Ivan G Thompson

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Ivan G Thompson

Ivan Thompson is the CEO of Launch Productions. He is a singer/songwriter, actor, author, business consultant, and inventor. Ivan’s books have garnered rave reviews and are available on Amazon as well as all major retailer websites. Ivan has published multiple Christian titles, an exceptional book about diversity in the Air Force, a fitness book and a book to help new writers become published authors. Ivan’s audiobooks are also available on Audible. Ivan has over 25 years consulting senior military and civilian leaders. He has conducted senior leadership off-sites, strategic planning sessions and served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Practice Implementation Board. As the Deputy, he helped facilitate and lead Task Groups for the Secretary of Defense comprised of senior DoD civilians and retired and active Fortune 500 CEOs. As a singer/songwriter, he has performed the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, LA Kings, St. Louis Rams, LA Sparks, NASCAR, NCAA and was a guest soloist on the Bobby Jones Gospel show and Tom Joyner show. He has performed across the US and Europe as Tour Director of the Air Force’s Tops in Blue traveling entertainment team.

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The Making of a Great America Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short

Working Title: The Making of a Great America Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short

This Book Is In Development

The Making of a Great America Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short

Religion & Spirituality

“Make America Great Again” has quickly become one of the most divisive phrases in our nation. It most certainly begs the questions when was America great, what things made it great, and what things need to be done to restore its greatness? The answers to the questions above have driven me back to study the Founding Fathers’ vision of America and what they set out to achieve. As a born-again Christian I share the belief that America’s greatness is inextricably connected to its foundational aim, as expressed in the pledge of allegiance, to be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” I know that for non-Christians these words may have a myriad of interpretations. This book is not written for them. This book is written for those who profess the lordship of Jesus Christ and acknowledge the inerrant doctrinal authority of the Bible: 2 Tim 3:16 (NKJV) “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Pet 1:16, 20-21 (NKJV) “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty…knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. I believe that the Scriptural principles reflected in the pledge of allegiance were valid long before it was created and are still relevant today. As I study the Founding Father’s application of these principles however, I believe that they did not go far enough in their pursuit of the tenets of indivisibility and liberty and justice for all. Though these Founding Fathers were great visionaries, likely the greatest visionaries our country has ever known, their revelation of God’s plan for our nation was incomplete. I will show in this book how the Founding Fathers had difficulty extending the application of these principles outside themselves (British settlers). They had difficulty extending these principles to native Americans, enslaved Africans and even to other European immigrants (Irish, German, etc.) Why would I go to the trouble of pointing this out? Only to show that many of the same issues that we are dealing with today (division along racial lines, racism, distrust of immigrants) are not new issues. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NKJV) says “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”

Rough-Cut Book Bubbles from The Making of a Great America Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short

Any Republican Will Do

In this draft chapter of my book, I discuss what I believe is a shift in the ideology used to select candidates for the Republican nomination for President. I discuss the consequences for that shift, and I call on political and religious leaders to abandon the “any Republican Will Do” mantra and reflect on the qualities that the Republican nominee for President should have. This chapter makes parallels between Presidents Nixon and Trump, provides a Scriptural framework under which to view the authority of the President, and contains a particularly unique perspective on praying for the President and our governmental authorities.

Give Us A King—The Search for a Champion

In my research for this book, one of the most troubling things that I ran across was the assertion that President Trump was “chosen by God.” This assertion was made by very influential leaders in the body of Christ, one who I even used to support financially. It was one of the primary things that I wanted to address in this book. Stamping the President as “chosen by God,” eliminates all responsibility and culpability on our part. The “chosen by God” label makes it seem like we have no choice in the matter and even worse, was meant in a way as to say “anointed by God.” There is a well-known phrase in the Book of Esther that says that Esther “was chosen for such a time as this.” In my research of the Christian leaders that have referred to President Trump as “chosen by God,” I see this Esther-like type of declaration. I believe the Bible supports a different view. Namely that God, since the time of the Garden of Eden, has given us the power to choose. In this chapter, I show, Scripturally, that we have been given a choice, even in the selection of national leaders. We are accountable for the leaders we choose, and we can make different choices.

Azusa's Lost Revelation

This is one of the most crucial chapters in this book. I believe that America, specifically the body of Christ in America, missed a key turn at a crossroads that was the Azusa revival in 1906. I believe that before we can change the racial climate in America, we must first change the racial climate in the body of Christ. Moreover, I believe that there is a key revelation that was lost at Azusa that must be recovered if the church is to lead the way in modeling unity among the races achieve the greatness that God envisioned for America.

Our Love is as Fierce As Our Anger

This has been the most difficult chapter of the book for me to draft so far. I struggled with how to uphold the 1 Cor 13: 1 tenet of love “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal,” while sharing the feelings of anger in my heart over the church’s tolerance of racism. I believe the church has allowed a resurgence of racism and division to become the new status quo. I believe that just as the church speaks out against the preservation of the family and the unborn, it should also speak out against racism and division and its propagation even from the highest levels of our government. I am stunned that racism and division don’t seem to be deemed by the church as sins anymore. Moreover, it seems that the purveyors of its evils have been given a pass by the church if they wave the banner against other sins that are deemed more serious. The Bible talks about how in the last days, even the very elect could be deceived. I believe that in terms of racial division, this last day deception has already engulfed America and worse, many of its religious leaders.

All Is Well In America

The premise of this book is that we in the body of Christ have not let old ideas about race and ethnic origin pass away. The Scripture above tells us “not to think more highly of” ourselves than we “ought to think,” recognizing that we are all members of the body of Christ and “individually members of one another.” In essence, that’s what racism and bigotry are, thinking more highly of ourselves, as it pertains to our ethnic/racial ancestry than we should. As a nation, collectively we, however, have not “renewed our minds” in this area. Further, we have allowed ourselves to be “conformed” to the “world’s” way of accenting differences and assigning negative values to those differences. In his book, “Christ the Healer,” F. F. Bosworth says, “Remission is the wiping out of everything connected with the old life.” (Bosworth, 1973) Racism and bigotry are sinful ways of thinking and mindsets “connected with the old life.” These mindsets reflect a hardened heart that has not yet been renewed with the truth of the Word of God that as members of the body of Christ, we are all one. THIS BOOK IS STILL IN ROUGH DRAFT FORM.

Our Country is Full

The president has said, "our country is full." His sentiments are echoed in the looming ICE round-ups, his detention center policies, "emergency" executive orders to "build a wall," his efforts to locate illegal immigrants via the census and his remarks about immigrants from countries he has deemed as less than desirable. Most glaringly his true intentions are evident in the lack of relief efforts or even military assistance to countries like El Salvador and Honduras, whose citizens walk for months to get to America to escape persecution in their own country. Rather than spend money to help stop gangs and improve conditions in the countries that these immigrants are fleeing, the president would rather spend billions on a wall to keep them out or on transportation to send them back into the conditions they escaped from. These type sentiments aren't new in our nation. They point back to a darker time in America when legislation was passed that established an immigrant hierarchy based on race. Ironically, the president is a part of an immigrant rags-to-riches success story that contradicts everything he publicly espouses. I talk about that in this draft chapter of my upcoming book.

Illegal Immigrant Round-up

"It starts on Sunday and they're going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries," Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. "We are focused on criminals as much as we can before we do anything else." USA Today July 14, 2019 Nationwide raids by immigration officials have begun today. These ICE raids, similar to “Operation Wetback” during the Eisenhower administration, will round-up illegal immigrants and take “take them back to their countries.” As the raids are taking place, Americans should prayerfully consider what is really at the root of this roundup? An article in the USA Today says “the president's hardline stance is aimed at bolstering his support among conservatives who make up his base.” While that may be true, I think you have to go back and look at what the President has previously said about immigration. Last year in profane terms, the President questioned why we needed more immigrants from places like Haiti, Africa, and why we wouldn’t instead seek more immigrants from Norway. This book bubble takes a look back in history and shows that the President’s stance represents an immigrant hierarchy where desirability is based primarily on race and not how much the immigrant can contribute to American society.

Celebrating American Virtues

The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most iconic and enduring symbols. These words are inscribed on her and have been a global beacon of hope: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Sadly, millions of Americans whose ancestors came to America seeking a better life for their families seek to close the door tight behind them. They repeat history by harboring the same ugly sentiments against today’s immigrants that were used against their ancestors. Recently a woman tweeted that immigrants who don’t like the much-publicized poor conditions at the border facilities should just go back where they came from. Throughout history, immigrants have come to America to escape famine, war, persecution, and to build a better life. Today’s immigrants are no different. History shows that the British felt the same way about poor German, Irish, and other immigrants. However, there were no immigration laws or quotas to restrict their entry. The first immigration station did not open on Ellis Island, in the shadow of Lady Liberty, until 1892. Between 1880 and 1920, over 20 million immigrants from Southern, Eastern, and Central Europe arrived in the US.

We'll Minister to You Over There

This is a draft chapter from a new book I am writing called “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” In this chapter, I share the anguish of supporting national policies that are in direct conflict with the missionary work of my church and the religious, charitable organizations that I financially support. In some cases, our national policies have even contributed to worsening or exacerbating the conditions in countries that I support both in prayer and financially.

Introduction

This is the introduction to a draft chapter from a new book I am writing called “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” In this book, I walk through the history of our great nation and view how matters of race have been handled from the Founding Fathers to the present. This journey through history examines how matters of race were handled by politicians and how they were handled by the church. Sadly, throughout the history of the church in America, there has often been no significant difference between the body of Christ-at-large in America and the views of the political leaders at that time. This book is an exhortation to Christians, to Christian leaders, to change the narrative, to change the responses, the sentiments in their hearts, in order to pass tests on race and unity that previous generations of leaders, both political and religious, have failed.

