Friday, July 24, 2015

His Masterpiece by Carl Dulinsky



His Masterpiece: Prisoner-Turned-Pastor Releases Transformative Book, Empowering Christians to Find ‘Greatness Within’.

Masterfully crafted by Carl Dulinsky, fusing his own life story with the word of the Lord, ‘His Masterpiece: Discovering the Greatness Within’ calls all Christians to rise and shine by seeing humanity through the Master’s eyes. Dulinsky’s amazing transition from life in prison to freedom is enough to compel any reader to revel in the hope that exists within everyone. It’s already an Amazon bestseller and changing lives from coast to coast.

Mi-Wuk Village, CA When Carl Dulinsky was sitting in prison at the age of nineteen facing a life sentence, recounting his days of drug dealing and gangs, he didn’t think that he’d one day be a bestselling author, pastor and inspiration to thousands of Christians. In his debut book, Dulinsky shares this most powerful of journeys while simultaneously calling readers to embrace God’s power.

Everything is showcased in ‘His Masterpiece: Discovering the Greatness Within’, which shot to #1 in its Amazon category and enjoyed a lengthy residency at #15 out of all Christian books. It’s a story that fuses fate with faith, taking readers on a journey from the author’s darkest days to his captivating redemption.

Synopsis:

In a world that is crying out, “Look at me,” or “This is who I am—deal with it,” what are we to do as Christians?
Follow the example of the world? Fit in? Clash and fight?
The battle lines have been drawn, and the war is being fought on the battlefield of identity. Who am I? Is there any purpose to my life? If so, what is it? Have I blown it and missed my chance?
In His Masterpiece, Carl Dulinsky helps readers answer these questions, pointing them to the greatness God has placed within them. With transparency and candor Carl shares his own journey from childhood abuse, leading to a lifestyle of gangs, drugs and ultimately prison. As he chronicles his own road to redemption, Carl uncovers for readers the immensity of God’s love and care for his children.


This book is a glimpse at humanity through the Master’s eyes. He is not mad, but excited to see His people rise and shine.  
“I want to bring peace and victory to the Christian walk; to empower others to live with hope and joy instead of despair and fear. I’ve experienced life’s worst and should probably be either dead or locked up forever. However, I found God or better yet, he found me. If other Christians can learn to embrace God’s love, they too can triumph through the worst adversity,” says Dulinsky, who founded the CrossWalk Discipleship Program with his wife, Danielle, in 2010.
Continuing, “God reached out to me, lifting me from the pit of destruction and saving my life. However, I’m not special; this is God’s unwavering ability to forgive and see the potential in everyone. My story is a bold demonstration of this.”


To date, Dulinsky’s work has garnered rave reviews. Shelah comments, “These pages contain such a simple message that doesn't rub religious nonsense in your face, but takes what God says in his word about you and who you were created to be and encourages you to not give up on the process.”

Natalie adds, “This book is phenomenal. Simple and easy to read, but incredibly impactful. This book didn't just show me what I want to be or “could” be - it showed me who I am, and who God is currently in the process of making me; who I was destined to be and who I am becoming. It reveals who we truly are -our identity- according to God and shows the importance of truly knowing who He is and who we are in Christ.”

Book Readers Review


The description of the book His Masterpiece by Carl Dulinsky provides an excellent glimpse into the content. Readers will discover answers and ways to answer questions about the meaning of life, ‘Who am I’, ‘What is my purpose in life’.  Dulinsky directs us to seek and understand the greatness God has placed within each of us.  The message is simple and in no way preaching or pushing religion as the answer to all our problems.  I found this refreshing and encouraging.  

Carl has based the novel around his own life experiences and events that have changed his life.  This approach helps to put a realistic view to complex issues such as religion, morality, abuse, and many more.  I would highly recommend all to read and digest the ideas, concepts, and messages Put forward by Dulinsky.  I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
   
‘His Masterpiece: Discovering the Greatness Within’, published by Kudu Publishing, is available now: http://amzn.to/RqRVo2.

For more information, visit: http://crosswalkdp.com/hismasterpiece.html.


About the Author:

Carl Dulinsky is known for his passion and excitement to know God and make him known. He and his wife, Danielle, are the founders and directors of CrossWalk Discipleship Program, where young adults are trained and equipped to impact the world with the love and mercy of God. After a turbulent childhood that led to drug abuse and a prison term, Carl found freedom in Christ. He has been teaching the Word of God since 1998 and has been in full-time ministry since 2009. Carl and Danielle are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter, Moriah. They make their home in Northern California.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

An Officer’s Journey Through Guilt and Grief


Title: Vows to the Fallen
Author: Larry Laswell
Publisher: Marshell Publishing
Publication Date: August 14, 2015
Format: Paperback – 277 pages / eBook  / PDF
ISBN: 978-0986385322
Genre: Historical Fiction / Military / Sea Story

