Average Age of Debut Book Publication of Famous Authors = 32

The Fear of God is Utmost
…11The words of the wise are like goads, and the anthologies of the masters are like firmly embedded nails driven by a single Shepherd. 12But beyond these, my son, be warned: There is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. 13When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this is the whole duty of man.…

https://biblehub.com/ecclesiastes/12-12.htm

indefeasible

I compiled a list of my favorite writers and their age when they first published their debut book, i.e., novel, memoir, or first collection of short stories. Some made me say, “I figured!” (like Haruki Murakami, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Italo Calvino). Others made me feel like even though the clock is ticking, I’m still okay. =)

  • Junot Diaz – 29
  • Thomas Pynchon – 26
  • Margaret Atwood – 30
  • John Barth – 27
  • Ayn Rand – 29
  • Paul Auster – 35
  • Amy Tan – 37
  • Maxine Hong Kingston – 36
  • Ernest Hemingway – 27
  • Haruki Murakami – 21 (but then he went on a one decade hiatus)
  • Franz Kafka – 42 (but he wrote Metamorphosis when he was 32 and published his first short story at 21)
  • James Joyce – 49
  • Virginia Woolf – 33
  • John Steinback – 27
  • Ha Jin – 40
  • David Sedaris – 38
  • Kazuo Ishiguro –…

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Paris Hilton: Dating Malaysian Tycoon or Teletubby?

1 Timothy 6:10 NIV For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

The Candid Cactus

What! Paris Hilton is dating a teletubby? You mean she isn’t as shallow as we’ve been made to believe?

He’s a what? A Malaysian tycoon? So he’s an incredibly rich teletubby? Ooooh, It all makes sense now!

I thought I’d shed some light on recent celebrity gossip doing the rounds. Apparently Paris Hilton has been rubbing shoulders with a few more members of the world’s upper echelon, and it’s been said that she is dating Malaysian billionaire Jho Low.

Paris was spotted partying it up at a nightclub in St Tropez where her rumored Malaysian tycoon lover spent in the region of 2 million Euros on Cristal champagne to impress his ever-so-classy mistress who proceeded to bathe herself in bubbly.

Paris Hilton has also been photographed soaking up the sun on Jho Low’s yacht and flitting about on lavish shopping sprees. Recession? Like what recession? Spending money is so hot…

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Billion Dollar Whale – Billion Dollar Thief

1 Timothy 6:10 NIV For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

My World

BillionDollarWhale

A very good book, with lots of incredible details and revelations on the dark side of the world of the super rich, and how money really makes the world go round. When someone has too much money, especially money has not earned by himself, he will give no qualm about splurging it on all sorts of vanity stuffs. Parties. Luxury shopping trips. Gambles. Condos and mansions. Music. Movies. And the list goes on and on…

1MDB-book-reviews

The book was written by 2 investigative journalists, so it has a very distinct writing style. It’s a colossal collection of investigative journalism output, not a novel piece or a biography volume. Therefore, it’s full of details, and often goes quite deep in how Jho Low built his schemes and stole money off from the 1MDB fund. It was not a thrilling read, but an informative one. Sometimes, a bit too informative, but it’s worth…

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Money Laundering — Should the Church Accept Money if it is Obtained in an Ungodly Manner? No! — GotQuestions #6

Question for Christians: Should the Church Accept Money if it is Obtained in an Ungodly Manner?

No!

Full answer at HTTPS://WWW.GOTQUESTIONS.ORG/UNGODLY-MONEY.HTML

“Churches in the New Testament encouraged believers to work hard to earn their money in responsible ways and then to give generously to the work of their local church and other missionary activity. Paul wrote in Acts 20:35,”

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 

Acts 20:35

references & reflections

[1] HTTPS://WWW.GOTQUESTIONS.ORG/UNGODLY-MONEY.HTML
[2] https://www.jesuseconomy.org/blogs/news/how-to-be-a-missionary-today-daily-devotional
[3] https://slideplayer.com/slide/12966744/

What is Faith? Hall of Heroes Hebrews 11 —Francis Chan Christ's Crazy Love Ministry

God’s Priority & Plan — Procrastinate No More!

Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD.

Genesis 12:8(NASB)
Abraham’s Faith – Genesis 12:8

What is Faith?

God has not called us to call any geographic location on earth “home” [or “holy.” Our home is in heaven! And that’s where we keep our mindset and think about. That’s where [we] ought to be going… That’s where I’m looking forward… a city of my own… a city with true foundations!

Everything else passes…

References & Reflections

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW7lSFGKfHQ
[2] https://www.slideshare.net/DavidTurner28/having-the-faith-of-abraham-genesis-1219
[3] https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/genesis-12-8
[4] http://lectionarypondering.blogspot.com/2019/08/hebrews-111-3-8-16.html

Inheritance of Eternal Life! Stop Stressing About Money! (Part 2) — Store Up Treasures in Heaven

Children of God’s Kingdom

Inheritance of Eternal Life: Sell Your Possessions & Give to the Poor

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

MARK 10:21
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references & reflections

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Sign-Loved-World-Typographic-Parchment/dp/B07SGLD2GX

Stop Stressing About Money! (Part 2) — Store Up Heavenly Treasures — Inheritance of Eternal Life — Francis Chan Christ's Crazy Love Ministry

Children of God’s Kingdom

Inheritance of Eternal Life: Sell Your Possessions & Give to the Poor

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

MARK 10:21
Image result for John 3:16

references & reflections

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Sign-Loved-World-Typographic-Parchment/dp/B07SGLD2GX

Authenticity in Worship — Anointing by Mary — Lessons from Luke 7 — Love, Faith, Peace — Forgiveness & Deliverance

LUKE 7

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Speech is Sterling Silver: Words of the Godly — Proverbs 10

Solomon’s Proverbs: The Wise Son

19 When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked has little worth.

Proverbs 10:19-20

references & reflections

[1] https://slideplayer.com/slide/4186681/

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