The Write Spirit

The Source of My Inspiration – Family!

 

http://times-herald.com/news/2017/06/the-write-spirit-man-pens-a-book-for-his-grandchildren

The Write Spirit: Man pens a book for his grandchildren

THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD, Jun. 24, 2017 – 6:30 AM

By JUSTON LEWIS – juston@newnan.com

(T.M.) Mike Brown had traveled parts of the United States for more than 30 years before deciding to settle in Grantville.

Brown has worn many hats over his lifetime – businessman, coach, teacher, preacher, inspirational speaker. Recently he took up the mantle of author.

According to Brown, he was eating at Redneck Gourmet with his family when first hit with the idea to draft a story. He stepped outside into the square and had a conversation with his wife, Connie.

It started with a what-if question. He asked himself, what if he could write a story about a small town to share with his grandchildren.

“I wasn’t really sure where the story would go,” Brown said. “I just wanted to do a story to my grandkids that would involve my grandkids.”

From there it was a process that took two years. Brown drafted a titleless story that was relatable to his very own life and that his grandchildren would be able to read and understand as they got older. Once all the writing and editing was completed Brown said he felt relieved.

“I was ecstatic, I felt like I accomplished something,” Brown said.

Little did he know he was just getting started with his writing journey.

During peer review the name “Sanctuary” was suggested as a title. Brown said he knew immediately that was the perfect title.

Once the story had a title, he had to find a picture, and he did such stumbling upon a picture of a burning courthouse. Brown did research on the picture and found the backstory to the picture and eventually visited Hancock County where the picture was from.

They had rebuilt the courthouse, and it was in a “timelost town” as Brown put it. The town of Sparta, Hancock’s county seat, was very similar to the fictional town of Shiloh that was the setting in Brown’s book.

Seeing this Brown, said it all had come to culmination. He finally had completed his book. He faced a few minor setbacks with the promotional period, but now he is back on schedule and is doing book signings across Georgia.

He will be hosting an author meet and greet at for Sanctuary at Corner Arts Gallery in downtown Newnan on July 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and July 6 and 13 from 6-8 p.m.

Brown says that his second book, “Testament,” is in the editing stage, and he is hoping for a fall release date.

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Go to https://www.facebook.com/TMBrownauthor/ or to discover more about my Southern novel, Sanctuary, a small-town mystery with a message of family and community inspired by Newnan, GA, just up the road from my home.

What can be more inspirational than our family? If you live near Atlanta, especially Coweta County, come checkout Newnan’s historic Court Square. There you will discover a quaint shop, Corner Arts Gallery in the shadows of the “Old County Courthouse” and the setting that inspired the setting of Shiloh, the small-town in my premier Southern novel, Sanctuary. There’s where Jenny Jones and her staff will gladly offer you a signed copy of Sanctuary.

I will be onhand to answer questions and sign more books Saturday, July 1st -10am-2pm; Thursdays, July 6 & 13 from 6-8pm for NewnaNights Mid-Summer Entertainment evenings. I also would love to celebrate the Fourth of July with you at Crossroads Church on Hwy 16, Sharpsburg, GA from 6:30 until Fireworks go off. I will be among the other vendors offering refreshments, food, games, and crafts on the church grounds.

T. M. “Mike” Brown

tmcabrown@gmail.com

“Must Read”endorsement from Southern Writers Magazine

 

Sanctuary’s PreLaunch Video Clip

Is Sanctuary the right Southern mystery for you?

 

Sometimes a short video clip says much more than a wordy response. Click on the image above to view a brief clip of a prelaunch interview conducted prior to Sanctuary’s April launch date. Then head over to Amazon to checkout the recent reviews and then order either the paperback or ebook version.

Have you added Sanctuary to your ‘Must Read’ Summer list of books?

Would you be interested in receiving a free advance copy of Testament, the sequel due out early 2018? Send an email or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

A 5 Star Review by Linda Pifer

‘Time crept while I stirred and tossed in futile attempts to capture any semblance of actual sleep. Capitulation arrived shortly after four when I poured a cup of coffee and sat down in the living room…Okay Lord what are you trying to share with me?’ Theo Phillips, Main character Ch 20, pg. 169

When the author used the descriptor, ‘a couple of southern minutes’, I knew I was in for a treat as main characters Theo Phillips and his wife Liddy started retirement in their new hometown of Shiloh, Georgia.

Thank-you for this inspiring, funny and heart-warming journey with Theo and Liddy as they accept the challenge presented them and become part of the town of Shiloh.

