This election season has been incredibly stressful, and we are eager to get back to normal life. But before we put 2016 in the rearview, each of us must answer a simple question about the future. What comes next?

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I mean literally, what are we going to do now about the issues that drove us to the voting booth?

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A day of prayer for the persecuted church is observed on the second Sunday in November. It is intended to raise awareness of the mistreatment of Christians around the world.

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 It is widely estimated that more Christians have been martyred for the faith in the last century than in the previous 1,900 years combined. If recent events are any indication, that may well be true. Yet Christians in the West, who seemingly have everything they need, are largely unaware of it.

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The Long Road Home

After more than a year of preparation, my new book, The Long Road Home: How God Forms Our Prodigal Souls is almost here!

I coauthored this book with my uncle, Dr. Earle L. Wilson, to help people discover the life they are searching for. As we say in the book, there are many types of prodigals, and there are many far countries. We’re all searching for something, and Jesus’ timeless story of the Prodigal Son points the heart toward home.

“The dream team of Earle Wilson and Lawrence Wilson have dropped a bombshell of a blessing on us all. They tell some of the greatest stories every told about what literary scholars routinely call ‘the greatest short story ever told’—Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. I looked long and hard at my own life after an up-close reading of The Long Road Home.

LEONARD SWEET, bestselling author; professor, Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College

You can find out more about it here. I believe this book will make a huge impact on those who read it.

That won’t happen without your help though. That’s why I’m recruiting people to help spread the news.

My publisher is making a limited number of review copies available (e-book format), and I can give them to anyone willing to write an online review.

Here’s all you need to do:

One: Sign up for a free copy here. I’ll email you a link to the download right away.

Two: Read the book ASAP upon receipt.

Three: Post a review on either Amazon.com or the Wesleyan Publishing House site. Good, bad, or indifferent, just say what you think.

As a bonus, if you post a review on both sites (it can be the same review), I’ll send you a free e-copy of my former book, A Different Kind of Crazy: Living the Way Jesus LivedJust sent me the links to your reviews.

This is a limited offer, and I have just a few books give away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you so much for your willingness to join in! The Long Road Home is going to help lots of people discover their true purpose in life, and your efforts will make a difference!

I work in Christian publishing, and I served in pastoral ministry for some 20 years. So on behalf of myself and the industry I represent, allow me to correct a wrong impression that we—many of us who communicate the gospel for a living—have perpetuated for a long time.

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There actually is no easy path to spiritual growth.

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Many pastors feel they are vocationally locked in to ministry, but nothing could be further from the truth. Every pastor has skills that can land a job elsewhere. The secret is to present them in a professional business resume that makes sense to a hiring manager.

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Here are seven steps to telling your professional story and preparing yourself to enter the secular job market. And yes, you can do this.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is known as a civil rights leader and as a great orator. His iconic speech, “I Have a Dream,” is one of the greatest pieces of oratory in American history.

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Yet before he was either a civil rights leader or orator, King was a preacher. He was pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., and preached widely in other pulpits.

Today’s pastors can learn a great deal from King, the preacher.

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There are two types of people in the world: prodigals, and those who love them. Or so I always thought.

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“The younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living,” said Jesus in his story of the lost son (Luke 15:13).

There is the essence of prodigality and the great downward movement in this superb parable. Impatient, impetuous, dreaming of the more that lay just over the horizon, the Prodigal set of for a far country and there staged the mother of all orgies.

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