Chobani: Not Just Greek Yogurt

February 24, 2012 in Characters

The following is a blog written through one of the characters from my book The Wayfarers | Jacob’s Trouble, which is the final part of the Wayfarers fiction trilogy. If you’d like to find out more about this character, be sure to read the book or Kindle download. Most importantly, read the entire trilogy! – God bless you, Jim Yackel.

The world is mine. What I say is so, because I am the leader you have waited for! I bring peace and prosperity, and a new world vision. We are one, people – I said we are one!

Repeat after me: WE – ARE – ONE!

The Wayfarers | Jacob's Trouble by author Jim Yackel

The Wayfarers | Jacob's Trouble by author Jim Yackel

Christian bigotry will not be tolerated and the Bible is outlawed. Beyond that, there will be no more religious intolerance because you all worship the same spirit of the same god. You might call him Allah but that is not quite right. You might call him Buddha but that isn’t accurate…

…But whatever you do, do not mention the name Jesus in my presence or you will meet the death kiss of my wrath! And true, we are one world, but I had better not hear of any FM stations playing that insipid former MTV staple We Are the World. That song is worse than the drivel that was played on K-LOVE before I had that “positive and encouraging” rubbish taken off the air!

I am suave, sophisticated, devilishly handsome and possessed of acute intelligence. I am an economic mastermind and a peacemaker extraordinaire. I have all the answers to the world’s problems because simply put, I am the answer! Ah, pardon my sarcasm, but do those statements smack of a lack of humility?

America is no longer a superpower but instead a part of the North American Union; which is one of my 10 kingdoms. Yes, the world is now a better place because we are one, WE – ARE – ONE!

Now that those Jesus freaks were taken away by our friends from a distant planet, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude, we can be one government, one religion, one economy, and one world united in peace!

Repeat after me, WE – ARE – ONE!

This is far too easy. I have the world in the palm of my hand and when I say jump you all ask “how high?” And it seems like the citizens of the erstwhile U.S.A. are the most Pavlovian of all you dogs!

My name is Dante Chobani, and I am the king of the world.

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Fun-Sized Bites

December 20, 2011 in General

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Word in fun-sized bites?

The Word in fun-sized bites?

The above scripture is from the gospel of John; chapter 1 – verses 1 through 5. It speaks of the “Word” – who is none other than Jesus Christ the Lord. It is the truth and in that it is beautiful in its simplicity. Jesus has existed since the beginning; even before He was born to a virgin named Mary and grew up to fulfill his earthly mission: dying on the cross at Calvary to pay the sin debt that all mankind owed but yet could never perform enough works to pay.

As a novelist who loves the Lord primarily but also desires for the world to read and purchase his work secondarily; I am faced with a culture and a public in 2011 and 2012 that to a great deal is not interested in The Word. This is a culture that is different than that of 1995 when the first book of the Left Behind fiction series, authored by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, burst onto the scene and performed immeasurable evangelical miracles; which included leading this writer to Christ in 1999.

Indeed, it seems peculiar that in a mid and late 1990′s world that was more secure and arguably more stable than today; more were eager to not only read about The Word through fiction and non-fiction alike but also accept it as truth. Now – perhaps based partly on technological advancements that serve us and likewise serve to distract – the culture doesn’t seem interested in the meat of The Word at a time when it needs to feast on it like never before. Have we become a culture with the attention span of a one month old puppy presented with infinite flickering choices while suffering from media overload and spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder? This is a culture that seems to believe that it can select and choose its savior as a downloadable App.

I believe that we now live in a time where the presentation of The Word may be well-accomplished through “fun-sized bites.” Perhaps before the meat of The Word will be consumed by a culture that has to a degree been convinced that meat is deadly, there needs to be Hors d’oeuvres to whet the appetite of a society more accepting of the phrase “meh” than “Jesus Saves.” This is a society that is more than ever before geared toward recreation and entertainment; (ironically in a collapsing economy) so in that a good story or motion picture about The Word can be that “fun-sized bite” that may prepare the palate for the meat that nourishes and gives life.

As I recently wrote about the Fear of Dying, I would ultimately like to present the glorious hope of life eternal. If a fun-sized “candy bar” in book or electronic media form can be offered without the compromise of integrity, let us hope it can lead more to accept the truth of The Word.

It is my ardent hope and prayer that The Wayfarers trilogy will accomplish this goal.

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The Wolf

December 13, 2011 in General

The Wolf - The Wayfarers by author Jim Yackel

Who - or what - is in those bushes!?

The wolf out there and it is tailing you; whether you have come to grips with that fact or merely live in blissful denial…

Not all wolves are evil; just the one that lurks in the shadows of your life. He is out of sight – hidden in the self-induced blindness of your deliberately-narrowed periphery. You can’t drink him away, drug him away, eat him away, or wish him away. Friend, the wolf will devour you if you fail to take substantive action against him.