Another 5 Star Review by Jedwin Smith

Here’s a mystery almost all of us can dig our teeth into, especially those born and bred in Small Southern Town, USA.

Well, as those good-ol’-boys like to say, pull up a chair and settle back for the type of old-fashioned whodunit that kept the Andy Griffin Show community spellbound for years. And while you’re at it, give ol’ T.M. Brown a well-deserved round of applause for giving the literary world a rousing mystery suitable for all audiences.

As we like to say in the South: “Well done, son!”

You can check all the other reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or visit T. M. Brown’s Facebook Author Page. While visiting take a moment to hit the “liked” button to stay informed about news on the sequel’s release and author events and specials.

 

 

Seeking ARC Readers for Testament

Long forgotten secrets hidden reveal help from the past…
A stashed leather pouch preserved the past…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Testament, Book 2 of my Shiloh series, currently in the hands of Deeds Publishing, I am enlisting those who have read my premier Southern mystery novel, Sanctuary, to become pre-launch ARC reviewers for the sequel. Those selected will receive a free “Advance Reader Copy” to read and offer a review prior to the official launch of Testament in early 2018.

If you have read or plan to read Sanctuary, please let me know if you’d like to be considered as an ARC Participant for Testament. Simply comment below or email your interest in becoming an eligible ARC prelaunch participant.

Please include your answers to these simple questions to be considered:

What was your takeaway from reading Sanctuary? What does the title Testament suggest about the sequel’s story? Which characters intrigue you the most and why?

What does the title Testament suggest about the sequel’s story? Which characters intrigue you the most and why?

Which characters intrigue you the most and why?

There’s still plenty of time for you to order and read a copy of Sanctuary to be included in this offer. Click the image below to order either the paperback or eBook version, or email me for a signed hardcopy to be mailed directly to you – postage free – a limited time offer.

ARC readers will be notified shortly after the Labor Day deadline for submitting your responses.

Click on the image to order your copy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email: tmcabrown@gmail.com

Thank you for joining the growing network of readers who wish to learn more about Shiloh with all its colorful characters confronting 21st Century challenges to their time-lost, tight-knit community.

T. M. “Mike” Brown

Summer is upon us…What will you be reading?

“Must Read”endorsement from Southern Writers Magazine

Whether you prefer reading the Kindle version or the paperback, Sanctuary will draw you into time-lost Shiloh. you’ll mosey alongside newcomers Theo and Liddy Phillips seeking to quietly retire near their country roots. But, God has other plans! Before they can kick back and relax on their porch, happenstance becomes God’s harbinger of past secrets, impacting their plans through unexpected providential encounters.

discover for yourself why Sanctuary has become a must read for “all audiences” this summer. Visit T. M. Brown’s Author Facebook Page. check out the latest reviews and purchase a copy for your upcoming summer vacation. quick links help you order your Kindle (free to Kindle Unlimited Subscribers) or the paperback versions. make sure to “like” the page before you leave!

For a limited time, why not request a personalized copy shipped postage-free to you. Email “Mike” at tmcabrown@gmail.com to request your signed copy – $18.95 delivered to your mailbox.

NOTE: Special Book Club offer available for orders of 6+ books. Email for details.

Reading and roasting on the beach go hand-in-hand. What will you be reading?

Have You Seen the Latest Reviews?

Have you grabbed your copy? Available in more and more retail locations.

New reviews of Sanctuary to share:

From Tim Riordan pastor at Sonrise Baptist Church in Newnan, GA.

Enjoyable Southern Fiction

Every town has its secrets, and Shiloh is no exception. When Theo Phillips decided to finally retire from the publishing business, he and his wife, Liddy, moved to South Georgia to what they thought would be a sleepy little town: Shiloh. It was probably both the empty charming home that they purchased and remodeled and Theo’s part-time job at the local newspaper that got the couple involved in the mystery of the courthouse fire. You’ll enjoy experiencing the life of a southern town and getting to know all of the interesting people of Shiloh through T. M. Brown’s novel, “Sanctuary.” I enjoyed the story and found myself being drawn into the drama. Brown does a great job presenting his believable characters and helping the reader to experience the flowing story of mystery, struggle, hope, and healing.

From Randy Gravitt, InteGREAT Leadership.

