Posted by: John-Paul | August 7, 2015

My Need to Build a Writer’s Platform

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Every person is the hero of his or her own life story. At a time of God’s choosing, that person is called to leave his or her familiar world, go on a hero’s journey to the Promised Land, and seek out the particular Elixir of Faith God would give to the world through him or her. My blog offers teaching and encouragement on the stages of the Hero’s Journey and on various aspects of the Promised Land of God’s reign.

My Need to Build a Platform

I am an author. I have an active imagination and a desire to create stories and teachings to offer to the people of my world.
Michael Hyatt and others say that to sell anything these days (books, ideas, products), a person must elevate himself above the crowd and gain a spotlight. Michael wrote the book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. He says a person must offer her ideas and her products on social media: Twitter, FaceBook, a blog, a website.
It occurred to me to couple the concept of the Hero’s Journey with the need for every person to go through a Wilderness Experience up to the Promised Land of God’s reign. This blog is my attempt to offer my world what I have learned about these ideas.

Hero’s Journey

As explained by Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler, the Hero’s Journey is a mythic structure used for millennia by storytellers. It is used widely in Hollywood movies. I use it in most of my novels, especially Joshua and Caleb: Journey to the Promise Land. In that biblical novel, several characters have heroes’ journeys.
The Hero is the main character of any story. That person is not necessarily heroic; he may be an anti-hero but he is the person making the journey.
The Journey is a quest to find and obtain for her struggling community or tribe an elixir, some commodity or truth the tribe needs to improve its conditions. The quest involves:
  • traveling to a special world
  • learning how to survive in that world
  • overcoming attacks and deceptions from the Shadow
  • building and managing a team of helpers
  • overcoming the Shadow’s forces to lay hands on the elixir
  • causing, witnessing, or experiencing death in some way
  • experiencing resurrection to a new, changed life and self
  • fleeing with the elixir
  • and returning to the tribe.
An essential part of the journey is the Hero overcoming some fatal flaw and returning home changed.

Promised Land

The Promised Land is the state of being in a person’s life in which he fully trusts the love and provision of Father God and – even in times of crisis – rests in that love. As the writer of Hebrews said, “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. (Heb 4:9-10)”
Hero’s Journey to the Promised Land
God calls every person to join Him in a quest into the Promised Land. He wants every one to obtain an Elixir of Faith and return to his or her community to share that elixir with the world. Or he may send the person on a Missionary’s Journey to take the elixir to the people of other tribes.
The heroine must overcome the Shadow in herself, in the world, and in enemy forces to lay hold of God’s truth. This truth will set her free and also set free the people in her world.
The Hero must experience death to himself in order to be resurrected in Jesus and changed into His likeness.

God casts aside all who refuse to enter into that Hero’s Journey. (Hebrews 3:7-4:11) However, He leads in triumph all who surrender to His reign. (Cor 2:14)

Are you on a Hero’s Journey? Are you marching in triumph under God’s reign? What Elixir of Faith has He given you for your world?

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