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Reflections: Prayers from the Heart of a 14 Year Old Boy

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    Michael Alexander Beas(Author)

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#1 AMAZON BEST SELLER in CHRISTIAN YOUTH MINISTRY (April, 11 2014) #1 AMAZON BEST SELLER in MEDITATION (April, 13 2014)Elevation to the highest inspiration!"Young and old alike are sure to find encouragement within the pages of this easy to read book that deals with issues that we all struggle with daily. Written in a style that sort of reminded me of a journal of spiritual growth, it would honestly make a wonderful daily devotional." Readers Favorite -"This isn't a book just for young, this is a book for all. One of the great things I truly enjoyed about it was, you can drop into it any place and find a prayer of encouragement." Thomas A. -"I have found so many prayers I will call on in my weakest moments in this lovely compilation. Awesome!" Chloe Halston -"Reading the prayers in this book brought a sense of calming and peace to me. I will be re-reading this book many times over."Beverly Clark -Reflections: Prayers from the Heart of a 14 Year Old Boy, in many ways, is a mirror image of my life. I wrote these prayers when I was a young adult growing up in Miami. As with any big city, drugs, sex and violence were part of everyday life.Becoming a teenager in our ever-changing world is a challenge for parents and children alike. In many ways, both are trying to discover each other and, above all, themselves. Temptation and evil is everywhere, and without a solid foundation of God and morality, everything can rapidly spin out of control.I was blessed to have gotten to know God at an early age. I went to youth groups, retreats, and helped out at our local church, where I also attended school. Everything changed when I became a freshman in high school. Morality and fun collided. Girls, parties, hangouts, fitting in, and everything else that goes with growing up began to take root.This collection of prayers is a reflection of those thoughts and experiences. They helped me come closer to God when the world around me was telling me to run in the opposite direction. I hope and pray they give you guidance and help bring you closer to God.

Michael Alexander Beas holds an associate’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business management, none of which has anything to do with writing novels. He spent over a dozen years working in banking, telecommunications, and commercial insurance. In those industries, he dedicated the bulk of his time to selling products and services to customers. He has always enjoyed writing, but busy schedules never gave him the time needed to follow the dream of completing a novel. Then one day, life gave him the opportunity to fulfill that dream. Beas lives in Waxhaw, N.C. with his family.For Author Information Visit:

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  • PDF | 36 pages
  • Michael Alexander Beas(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (1 April 2014)
  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Peaceseeker on 2 June 2014

    That is an important question, and this is an important book. It will mean different things to different people.God is very real to the 14 year old boy who wrote down these “prayers”. He sees Him, and is convinced he can be heard by Him. He feels His touch...“Give me the child for the first seven years and I will show you the man”. One senses the all-pervasive pressure on a sensitive soul of that vigorous evangelical Christian upbringing throughout childhood. I am reminded of Othello’s epitaph: that he was one who loved not wisely, but too well…At this point – still only in his second teenage year – our young author is striving to be on the best of personal terms with this awesome figment of his community’s collective imagination. At the same time of course, he must also be aware of what a splendid example he is setting to the more carefree teenagers around him. At the very least he must surely be earning the approbation of the elders who have so scrupulously educated him in the ways of The Lord.He is clear that a number of his thoughts and feelings as a growing boy are ‘sinful’ and is eager that his God should know he already understands that about himself. Why was I not surprised when I came to the passage wherein he asks his God to mend his broken heart? My heart goes out to this kid for taking the sins of the world on his shoulders.“Despite everything I am going through and facing…” Is his God testing him with these tribulations? I am always fascinated by the way Christians (and Theists in general) square this circle. They are trials of course, constructed by their Lord just for them. Such trials apparently make you stronger. I remember many years ago reading a novel by a Jewish writer in which one of the characters said something like: “Thank God for Louis Karp. Without him, my life would be too easy.”Interestingly, a little over half way through, the “prayers” become mini sermons. He isn’t only talking to God, but to those around him: instructing them in the way to the light. This is a boy who goes into empty churches to be at one with his God in every sense of the word. He asks Him to show errant souls the way, but in writing these prayers down he is taking it upon himself to show us the way on God’s behalf. That, of course, is part of the brief.Without this personification of morality and righteousness he is nothing; so it must follow that all those who do not share his vision must be in grave danger of being nothing. Better to throw your inkhorn at the devil than that you should not be able to see him lurking in the corner, ready at all times to tempt you with the sins of… well, you name it, really.More structured thinking and writing is emerging by the prayer entitled “The Joys of Giving” which begins with a quotation from Mother Teresa and goes in quite a structured way through the pattern of thoughts which drive him (and, he hopes, us) to the conclusion that she was, of course, right. Subsequent prayers begin with quotations providing proof – if anyone needed it – that this lad knows his Bible.“My precious Father, why, oh why, have I drifted so far away from you?” he asks. I find that hard to believe, but then there are quite a lot of things I find hard to believe. However, I do believe most potently in the power of indoctrination, which for me is what makes this short book so fascinating.“Why am I worried all the time?” he asks. Your heart goes out to the young pilgrim in his progress. I want to tell him about John Bunyan’s “scrupulosity” and make him aware of “a form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), in which the person experiences prolonged anxiety-causing thoughts that result in excessive anxiety-relieving compulsions. Scrupulosity sufferers [it says on the internet] experience obsessive thoughts about sin and condemnation to the point where some will go to extreme measures to alleviate their fear of God’s punishment” or their sense of their own unworthiness.I recommend this book without reservation. There is much to be learned from it. What you choose to learn, of course, is up to you.

  • By Julius Salisbury on 7 May 2014

    Whether you are Christian, atheist or wandering between, this is a touching, thoughtful book which will take you back to the mindstate of adolescence in a celebratory way. It recalls that time of life when you were struggling hard to do the right thing while you were also just trying to find your feet.The zest of youth and its need for guidance are writ large between the lines, and while this book does not appear to have any evangelical ambitions, it demonstrates that a moral Christian frame of reference offers answers which will let a young man flourish and enjoy himself in a secular world, whilst remaining sane and safe.It's atmospheric and thought-provoking whatever your age or faith, because so much of Beas poetry is about loading on personal responsibility and relishing it. With God onside, it's natural as breathing - this is a testament to the comfort and power of faith.Comment Comment ; Permalink

  • By J. Eidemak on 9 May 2014

    I was recommended by an important business associate, the book REFLECTIONS by Michael Alexander Beas.A book of prayer, was definitely not the first on my reading list, so it was with a rather negative attitude, I started reading this book.Yes, as you might guess I got surprised and fascinated with this intelligent and down to earth writing, by someone who deeply feel, he has a story to tell and a heartfelt message to bring.With interest I will now start on STRUMP, another book by Michael Alexander Beas.Take a few hours off and enjoy it.

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