T.M. Brown’s Sanctuary drips with southern charm. The story of the small town of Shiloh is both interesting and compelling. Its citizens have anguished enough and it’s time for the truth to come out. Thanks to the town’s newest citizens and the author’s character driven story all is revealed. If you’re looking for a good read, this is your book! – Randy Gravitt, CEO of InteGREAT Leadership and author of UNSTUCK

From Kelly Potts, Interviews and Reviews

“Sanctuary” by T.M Brown is one of the best Christian mystery novels I have read in a very long time. There is significance in the name of the little southern town where retired Theo and Liddy Philips move to – Shiloh. The reader very quickly senses that the Philips’ have moved to the most perfect small town U.S.A. but there is a realization that things are not as they seem. The seemingly perfect little town of Shiloh and its residents are in dire need of redemption and forgiveness and Theo and Liddy are the perfect couple to put things in motion.

T.M. Brown takes his time unraveling the complicated storyline and developing the wonderfully memorable characters. Probably my only complaint about this novel is that there are just too many characters. I had trouble keeping them all straight at times.

Great endorsement from Southern Writers Magazine

Visit my Amazon Author Page to discover other great reviews and then select either the eBook (Kindle) or paperback copy to suit your reading pleasure.

My best reviews are from people just like you! Visit your local independent bookstore and ask for your copy of Sanctuary? Then, contact me with your own review that you’d be willing to share with friends and family members.

A gripping Southern Mystery for all audiences!

What Book Will You Bring on Vacation With You?

Is reading and roasting on the beach p.art of your vacation plans this summer?

Have you ordered your upcoming vacation novel? Check out all the rave reviews and you’ll be enticed to get your paperback or ebook copy of Sanctuary.

Available online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold! Please support your local independent bookstore. They’re the gatekeepers for the best of the latest releases because they care the most about you, their customers.

Here are the latest reviews that reveal Sanctuary is, without a doubt, a gripping mystery written for “all audiences.”

http://www.interviewsandreviews.com/reviews/sanctuary

“Sanctuary” is one of the best Christian mystery novels I have read in a very long time….http://cozymysterybookreviews.blogspot.com

 

SANCTUARY BY TM BROWN

Summary:

Sanctuary introduces newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, to the time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him into investigating tragic events that have left Shiloh unsettled. Theo and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.

Review:

A novel by new author TM Brown

Theo and Liddy Phillips are newcomers to the nostalgic small town of Shiloh. Met with honest, relaxed warmth by most, this newly retired couple have arrived at just the right time. Mystery shrouds the town as the truth about a tragic fire sent a beloved coach to his death, and unsettled many. The strands of truth beg to be unraveled by Theo, a former journalist, and as he and his wife settle in, the story unwraps itself like a gift into their welcoming and compassionate lives.

Idyllic small town life and a bevy of believable and lovable characters left me wanting more as I finished the last chapter. Reading Sanctuary is like coming home to well-worn slippers and comfortable friends. A fantastic first novel by author and life coach TM Brown. I’m ready for the sequel.

  •    Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
  •    Release Date: February 1, 2017
  •     Launch Date: April 4, 2017
  •     ASIN: B01MUHGCWM
  •     ISBN: 978-1-944193-84-3

More reviews available on Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble.

T. M. Brown, Author Page

Which Selfish Generation Threatens God’s Sanctuary?

 

 

in our own eyesWhich Selfish Generation Threatens God’s Sanctuary?

Don’t slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will become guilty. There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth. There is a generation – how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks. There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind. Prov 30:10-14 (HCSB)

Could we be our own worst enemy? Could our cancerous attitudes be devouring our nation and even God’s sanctuary?

God’s Word clearly speaks about the generation that is self-serving, self-centered, and self-focused! When will we ever learn that such a period in history always leads to self-destruction? The Roman Empire imploded upon itself until its millennia empire totally collapsed because its self-created malignant cancer consumed Rome’s very heart, mind, and soul. For this very reason, we should take a serious look at the state of our nation. Will we succumb to self-manifested cancer and fall like Rome? Let us not think we will fair any different than all the great empires that have risen and fallen before or since. 

The Bible records in explicit detail how the Israelites and Judahites lost their grand sanctuary city with its Temple in Jerusalem. And as if the remnant learned nothing, centuries later the pious Jews rebuilt their sanctuary city anchored with its new Temple, bigger and grander than before, but before a century passed after they crucified the Messiah, their cancerous behavior returned and their beloved sanctuary city along with its Temple was destroyed by the same Romans who centuries later would suffer the same fate to Rome, their sanctuary city. All because both the Jews and the Romans thought they were uniquely special, perfect in their own eyes.

