Has The World Gone Completely Mad?

By: G. J. Fortier

In a word … no. It’s been that way from the beginning.

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NIV)

When I read this verse, it’s hard for me to believe that it was written almost 2,000 years ago. Every word in it is as applicable today as it was then, though I sometimes forget that the people then were every bit as corrupt as they are today. Whatever happened to common courtesy? What about simply considering the consequences before we act on our impulses? Has the Golden Rule been melted down and fashioned into a dollar sign that hangs around someone’s neck on a chain?

In the past, I’ve touched on this subject, but it just seems to be getting worse and worse. I’ve said many times that this is not the country—nor the world I grew up in. It was once possible to travel to another country—at least most of them—without fear of being accosted or even killed simply because of the differences in opinion that we may have or the gain that some nefarious character might have in taking advantage of us. Now, parents must consider the wisdom of allowing their children to play unattended in their own back yards. I’m not trying to say that things were completely safe when I was a child. I come from the generation that found the need to post pictures of missing children on milk cartons. But, no one could debate the fact that our world has changed drastically in the last three decades.

When I was in elementary school, I was taught that the United States was a “melting pot”. That all were welcome—all four of my grandparents were immigrants—and it wasn’t necessary for any scrutiny to be cast over (most) of the people who came here looking for a better life. They were willing to assimilate into the virgin culture that was The American Dream. Sure, they brought with them the traditions of their homelands, but they added them to society and didn’t attempt to segregate themselves in such a way as to be unwelcoming to the citizens that were their neighbors. Once they were assimilated into the population, they were Americans, and that was something special, regardless of what anyone may tell you. First generation Italian, German, and Japanese Americans willingly, no gladly enlisted in the armed services during World War II only be sent into combat to kill the Italian, German and Japanese soldiers of the Axis powers. But that was a completely different time.

But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of Godliness, but denying its power.  Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV)

Sound familiar?

Whether its racism, misogyny, misandry, homophobia, xenophobia or any other word that you choose to hide your hate behind, it all springs straight from Satan himself. He is the lord of this world. He and his minions are out there right now, stirring up as much trouble as they can because he knows just how weak and susceptible we are to their influences. How easily we can be manipulated into saying and doing things that are tribal in nature. If everyone on earth was asexual, blue skinned and black haired, went to the same church and had the same political beliefs, there would still be those who hated others because they didn’t eat the same thing for breakfast. That’s how Satan works. He influences irrational beliefs that some of us hold so dear that we’re willing to ruin someone else’s life if they don’t agree with us.

But there is hope. It lies in each of us. We are the messengers. We are the calm and gentle voice of reason. We are Christians—followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives to glorify Him and spread the Word of His love for not just us, but for those who we consider our enemies. We are told to feed them, to clothe them and to love them regardless of their feelings toward us. But, please don’t misunderstand. We aren’t to be taken advantage of. We aren’t to be duped into actions that don’t glorify God by allowing ourselves to be deceived by those who are unrepentant. All sin can be forgiven through repentance—except one. We’ve all heard the third commandment: “Thou shalt not take the Lord’s name in vain, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who does.” In the original Hebrew, the word “take” is translated as “carry”. “Thou shalt not carry the Lord’s name in vain” clearly has a different connotation. I interpret it as “If you commit evil in the Lord’s name, you will not be forgiven.” Can you think of any examples of this in today’s world?

Here’s the bottom line: We are his children. We are to maintain his covenant. But we are not here to be victimized. There are those out there who truly want to destroy us, just like the people wanted to destroy His disciples. Through our diligence, fellowship, but most of all, our faith, we must continue to do His work, bringing as many of His children out of the wilderness as we can, as long as we draw breath, regardless of how the odds are stacked up against us.

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.gerardfortier.com.


Are You a Millennial?

By: G. J. Fortier

I really don’t like to categorize people. I firmly believe that, and arguably so, the strength of the collective is derived directly from the differences of its individuals.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit. Into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV)

Having said that, I asked a question in the title of this article because, in these strange times that we are living in, the term—millennial—conjures images for most of us that will help define what it is that I’ll be talking about.

Let’s explore those images.

I myself have a millennial. That is to say that I have a twenty-one-year-old son. Now, as I mentioned above, I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I think that all the people of that generation are the same. Far from it. However, it seems to me, from conversations that I’ve had with other millennial parents, stories on the internet, the nightly news and other media platforms both social and otherwise, that there is a large percentage, whether the majority or not I cannot be sure, of these kids who are, for lack of a better term—or more relatable term for us fogies—couch potatoes. Inside my mind, I imagine (some of) these twenty-somethings sitting in their parent’s basement talking (texting … whatever) on their device of choice, probably about how they are going to make the world that their parents screwed-up so completely, a better place. I really believe that they sit around complaining, believing … and fully intending by-the-way … that they will, along with their fellows, change the world. Through their (and only their) efforts, they will make the Earth that utopian socialist society that has been imagined in the works of Roddenberry, Hubbard and Orwell.

