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Number of Pages: 252
Vendor: Outskirts Press
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 6.00 X 9.02 X 0.57 (inches)|
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
These beautifully simplistic, yet profound words of repentance from King David are the inspiration from which this book was written. The author, Patrick Dillon, feels this heartfelt cry is urgently needed in today's society, "Serious events are taking place in the world and in our own personal lives - it's time to renew our faith and become steadfast in our convictions. "This is a mixture of Holy Scripture, personal perspective, and family stories dating back four generations from the tail end of the Gold Rush, the Great Depression, up to current events. Topics such as Evolution, abortion, voting, peer pressure, baseball, Israel, and the present "great recession" are passionately discussed. The author's friendly candid style evokes an array of emotions. He challenges himself and his readers to truly commit to God, a God who deeply loves us and desires our very best. It is Patrick's sincere aspiration that those who read this will have a renewed sense of true hope that only God can give.
I immediately called my sister and told her that she was going to Hollywood. Of course, she thought I was joking until the producer of the movie "Bella" who was still nearby asked for the phone to tell her in person.
I ran outside and raised my hands toward the angry sky and pleaded with God to divert the storm away from the airport. Almost immediately, as if God was responding, a huge bolt of lightning struck less than a mile away, exposing me with its brilliant light for the madman I had become.
The river knows exactly where it is going as it gently winds its way down to the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes I wish I had that much sense of direction in my own life.
Dad realized that his fire had gotten out of control and was spreading out into the forest. Frantically, he took off his coat and used it in a desperate attempt to extinguish the wind-whipped flames.
According to the director of LifeGuard, almost 90% of the women contemplating an abortion who see the ultrasound of their unborn baby decide against it.
Author: Patrick Dillon
Located in: Colorado
Submitted: November 08, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. I love God and His beautiful creation and can be found on the tops of the Colorado Rocky Mountains capturing His works through photographing nature. I find great satisfaction volunteering and sharing my passion for our Lord especially through photography.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was overwhelmed by how fast the world was falling away from God, including myself. My eyes were opened shortly after my dad passed away at the young age of 52. This made me realize how short life is and how much time I had been wasting with things that really didn't matter. It gave me the courage to reconsider how I would live my life and how I could better help others in their time of need. Striving to become steadfast in my relationship with God helped me get through this difficult time. I knew I had to share with others the secret to true happiness and personal fulfillment, thus my book Steadfast Christian was born.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? That God really does exist and he wants the best for each one of us. There is no true happiness without God in our lives. We cannot be lukewarm in our relationship with Him. Becoming steadfast is a lifetime commitment but one we must pursue with all our hearts.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It helped me become more in tune with God in everything I do. Now, sunsets and just ordinary things in nature have become more vivid and meaningful because I know it is God speaking to me and us through His wonderful creation. I see people completely different now. It's not what I can get out of them but rather, what can I do to help...
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The most influential people in my life have always been those who directed me towards God. Like Grandpa, who I write extensively about in my book.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Turn off your electronic device and go out tonight and see what gift God has for you. It may be a sunset, the waves splashing up on the shore, a beautiful alpenglow highlighting a towering mountain peak, the peaceful sound of a river winding its way down a valley, or the cheerful sounds of children playing... Open your eyes, ears, and hearts to the awesome things of God.