We may be living in such a depraved generation when everyone’s focus is inward to their own wants and desires. Even avarice and gluttony fail to satisfy our own growing voracious cancer! No longer is there a sanctuary from our self. Yet, we feel we remain the envy of all other nations! Yes, we still have a lot to offer, but the people in our country have lost respect for the values that created our country. Patriotism, love for country, has been replaced by hedonism, the love of self.

Where have all the jobs gone that shaped the American Dream? Companies with their factories and warehouses once provided excellent, reliable and stable employment, but we have raised a generation no longer wanting to get their hands dirty. We believed that everyone needed and ultimately deserved a college education to share the American Dream. Unions demanded higher wages and more benefits until companies found it more profitable to go overseas so they could better compete in the growing world marketplace created by the greediness of the same people who wanted better prices to buy more things they felt they needed. Those same companies and their executives lusted for greater profits and eliminated more and more jobs while increasing their own lavish salaries. Greed feeds upon itself like cancer and the average hard working citizen in our country becomes the first victim and the American Dream evaporates.

History is plain. Unless we restore our country’s vision to the values that made us great, we will face the same results as other great nations before us. Our country needs desperately to return to seeking after God’s will, ways, and wisdom. It is time to look after one another again, rolling up our sleeves, willing to better prepare the next generation to carry the torch of the American Dream for the good of all, not on own selfish interests. We have forgotten the Golden Rule. Our focus needs to be upon caring about our neighbors, our communities, and our country ahead of ourselves. Then and only then will God then provide the kind of sanctuary that cannot be destroyed by man.

Coach

Heed the warning Jesus gave to the Pharisees and Scribes of Jerusalem: Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. But WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You lock up the kingdom of heaven from people. For you don’t go in, and you don’t allow those entering to go in. WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows’ houses and make long prayers just for show. [This is why you will receive a harsher punishment.] WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one  proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for  hell as you are! WOE to you, blind guides, who say, ˜Whoever takes an oath by the sanctuary, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by his oath.” Blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that sanctified the gold? Also, Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath. Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? Therefore the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it. The one who takes an oath by the sanctuary takes an oath by it and by Him who dwells in it. And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God’s throne and by Him who sits on it. WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel! WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence! Blind Pharisee! First, clean the inside of the cup, so the outside of it may also become clean. WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. In the same way, on the outside, you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, and you say, “If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn’t have taken part with them in shedding the prophets’ blood.” You therefore testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ sins! Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell? This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and hound from town to town. So all the righteous blood shed on the earth will be charged to you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.  I assure you: All these things will come on this generation! Matt 23:12-36 (HCSB)

What You Fear Causes You to Stumble

People will always throw stones onto your path. How you see them will change your life.
People will always throw stones onto your path. How you see them will change your life.

What You Fear Causes You to Stumble

For this is what the Lord said to me with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people: Do not call everything an alliance these people say is an alliance. Do not fear what they fear; do not be terrified. You are to regard only the Lord of Hosts as holy. Only He should be feared; only He should be held in awe. He will be a sanctuary; but for the two houses of Israel, He will be a stone to stumble over and a rock to trip over, and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Many will stumble over these; they will fall and be broken; they will be snared and captured. Bind up the testimony. Seal up the instruction among my disciples. I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for Him. Isaiah 8:11-17 (HCSB)

Is there a true sanctuary that removes your fears and offers hope? Fear is a natural response God created into each of us for our own good. Fear causes us to either stand our ground and fight with all our strength or to flee with all the stamina and speed we can muster. Self-preservation is at the root of our fears. Fear increases our adrenaline level to better cope with stressful and dangerous situations. However, there are times when we realize that our fear response is not enough to conquer or escape our fears and we seek help to manage our fears.

Mankind has relied upon alliances believing that when forces are combined you can better stand up to your fears. Sadly, we only learn misery loves company! Most alliances are temporary deterrents when dealing with our fears. Fears often cause you and your ally to turn on one another in the middle of the battle because in the end self-preservation overrides common preservation. Friends turn on friends when their own lives are at risk.

In this passage from Isaiah, The northern tribes of Israel believed an alliance with Aram (Syria) was sufficient to defeat their fears; Judah allied itself with a weakened Egypt. However, neither escaped the Assyrians and later the Chaldeans (Neo-Babylonians). Both neglected the small print in their covenant with God – the” if, then” clause that would have saved them from their fears.