Wait …

Here’s the problem with this scenario. That percentage of this particular generation (my own son included), by and large, aren’t employed, have been given everything on a silver platter by their so called “helicopter” (grand)parents, and have been led to believe that they are all winners, that they are incapable of losing and that they are, collectively “special”.

So, what’s wrong with being “special”?

Nothing. After all, Christians are special. We have, through our faith in Jesus Christ, been given the gift of eternal life (on a spiritual silver platter, too!). What’s wrong with believing that you can change the world? What’s wrong with (grand)parents wanting their kids to have the best of what’s available? What’s wrong with only searching for a job in which you can “make a difference?”

Again … nothing. The problem lies in what you are, personally, willing to do for what you’ve been given.

It’s been my experience that, when you give a twelve-year-old a thousand-dollar phone … and (after they break it … because they’re a twelve-year-old) another one the next year … and the next … and so on; when you give them every gaming system known to mankind and all the games that they can bake their noodles with, not to mention all the accessories and paraphernalia that come with them (sold separately); when you give a teenager a $umpteen,000+ vehicle for them to drive to the game store in; when you allow them to have access to … heck … whatever they want, really, without restriction … and then you allow … no not allow … you make them believe that, somehow, they deserve all of this crap simply because they are … well, it just doesn’t inspire them to believe in the “know the value of a dollar” concept. What have they done, other than grace you with their presence, to deserve all this?

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he will not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV)

Okay, I know that you have to be asking yourself; What does the so-called a-typical millennial have to do with being a Christian?

I’m so glad that you asked!

Remember when I said that, if you’re a Christian, you’ve been given the gift of eternal life? If you need to skim through the first part of this article to refresh your memory, go ahead … I’ll wait.

Okay, so you’ve been gifted by God to spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Why do you deserve that? Because Jesus died on the cross? Absolutely! Without that, we have nothing! Do you say grace in obedience before you eat? Of course, just as you should! Do you post Bible verses on your Facebook page? Well, that’s what I call getting’ the Word out there!

But now, here’s a better question; What are you gonna do about it? Tithe? That’s great man! Go to church on Sunday? Super-duper! Attend Sunday School? Outstanding! Bible study on Wednesday? Tremendous! But, do you do what you say you’re gonna do when you’re among fellow Christians? You know … stuff like; praying with strangers; praying for strangers; volunteering at church/soup kitchens or food pantries. What about when you say, “The men’s ministry is helping someone move on Saturday. Maybe I should make some time and help them.” How about, “Hey, has anybody seen John lately? He hasn’t been here in a while.” Or, “Sue used to come all the time. Someone really needs to give her a call”.

Or should it be; “Maybe I need to give John/Sue a call”?

What I’m asking is … what is your salvation worth to you? How do you show your gratitude to The Lord our God for what He endured on the cross to ensure us a place in Heaven? For me personally, the answer is simple:

Not enough.

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.gerardfortier.com.


Rejoice?

By: G. J. Fortier

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Today, as I write this, it’s New Years Eve, 2018! We are all facing a future that’s unknown because no one, regardless of what they may claim, knows the future.

Yes, that was repetitive.

But I’m sure that you understand what I mean. The new year, and the future as a whole, is a mystery that we have no other choice but to face day by day. That’s the way God set things up for us. We are forced to see how things unfold however they do in His timing, good, bad or indifferent. And it’s a very good thing that we believers put our trust in Him that everything will work out for our benefit. If you have any doubts about that, just read the first chapter of the book of James. Here’s a sample.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you suffer trials of many kinds. James 1:2 (NIV)

So, regardless of what life throws at us, shouldn’t we be happy about it? Oh, I know it can be hard, finding the joy in bad situations, but that’s exactly what He tells us to do. And I admit that, in some scripture, the idea can get a little muddled.

Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Psalms 2:11 (NIV)

Here’s the definition of rejoice: to feel or show great joy and delight.

So, how do you show great joy in something that scares the stuffin’ out of you?

I’m about to make what is probably the most controversial statement that I’ve made since I started writing these articles. Ready? Here goes.

I am glad, ecstatic, thrilled, delighted, jubilant—and all the other words listed here in my thesaurus—and yes, joyous that Jesus was born, lived, preached on how we are to live our lives, and died on the cross so that I will have eternal life!

That’s right, I said that! And if you don’t believe that simple truth—that we do not have what it takes to do it on our own, or any other way for-that-matter—then you have some serious studying to do, my friend.

I’m glad that He died on the cross for me and you, and you better be too! All my life I’ve been told that I need to fear the Lord. That I’m supposed to tremble and cower and avert my eyes (whenever I finally get to see Him in all his glory). But why? And don’t be obtuse. I know that I need to fear Him when I do the wrong thing, when I sin. But Jesus already took care of that for us. And I don’t think that I need to be scared so long as I’m being righteous. And I’m not the one who calls me righteous. Oh no! That would be Him who calls me righteous. And all it took was for me to accept the truth that I wrote about above. So long as we accept the truth that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and accepted the consequences of our sins—all of our sins, even the sins of those who have not yet been born … hey we’re good. Now we just have to maintain that personal relationship with Jesus Christ and we’ll have a place in Heaven … after we live our lives giving Him thanks and helping others to understand the sacrifice that He made for us, His children.

