There is a book available. Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land. It is not a popular book. It sells annually on average between zero copies and the most ever in a years time — 6 copies.
I’ve been told by certain people to never divulge that truth. I have always asked, “Why not? What is wrong saying the book does not sell?” In the books introduction I wrote:
“Having the idea of sitting down to write a book of poetry with the intent of publication in these times is akin to telling your parents you want to be a blacksmith when you grow up.”
To deceive is sin is it not? Why not just level with people? “Honesty is the best policy” ought not to be just some ancient phrase relegated to the dank basement of our behavior. We ought to live by those words. In all things if professing to be a disciple of Jesus the Lord. Hold fast to the practice of truthfulness always. I did not venture into writing Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land for ego, self-promotion or self-glory. I wrote it out of joy, wonder, thankfulness, awe and about another 76 adjectives denoting praise, being thankful, and on and on for the Lord not ever giving up on a sinner as myself. His mercy. His grace. His salvation. His sacrifice. His love.
As for speaking, writing, and living truthfully does not the inerrant word of God say, Jesus Himself say this regarding the truth?
The Truth Will Set You Free
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:31-36 — English Standard Version
I prefer to heed the words of Jesus the Lord and King rather than the words of any man or woman. I hope as you find yourself here you believe the same.
I have nothing to hide. There is transparency and the truth here. Rare, I know, but there it is, here it is.
A book of faith-based poems incorporating Scripture is not exactly what is desired these days. Publishers know such a book is unlikely of selling. So Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land is self-published. The stigma of such ought not exist as it does. Charles Dickens began by being self-published as have other writers.
I could add now, after self-publishing Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land ,and over 8 plus years of the book being available, that it is an oft times hard to take book because it is not all sugary and dripping in “feel good” worldly psychology. Instead, it was written by a Christian man, praying to God for direction prior to and during the composition of each poem. A book containing Christian faith-based poetry incorporating Scripture from the King James Version. This is expected to sell in these times? Is akin to one thinking they can make a living training Dodo birds, or house breaking elephants for a living.
Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land is a collection of poems I wrote very soon upon my life-changing regeneration. The life-altering transformation and renewing only accomplished through the infinite power and grace of God’s Holy Spirit entering and working in an individual.
I give thanks daily for this.
About 9 years ago, one very cold winter’s night in February that is what occurred in my sin-filled life. I was most certainly on the road to hell and eternal damnation. Oh, that struck a cord did it? No one wants to hear about that these days do they? Almost universally today’s preachers refuse to mention sin, or hell, or eternal death, or the devil. All those are in the Bible by the way. Speaking or writing of such is real contrary to a growing number of false teachers in pulpits, or if not false teachers those preachers afraid if they preach expository Bible-centered, Bible-based preaching and speak of sin, hell and eternal death the pews won’t have as many backsides on them. The collection baskets won’t be as full. We ought to preach, know, live according to all of God’s word. Not just the “feel good” parts.
At the time of my regeneration and renewing in the Lord and His word these poems incorporating Scripture were emailed to two very good friends. A brother in Christ. A sister in Christ.
They received the poems exceedingly well. Eventually there were discussions about putting together a book since the poems increased in number and it was discussed that I should seek publication.
That is what happened.
I was a stone cold (hard heart, cold heart towards God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God’s word) totally messed up stumbling on the wrong path sinner. Destined for eternal death.
That cold February winter’s night I was compelled to seek out a Bible. I pulled one from the bookshelf. I blew the dust off the top of its pages and went back upstairs to my office. I prayed. I had not prayed in over 25 years. I opened that Bible and it opened to Luke 15 and my eyes and heart were directed to verse 11; where I began to read.
Thankfully, to the Lord Jesus and His Holy Spirit my life has never been the same since those moments that winter’s night.
Through this regeneration, this transformation and renewing of mind and spirit I began to write poems incorporating Scripture.
The poems came during this period like waves upon the shore. They were within me and poured out. I sat down almost nightly and another new poem would be written down on the pages. Each one coming in one sitting.
That is why Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land came about.
Upon regeneration, being renewed and transformed I sought out a Bible-based, Bible-teaching in the Spirit of God church. Sadly, our nation has become a wasteland when it comes to easily accessing a Bible-based Christian church in these times. 60, 70 years ago this was not so. Now? Now one must search, wander, test many places and spirits to find a true Bible-based, Bible and Jesus, God and Holy Spirit centered church. I searched and found so-called Christian churches where the pastor never opened, never read or preached from God’s word. Instead he told stories, illustrations and jokes. Others where entertainment prevailed and it was like entering the “Big Top” of some 3-ring circus was taking place, or a worldly rock concert and on, and on, and on.
It became disheartening.
But the Lord in His way, His time led my wife and I to a place where the whole inerrant living word of God is preached. This is our home church. And for God’s wonderfulness in showing me the Great Falling Away, the growing apostate church He also has shown me the word is still found. There are still sound doctrine, trusting in the Holy Spirit Bible-based preachers in America. Thank the Lord! Thank the Lord we in America still have the freedom to assemble and practice our faith. May we give heartfelt prayerful thanks daily unto the Lord for such freedoms and pray they remain. For the Evil One and his legions work non-stop to cause mayhem, rebellion and the removal of these freedoms. What we often take for granted is not seen in many places around this world. Our religious freedom is not the case for many believers around the world.
So there is a book available. Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land.
All thanks be to God and His glory.
Not my will be done, but God’s will be done. In all things. Always.
There is a “Poems” category here on A Crooked Path for anyone desiring to read what it is I do in humble prayer unto the Lord for His glory. The poems included here on ACP are not in Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land, and the poems in the book are not here on ACP.
So, each person now must decide after getting to this point, perhaps reading a poem, or two here on ACP if they want to have a copy of the book that is available here.
Thank you, for your time and getting to this point. It is my prayer I am doing the Lord’s will here in this place and also did so in the writing of this book.
Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land is not advertised — the same people who told me to never admit how few copies sell also told me I am horrendous at marketing and promoting the book. They are correct.
I do not want to promote and advertise. Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land was never written to be a money maker. A source of income. It was written out of pure joy, thankfulness and awe and love for God never giving up on a sinner such as me, and for Jesus the Lord and King to have come to earth and lived, died, rise the third day conquering death and fulfilling the promise of eternal life. For the forgiveness of all sinners who come to believe and turn their lives to God and Jesus. It was written in thanks and appreciation for God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God’s grace and salvation afforded a sinner such as me, afforded to any and all who seek Him, open their hearts to Him and believe upon Jesus and make Him the Lord of their lives. More devoted to being a disciple of Jesus than being “religious” or going about declaring oneself a “Christian who goes to church.” A lot of people go to church. Many fewer are true disciples of Jesus the Lord and King.
It’s all about submission. Obedience. Belief — faith. About discipleship. Not about religion. Not about denominations. Not about the world views and the corruption of Christianity today.
It’s about making God the Father, Jesus the Lord and King, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible uppermost, foremost in each of our lives. Disciples. The salt of the earth. A light unto the sin-filled world.
So, there is a book available to anyone interested: Wilderness: A Crooked Path to the Promised Land (if still on this page and not slumped over by now on your keyboard having the impressions of little squares formed into your face from the keys on your keyboard.)
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019