Let's Pass the Test

This is a draft chapter from a new book I am writing called “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” In this book, I walk through the history of our great nation and view how matters of race have been handled from the Founding Fathers to the present. This journey through history examines how matters of race were handled by politicians and how they were handled by the church. Sadly, throughout the history of the church in America, there has often been no significant difference between the body of Christ-at-large in America and the views of the political leaders at that time. This book is an exhortation to Christians, to Christian leaders, to change the narrative, to change the responses, the sentiments in their hearts, in order to pass tests on race and unity that previous generations of leaders, both political and religious, have failed.

Operation "Wetback"

This is a draft chapter from a new book I am writing called “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” Two of the big topics in this book are division along racial lines and immigration. These are areas in which our country, despite its greatness, has struggled to deal with successfully since the time of the Founding Fathers. This book examines these topics from the time of America’s emergence as a nation to the present. This particular chapter focuses more on the present day because it deals with the headline-snatching topic of immigration. This book is a controversial book, and this is a controversial chapter. The intent of the controversial discussion is not to stir up arguments and division; we could flip between Fox vs. CNN and get that. This book is written to force the individual reader to search their own hearts and to seek God in terms of the proper response to issues that have persistently been at the center of what does or doesn’t “Make America Great.”

Usted Deberia

Usted Deberia

Christian Books & Bibles

Este libro fue escrito para ayudar a cualquiera que esté tratando de descubrir el propósito que Dios y avanzar en él, a pesar de la oposición de voces contrapuestas conocidas como los “usted debería”. Los “usted debería” a menudo provienen de personas bien intencionadas en nuestras vidas. Personas como nuestros padres, entrenadores, maestros, líderes religiosos, hermanos y amigos. Este libro es para jóvenes que buscan el propósito de su vida. Este libro es para padres de jóvenes que intentan descubrir su propósito. Este libro también es para cualquiera que esté considerando un cambio de carrera. Finalmente, es para las personas que se han dado cuenta de que han estado en el camino equivocado, tal vez siguiendo los “usted debería” de otras personas versus el plan de Dios para su vida.

Book Bubbles from Usted Deberia

Audiolibro Cristiano en Español

Audiolibro Cristiano en Español Please listen to a sample from the audiobook “You Should, Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny.” This book is available on Audible.com. It is also available, in Spanish, as an e-book and in print, on Amazon.com. Please type the information in the link below into your browser to listen to an audio sample. Escuche una muestra del audiolibro "Debe, distracciones y desvíos al destino divino". Este libro está disponible en Audible.com. También está disponible, en español, como un libro electrónico y en forma impresa, en Amazon.com. Escriba la información en el siguiente enlace en su navegador para escuchar una muestra de audio. https://adbl.co/2m9tmkm

Free e-book! Libros Gratis!

My e-book “Usted Deberia” is FREE on Amazon until Oct 22nd! Find the book on my Amazon author page or click the link on this page and the Amazon price will be $0. ¡Mi libro electrónico “Usted Deberia” es GRATUITO en Amazon hasta el 22 de octubre! Encuentre el libro en mi página de autor de Amazon o haga clic en el enlace de esta página y el precio de Amazon será de $ 0.

Coming soon! ¡Próximamente!

I have a new audiobook in production! It is the Spanish audio version of "You Should," narrated by Miguel Rodriguez. Do you speak Spanish? Take a listen by typing the following into your browser: https://bit.ly/2NcWqUw ¡Tengo un nuevo audiolibro en producción! Es la versión de audio en español de "You Should", narrada por Miguel Rodríguez. ¿Hablas español? Escuche escribiendo lo siguiente en su navegador: https://bit.ly/2NcWqUw

Usted Deberia Definición

Todos nosotros en algún momento hemos tenido problemas con las preguntas sobre qué se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, estoy haciendo lo que se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, ¿cuál es mi propósito? ¿Estoy desperdiciando mi vida? Desafortunadamente, al tratar de responder esas preguntas, estamos rodeados por un mar de simpatizantes y detractores cuyas voces hacen que sea aún más difícil escuchar las respuestas a estas preguntas. De hecho, tratar de confiar en esas voces es el enfoque equivocado por completo. La premisa fundamental de este libro es que Dios tiene un propósito único para ti y debes acudir a Él para obtener claridad y dirección. Todas las otras voces, cuando se alinean con lo que Dios les dice, son grandes cumplidos. Cuando no lo hacen, pueden convertirse en distracciones significativas, incluso obstáculos para discernir y alcanzar el destino que Dios planeó para ustedes desde la fundación del mundo.

Usted Deberia

Todos nosotros en algún momento hemos tenido problemas con las preguntas sobre qué se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, estoy haciendo lo que se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, ¿cuál es mi propósito? ¿Estoy desperdiciando mi vida? Desafortunadamente, al tratar de responder esas preguntas, estamos rodeados por un mar de simpatizantes y detractores cuyas voces hacen que sea aún más difícil escuchar las respuestas a estas preguntas. De hecho, tratar de confiar en esas voces es el enfoque equivocado por completo. La premisa fundamental de este libro es que Dios tiene un propósito único para ti y debes acudir a Él para obtener claridad y dirección. Todas las otras voces, cuando se alinean con lo que Dios les dice, son grandes cumplidos. Cuando no lo hacen, pueden convertirse en distracciones significativas, incluso obstáculos para discernir y alcanzar el destino que Dios planeó para ustedes desde la fundación del mundo.

Financial Testimonies Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision

Financial Testimonies Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision

Christian Books & Bibles

Financial Testimonies is a collection of praise reports from my journal and posts from a Facebook page that I began to use to share testimonies of God’s favor, grace, and provision. Originally I only envisioned passing down these testimonies to my children. Later I began to share them in a Facebook Group composed of a group of church members. Then I began to share them with other friends and family. The feedback was so good that I decided to share them with the world. The purpose of these testimonies is to inspire people to “excel in this grace of giving (2 Cor 8:7)” and to learn how to receive the harvest of seed sown that is promised in Scripture. Embedded in many of the testimonies is a lesson, a roadmap, if you will, as to what I did to receive what I received. If I only succeeded in sharing with you how I was blessed, I would consider this book a failure. This book is only a success if people can learn from what I did and get the same results!

Book Bubbles from Financial Testimonies Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision

The Joy of Giving

For sale now as an e-book, “Financial Testimonies” is a simple book composed of journal entries and posts from a Facebook page. The purpose of the book is to inspire and build hope in the area of finances. So many are discouraged in this area. The Bible says that the “overcame him,” the enemy, “by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.” It is my sincere hope that the testimonies in this book will inspire those who are struggling to receive the manifested promises of God in this area. I share Bible principles about giving, receiving, and stewardship. I share my testimonies and trials. Most of all, I share the revelation that God loves us and that He wants to help us in this area. God is a good Father and by “faith and patience” we can “inherit” the precious “promises” that He has made to us in this area. Deliverance from lack and financial bondage are simply one of the manifestations of the love of God. Though this book is about me, it is not for me. I would consider this book a failure if the reader only celebrated what God has done in my life and did not get the revelation that God wants to do the same for them!

Flashback to 2015

Financial Testimonies is a collection of praise reports from my journal and posts from a Facebook page that I began to use to share testimonies of God’s favor, grace, and provision. Originally I only envisioned passing down these testimonies to my children. Later I began to share them in a Facebook Group composed of a group of church members. Then I began to share them with other friends and family. The feedback was so good that I decided to share them with the world. In this book bubble, I share the specifics of some of the amazing harvests that I received in 2015 that were directly related to the Holy Spirit unction to increase my giving and to stand in agreement with the prophetic words that had been given to the congregation for the season that we were in.

Giving and Favor

The purpose of “Financial Testimonies” is to inspire people to “excel in this grace of giving (2 Cor 8:7)” and to learn how to receive the harvest of seed sown that is promised in Scripture. Embedded in many of the testimonies or journal entries is a lesson, a roadmap, if you will, as to what I did to receive what I received. In this particular book bubble,, I share what the Holy Spirit shared with me in the Scriptures as it pertains to giving and obtaining the favor of God. This book will be coming out soon!

Passing Money Tests

I have had the great privilege of sitting under so many great men and women of God. One of those men was Dr. Michael A. Freeman of Spirit of Faith Christian Center in Temple Hills, MD. I learned so much from him about being a giver and sowing into the kingdom. I also learned principles about receiving the harvest on seeds sown. Sowing and harvests are inseparably connected in that I can’t continue to sow into the kingdom of God if I don’t continue to receive a harvest. I believe some people have been discouraged about not seeing the fruit of their giving. What they may be missing is the Scriptural foundation that is necessary to build their faith in this area and some examples of how to put the principles into practice. That’s what Dr. Mike did for me. He gave me excellent teaching, and then he gave me the “how to” in laymen’s terms. In this book bubble, I attempt to pass on one of the key “how to’s” that I learned from him. It is entitled “Passing Money Tests.” It is one of the most fundamental keys to success in “excelling in the grace of giving” as described by the Apostle Paul in 2 Cor 8:7. Enjoy! This book is coming soon!

