Tuesday, August 31, 2021

New Book Release - Book Love, An Early Chapter Book, by Lorilyn Roberts

 


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“Never again would I be bored. If I had a book, I had a friend. I could read whenever I wanted, and I didn’t even need a wire to plug my book into the wall.”

Such is the magical journey into the world of reading a young girl discovers after failing first grade.



Readers' Favorite 

Five
Star Review


Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Book Love is a work of fiction for children by Lorilyn Roberts. Everyone learns at a different pace. Some children learn to read very early, while others have difficulty learning to read until they’ve been in school for a few years. 

It’s said that some of the greatest minds in history didn’t learn to read until they were older, like Einstein, who didn’t learn to read until he was 9. 

A little girl in second grade is embarrassed when she is called upon to read out loud in front of the class. When she is told she has to take Grade 1 over again, she’s even more embarrassed. 

Gradually she develops her own reading skills, but it’s a day stuck at home sick in bed that introduces the many positive possibilities found in books. One story leads to another, and soon this little girl can’t stop reading – she’s found a passion for books.

Lorilyn Roberts’s early chapter book, Book Love, is a touching story about a little girl who struggles with reading. At first, embarrassed by her inability to read, this little girl hates books and everything books have to offer. As the plot evolves, the girl learns to read and gradually develops an interest in books. 

The story is told in simple language so a young reader, especially one struggling with reading, can sound out the words and learn to read as they realize that perhaps their problems with reading are not unique to them alone. 

The line drawings are sweet and add another dimension to the story. Young readers will instantly feel a bond with this little girl as everyone has their own struggles, whether with reading or something else. 

Beautifully and compassionately told by a masterful writer. 


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Lorilyn sharing books with children in Kathmandu, Nepal

I remember when I homeschooled my daughters how hard I searched for books to get my daughters excited about reading. With the new school year just beginning and many children lagging behind following a year of Covid challenges, Book Love will be a hit with school-age kids who struggle with reading. 

It's hard to overestimate how important reading is as a lifelong skill. Children develop analytical thinking from reading. Based on what I heard a famous general once say, my motto for Book Love is: Young readers become world leaders.

The pre-order price is 99¢ until September 16. The publication date on Amazon is September 17.

Book Love will be available on all book platforms and in bookstores through Ingram. By making it available as a preorder on Amazon, I want to give parents, teachers, and librarians an advanced opportunity to incorporate it into their educational curriculum for this year. Grade level will depend on the child, but I would say first grade (with help) through third grade (independent reader) would be most appropriate.


I'm also available for personal appearances at schools and homeschooling events in the North-Central Florida area. Please contact me at  authorLorilynRoberts@gmail.com to make arrangements.  

A short blurb from another Readers' Favorite reviewer:

Book Love is beautiful inside and out. Roberts uses a child to teach children the love of books and it works beautifully. This book is a must for elementary classrooms and libraries. I highly recommend Book Love by Lorilyn Roberts if you have a child wanting to learn to read.

-Joy Hannabass 

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Friday, August 27, 2021

You Aren't in Kansas Anymore: A Christian Satire on the Deplorable State of Affairs


You Aren’t in Kansas Anymore

A Christian Satire on the Deplorable State of Affairs

August 27, 2021

 

My Dear American Patriot,

I know you’re perplexed about the deplorable state of affairs and what in the world is happening. I want to reassure you, my friend, you are not in Kansas anymore. You will never go back to Kansas. Why would you want to go back to that cesspool when Trump was president, when America was energy independent, when the economy was thriving, when no one even knew what Critical Race Theory was, and before the rigged election? After all, we know Biden is our Commander in Chief. As they said, “Nothing here, move on.” 

Aren’t you glad nobody has been able to check those Dominion machines? I wouldn’t allow it—they are under my dominion. We needed everything in place for The New World Order. It will be even better than the famous novel Brave New World. By the way, I helped Aldous Huxley to write that book. He wrote it exactly as I instructed him, and look how famous he is. 

