Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Is it Time to Get Off the Merry-go-Round?

I can’t believe it was a year ago this month that I released my first book, The Red Pill, The Cure for Today’s Mass Media Culture. Although it didn’t make the New York Times best seller list, it did connect with a lot of people and received many positive reviews. To be honest with you, I didn’t see it as a big seller. That’s not the reason I wrote the book. I wanted to write a different kind of media book; not one that attacked Hollywood and the entertainment industry but one that offered a plan that could actually impact and change the direction of our culture.

I wrote The Red Pill from the perspective of a Christian worldview. The book laid out a blueprint on how people of faith could use visual media to fulfill the Great Commission, be a witness for Christ, and build the Kingdom of God. The book makes the case that we need to train and equip future media professionals to think, work, and function as missionaries in mainstream media and entertainment.

I’ve been asked who is a good candidate to read The Red Pill. Obviously it would be anyone who is interested in media and particularly those who are seeking a career in the fields of media and entertainment. For those individuals, at least in my opinion, The Red Pill is a must-read. But I’ve come to understand that The Red Pill is much more than just a media book. I’m convinced that it speaks to a broader audience. I believe The Red Pill will help you to better understand your faith, how God works, and what it means to truly live the principles of Christianity.

First, if you’re ready to get off of the merry-go-round which is what I described as our contemporary American lifestyle, then you are most definitely a candidate to read The Red Pill. In the book, I write about how the media culture has created a “perceived” reality that we have accepted as normal and routine. Our lifestyles reflect this view. What the mass media culture proclaims, we accept without question, and we become a reflection of that reality.

Perhaps, you realize there is something wrong with the world, and you feel uncomfortable with the direction our society is moving toward. Why is it that every minute of our day is filled with some kind of activity? Why do we pursue consumerism and materialism as a religion? To tell you the truth, Christians are just as guilty as nonbelievers. Are you ready to get off the merry-go-round? Reading The Red Pill requires us to examine our lives and the choices we make. I’m convinced this book will challenge you in ways you can’t imagine. Much of Christianity in America today reflects a convenient, comfortable, and safe lifestyle. We are not going to change the world if we continue to cling to those beliefs.

Another good candidate to read the book is someone who believes that God has a unique plan for his or her life. We have all been called to do something in the Kingdom. The Red Pill will help you to better understand how to connect with God and how to find your calling.

If you are motivated to discover how God is at work in the world, then I believe The Red Pill is an essential read. I don’t have any question that God is at work in all human activity, and that includes the media and entertainment industry. This really isn’t a difficult book to read and understand. I make the case that God is at work in the world, and all he wants us to do is to join him in that work. He’s not a distant God but one that is intimately involved in our lives or wants to be.

The Red Pill is for those who believe there is no division between the sacred and the secular. In other words, everything in life is sacred; thus, everything we do is an act of worship. If you embrace this concept, it will change the way you live your life. If you come to understand that your career, job, or art is all a reflection of God’s gifts and talents and that their ultimate purpose is to be an expression of God’s love, majesty, and grace, then I don’t have any doubt that this will redefine how you approach everything in life.

There you have it. If you fall into any of these categories, then I hope you pick up a copy of The Red Pill, The Cure for Today’s Mass Media Culture. It is available online through Amazon.

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