Overcoming Disappointment

Financial Testimonies is a collection of praise reports from my journal and posts from a Facebook page that I began to use to share testimonies of God’s favor, grace, and provision. Originally I only envisioned passing down these testimonies to my children. Later I began to share them in a Facebook Group composed of a group of church members. Then I began to share them with other friends and family. The feedback was so good that I decided to share them with the world. The purpose of these testimonies is to inspire people to “excel in this grace of giving (2 Cor 8:7)” and to learn how to receive the harvest of seed sown that is promised in Scripture. Embedded in many of the testimonies is a lesson, a roadmap, if you will, as to what I did to receive what I received. If I only succeeded in sharing with you how I was blessed, I would consider this book a failure. This book is only a success if people can learn from what I did and get the same results!

25 Bible Verses for Dads

25 Bible Verses for Dads

Religion & Spirituality

It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it.

Book Bubbles from 25 Bible Verses for Dads

Men, Expand Your Circle

Men, as you read this excerpt, I challenge you to open up your heart, your wallet, your home, your calendar, and your prayers to the fatherless children that God has put in your circle of influence. It will be a challenge. They might not act like your kids. They might not have manners, self-discipline, goals, healthy habits, good self-esteem, or good hygiene (lol)-- that's where you come in. You don't even have to have kids of your own. If you are a godly man, a stable man, you have all you need. I know Father's Day has passed, but I challenge every man reading this to expand your circle. Look to gather up the young men and women in your community, in "our communities" and help bring them up. You may not be perfect but having them around you and trying to be a "role model" for them will push you to be better. It will pull you out of selfishness and self-centeredness and at the same time, be a blessing to them and their mom. Make a difference in your community, in your neighborhood, and be a Father to the fatherless in this next year.

Free e-book offer for only 5 days!

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Give Dad a Devotional

Looking for an inexpensive gift for a dad that you know? “25 Essential Bible Verses for Dads” is just what you’re looking for. This devotional will be a great tool to help dads of any age reflect on scriptures that pertain to issues that dads deal with. The devotional is packed with scripture but is written in such a way as not to be overly hard to digest spiritually. The devotional also contains questions for reflection that will challenge, inspire and encourage the reader to be the best father he can be. The book is available in paperback, e-book and audio book formats to suit the style of the dad you’re shopping for. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Audio Book Sample

God has really blessed me with some awesome voice over artists! Steven Gannett is the latest awesome voice talent that I have worked with. Here is a sample of his work on my latest audio book that should be published before the end of the month. Enjoy! The book is already available on AMAZON in paperback and as an ebook. Type this URL into your browser to listen to the sample: http://bit.ly/2vaRDsc or look me up on Soundcloud.com at https://soundcloud.com/thompsoi

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Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

The Great Love of the Father

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Don't Be Stingy With Your Praise

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Fathering the Fatherless

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

The Bible Promises of Healing 16 Letters for Mom

The Bible Promises of Healing 16 Letters for Mom

Christian Books & Bibles

This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

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Building Up Your Faith for Healing

As I have gotten older, I have seen so many people get attacked by cancer and other terrible maladies. I wrote “The Bible Promises of Healing” at the direction of the Holy Spirit for one of my moms who was battling multiple diseases. One of the things that I have observed is that if you wait to study what the Bible says about healing until you get seriously ill, it might be too late. I’m not trying to inspire fear. I am saying, however, that by waiting to renew your mind with the Word of God on healing, you may have to fight two battles at once: overcome any erroneous beliefs about healing and deal with increasingly worsening symptoms. I am currently reading a book entitled “Christ the Healer” by F. F. Bosworth. Bosworth is a great giant of the Christian faith from a generation ago. I did not have this resource when I wrote this book. I hope that even if you don’t buy my book that you will consider buying F. F. Bosworth’s book and read it at least once. I believe it could be life-changing, even life-saving. “Christ the Healer” and my book “The Bible Promises of Healing” are both available on Amazon and Audible.

Christ The Healer

This is the most unlikely sales pitch you may ever here for a book: I do not care if you buy my book or one of the books written by these great men of faith. But get the truth of the Word of God into your heart or to share with a sick loved one. I believe so strongly in this that I have pledged to make a version of my book available for free to anyone who cannot afford to buy it on Amazon as an e-book or paperback or on Audible as an audiobook.

Give the Comfort of Scripture

Do you know someone who is battling an extended illness and would enjoy the comfort of the Scriptures? "The Bible Promises of Healing" is full of Scriptures and biblical encouragement related to healing, health, recovery from sickness. It is available in print, e-book and audio so that it can go anywhere and be used whenever needed. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Get this resource to help loved ones and friends strengthen their faith!

FREE eBOOK PROMOTION!

FREE eBOOK PROMOTION! Today, Sep 10th I have begun a 5-day FREE offer of “The Bible Promises of Healing.” I believe so strongly in the book, that I am giving it away. It normally sells on Amazon for $9.99. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with a chronic illness or terminal illness. If you're looking for scriptures to share with someone who is struggling in this area, this book will help as a reference for scriptures on healing. If you know someone that needs the book now you can send it to them for FREE.

Available on Audible in May!

Many people who believe in the Bible as a source of strength often don't know where to look in their Bible for Scriptures related to healing. This book is an excellent resource. It's concise but it's packed full of Scriptures and explanations of those Scriptures. The book also walks through common misconceptions related to healing and the Bible. The book even contains a healing "checklist" that highlights on one page many of the ways the Bible says that healing can be obtained (laying on of hands, prayer of agreement, anointing with oil, etc.) If you know anyone who is open to the truths of Scripture and is battling illness, this book is for them. In May it will be available in all formats e-book, print and audibook. Preview it free today on Amazon!

Faith and the Doctor

This chapter deals with the role of the doctor and medications in our healing. It is an important chapter in this book. It’s so important that people understand that going to the doctor is not an act of unbelief or sign of weak faith. It’s especially important for the reader of this book to understand that since the focus of the book is primarily on using our faith to receive healing. The doctor is an important part of that equation. Since I wrote this book, I had an experience in the mountains near the Grand Canyon in which I became dehydrated and contracted rhabdomyolysis. “Rhabdo” as the nurse refers to it comes as a result of injury or overexertion and the damage to the muscles releases muscle protein into the bloodstream and can severely damage the kidneys. I thank God for doctors who could rapidly and accurately diagnose a condition that I have never heard of. I thank God for medical technology and discoveries that made the treatment relatively simple. I also thank God for what have learned in the Scriptures that I could believe that the healing would be rapid and complete. This description of how I dealt with “rhabdo” is the same approach to healing that I intended to convey throughout this book.

Grace for Healing

The question of whether you deserve to be healed seems like a trick question, but it is not. Though the answer is simple, the answer you believe in your heart could be the difference between sickness and health, life and death. None of deserves salvation but we don’t hesitate to receive the grace for salvation promised in Ephesians 2:8-9. However, when it comes to healing we forget that the same grace that made salvation possible, makes healing possible. The same Person who made salvation possible, made healing possible. The same God that loved us enough to save us and give us eternal life, loved us enough to provide for our healing.

The Bible Promises of Healing

This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

What's This Book About?

This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus

First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus

Religion & Spirituality

In this book, I examine Jesus’ first response to some of the people that He encountered who were in some form of sin, namely the woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery. I also share how Jesus repeats those same principles of “first response” in His telling of the parable of the prodigal son. I compare Jesus’ response to the types of responses that I received as a “prodigal” trying to return home to a right relationship with the Father. Further, I examine how I have also failed to extend the proper first response to others who were in a condition of woundedness and sin. This book is a quick read, but it contains a powerful revelation of love that I hope that you won’t miss.

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The Father Love of God

I was talking to a good friend recently about how I love my kids. It led to a discussion of how I treat them even when they have failed to treat me as I would like. I told my friend that, “God has shown me that in the way that He loves me. He doesn't see me as the sum of my mistakes, poor choices, and outright sins. He sees as me as His son and loves me to a better lifestyle. He believes the best in me until it manifests.” Those are the types of sentiments expressed in “First Responders.” It’s a short book on the revelation of how much God loves me, us. It is available on Amazon and Audible. Preview for free today! Click "website" to purchase.

Now Available in Audio!

First Responders is now available on Audible! This is my first audiobook of 2019! I really believe that the listener/reader of this book will come to a deeper revelation of the love of Jesus and will also be compelled to look at how they extend that love to others. 300 audiobooks sold and counting! Come see what the buzz surrounding these audiobooks is all about! Listen to a sample free today on Audible.

Free Mini-book This week!

My new mini-book "First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus" is available as an ebook for FREE on Amazon now thru Sep 7th 2018. Get your copy today! Please share!

The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience

The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience

History

“The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” highlights the unique experiences of black pilots in Air Force pilot training. The purpose of the book is to give the reader insight into these experiences, propose changes to the Air Force’s conduct of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) and to show how the Air Force’s inability to produce more black pilots directly contributes to the lack of diversity in its senior-most leadership levels. This book is a sequel to “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and builds on its insights. As a sequel, the book exhorts the Air Force to continue and even expand its efforts to increase diversity in its senior-most positions. The book’s final chapter is a call for the Air Force to expedite its staffing and approval of the honorary promotion to Brigadier General for famed Tuskegee Airmen Colonel Charles McGee. Col McGee is the only person in Air Force history to fly over 100 combat missions in WWII, Korea and Vietnam (409 total). He is a three-time squadron commander (two flying squadrons), a chief of maintenance for a fighter wing, a base commander, and the first African American to command a stateside wing after desegregation. Col McGee is also a highly decorated combat leader whose decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Two Clusters, Bronze Star, and Air Medal with 25 Clusters.

