Write Books, Create Info Products: Summer Special

Summer is the best time to write books, create information products and prepare for the back-to-school education mindset most people have come September. And I’ve got something to help make that SUPER easy for you to do this summer.

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This isn’t really us by the way. He’s the super tan one. I’m the ghost. 🙂

My Honeymoon Is Your Big Break!

My husband and I are heading to Panama City Beach in a few weeks for a delayed honeymoon, and I’m excited to treat my hard-working Deputy Sheriff hubby to his dream vacation.

We booked our hotel with an ocean view, and that’s when I got the bright idea to offer you 50% off my signature programs so you can make the most of the summer months and I can rent that charter fishing boat for my hubby’s dream vacation. 🙂

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Society’s Solution: Get To the Root Cause

Everybody’s wondering how to find solutions to society’s problems. But you can’t effectively treat an illness by treating symptoms. You must know and treat the root cause.

If someone comes to me who is struggling in some aspect of their life or business, I immediately try to find the root cause. This could be a belief, idea or habit (usually caused by trauma or conditioning) that is rippling out into the person’s actions and is producing the symptomatic problems.

As I have observed and ferreted through society’s disturbing symptoms of terror, hate, anger, murder and depravity, I have followed the trail back to one root cause.

No One Else Is Talking About This (That I Know Of)

I’ve seen lots of opinions offered, but I haven’t seen anyone else hit upon this one. Hate has been mentioned, but what is at the root of hate? You have to dig deeper than hate. Hate is a symptom of a root cause. You, see if you are suffering from a bad enough case of this root cause, you HAVE to hate anyone who doesn’t agree with you… but I’ll get to why that is in a moment.

I’d like to add, there’s no pointing fingers here. I’ve experienced this ugly root cause as well. None of us is fully immune to the malady that ails us.

So What Is the Root Cause?

In a word: Idolatry. That’s an Old Testament word most of us think was reserved for past generations who worshiped wood and stone idols. Surely, modern society is too sophisticated for that. But, hear me out.

People invent their own ideological gods who will condone their own lusts and desires, making the activities and habits that grow from them acceptable.

Our gods morph to our imaginative indulgences and carnal depravity.

We govern our make-believe gods with relative standards. Whatever feels good, feeds our egos, or justifies our behavior is the god-condoned course.

Since our ideological gods are defenseless, they require defending. In actuality, their only substance is our own egos which makes defending them a first order of priority. Any attack against them is an attack against our egos. Defending these ego-driven gods includes:

  • condoning anger towards those who believe differently than we do,
  • hateful remarks,
  • lying to those who disagree with us,
  • hating, abusing or even killing those who do not conform to our ideological gods.
  • transforming the bloodthirst of mass murder into god-commanded behavior.

The Solution – Follow the True God

One day we will each come to the rude awakening that God is an actual being with a personality and an absolute identity who lives by a set of eternal absolute truths which lead to ultimate joy.

His unwavering adherence to eternal truths is perhaps the very reason He is God.

For us, living by those truths is rarely the easy or cushy path.

The true God’s path is a plan of ultimate happiness which requires

  • self-mastery,
  • discipline and
  • service.

But the rewards are great. A life of discipleship accesses an enabling power (aka grace) that changes our hearts. Grace eventually conquers our carnal desires until we have no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually. This means…

  • Out goes hate; in comes love.
  • Out goes revenge; in comes forgiveness.
  • Out goes misery; in comes joy.
  • Out goes death; in comes life.
  • Out goes slavery; in comes freedom.
  • Out goes destruction; in comes restoration.

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The true God saves, loves, and heals those who come under His protective wings.

We access the power of His grace by

  • striving to truly know Him and
  • demonstrating our love for Him by keeping His commandments.

The gods of our imagination who condone our bad behavior and base passions are only illusions. They never had and never will have the power to save, heal, deliver or perfect us. Like dumb idols of stone and wood they stand idly by as we destroy ourselves.

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Funeral

I ran across this essay I wrote about taking my children to my Granny White’s funeral back in August 1999. Hard to believe it’s been nearly 17 years since she passed.

