3 Traits of Christian Cults

One of my favorite quotes in my latest work, The Revolutionary, is spoken by the ridiculed but heroic Omar. 

“The sign of a true ministry is the glorification of Christ, not the ministry's leader, or an act of service. Never forget that. I'm telling you, you better find a way to get away from The Allegiance. It’s not a ministry. It's a cult."

Like Amanda, many people don’t realize they’ve gotten involved with a cult until the damage has already been done. This is happening in the Christian community. People are going to worship services Sunday after Sunday, not realizing they’re actually in a cult until things go unbearably wrong.  

I don’t write this post to scare or offend you. I write these things to warn you.

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The Most Difficult 100 Pages I Have Ever Written

The final installment of The Revolutionary Series is now available on Kindle. 

I can honestly say, without a doubt, that this ebook was the most difficult that I have ever written.

It wasn't because of the storyline. It’d been in my head for nearly two years. I knew exactly what was going to happen and how it was going to happen. 

It wasn’t the characters, either. I knew them all. Aspects of their histories are jotted down in the countless cute notebooks I’ve habitually purchase from TJ Maxx. Even now, after the final portion of their story has been released for the world to read, they still sit with me. 

For a while I wondered if the actual writing was what had me at a standstill. For the first time I was writing in third person. I’d been told repeatedly by several authors that it would be easier and I would be more productive. (Not true. Going back to first person. It works for me. 🙂) 

Then I realized it was the actual story. Writing about a young woman who unknowingly entered a cult tapped into emotions I didn’t know I still had. I couldn’t write this story because the parallels to my own were unsettling. 

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This Magazine Cover Makes Me Want To Cry...

The child in me grieves for the legacy of The Cosby Show and the man who upheld it. Not because I'm infatuated with Bill Cosby or in denial concerning the horrendous allegations against him (some of which he testified to in court). My heartache is because the demise of Cosby's legacy fractures my very own history.

You see, both The Cosby Show and it's spin-off, A Different World, played a big part in my childhood. I have fond memories of gathering with my family before the television on Thursday evenings, glued to NBC in anticipation of the laughter and family values the Huxtable family would bestow upon us. We were never disappointed.

Cosby, though he is the flawed man that he is (to say the least), gave us something nearly magical. He showed us that we could be loving and kind. We didn't have to be broken. Our families and our wallets could be whole. We could be educated and peaceful. He gave us hope. He gave us and millions around the world joy so spectacular that thirty years later we still smile at the sight of little Rudy lip synching to Ray Charles. Through entertaining scenarios, we learned the importance of a strong family unit, the value of education, and the strength of integrity.

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