Living the life in “Rivers of Wind”

Growing up in Southeastern Colorado gave me a cunning grip on the reality that the wind does blow. Rivers of Wind, written by Gary Penley revealed the paths of the wind. Escaping the wind was not an option. You survived it. You learned to thrive through it. Or you defied it. There was no escape.


From stories of growing up on the prairie, to lanterns about shipboard adventures, Gary Penley writes with an authority he learned well from the man who raised him. He called him Dad.

George BlizzardGeorge Blizzard was the fiercely determined man who conjured up a life on the prairie against the odds. He fought through the horrors of living on a land where strength and self-preservation were required, unappreciated, and often mistaken as bravado.

A stout man in his youth, Blizzard didn’t cotton to bullies and he eliminated a bully in my hometown. The cost ran cold in the dirt streets of cowtown, but rumors spread like wildfire. In the country, men heard of Blizzard, repeated his name, and  honored he man who had taken the bully down. Near half a century later, his name was still honored in our home.

A lifetime after that battle, my mother called one morning. “Jan, there’s a book signing in town. It’s Gary Penley, he wrote a book about growing up here, and George Blizzard. I want to go. Will you go with me?” I could hear the thrill in her voice. I couldn’t NOT attend this book signing, or reading. I had no clue who Gary Penley was, but I knew about George Blizzard.

Gary and Elaine Penley

Gary and Elaine Penley

I attended the book signing with my mother, and a good round number of the citizens of our fair community, including several of my favorite teachers. It seemed I was one of few who didn’t know Gary Penley. Although, I’m certain I’d heard his name before, and I did know he’d graduated from Lamar High School, I wasn’t familiar with him.

By the end of the evening, I’d been told many times, “You should look him up and get to know him. You’re a writer too, this would be an amazing connection for you.”

I took them all seriously, I met him that night. I introduced myself, and we’ve become friends through the years. Our worldviews are similar, and the connection we have as writers carries us places we might never have gone without it. But the one connection neither of us can break is the river of wind running through our heritage.

It’s there…

In the quiet hours of morning, or the stillness of dusk, I feel the chill. The river runs deep.

Visit Gary’s page on Amazon, buy his books. You’ll meet the kind of man that George Blizzard raised… A good one.

Always, I appreciate the friendship Gary Penley and I have built through the years. God bless you, my friend.

Revolutionize How You Work

The Fun FormulaA career is built upon everything you do. Your relationships. Your successes and failures. The personal growth you experience along the way.

And all of this is dependent on how you approach your work. Is it primarily a way to accumulate money and material goods? Or is it an extension of who you are, whatever the financial outcome?

My entire career is built upon following my heart and gut instinct. I find myself curious about a certain tech or tool, I experiment with it, I take risks and I trust the process to take me where I need to go.

While I have struck out more times than I can count, I’ve also been fortunate enough to hit more home runs than I ever thought I would!

Here’s the good news. I’ve reverse-engineered this process and have discovered the antidote to the “hustle and grind.”

It’s called The Fun Formula, and it’s the title of book #15 to be released by Thomas Nelson publishing house in June 2018!

Subtitled “How Curiosity, Risk-Taking, and Serendipity Can Revolutionize How You Work,” this title is my core message, and I believe it is my best work yet. And I measure that not by sales (because we haven’t made any yet), but because I believe this book is going to set many people free to do their best work and enjoy a higher quality of life.

The book just listed for pre-order on Amazon and I’d be honored if you would go place your order for a copy now, if you are so inclined!

http://amzn.to/2z9maWZ

I’ll be doing a significant book launch around this title and it’s going to be FUN for all who participate. After all, I am going to keep doing what I do!

I really can’t wait for you to get your hands on this one…

Joel Comm is a powerhouse speaker, writer, and business developer. He does what he does because it’s fun. If you’re looking for ways to have fun – you’ve found it.

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not AloneThat moment when you can’t reach out and touch someone who knows your heart, who do you call?
The fear of being alone in this world can be crippling, if you let it. But there’s a better way.

So much life has passed through my years, and every bit of it meaningful, precious, and yes, even, lovely. I’ve had a good life. I experienced love in so many ways I can’t count them, and I’ve been loved by so many people, I don’t even remember all their names… The joy of being me is complete. I feel as if I’ve been loved ‘enough’ to live well, love back, and laugh my way into eternity with joy unspeakable. I’m blessed.

Inside those scriptures are directions. “Go forth from your country…”
Those weren’t the words my friend wanted me to see, but as hard as he pointed me toward the rest of the verse… those were the words I saw. Those were the words I read. And those were the words that stalled me out, kept me awake, and burned through my mind until I got up and found a tea bag and hot water this morning.

Do I bless others? How do I bless others? And the counting began… I thought of the many people whom I’ve assisted as they put their business together, or as they built their online connections, in my network, the people I’ve helped with graphics, or content, or whatever many ways I’ve helped others – professionally. But then, as I waited on God to show me something more… Because I knew there was more. There’s always MORE with God.

Push Your Way to Purpose – Ross

Having the opportunity to know authors on social media and really get to know them, before you read their work, gives you a glimpse into their purpose of writing. Adrienne Ross shares her heart in Push Your Way to Purpose. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was getting to know the REAL Adrienne Ross, or just the public facade she chose to reveal to her reading public. Then, after several months of talking with her, chatting about various topics, and discussing life values, I realized – this is the real woman. This is a woman who knows what she’s about, and she shares that.

