You Could Be Doing So Much.

You could be living the life of your dreams.

You could be learning at the feet of the wise.

You could be sharing someone’s pain, and feeling their victory.

You could be living in Narnia, or Middle Earth, or downtown Brooklyn.

You could have a wealth of life experiences to share. Imagine having lived hundreds of times over, and having the accumulated wisdom of a thousand years.

You could get to know people all over the world, from every time and place. You could have conversations with Napoleon, sit at the feet of Aristotle, walk the Middle East with Jesus.

You could probe the brightest minds of science, and be taken up into vast universes you never imagined existed.

You could read the Bible alongside the early church, and sit carefully observant of the lives of the martyrs. You could be inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, or witness the lightning rod that nearly struck Martin Luther.

You could do all of this. It’s accessible to you, to everyone.

But first you have to pick up a book, and make time – to read. 

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Nicholas McDonald is a blogger, pastor, and author of the book "Faker: How to Be Real When You're Tempted to Fake it." He studied creative writing and communication at Oxford University and Olivet Nazerene University, and received his M.Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Lexington, NC, with his wife and two boys, Caleb and Owen.

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  1. Okay, then read the books of “In That Day Teachings”… for free!

    In That Day Unbound
    By Robert Winkler Burke
    Book #6 of In That Day Teachings
    Copyright 2/3/10

    I see a day coming,
    When American Christians are free,
    Coming days of La Mancha,
    Without rapture-prosper-slouch, we see!

    Instead of zombie eyes and zombie lies,
    People bring out God in each other!
    Instead of zombie leer and zombie fear,
    People honor God in Christ’s brother!

    I see a day coming,
    When the children of our children laugh,
    At their grand folk’s blindness,
    And the expense of a century’s blind bath!

    Christians generally blind,
    To hidden progressive socialism for a century,
    Because at church behind,
    In fear, greed and slouch from Satan’s doxie tree.

    Some rock and roll more pure,
    More true in spirit than wispy praise,
    That mesmerized millions,
    Hypnotized in dark-art, one-chord craze.

    I see dust-and-ego-fed sheep,
    Discovering high alpine green pastures!
    Some sheep even sprout feathers,
    Flying high: screaming eagle go-getters!

    This, in relative penury and obscurity,
    I see,
    Damn me or bless me for seeing this freedom,
    I weep.

    I weep! I wail! I howl!
    For blind wolves eating sheep unawares,
    I see! I see! I see!
    I refuse to believe: Nobody cares.

    Then freed up, I see children playing,
    I hear women laughing out loud,
    Then freed up, I see men folk singing,
    Their spirit and truth makes me proud!

    In the movie, Guys and Dolls,
    Frank Sinatra works on Marlon Brando a conning trick,
    Crediting his father, Brando,
    Sees through the wile, forgiving, that nothing stick!

    Wolf-shepherds now provide,
    An endless river of conning tricks,
    To imbibe the great lies,
    Of fear-greed-slouch chow, a maddening mix!

    Behold, God can’t come quickly,
    And live in such sheep inside!
    Not when blind wolves in the ditch,
    Take the unbeknownst for ride!

    Yet given truth and right spirit,
    The good ship Christianity can turn around,
    Imbued quickly at once at last,
    God lives in man, man lives in God unbound!

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