Book Bubbles from The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience

Advice for Future Pilots

I got some very encouraging feedback from someone who is using my book to encourage students to take flight training in high school to set them up for success in the future. He also gives scholarships to help students afford flight training. Here’s our conversation: Ozzie Ross Thanks Ivan. Your book has been a tremendous help in me getting my message out to the kids. Ivan Thompson Are you serious? Wow? In what way? Ozzie Ross In your book, The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience, you talked about the black pilots that had some type of former training in aviation that helped a number of them through the process. I’m trying to get kids that wants to get into the aviation industry to get started early and they will have a small advantage if they got their private pilot licenses prior to graduating from high school. My organization Aviation Dream Weavers is about providing scholarships to qualified applicants to help them with the cost of achieving this goal. Ivan Thompson ... It really encourages me that someone is using something from the book to make a difference in this area! Good on you and your organization for providing the resources to put students in the air! THAT'S SO AWESOME!!!

Black Officers from Other Services

My name is Ivan Thompson, and I have written two books about the experience of black pilots in the Air Force. The first book was entitled “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling,” and it’s focus dealt with the career trajectories of black pilots and their inability to crack the ceiling of the Air Force’s most coveted senior positions. The second book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” focuses more narrowly on the experiences of black men and women in the Air Force’s undergraduate pilot training programs. The two are intricately connected because in the Air Force becoming a pilot, particularly a fighter pilot (equivalent to Army Combat Arms), is the first step to get on the launching pad towards the Air Force’s most coveted leadership and command positions. I am interested in learning if the experiences of Naval/Marine and Army pilots/Combat Arms officers are similar.

Interview With A Tuskegee Airmen

It’s Black History Month. For lovers of the military, what better way to celebrate Black History Month than to look back at the heroism of black men and women in the US Armed Forces. In my book the “Air Force’s Black Ceiling I detail the historical challenges that black officers faced in reaching the Air Force’s highest ranks. In the sequel, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience,” I feature nearly 30 interviews of black pilots--men and women. These interviews span most of the history of the Air Force’s existence. I feature interviews from student pilots from the 1940s to 2017. The fascinating thing I found in these interviews were the similarities that exist across the decades in how they felt about things like being the only black person, having few black leaders, the prejudice and isolation they experienced, or the need to do more in order to succeed than their non-minority counterparts. In this book bubble, I share an interview that I did with Lt Col Robert Ashby, an original Tuskegee Airman. There were so many aspects of the Tuskegee Airman experience that I’d never heard of before our interview. I hope you will enjoy learning about these things too. Both books are available on Amazon. The Air Force’s Black Ceiling is also available on Audible.

The Importance of Same Race Role Models

“The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” contains interviews with nearly 30 pilots from the Tuskegee Airman era up through 2017. It is one of the most fascinating aspects of this book and its research. The pilot training experiences of these African American men and women are sincere and compelling. The interview/survey responses of actual pilots help the book to step away from the theoretical and the empirical into what black pilots actually experienced in Air Force undergraduate pilot training. Most importantly it shifts the focus off the tired and untrue mantra that “if we only had more qualified minority pilot candidates” to the more important issues of creating a conducive/supportive culture, unconscious bias and the importance of same-race peers and role models.

Free e-book Offer

Today is September 18th. It’s my birthday and the Air Force’s birthday! In honor of our birthdays, I am making the e-book version of my latest book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon. It will be available tomorrow Sep 19th-Sep 23rd. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to the Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble features survey responses from 26 black pilots from the Tuskegee era to 2017. My Christian title “You Should” will also be available for FREE during the same time period.

The First Review is in!

I am so honored to share this first review of my book, "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience." It is the sequel to my very first book, "The Air Force's Black Ceiling." The review is from Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ashby, an original Tuskegee Airman. Lt Col Ashby’s story and his inputs are featured prominently throughout this book, so his feedback was significant to me. His pilot training experience is one of 26 stories of African American pilots, male and female, who went through pilot training from 1945 up through 2017. Even though the experiences captured span 70 years, there are fascinating similarities! If you are a lover of military history, if you are interested in learning about what minority pilots experience in pilot training, if you want a glimpse of what it is like to be both minority and female in a white male dominated environment or if you ever wondered why there aren’t more black pilots in the Air Force, this book is for you! Find out for yourself, preview it for free today on Amazon!

The Concept of Two-Ness

The e-book version of "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience" is now available on Amazon for only $9.99. Preview it for FREE today! "Two-ness is of particular concern when considering the success of black pilots in SUPT. Black students enter SUPT in such small numbers that it's often a radical cultural shift from the environment in which they grew up or went to college. I tried to describe in “Black Ceiling” the cultural impacts on black students in pilot training. In the concept of two-ness, I have found a better way to portray what many black students experience in SUPT."

It's Published!

I’m so excited to announce that “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” has been published! It is available in paperback on Amazon. It is the sequel to “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” which is also available on Amazon in paperback and e-book form and as an audiobook on Audible. One of the greatest differences between “Black Ceiling” and this book is that it features the pilot training experiences of 26 black male and female pilots, from the 1940s to 2017. These stories are fascinating and support the rest of the book’s calls for changes to the conduct and construct of the Air Force’s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT). Since it is the sequel to “Black Ceiling” it also exhorts the Air Force to continue its work in the area of increasing the diversity of its senior-most leadership ranks.

Diversity and "Window Dressing"

Window dressing. Google definition: an adroit but superficial or actually misleading presentation of something, designed to create a favorable impression. "the government's effort has amounted to little more than window dressing" Window dressing was the word that came to me when I saw the Sep 19, 2019, Popular Mechanics article entitled “The Air Force Names Its New Jet After the Tuskegee Airmen,” written by Kyle Mizokami. I pulled these words out: “The U.S. Air Force officially designated the service’s new jet trainer the "T-7A Red Hawk." The name celebrates the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group of World War II… The jet is also named in honor of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter, flown by the African American 99th Fighter Squadron. The jet will replace the T-38 Talon in Air Force service.” It deeply bothers me that the Air Force would name it’s new jet trainer aircraft after the Tuskegee Airmen while at the same time resisting the changes needed to produce more black fighter pilots. The best way to preserve the Tuskegee Airmen legacy is to produce more black fighter pilots not paint aircraft tails red. In this chapter, I ask the question does the Air Force really want more black pilots?

It's A Sequel

Great gift ideas for the military members of your family! “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and its sequel “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience,” share rare insights into the Air Force’s diversity practices since its inception as a separate Service. While the focus is the Air Force, the insights are transferable to the other military services as well. This book brings to the forefront the stories of African American Air Force leaders and pilots that have been lost in traditional historical accounts. This book is a must-have for students of military history, African American history, and aviation history. Get your copies today on Amazon today! “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” is also available on Audible.

Support for Colonel Charles E. McGee

BREAKING NEWS: In a previous update, I stated that Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD) recommended that original Tuskegee Airman, Col Charles McGee’s promotion recommendation be attached to the FY 20 NDAA (military budget authorization) legislation as an amendment. It was approved as an amendment in the House version of the NDAA legislation. This effort was sponsored by Congressman Anthony Brown (MD). On that approval path, the House and Senate versions of the NDAA still needed to be reconciled, with the hope that the promotion recommendation would be included in the final legislation expected by the Fall of 2019. Recently, however, Senator Van Hollen introduced a stand-alone bill as an option for Col McGee’s honorary promotion. The Senate has approved this bill! Now we need the House to approve it and ultimately the President. This is exciting news! How can you help? Contact your representative in the House to encourage them to help pass the bill and keep the effort in your prayers until it crosses the finish line!

Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown

President Trump nominated Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown to receive his fourth star and take over command of Pacific Air Forces. If confirmed, Brown would take over from Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, who will lead US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Brown is currently the deputy commander of US Central Command and before that was the commander of Air Forces Central Command for the early years of the anti-ISIS air war in Iraq and Syria. Brown is a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours in aircraft including F-16s, AC-130s, B-1s, B-2s, among several others. He previously commanded fighter wings in Italy and South Korea and was commandant of the US Air Force Weapons School. (Everstine, 2018) “His notable staff tours include aide-de-camp to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group and Deputy Director, Operations, U.S. Central Command. General Brown has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and two fighter wings. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command.” (US Air Force Biographies)

Discovering Destiny Package

Working Title: Discovering Destiny Package

This Book Is In Development

Discovering Destiny Package

Christian Books & Bibles

One of the great cravings of our hearts is to discover our purpose, what we were put on earth to accomplish. An equally intense desire is to start moving toward the fulfillment of that purpose. As Christians, we believe that God, the creator, is the author of our purpose. We believe that as we seek Him, He will reveal our purpose to us. Fulfillment of our God-ordained purpose gives us a sense that we are living meaningful lives.

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Discovering Destiny Package

I am promoting two books together in what I am calling the “Discovering Destiny” package. I refer to it as a package as I believe the revelation in the first book flows into the second book, almost like a sequel. I believe the combined effect of the two books is so significant, so powerful that they should be marketed together. The first book is entitled “You Should, Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny.” Its focus is on discovering your purpose. The title of the second book is “Finding Next, A Book of Divine Seasons.” Its focus is tapping into the leading and direction of God, through the Holy Spirit, during the seasons of life that we pass through en route to fulfilling our destiny. I’m calling these two books together the “Discovering Destiny” package. It is the perfect gift for anyone, including yourself, who is struggling with questions about purpose, divine destiny, next steps, the leading of the Holy Spirit, the call of God on their lives, etc. Both these books are available on Amazon in English in paperback, e-book, and audio (Audible). “You Should” is also available in all three media in Spanish! Order your “Discovering Destiny” package today!