Population reduction has been going quite well. The blood of the babies offered to Molech gives me substantial supernatural power. Your utmost care is extremely important, my little messengers. Keep supporting me at the abortion clinics. I will repay you in kind on judgment day. Isn’t it nice to be on the winning side? We’ve made tremendous progress since we got rid of Number 45.

Now to more important things: Don’t let the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan concern you. The news media is lying to you about all those casualties. You know how they lie about everything. They rarely get anything correct, and this is their biggest blunder yet. Just keep your eyes on me; don’t look up. I control the powers that be in Washington. You need not concern yourself with matters so high and lofty. 

Don’t believe that things are getting better? Think about all the free money you’ve received since my cat’s paw landed in the office of the presidency. Many of you haven’t had to pay rent in months. Ah! An extended vacation. You say, "Keep this gravy train going." I say, "Let the government take care of you. You deserve it. Let’s make America great again. After all, the mantra is 'land of the free.' That should include free housing, free health insurance, and free food."


But back to the current state of affairs. I know many of you have been dismayed about forced vaccinations at your job and vaccine passports, the harbinger of war in the Middle East, and the terrible plight of illegal, dangerous people crossing the border into the country.

However, this is all necessary to discourage believers. We want them to join us. We must reeducate them about what’s really happening. We need to convince the recalcitrant that borders are evil. In due time, they will come around. Once they realize nobody is listening, they will shut up. Christians are like sheep. Eventually, they do what they are told. That’s what Christians do. 

Rest assured, we are gaining in strength, and we are growing in numbers. The stage is set for me to send my world leader on the scene, a man of fortresses, who will bring world peace. Once we kill off a significant portion of the population through every means at our fingertips, we will be able to rebuild and make the world a better place.

In the meantime, we need to destroy the U.S. Constitution. That document has caused more damage to the blacks, Latinos, and LGBTQ community than any other document in the history of humankind. The next presidential election should seal that deal. I thank my minions who put those secure voting machines in strategic locations. I expect to have complete dominion over all the countries that are members of the United Nations after the next U.S. presidential election. My chosen leader is already here setting up a one-world government. It’s my craftiness, my cunning, and my persuasion through deception that’s allowed the pieces to fall into place.


We must keep up the pressure on climate change. Population control will go a long way toward reducing carbon emissions, and we must reduce beef consumption. Cows produce too much flatulence and are a significant producer of the worst kind of pollution. Just get rid of the cows, which will take care of four percent of the greenhouse gases worldwide.

For this news cycle from my lofty position above the earth, here are my recommendations:


1.     Make sure you receive the Covid shot. In fact, make sure you receive all the booster shots that will soon follow. They are for your good. Fear is a good motivator. Keep scaring those who are resistant into compliance.  

2.     Follow all the guidelines from the CDC, NIH, and WHO. You know they have your best interest at heart. You know they wouldn’t recommend a vaccine that hadn’t undergone the rigors of proper testing. They would never compromise, would they? After all, they have no liability if someone dies from Covid, and if they have a financial interest, it’s not important. Nobody would care. We don’t have to tell the public about any of the adverse effects from the shot—that might scare people, and then they wouldn’t get the jab. Mind control is good. We don’t want to upset the masses. Why disappoint them? Tell them what they want to hear. If you say it enough times, they will believe you. Everyone hates bad news. Just give them the good news—the shot works. That’s all you have to say.

3.     Make sure you wear your mask. You wouldn’t want to infect your loved ones, would you? After all, the death rate is as high as 1% in people who are too old to be useful citizens. Again, just do the right thing. Wear your mask. Make your children wear a mask. You want them to be good, compliant citizens just like you when they grow up. You want to teach them to obey every law passed by Big Brother because that’s what good citizens do. Be a good role model; never question anything—that’s bad. Always trust the government. You know they care deeply about you and your family. Trust them with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

4.     Make sure you keep an eye on your neighbor, colleague, spouse, and cohort. We need to make sure everyone does what’s best for the country. If someone does not follow instructions, you need to report them to the authorities. We need to cancel those who distort the truth. If someone doesn’t comply, we may need to take bolder measures, like implement a social scorecard. I can vouch for the fact they have been very effective in China to force people into compliance. I’ll share more about that later. 

