters and start caring about those characters, when a new book comes out in the series, readers of the series buy them so they can learn what happens next.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


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The three major religious of the United States are not what you might think. I am guessing that if you were asked what the three major religions of the United States are, you would answer Christianity, Mormon, and Atheism. Two definitions of “religion” according to Merriam Webster dictionary include “an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods. Another definition is “an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group”.  Therefore in our current political climate the three major religion, if that is our definition, then the top three religions in the US are Christianity, Humanism, and Capitalism.

The God of Man VS the God of Mammon

For the first time in American politics, Christianity is an outlier. None of the candidates that are left include traditional Christian values. The values of the Democrats and the Republican parties center on other religious values. These religious values are the values of humanism (Democrats) and Capitalism (Republicans). Neither Hillary nor Trump place any pretense that their beliefs, interests, values, or activities are based on the works and values of Jesus Christ.

The God of Man

“There is a way that seems right unto men, but the way thereof is death.” Proverbs 14:12

Hillary is a middle of the road Democrat. Sanders is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist. Though Sanders and Hillary have their differences, the Democrats embrace humanist ideology. Humanism centers on the idea of relativism. In other words, it is up to the human being to decide his or her sexual orientation, to decide whether an individual is male or female, to decide whether or not the child a woman is carrying should live or die. They believe that the government’s purpose is to provide necessities for all Americans including shelter, food, education, and medical care. There are no absolutes. Everyone should be treated equally no matter their race, gender (or gender orientation), religion (unless it’s Christianity), or age. No one should be excluded based on and they believe that if you have any absolutes in your beliefs you are narrow-minded and bigoted. The problem with following these democrats is that neither follows Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, relativism is the original sin. Adam ate of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because he wanted to be able to decide what was and what was not right for him personally. God wasn’t a factor in the decision. God called that sin.

The God of Mammon

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (money),” Matthew 6:24

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:10

 

Many people have voted Republican in the past because the Republican platform has stood on the ideals of pro-life and the right to free enterprise.  The problem that occurs in this election is that Trump is neither pro-life, nor is he actually for free enterprise. He may tell us that he is for free enterprise, but don’t let him fool you. His god is money.  Actually so is the god of any of the Republican candidates.  If you don’t believe me, think back to when the Republican candidates were getting ready to make a run for office, what did they do? They headed for Las Vegas to meet billionaires to support their campaigns. Except Trump, of course, he had his own billions to get him going. He then started spouting off about how because he was a billionaire, he would straighten out the country’s money problem and built the middle class. Hogwash, have you ever seen him on The Apprentice? The man is ruthless. He doesn’t even pretend to be a Christian. His religion is money and to think otherwise is foolishness.

The Republican Party is not united under Trump, they say, because he does not follow the Republican platform. They say he is a loose cannon. However, the reason behind this is partly because the billionaires who backed the other candidates don’t have control of him because he has his own money. This makes Trump not much different from the Democrats in that he is an individual who is making the decisions rather than allowing the Republican Party money dictate what he does. Again, it is the dictates of the individual, this time however a single individual (rather than each individual within a collective) who makes the decisions about our lives.

Jesus would Vote for. . .

So who would Jesus vote for? That’s the person that I would choose because he believes in allowing the person to choose life or death, blessings or cursings (though he recommends choosing life and blessings).  I believe that he would have no choice but to vote for a write in candidate, and that candidate would be himself. He would vote for himself and I as a Christian have decided that to vote for anyone else but Jesus would be throwing my vote away to what I think is the lesser of two evils. He promises that if we follow him, we will have abundant life and blessings for eternity. Why should we vote for anything less than that?  If the candidate on the ballot does not follow Jesus, then I cannot in good conscience follow them. As the Quakers of Colonial times said, “No King but Jesus.”

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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