Then the book.

Full reveal in the book? More than just an introspective look at the woman, it’s a full on empowerment for others. She gives far more than she’s taking away from this program. Take time to read the book. Sit down and take notes on important details and apply it to your life. You’ll change. For the better.

And now a visit to Amazon.com –

Adrienne RossDo you long to live with purpose? Have you wondered what that purpose is and how to fulfill it?

You are not alone; young and old alike grapple with this and question their specific role in life. Many go through the motions every day, accept whatever life gives them, and hope to somehow bump into their purpose. Others do not believe they even have one. This book exposes that lie.

You do have a purpose.

It’s time to discover what it is and take the steps necessary to possess it.

About the Author

Adrienne Ross is an author, editor, columnist, speaker, and former teacher and coach. She taught English in the Hudson City School District in Hudson, New York, for 17 years and now owns Adrienne Ross Communications. Adrienne is a dynamic speaker and uses this gift in presentations to schools, churches, political groups, national and international service organizations, and businesses. Adrienne is passionate about pursuing her purpose and encourages others to pursue theirs, as well. Contact her at adriennerosscom.com and auntalma.com.

In Defense of a Nation

Author Stan GrantStan Grant – author of In Defense of a Nation shares the purpose of his belief in his book, and more…

How often do you meet a person online and know that they’re someone you’d really like to know better, then out of pure chance, happenstance, and coincidence have the opportunity to meet that person?

After hearing his radio show, reading the 5000 Year Leap, another book explaining the importance of holding our current leaders to the values of our forefathers and the founding documents of this nation, I decided I really wanted to meet Stan Grant. Then time passed and I hadn’t had an opportunity to meet him, so I forgot about it, forgot about the sound of his voice and had actually not even listened to the radio show in a while.

But late one Saturday night, I was thinking about church the next morning and wishing I knew where to go and searching for churches in my neighborhood. A friend got online and suggested I visit her church. My son was attending a Baptist Church close by, but he was going to be working the next morning, so I set out to go to church on a snowy morning and arrived in the parking lot of what I thought was the church where my friend and my son both attended. Inside, I began to recognize faces… But none of them were the friend I’d thought I’d be seeing.

I ended up in a totally different church…. But…

Voices sounded familiar, and pictures. Faces. I knew I recognized them but I couldn’t place where. It was after the service when people began introducing themselves to me that I recognized the connection. Many of these people were already Facebook friends who had communicated with me over a variety of political topics.

And I’d read Stan’s book several weeks earlier at the recommendation of a friend. I’m recommending you read it. This book will remind you that this nation and the freedom we’ve fought to protect for more than two centuries is still worth the fight. Value your liberty, because it is God given and must be protected.

 

In Defense of a Nation by Stanley Grant

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American Christians and patriots know that a battle is brewing. It is a battle for the heart and soul of our nation.

The cold war being waged against America’s sovereignty, exceptionalism, Christian heritage, and rule of law is rooted in spiritual hatred for our being a nation in covenant with Almighty God. Accelerated by the rise of Barack Obama, and Congress’ failure to restrain his overreach, citizen outrage has reached an all-time high. The lines between tyranny and liberty are being defined, and enemies (both foreign and domestic) are hard at work to destroy even the foundations. This is the final push, and the cold war will go hot. War is coming to America, and it’s coming soon to a street corner near you.

Meanwhile, the American church snoozes, and contents itself with pretty buildings, feel-good sermons, Jesus tattoos, hip songs, light shows and big drums, elaborate productions, potlucks, and abandonment theology. The pulpits…the firebrands of the revolution in the 1700’s…have gone silent on issues pertaining to liberty and tyranny, God and Country. A wake-up call is fast approaching.

Using scripture and current events, In Defense of a Nation frames the final showdown for America in a way that will cause you to lose sleep. It examines such questions as:

  • Is America a lucky anomaly in human history, or is it a deliberate act of God?
  • Who is America in the Bible?
  • What will the inevitable clash between Islam and Communism vs. America and the Jewish State of Israel look like?
  • When will it occur?
  • What is the beast system of the Bible, and who is the son of perdition?
  • Who is the community organizer in Scripture that carried the anti-Christ messages of social justice and redistribution of wealth?
  • How are the politics of Judas being deployed against America today, and when will his final kiss of betrayal come?
  • Who is the real Barack Obama, why him, why now?
  • What does the end-game look like for America?

If you want to be on the cutting edge of events as they unfold, then In Defense Of A Nation is a must-read. America is beyond the tipping point, and quickly approaching the flash point…which will come…whether you like it or not…whether you’re ready or not. You will not be allowed to sit this out. The good news is the complete destruction of the corrupt political establishment within America, followed by a spiritual awakening in we the people, concluding with liberty for our land and citizens once again.

America’s toughest days are just ahead. But so is our crowning moment in history. And you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. Now, make it count.

(From Amazon)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stan Grant is an author, radio talk show host, speaker, conservative political activist, and Christian patriot. He resides in Colorado with his wife, Robin, their grumpy cat, and their exceptional Jack Russell Terrier.