Remember, Big Brother is watching you. Be ready to embrace the new reality that is under construction even as we speak. You aren’t in Kansas anymore.


Signed by the Prince of the Air,

Lord Lucifer



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Seventh Dimension Series - Christian Fantasy by Lorilyn Roberts


Seventh Dimension Series





The Seventh Dimension Series Full Box Set includes The Door, The King, The Castle, The City, The Prescience, and The Howling. The Seventh Dimension Series has won over thirty book awards.

“Time is an illusion until God’s appointed time,” is the major theme based on A.W. Tozer’s quote in The Pursuit of God: “A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here waiting our response to His Presence. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.”

The two young protagonists, Shale Snyder, an American, and Daniel Sperling, an Israeli, meet in the seventh dimension—a reality outside of time. Their love for each other is conflicted over their opposing spiritual beliefs that seem irreconcilable.

The story covers many years as the young couple matures. The sixth book, The Howling, culminates with Biblical revelations concerning the future, Daniel’s missing father, and a startling surprise.

Allegory, foreshadowing, and symbolism are woven into the Seventh Dimension Series, and the heroism of the two protagonists is meant to inspire the reader.

Love and forgiveness are virtues that both protagonists must learn. The Seventh Dimension Series begins in Atlanta, Georgia, but quickly moves to Israel. The reader soon finds himself immersed in the first century, and stories from the life of Jesus Christ intersect the story plot outside of time. As the reader progresses through the books, he is exposed to many religions and worldviews, including Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism; and the young couple makes a memorable trip to heaven and hell.

Many relevant topics are addressed that young adults will have explored in school, among friends, or been exposed to through the media—evolution versus creationism, globalism versus nationalism, socialism versus capitalism, adoption versus abortion, and Christianity versus occultism. Spiritual warfare is a recurring theme, and there are talking animals, special gifts, and much more that I will let the reader discover for himself.

The protagonists are coming-of-age young adults, taken via supernatural stargates into the violent, unpredictable world of the seventh dimension. While I wrote this series for young adults, all readers will enjoy deeper, profound truths that can only be learned from a life well-lived.

An unexamined life can squander the opportunity to be redeemed. What a waste. My goal is to make the reader think, ask questions, and consider the most important question of all—where will he spend eternity? As noted above, the theme of the Seventh Dimension Series is: “Time is an illusion until God’s appointed time.” You may not have tomorrow. You only have today, this hour, this moment, this second…


Thursday, July 22, 2021

From Clueless to Extra Ham in Seven Months - Preparing for the Sabotage of the Internet and Survival in a Post-Christian World

 

My Ham Radio Call Sign is KO4LBS
 


What would happen if the Internet was to be taken down by enemy combatants? Or our trusty iPhones were rendered inoperable by malware? Maybe China pulls a fast one. Or what about Russia? It seems like everyone wants to blame Russia for everything. Did you notice Putin’s face when he conversed with Biden at their most recent meeting? What did his eyes tell you? Putin is not a dummy. Did you hear the audio recording of someone feeding Biden the answers to questions at the press conference before being removed from YouTube?

Or maybe it’s not China or Russia that wants to take us out. Maybe it’s Iran. I’d say several colorful countries around the world would love to see America brought to its knees.

When I was in Washington, D.C. on January 6—along with a million Trump supporters who protected our U.S. Capitol from an attack by Antifa and Black Lives Matter—it was impossible to access the Internet. That got me thinking, what if...and you can fill in the blank.

A conductor orchestrated the January 6 insurrection, and it wasn’t Trump or Trump supporters.