On August 2nd, my grandmother passed away after 9 years in a nursing home with advanced Alzheimer’s. Her passing brought back fond memories, and actually was seen by her family as a joyful occasion to celebrate her freedom from the chains of her earthly body and mind.

In Loving Memory of "Granny" Thelma White Born 23 September 1910 Died: 2 August 1999

In Loving Memory of
“Granny”
Thelma White
Born 23 September 1910
Died: 2 August 1999

On August 4th we attended her funeral. It was a lovely funeral — at least what I saw of it. I think if my Granny was watching, she would have gotten a lot of really good laughs…

Greg [my husband at the time] was a pallbearer and was riding in the van for the pallbearers, so they had my kids and me get in a limousine. They loaded up all the cars, but no one ever came to drive ours.

They motioned the line of cars on until they were all gone but mine. I was just sitting there with the baby on my lap and Jillian (2 years old), Caleb (9 years) and Joshua (7 years) in the back seat — no driver.

Finally after me waving at him for what seemed like eons, this man came over to ask me who was driving my car. I said, ”I don’t have a clue.” They hurried up and grabbed this white-haired elderly man to drive our limousine.

He couldn’t even get the car into gear. He kept fumbling around with the steering wheel and every knob he could find. The car started coasting over toward the building. He even popped the hood while fumbling all around the steering wheel trying to get the car to go. I was sitting there thinking, ”Man, I’m going to miss the funeral procession, and we’ll be lucky if we even make it there alive with this poor old senile man driving!”

Finally, he got the car in gear and drove like a madman to catch up with the procession. Along the way, the driver informed me he had worked with my Granny at American Uniform so that tells you how old he was (she was a month shy of 89 when she died).

We had to drive for about 40 minutes into the country to this old family cemetery. About half-way there, the limousine started dinging and flashing “Low Fuel Levels” messages. I spent the remaining 20 minutes praying that the car wouldn’t run out of gas. I was sure this poor old man wouldn’t know the way if we got left behind, and we were the last car in the procession. No one would ever see that we were missing.

We evidently weren’t the only ones having trouble… my cousin’s husband was driving the lead car and even took a wrong turn down a dead end street along the way.  This stalled the procession for some time as they worked to get the cars back on the right road.

Meanwhile in the back seat of our car… Josh was doing his usual subtle picking at Jillian that makes her absolutely bonkers. She was whining and jumping all over the back seat like a monkey and kicking Josh and the back of the driver’s seat. At one point, she slipped all the way down until the seat belt was around her neck.

She had been wild the whole day. During the funeral itself, I had to take her and Nathan (the baby) out because they were fighting over the LifeSavers that I was shoving into Jillie’s mouth as fast as I could to keep her quiet. I guess I gave her too many because she started yelling, ”I WANNA DRINK!” I could tell she was on the verge of one of her hissy fits. So, totally embarrassed, I lugged a child in each arm, down the endless isle and out the back door.

Needless to say, I never got the chance to be sad. And I’m positive my Granny wasn’t either.

Here’s a short video I put together of some photos of my Granny and her playing the piano. She used to play in a silent movie house.

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Impact Lives and Leave Your Legacy

You have a message, method or system inside you that can literally transform lives. What you know can completely shift the way people think. When you put that message into a compelling, engaging book, your legacy lives on forever. Your impact ripples into infinity!

If writing a book is on your list this year, I want you to know something… not all books are created equal. Books that engage and compel people to share them take special crafting. And it’s not about being a wordsmith or having perfect grammar (just ask the editors of my 25 titles)! It’s something entirely different that even a child can learn.

Through the power of story and collaboration, you can create your own page-turner.  I will show you how with my exclusive, proprietary system for creating WOW books!

Here’s what Kathleen Gage has to say about my Create a WOW Book System:

kathleengage“Oh my goodness Marnie! I can’t begin to thank you enough for the great course you created and taught that I participated in many months ago.

I had been thinking of writing a book about women and online marketing for quite some time. Years actually. But I continued to procrastinate. That is until I took your course.

Power Up for Profits: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Online Marketing is now available on Amazon and other online locations.