God is the undefeated champion for his people. God sought Isaiah to warn those who claimed to be God’s people to start acting like his people and stop relying upon their own alliances. Those who resist the temptation to rely upon their own alliances and trust God discover genuine protection, preservation, and provision that arrests their fears and anxieties. (Checkout Matthew 6:33) All the Lord requires: trust him and stop trying to deal with the fears that threaten our lives daily on your own. God declares that our fears can become stumbling stones or stepping stones.

There is only one genuine “fear” that every person faces that is common to all mankind – the fear of death. The choice is whether we will choose to make that fear a stumbling stone or stepping stone in our relationship with God. Fact: no earthly alliance can defeat the fear of death.

Oh, how history would have been changed if Israel and Judah repented and returned to the Lord as His people? How about your own history? How will you be remembered? Will your life encourage or discourage the next generation about the fears of this life?

Coach

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (necessities of life to overcome our fears and anxieties) will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33

The Value of a Sanctuary Rests at the End of the Story

Jersualem walls
The remains of what Jerusalem believed was the walls of their sanctuary status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Value of a Sanctuary Rests at the End of the Story!

“In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but I will have compassion on you with an everlasting love,” says the LORD your Redeemer. “For this is like the days of Noah to Me: when I swore that the waters of Noah would never flood the earth again, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says your compassionate LORD. “Poor Jerusalem, storm-tossed, and not comforted, I will set your stones in black mortar, and lay your foundations in sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling stones, and all your walls of precious stones. Then all your children will be taught by the LORD, their prosperity will be great, and you will be established in righteousness. You will be far from oppression, and you will certainly not be afraid; you will be far from terror, it will certainly not come near you. Isaiah 54:8-14 (HCSB)

In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 21, a parallel passage echoed God’s declaration about Jerusalem as a sanctuary city.

The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone; the first foundation jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. The 12 gates are 12 pearls; each gate made of a single pearl. The broad street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. I did not see a sanctuary in it because the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its sanctuary. These words are a direct reflection of the Lord’s promise to God’s chosen people who were witnesses to Jerusalem’s downfall and demise during the Great Exile.

However, what seems to be the point? Is it that what the people took the greatest pride in – their gold and precious stones – will be nothing more than building materials in their new city? And, the point of the new vision is this: the most valuable thing will be who not what is in the center of the city. The Lord will reign there and shed His light (a metaphor for the revelation of wisdom and truth).

Where do you place your value in life? What do you invest your time and energy to gain? Your retirement portfolio can be the envy of your peers, but what good is your portfolio when your days come to an end. Unlike Disney and Universal Studios where fantasies come true, there is a cost to get in. God’s sanctuary city requires only a smile to affirm your faith in God’s grace to enter.

What is the focus of your life? What relationship is more important to you, financial or spiritual? Remember, Jesus declared that you cannot serve God and money equally? One will influence your interest in the other.

Coach

Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you also may be. You know the way where I am going.” “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:1-6 (HCSB)

NOTE: I believe Jesus was speaking about the ultimate sanctuary when he mentioned preparing dwelling places in my Father’s house. Sanctuary is God’s gift affirmed by Jesus, found by following his example.

 

The Walls of a Sanctuary are Built With Humility

Strong Tower

 

The Walls of a Sanctuary are Built With Humility

The one who is truly lazy in his work is a brother to a vandal. The name of the Lord is a strong tower (sanctuary); the righteous run to it and are protected. A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination, it is like a high wall. Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but before honor comes humility. The one who gives an answer before he listens – this is foolishness and disgrace for him. A man’s spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit? Prov 18:9-14 (HCSB)

Whether at school, at work, the community, or in the church, there are people we meet almost every day who are in the wall building business. You might even be in that business. Our insecurities about life, and about whom we believe we are, demand us to protect ourselves by building walls that keep others out. But, why would we want to build barriers and walls that keep people out? The wisdom of God’s Word certainly reveals there are walls built out of insecurity, and then there are the walls offering real security that humility discovers.

The insecure person builds walls to try and isolate themselves from others ever knowing the truth about some aspect of their lives. It is meant to keep others at a safe distance, so they really can never focus on the weaknesses of the person cowering behind the walls they have built in their life. However, in reality, the walls are just an illusion and prevent the person cowering behind the walls he or she built from ever seeing that they are missing out on the benefit of genuine relationships in this world. They have cut themselves off from true friendships and the experience of love for one another as God had intended. Their insecurity is justified by their pride, and they exist in a relationship of one – their “self”. What a sad and lonely existence our pride can cause us to enter into when our fears are allowed to rule over us.