And now I have a gripe that I’m sure will offend some of you … and I don’t care. Since I’m happy about the fact that I’m saved, I’m thoroughly unimpressed when I hear a Christian say things like, “I deserve to go to Hell” or “I deserve an eternal life of torment for my sins” or any other such nonsense. Oh, and I also don’t care for the “fire and brimstone” preachers who believe that it’s better to scare the Hell (literally) out of the people rather than show them why we need to—you guessed it—REJOICE in the fact that we have a kind, loving, benevolent Father who wants us to succeed and live eternally inside His glory—in whatever form that takes in the afterlife!

Whew! I better visit Ephesians and put on my armor before the slings and arrows start flying.

Here’s the bottom line. I’m happy that I’m a Christian! I’m happy that I have a place in Heaven whenever my passage through this mortal proving ground has ended. I, really, can’t wait to get there. This life has had its moments, but far too few of them in my estimation. And I know that it was my own decisions and actions that created the vast majority of the problems that I’ve suffered, because since I turned all of that over to Jesus … well, let’s just say that He’s done a whole lot better job with my life in the past thirteen years than I ever did with the first forty-two.

So, be happy! Tell people that you’re happy about knowing, believing and trusting in Jesus! Don’t be a “Debbie Downer” and tell the people that you witness to nothing but morbid and depressing things that would make paint curl in order to scare them into believing that Jesus is just a pincushion for our sins. Tell them that He is our Savior who loves us and wants us to share eternal paradise with Him simply because … He loves us.

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.gerardfortier.com.


Prophecy

By: G. J. Fortier

The definition of prophecy is: a prediction

Have you ever had a funny feeling that something just wasn’t right, and that you needed to act in a way that would normally be contrary to your character to deal with it?

According to a spiritual gift survey that I was given this week by my Sunday School teacher, there are sixteen spiritual gifts. There may be more, but for the sake of argument, let’s just go with that number. All of God’s people have been gifted with at least one of these talents. Some more than others. That is not to say that we are limited to any number of these abilities. I believe that we possess all of them to varying degrees, but that some of them are more prevalent than others, varying by the individual. For instance, one of these gifts is prophecy. As the definition implies, God has given some of us the ability to “see” things coming, so-to-speak.

So, God said to Noah,” I am going to put an end to all people, for the Earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the Earth.” Genesis 6:13

Because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that He has sent us to destroy it. Genesis 18:13

It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance of Egypt in the land will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. Genesis 41:29-30

In each of the cases above, and many more throughout the Bible, God allowed men to have foreknowledge of coming events so that they could prepare themselves, and anyone else who had the good sense to listen to them, for the disasters that were on the horizon.

So, what does prophecy look like?

In the first scripture verses that I’ve referenced, God told Noah what He was going to do and for Noah to build the arc. The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly how long it took Noah and his sons to build it but, considering that Noah had never built an arc before, and the monumental task of gathering all of the resources involved in its construction to God’s specifications, I’ve heard it estimated that it took more than one-hundred years to build!

Now, that’s patience.

In the second example, the angels told Lot to get his family and get out of Dodge! But what did Lot do? He went out and tried to warn the folks. He spent at least a few days doing this before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

That’s not a lot of time.

And in the third example, Pharaoh’s dream gave Joseph and the people of Egypt seven years to prepare for the famine.

The point is, that if God gives you some inside information, you really never know how long you’re going to have to act on it.

Go ahead and ponder that for a minute.  

I have taken the survey that I mentioned above, and I highly recommend that, if you haven’t already, you take it as well. Now, I’m happy to report to you that I do not have the gift of prophecy. Why am I happy about that? Because, who wants that added stress of actually knowing what’s about to happen? Am I right? But I do have three spiritual gifts that are more dominant in me than the others. One of them is the gift of knowledge. This gift does not mean that I know everything, although there are some who might think that I’m a know-it-all. The gift of knowledge just means that I like to learn things. I am constantly online, looking to expand my knowledge base. And if someone asks me a question that I don’t know the answer to, it bugs me until I find out. It’s almost a compulsion. One of my mottos is; the day we stop learning is the day we die. I live by these words. But it isn’t just skimming the topic, whatever it is, and accepting the most obvious or accepted answers. It’s about digging and finding out what the truth is. And, sometimes, that takes time. In at least one case, more than a decade and counting. The gift of knowledge gives me the ability to gather information and put it together in a way that makes sense. One of my other gifts is that of discernment. That one gives me the ability to, to put it in laymen’s terms, put two-and-two together. To figure things out.

Now, I can smell the smoke from here. You’re wondering why, in this article entitled Prophecy, am I going on about my gifts of knowledge and discernment. Do you remember when I said that we all have each and every one of the spiritual gifts to varying degrees? Well, I’ve been gathering information for years on a particular subject, and although I haven’t come to any conclusions, I’m convinced enough by what I’ve seen, that I feel compelled to pass along what I believe might be happening. But I have no intention of simply telling you about it here. I’m going to give you all some homework to do so that, if you take the time to do a little research, you might have a chance to prepare yourselves for it, too.