Something about the way you presented the material, encouraged your students (that would be me) and the guidance you gave is beyond compare.

I am incredibly confident my book will serve thousands upon thousands of women (and men) who know they need to incorporate online means to build their business while honoring who they are, trusting Spirit and living their truth. Oh yes, and making lots of money in the process.

Thank you my friend, colleague, mentor. The world is a better place because of your light.”

Please join me! Go through the Create A WOW Book System at your own pace AND receive a private phone call with me to get specific answers to your book project questions.

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An Author’s Golden Elixir

I’d been fascinated by the life of my 4th great grandmother, Dicey Langston, for nearly two decades before deciding to write a book about her life. Her story was the first fiction novel I ever wrote. It hooked me, reeled me into the power of fiction and the golden elixir of story. Over the next few years, I wrote at least nine more novels, eventually tutoring with editors to further perfect my craft.

Writing fiction was a part of my “hero’s journey” as an author. I traveled to other worlds and brought back the elixir of story. In every nonfiction book I’ve written since then, you’ll find stories woven throughout. Stories are what engage your readers, draw them in, connect to their hearts. Once the emotional connection is established, it is much easier to convey principles.

When you emotionally connect truth to a memorable story, it’s like linking a memory to a song. You know what I’m talking about. There’s that song that comes on and suddenly you’re transported back in time to a funny memory of the sixth grade or back to your first kiss. Stories that tug at your emotions implant truths deep into your mind where they stick. Remember the story, and you “feel” the principle. It becomes a part of you at a deeper level than if someone just “preached at you” insisting, “you should do this or that.”

This is why the central focus of my Create a WOW Book System is my Collaborative Creation and Story Method. Once you learn how to craft a compelling story, you have the building blocks of a page-turner.

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The Secret Sauce to Viral Book Writing

Want to know what adds the WOW-Factor to your book, your message, your platform? Find out in this video I made for those in my Create A WOW Book program.

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The key ingredient to good writing is vulnerability. Let yourself go. Put yourself out there. Get real, raw and relevant. You can always edit and reel it back in, but if you don’t allow yourself to get super vulnerable in your writing, you won’t have the secret sauce that makes truly remarkable books that connect with your reader and impact their lives.

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Living in the Light Doesn’t Mean Ignoring the Darkness

A wise man gave me some advice when I was about 16-17 years old. “Continue to look for the good,” he said. I have tried to do that throughout my life – to look for the good in people, to give them the benefit of the doubt, to surround myself with things that are uplifting and inspirational and steer clear of things that are degrading or depressing.

I’ve enjoyed this somewhat naive way of living for fifty years, but every once in a while the darkness rears its head, gets up in my face, and I’m required to deal with it in the best way I know how. Sometimes the darkness and evil I see in the world doesn’t directly affect me, and I’ve had a tendency to just stick my head in a “love and light cloud” and ignore it.

Living In The LightBut is this really what I should be doing? Can I look for the good and still be aware of the evil? The older I get the more I feel compelled to expose the darkness when I see it. Many of us with this “love and light” philosophy would prefer to stick our heads in the sand and pretend the evil and darkness doesn’t exist. We think if we focus on the good long enough, the light will overcome and dispel the darkness.

There may be quite a bit of truth to that. But I don’t believe we’re doing ourselves or our children any service by not addressing what is wrong in our lives or in our world.

Dinosaurs in living rooms eventually make messes that must be cleaned up.

I was pondering on this compelling urge I have to “call a spade a spade” when I see it – to point out “when the emperor is indeed wearing no clothes.” Primarily, when I see freedom being attacked, I feel an intense need to speak up.

How do I balance pointing out the bad with looking for the good and staying in the light?

This morning while asking myself this very question, I recalled a passage from the Doctrine and Covenants about how early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were advised to address the plunder, rape, murder and persecution heaped upon them in the 1800’s. They were told to document EVERYTHING that was done to them. Every injustice was to be documented and carried to the government leaders of the time. Then, this is what they were supposed to do next…

“And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart—

Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—

These should then be attended to with great earnestness. Let no man count them as small things;

Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” (D&C 123:11,13-15, 17)

Cheerfully Do All Things That Lie In Our Power

Notice that phrase, “cheerfully do all things that lie in our power.” We don’t have to be fearful, sky-is-falling-fanatics. We don’t have to be angry, hateful or vindictive. Yet this instructional passage sounds like we can’t just sit back on our love and light cloud and pretend the evil is going to go away.