You feel his presence, surely enough. He foments inside of your being those feelings of agitation, impatience and discomfort. But you don’t deal with the wolf, you merely take out your disquiet on the retail clerks that process your beer and lotto transactions. Likewise, your innocent children are casualties; forced to suffer the soreness of your vexation because they are smaller and less powerful than you. Indeed, your aggression is displaced because you know that it won’t defeat the Wolf. To the contrary your anger, pain, and boastfulness only fuel and feed the Wolf and further strengthen his flexible haunches to explode onto you and defeat you!

So, go ahead…live in private denial and blame everyone else for your public pain. Take it out on those around you and let your therapist tell you that it’s “completely normal.” Have a few more beers and boast about how many you can put away. Waste more money on the lotto – with the hope that this time you’ll “hit the big one.” But what would you do with the money? If I were a gambler, I’d bet a dollar to a donut that you’d blow your big winnings on Wolf Chow! Indeed, you’d have more money to allow that beast to eat better!

Friend, you must deal with and eliminate the Wolf, or he will devour you.

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Counting The Days Until ‘Trouble’ Comes

November 21, 2011 in General

The Wayfarers | Jacob's Trouble by Jim Yackel, the third part of The Wayfarers Christian/End Times fiction book trilogy.

The Wayfarers | Jacob's Trouble by author Jim Yackel

The Wayfarers | Jacob’s Trouble is scheduled for release on 12/1/11. There seems to be much ado over the alleged science of numerology in these recent weeks and months – especially where 11/11/11 was concerned. So, with that in mind, lets add up the numbers that make up the release date:

12 + 1 + 11 = 24….

What is significant about the number 24? Well, let us see…hmm….

Ah-ha! 24 was the hit TV series that originally ran on FOX from November 6, 2001 to May 24, 2010. And, each season was made up of 24 episodes; each covering 24 hours in the life Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer, played by actor Kiefer Sutherland. Indeed, that has to be the connection to the 12/1/11 release date of Jacob’s Trouble!

No…it’s not the connection? You mean that there is no significance to the date 12/1/11? December 1st, 2011 is merely that; the first day of December? Other than the release of Jacob’s Trouble, we can’t speculate on what else is going to happen on that day?

We do know that Jacob’s Trouble is the third and final book of The Wayfarers trilogy. And, we do know that Jacob’s world is a place of turmoil, upheaval, and considerable danger – not unlike the world of Jack Bauer. So, perhaps we could make the argument that there is a minuscule connection between Jacob’s Trouble and 24 – in the sense that they are both action-packed and have more twists and turns than twenty feet of small intestine? You think I could have used a less graphic metaphor?

It’s only days away; the release of The Wayfarers | Jacob’s Trouble in soft-cover, Kindle download, and PDF e-book. Keep posted here! And in the meantime, be sure you’ve read parts one and two of The Wayfarers trilogy: Walking Dreams and Five Feet From The Cabin Door.

Walk The Towpath - the Official website for author Jim Yackel

The Riches of Pennies

November 19, 2011 in General

Is the weight of the world in your backpack?

You too are carrying one...yes, you!

If I had a penny for all of my thoughts, I wouldn’t have to sell books. No, I’d be wealthy enough to just give them away! But, as the case may be for fiction in this non-fictional world…

There’s Harry Potter and Twilight. Indeed, there is Left Behind and the Dark Tower Series. We all remember the Wizard of Oz books written by L. Frank Baum and the film version remains as one of my all-time favorites.

And then there is The Wayfarers trilogy; the third and final book to be released on 12/1/11…

It is The Wayfarers that changed this writer’s daily thought process. It is The Wayfarers that made my music seem very unimportant, as no one listens to or purchases it anyway. Indeed, it is the Wayfarers that made this scribe endeavor to reach into the world of books and not just the inspirational columns, “Storm Warnings”, and opinion pieces that had been my literary outlet up until January of 2010. It is The Wayfarers that took me on a journey alongside the characters contained therein; and how I would love to know them (well, some of them) in the non-fictional, natural world!

If you have read Left Behind, the Wizard of Oz, Twilight, Harry Potter, the Dark Tower series, or Pilgrim’s Progress – you may find something that suits your fancy in this Wayfarers trilogy that is quick to read but exceedingly hard to forget. There are readers that have mentioned through private communication that this series is “life-changing” – and I greatly appreciate that sentiment but for you personally it is after all a personal decision.

So, I keep thinking about these books and earning my pennies for those thoughts. And I am indeed grateful that through these words you heard me out!

God bless you,