The truly humble person has a high tower that they can run into, but the walls of this place are of God’s doing. This secure place is a refuge, a high place, a sanctuary from the tough times in life, but it is never intended to keep you there. It is a place a humble heart can come to find rest and restoration before going confidently back out to engage in life and its many relationships. It also is big enough for all to enter when there is a need for God’s peace and mercy. This high tower also helps you to see clearly your proper place in life and helps you focus on what is most important, and not your-“self.” Lasting relationships are encouraged in this safe place so that we can live confidently in the real world. It is a place where fears are replaced with love because where there is love there is not fear. The only price for entry into this “high tower” refuge is our “self”! We must come in humility to recognize the security that God offers us.

How about you? Have you built your own walls to hide behind out of insecurity and pride of “self” or do you know the way into God’s sanctuary where security comes from humility? Decide for yourself, which leads to genuine life, and which locks you out from genuine life. Seek God’s will, ways, and wisdom and the answer may become clear.

Coach

Whoever tries to make his  life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed: one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding grain together: one will be taken and the other left. [Two will be in a field: one will be taken, and the other will be left.] Luke 17:33-36 (HCSB)

God’s Sanctuary Has No Walls and Open Doors

the rock is where church is

God’s Sanctuary Has No Walls and Open Doors

On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city. Salvation is established as walls and ramparts. Open the gates so a righteous nation can come in; one that remains faithful. You will keep in perfect peace the mind [that is] dependent [on You], for it is trusting in You. Trust in the Lord forever, because in  Yah, the Lord, is an everlasting rock! For He has humbled those who live in lofty places – an inaccessible city. He brings it down; He brings it down to the ground; He throws it to the dust. Feet trample it, the feet of the humble, the steps of the poor. Isaiah 26:1-6 (HCSB)

Jerusalem was the pride of Judah, but it also was a city that was built upon a philosophy of exclusion in its history. The city gates were like a filter that allowed only the acceptable to enter. However, although it was considered an almost impregnable city with its lofty location on Mt. Zion and magnificent walls and hefty gates that could withstand any assault, what man builds is never a match for the Lord and His plans. Jerusalem in its history was conquered and destroyed twice as a consequence to their arrogance and inward, exclusive attitudes.

When we depend upon our own manufactured defenses that create walls that separate and divide us from others, God is never pleased. I have entered many churches where it truly is a sanctuary of seclusion and exclusion. I once served at a church where the people were sad about how their congregation had dwindled and died off until there were but a small group left of older, original members. They said, “We have failed to keep the church filled; even our own children and their children have left. Would you help us rebuild our church and fill these empty rooms and this sanctuary once again?” I rolled up my sleeves and for months we slowly opened the doors to the church and people began to visit and share with the people inside the church, however there was an uneasy feeling among the older members. The more I inquired for answers, the more I discovered their fear. What they feared was the community! They built their church in a community that had changed over the years and now the original older members lived in homes that were in new neighborhoods far from their original neighborhood that surrounded the church.  Their old mill town community, in their mind, had become a dangerous place to call home anymore. Right after a revival that the church held which was attended by many of the local families, I stumbled upon a meeting of the older men. They were plotting on ways to stop the change and to return the church to being what they wanted it to be: a sanctuary behind brick walls and closed doors that separated them from those strangers they feared in the community where the church was located. Needless to say, I realized my days as pastor there were done, and I prayed for the members as I left. Within weeks I noticed the lit church sign out front did not say “Welcome All” as it once did. Funerals still occurred in that church. And there was a sign I remember seeing as you left the fellowship hall: “Remember last one out, please turn out the lights!”

Churches are not buildings of brick and mortar. Churches are not to be bought and sold. Churches are not the furnishings and ornate windows. Churches are definitely not supposed to be identified by their massive doors that separate those on the inside from those on the outside. As I tried to share with the members of the church there, the church exists beyond the walls where people are sharing with people, not out of fear but love. There is where God’s plan of salvation is being experienced as disciples are making new disciples as God works in the hearts of men, women and children alike. The moment we assume ownership in the church, God is never pleased, and once in a while He will teach such a church just like He taught Jerusalem. God’s church does not need walls and He can and will remove them when it is necessary to get the point across.

