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“Sir, are you using our app? You can find our best discounts in-store that way!” The red & blue haired smiley-faced clerk exclaimed.

“I don’t have a phone.” He replied.

“You don’t have a cell phone?” Red & blue asked.

“Nope.”

“Well you could shop online!” She wasn’t giving up the fight.

“I don’t have online.”  The middle aged man replied. He just stared at her.

Red & blue hair kept smiling, “oh, well, what else can I help you with today?”

“The nearest exit.”

Replied the man with no internet…

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” -Unknown

I am not sure whether I liked the fall season when I was a boy. When I think back I picture school starting, summer ending, days getting shorter, and the weather cooling off. In high school I knew that football practices would starting. This is not a good way to start off this blog post. So allow me to pivot.

When you look on social media about mentions of “Fall” or “Autumn” what do you see? Photos of leaves changing, bazillions of “my kid is going back to school” photos, pumpkin spice latte mentions…

Here’s what I want to say: I don’t like to let summer go. There I said it.

BUT here’s a list of what I am excited about this fall:

  1. I am a full-time employee for the first time in about 6 years! And I love working at VisionTrust International!   I am having so much fun. They have truly allowed me to be me and to innovate. I am stoked to share with you some of the new initiatives we are developing!
  2. My new partnership with Alex Lewis and Car Window Poetry!  This year Alex and I decided to join forces in this “side hustle” with Alex as Chief Sharer and I as Relationship Builder. It’s an ideal scenario for me as I get to make connections and help with the development of the business operations as a startup. We already have some fun stuff in the works. I am stoked about the impact we are going to have on our community and in schools.
  3. I am writing fictional short stories, an ebook, online and email courses. In fact, I’m taking a few days off this fall just to write.
  4. Mentoring is a big part of my life and I have four guys in their twenties who are in my mentoring cohort.
  5. Reading through a stack of books including:
    1. Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau 
    2. The Hidden Option: Igniting Creativity to Solve Life’s Problems by Jonathan Malm
    3. The Membership Economy by Robbie Kellman Baxter
    4. The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Lewis Stevenson by Brian Doyle 
    5. The Lost City of Z by David Grann 
    6. I’ll be talking about these books in the near future.
  6. Finally, I don’t have to water the lawn and garden twice a day.

I hope your fall season is starting off well!

Jim

The founders of The Babylon Bee, a widely popular Christian website known for its satirical take on Christian culture, have signed an agreement with Multnomah, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, to publish How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Livingreleasing May 1, 2018.

Kendall Davis, Associate Editor at WaterBrook and Multnomah, acquired world rights to the work in print and digital formats from Andrew Wolgemuth of Wolgemuth & Associates.

“The Babylon Bee offers a refreshing and hilarious take on modern, American Christianity,” says Davis. “Getting to partner with the witty, whip-smart team at the Bee is an editorial dream, and we’re so excited to put this funny and important book into the marketplace.”

Originally launched in March 2016, The Babylon Bee has quickly grown to be a favored source of humor for Christians with more than 400,000 social media followers and over 45 million page views in its first year. The site humorously satirizes cultural Christianity in the format of satirical news articles as a means of calling readers back to a more biblically rooted understanding of their faith.

Available for pre-order, How to Be a Perfect Christian will expand on this popular humor through chapters on specific aspects of Western Christianity, covering topics such as looking spiritual online and finding the perfect church. Readers will find the familiar dry, relatable style of the website expanded into essay-style chapters. The trademark voice of The Bee invites readers to laugh at the idiosyncrasies of the modern Christian experience while challenging them to consider problematic aspects of their own faith.

via Waterbrook Multnomah 

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