Mystery + Faith = Unlimited

I love inspirational fiction, whether it is classified as “self-help” or “Christian Suspense.” Telling a story well and subtly teaching insightful lessons is the epitome of a great read.  Finding authors who can handle the balance between plot, characters and education is sometimes difficult.

Enter Davis Bunn.

Davis is a three-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author. His devoted fans call him the “gentleman adventurer,”and “Renaissance Man.” Before he began writing, Davis was the consummate international businessman whose work took him to the far corners of the world. Blending his personal travel experiences with a incisive wit and wisdom about human nature, his books have been translated into sixteen languages and sold more than seven million copies.

But the element that sets him apart is his Christian faith.

Unlimited is his latesUnlimited Covert creation.  The internal struggle of the hero, Simon Orwell, mirrors the conflict of many people. He walks around confidently, but inside he is a seething mass of self-doubt, recrimination and guilt.  It is only when Simon is presented with a clear decision to help others at the sacrifice of his own interests that he discovers the truth about himself.

Without giving away too much about the plot, the book is an intriguing combination of a murder mystery that can only be solved by faith in God.  Simon’s choice to step forward in faith (even though everything in his world is telling him to do the opposite), is a compelling example of unlimited belief in something greater than self.

Soon to be released as a major motion picture, Unlimited is thought-provoking, compelling and inspiring.  As an added bonus, click on the link below and read the first three chapters of Unlimited. No hooks or gimmicks, just great story telling!


Ask “Dear Abby” and You Will Get an Answer

This is the third post in a series that describes my personal experiences with the experiments in the new book, E-Squared, by Pam Grout.  I just completed Experiment #5 called the “Dear Abby Principle,” and I am blown away by my experience.

In case you did not read the last two blog posts, the premise of the book is to prove to you, the reader, that your thoughts really do matter.  That is, your thoughts change matter. Matter is what makes your reality. The nine experiments in the book take you by the hand and gently prove that your thoughts create your reality.

Experiment #5 proved rather difficult for me. I started the 48 hour experiment just as a close family member was not doing well. His death left me reeling and I just could not continue with the experiment. It has taken me this long to even think about it again and my life will always be marked with the day he passed on.

I wondered about the timing of experimenting with #5 (inner guidance is always available) and coping with death. But then it hit me – that is the perfect time to know – really know – that I can talk to my own personal guidance counselor and really hear the answer.  Loss and vulnerability create a space to hear messages that normally would not get past my conscious mind’s filtering system.

In the book, Pam makes the distinction between your conscious mind (the thinking mind) and your inner guidance. The conscious mind is good for two things – to identify problems and set goals.  When it is also used to solve problems, that is where the trouble starts, because that is not what the conscious mind is designed to do. As Pam expresses it so eloquently, “[t]his spin doctor in the brain is not your best resource. It judges, distorts reality, and causes unnecessary emotional distress.”

Instead of relying on the conscious mind to solve problems (which it never was designed for), Pam suggests turning to your own inner guidance system. The experiment is to expect a specific, concrete answer to a specific, concrete question in the next 48 hours. Choose an issue that is troubling you and has a “yes or no” answer. You set the intention and the time frame – the Universe will do the rest.

My intention was simple and straightforward.

I asked whether I should continue writing and speaking, blogging and promoting my books. By the world’s standard, I have not been too successful. I am still waiting for Oprah to call me and my Amazon ranking is in the 7 digits.  But I love what I do, and want to help others with what I have learned.

What was my answer? At the beginning of August, I ordered a microphone to use in my e-course called “Infinite Possibilities.” The box was delivered and never opened. It sat on the floor of the study gathering dust while MicrophoneI was caught in the maelstrom of family affairs. I never opened it until after I set  my intention. And this is what I discovered written on the outside of the box: “4 Settings. Infinite Possibilities.”

I started laughing and couldn’t stop. How much clearer a message could I receive?

But the Universe was not done with me yet. The next day (still within the 48 hour time period), I received a call from a business coach that I had not talked to in at least three years. He called me out of the blue to tell me that he had a great new coaching program for internet entrepreneurs and was I interested?

It struck me that I was stuck – and needed a business coach. I just did not realize it until that moment. All of the successful people whom I admired – Pam Grout included – credit their coach with taking them to the next level. Instinctively, I knew that I needed someone to guide me, focus my efforts and develop a plan of action, instead of haphazardly trying to build my tribe.

My intention – should I continue with speaking, writing and creating products to inspire people – was answered. As clear as a bell and as sweet as melon. Gently, lovingly and instantly.

Why not try these experiments for yourself? The proof is in the pudding, or in my case, on the box!