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A local pastor stopped in at my office this past week (10-17-10). He told me how much he appreciated WIND, and that he has included it on his website as a "must read."
Also quite recently a Baptist pastor called me and told me he loved WIND. He said that when he got his copy, he started reading it, but had to go to the door to talk to a visitor. As soon as he was able, he excused himself and returned to read the rest of the book--he could not put it down.
He said he then told friends about it, and started passing it around his church. Now he wants to get it back to re-read it, but can't find out who has it.
And, there has been one negative comment (I guess it had to happen).
I have always thought that only about one in fifteen people will ever exercise the option to publically voice an opinion about anything; instead, they just keep their thoughts to themselves.
So, when a person who reads WIND contacts me (positive or negative), I appreciate it. Here are some of the comments from earlier:
The Reverend Thomas Trask writes on December 30, 2009: "Thank you for sending me a copy of your new book entitled "Wind." I read it through on Christmas morn. It is excellent! Mike, if there is any hope for our nation, it lies in the hearts of the believers for, as you stated, in II Chronicles 7:14-16 it is up to us. . . . Keep up the good work! Blessings on thee!"
(Please note that we do not regard the Reverend Trask's kind words as a review or official endorsement of WIND. They reflect only his personal observation after reading it.)
The Reverend Calvin Bergsma writes:
Mike, I really enjoyed reading your latest book “Wind,” and have
purchased several copies for our church library. I believe it’s a timely
word, thank you for being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in
On a recent Friday evening, the pastor of a local church (Grand Rapids, MI) came to my door around 8PM. He apologized for arriving unannounced, but asked to buy as many copies of WIND as I had at my house. He bought six. He said that he had to get copies of WIND into the hands of a group of intercessors at his church.
A Grand Rapids pastor called me to tell me he loved the book, and that he will be recommending it from the pulpit. His one concern was that he did not think I was clear enough on how to discern what would be "acceptable excesses" from works of the flesh. His point was well taken. He is totally correct in his assessment. I did not address this issue. The reason I didn't (and I explained my thinking to him) was that I did not want to position myself as the arbiter of what was real and what was not. I told him I have had enough challenges in that area through the years, and do not think there is a pat answer--anything I might suggest would be somewhat arbitrary.
I told him that his best recourse would be to lay the matter out before God and allow the Holy Spirit to give him wisdom.
I have no doubt in my mind that there will be, and probably already are, charlatans waiting in the wings to hijack revival(s) for personal gain. There always have been.
Not much can be done about that, except for fervent prayer. God will, if asked to, elevate the real, and kill off the phony.
But I did remind him to read again some of my chapters that deal with this issue, such as "Bend the Church, save the people"; and to always keep in mind the words of a man much wiser than I who prayed something like this: "O God, send revival. And this time please do it without all the excesses. But if you don't want to do it my way, do it anyway you wish. Just, please, send revival."
Lois writes: "Just a quick not to say thank you for writing WIND. . . . I was greatly blessed! Having 7 children and their spouses, 37 grandchildren, and 36 great grandchildren to pray for every day, I needed the challenge to pray for national revival. [WIND] has encouraged me to pray and believe for national repentance one more time. God bless you for your obedience in writing WIND.
Another person challenged me with regard to my statement that 106 out of the first 108 institutions of higher learning in the US started out as religious schools, primarily for the training of candidates for the ministry.
He suggested I was wrong about William and Mary, and probably the others as well. He held an advanced degree from that fine school.
Well, I did revisit my notes, and checked out William and Mary's charter. I was correct. Many prestigious schools do not publish this type of information, but it remains true just the same.
After I verified the correctness of that statement, I started thinking about how some of the information I provide in WIND might be received. I wondered just how many people doubted what I wrote, but did not take the time to challenge me.
To them I would say: I did pretty thoroughly fact check everything I included in WIND. But that does not mean that others (using the same documentation) might come to slightly different conclusions than did I. For instance, founding documents are not available for some institutions. In those cases I had to ferret out the best information I could, and draw my conclusions accordingly. In other cases, policies changed after (sometimes shortly after) a school's inception, thus also creating confusion.
Therefore, even though the 106 out of 108 could conceivably be argued down to 85 or 90 out of a 108, my basic thesis still holds.
I guess I would like to request the same intellectual latitude afforded writers such as Al Gore, and Charles Darwin. In my published review of Earth in the Balance, I noted that I found dozens of blatant errors and inconsistencies, yet I overlooked them in order to write my review of the book. It is a simple fact, mistakes happen.
The same is true of Charles Darwin's Descent. Again, I forced myself to look past his mistakes, in order to focus on the merits of the points he was trying to make.
Recently I picked up a new novel written by one of my favorite writers, and found a serious mistake in paragraph one of chapter one.
Every book ever written, except for one, has mistakes. I am sure WIND is not the exception.
I do, however, recognize the vulnerabilities to which I am exposing myself by pointing out the mistakes made by others. And I can't say that I was not warned against critiquing Al Gore's book. My son told me I needed to be very careful with that, after all, Mr. Gore gave me the internet, and he could take it back.
I guess I will just have to take my chances.
A friend recently pointed out a comment made by Lech Walesa (former president of Poland, and a Nobel Prize winner). Walesa's words were translated and widely circulated on the blogs: "The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they're getting weak. But they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count of the United States. Today, we lost that hope."
It sounded to my friend as though Lech Walesa had read a copy of WIND. In my book I point out that this vacuum, unless filled with revival, will very likely lead to nuclear war, and another Dark Age, not unlike that after the fall of Rome. I will reiterate what I wrote in WIND. We have no choice. If the United States is to survive, if the world as we know it is going to survive, the Church in America must earnestly seek national revival. We must put petty sectarian differences aside, get on our face, and seek revival.
What, I would ask, are you waiting for? God is ready, willing and able. But, because He is a gentleman, He will not force us to our knees. But He will honor his promises (such as 2 Chronicles 7:14). Revival is up to you. . . . and so is the failure to do your part.
As an aside, no decision has yet been made as to whether I will publish volumes two or three of WIND. Right now they reside on a memory stick, written but not edited.
I was asked what it would take for me to continue with the project and make the next two volumes available. I thought about it, and said that if Volume 1 reaches a hundred thousand in total books sold, I would publish Volume 2. I think that number would express adequate interest.