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It’s here! The long-awaited sequel to I Hate Walt!

Three years ago many readers complained at the conclusion of my previous book, I Hate Walt. I apologize to my disgruntled readers, and hopefully have redeemed myself.

I Hate Walt, too! takes place in the Denver, Colorado metro area. It is the continuing story of Mary Lou Stots, who miraculously survives a mortal wound to the heart. Mary Lou took a bullet for her nemesis, Walt Pederson. Alive and well, Walt now seeks to discover why Mary Lou saved him. Past actions cause his old acquaintances to declare “Mary Lou hates Walt and I hate Walt, too.” Who could love a monster like Walt Pederson? Will Walt Pederson ever change? Or will hate and arrogance follow him all the days of his life?

Meanwhile Mary Lou’s boyfriend, Bobby Porter, continues to be the center of frustration. Mary Lou has a difficult time making decisions and Bobby seems unrelenting. Will Bobby Porter ever back off? Mary Lou finds a new love interest. Is he the man God intended for her? Can Bobby compete with the son of a multi-millionaire?

Still shocked that she survived, Mary Lou strives to understand why God spared her. She struggles to find her purpose in life. A loved one dies and Mary Lou tells herself, surely there’s more to life than International Enterprises. What should she do now? What about love? What about Bobby? Can she forgive Walt? What happens next?

Will Mary Lou and Bobby ever find each other?

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“So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the Kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates” (1 Kings 11:11 NIV).

God made Solomon the richest and wisest man on earth. Yet in this verse we see that God is not pleased with Solomon’s attitude. As a young man, Solomon asked God for wisdom and God generously granted it. Chapter 4 tells us that Solomon spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He described plant life, from the cedars of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles, and fish. Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom. All the kings of the world became aware of how the Lord had blessed Solomon.

How much more can God favor a man? Solomon lived the life people only dream about. With an attitude of gratefulness he built the temple, following the Lord’s instructions to the letter. Then he built his own palace. Then he saw to the furnishings of the temple. After that, he brought the Ark of the Covenant to reside in the holy of holies within the temple walls.

The Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon. She had heard about him and wanted to meet him. She brought gifts and gold and he gave her gifts and gold. She did not go back to her own country empty handed. The whole world sought to meet with Solomon to hear what wisdom he would give them. He had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses. He made silver as common as stone. Everything in the palace was gold.

Gradually, something happened to Solomon. He forgot about his grateful attitude. He became greedy for foreign wives. God told him not to do this very thing because these women worshipped false gods. Instead of obeying God’s command not to intermarry with foreign women he married seven hundred women, many who worshipped foreign gods. He compromised and started worshipping additional gods. By now he was all about Solomon and tolerating the beliefs of his foreign wives. Perhaps he told himself it was necessary in order to keep the peace. We know peace-makers are blessed ― right?

Solomon was not just sinning, he was sinning against the God who had blessed him beyond what he could think or imagine. He had turned against God.

Soon after Solomon died, God split Israel. After that happened, the two kingdoms constantly fought against each other. The kingdom remained divided and dispersed until 1948, when Israel became an independent state. And this is something to think about. We are living in a time when Israel is united for the first time in 3000 years. God is all about Israel, the Jews are the tribe He uses to teach us how He wants us to live.

Let this be my attitude today. There is only one God. He is my Lord of Lords and King of Kings. May I cherish Him today and every day. I will not become greedy and compromise my beliefs to please others.

Dear Lord, give me an attitude of gratefulness and respect for the many blessings You have bestowed upon me. Every good and perfect gift comes down from Heaven. Thank You for sending the perfect gift of Jesus to save me. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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On May 11 I will speak at the Belleview Christian School Junior-Senior Banquet. The title of the presentation is, Writing Your Story. I look forward to an evening of celebration with the students and teachers from Belleview.

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