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Dishonor, A story of Hope and Redemption 

Some of the best stories that have the most impact come from the heart. A place of vulnerability that allows the reader to connect with the story. Such is the case with the book Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption by David Mike. David takes his readers on a journey of epic proportions. Imagine you are young, everything going for you. Joining the military had been a lifelong dream of yours. Like many people you make a couple of bad choices. Decided temptations were worthy of their rewards. Instead of being a clean cut soldier you had dreamed of, it all collapses around you. Sometimes you have to be locked up to find true freedom. ~ @dilemmamike Click To Tweet When you should have had your boots on the ground with your brother in arms, you end up behind bars. Shame over pride overtakes David as he fights to get out. Not only out of jail but out of the military. He wanted out on his terms rather than run the risk of smearing his dad’s name, much less his by…gulp… being dishonorably discharged. Through all of this, David was still able to find Christ with him behind the prison bars, amidst his shame. David Mike swore allegiance to his country in 1987, only to be dishonorably discharged for desertion. One bad choice after another landed him at Fort Leavenworth, a notorious military prison in Kansas, where he starts a new life as an inmate. Follow his journey as he claws his way toward […]

Giveaway $25 Family Christian Gift Card (Review)

Ever want to brighten your day, I would say visit your local Family Christian store. I have been a patron of Family Christian stores ever since my wife introduced me to them over a decade ago. Since then it has become a traditional store for us to visit. Usually around Christmas time as well as when there is a birthday or other celebration coming up. One thing that I have noticed about any Family Christian Store I have been in, it’s the people. My latest trip to my local store this past week was no exception. Driving out there on my lunch break, in hopes that I would be able to get in and out quickly. I was greeted by the assistant manager, Patricia with a smile and words of blessings. Only after the cheerful greeting did she offer assistance. Unlike many retail stores, you could tell her spirit and heart truly meant the words she shared. After declining her generous offer to help, I proceeded to peruse around the store. There was a buy one get one 50% off Sale going on that peaked my interest. With brick and mortar stores these days, without an appealing sale, people are inclined to stay at home and order off the web. I wandered around the store and before I knew it I had been there over thirty minutes. Still with no purchase in hand. It was not for not finding one; it was from finding so many and having to decide. Finally, I chose two books by Stan Toler that I […]

You Must Point Your Sail Before You Launch

You can’t be a procrastinator in business! It is not fair to your customers, your marriage any of it! You keep saying these words they are warning signs for your business. On a recent phone call with my coaches they laid down the framework of tough love . Words very similar to those above punched me in the mouth or perhaps gut. Punching holes in the side of the boat I had been sailing in for so long. I had been going about this all wrong. Wandering in the sea of my own past. Believing the lies I had been told. Treading water above my self-inflicted misery. It was the time that I point my sail and use these fresh winds of truth to tack and jibe towards my dreams. As we worked through some more difficult questions in preparation for upcoming consulting, one of them, in particular, gave me a dose of smash mouth love. For many years, as long as I can remember, in fact, I have always done things my way. Never open to critiques or criticism no matter the source. My arrogance and ego pushed everyone to the edges of my life’s sphere, including God. I pretended to have it all together. Confidence oozed out of me as I walked through life, leaving a trail of carnage in my wake. I started a cycle of destructive self-speech that I began to believe. Words I heard growing up became a part of the threads of my humanity. Weaving through me until all […]