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Looking back on your earthly years…Living Backward by Angelique Cooper McGlotten launches today!

Imagine looking back on the sum total of your earthly years . . . and realizing that your reasons to rejoice are far greater than your regrets.

 

Isn’t that a powerful statement!
 Living Backward by Christian author Angelique Cooper McGlotten.
That’s from my friend Angelique Cooper McGlotten, talking about her brand new book, Living Backward:

 

Living Backward is your invitation to discover the powerful gift of future-oriented hindsight and reap the incredible rewards it offers. As we grapple with today’s fleeting problem or tomorrow’simportant choice, the ability to “live backward” provides us with not only a new perspective on our lives but also a powerful tool for creating true joy by fulfilling God’s plan for us. We desire to matter, and God knocks on our hearts, beckoning us to open the door to a life of eternal significance.

 

I’ve gotten to know Angelique (at least online) through a writers’ group and an online prayer group and know her beautiful spirit and how much she loves God. So I’m honored to have her here on Launch Day for Living Backward!

 

I asked Angelique to share an excerpt from Living Backward with us, and she agreed. (And I love that it features a C.S. Lewis quote!)

 

Excerpt:

Each of us is on a path that is taking us somewhere. What path are
you walking? Where are you today as you come to this book? Maybe
you’re searching for the right path. Or maybe you realize that the path 
you’re on isn’t getting you nearer to where you want to be. Maybe you haven’t given much thought to where you’re headed. Or maybe you do recognize that you are not on God’s path for your life. Regardless of which camp you find yourself in, take heart. It’s never too late to discover God’s path. No matter where you begin, you can grow in your relationship with God and start seeking His direction. You have not come across this book by accident or chance; you are reading it by God’s sovereign design. I’ve prayed that God’s gift of encouragement to me and the things He has taught me would bless you.

God extends to each of us the same gracious invitation that He
offered the Israelites long ago: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stop at
the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk
in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Jeremiah
6:16, New Living Translation). This good way (as another translation
refers to it) is in contrast to the path of our self-empowered choosing.
Therefore, we can heed this verse only after we’ve acknowledged that
the road of life traveled without God’s guidance leads to a dead end. It results in a fruitless, empty, and ultimately bankrupt life. Indeed, this is the opposite of the purposeful and fulfilling lives that we desperately yearn for and that God zealously desires us to have.


C. S. Lewis wisely said, “We all want progress. But progress is
getting nearer to where you want to be. And if you’ve taken a wrong
[turn], then to go forward doesn’t get you any nearer.”
1 So I pray you
will choose to say, Lord, I desire to walk in the good way! I desire the

path that is pleasing to You and that leads to my greatest good. But
I’ve discovered that many sincere followers of Christ have the same
struggle I once had. Namely, how do I practically walk out God’s plan
for my life? What does a Christ-exalting life look like? How do I grow
from who I am into the person God created me to be? And how do I
go about building a life that really matters? My purpose in writing this
book is to address these very important questions.


1. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), 28.

Christian author Angelique Cooper McGlotten launches new book, Living Backward.

 

Angelique Cooper McGlotten, originally from Liberia, West Africa, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. Having woven the gift of future-oriented hindsight into her own life, she knows firsthand its power to both shape our purpose and infuse our lives with joy and meaning. Through a variety of venues, the author has mentored (and continues to mentor) hundreds of adults and young adults alike. Angelique regularly speaks at women’s retreats, women’s groups, and conferences on various topics pertaining to the Christian faith. She is also the author of a book of poetry titled The Weaver’s Thread. Angelique resides in northern Virginia with her husband and the three children entrusted to them by God.

By way of word pictures, analogies, and personal anecdotes, Living Backward facilitates head-to-heart understanding, helping us internalize key biblical principles so we can truly experience their life-changing power. Only then can we achieve genuine success, weave enduring significance into our lives, and make the most of the precious time we’ve been allotted.

Keep up with Angelique and her writing at these links:

 

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That Bible verse in Fear the Walking Dead

Photo from AMC
Photo from AMC

A colleague asked me last week about the Bible verse in Fear the Walking Dead.

She and I regularly have Monday debriefings about Fear the Walking Dead—particularly if she finds any religious symbolism or content. I have to admit I really dropped the ball on last Sunday night’s episode (9/20/15). My niece and my colleague both asked me about the Bible verse that showed up in that one, and my response was, “Ummm….”

I did notice there was a Bible verse on a wall, but beyond that, it sort of zipped over my head. In my defense, I was very tired from a long road trip that day so wasn’t retaining things very well. Still, as I realized later, the verse showed up not just once in the episode, but twice—meaning the writers really wanted us to notice it.

So I looked online to refresh myself. The verse in question was Revelation 21:4:

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (NIV Bible from BibleGateway.com)

Now, one tricky problem for me when my colleague asks me for the “Christian” meaning of things in TV shows (she’s hoping for insight on where the writers are going with the plot) is that show writers may not be using or interpreting things the same way we would in church.

Here’s an example I found on a website called MoviePilot interpreting Revelation 21:4 in that FTWD episode: “Yeah that all seems pretty apt to me. No death, sorrow, crying and pain? These are all things that people no longer have after being turned into walkers. And ‘for the former things are passed away’ certainly seems to reflect how the world as the characters knew it is gone, this is a whole new way of life now.”

I felt like screaming, “No, no, nooooooo!!!!!!”

This reminds me of the scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when Harry reads the verse on his parents’ headstone that reads, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (I Corinthians 15:26). Harry is upset this is written on his parents’ headstone because he interprets this as a Death-Eaterish idea of trying to live forever on Earth and avoid death. But Hermione reassures him that the verse is talking about living beyond death…the Christian concept of eternal life, in other words.

In the same way, the Revelation verse from Fear the Walking Dead is most assuredly NOT about settling for some earthly existence such as we have now…it’s not about rotting bodies shambling around with no personalities or minds, no way of relating to God, no emotions at all. That is NOT the new order of things that God offers us.

It’s always best not to take one Bible verse out of context, and even just expanding out a paragraph or so tells us that (as in the verse that Harry and Hermione discussed), the Revelation verses are talking about a very different eternity:

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev 21: 1-4, NIV, from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=revelation+21&version=NIV )

 Life on this Earth—with or without a zombie apocalypse—is hard.  And in many parts of the world, I have no doubt that it’s so difficult, the folks might as well be in a zombie apocalypse.  In Christianity, we are always asked to hold onto the promise that this Earth and its decay are not all there is. Like Harry Potter, we are promised victory—over decay, over death…even over zombies.

 

 

 

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