I’m going to give you three names and three YouTube channels to check out.

The names:     Presidential Scientific Advisor to President George H. W. Bush, John L. Casey

                        Mathematician and solar physicist, Professor Valentina Zharkova

                        NASA Atmospheric Scientist, Martin G. Mlynczak, Ph.D.

The channels: Suspicious0bservers

                        Adapt2030

                        Ice Age Farmer

What do they all have in common? Here’s a hint: it’s in the name of the last channel.

Now, I know that many of you, including those who decide if this article will be published, might think that this isn’t an important subject. But I won’t mind if any of you want to remind me that I was wrong for writing this … if I am. But we’ll all know in just eighteen months whether I am or not. There’s no waiting around until the end of the century, like the global warming alarmists say, to find out. And remember, none of us know how much time we’re going to have to react to this information. So …

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.gerardfortier.com.


Some Marriage Advice… From A Single Guy

By: G. J. Fortier

Marriage. As far as I’m concerned, marriage is an institution that was created by God and it exists solely between one man and one woman. Oh, I’m gonna have the PC police on me now, for sure.

Oh well. I’ve accepted the fact that—unless God has other plans for my career—I’m never gonna be a successful writer (in terms of this world’s standards) because I am anti-PC, and I’m okay with that. I write because I have a God given gift and I intend to use it simply because it makes me happy.

But, I digress.

Let’s talk about “this world’s standards” for a minute. We live in a world of instant gratification. We don’t want, we don’t expect, we demand that we have it—whatever “it” might be—now! We are the generation that stands in front of the microwave screaming, “C’mon! I don’t have all minute!” (I stole that line from a comedian whose name I can’t remember) We live in a world in which the divorce rate stands at right about 50%, regardless of whether you were married by a justice of the peace or by the preacher of your favorite denomination. Most of us, when we enter into the marriage contract … no, let’s call it a sacrament … do so with the attitude of “if it doesn’t work out, I’ll trade mine in and get a new one”. After all, we rarely fix anything anymore. When our TV (or whatever) breaks, we don’t take it to the repair shop, we go buy a new one … a better one … a faster one … one that’s easier to use, until that one breaks. Then we start the process all over again. If we’re honest, a lot of us feel—or have felt—this way about our spouse … even if … no, especially if we’re still married to them.

Technically, I’m not “single”, I’m divorced. I have been for almost 19 years. I was married for about four years, of which about seven months was “good”. When my ex-wife got pregnant, about five months into it, things began to go downhill. We split after a year-and-a-half and were separated the remainder of the time. In my defense, I had been raised Catholic and DID NOT believe in divorce. But three-and-a-half years of BAD was enough to convince me that it was a viable option. Also, I didn’t file, she did, so there’s that. What I’m trying to say is that I tried, she didn’t. Truth is, we were never on the same page, but I never bothered to figure that out. All the signs were there, I just ignored them. And that’s what most of us do. We ignore all the signs … when we conform to the pattern of this world.

But … wait! The Bible has something to say about that.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Hmm …

I wonder, does the Bible have anything to say about marriage? Well, by golly, it sure does!

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:18 (NKJV)

Now, any of you who have been paying attention to my writing know that I usually quote from the NIV Bible. But I chose this particular “version” of the above verse for one reason … or, rather, for one word:

Comparable – (of a person or thing) able to be likened to another; similar. Of equivalent quality; worthy of comparison.

What else does the Bible say? I’m glad you asked.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22 (NKJV)

“Obtains favor from the Lord” means that your wife is a gift from God Himself.

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 (NKJV)

So, what is your wife the “weaker vessel” of? Why, the Holy Spirit! That’s right, your wife has the Spirit of God dwelling within her just like you do … or, at least, like you’re supposed to. Do you know what that means? It means that whatever you do to your wife (or anyone else for-that-matter) you’re also doing it to God!

Stings just a little bit doesn’t it? It’s meant to!

I’m a single guy and, don’t get me wrong, it has its benefits. I can come and go as I please, eat whatever I want whenever I want, watch whatever I want, I can walk around my house naked (sorry for that mental image) and I don’t have to answer to anyone (at least not yet). But, I also get lonely sometimes. Sometimes I’d like someone to talk to at the end of the day. I mean, my dog is great company, but she doesn’t offer any suggestions or give me any compliments. Heck, she never does the dishes and I have to use a pasta ladle to scratch my own back! The point is, there are times when I’d love to have someone else in the house to simply share life with. And when I hear men complain about their wives doing this or that, or not doing this or that, or about the fact that they didn’t “get any” last night because she “had a headache”, it kinda pisses me off. Just try going fifteen years! That’ll give you some perspective on “instant gratification”!

Turns out that this subject can’t be covered in just one 1,000-word (give or take) article. So maybe I’ll return to this subject next month.

Or … maybe not.

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.gerardfortier.com.


