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“The Saint Who Stole Christmas” — Only $1.99 for a Limited Time

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Amazon’s Black Friday Deal on “The Saint Who Stole Christmas”!

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Phil Sanderson is pleased to announce his Black Friday deal on Amazon, taking place from midnight Saturday Nov. 22, 2014 to midnight Saturday Nov. 29, 2014!  For this one week only, running through Black Friday, you will be able to purchase The Saint Who Stole Christmas in e-book format for only $1.99!  That is a savings of almost 35%!

This short story brings the story of Santa Claus into the modern world where Santa is faced with having to cut some financial corners in order to pull off Christmas for nice and naughty children alike.  The story is both witty and humorous and possesses enough substance to be remembered with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and May’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Most importantly, the story contains enough seasonal imagery to reignite the spirit of Christmas in even the Scroogiest reader!

The story comes in two editions, which easily covers entertainment for all family members!  The Off-Color Edition has slightly rude, crude, and suggestive humor; while the Children’s Edition is perfectly suitable for those wanting to stay on Santa’s “nice” list.  The e-book is only available on Amazon and normally retails for $2.99.

For more information on these stories, please click on the links in the previous paragraph.  For more information on Phil Sanderson and his literary works, please visit his Official Website.  Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Are U Edjamacated?

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People are and have always been ambitious.  Traditionally, people have gotten a basic education at whatever school for which they happened to be zoned.  Wealthier people often sent their children to a private school of their choice.  The good news for Americans is that all children here are entitled to a free education through their senior year of high school.  The bad news is that there are fewer teachers, due to a fastly failing economy.  Multiple layoffs in various business sectors, including schools, have felt and endured the crunch.

In spite of the country’s financial woes, colleges and universities still seem to make a good profit, and all of this while an overwhelming number of college graduates (including myself!) are unemployed.  People still believe the lie:  If you want to amount to anything in life, you had better graduate college.  

My bachelor of the sciences degree has only gotten me the best-paying job I’ve ever had in my life!  The big problem was that I was placed in a position where I made almost as much money as my boss.  It got really sticky when he found out about it.  He resented me for having come into his store making almost the same amount of pay that he made.  And the employees resented me for taking the job that — in their eyes — should have been theirs.  I gave upper management the opportunity to set my boss straight, but I only got labeled as a whiner instead.  This clearly showed me that educational degrees only work when everyone in the company truly respects those who earned it.

So this only leads me to ask:  What in the hell is all the hoopla about?  The race to become successful in life leads many people to believe empty promises by those who want nothing more than your money.  They don’t care that you will be paying off a school loan for longer than it took you to earn the damned degree in the first place.  I would just LOVE to see the results of a study where every degreed individual in the entire United States was considered a total success or a total failure in life.  My guess is that most aren’t successful.  Colleges want your money so bad that they mark text books up to more than double of what it took to print them!  Just ask any college student.

But this is America, land of the bankrupt!…where everyone is encouraged to live and spend irresponsibly.  Please forgive me if I sound unpatriotic and / or cynical.  I only call it the way I see it.  This rat race is ruining us and widening the divide between the classes.  Whatever happened to humanity?

Test-Driving the Bible!

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We’ve all heard stories about how God has gone all out of the way to talk to certain individuals in the Holy Bible.  We have heard the story of how God spoke to Moses in the form of a burning bush.  Many people may actually try to attribute it to the rare possibility that maybe Moses sampled some wild mushrooms growing by a nearby tree.  But after what I experienced today, I don’t find it too hard — AT ALL — to believe Moses’ account, and the accounts of all others who have ever claimed that God spoke to them either directly or indirectly.

It all started this morning when my wife (from whom I’m currently separated at this time) told me how God spoke to her.  She said a prayer to God asking for him to speak to her directly, and she randomly opened the Bible and read a passage directly next to where her thumb rested.  And, low-and-behold!, the passage addressed something of vital importance in her life at this moment in time.

Not long after she told me of this, I started feeling really depressed today — in spite of it being my wedding anniversary.  The truth is, and I do not normally publish this anywhere in the public eye, I am very concerned with all the walls I’ve found in my path of being a successful writer, and also just in trying to survive period, while apart from my wife and daughter.  My local newspaper just told me that I do not rate any local news coverage due to the fact that I am “only a self-published writer”; and on top of all this, I’ve tried to find either full or part-time work, to no avail.  

Very recently, I have accepted a sales job dealing with supplemental work insurance for organizations; but this pays only when I sell it; and not even very much at all in the very beginning.  I’ve set several appointments, and every time I think I am getting closer to a “yes”, something happens to either delay it, if not cancel it altogether.  

Right now, I’m about one month away from my car payment becoming due, with nary and idea as to how I am going to pay it.  In summary and despite being a print-published author, I’ve been feeling like a total failure lately. 

So I opened up to my wife about all of this.  She just encouraged me to read the Bible for answers.  And when I remembered hearing of her success this morning with her quick test-drive of the Bible, I figured I would do the same.  So I picked up the very same Holy Bible she had used and prepared to give it a go with her right by my side.

As I held the Bible and prepared to open it, she reminded me:  “You need to be very sincere in your prayer.”

So I prayed:  “Dear Lord, I feel like a total failure lately.  And I need your security this very moment.  Please speak to me through your Holy Word with a message of hope.”

And when I opened the Bible and put my index finger down on one of the pages, I could not believe the message I went to!  I was so shocked that I did not even look at the verse.  But it basically said something to the effect that God will give me strength, and that even the strong who stand before me can become weak when God grants me His strength.  This is really all I can remember of it; and it may not have been in those exact words.  But upon reading them, I suddenly felt as though God had picked me up and embraced me, whispering in my ear that “all is going to be well.”  And I began to cry unabashedly as I held my wife.

Part of me is embarrassed in posting this.  After all, I’m a former Marine who is not supposed to appear weak at any given time.  But the truth is that even the strongest lose strength at times.  Satan works hard to make this happen in our lives.  

But the truth is that I do not just see my blog as an opportunity to promote myself, my image, and my books, but also as a way to say thank you to each and every one of you for giving this new fiction writer a fair chance in life.  And it is the least I can do to share my experience in this Biblical Test-Drive with you in hopes that maybe you will find similar comfort.  

Do I believe I can do this every day with the same result?  Most likely not.  I firmly believe that God sees us when we are at our most vulnerable point in our lives.  And I believe that if we approach him with the utmost sincerity and hunger for his spiritual healing, I believe that he will work strange miracles in our lives like the ones he just worked for me and my wife.  

I pray that those of you out there who are just as thirsty for his Word and need his comfort will perhaps try a similar test-drive of your own Bibles.  And if you do not believe, I pray that you will read this and be challenged to try the same thing just to see what happens.  You never know!  What’s the worst thing that could happen?  You and God could possibly become best buddies?