Book Description:
Vows to the Fallen
An Officer’s Journey Through Guilt and Grief
Another techno-thriller from the author of The Marathon Watch
August 9, 1942, 01:42 hours
USS Green on patrol off Red Beach, Guadalcanal
Bridge Officer: Lieutenant Patrick O’Toole
Lieutenant O’Toole’s goal is simple: someday he wants to become an admiral. But in a few moments, his life will change . . . forever. Yesterday, the marines stormed the beaches of Guadalcanal. Today, the Japanese Navy will strike back. The sudden and horrific carnage scars O’Toole for life and throws him into the abyss of survivor’s guilt and posttraumatic stress.
The Pacific War does not wait for O’Toole to heal. Duty calls, each new assignment brings more responsibility, and the roll call of the fallen grows. At the Battle of Mujatto Gulf, O’Toole faces a superior battle-hardened Japanese fleet and discovers the strength within him to climb from the abyss and find his true life’s mission. To the fallen, he vows never to abandon that mission no matter how high the cost.
Publication Date: August 14, 2015
 Pre-Order The Book: July 1, 2015!



Pump Up Your Book Tours is pleased to bring you Larry Laswell’s Vows to the Fallen, a historical fiction / military / sea story novel from July 15 – August 31, 2015.

About the Author

Larry Laswell served in the US Navy for eight years. In navy parlance, he was a mustang, someone who rose from the enlisted ranks to receive an officer’s commission. While enlisted, he was assigned to the USS John Marshall SSBN-611 (Gold Crew). After earning his commission, he served as main engines officer aboard the USS Intrepid CV-11. His last assignment was as a submarine warfare officer aboard the USS William M. Wood DD-715 while she was home ported in Elefsis, Greece.
In addition to writing, Larry, a retired CEO fills his spare time with woodworking and furniture design. He continues to work on The Marathon Watch series, an upcoming science fiction series titled The Ethosians, and an anthology of over eighty humorous sea stories titled A Ship-load of Sea Stories & 1 Fairy Tale.
You can visit Larry Laswell’s website at www.larrylaswell.com

Guest Post

Part of my inspiration for Vows to the Fallen is to explore various aspects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I discovered PTSD is a multifaceted challenge facing all service members.

In World War II, they called it shell shock, and the army’s primary focus was on the physical and emotional toll combat takes on a soldier. The horror of combat and the psychological stress of life-threatening danger stretch soldiers to the breaking point. However, humans are like rubber bands and are capable of snapping back after being stretched—that is, until we have been stretched so many times that there is no elasticity left. In World War II, when the elasticity was gone, men had the 1,000-yard stare; they became almost catatonic.

That is but one facet of PTSD. Modern warfare and training methods have created another. After World War II, General Marshall conducted a survey and discovered that only 25 percent of infantry soldiers had actually fired their weapons at the enemy. This was a startling discovery that the army saw as a problem. The army discovered that the fear of killing another human being was greater than the soldiers’ fear of death. It was universal, and it occurred on both sides of the battlefield. Up until the time of the study, soldiers had been trained to spot the enemy, deliberately take aim, and then fire. This gave the soldier time to think about what he was about to do.

To solve this problem, the army started training soldiers on simulated battlefields with pop-up targets and laser guns; training became a nonlethal contest or game. The objective of the training was to teach the soldiers to fire on reflex before conscious thought and conscience could intervene.

We can see the results of this training now. Once away from the battlefield, soldiers have time to think about what happened and the lives they have taken. Soldiers have been trained to kill without thought, but the military didn’t teach them how to think about killing. The problem is how soldiers should deal with the issues of morality, conscience, and guilt once they leave the battlefield. This is but one other facet of PTSD.

A third facet of PTSD, and the one I focus on in Vows to the Fallen, is what I call the burden of command. A good example of this is the internal battle Tom Hanks’s character in Saving Private Ryan fought. As an officer he had to look his men in the eye and give orders that he knew would lead some of them to their deaths. This filled him with self-doubt: “What if I had done things differently? Would more men have survived?” He also had to deal with his conscience: “How many men have my decisions killed?” In short, he was filled with guilt, grief, and self-doubt, none of which he could show to his men.

I set Vows to the Fallen aboard destroyers in the South Pacific during World War II. I touched on each of these facets but focused my exploration of PTSD on the burden of command shouldered by the lead character, O’Toole. O’Toole struggles with his guilt and grief and tries to make sense of his role in the war. He desperately searches for a positive purpose in his role as an officer. In the end, he finds that purpose in a surprising place—in the roll call of the fallen.
 
Connect with Larry Laswell:
Website: www.larrylaswell.com

Author Blog:  larrylaswell.com/blog
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Larry-Laswell/617630775025441

Twitter: https://twitter.com/larrylaswell
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6024856.Larry_Laswell