Ivan's Audiobooks

Working Title: Ivan's Audiobooks

This Book Is In Development

Ivan's Audiobooks

Christian Books & Bibles

Listing of all the published book titles that I have also released as audiobooks. Free Audible codes for a limited time only!

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FREE AUDIOBOOKS

Black Friday audiobook deals! What a great gift for yourself! A FREE audiobook! Check out my audiobook titles on Audible https://adbl.co/2SGtd3q, find one you like, then email me: ivansbooks@yahoo.com, I will send you a FREE code for use on Audible! *Hurry! While codes last!

Coming in August!

Coming in August! ‘Finding Next' the audiobook! Listen to the 1st 15 mins here by typing the following into your browser: https://t.co/EmheK7x6Qp

Christian Audiobooks!

Searching for gift ideas for loved ones? Give the gift of Audible! A Christian audiobook is a perfect way to give inspiration during the Holiday season. Type in this code to see go directly to my audible titles and preview them for free! https://adbl.co/2SGtd3q I believe so strongly in these books that if you can't afford to buy one of my Christian titles I will find a way to get it to you for free! Check out the titles today!

Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence

Christian Books & Bibles

These are actual letters written to a young man encouraging him to build his confidence in the Lord versus buying into worldly definitions of confidence such as self-confidence, bravado, or moxie. The letter are filled with Scriptural encouragement.

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Free e-book offer, 5 days only!

My e-book “Letters to Build a Young Man’s Confidence” is FREE on Amazon through Oct 29th! Enjoy! Click the Amazon links in this book bubble, or the link below, the price will be $0: https://amzn.to/2ShZhuh .

Devotional for Young Men

Looking for a good devotional for a young man that you know? Perhaps a nephew, a godson or young man at church? “Letters to Build a Young Man’s Confidence” is a devotional written to inspire young men as they seek to grow in their relationship with Christ. It’s easy to read but is full of scriptural admonitions and encouragement for the reader. A lot of young men struggle with confidence. Today’s media outlets teach them to seek to build confidence in so many of the wrong ways. This book reinforces that fact that our greatest source of confidence is found in our relationship with God, what He says in His word and in what His word says about us. A young person might not read a paperback book but might read the e-book version or listen to the audio book version on his phone. Therefore, you can buy this book in paperback, e-book and audio book formats on Amazon and send it to the special young men in your life. Preview it for free on Amazon today!

AUDIOBOOK NOW FOR SALE!

My latest audiobook is now for sale! Preview for free on Amazon.com! Also available on Audible.com and ACX.com. Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence.

AUDIO BOOK SAMPLE

God has really blessed me with some awesome voice over artists! Miguel Rodriguez is helping to bring “Letters to Build a Young Man’s Confidence” to life. Here’s an audio sample of the audio book that should be released in early September. Enjoy! The book is already available on Amazon as an e-book and a paperback. Type this URL into your browser to listen to the sample http://bit.ly/2hExXZe or look me up on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/thompspoi

Journaling God's Faithfulness

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I give my young friend some practical advice. Specifically, I advise him to keep a journal of God’s faithfulness. I share with him from my experience that it is easy to forget at times how many times and in how many ways God has come through for me. I tell him that journaling not only helps me to remember and be grateful for the faithfulness of God. More importantly, I share that the journal entries serve as “an arsenal of testimonies” to use against the devil when he shows up yet again to say that God won’t come through in some area of my life.

The Antidote to Losing Heart

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I talk about a very serious issue, losing heart. The scripture also calls it “fainting.” It is also similar to the Bible word “heaviness.” It is synonymous with a severe loss of confidence, hope. I specifically focus on the loss of confidence that is the result of the devil “piling on” in some area of our life and making our problems seem insurmountable. Then I share the antidote, filling your heart, spirit up with the Word of God, specifically Scriptures about the goodness of God.

The Secret of Joshua's Victories

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I talk about one of my Bible heroes, Joshua. I share that I consider him to be the greatest general of all time. I share that the secret of Joshua’s victories was listening to God. I then highlight that Joshua’s only defeat came as a result of failing to consult God and putting more confidence in his previous victories, the advice of his men and his estimation of his enemy’s capabilities.

God Looks At the Heart

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. "Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence" are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I tell my young friend that God values what’s going on in a man’s heart more than any other attribute a man may possess.

Increasing Your Skills and Abilities In Any Area

Increasing Your Skills and Abilities In Any Area

Christian Books & Bibles

A Biblical approach to increasing skills and abilities needed to do any assigned task. THIS BOOK IS COMPLETE & CURRENTLY FOR SALE. Click

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Free e-book offer, 5 days only!

My e-book “How to Increase Your Skills in Any Area” is FREE on Amazon until Oct 22nd! Find the book on my Amazon author page or click the link on this page and the Amazon price will be $0. Download it today and enjoy! This book is also available on Audible. I have free codes for it upon request.

AUDIO Version Available!

The Audio version is for sale now! Just click "website" under the author's picture. This will take you to the site where the paperback, e-book and audio versions are listed. Then select "Audible Audiobook". Enjoy!

Why This Book Is Important

It's not enough to understand that God can increase your skills and abilities in any area. You must also understand what increased skills and abilities will do for you and God and His work on the earth. Armed with that understanding, I believe you will have the motivation needed to dive into the Scriptures contained in this book and apply them by faith until you see yourself operating with increased skills. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

What This Book is About

“Increasing Your Skills In Any Area” is a very brief e-book but loaded with valuable spiritual truths. The revelation that I obtained from Scripture about how to increase my skills in any area where I have to work has put my life on a different trajectory. On its simplest level, it's an application of the grace and manifest favor of God to the area where you are assigned to work. To leave it at that level, however, would put you at risk of not gaining enough of the revelation to begin to apply by faith the spiritual principles in this book until they produced a tangible increase in your skills, no matter what work you do. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

No Grandma It's an e-book

Education & Reference

The aim of this book is to give you the benefit of my experience. It is not the only experience. There are many valid paths to publishing a book. I do however think the path that I have found is a very good one. I feel so passionately about my publication strategies and the reasons I selected them that I have written this book. It is my sincere hope that this book will help you to be a more skilled publisher of books, whether you are a new author or seasoned author. If you are a new author, you will find a lot of valuable tools and effective strategies to aid you in the publication of your first book. For the new author, though, one of the most valuable things I will share are mindsets, which if you embrace them, will help you avoid pitfalls. These mindsets may even help you leapfrog more seasoned authors in building the skills needed to publish your future books. If you are a seasoned author, some of the things that I will say in this book will raise your eyebrows. If these things cause you to at least critically review the way you have always approached publication, then I have been successful.

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Over 30,000 Views!

Since I started using Bublish three years ago, there have been over 30,153 views of my book “bubbles” excerpts. Of those, 2,065 went on to see my profile containing my other book titles and bubbles. Finally, out of that number 1,054 made what appears to be purchase decisions (Bublish software can’t positively confirm all sales). What a tool! To have tens of thousands of views of my material for less than $100 a year. Bublish is a big part of the reason that I have print, e-book and audiobook revenue every month! Check out Bublish today. #Bublish #booksales #passiveincomestream #authors

100% Return on Audiobook Sales!

Are you an author? If so have you released an audio version of your book? If not, why not? Lack of know how? Cost? I recently passed the 200 audiobooks sold milestone. Creating an audiobook with Amazon’s ACX is easy! Moreover, one of the smallest concerns in producing an audiobook is the cost. ACX has a royalty share program that allows you to produce an audiobook for just cost of creating the cover of the audiobook. If you have produced a print version of your book converting the file into the audiobook file dimensions is relatively inexpensive. To state it another way my cost of entry into the audiobook market for each of my audiobooks has been the price of changing the graphic file to meet the audiobook industry standard dimensions. Each month for nearly the past two years I get royalty checks from Audible! I sell books nearly every day—most recently every day. The return on investment is nearly 100%. In some cases, it has cost me $10 or less to convert the graphic I used for the print or e-book version of my book into the Audible format. What are you waiting on?

AUDIOBOOK

This book is available now in print, as an e-book and as an audiobook. You can preview the paperback for free on Amazon.com, you can also listen to a free audio sample by typing this link into your browser: http://amzn.to/2tr7T9e

Publication Strategy #6

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audio-books, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

Publication Strategy #7

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PREORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audiobooks, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

What Is A Book?

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PREORDER ON AMAZON. CLICK "WEBSITE" IN THE LEFT HAND CORNER OF THIS BUBBLE. In the very first chapter of my book, I challenge the very definition of the word “book.” This is similar to the section of the book where I attack myths on writing and publishing books. However addressing the definition of the word book is a little more profound. We accept definitions. No one challenges a definition. That’s precisely the point. If I had not challenged the definition of “book,” I would not have published two of the books because they were two short. I would not have published another book because it’s primarily filled with YouTube links. I would not have published five e-books, one in Spanish. Finally, I would not have published three audiobooks, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I would have let the definitions of “book” restrict me, narrow my creativity, keep me stuck in an unproductive paradigm.

Publication Strategy #3

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON. CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audio books, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

Free e-book offer, 5 days only!

Free e-book offer! Do you want to know how I wrote 12 books in less than 2.5 years? Including eight Christian titles, two on diversity in the Air Force, one on fitness and one on…you guessed it! How to write a book! “No Grandma It’s an e-book” is the perfect book for new and even seasoned authors. I even share info on how was able to publish two Spanish titles and ten audio books (with two more in production). This book is a MUST for any author or would be an author, and it’s FREE for 5 days!

