Friday, January 6, 2017


Each morning, I read a paragraph devotional to get my head right. The little book was my mom’s and my sister, Judy, gave it to me upon mom’s death. It’s not only a nice memory for me, but I find it useful in a peaceful way.

It begins with a Bible verse or scripture passage and then a very brief commentary on the verse or passage. It was written for those of us who are busy.

Recently, the scripture passage centered on “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). The commentary centered on all the names the Bible gives Jesus: Light. Love. Lamb. God. Son of God. Prince of Peace. Son of Man. Many others.

But that got me thinking . . .

I have different Titles associated with who I am. Principal. Teacher. Father. Husband. Son. Brother. Dad. Writer. Friend.

And each Title or name is dependent upon how I am perceived and sometimes, how I perceive myself, as well as the context of who is dealing with me at the time.

Teachers and kids see me as the principal. My wife sees me as her husband and father to our children. My kids see me as dad or their father. My family sees me as their brother. Kim’s family sees me as brother-in-law or son-in-law. Although, way back when Kim and I got engaged and we called her parents to tell them the news, her mother’s first words were, “Oh my God, Kim!”

Hmmm . . .

Like me, I’m sure you have several Titles and several names. So my question to you today is what are your Titles? What are your names?

Which are you most proud of? Which are the ones you’d rather not have or be known by? I think each of us has some of those, too.

The good news is that it is never too late to change a Title and never too late to change a name. Just as each day begins anew, we can change. It might take time for others to see us as we would prefer to be seen. It might take time for others to recognize that change within us, but they will. And if they don’t, then I think it is their bad, their loss because like each of us, others can change, too. It’s just that some never do and others don’t want to. Their choice. Don’t let that by your choice. Please! Something to think about . . .

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Stolen Lives
“Joseph Lewis has created a cast of characters that you grow to care about. Their story is filled with twists and turns that keep you reading. When the book ends you will be left anticipating the next one! This was a story I could not put down!”  “I am really glad I happened to see this Trilogy while looking through my Kindle unlimited series. Great strong characters, especially George and Brett. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Started Taking Lives and immediately turned the pages to get to Stolen Lives.”

Two thirteen year old boys are abducted off a safe suburban street. Kelliher and his team of FBI agents have 24 hours to find them or they’ll end up like all the others- dead! They have no leads, no clues, and nothing to go on. And the possibility exists that one of his team members might be involved.         

Shattered Lives
“I couldn’t put it down, a really good book!” “Great book! I can't wait for next one!” “This book is excellent. The whole series is definitely worth your time.” “Expertly written. I ended up buying all the books in the series and am waiting eagerly for the final installment Splintered Lives."

Six men escaped and are out for revenge. The boys, recently freed from captivity, are in danger and so are their families, but they don’t know it. The FBI has no clues, no leads, and nothing to go on and because of that, cannot protect them.         

Splintered Lives
“Engaging characters you care about. A story that is fast-paced and holds your attention to the point you cannot put it down. Great finish to a great series.”

A 14 year old boy has a price on his head, but he and his family don’t know it. Their family vacation turns into a trip to hell. Out gunned and outnumbered, can this boy protect his father and brothers? Without knowing who these men are? Or how many there are? Or when they might come for him?     

Taking Lives
“Great book by Joseph Lewis. Many twists and turns. Fasted paced.”  “Couldn’t put the book down.”  “Great story can't wait to read the next one!” “Great book! I really enjoyed it. Good author!” “Each character is developed thoroughly, igniting the reader's interest and stirring emotions. The frustration of the detective flows to the reader. The young boys are endearing.”

FBI Agent Pete Kelliher and his partner search for the clues behind the bodies of six boys left in various and remote parts of the country. Even though they don’t know one another, the lives of FBI Kelliher, 11 year old Brett McGovern, and 11 year old George Tokay are separate pieces of a puzzle. The two boys become interwoven with the same thread that Pete Kelliher holds in his hand. The three of them are on a collision course and when that happens, their lives are in jeopardy as each search for a way out.

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