Coach

God’s Sanctuary Found With Humility

God’s Sanctuary Found With Humility

The name of the LORD is a strong tower (impenetrable sanctuary); the righteous runs into it and is safe (set on high). A rich man’s wealth is his strong city (secure fortress) like a high wall in his own imagination. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, but humility goes before honor. Prov 18:10-12 (NASB)

Whether at school, at work, the community, or in a church, there are people we meet almost daily that are in the wall construction business. Many of us might even offer such an enterprise on our résumé.

Our insecurities demand that we protect ourselves through the construction of impenetrable walls intending to keep others out. But, why would we want to build such barriers? According to God’s wisdom, we construct barriers out of our feelings of insecurity, but there are secure places of refuge discovered through humility.

An insecure person constructs walls in a futile effort to isolate themselves from others because they fear and therefore reject some aspect of their lives. Such a human-made sanctuary seeks to keep all those we label as unacceptable at a safe distance while preventing the same excluded people from recognizing the genuine fears and anxieties of the people cowering behind the walls they constructed to alleviate those same fright-filled concerns. However, in reality, human-made walls offer only an illusion of security; actually, walls comprised of steel, concrete, stones, and stout timbers only keep the people on the inside from seeing clearly, and they are the ones who miss out from the benefit of genuine relationships in this world.

The truth is those cowering in isolation have cut themselves off from God’s desire for us to experience trusting friendships and the love for one another as God intended. They have justified their isolation efforts by their prideful motives of self-preservation. They exist to preserve one relationship – their relationship with their “self”. What a sad and lonely existence our foolish pride can stir up in us when we allow our fears to overwhelm us.

The truly humble discover God’s strong tower where they can find refuge, where the walls are God’s design. This secure place is the only impenetrable refuge or sanctuary from the challenges in our life. However, we should always remain mindful that God never intends for us to remain isolated standing high upon his tower or behind the walls of his sanctuary. God offers refuge and sanctuary to all his children, not just the ones we feel safe accepting into our lives. A humble heart will enter to find rest and restoration before confidently stepping back out into the world God intended all of us to connect with all of his creation.

God’s true refuge or sanctuary has the unlimited capacity of accommodating all who seek his grace, peace, and mercy. His high tower likewise clarifies our proper place and purpose in life and restores our focus on God’s priorities, diminishing our selfish priorities. Constructing lasting relationships are encouraged within the confines of God’s safe place so that we can live confidently beyond the walls of his sanctuary in the real world. Inside God’s sanctuary, our fears are quelled by his love, reminding us that where love exists, fear cannot. The only price for entry into this “high tower” refuge is our “self’! We must come in humility to recognize the security that God offers us.

How about you? Are you someone who builds walls to hide behind out of insecurity and pride, or do you know the way onto God’s high tower where security comes from humility? Which leads to genuine life, and which locks you away from an authentic life? Seek God’s will, ways, and wisdom and the right choice may become evident.

Coach
www.coachbrown.org

Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. Luke 17:33

Premier novel in the Shiloh series of stories, April 4, 2017. Advance orders available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The premise of sanctuary threads its way through the ongoing story about a small South Georgia town of Shiloh and how its citizens dealing with dark secrets, scandal, and sin impacting their tranquil rural community.

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Sanctuary Review by Dana Ridenour, author of Award Winning, Behind the Mask

In his debut novel, Sanctuary, T.M. Brown, introduces his readers to the cast of characters who live in the tight-knit, small town of Shiloh, Georgia. Theo and Liddy Phillips moved to Shiloh from Atlanta expecting a quiet, tranquil retirement. Little did they know that their arrival would stir old wounds and lead them to discover a buried secret in their new hometown. Theo sets out to write a newspaper article about a local man who tragically died in a fire. While researching the local hero, he discovers quite a few secrets that some people in the town want to remain a secret. Brown immerses the reader into this quaint town and allows the reader to get to know his characters. The characters are interesting and likable and the story is believable. The novel is God-driven and the language is clean. It was difficult to say goodbye to the colorful characters who reside in Shiloh. Luckily this is the first book of what will hopefully be a long series.

Ignorance, Our Greatest Enemy

Ignorance cannot win the mind of an avid reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genuine Sanctuary is found when we teach our children and grandchildren the love of reading. A thirst for books sharpens the sword that will serve them well in the battle against ignorance and dependence upon others to shape their beliefs.