You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny

You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny

Christian Books & Bibles

THIS BOOK IS NOW FOR SALE.

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Free for 5 Days

I am making the e-book version of my book, “You Should— Distraction and Detours to Divine Destiny” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon. It is available now thru Sep 23rd. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to the Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble talks about how “well-meaning” people close to us can get us off track as it pertains to God’s destiny for our lives. My latest book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” will also be available for FREE during the same time period.

You Should Defined - Spanish

You Should will soon be available in Spanish! Look for it on Amazon later this month! Looking for Spanish speaking reviewers to receive the Spanish translation for free in exchange for a review. ¡Usted Debería estar disponible en español! ¡Búscalo en Amazon más adelante este mes! Buscando revisores de habla hispana para recibir la traducción al español de forma gratuita a cambio de una revisión.

You Should Spanish Version

"You Should" will soon be available in Spanish! The translation is complete. I am looking for Spanish speaking reviewers to critique the translation. Anyone who is interested in receiving a copy of the book in Spanish for free in exchange for their comments should contact me directly on Facebook or Twitter. "You Should" pronto estará disponible en español. La traducción esta completa. Estoy buscando revisores que hablen español para criticar la traducción. Cualquiera que esté interesado en recibir una copia del libro en español de forma gratuita a cambio de sus comentarios debe contactarme directamente en Facebook o Twitter.

Perfect Gift for the Season

The end of the year is often the time when we reflect on our goals and what we accomplished. This often leads to New Year’s resolutions and new ventures and perhaps even a change in careers. “You Should” is the perfect gift for anyone you know that is considering a change in direction, anyone who is seeking purpose or a greater sense of fulfillment in their life. There are so many secular TV programs where the host gives advice on what we should do with our lives. Social media is overflowing with people shooting out their opinions on how to deal with the challenges we face in life. On top of that, we have family members, friends and other well-meaning people that are all too ready to tell us what we “should” do when we are seeking direction for our lives. The fundamental premise outlined in “You Should” is that God is the divine architect of our lives and if we want to be on the right path to our destiny then we must seek him so that He might reveal to us the blueprint He created for our lives. “You Should” is available in paperback, e-book and audio book formats to suit the style of the dad you’re shopping for. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Audio Book Preface

This is an audio sample from "You Should" the audio book. This sample is located on Soundcloud.com Paste this link into your browser to listen: http://bit.ly/2tiBMbD The audio book is available for sale on Amazon.com or ACX.com

AUDIO BOOK

I am so excited to announce that the audio book version of "You Should Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny" is now available on Audible, Amazon, ACX.com, etc. LISTEN TO THE FREE AUDIO PREVIEW TODAY!

You Should and Our Kids

Parents have so much impact on their kids as they are trying to find their life's purpose, pursue their dreams, make career determinations, etc. It is a tremendous responsibility. We have so much influence in their lives, whether it seems like they are listening or not. As parents we have to be ever so sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we offer our advice. Just because they are our offspring does not relieve us of the responsibility of seeking God's face before we give them guidance on the path that they should pursue with their lives. Our opinions are just that in the sight of God. They may have absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to the plan and call of God for our child's life. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

MLM-X Principle

This is an excerpt from the chapter entitled "My Story". It deals with an issue that all too many of us have faced at one time: when someone tries to fit you into their vision of who they think you should be. For illustration purposes, I the very familiar example of multi-level marketers and how they try to squeeze you into the vision of their business or company. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Biblical

A lot of time is spent in the book giving biblical examples of “you shoulds”. In this bubble the concept of well-meaning people is discussed. There are numerous scriptural examples of well-meaning, sincere people giving advice that falls way short or is even in direct contradiction to the plan and purpose of God. Sincerity is not a good measuring stick for Godly advice when it comes to your purpose and destiny. The only good measuring stick is how a well a person is dialed into the plan and purpose of God for you. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

You Should Defined

I don’t know if we really take notice of how many times we get advice for our decisions and the directions of our lives. The daytime talk shows are flooded with advice on what we “should do”. The premise of this book is that only the Divine Engineer has the blueprint for your life. Everyone else’s “you should” must be examined carefully to see how it measures up with what God has revealed to you about your purpose, path, destiny. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

You Should Introduction

The introduction sets up the whole premise of the book which is that we are all seeking our purpose, our reason to be and in the midst of that search we encounter people who have an opinion or advice about what we should do. That opinion is their “you should” for us. Depending on the person’s degree of influence over us that “you should” may sway us significantly in our decisions. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Finding Next

Finding Next

Christian Books & Bibles

Every day we flip pages on the calendars of our lives as we move through various seasons en route to either fulfilling or coming short of the destiny God has ordained for us. “Finding Next” is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through enroute to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. It is the companion book to another book I have written entitled “You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny.

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Now Available on Audible!

“Finding Next” is now an audiobook! It is available on Audible. It is also available on Amazon.com as a paperback and e-book. This book is for any person who is considering a “next” in their life: next career move, college choice, whether it’s the right time to pursue a dream or to stay put. It is a must for every Christian library. It is a must for anyone in mid-life crisis or who feels that they have been on the wrong path and is seeking direction from God on how to to get on the right track towards fulfillment and destiny. “Finding Next” will help any reader to identify what “season” of their life they are in and how to take season appropriate, season-specific actions.

Finding Next Has Been Published!

My newest book “Finding Next” is now available on Amazon.com as a paperback and e-book! Each day we flip pages on the calendars of our lives as we move through various seasons en route to either fulfilling or coming short of the destiny God has ordained for us. “Finding Next” is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through en route to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. It is the companion book to another book I have written entitled “You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny."

Should I Stay or Should I Go

I am making the e-book version of my book, “Finding Next” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon from Oct 3rd-7th. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to its Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. I started writing this book in response to my observations of two young men. Both young men were Christians. Both men were men of prayer. Yet both men were in turmoil over which road to take regarding the next step in their careers. As I watched them, I felt I had some things to say that could help. I knew the answer was clarity from God. I knew that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and only speaks to us what He has heard from the Father. This book is the response to the questions the two young men were seeking answers for.

Understanding Due Season

I am making the e-book version of my book, “Finding Next” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon from Oct 3rd-7th. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to its Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble talks about "due season" and some very common misconceptions of what it means. Further I talk about the seasons and actions that precede "due season." A greater understanding of these seasons and actions will help to ensure that you successfully reach your due season!

There's Always A Next

In this chapter from “Finding Next” I address people that do see a next, don’t have a vision for what they should be striving for, aiming at. Recently I have been straining to see a “next” for myself. It was troubling because I pride myself on being visionary. I also have the regular habit of setting 90-day goals and pushing myself to accomplish things in every area of my life. I was hindered greatly in this last round of goal-setting because I couldn’t “see” anything. I didn’t have a solid sense of “next.” I typed some goals up but I knew something was missing. There was nothing in the list of goals that I found compelling or that gripped me. Today I found out that I couldn’t see because part of me didn’t want to see. Pastor Bob Yandian said, “The seasons change whether you want them to or not. Winners take the memory of the old season with them they don't try to hold onto an old season.” When I read this the Holy Spirit helped me to realize that I was trying to “hold onto an old season.” Even though I recently had a glimpse of a new season,fear was making me try to hold onto my current season of comfort and predictability.

Audio Sample

My book "Finding Next" is currently in development but you can hear an audio sample at https://soundcloud.com/thompsoi/finding-next-first-fifteen-minutes

Types of Seasons

"Finding Next" is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through en route to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. I have also written a book entitled "You Should Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny". This book focuses on helping you find your destiny and ideally should be read prior to reading this book. The premise of “You Should” is that God, the Divine Architect of the universe, has created each of us for a distinct purpose in the earth. Preview “You Should” for free on Amazon or Audible.com! In this chapter, I discuss types of seasons in our lives based on Ecclesiastes chapter 3. A season is a discernible period of time along the path of our life’s destiny in which actions must be taken or refrained from to keep us in line with and on track with God’s divine plan and timetable for our life. I believe what makes seasons divine is being in tune with the specific guidance, direction, and a plan of action that God gives in a specific period of time in our lives. One of the major themes of this book is that just as natural seasons differ, that the seasons of our lives differ, and to have success in any given season you have to perform season-appropriate, season-specific actions.

(AUDIOBOOK) 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Christian Books & Bibles

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader to help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO IN ANY BOOK BUBBLE.

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Godly Wisdom for the Workplace

Early on in my work-life (military for me) I wondered if there was a way to take lessons that I Iearned from the Bible and apply them, use them in practical ways on the job. I saw principles like delegation, being learned by Moses. I saw how Joseph used his gift of administration in incredible ways. And more importantly, I knew that if God could keep the universe in play, while still attending to my individual needs, that He could certainly help me with the little bit of responsibility that I had on my job. In my core, I knew that with the wisdom of the Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, that I should be able to do better on my job than I could do all by myself. That is what “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is all about. I wrote it to share how I practically applied Scripture at work. It will be a help for anyone who also believes that with the help of God they can do “great exploits” at work. I believe in it so much that I made it available in e-book, paperback, and audio, both in English and Spanish. Preview it for free today on Amazon!

Great Gift For the Working Dad!

