As stated in my previous post, I am trying to get my new book, Do You Have an Exit Strategy? into the hands of as many individuals in the final season of life as possible. To that end, I have been donating copies to assisted living/personal care facilities in my area. If any of you are willing and able to help me in this endeavor, please email me (marydet@ptd.net). I will happily mail you copies to donate to facilities in your area.

Thank you in advance for your help.  

next season’s purpose

“If you were to examine my life, you may or may not see it as successful. Though my lifestyle allows me to live comfortably, I am far from wealthy. I am not powerful or famous, and I do not occupy a position of status. I am, however, committed, to the best of my ability, to live a life of purpose.” (Excerpt from my book When Success Isn’t Enough)

The purpose for the next season of my life is to get my new book

(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1625862008/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3)

into the hands of as many people as possible, particularly those who are in the final season of their life. Excerpt:

“I don’t pretend to know all the reasons people choose not to believe in God. I am going to throw out a few possibilities, though. Maybe one of them will fit you.

My new book, Do You Have an Exit Strategy?, is now available on amazon as both a paperback and an ebook.

Excerpt:

Individuals in the final season of life tend to look backward, either with regret or pride or peace. This book encourages individuals in the final season of life to look forward, to what will happen to you when your physical body passes away. Death is inevitable and, whether or not you’re in the final season of life, it is wise to prepare for it by developing an exit strategy for where you will spend eternity.       

Some of you reading these words disagree. You don’t believe there is more to us than our physical bodies, you don’t believe in God, and you don’t believe in an afterlife. Take a chance and read this book anyway. It is written for you.

Some of you reading these words do believe in God and do believe in an afterlife; however, you either don’t know where you’re at with God or don’t understand what that means. This book is written for you too.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1625862008/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

I am putting the finishing touches on a new manuscript. Here is the Dedication and Introduction:

Title: Do You Have An Exit Strategy?

DEDICATION: To individuals in the final season of his/her life. I wrote these words for you. I hope that as you read my words and the words of others you will realize that when your physical body dies, you still exist. Further, you have the power to choose where you will exist.

                                                            INTRODUCTION

                                    For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

                                    A time to be born and a time to die. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

No one is going to get out of this life alive. No matter how much we may not want to think about this, it is an undeniable truth. Since death is inevitable, it is wise to plan for it.

            By planning for it I am not talking about preparing a will, designating powers of attorney to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so, filling out medical advance directives, leaving enough money for your loved ones to pay your final expenses, and so forth. Though these things are good things and important things, I am talking about having an exit strategy for what will happen to YOU when your body dies.

            When that happens, you are released from your body’s physical bonds into eternity. You have no choice about this. You do, however, have a choice as to where you will spend eternity. Your home for eternity is entirely in your control. It will be determined based on where you’re at with God when you die.

            Now I know that some of you reading these words already disagree with me. You don’t believe in God, you don’t believe there is more to us than our physical bodies, and you don’t believe in an afterlife. If this is you, I urge you to hang in there with me and read this. It is written for you.

            Some of you reading this book do believe in God and do believe in an afterlife, however, you either don’t know where you’re at with God or you don’t understand what I mean by that. If this is you, the first two chapters may not be necessary for you to read (unless you want to, of course). You can pick it up at chapter three. The rest of the chapters will pertain to you and I encourage you to read them carefully and thoughtfully.

            Finally, since I never NOT believed God existed, I find it difficult to communicate with atheists in a way that may open their hearts to believe in him. Therefore, I leaned very heavily on the words and experiences of others in the first two chapters.

            Since I believed in God’s existence long before I had a relationship with him, the remainder of the book consists primarily of my own words, as well as my own experiences and struggles to enter into a relationship with him. I am sharing my story in the hope that my experiences and struggles will resonate with some of you and will encourage you to take the leap of faith to put your life in God’s hands. They are the only hands, in my opinion, that will hold you safely and lovingly in this life and in the life to come. I hope this becomes your exit strategy. 

