What in the World has Come Over You?

I have spent many years trying to figure out why I do things that I do. I use to let the wind take me where ever it wanted to. Often it was not in the right direction. I have learned from all those side streets that I have traveled. I am giving you a synopsis of some of the chapters from the book to let you know some of the things I felt were important to talk about:

  1. Have you been there? Do you sit back and let the world go round and round, not ever caring what happens next? I think that we ALL need to stop running in the rat race, because even rats rest once and a while. I have a chapter in the book on this subject. It talks about what really should be important in our lives. It suggests ways to get out of the fast lane and enjoy the view.
  2. Have you ever been to a funeral? Isn’t it a depressing place? Why they have the word “fun,” in funeral, I will never know. Read about how we can make it a better experience for those that are mouning at a funeral. I know because I was the mouner at one of them.
  3. Have there been times when you had no one to turn to? Did you find yourself facing a crises, and felt alone? Did you wish someone would have come to your rescue? There is always someone to turn to. You are never alone.
  4. Have you stumbled in your life, and felt like you have failed? I tell a story about a little girl that I met who “stumbled” in front of 100 onlookers, and came out a winner in the end.
  5. Is family important to you? Do you have a close relationship with all of your relatives, even down through the cousins? If not, I share where you can see just how important they really are to you.
  6. I know you have wondered why God allows so many horrible things happen in the world from people like: Hitler, Saddam Huissan, Ben Laden, and many others. I discuss this with examples in the Bible on why God allows things to happen.
  7. Do you see people wearing the cross around their neck? Even athletes kiss it as they get up to bat. My question is, do they really know the meaning of the cross they are wearing? I write a stirring, vivid, discription of what I think the cross really means.
  8. Does prayer really work? Has it ever really helped anyone? One chapter is full of stories of how prayer has worked in people’s lives, and even saved many of them.
  9. Do you share your joy of being a Christian. If you were put on trial for bring a Christian, would you get convicted? There is a list of questions for you to answer to see if you are guilty.
  10. Do you know the top twenty reasons why you should be free of depression? There is a “Tonight Show,” countdown of the top twenty reasons we should be thankful for the life God has given us.

If you want to see these chapters and 62 others like them, you will need to sign up for my online newsletter where I will be placing actual excerpts from the book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Life after Bumper Stickers. You just click on the icon on the right side bar that says, Sign up for my free newsletter, and put in your email address. You will then receive a new excerpt about every two weeks.

I have 340 subscribers that are doing just that. That is how many have signed up in the first 100 days of this site being up and running. I am very proud to have that many sign up in such a short time. It shows that something is going right with this site.

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My New Book Is Ready to go to the Publisher!

Excitement is getting high around here! The book Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Life Beyond Bumper Stickers, (Title may change a little) is ready to go!! It has been professionally edited by Sue Miholer of Picky, Picky, Ink. The book proposal has been evaluated by another professional editor/evaluator, Sally Stuart. Now it is in my pea picken hands wanting to be presented to publishers!!

It has been a long eight years to get this book where it is today.

I have stopped working on it several times because of doubt. I have thought I wasn’t good enough to write it. I got tired of the hours it took each day. The people that did some proof reading for me weren’t too excited about my first attempts.

BUT! I never gave up!! I kept at it a little at a time. I went to writing conferences. Joined a writing group. Started submitting articles to magazines, etc.

It is fitting that I will hopefully have the book in a publishers hands by the end of March. That just happens to be the month I was at the lowest time in my life back in 2001. It now can be the highest point in my life. (To this point.)

Please join me in reading some of the excerpts from the book. You can do this by clicking the icon on the right side bar that says “Join my free newsletter.” After you have done that, all you have to do is put in your email address. You will then start receiving my online newsletter that will have actual excerpts from the book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Life Beyond Bumper Stickers.

Take time to start getting the book excerpts free. It will give you a good feel of the book. If you don’t like it or the online newsletter I am sending you, put it in your round file called, “trash.”

There are many other things in the newsletter like:

  • Reports on my travels. Many of the people that have read this page before have really enjoyed it. That is because I have so many mishaps, and interesting things happen to me.
  • There is a sports page that talks mostly about Oregon State University Sports. It may have some other sports coming in from time to time.
  • There also is a resource page that has newspapers from all over the world giving information about afflictions we face like: self doubt, anxiety, fear, low self esteem, and depression.
  • The front page will be about the book, and have the free excerpts.

So help me in my excitement by signing up for the newsletter. Help the subscription numbers grow fast. That way when the book is ready for the market, as many people as possible will have an idea of what the book is about. They, of course, will want to buy at least one, or maybe many more books for friends and family.

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Why did I write a Book on such depressing afflictions?

* A side bar minute…. If you want more information about the many afflcitions we face each day in our lives like: self doubt, anxiety, fear of failure, depression, and even hopelessness, go to the top of this site and click on my other site, www.depressionsuprressed.com. There are many articles there on how to cope with these crippling demons. Go back and forth between the two sites and receive more information than you ever dared to ask for.

Now that I am posting excerpts from, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through BumpersStickers on my new free online newsletter I have been asked by several readers as to why would I write this type of book? It is about depression, self doubt, anxiety and fear.

It is because I went through depression, self doubt, anxiety, fear, and even considered suicide. I have been in the trenches! I know what it is like. Who better to ask, than one that has been there and done that.

I looked for any books written by laymen who also had been in the trenches. You know what I found? Very few books are written by anyone but pastors, ministers, religious “experts,” counselors, etc. I do not think many of them can relate. They were taught how to help people with these afflcitions, but many have no idea how the person actually feels. Wouldn’t you want someone that is talking about your problem with you to at least have gone through the muck and mire like you have?

I decided that after I turned my life over to God, that I needed to share with others how I got out of the quicksand. I wanted to share my low spots so they could see I was there with them at one time.

I sent my manuscript out to several knowlegable people on this type of subject, and they like the honesty , and the sincere compassion I share with my readers. They feel that this will reach more people than having them read a book from someone like Sigmund Frued.

Many of the people can not afford to go to a counselor, or a psychiatrist. Therefore they are looking at the shelves to find help. I think more people will want to read a book that is on their level.

Sooooo. Sign up for my free newsletter by going over to the right side bar, and clicking on “Join my free email newsletter.” Then put in your email address and you too will receive excerpts free of charge. If you know anyone that may need help with their emotions, or are going through mental stress, show them how to sign up on this site.

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I have had many comments on the other pages of the newsletter too. The travel page is getting the most comments. I posted yesterday on the travel page and here are some comments I received:

1. What a hoot!!

2. I couldn’t stop laughing.

3. You need a babysitter when you travel.

4. My wife and I loved your humor, and your interesting comments on your travels.

Let me give you a clue as to why they are all saying what they are saying. I went on a trip to El Paso, Texas around New Years Eve. (AND I came back alive) I had a horror level adventure at the Portland, Oregon airport. Would you believe I left my ID in the airport parking lot, and didn’t have time to go back and get it? Holy moley Batman, I had quite an adventure trying to get through the security. You will have to sign up to find out further happenings on the same trip. That newsletter will come out in a few days.

I also have a resource page that has articles from newspapers from all over the world that discuss the same afflictions we have been mentioning. People really seek out that page.

Finally, I have a sports page. It is soooo much fun to write. I am mostly an Oregon State University fan. Most of my postings will be on their sports programs, but I am a open to what ever any of you may send me. I will look at it and decide if it is worth printing.

Time to hit that famous pile of hay. It is eight minutes after midnight, and I am slowly melting like in the Wizard of OZ.

Please comment on any things I say. I need feedback from you to let me know there are live people out there.

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