Perfect gift idea for Dad! Give dad a book that help strengthen his faith in the workplace or in his place of business. This book is now available in print, as an e-book and audiobook. And it is available in all formats in both English and Spanish! 25 Essential Bible Verses is for anyone who has wanted to find a way to tie their faith and work life, business life together. This book walks you through the biblical underpinnings of many common leadership practices. This book is like the 16-point inspection you get on your car. It helps you check your management practices and leadership style against the standards Scripture sets for leaders. It’s also a reflective journal that forces you to ask questions about your leadership practices and results. It’s the perfect gift for any leader, future leader or business person. Take a free sneak peek on Amazon today! Click “website” in the upper left corner to purchase the paperback version. E-book and audio book versions, in English and in Spanish, are available on Amazon or in other book bubbles on this page.

Give the Gift of a Devotional

Give a devotional as a gift! “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is the perfect gift for Christians in the workplace. The paperback and e-book versions are perfect for a quick bit of inspiration at work during a break and the audio book version is the perfect way to set the atmosphere for the ride to work. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

My Best-Selling Audiobook!

Thanks for your support of "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders," it is my best selling audiobook! The Spanish version of the audiobook is also available on Audible. "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders" is for any Christian in the workplace and is also available on Amazon as an e-book and in print. Please also see the spin-off book "25 Bible Verses for Dads" on the same retail websites (Audible and Amazon). THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Godly Wisdom and Leadership

It is possible to get wisdom, insight, direction from God. This is one of the most essential tenets, underlying premises of this book. As Christian leaders, we should have a decided edge over anyone who does not have an intimate relationship with God. We see this edge in the lives of Bible greats like Joseph, Daniel, and Esther. But have the stories of these great men and women become just that, stories in the Bible but not relevant as it pertains to the complex workplace issues and leadership of today? Specifically, as it pertains to your leadership inventory, your management arsenal, does the wisdom of God have a place? If you don’t think you can rely on the wisdom of God as you lead, the passages in this chapter of the book, provoke you to ask yourself why not? THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Leadership Character Traits

In this segment of the Journal the reader is challenged to consider that compassion is part of the character, the necessary leadership traits of any good leader. In the reflection portion the reader is challenged to thoroughly examine himself or herself regarding their level of compassion. THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Godly Wisdom for the Workplace

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders is the perfect devotional for Christians in the workplace. The devotionals can provide a quick inspirational boost on a break or encouragement before a tough day at work. This book is also a great resource for those looking for Bible answers for common workplace issues. 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders is available in print, e-book and audio, in both English and Spanish, on Amazon and Audible. Preview it FREE today!

Make Way for Superstars

This excerpt from the Journal deals with making room for the exceptional talent in organizations. How do we know who they are? How do we make room for them to shine without upsetting their peers and their bosses? How do we challenge them enough to keep their interest and keep them on board? THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

Biographies & Memoirs

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that I have part of my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, on Father’s Day 2017 I started compiling the stories that he’d sent I had in a book. I have waited until now, December 18, 2017, for my dad to give me the last of his stories. I decided for his Christmas present to just take what I had and publish it!

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Driver Instructor Story

In 2017 I decided to take my dad's collection of handwritten stories and make them into a book. I had been urging my dad for decades to make his stories into a book. After publishing multiple books myself I developed the expertise to publish the book myself. This book is a sampling of some of my favorite stories from my dad. Some of my dad's stories are humorous, others heart-warming and some just a reflection of the times in which he grew up. The driver instructor story is a fun one that I hope you enjoy!

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Christian Books & Bibles

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader to help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful.

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Check Out The Reviews!

John Sammon https://s2.netgalley.com/book/106953/review/382319 5 out of 5 stars What a great book, more people in management roles CEO's and other upper management as well as us regular people need to read this book, it has a lot of good scripture and good thoughts to ponder and reflect on in our own lives and careers. There are some days I get lazy or I get mad but I have to take a moment and realize I'm doing this for God, not for man. I love the fact the all scripture is KJV of the Bible, I have the e-book version which makes it easy to reference it while at work or when I need some encouragement, it doesn't replace your Bible, but this is a handy tool to have with you. CT Rocks https://s2.netgalley.com/book/ 106953/review/366011 4 out of 5 stars This book is short but contains nuggets of wisdom that are succinct and direct to the point. It provides good material for leadership meetings with small group leaders. Some of the insights are commonplace (especially among committed disciples) but this does not take away from the usefulness of the insights. Besides, leadership principles are always worth reiterating and emphasizing. I enjoyed reading this during my train rides. I have taken notes and will share these insights to my team of leaders.

Servant Leadership

The first time I heard the term servant leadership was years ago when I was studying for my Master’s Degree at Regent University. It was presented as the style of leadership that Jesus practiced. Jesus said “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:27 KJV), and “he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11 KJV)” In scripture we see Jesus wash the disciple's feet. This type of humility, however, is not the model for leadership today. In fact, we are taught the opposite. As leaders, we are taught that our people work for us, we have a staff to serve us, that we deserve to be treated better than people that are “lower than us” on an organizational, pay or another scale. This excerpt challenges us to think about what would happen if we, using Jesus as our role model, really decided to serve the people that were on our team? What would it look like if we flipped our entitlement to be served into an obligation to use our status to nurture and care for, “serve” those placed within our realm of responsibility?

Godly Wisdom and Leadership

It is possible to get wisdom, insight, direction from God. This is an essential tenet, an underlying premise of this book. As Christian leaders, we should have a decided edge over anyone who does not have an intimate relationship with God. We see this edge in the lives of Bible greats like Joseph, Daniel, and Esther. But have the stories of these great men and women become just that, stories in the Bible but not relevant as it pertains to the complex workplace issues and leadership of today? Specifically, as it pertains to your leadership inventory, your management arsenal, does the wisdom of God have a place? If you don’t think you can rely on the wisdom of God as you lead, the passages in this chapter of the book, provoke you to ask yourself why not?

Make Way for Superstars

This excerpt from the Journal deals with making room for the exceptional talent in organizations. How do we know who they are? How do we make room for them to shine without upsetting their peers and their bosses? How do we challenge them enough to keep their interest and keep them on board?

Dealing With a Difficult or “evil” Boss

What you think you are about to read in this segment as a solution for how to deal with a difficult boss might not be what you expected…This is a biblical leadership journal so don’t expect anything but an answer grounded in scripture. Somehow instantly it may run through your mind that “scriptural” is synonymous with less effective. If that thought ran through your mind, as it did mine, you have to capture it and examine it and ask yourself why a scripture-based approach to this type of problem or any other workplace problem would be less effective than what you could come up with on your own. Perhaps more than anyone else, Christian leaders must develop the practice of seeking answers to problems in the Bible. As Christian leaders, we must cultivate the habit of looking to scriptures and the leadership of Holy Spirit in addition to whatever lies in our bag of experiences, training, etc.

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader. To help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things, and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful.

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Give the gift of a Devotional

Give a devotional as a gift! “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is the perfect gift for Christians in the workplace. The paperback and e-book versions are perfect for a quick bit of inspiration at work during a break and the audio book version is the perfect way to set the atmosphere for the ride to work. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Now Available in Print!

This book is now available in print and as an e-book and audiobook in both English and Spanish! It is a great resource for anyone who wants to study bible verses related to leadership! Click “website” in the upper left corner to purchase the paperback version. E-book and audiobook versions, in English and in Spanish, are available on Amazon or in other book bubbles on this page.

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

Working Title: My Dad's Stories Big and Small

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My Dad's Stories Big and Small

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

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Dealing With Life

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

Spiritual Stories

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

My Dad's Humorous Stories

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

(AUDIO ESPAÑOLA) 25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos

(AUDIO ESPAÑOLA) 25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos

Christian Books & Bibles

Visión para el Diario Reflexivo Estoy escribiendo este libro para ayudar a los líderes cristianos en su lugar de trabajo. Quiero compartir cómo apliqué principios fundamentales de administración que encontré en la Biblia para tener éxito en el lugar de trabajo. Esta publicación pretende ser una herramienta que le ayude como líder cristiano a crecer en sabiduría y crecer en su habilidad para usar las escrituras y la guía del Espíritu Santo, para guiarlo hacia el éxito en cualquier posición de liderazgo en la cual usted se encuentre. Lo he llamado diario porque es mi esperanza que ciertas anotaciones le harán tomar una pausa y reflexionar sobre su estilo de liderazgo, su enfoque hacia ciertas cosas y tomar algunas notas que le ayudarán a tener más éxito. El aspecto interesante que he encontrado sobre las anotaciones de diario es que usted puede darse ánimos cada vez que lo desee, volviendo a leer algo que usted recibió previamente mientras reflexiona sobre algo que le impresionó o lo golpeó de cierta manera. Cuando usted relee una anotación, también puede ver lo que pensaba acerca de un determinado tema en un cierto punto de su crecimiento como líder y darse cuenta si está progresando. Sus anotaciones de diario entonces le servirán como desafío, para animarlo, para empujarlo a ser un mejor líder. Sus anotaciones también pueden servirle como base para sesiones breves de enseñanza mientras usted ayuda a entrenar a los líderes que están bajo su dirección a que a su vez ellos también se conviertan en mejores líderes.

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Spanish Audio Version

This is the SPANISH AUDIO version of my book "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders". It is for sale now. Please click "website" under the author's name. Esta es la versión AUDIO ESPAÑOLA de mi libro "25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos". Está a la venta ahora. Haga clic en "sitio web" bajo el nombre del autor.

Fit@50

Health, Fitness & Dieting

Fit@50 is a motivational tool for men over 50. It is a series of YouTube videos and other items that will encourage men over 50 to stay fit, to eat healthily, to have a youthful mentality and a positive outlook on life after 50. It is not intended to be prescriptive in the sense of medical or nutritional advice per se. Everyone who is interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle should first start with their team of health advisors (physician, dietician, physical therapist) to understand their current state of health and limitations—especially if they have not been maintaining the habit of physical fitness/healthy diet. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO IN ANY BOOK BUBBLE.

