Throughout Scripture, the children of Israel recounted God's goodness by bringing them out of Israel and performing miracles. So bear with me as I recount an important milestone on June 1, thank God for His goodness and announce my newest book, God and Cancel Culture, which I just finished.
It was on June 1, 1975, that I started working on the first issue of Charisma. I was a 24-year-old newspaper reporter who published the magazine for a large church in Orlando. Six years later we became independent and started what is now Charisma Media, also on June 1, in 1981. That was 40 years ago today.
If you've followed Charisma magazine over the years, you know that we have often done something special on our anniversary usually on years divided by five or 10. At different times we've put out special magazine issues, hosted banquets and even once a TV special on TBN. But we're doing none of that this year. Instead, I'm "celebrating" by sharing my thoughts here.
My vision over the years has been to encourage people to experience the power of the Spirit. First it was only through Charisma, but as the Lord opened doors (and as we perceived there was a need in the body of Christ) we've published eight different magazines as well as produced the Modern English Version of the Bible and more than 2,000 books, 17 of which sold enough copies to be on the New York Times bestseller list.
Today by God's grace, Charisma Media is thriving. As technology has changed the publishing industry, the company has launched many digital products, including the Charisma Podcast Network, which in mid-2021 had 65 million downloads, and an audio version of Charisma. Its newest venture is Charisma Plus, a versatile streaming platform to communicate "the power of the Holy Spirit" in a new way to a new generation.
In the past few years I've written several books myself. In fact, just today I finished the final edit for my newest book, God and Cancel Culture. It deals with how dangerous this new tendency on cancel culture is to our very way of life and to our religious freedoms. It's about much more than someone losing their Twitter account. It's about anti-Christian forces trying to cancel the biblical perspective from our national life.
On the day after we celebrated Memorial Day and how millions have given their lives to preserve our freedoms, I am preparing to sound the alarm through my new book on how each of us must take up the battle, not with guns, but by boldly raising our voices to push back against the cancel culture before it's too late. Standing strong for biblical truth is only possible if we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
My new book, which releases Sept. 7, the day after Labor Day, is about why it is happening and where it may be taking us. God and Cancel Culture speaks profoundly and prophetically about where America is spiritually and culturally—and what the future holds for society, the church and each of us personally. I document how the push toward cancel culture is part of a bigger effort toward shifting our country to accept leftism and eventually communism.
Even your health is at stake. Cancel culture is trying to silence the voices of those warning against blindly taking the COVID vaccine, which some are saying is unsafe. This culture is even attempting to silence those who advocate COVID treatments that are not in line with what Big Pharma is trying to push.
Many Americans, including Christians and other conservatives, barely recognize what's hitting them. I pray my book will help provide answers. In a way, I believe this is the most important book I've written. To get out the word, I've started a new podcast with the same title: God and Cancel Culture. The new podcast will include, over time, the 22 Strang Report podcasts I used in the book, which were actual interviews with leaders who help me put this problem into perspective. Each podcast includes a great deal of information I was not able to include in the book itself.
This article is my first announcement of the new podcast I'm creating because I believe there is a separate audience beyond those who listen to my daily Strang Report podcast.
I hope you'll listen on any podcast platform. I find it easiest to listen on our new Charisma Plus app or directly on charismapodcastnetwork.com.
Even though the book is not out until after Labor Day, you can pre-order it now on amazon.com. You can search on amazon.com either for Stephen Strang books or for God and Cancel Culture. They will charge you and send the book on its release date, Sept. 7, 2021. You can also find the book at my own website, stevestrangbooks.com. Thanks in advance for your pre-order.
The call God has on my life is more than my just selling a few more books, and it's certainly not about me being an important author. However, because I believe strongly in the message of this book, I'm trying to get the word out to my newsletter readers (and now listeners).
Thank you for your help in getting out the word by sharing this article and podcast and doing what you can to stand strong against cancel culture before it's too late.
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