Lead Like A Man… of God

By: G. J. Fortier

Here we go again. I don’t really like to get political (please disregard several articles that I wrote during the summer of 2016—and most of my other ones too) but …

As we approach the 2018 mid-term elections, one thing has become glaringly obvious to me. Many of the citizens of this great country have lost their sense of “self”. And no, I’m not confusing this with “identity politics”— which, in my opinion, is just another term for “divide and conquer”. If you’re not sure exactly what “identity politics” is, let me explain it to you as I understand it. It all began with the bull-in-a-china-shop mentality called “social justice”. It started with the rise of feminism, combined with the so-called “free love” movement of the late fifties, sixties and especially the seventies. Now, it’s not my intention to pick on feminists (God forgive them) because there are far too many—oh, for the sake of argument let’s just call them— “factions” to lay blame on any one group for this freight train run amok.

When I was a kid, we were taught in school that the United States was a “melting pot” and that that was a very good thing. It meant that people immigrated—now there’s a hot button word—that they immigrated to this country from all over the world, bringing the best and brightest here to assimilate (some of you trekkers out there might think that assimilate is a bad thing but it really isn’t because the borg aren’t real—and neither is Start Trek) what was best about the culture that they left behind—that’s italicized for emphasis. Thereby, they could simultaneously better themselves by pursuing the “American dream” and better the country with their fresh ideas, hard work and contributions to the common good. I, myself, am a second generation American. That means that my grandparents came here on a boat, and then they made a life for themselves. They didn’t become burdens to the taxpayers by relying on the charity of others to survive. And when the call rang out, my father, two of my uncles, several cousins, my brother and now my grand-nephew stepped up to serve their country in various branches of the military. And, for goodness sake, how many times do we have to prove that this immigrant formula works? That people from all walks of life, American citizens, volunteered to serve and die for our freedoms. There was WWI, WWII, the cold war, the original Star Wars trilogy, I mean c’mon!

But I digress.

“Identity politics” or “social justice” glorifies not the individual based on their achievement, but on the tribal identity of those who look different or think differently or act in a manner that contradicts the social norm. Anytime we place more emphasis on identifying our differences than on celebrating our commonalities we disparage all that is good about our society. Personally, I find it offensive when people who were born in this country use a qualifier to substantiate their citizenship. By way of example, I was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1963, therefore I am an American. That’s where I get my sense of “self”. What I am not (although it’s unclear whether I qualify for dual citizenship based on the fact that three of my grandparents were from Ireland) I am not an Irish-American nor am I a Canadian-American (why aren’t Canadians Americans?) because my paternal grandfather was from Quebec.

So, where did this idea of separation rather than inclusion come from anyway? In large part, the now defunct Soviet Union. Decades ago, covert Russian operatives (no, this is not the plot of a Tom Clancy novel, it really happened) entered this country illegally and inserted a legacy of dissent inside the very core of our nation to destabilize our government and thus, “divide and conquer” us. Take a look at some of the videos with Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB agent who defected to Canada in the 1980’s, on YouTube. These Soviet operatives sowed these seeds of discord by simply being “good” citizens. By integrating themselves and their families into our communities and patiently awaiting their instructions to begin their real work. And guess what. The results of this dissent have been playing out on our streets and our TV’s for years. We just haven’t recognized it for what it is. The terrorist organization ANTIFA, which originated in Germany in the 1930’s as a counter movement to Nazi fascism, has been hijacked by neo-fascists who have partnered with other “domestic terrorists” that are hellbent on suppressing your God given freedoms. Ironic huh?

I could continue with the history lesson, but I need to get back to the point of this article. The 2018 mid-terms. Two years ago, we Christians, in humility and prayer called upon God to effect a change from where we believed the country was headed. Straight into the tyrannical dispensations of the so-called “progressive left”. I believe that He answered our call but gave us a leader who is by no means perfect. In fact, in my opinion, he’s a bit of a scoundrel. But do you know who else was a bit of a scoundrel? King David. But God used David and, I believe, is using our current President to effect positive change. We cannot allow, by our inaction, this momentum to wane. We must, in prayer and supplication, get out to the polls once more and prevent the mob from taking back the congress, thus plunging this nation into chaos for at least the next two years. Whether you like President Trump or not, we, the people of God, must support him and—as much as I hate to say this—the republicans!

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the King, as the supreme authority, or to governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone; love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 1 Peter 2:13-17 (NIV)

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


Some Women Just Know How To Walk In High Heels

By: G. J. Fortier

Bet I have your complete attention now!

Have you ever just watched women who wear high heels as they walked? Okay, I know that it’s a “loaded” question … and I’m quite sure that you’ve done this very thing on many occasions (and frankly, if you’re a man and you said that you haven’t, well …). Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to watch women walking—in high heels or otherwise—in a respectful way. After all, when a woman knows how to walk in high heels, it’s can be an exercise in poise and grace that’s pleasurable to witness.

Okay, that was a rationalization. Let’s face it, high heels were invented—probably by a man—to accentuate the breasts and buttocks (duh). We, Christian men, cannot avoid this in our everyday lives which is why we must be eternally conscious of our respectful example. Having said that, the women who have mastered this skill—walking in high heels that is—have done so primarily because they’ve practiced at it. Now, I’ve never even tried on high heels (except my mom’s when I was six … AND ONLY THEN), but it can’t be an easy thing to do right. And there’s plenty of evidence of that very fact. Just watch the women who don’t have the necessary skills try to pull it off. It can be hilarious!