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Free e-book offer, 5 days only!

My e-book “Fit@50” is FREE on Amazon through Oct 29th! Enjoy! Click the Amazon link in this book bubble or below, the price will be $0: https://amzn.to/2PgDoNz

Moderation vs. Cheating

The topic of this chapter is moderation. Moderation what an evil word! Moderation means eating in small quantities, eating under control. In this chapter I share some small tips that I have learned to help me stay within the limits that I have set for myself yet still enjoy the food that I enjoy. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Fit@50 Are You The Enabler

Have you ever watched one of those shows where they do what’s called an intervention? All the significant people in a person's life show up. The person is somebody addicted to alcohol, drugs typically. Maybe even addicted to being overweight. All the people show up, and they try to confront the person and tell them hey you have a problem, we love you, we want to help you. Inevitably in every one of these situations, there's a person called the enabler. There's a person that's unwittingly helping this person to stay in their addiction. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia Para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos

Religion & Spirituality

Visión para el Diario Reflexivo Estoy escribiendo este libro para ayudar a los líderes cristianos en su lugar de trabajo. Quiero compartir cómo apliqué principios fundamentales de administración que encontré en la Biblia para tener éxito en el lugar de trabajo. Esta publicación pretende ser una herramienta que le ayude como líder cristiano a crecer en sabiduría y crecer en su habilidad para usar las escrituras y la guía del Espíritu Santo, para guiarlo hacia el éxito en cualquier posición de liderazgo en la cual usted se encuentre. Lo he llamado diario porque es mi esperanza que ciertas anotaciones le harán tomar una pausa y reflexionar sobre su estilo de liderazgo, su enfoque hacia ciertas cosas y tomar algunas notas que le ayudarán a tener más éxito.

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New Spanish Version

This is the Spanish version of my book "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders". Please share it with your Spanish-speaking friends. The Spanish audio version of the book is also available now. THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW. TO PURCHASE CLICK "website" UNDER THE AUTHOR PHOTO.

The Air Force’s Black Ceiling

Politics & Social Sciences

The "Air Force's Black Ceiling" is a view of diversity in the Air Force from one man's over 28 years in the Air Force. This view begins with his perspectives and insights as an Air Force Academy cadet and continues with his progression through company and field grade ranks. It also includes special insights gained while serving on the Secretary of Defense's Diversity Task Force as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Practice Implementation Board. The author's view of diversity has been bolstered by face to face interviews with five former African American Air Force four-star generals and numerous current and former African American generals in the Air Force and the Army. The author's views are also influenced by numerous discussions with former graduates of the US Air Force Academy, his work with the Tuskegee Airmen chapters and his own detailed research into the biographies of former Air Force Chiefs of Staff and former Strategic, Tactical and Air Combat Command Commanders. The title might imply that the "Black Ceiling" has been put in place on purpose by senior Air Force leaders... the reader will find out that isn't the case. The reader however will find out that there are very distinct remnants of an intricate system of exclusionary development practices, cultural practices, stereotypes and biases that have served to keep the ceiling in place for African American men throughout the Air Force's existence.

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Now Available on Audible!

I’m so excited! “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” is now available as an audiobook! I’ve been waiting on this for two years, thanks Eric Kirkless for all your hard voice over work! This is a great gift for: students of military or Air Force history, students of military aviation, students of African American history, military members that you may be mentoring and career-minded military members. Preview it for free on Audible today!

The Great "Black Out"

This excerpt is one of the most controversial segments of my book and one of the most telling regarding the Air Force’s fighter pilot demographic. When I first saw the numbers in 2003, I didn’t fully grasp their significance. I saw that in 1978 the total number of black fighter pilots was drawn down from 1,391 to 372. I saw that the number of black fighter pilot Lieutenant Colonels was drawn down from 153 to 29 and that the number of black Colonels was drawn down from 79 to 11 and none were promoted further. What I didn’t see until I wrote the book was even more staggering. I didn’t notice that the drastic drawdown of black fighter pilots almost exactly coincided with General Wilbur Creech’s assumption of Tactical Air Command. He presided over the drawdown. I didn’t notice at the time how disproportionate the drawdown was. The number of white fighter pilots was drawn down from 11,724 to 11,526, 198 pilots, less than 2%. The number of black fighter pilots again was from 1,391 to 372, 1,019 pilots, 73%. It was a delicate thing to point out that General Creech presided over this drawn down. If there were a Mount Rushmore for the Air Force, his face would be on it. However, there is no escaping the truth.

The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience

I am writing a new book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience,” that focuses on the experiences of black pilots in Air Force pilot training. This book will build on insights gathered for “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and include the experiences of black pilots dating from Tuskegee era pilots to the present. Pilot training falls under the purview of “Air Education and Training Command.” In this bubble, I discuss a multicultural approach to education and training, a concept that has been broadly implemented in the civilian sector as far back as the 1980s. I found no evidence that the Air Force has ever considered that its pilot training curriculum should be tailored to suit a multicultural student population vs. a one-size-fits-all curriculum that has proved to be more successful for non-minorities than for minorities. Finally, for my new book I intend to research whether black pilots have a greater success rate in civilian pilot training institutions. It is my belief that if the success rate is statistically greater, that it will because the civilian pilot training institutions placed a greater value on one of the key factors outlined in “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling.” Those key factors are culture, role models, cultivating/providing prior flight time, multicultural education, minimizing the effects of tokenism, or increasing the motivation.

Door Opening vs. Reverse Discrimination

This excerpt goes into the very sensitive area of “reverse discrimination”. In the previous segment of the book, I went into great detail discussing how doors were opened for some of the military’s greatest generals: McArthur, Eisenhower, and Marshall. The purpose was to set up the contrast for a discussion of how door opening is viewed for minority officers. From the majority vantage point often door opening for minorities is often viewed as affirmative action or reverse discrimination, with all the negative related underpinnings, and not related to qualifications, experience or potential. From a minority vantage point when doors are opened for the majority, it is often perceived as “the good ole boy” network and not based on qualifications, experience or potential. These perceptions still exist today and need to be addressed if the Air Force is to continue to strive to stay ahead of the rest of society on issues related to diversity.

Growing Up In An Air Force With Few Black Pilots

This bubble reveals the target audience for this book. That audience is my USAFA classmates who have grown up to be the three and now four-star leaders of the Air Force. They will be the ones who shape the diversity landscape of the Air Force of 2020 with their values and decisions. My hope is that something in this book will impact them in a positive way to bring about positive and lasting changes in the diversity of the fighter pilot landscape of the Air Force.

Lack of Diversity or Racism? A Vantage Point Issue

My pastor’s sermon today helped me see this book in a different light. I looked at this book as a book primarily about diversity. It’s more than that. From an African American standpoint often a lack of diversity is synonymous with racism. I’m not sure from a white American standpoint that it is. White Americans may see the lack of diversity as “a problem we need to fix” either through more effective recruiting and marketing, etc. The Air Force has always praised itself as being a forerunner on social issues, setting the example, leading the way for the rest of American society on matters such as race relations and integration. I think that as the Air Force continues to make real progress in the diversity of its senior ranks, it will heal often unspoken, but very real divisions and misgivings within its ranks and can once again make the claim that it is ahead of the rest of American society on matters of race.

Promote Col Charles McGee

This chapter is devoted to the cause of securing a retroactive promotion to Brigadier General for Col Charles E. McGee. Col McGee is a 95-year-old Tuskegee Airmen that has the distinction of being the only person ever to fly 100 or more combat missions in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He has 409 total combat missions, was the first African American to command a Wing in the United States, commanded a maintenance group, a missile group and two different flying squadrons. With these credentials Col McGee would have been in shoe-in for the rank of brigadier general. Unfortunately at that time the Air Force did not readily give out that type of rank to black officers. This whole chapter makes a case to correct an inequity that is over four decades old.

The Failure of The Creech System

In 2003 I was serving as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Board. The person leading the diversity study was trying to force the focus of our study on the number of college-educated blacks in the population in 2003 to get answers for the lack of black generals in 2003. I said no that to understand what we have now you have to go back 25 years because it takes about that long to make a one-star general. So I got permission to collect data from the Air Force on fighter pilots from 1978 to 2003. What I found blew me away. I discovered that in 1978 a tremendously disproportionate drawdown of minority fighter pilots occurred. It is my assertion that it, more than the number of college-educated blacks, or the success of minority recruitment programs, is the single greatest reason for the lack of black fighter pilot generals in the Air Force today, The greatest aggregation of black, combat-tested fighter pilots since the Tuskegee Airmen was wiped out in a drawdown that disproportionately targeted minorities. Years later I discovered that this drawdown coincided with the start of the Gen Wilbur Creech administration.

What do we mean by "black ceiling"?

The chapter explains the title of the book and sets up the rest of the book. It is critical that the reader understands that although black men have enjoyed great success in the Air Force that there are also many areas still in 2016 where black men have experienced very little success. The area that this book focuses on is the lack of success that black men have had as fighter pilots in the Air Force. Specifically, the lack of success blacks have had in becoming fighter pilots and then attaining general officer ranks and then being placed in command of fighter and bomber forces. Black men are still experiencing many firsts in this last area as recently as 2015. That is extremely discouraging considering the success of the Tuskegee Airmen in the 1940s.

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