The Capitol was broken into before Trump finished his speech, and it was a 30-minute walk from the Whitehouse to Capitol Hill. Nobody knew anything had happened because there was no Internet. I also wondered where the police were. I guess they had better things to do than worry about an insurrection by people dressed in black banging on Capitol windows. I’m glad we had some heroes in the Trump crowd to take down those thugs. We sure didn’t have police.

I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. I thought Trump would be our next president. I’m glad I’m not a prophet. I guess I’d be out of a job. No, I’m just a daughter of the American Revolution witnessing our country go to hell in a handbasket. The reality is, we are just like all the other nations. The great ones throughout history have had a limited lifespan of around 200 years. Invading armies either destroyed them or those countries succumbed to internal collapse because of moral decay and depravity.

Will we survive as a nation? I have hope, and it’s rooted in my belief in a gracious, merciful God who is also a Righteous King. God has not destined His Church (Bride) to wrath. Therefore, I believe Scripture points to a pre-tribulation rapture. However, Jesus talked a lot about the “beginning of sorrows” before the Day of the Lord. The only way America will survive as a nation is if we ask God for forgiveness, repent of our sins nationally, and forge a new path based on Biblical principles.

Unless we do that, our days are numbered. They must be. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the United States is in trouble, and we don’t have a national leader right now who has the fortitude to stand up to the far left. We had that person in Trump. But anyone who tries to turn our nation back to what our Founding Fathers envisioned, based on the Bible, knows they will be canceled. There is only one thing left to do—destroy our Constitution. 

We no longer have election integrity. We have a government that is systematically taking away our freedoms, and Big Brother is increasingly watching every move we make with the help of artificial intelligence. Scientists frame it in the context of convenience and innovation. Have you noticed how Siri and Alexa help you to be lazy? These robotic voices listen to what you say. They make you dependent on them once you start using them, and they give you the information they want you to trust. It may or may not be accurate. It’s censored data.

So, without a repentant spirit, our nation goes caput. Do you have food stored up? Do you have a water source you can tap into? Do you have alternative energy available? Could you live for a while without going to the store for supplies, like toilet paper and dishwashing soap? 

I think everyone should own a gun and know how to use it. That was my gift for my birthday last year. I never thought I would need one. I figured I’d call 911, and the police would come to my house immediately. That’s what I used to think until I captioned a news broadcast last year in Orange County, California. Rioters were breaking into stores, stealing commerce, and in the process destroying buildings. The police looked on and did nothing.


We are entering the days of trials and tribulations spoken of in the Bible. War is coming to the Middle East, and I believe our freedoms will become more restricted. Christians are being canceled, and division in families seems the norm now rather than the exception. 

I decided that I needed another way to stay in touch if the Internet went down or my phone was useless. Don’t think that can happen? I used to have landlines until they quit working. AT&T wouldn’t service them. Things you never thought imaginable are happening. I keep telling myself I can’t be surprised anymore by anything, but then I am when something happens that seemed unimaginable only a couple of years ago. 

Don’t believe for an instant that Covid is going away. It’s not. In fact, I believe the Covid-19 pandemic is a manufactured event by the pharmaceutical companies and specifically Fauci at the CDC.




Pastor Steve Cioccolanti has made the statement he believes the rider on the white horse mentioned in the Book of Revelation is Fauci. He said this a year ago. Could he be right? Time will tell, but I’m not dismissing it. 

Doctors and pharma reps wear white. The Latin word “corona” means crown. This “plandemic” has affected the entire world, and it’s subjugating people. If you don’t wear a mask, you can’t travel. The Book of Revelation talks about a mark. Is there any correlation? Again, only time will tell. But it seems to me like limiting our freedom of movement if we don’t wear a mask could be a prelude to upcoming events.

There is only a one-letter difference in the words “mark” and mask.” The distinguishing “mark” of the future world leader will be his demand for the worship of his image. To separate those who will worship him from those who won’t, that identifying mark on the head or hand will be the symbol to show compliance or martyrdom. 