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Excerpt from Sanctuary. “Just beyond the shadows of the stores and office buildings surrounding Town Square, our new neighborhood displayed a patchwork of quaint homes with manicured lawns. Most of the homes appeared fairly modest in size and offered little doubt that more than one generation raised their families in them. Mature magnolias, moss-ladened stately oaks, as well as picturesque pecan trees stood watch over the homes. The patched sidewalks and curbs reflected decades of children on bikes, mothers pushing baby carriages and couples taking a stroll. Inconspicuous narrow alleys ran behind each row of homes. Wrought iron or painted picket fencing with ornate stone or brick walkways welcomed guests to the front porches.”

Premier novel in the Shiloh Saga series of stories, April 4, 2017. Advance orders available.

Southern Fiction – Sanctuary, April 4th Launch Date

Premier novel in the Shiloh Saga series of stories, April 4, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An excerpt from a recent pre-launch review.

‘Time crept while I stirred and tossed in futile attempts to capture any semblance of actual sleep. Capitulation arrived shortly after four when I poured a cup of coffee and sat down in the living room…Okay Lord what are you trying to share with me?’ Theo Phillips, Main character Ch 20, pg. 169

When the author used the descriptor, ‘a couple of southern minutes’, I knew I was in for a treat as main characters Theo Phillips and his wife Liddy started retirement in their new hometown of Shiloh, Georgia.

(Thank you, Linda Pifer for your extensive review. Her complete review and others will be soon published on my author web pages.)

SANCTUARY introduces newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, to the time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him into investigating tragic events that have left Shiloh unsettled. Theo and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.

PLEASE STOP BY FOR A SNEAK PEEK at my LinkedIn page or go to my Facebook Author page and connect for regular updates and information regarding Sanctuary’s anticipated March release. I am forever grateful to all who love Southern Fiction mysteries…

The grand antebellum courthouse in Sparta, GA rededicated in 2016 after burning to the ground in 2014.

Premier book signing event will be in Sparta, GA on April 8th, home of the antebellum courthouse that was razed in 2014 and rebuilt and dedicated in 2016. Their majestic edifice provided the inspiration for the writing of the core story in Sanctuary.

April 22nd, Aiken SC “Wine and Sign” Book Event offers a great venue for Southern Fiction lovers. My wife and I look forward to participating.

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Advance book orders now available leading up to April 4th launch date. All books will be signed and shipped the first week in April.

T. M. Brown, “Mike” to my friends!

T. M. Brown is a Southern boy at heart, although he’s lived and traveled in many states far removed from his beloved boyhood roots in Georgia and Florida. He returned to his Southern roots several years ago while his two sons were still in school and regularly traveled throughout the South before returning to college shortly after his youngest son graduated. In the last fifteen years he has preached, taught and coached in Alabama, Georgia and Florida until his wife and he moved outside of Atlanta and retired to write, travel, and spoil grandchildren.

email: tmcabrown@gmail.com

Trying to look clam but getting anxious about Sanctuary’s release next month.

Sanctuary Sneak Preview – April 4th Release Date

I am pleased to reveal the book cover my premier novel in the Shiloh Saga series of stories.

SANCTUARY introduces newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, to the time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him into investigating tragic events that have left Shiloh unsettled. Theo and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.

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Thanks for all your support and encouragement as I have transformed my devotional thoughts into true-to-life situations that my characters in Shiloh face. My Facebook author page offers constant updates anticipating the book’s release on April 4th, and then news about the sequel, Testament, due out this fall.

God bless and spread the news.

Coach, aka T.M. Brown

Premier novel in the Shiloh Saga series of stories, April 4th, 2017

“Shiloh 1” reserved for the mayor!

Sign up at https://coachbrownorg.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/shiloh-1-identifies-the-mayors-truck/ or https://www.facebook.com/TMBrownauthor/ and receive updates on the March release of my premier Southern Fiction mystery, Sanctuary, published by Deeds Publishing, Athens, GA. The sequel, Testament, fall 2017.

All Southern Fiction offers vivid word imagery that bring its colorful characters and time-lost settings to life in the mind’s eye of the reader. Sanctuary is no exception. Preview readers have asked where is Shiloh? Are the characters based on real people?

Harold’s ‘Shiloh 1’ vehicle in Sanctuary

T M “Mike” Brown, Author Page

The abandoned mansion outside of Shiloh found in Chapter One.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating a separate author web page for my Shiloh stories. SANCTUARY is the premier book, March 2017 release by Deeds Publishing, Athens, GA. TESTAMENT is the first of the sequels, Fall 2017 release.

More news about the book launch is forthcoming…

T M “Mike” Brown, aka Coach Brown

tmcabrown@gmail.com