Here’s another example…

The Book of Mormon is a history of an ancient people who inhabited the Americas. Two prophets named Mormon and Moroni saw our day. Knowing the book would come forth in our modern era, they included stories that they felt would be applicable to us.

Moroni include a record of an ancient civilization called the Jaredites who were destroyed from within by a murderous “secret combination.” This secret combination infiltrated the Jaredite government and used secrecy to murder for power and gain. Here is the warning Moroni issued to us…

“Wherefore, O ye Gentiles (that’s us), it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.

Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved. (Ether 8:23-26)

Awake to a Sense of your Awful Situation

It sounds to me like putting your head in the sand isn’t the way to go. It sounds like if we want evil to be done away, we need to “awaken to a sense of our awful situation” and see what’s “gotten above us” in our governments and in our leadership. We will recognize them by their agenda… “seeking to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries and bringing to pass the destruction of all people.”

We can be cheerful as we do this. One might wonder how this is a cheerful task, but if we know we are standing in alignment with God, we can know that we are on the winning side. Because we know heavenly hosts are on our side we may “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)

So, I will continue to look for the good and strive to stay in the light, but as I do this I will continue to call a spade a spade. I will continue to waste and wear out my life in bringing to light the hidden works of darkness as I see them. My hope is that we, as a nation, may awaken to a sense of our awful situation. I am not good with a sword or other weapons. I’ll leave that to my husband, but I am good with the pen. And I will use it as long as I am able.

What Individual Rights Really Mean

Have you noticed a quest to normalize every bizarre, sick behavior anyone might like to indulge in? Making huge hoopla and enacting regulations to protect whatever minuscule minority might initially like to engage in this behavior until curiosity seekers and social-hypochondriacs claim they too have a propensity for this popular “label”?

In my opinion, the agenda is to create more minorities. Minorities get special privileges and money in this country, if you hadn’t noticed. They also get to make everyone else walk around on eggshells.

Money and Power

Those who live for power and control now have their very own national playhouse of puppets. While we’re scurrying around adhering to mounds of nonsensical edicts and red tape to specially-service this now blown-way-out-of proportion-problem, their power is amassing for a time when it really matters.

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902).)

The truth is we all have weaknesses, quirks, and oddities. Part of life is learning to work around them.

I used to be terrified of driving next to semis. Perhaps I should have located more people with that phobia and requested bureaucrats decree laws to protect our rights. (The US decrees laws these days; there’s no time to deal with the messy process of passing them constitutionally.)

Perhaps I should insist the government create new highways for semis lest I be offended by a truck.  Or at the least, create special lanes for them lest my fear be activated.

Oh, but wait, that’s not necessary for me anymore because I took responsibility for my own feelings and did something to deal with them in a healthy way. I can drive in a swarm of semis and not feel the least rise in blood pressure anymore.

THAT’s the very thing nobody seems to want to do– allow personal responsibility to kick in and people take care of their own problems. Instead we’ve created a monstrous government that micromanages our lives and relationships ad nauseam.

Where will it end?

It probably won’t until they’re rearranging the nations bathrooms.  Oh wait… They’re already doing that.

Here’s what “they” don’t want you to know…

The longer you live in victim land the more entitled you feel. The more entitled you feel, the less personal responsibility you take. Where there is no personal responsibility there can be no freedom.

And thus, victim land equals slavery… To your fears, your lack of action, your lack of looking for solutions, and to those who wish to keep you a victim so they might enslave you. The only way to freedom is through personal responsibility.

Always beware of those who want you to continue to feel you are a victim. They generally have another agenda than your happiness.

imageDay by day the establishment is handing out packages with brightly colored “individual rights” ribbons and “freedom of choice” gift wrap.  For the naive it looks like a brightly wrapped solution when in reality it is labeling group after group as victims who are ENTITLED to special treatment.  Entitlement undermines personal responsibility.