                       

As I am still impatiently waiting to get a covid vaccine, I am reminded once again of some more words I wrote in When Doing Isn’t Enough. Those words are: “We have all experienced times of waiting in our lives. We might not have liked it or chosen it; however, we have experienced it. We may have tolerated it or hated it or waited in anger or waited in fear or waited in expectancy. We may have decided to put the time to good use like reading a book or working on a laptop while in a waiting room or we may have paced or we may have slept. We may have smoked cigarettes or drank coffee or did any combination of any of these or any other of a multitude of additional coping mechanisms. However we have chosen to wait though, we have waited.”

If you are also having a hard time waiting you might find this book helpful. It discusses the benefits of waiting and the consequences of not waiting, as well as tells the stories of both individuals who waited and individuals who refused to wait.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Doing-Enough-Waiting-Plenty/dp/1625860838/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1508523850&sr=8-3&keywords=books+by+mary+detweiler :��B

James Collins is a preacher who writes a newspaper column titled The Point Is… Each column consists of a short story which illustrates a biblical truth. This book is a collection of stories from his column.

Collins has a very versatile writing style. At times he writes with a marvelous tongue in cheek humor that I really like. Example: “I want a motorcycle. My wife wants a new kitchen. We can’t afford both. Well, I am the king of my castle. I am in charge. I am a man. I have my pride. I want a motorcycle… Did I mention that we are getting a new kitchen? Maybe I can get a scooter and some leathers…”

At other times he writes with heartfelt sincerity and transparency. Example: “l preached Patricia’s funeral today. I really don’t know how to process her death. Patricia was my mother, biologically speaking. She was pregnant with me when she was fourteen-years-old, and wisely, made the decision to sign over custody to her mother. So, I was raised by my grandmother…deep down, I was bitter toward Patricia. My grandmother died when I was still a little boy, and for several years, I was shuffled around from one foster home and family member to another. Feeling unwanted and unloved, I blamed Patricia for my heartache…The point is: The Bible teaches we should forgive one another just as Christ forgave us. I have failed to forgive. With tears in my eyes and a heavy heart, I ask the Lord to forgive me, and I ask you to learn from my failures.”  

I was blessed by this book. It touched my heart, it made me laugh, and it made me think. Where Was God? touched me the deeply; A Bad Day At Chick-fil-A made me laugh out loud; and Learn On Someone Else’s Nickel made me think. If you decide to purchase and read this book, I would be very surprised if it did not bless you too.

Some of my favorite excerpts:

My wife, Amanda, would like for me to lose twenty pounds. I would like a new Ferrari Sports Car, but that’s not going to happen either.

We live in a busy, fast paced world. It is easy to let the voice of God get lost in the confusion. It is easy to ignore God. Perhaps God is speaking to you? Will you hear Him? Will you ignore Him? Listen to His voice and follow Him.

Have you heard the three biggest lies that have ever been told? Number one, the check is in the mail. Everybody has told that lie. Number two, I am from the government and I’m here to help you. Whatever you do, don’t believe that one. And number three, I am a Baptist Preacher and I’m here to say a few words…

We don’t have a gun problem – we have a heart problem.

It is difficult to be spiritual on the side of the road when the police have pulled you over.

I have discovered that one of the main reasons to stay married to is to help each other find stuff.

In the Christian race of life, we are not running to win – we have already won. We are just running to finish. Jesus has already finished the race, and He is standing on the other side. The point is: Jesus didn’t fail in what He came to do. He said on the cross, “It is finished.” Since Jesus finished for you, shouldn’t you run for Him? Don’t run for your church, your pastor, or to please people. Run to finish the race for the Lord Jesus Christ. Hit the tape with a blaze of glory. Look to Jesus and finish the race.

I have been in writing mode the last several weeks. I am working on a new manuscript which will be titled Do You Have An Exit Strategy? Here’s the introduction:

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

No one is going to get out of this life alive. No matter how much we may not want to think about this, it is an undeniable truth. Since death is inevitable, it is wise to plan for it.

            By planning for it I am not talking about preparing a will, designating powers of attorney to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so, filling out medical advance directives, leaving enough money for your loved ones to pay your final expenses, and so forth. Though these things are good things and important things, I am talking about having an exit strategy for what will happen to YOU when your body dies.

            When that happens, you are released from your body’s physical bonds into eternity. You have no choice about this. You do, however, have a choice as to where you will spend eternity. Your home for eternity is entirely in your control. It will be determined based on where you’re at with God when you die.

