July 5, 2012
Prison presents many challenges for both the inmates and the family who waits back home. One of the tremendous battles within the prison walls is the battle that takes place within your gray matter. Satan is a mastermind in fighting within this battle zone and many inmates just plain lose it mentally. Debauched thoughts, mental anguish, poor logic, deceptive and deceitful plans, and depression all easily fill your mind. And yes, Satan always works to fill our minds with the opposite of what God commands, whether within or outside of a physical prison cell. But somehow the prison walls have a “steroid effect” on the battle within the mind, growing these negatives exponentially. Paul the Apostle, no stranger to prison cells, told us what to do in Philippians 4:8.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
In an effort to apply Paul’s admonishment to my own mind, as well as to record a type of journal throughout my prison term, I have been writing short letters to God and short “knee-mails” that portray imaginary conversations with saints in Heaven. Some of the first 50 “journal entries” of this type form my new book, Dear God … Book 1. It is available as an E-Publication Download at creationstore.org and it is my heart’s desire that this book draw you closer to God as you read it. Here is a brief description of the book:
Are you hurting? Do you wonder if God is still up there or down here or even still in the picture of your life? Dear God … may be the encouragement you need. These Letters to God and imaginary conversations with people in Heaven via “Knee-Mails” portray real-life heartaches and God-answers from principles in Scripture. The charcoal drawings by artist Chrystalyn Costa and unique design by graphic artist Kaylee Kelso enhance the vivid scenes portrayed in many of the short stories.
You will laugh. You will cry. You will be re-directed as you read these 50 entries written out of a heart for God as author Kent Hovind grapples with some of life’s tough questions encountered in tough times. 190 pages.
Yesterday we celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence. What an honor it would have been to sign that document—but what a price. As our country becomes increasingly wicked, God will judge us. Life will continue to get harder. The burdens will get heavier. I hope this little book will serve as an encouragement to re-direct your thoughts—eternally!
See ya at the finish line!