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Hearing God in a Time of Crisis
James Michener was an astoundingly creative and productive author. The historical novels he wrote required intensive research and the most acute understanding of cultural nuances. The production of one such tome would be an outstanding accomplishment for any writer. During his lifetime Michener authored forty-three of them, completing one a year for several decades, researching one while writing another. He continued to write until he was 92. He also moved numerous times, residing as often as possible in the region of the world he was researching for another major work.
Two stunning factors in Michener’s transformation into one of the great writers of all time offer encouragement to each of us in realizing our own potential. One is that he didn’t begin writing novels until he was 40. His example brings to mind that some of us are simply late bloomers by nature, and that there can be vital benefits to being so. We shouldn’t lose heart if we have a major dream that hasn’t yet been realized even though we’re well into our adult years. We each operate on different clocks, and God has radically different timetables in unfolding his plan for each of us...
M. Blaine Smith
M. Blaine Smith, (1946-2021) held a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, the Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Blaine was an ordained Presbyterian minister who lectured widely on topics of guidance and God's will, Christian living, and personal growth. His lectures have been recorded for Guidance by the Book, part of a home-study course produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 1978 Smith founded Nehemiah Ministries with the goal of "helping Christians understand God's guidance in their lives and realize their personal potential." Blaine retired from Nehemiah Ministries in 2009. The organization's bimonthly newsletter, seminars, articles, books, and website have benefited many Christians around the world.