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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!

In July 1967, when I was seven years old, I woke up on a bright summer’s day to find that the city of Detroit, just an hour’s drive from my home, was on fire. Police had raided an after-hours club where a group of African American men were celebrating the return of two GIs from Vietnam. An altercation broke out. The situation escalated. A full-scale riot ensued.

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As a child I knew nothing of the causes and barely understood the events, but I saw pictures in my parents’ newspaper and on evening news. It was like watching a nightmare, black-and-white images of Black and White people killing each other. After five days there were 43 dead and some 2,000 buildings burned.

And then, thank God, it was over and life returned to normal. Or so I believed.

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A short-term mission trip is an intense experience in many ways. And that’s a good thing. Leaving home, being immersed in another culture, and learning to work as a team creates a perfect storm of stress that can be a prime setting for spiritual discovery, if you’re open to it.

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Although there is much debate about the effectiveness of short-term efforts, I see a great value. In fact, I think every pastor should lead a trip at least once. You learn things on a mission trip that you just won’t get any other way.

One of those learnings has do do with the big question not just for short-termers, but for all missional work: “What are we doing here anyway?”

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As a seventh grader, I was the greatest football player in the world, and I knew it. There was no organized team, but I played in my backyard every day, by myself.

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I would hike the ball to myself, throw long, arching passes to myself, make impossible, diving catches by myself, then run for a touchdown, high-fiving myself in the end zone.

I was unbeatable. Not even I could stop me.

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Once in awhile we find a chance to do something of unquestionable importance. These opportunities lift our lives out of the ordinary routines of everyday life and allow us to experience meaning and purpose in a direct way.

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That’s why I’m going to Haiti in September 2014, and I’m inviting you to come with me.

Every leader is a story-teller, and every church is living a story—whether they realize it or not.

The story you tell about yourself rises from your vision for the world, and it largely determines the way people respond to you. You are enacting your perception of a larger conflict, a story of either victory or defeat.

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The good news is that you can choose your own story. Here’s how.

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If you’re thinking about entering a doctoral program, I’ve got news for you. You probably won’t finish. Most people who begin a Ph.D. or similar degree never hear the word doctor in front of their name. The attrition rate is around 50 percent.

There are good reasons for that, and most of them apply to projects other than completing a doctorate. Finishing a book, sailing around the world, graduating from college, and even being married are all harder than they look.

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You have to count the cost before you begin.

The good news is that you can beat the odds and be successful in this. You can do this if you can say yes to all six of these questions.

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