Musings

I’m in a particularly musing mood at the moment. Writing, as far as I’m concerned, is understanding. I write to clarify things to myself when thoughts seem to buzz mercilessly around and around in my head. The thoughts of my head on this day have been troubling, to say the least. The trouble began when I logged into Facebook and noticed that it and all of social media seemed full of the misadventures of Miley Cyrus. However much I would have liked to avoid the subject, I could not. It greeted me wherever I went. The bluster, and the storm and the blogging, and Miley herself. It’s all very saddening. There’s no need to try and figure out how all this happened—how we got to the point where a young woman can sin onstage, degrade herself and throw off all of her feminine beauty and mystery, before a crowd of cheering fans determined to be entertained at any cost. The path is easy to trace if anyone cares to examine it. I am heartbroken because of the acceptance of sin. Have you noticed? When inward sinfulness meets outward approval, a spark is ignited and the explosion can be quite volatile.

I have this sensation of retreat come over me at times—wishing I could shut it all out. When the world seems to rejoice in evil, encourage evil and embrace evil, I think many of us wish we could find some little haven far away to hide in. But there is no solution in that.

A few years ago, I watched a movie called The Village. A group of people, sick and tired of evil influences, took themselves away to a remote clearing in the woods. A generation later, they had forged a life for themselves without foul language, crime, and intrusive technology. People in the village married and had children. The children knew nothing of the outside world except what their parents chose to tell them. Still, the leaders of the village were afraid the children would grow up and leave, be titillated by what they found and sucked back into the evils of the outside world. So, they invented tales of hideous, violent creatures that lived in the woods. They hoped to keep all the inhabitants of the village afraid of venturing away. Their complacency was shattered, though, when a half-wit in the village stabbed another young man out of jealousy. In order to save his life, the young man’s sweetheart determined to go to the outside world in search of medicine. The whole sham was revealed. The leaders had attempted to protect their children from evil by doing evil. In all their efforts to keep evil away from their children, they had forgotten about the evil that lived in their own hearts and would be with them wherever they went.

And there is evil in my heart wherever I go, in yours, in Miley’s, the people that watched and cheered her on, and the people that roundly condemn her in such hatred. There’s a poem that’s been on my mind for the last month and a half, and it has often brought me to tears.

Who Shall Deliver Me? 

Bright-eyed little girl
Bright-eyed little girl

God strengthen me to bear myself;

That heaviest weight of all to bear,

Inalienable weight of care.

All others are outside myself;

I lock my door and bar them out

The turmoil, tedium, gad-about.

I lock my door upon myself,

And bar them out; but who shall wall

Self from myself, most loathed of all?

Fame and fortune
Fame and fortune

If I could once lay down myself,

And start self-purged upon the race

That all must run! Death runs apace.

If I could set aside myself,

And start with lightened heart upon

The road by all men overgone!

God harden me against myself,

This coward with pathetic voice

Hardness around the eyes. Does anyone notice...or care?
Hardness around the eyes. Does anyone notice…or care?

Who craves for ease and rest and joys 

Myself, arch-traitor to myself ;

My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe,

My clog whatever road I go. 

Yet One there is can curb myself,

Can roll the strangling load from me

Break off the yoke and set me free!

~ Christina G. Rosetti

 

That One is our solution. Hiding away from the evil will only render us up to the mercy of self. And self has no mercy at all. The greatest tragedy for Miley is that she has no recourse but herself. I, at least, have my Savior.

 

And where will she go from here?
And where will she go from here?

 

New Screenings!

As promised, here are the three new screening dates for The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club!

August 29, Sister Lakes, MI

When: August 29th at 8:00 PM
Where: Sister Lakes Community Church 67119 Michigan 152, Dowagiac, MI
Cost: $6 at the door

Call (269)-463-6846 for any other questions.