In the Bible, pharmakeia carried with it the idea of sorcery, occultism, and black magic. It is in this sense that Paul used the term in Galatians 5.20 as the word “witchcraft.” In Rev. 9:21 & 18:23 it is translated “sorceries.”[i]

I want one thing: I want freedom. I don’t want someone telling me I have to take a jab that I don’t want. I don’t want someone listening to my phone conversations or prying into my personal life through A.I. I don’t want my tweets censored or my Facebook posts removed by twits who think they know more than I do. Don’t silence me because you think I’m writing something offensive. Someone died to give me that right. In fact, thousands of Americans have been killed over the last 200 years, so that we have the freedom to point out the elephant in the room or to say the emperor has no clothes. If it weren’t so serious, it would be humorous. But no one is laughing because it’s not funny. It’s scary.

It begs the question, what can we do? While it might seem insignificant, the most important thing Christians can do is pray. And pray some more. God never tires of us communing with Him. And keep looking up, knowing that the devil is working overtime because he knows his time is short. Satan will attack anyone who is vulnerable. We must protect ourselves spiritually. We must claim the name of Jesus to put a wedge between ourselves and the world. Only then can we be wise. Wisdom comes from God and God alone. 

Jesus said, “Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda]” Matthew 10:15 (AMP).


So, what does all of this have to do with my becoming a ham radio operator? There is a connection. The simple fact is, I don’t trust our government. I don’t trust any government. I can now communicate with anyone around the world. There is no way any government in any country can control all the airwaves because virtually every country uses them on the planet.

It’s one tool in my arsenal. On a broader scale, we need to think about what we need to survive. Suppose China took over? Say goodbye to those checks Washington has doled out over the last eighteen months. Get over it. Our government wants to make us dependent on them. Be dependent on yourself and not on the government. Almost always, unless it’s in the context of Biblical grace, whenever someone gives you something for free, there is a catch.

The folks in Washington have one agenda: Total control. Why? Because they have sold their souls for greed, power, perversion—you name it. Dare I say it? Ninety-nine percent of political pundits care nothing about you or me. They care about their egos. They have enriched themselves at the expense of the people who pay their exorbitant salaries through taxes.

Why do you think the political leaders and the world’s elitists hate Trump so much? Why do you think 90 percent of the media speaks the same narrative? Whatever happened to divergent opinions that aren’t driven by political insiders? All the major news outlets in the United States are owned by a handful of companies pushing a globalist agenda, and globalists want power. They want a one-world government. It seems like I’ve read that prophetic statement in the most popular book ever written: The Bible.

If you don’t believe the media is lying about Covid-19, about curative treatments, about what happened in Washington D.C. on “Insurrection Day,” wise up. Ask God to open your eyes. Pray for yourself, your family, your neighborhood, your city, and your country. God is on the side of truth. Whose side are you on?

Forgive my ranting, but somebody needs to rant. If it’s not me, God will call on somebody else to do it. We need a few people to get voicy about the things that matter to God. Gone is the time to be agreeable. There is nothing agreeable about socialism or communism. Big Brother wants to own you.

Make sure you have several months’ food supply on hand. Have a resource for bartering, like silver. Purchase the silver that’s referred to as “legal tender.” Don’t rely on the greenback. Its days are numbered. You can’t continue to print money and dole it out and expect it to retain any value. 

Get your radio technician’s license and preferably your general radio license so you aren’t dependent on the Internet for all your information. Whatever information you get on the web will continue to be censored.

And those 5-G towers, the phone company will tell you to upgrade your phone to use them. They will tell you how awesome 5-G is, like you can use it to control your lights, feed the dog, wash your dishes, start your coffee—yes, what an amazing world we live in when we need those props to exist. I watched a ten-minute video on the virtues of 5-G. If you want to be a lazy person, then go for it. Let those A.I.s invade your home and take control of your life. Become a puppet of the strings of convenience. Know that comfort comes with a price. Big Brother is watching you.

I heard Pastor Billy Crone make an interesting reference to something Jesus said in the Olivet Discourse.

Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house (Matthew 24:17 NIV).



What a strange thing for Jesus to say. Why not go back to your house? Is there a backdoor to that T.V. set in your living room, your iPhone, and all those 5-G devices? Could drones be swirling overhead to take you out? Why would someone be standing on their housetop anyway? Could it be to scan the sky to see if the government’s drones are spying on you? That’s what they do in China.

The fact is, you and I are being watched. Big Brother knows what you are doing all the time. To take it one step further, with 5-G, there will be no limit to the government’s control. Medical passports are coming. The government will require you to have a Covid vaccine to travel. Probably it will be indirect control.

The folks at the top of the food chain will pass the directive on to companies to implement, like the airline industry, the cruise lines, and maybe to conduct transactions like buying a car. Imagine a car that can smell your breath to determine if you’ve taken the vaccine. No vaccine, your car won’t start. The government needs companies and A.I to implement their nefarious agenda. None of this is by coincidence. 

I’m only scratching the surface. I could say more. Don’t dither around wondering where to start. Just get started. You must enter the mindset that you need to prepare yourself for war. It’s that simple. And remember, China wants our resources. They want Silicon Valley, our entertainment industry, agricultural lands, and infrastructure. They don’t want to blow us to bits. They will take us over through stealth and not with nuclear missiles. Those missiles will land in the Middle East. The Ezekiel War could happen at any time. Read Ezekiel 38 and 39. God wrote it three thousand years ago.

Ham radio is a healthy and simple way to make sure you stay in contact with those you love and with folks around the world. It’s not hard to learn, and it’s been around a long time. There are thousands of hams in the United States. And I’m sure other countries have many as well. Take a class online; I took all three tests for the three radio licenses online and passed them on the first try. When I began the journey in January 2021, I didn’t know the first thing about ham radio. 

My advice: Avail yourself of every opportunity to be self-sufficient. You don’t need to be paranoid. You need to be, as Jesus said, as harmless as doves and as wise as serpents. Be prepared for the unexpected, and don’t believe everything you hear. Avail yourself of independent sources for information. Most importantly, keep looking up. Trust God. He’s got this!



“So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near”(Luke 21:28 NLT).

If you don’t remember anything else I’ve written here, remember this: Jesus is coming soon. Don’t leave earth without Him.

Friday, June 18, 2021

DR. BRET WEINSTEIN: How to Save the World in Three Easy Steps


 


PLEASE WATCH IMMEDIATELY BEFORE IT'S CENSORED.



Dr. Robert Malone is the inventor of mRNA Vaccine technology.
Mr. Steve Kirsch is a serial entrepreneur who has been researching adverse reactions to COVID vaccines.
Dr. Bret Weinstein is an evolutionary biologist.


Bret talks to Robert and Steve about the pandemic, treatment and the COVID vaccines.


Bret's Twitter: https://twitter.com/bretweinstein


Steve's paper on COVID vaccine reactions:https://trialsitenews.com/should-you-get-vaccinated/

Steve's Twitter: https://twitter.com/stkirsch

COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund: https://www.treatearly.org/team/steve-kirsch

Dr. Malone's website: https://www.rwmalonemd.com/mrna-vaccine-inventor


Robert's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rwmalonemd
Robert's Twitter: https://twitter.com/RWMaloneMD





Saturday, June 5, 2021

Chapter One from Seventh Dimension - The King, Book 2 in the Seventh Dimension Series, by Lorilyn Roberts






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ISBN Number 978-0996532235

2014 Literary Classics Book Awards Winner for faith-based YA fiction 
Finalist in the 2014 USA Book Awards for religious fiction
Winner in 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards for spirituality
Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards.
Silver winner in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards for YA
Finalist (fifth) in the 2015 Best Indie Book Award for YA fiction

After a series of devastating events, Daniel Sperling, a gifted seventeen-year-old Israeli boy, becomes the focus of a wager between good and evil. Marked by one, he travels to first-century Israel and meets a doctor who becomes his mentor.

