“Never Surrender Your Soul” is a synopsis of Brian Michael Good’s life struggles and triumphs, meant to encourage struggling individuals make sense of the world and find hope to live a meaningful life. The book explains how the author was able to rise from the ashes of defeat to live a successful and rewarding life and feel peace and contentment. Brian’s spiritual and lifestyle insights provide the truth and inspiration individuals need for creating significant life changes. The title reflects the heart of the book, as the author beseeches the reader to consider areas of life that can weigh them down, such as hardship, fear, and depression, which can drive them to give up their soul – their very ticket to the afterlife. Decide to keep your ticket to the afterlife by never surrendering your soul. This book will show you how!
Publisher: Big Bang Publishing
Publication Date: December 29, 2014
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Print Length: 104 pages
Paperback Price: $8.00
Kindle Price: $2.99
Amazon Paperback: Paperback
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian Michael Good is a self-made man. He has lived a life buffeted by character-altering hurricanes. His life storms began in his trauma-filled childhood within his dysfunctional family.
He survived childhood verbal, physical, and sexual abuse; the death of two siblings; the stigma of being homeless – not once, but three times; two bankruptcies; a six-pound cancer that was doubling every two months; a near-fatal suicide attempt in 2003; the death of his best friend; three divorces; and the rejection of his only daughter.
How can one man encounter so many hurricanes, survive them, learn from them, and then strive to make the world a better place? This was the question Brian asked himself that led to “Never Surrender Your Soul.”
SURRENDERING YOUR SOUL
We are taught to nurture the health of our body, mind, and soul; often they are neglected. While our health declines as each year passes, we value our soul more knowing that it is all that will remain.
We are born with free will, a soul, and a ticket to the afterlife. Your soul comes with a passport and visa with a destination of the afterlife. Your passport is your free will, which allows you to choose your belief system. You should nurture your belief system (your visa) as a mother nurtures an infant. It is best to choose a belief system that allows you to be fair-minded and even-handed. Be aware you may lose your visa based on the belief system you choose, making your ticket to the afterlife with your soul unable to reach your desired destination. Your ticket to the afterlife is your soul. Decide to keep your ticket to the afterlife by never surrendering your soul and count yourself a survivor.
If you surrender your visa, making your passport useless and thus your ticket to the afterlife worthless, one may not make it to the afterlife except for Weshemehe [my universal word for “God”] of second chances.
Reincarnation is a possibility. Even if one could prove reincarnation to be true, each life of reincarnation would most likely get substantially harder… especially if you kill, die by suicide, steal, or take someone’s free will. If you screwed up in a lifetime and surrendered your soul in your present life, you have until your last breath to meet your true destiny. A true destiny must be met without greed or thirst for money. It must be unselfish and spiritual in nature, only then will Weshemehe consider giving you a second chance.
There is always a choice. What you choose today, you live with tomorrow. We will all be accountable for how we live our lives. We may be judged on what we could have done when you had a moral obligation to help someone in need. You have free will. It is your choice.
Modern society sets the benchmark for eternal life far lower than it has ever truly been because our morals have lapsed and yet we still want a feel-good comfort about death and the afterlife even though we have morally failed. The moment you feel you are saved, it may put you in a comfort zone where you forfeit your ticket to the afterlife by surrendering your soul with complacency. Most of us fail when we are judged by Weshemehe because we did not respect, but rather judged others, even when we have evoked Weshemehe’s name or our Bible of Faith as the basis for our judgement or treatment of others.
Believing that Weshemehe will provide does not happen unless you work hard to get what you want. Hoping for a miracle is the same as hoping to win the lottery or hoping to receive an entitlement. Hoping for an entitlement is not what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt meant during his “Four Freedoms Speech” in his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941: “The freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear.” “Freedom from want,” means you have the responsibility to provide for your own needs and the free will to pursue the occupation of your choice. Often “freedom of want” is achieved with stable and enduring relationships, education, hard work, sacrifice, and by saving a portion of your earnings. Weshemehe rewards those who believe in their ability to help themselves with an honest day’s work. That is the difference between having hope and hoping.
Allow me to offer a pearl of wisdom. Authority, control, and wealth come with great responsibility. Weshemehe expects major shareholders and management to pay honest wages for an honest day’s work. Greed does not give you any reward in the afterlife. You have already taken more than your fair share.
Illicit drug abuse, synthetic drugs, distracted driving, drunk driving, binge drinking, and overdosing when you didn’t take prescription drugs as instructed is playing Russian roulette. In each case you knew there was a chance that the shot you were about to take could cause your death. It was your decision to insert the needle into your body and take the shot of drugs that killed you. It was your choice to shoot shots of alcohol and the binge drinking that lead to your drunk driving death. It was your decision to take more than the normal dose of prescription drugs that would cause you to die from your drug overdose. Just as it was your decision to place, the muzzle against your head and pull the trigger of the gun that shot the bullet that killed you; in each case, you took your life and died by suicide.
Death by suicide includes any irresponsible, dangerous, or reckless behavior that causes your premature death; except for dangerous situations, someone may encounter in the military, public service, occupation, sports activity or an unavoidable accident.
I have compassion for people who choose (free will) death-with-dignity under a doctor’s supervision for terminal illnesses that would inflict pain and suffering that most people would find unimaginable. My reasoning is that if an astronaut running out of air, or about to be burned up in the atmosphere in their spacesuit, they would be allowed to crack their cyanide pill and die. I cannot fault a soldier who heroically dies by suicide by falling on a grenade to save the lives of his/her fellow soldiers. Anyone’s decision to die by suicide under a doctor’s supervision to avoid medical symptoms before they became too severe may be justifiable because of free will and compassion. Yet, many people with terminal illness choose to die a natural death even if the pain is unbearable. We should be able to die well but most of all we should do our Best to Live.
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