Yesterday I boasted about having two releases out in one day–but in fact, I had three! Dreamscape Media, who purchased the audiobook rights to my Coulson Family Saga series, written under my Anna J. McIntyre, released books one and two in the series yesterday in audiobook format. Expect the rest of the series out in audiobook in the near future. So excited!
Today is a busy day! I have two releases today.
Coulson’s Wife, the first book in my 5-book Coulson Family Saga, written under my Anna J. McIntyre pen name is being released today in audiobook format by Dreamscape Media. The rest of the books in this series are also slated to come out in audiobook later in the year.
The Ghost and the Silver Scream, Book 24 in my Haunting Danielle series is being released in eBook and paperback (regular and large print) formats today. It will be available in audiobook format later this year, published by Tantor Media. (Look for Book 23 in the series, to come out in audiobook this year.)
It’s Sunday. If you are going to church, is it online or in person?
In the news we hear stories of the Louisiana pastor who continues to defy orders not to hold gatherings larger than 50 people. His contention seems to be that his faith and the power of prayer is bigger than the virus and he feels this is a persecution of Christians. In fact, members of his church have been fired from jobs for attending the services, which the pastor says is a persecution of the faith. Others would argue, those employers didn’t want careless high risk employees infecting other employees.
First, let me say, I DO believe in the power of prayer. I’ve seen its power. In one most memorable demonstration, I had a personal issue—which I won’t go into detail about—I simply could not resolve on my own. I prayed, turned it over to God and miraculously, it turned around instantly. An issue that could have plagued me for a lifetime was no longer a problem. For me, that was the ultimate demonstration. However, I was not testing God. I was genuinely asking for help.
The Bible is pretty specific about testing God. It also discusses free will. In my opinion, holding a large gathering after the experts say that will endanger people is really no different than walking across a busy freeway and expecting to get on the other side without being hit by a car. Hey, you believe in God. You have faith. He will get you to the other side.
In my opinion, that is a bit presumptuous and disrespectful of God. He didn’t give you free will so you could act like a freaking idiot and expect him to be your safety net.
Please don’t test God. He is going to be pretty busy during the next few months. Let’s not overwhelm him or the hospitals right now. And while you might counter—God can handle anything—why make him? Isn’t that rather lazy of you?
Think of it this way—as a parent, I am proud that my adult children can stand on their own two feet without expecting me to fix all their problems. But they know, that if they really need me, I am there for them. If God is our father, one that gave us free will, I don’t think he wants us to act like idiots while he walks behind us and picks up all our messes.
Stay safe people.