September 5, Berrien Center, MI

Where: Berrien Center Bible Church
8830 Highway M-140 | Berrien Center, MI 49102
When: September 5
Time: 7:00PM
Cost: $6 at the Door

 

September 6, St. Joseph, MI

Date: Friday September 6th
Time: 7:00PM.
Tickets: $5.00
Where: The Box Factory 1101 Broad St, St Joseph, MI 49085

For More Information about tickets contact The Box Factory at 269-983-3688

 

I’ll be at all three of these showings. I hope you can make it. If you have a copy of The Pursuit of Elizabeth Millhouse, bring it along, and I’ll sign it for you! If you don’t have a copy, I’ll be bringing extra copies you can purchase after the showing. (Copies of the DVD, of course, will be available also.)

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

The New Duke Street Productions Headquarters

Last week, Duke Street Productions (that is, myself, Justin and Mr. Cade) rented office space on Hilltop Rd. I cannot tell you how happy and relieved I am about this new state of affairs. First of all, for the last year, the apartment I share with my brother has been positively overrun with movie paraphernalia—posters, soundtrack CDs, rewards from our Kickstarter campaign, one large slider made by a dear church member for shooting the movie last summer, lighting equipment, a bunch of sale copies of The Pursuit of Elizabeth Millhouse, etc… Now, it’s all over in the new office space and I can walk around at home without tripping over anything, and I can actually use the dining room table for…dining. But the best part is that I now have my own little writing space at the office, which in fact, is where I am at this moment! Here’s what my spot looks like:

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Items of interest: 1. My book is now on the shelves of at least one Barnes and Noble store in Mishawaka! 1150424_552077481496135_590542299_nThat’s gratifying. Now you can pray that people will actually buy it and come back later on for the book signing I’ll be doing there on October 5 at 1:00! 2. If all goes according to plan, a thousand copies of The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club DVD should arrive tomorrow. The following day, Justin and I will proceed to the new office space and pack and address about 200 of those or more and ship them out to all of you wonderful people who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign or pre-ordered the movie at the premiere. 3. You can now order the movie and the soundtrack through our website using Paypal. Both will also be available on Amazon. 

That’s all for now. I’ll be back next week with more updates as well as a list of new showings for The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club. If you missed the premiere, you can still get in on these!

 

 

Getting You Up to Speed

I realized that I made a few announcements about the premiere for The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t let you know how it went! We were all pleased with the turn out. Four hundred and fifty people came to see the movie. Afterwards, I could barely move, so many people kept coming up to me and telling me how they enjoyed the movie and how much it meant to them. We set up a camera outside the auditorium and interviewed people as they came out. You can catch their reactions here:


We are so thankful to God for the impact the film has already had on people. We hope to show the film many more times. At least one more showing is already in the works for September 6 at The Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, MI. If you’re interested in going, give them a buzz for tickets. Admission will be five dollars.

 

On another note, I’m watching my calendar fill up rather rapidly. In June, I procured the services of a publicist. Adam Parmenter is a former student of my dad’s and has taken over the daunting task of getting promotional gigs for me as an author. Recently, he has somehow convinced a number of Barnes and Noble stores to have me in for book signings. I’m not sure how he does it, but I am so thankful. Promotion is something I’m terrible at. To be honest, it intimidates me. So, to have someone who will go to bat for me persuasively is a huge help. You can look here for a comprehensive listing of all the events—book signings and more—Adam’s already lined up for me. I bought this ginormous calendar so I can mark down Justin’s work schedule, my work schedule, my events and movie showings all in one spot. Which brings me to one more exciting little detail.

 

My older brother, Jeremy, has jumped into high gear for this movie. After watching the premiere, he was convinced of the value of the movie and its message and is now actively approaching churches in our area about showing the movie. You can pray for success in this area. I know good pastors are usually a bit reticent to show films from people they know nothing about. (They should be.) But do pray that they’d be willing to talk with us and see what we’re about before they say yay or nay.

 

That’s all for now. I will be back next week either with more news or with the musings of my head.