So, what has this got to do with anything (besides the obvious)? I’m so glad that you asked.

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:2-3 (NIV)

Sound familiar?

We live in a world that’s nearly out of control. The country that I grew up in is barely recognizable and the biggest problem that I can see is that there is a complete lack of respect for authority. Or, maybe it’s simply a lack of respect all together. We’ve all heard the stories of how free speech is being suppressed, especially the free speech of conservative Christians. Some of us may have even experienced this. The so-called “democratic socialists”—a.k.a. “progressives”, “communists”, “Marxists”, “fascists”, etc.—have created the environment that’s referred to in 2 Timothy 4:3. Oh, they’ll tell you that you can say whatever you like … so long as they agree with you. But no dissension what-so-ever is tolerated. This can be seen anywhere you look in the “mainstream media”. And it becomes an almost funny thing to behold when they turn on each other. When the “left” finds one of their own who has so much as given a compliment to or offered up a defense for anyone who this mob disagrees with.

So, what can we do about this? See the above scripture and then read …

Remind the people (our neighbors) to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. Titus 3:1-2 (NIV)

We, Christians must be not only ready to share the Word with those who are willing to listen;

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because they are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. Titus 3:9-10 (NIV)

But we must also be smart about it. We shouldn’t argue and be ready to “get in people’s faces”. We should always be ready to share the Word in a humble, respectful and loving way. If someone wants to listen, great! If they don’t, the least that you have done is either plant a seed, or maybe watered one that someone else planted. Either way, you’ve done your job. The other part of the equation is that we need to be in the Word daily. And I don’t mean that we need to read our daily devotional and check it off the “to do” list. We need to study the Word, asking the Holy Spirit to clarify its meaning so we can call upon it when the situation warrants. I don’t know about you, but I amaze myself when I’m having a conversation and a verse just pops into my head that I may not remember ever reading, even though I’ve read the Bible through. That, my friends, is the Holy Spirit speaking through me.

And that’s another thing. We aren’t alone in this command. We Christians have within us the Spirit of the Lord God Himself!

So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Everywhere we go, He is right there with us. Whether we’re in the mall, people (in high heels) watching, or at Bible study witnessing to someone who’s “coming up” behind us, the Holy Spirit of God is within us, teaching us, coaching us, and sometimes speaking through us. We have nothing to fear by being obedient to the Great Commission because we don’t call ourselves righteous, He does!

Here’s the bottom line; we have to be ready. We have to practice, just like that woman—maybe your wife, maybe your sister, maybe even your mom—in the high heels. We have to get into the Word and, more than that, we have to be in fellowship with not only the Holy Spirit, but with other brothers and sisters in Christ who are ready and willing to help us with our understanding of scripture. Remember, we were never meant to do this alone … and we never have to.

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


So, you think you know people?

By: G. J. Fortier

Oh sure, you know your family and friends … to a great degree but not completely. And you know your co-workers … as well as you can, given the time that you spend with them. You even know your neighbors, at least a little bit. But, I’m talking about that guy that flipped you the “bird” in traffic the other day for some slight, whether perceived or otherwise, that you inflicted upon him. Or the woman at the grocery store who muscled her way in front of you at the “15 items or less” checkout lane … when she clearly has more than 15 items! Or the person who’s tail-gating you in the fast lane (in Georgia, the law says that you must move right if you’re the slower vehicle anyway) and being quite “animated” in their zeal for you to get out of their way. What are these people thinking? Why do they get to be rude and inconsiderate and even abusive in their actions towards me and my family? What makes them so special?

Or, maybe you should be asking yourself, what are these people feeling?

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

When you see someone at the mall who’s searching for some new clothes, do you ever wonder what burdens they’re carrying around with them? Whether someone in their family just died and what they’re really looking for is something to wear to the funeral? Or worse, they’re looking for clothes for their loved one to be buried in? Or, maybe they’re about to spend the last of their grocery money on an outfit for a job interview after having been unemployed for a year-and-a-half? What about that guy who flipped you off. Do you ask yourself if maybe he just lost his job and is on the way home to break the news to his family? Or the lady at the grocery store who cut in line ahead of you because she’s running late and needs to get home to fix a meal for a grieving family. And, what about that tailgater? Did you wonder of his son or daughter was just in a car accident, and they’re trying to get to the hospital to sign the necessary forms to allow for some lifesaving surgery … assuming that the child hasn’t already passed-away? And here’s an even better question. Are you supposed to? Is it your responsibility to figure out the motives of the people that you encounter whose behavior may not stand up against your high standards of what’s acceptable?

Okay, you can relax. As far as I’m concerned, the answer is … no. It’s not your job to try to understand why people do what they do, especially strangers. But, would it kill you to at least consider what they may be going through, instead of just how inconvenient it is for you to have to change lanes?

And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22: 39

As I write this, I can’t help but think of a video that we watched at the prayer breakfast a few months ago. It was produced by Chick-fil-A and it’s shown to every new employee as part of their initial training. The name of the video is Every life has a story, and I highly recommend that you find it on YouTube and spend the less-than three minutes it takes to watch it.