You can have no freedom without personal responsibility. The two CANNOT be separated.

So the next time you see the government rallying around some new “individual rights” cause, look hard at what new victim mentality they are creating; and know that with every piece of personal responsibility they destroy, the more power they gain over your life.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with Hope

A journey of a thousand miles begins with HOPE. But what if you’ve lost hope? You feel stuck, sad, maybe depressed. 6 years ago I had lost all hope in an important area of my life.

A Journey of a 1,000 Miles begins withI noticed some verses in the Bible about Jesus being the resurrection and the life. I caught hold on the idea that Jesus could resurrect this dead thing. It gave me HOPE… and with hope, I set my feet on a path that led to something beautiful and wonderful.

It didn’t happen in the way I expected or with the people or conditions that began my journey, but that dead area of my life came alive.. more beautiful, blossoming and wonderful than it ever had been before.

Let Jesus resurrect what is dead in your life… and let go of how He does it or what it’s going to look like in the end. Just know that it will be glorious!

 

Are we people or puppet? Dangers of Social Media.

People Or Puppets: Dangers of Social Media

I sat down next to my husband on the couch after dinner the other night. He was fiddling with his phone, and I leaned over to snuggle on him. I caught a glimpse of his Facebook feed. As he scrolled through posts — liking things, commenting on things — I noticed something significant about his feed. It looked a lot different than mine.

His was filled with political posts, whistle-blowing articles, cop videos, military-related items, funny rants, what’s happening in Europe, etc. My feed has a few political memes, but a lot of inspirational image quotes, comments from friends about their lives, pictures of babies, families and nature. There’s also a lot of entrepreneurial information.

I’ve known for some time that Facebook feeds you information based on what you like, share, and comment on. They give you more and more of whatever you say you want to see. No big deal – right?

But then last night my husband and I were having this world discussion; and we were both mystified as to how so many people could be so blind. The evidence for our viewpoint is overwhelming. Do people not think logically anymore? Are they so blind that they believe that evil is good and good is evil? How could they be so ignorant?

I was pondering on this this morning when the thought occurred to me that this “feeding people what they want to see” could be quite deceptive, even dangerous.

Those who want to see whistle-blowing articles or news reports that support their beliefs will see them. They feel they are doing a service to the world by sharing them in their Facebook feeds, but only those who care about those subjects will see them. It will be shown to people who agree with their viewpoint — or like to find people to argue with about that viewpoint.

We aren’t informing anyone other than those who want to be informed and probably already are. Conversely, those who hold opposing views receive evidence, viewpoints and news reports that support their perspective. They see us as deceived, blind and evil. Can we not see the evidence that they see? When they share, they too are sharing with people who largely believe what they believe.

The world, for each diverse segment, is a reflection of what that segment believes. Sure, we know the opposing viewpoint exists and is growing (or dying), but we think the average individual surely sees and agrees with what we believe.

We also could be missing key pieces of information that could round out our view of reality. Do we really know what’s happening in the world? Is our view of public opinion skewed? Will we be shocked to see who wins the next presidential election because surely the majority agrees with our viewpoint?

When it comes time to vote and people go to the polls, whichever side loses will be mystified at how stupid people could be. What’s wrong with the world? Don’t they see the evidence? Probably not!

Our world view is colored by the social media lens of our own viewpoints; and reality could be something completely different.

Are We People Or Puppets? The Dangers of Social MediaAnd here is the danger…

For those who determine truth by whatever the majority believes, truth becomes relative. There is no absolute truth because people are lacking core values and beliefs — underlying principles that govern their actions and help them easily determine what is good or bad or right wrong.

A country without a moral compass who determines good or bad based on public opinion (or political correctness) can be swayed in any direction the media wants it to go. Those who maintain strong convictions based on principles will be pacified and lulled away into believing that they are making a difference by sharing on social media, when no one is hearing but the people who already believe the way they believe (or who are dead set on arguing with their viewpoint).

Sometimes, I wonder if there isn’t some group of individuals sitting back and laughing at us all as if we’re puppets on a string. Hmmmm…