            Now I know that some of you reading these words already disagree with me. You don’t believe in God, you don’t believe there is more to us than our physical bodies, and you don’t believe in an afterlife. If this is you, I urge you to hang in there with me and read this. It is written for you.

            Some of you reading this book do believe in God and do believe in an afterlife, however, you either don’t know where you’re at with God or you don’t understand what I mean by that. If this is you, the first two chapters may not be necessary for you to read (unless you want to, of course). You can pick it up at chapter three. The rest of the chapters will pertain to you and I encourage you to read them carefully and thoughtfully.

            Finally, since I never NOT believed God existed, I find it difficult to communicate with atheists in a way that may open their hearts to believe in him. Therefore, I leaned very heavily on the words and experiences of others in the first two chapters.

            Since I believed in God’s existence long before I had a relationship with him, the remainder of the book consists primarily of my own words, as well as my own experiences and struggles to enter into a relationship with him. I am sharing my own story in the hope that my experiences and struggles will resonate with some of you and will encourage you to take the leap of faith to put your life in God’s hands. They are the only hands, in my opinion, that will hold you safely and lovingly in this life and in the life to come. I hope this becomes your exit strategy. 

       

As I am impatiently waiting to get a covid vaccine so I can begin to live with some semblance of normalcy, I am reminded of words I wrote in When Doing Isn’t Enough. Those words are: “Waiting is not popular in our modern society. Immediate gratification is popular. We want what we want now, and we do everything possible to get whatever it is we want now and avoid waiting. Sometimes, waiting is unavoidable though and we have no choice but to wait.”

If you are also having a hard time waiting you might find this book helpful. It discusses the benefits of waiting and the consequences of not waiting, as well as tells the stories of both individuals who waited and individuals who refused to wait.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Doing-Enough-Waiting-Plenty/dp/1625860838/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1508523850&sr=8-3&keywords=books+by+mary+detweiler

Ten challenges that each of us most likely face at one time or another are discussed in this book. Some of these challenges are anxiety, doubt, rejection, temptation, and comparison. Each discussion includes a description of when the author faced this challenge and how he dealt with it. Descriptions of various biblical figures who struggled with these challenges are also included in each discussion, as well as strategies the reader can employ to deal with the challenge.

I particularly appreciate Jennerich’s transparency throughout the book as he shares how he has struggled with each of the ten challenges at various times in his life. I believe that the more authentic and vulnerable each of us are willing to be, the more divisiveness will slowly morph into unity as we begin to see each other as more alike than different.

Favorite excerpts:

  • We can never be sinless, but we can sin less.
  • Live a life pleasing to the only One who matters, and don’t worry about rejection by the world…If the God of the universe thought we were worth dying for, why should we care if some person rejects us.
  • We are all different. God has a different calling for each one of us. When we start to compare ourselves with others, the results are often disastrous.

In Jesus Says Dr. Miller focuses on 18 scripture passages which quote the words of Jesus. He then discusses Jesus’s words in the context of the culture of the time, who he was speaking to, and why he might have chosen those particular words. Some of the passages he discusses are: The Kingdom of God is at Hand (Mark 1:14-15); If Your Eye Offends You (Matthew 5: 29-30); Take My Yoke Upon You (Matthew 11: 28-30); and The First Shall Be Last (Matthew 19: 28-30).

I found some of the discussions to be enlightening and eye-opening. Others lined up with my own thinking.

I particularly liked his discussion of Who Is My Neighbor (Luke 10: 25-37). In that discussion he stated “When the lawyer asked who his neighbor was, the question was posed against the backdrop of the narrow Jewish definition of neighbor: a neighbor was a fellow Jew…at the end of the parable, Jesus made a change so subtle that the casual reader would not notice it, yet so profound that we can scarcely grasp it. Jesus carefully constructed his illustration such that it could not be ascertained whether the wounded man was a Jew or not…Under the standard interpretation of ‘love thy neighbor,’ the hurt man was the neighbor that the Samaritan ‘loved.’ Jesus didn’t see it that way. The Samaritan was the neighbor…Jesus said you create neighbors by becoming a neighbor…Little by little our ‘neighborhood’ becomes populated as we live compassionate lives.”