I used to think that all people were the same. That we all have the same problems and we all think … and therefore, handle them … in the same way. Boy, was I ever wrong, and it took me travelling half-way around the world to figure that out! I was sitting in a classroom with a group of young people at a university in Kamensk-Uralski, Russia, and I actually said the words—no matter where you go in the world, people are just people. The fact of the matter is, people are different. Whether you’re an INTJ according to the Briggs-Meyers personality assessment, green (okay?) according to another, or a rodent (seriously?) by still another, we all have differences in our behavior that others may not easily understand. And we all handle different situations … well … differently. Some of us cry, some clam up, some blow up and some act out. But, whatever behavior we’re confronted with, remember, the only thing that we can control is our attitude. In other words; if somebody is in a hurry, get out of the way … but if you can help them, you probably should.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. Hebrews 8:12

Recently, I attended another prayer breakfast and was blessed with the testimony of a brother who I, frankly, knew nothing about. I’d seen him at the breakfast before, many times in fact, but I couldn’t say with any confidence that I’d ever had a conversation with him. And, believe me, I would have never connected the man to his story if I hadn’t heard it from his mouth that morning. He had been carrying the burden of what he had experienced in war around with him for nearly fifty years! And these were the kind of stories that would give most of the men that I know nightmares. I really don’t feel the need to go into the details here, but the images that reside inside his head could only be described as horrific. I now have to ask myself how many people out there have similar stories to tell? How many suffer with memories that can never be forgotten? How many feel the guilt—no matter how justified—of having taken any number of lives while in the service of their country? His story, while extreme, may not be as uncommon as some of us believe … or even consider when we encounter people in our daily lives. The bottom line is, we have no idea what people are going through daily. And if we can’t make it any better for them, let’s at least not make things worse by reacting poorly to the coarse behavior of others.

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


What I’m talking about

By: G. J. Fortier

In these articles I like to talk a lot about fellowship. The reason for this is that the Bible tells us that fellowship is an integral part of every Christian’s growth. We were never supposed to try and live this Christian experience alone. We were meant to get out there and use our God given talents to show others how they can use theirs as well. You can kind of think of this as a mission. In fact, we as Christians have been given a commission:

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

It’s good for Christian’s to get out there not just because it gives us an opportunity to share the Word with people or groups who may have never heard it, or perhaps have a skewed understanding of scripture based on the incorrect perceptions of others, especially those who have an agenda to present the Bible falsely. We are responsible for this as surely as we are responsible for the development of our brothers and sisters who come to the same building that we do on Sunday mornings. After all, and I think that you’ll agree, there are more people there (in the service on Sunday) who really don’t have a clue, than there are true believers. I’d go so far as to say that the non-believers outnumber us 3 to 1. So, if we aren’t opening our arms, our hearts and our homes to those among us who are, at the very least, making the effort to get there, what good can we possibly hope to be to those outside the walls?

They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42 (NIV)

Sure, many of them attend church out of a sense of obligation. It’s something that our parents instilled in us within our familial units when we were kids. Many others are trying to “figure it out”, and some are there to “make an appearance” for the benefit, not of God’s church, but of their status in the community. You know the kind; those who hope to build their customer base by appearing to be solid Christian citizens, worthy to do business with. Others have a political agenda that they’re nursing toward some seat of power in their local, state or federal government. Or even those who are seemingly the perfect church goers, but whose real ambition is to be the “one people look to as an example” regardless of the kind of example that they present.

I pray that you will be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing that we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6 (NIV)

So, you’re probably asking yourselves; in what way can I accomplish this? How can I be in more fellowship than I am already? I go to church on Sunday … and not just church … I go to Sunday School too … and to the “ice cream socials” and “bar-b-que lunches” and the “holiday meals”— once a year.  I go to Bible study on Wednesday, I go to a prayer breakfast once a week, month, quarter. What else can I possibly do?

How about— oh I don’t know— being a friend to someone who hasn’t got many … or— God forbid— any?   

Have you ever looked across the sanctuary and saw someone that you didn’t know— or worse, someone that you do— and thought, “To heck with that guy/gal! He/she must be sitting alone because no one likes him/her. He/she must be some kind of a jerk. He/she deserves to be alone”?

Well, I hope not.

But, why didn’t you take the time to go and visit with that person? Would it have killed you to invite them out to lunch … with the rest of your friends … after church? What about just inviting them over to watch the ballgame, or go with you to that car show? Did you think, “Maybe they like guns too and would like to go to the show in—” pick your venue.

I’m not trying to “toot my own horn” here, but I recently invited someone(s) out for lunch who was new to the church service. Someone(s) who looked like they might be looking for a friendly environment to make a church home for their family. Less recently, I befriended someone who was new to the state. My friends and I invited this person out for lunch after a service, and later decided that it would probably be good for us to invite this person out to do things outside of church, just so he didn’t think that we just wanted him to come only to church. In other words, we wanted to make him our friend and not just our church friend.