When he unwittingly makes a pact with the devil and the girl he loves is betrothed to another, his life takes a different course, until his eyes are opened. 

Trapped in the seventh dimension, how far will God go to save him?





EXCERPT FROM 

CHAPTER ONE 

SEVENTH DIMENSION – THE KING

A YOUNG ADULT FANTASY

 

SECOND BOOK IN THE AWARD-WINNING SERIES

 

DEATH

 

“Please, God, don’t let him die!” I cried.

General Goren’s face turned blue as the medic and nurse rushed into the room.

The nurse barked orders. “Start chest compressions. One, two, three, four—” seconds passed.

“No pulse,” the medic said.

After applying gel, the nurse placed the defibrillator pads on his bare chest.

“All clear,” she yelled.

We stepped back and waited.

The heart monitor remained flat.



“Again,” the medic said.

On the second attempt, General Goren’s eyes fluttered open.

A faint hope stirred in the room.

The death cat stood in the doorway. The nursing home mascot had never been wrong—maybe just this once. I wanted to yell at the cat to go away.

“Daniel,” a voice said faintly.

I leaned over and squeezed the General’s hand. “Yes, I am here.”

His eyes met mine. I drew nearer, avoiding the wires leading to the equipment. His breathing was labored. I was thankful the nurse and medic didn’t insist I leave.

“There is something I need to tell you,” he said faintly.

I shook my head. “No, save your energy. You don’t need to tell me now.”

“I must,” he pleaded. “You must know.”

I glanced at the medic and nurse. He was in no condition to talk. “Know—what?”

He squeezed my hand reassuringly. “You saved my life at Synagogue Hall.”

“What?” The man must be hallucinating.

The General continued. “May 1948—hospital in Jewish Quarter.”

“No. It was someone else. I’m Daniel Sperling, son of Aviv, a volunteer at the Beth Hillel Nursing Home. I’m seventeen years old.” 

“Let him talk,” said the medic. He lowered his voice, “In case he dies.”

“Don’t say that,” I whispered.

The cat stood in the doorway—watching.

General Goren pulled me closer. “No, Son. It was you. They carried me in on a stretcher. I had a collapsed lung. The Arabs had burned everything but the hospital. The flames—cries of children—horrible. Mothers and fathers—all gone. The children—” he stopped, unable to continue.

I reassured him. “You did the best you could. Everyone did.”

General Goren flinched. “Dr. Laufer and Dr. Riss had a flashlight. Nurse Tzviah tried—” his voice cracked again. “I told them not to waste any more time on me, to help the others.”

I’d never heard this story. The war hero rarely talked about those weeks in Jerusalem. Despite his success many years later, he apparently never forgot that night.

“The reinforcements didn’t arrive in time. We held out as long as we could.”

“Forgive yourself.”

Tears welled up and he coughed. His eyes stared and the medic shocked him again.

“We have a heartbeat, a faint one,” the nurse said.

Should I leave so he could save his strength or stay and let him finish?

General Goren said, “I must tell you this before I’m gone.”

“I’m listening.”

The room became quiet. The only sound was his weak, raspy voice.

“You had a scar on your forehead. You walked over and touched me. The pain left. I cried out to the nurse—I wanted to know who you were—but you were gone.”

My hero had mistaken me for someone else.

“Thank you for saving my life,” the General said. “I didn’t tell you before because I didn’t think you would believe me.”

I squeezed his hand.

“God has great plans for you. You’re an angel.” The old man stopped breathing.

“He’s gone,” said the medic.

We checked the monitor. The war hero who had survived so many battles was no longer with us.

I ran out the door, tripping over the cat. I stopped and turned to face the poor creature. “Sorry,” I muttered.

His gray eyes stared into space, but the cat’s purrs reached my ears. 

I reached down and picked him up. Stroking his head gently, I leaned over and kissed him. Couldn’t the blind animal have been wrong just this once?

 

 

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