The funny thing about people is, regardless of what we do for God, whether we’re a pastor or a Sunday School teacher or a choir member, we tend to be clique-ish, just like we were in high school. We tend to think of ourselves (us, our friends and family) first and “others” second … completely forgetting the fact that we are all children of God … or, at least, potentials.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:2 (NIV)

Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NIV)

I can say all these things because I’ve been— I am that guy sitting alone in the fourth pew on the other side of the sanctuary. But, I’m a loner and obviously don’t need the kind of fellowship that I’ve been talking about here. But, I can guarantee you, there are plenty of men and women out there who are in desperate need of this kind of love. Let’s try not to disappoint them. They may begin to think that it’s just how all Christian’s are. And we know that’s not true … don’t we? 

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


The Book

By: G. J. Fortier

One of my favorite things about writing is, at the end of any given month when I haven’t been inspired to write about anything in particular, when all of a sudden … boom … there it is! That’s what I’m supposed to write about! It usually happens while I’m in the shower (sorry to those of you who know me personally for any images that may conjure) and then I hurry to my computer and start writing like a banshee that’s been lit on fire (if it’s possible to light an Irish mythological spirit on fire, that is)!

So, what’s the Earth shattering topic that I’ve been inspired to write about this month? Well, it’s right at the top of the page. I want to spend a little time on the Book. Which Book am I talking about? C’mon, I would have thought that the fact that I’ve capitalized the word every time I’ve typed it would’ve been a hint. I’m talking about the Bible. That’s what the word Bible literally means, Book. Now, I could spend some time on why that is, but I’d probably put you to sleep. And, let’s face it, every time you fall asleep on the toilet, your legs get numb.

Okay, you remember the Bible, right? It’s that leather-bound tome on the coffee table that you write the birthdates of all the new family members in … that’s covered with old copies of Field and Stream and Sports Illustrated. Or, maybe it’s in your nightstand, or behind the seat in your truck. It’s the one that you grab on the way into church every Sunday for that time when the Pastor makes everybody stand as he reads the verse(s) that will be pertinent to his sermon … that you have to endure before you can head to Applebee’s.

Here is a statement of truth: The Bible contains everything that you’ll ever need to deal with any situation that you will encounter until the day that the Lord calls you home to Heaven. If you have a problem with anything in the previous sentence … seriously … have you even read The Bible? I know that there are those of you reading this who are of the opinion that the only relevant teachings in the Bible are the ones that come after the book of Malachi. That would be The New Testament for you heathens out there. After all, we call ourselves Christians, don’t we? That makes us followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, doesn’t it? And it’s Jesus’ teachings in The New Testament that are the guidelines for how we are to live our lives. And if that is your stance on the subject, I can only disagree with you on one point: that they are the only relevant teachings. Why? Because, what verses does Christ Himself recall in the of face challenges from … oh, I don’t know … the elders, the pharisees, Pilate, Satan? That’s right, verses from The Old Testament!

Ah ha! Gotcha there didn’t I?

Your statutes are wonderful; therefore, I obey them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119: 129-130

Yes, I agree that there are some pretty funky things in The Old Testament that really do need some serious study. And, if you’re involved with a men’s Bible study like I am on Wednesdays, you will have ample time to do just that. There’s nothing wrong with questioning anything, including the Bible. There’s nothing wrong with a little spirited debate (those who know me just shook their heads) that can provide some much-needed context that we may not be able to see all by our lonesome. That’s how we learn. Just keep in mind that no two people on the Earth will ever believe exactly the same thing on all subjects. And I, for one, encourage you to exercise your imagination concerning the less … shall we say … specific things that are in scripture. Remember, you are allowed to have your own personal beliefs and you will remain Christians, even if some of your closest brothers and sisters disagree with you about the small stuff. Just don’t go off the deep-end questioning the big stuff. If you have any beliefs that are in conflict with what scripture tells us, sorry to be blunt (no, I’m really not), but you’re wrong.

Remember that time that things in your life went all higgledy-piggledy (higgledy-piggledy means got real messy) and you pulled out your Bible, opened it to some random page, closed your eyes and pointed to that verse that was going to explain away all your pain and put you back on the road to peace and harmony? No? Seriously, I’m the only one? C’mon, you know that you’ve done it (or not, whatever). You read the verse and thought … huh? This verse isn’t even remotely relevant to anything that’s happened to anyone who’s every existed in the history of the universe!

Really? Maybe you should’ve read this article before you did that because there’s a word that I used three paragraphs ago … context, that stuff that you don’t ever remember to tell your wife when she gets mad about something that you did … that can make all the difference. Another important point is that we were never meant to go-it-alone. We are always supposed to seek out Christian fellowship rather than try to sort through all of life’s problems by ourselves. But, I don’t want to give you the impression that the Bible is only useful when things have gone, again, all higgledy-piggledy. All you married guys have to do is take a look at The Old Testament book, The Song of Solomon <wink, wink>.

Now, for some serious stuff. If you’re (still) reading this, I can only assume that you’re a follower of Jesus Christ. If that’s so, and you don’t actively want to read scripture daily about His reason for coming here to be with us for that all-too short time so long ago, then I say that you don’t have the right to call yourself a Christian.

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his Christian Military thriller, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.