Today’s Pondering~Making friends and Influencing People

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Since I’ve added a few hundred friends on Facebook during the past week, I feel like I should re-introduce myself here as well. I’m Rebecca Benston, and I’m an author and publisher. I own Higher Ground Books & Media, an independent publishing company located in Springfield, OH. We have over 50 authors and about 125 titles in circulation. Many are also on audio through Audible and iTunes. I use my Facebook page to stay connected with friends and family and to connect with new friends that I might not otherwise meet, if it weren’t for social media.

I’m a Christian first, and a Conservative, truth-seeker. I don’t believe everything I’m told and I’m not likely to bend under pressure. I recently started a new imprint under Higher Ground Books & Media called Bulletproof Books and I’m hoping to start publishing more books under that imprint that are focused on traditional American values and the stories that made our country great. I’m hoping to see more stories like the stories I grew up with; like the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, biographies about people like Annie Oakley, and real accounts of events that embrace the American spirit. I believe that stories should showcase our differences and how we use our God-given skills and abilities to overcome challenges and build toward a better life.

Higher Ground has published a number of stories about faith, overcoming addiction, mental health challenges, and recovering from all forms of abuse. We publish books that are meant to be used as resources in ministry and in healing. Bulletproof Books will focus on the ideals of patriotism and love of country. Hopefully, these two will compliment one another and provide resources that will reignite your passion for living a good life.

If you don’t know me personally, you might draw some conclusions about what type of person I am by picking out words in my posts that the media has used to condition the masses and fuel division among people who have different viewpoints. If that’s the case, that’s fine with me. But we need to stop judging the book by its cover (pardon the pun). God made us to be so much more than what a closed mind can see. Be willing to see the other side before you label someone as being bad or good. There is often a whole lot more going on than meets the eye and you could be missing out on a ton of blessings by deciding to hate what you don’t understand.

I’ve had the privilege of learning, working, and spending time with a number of wonderful people over the course of my life. We don’t all share the same beliefs. We don’t share the same lifestyles. But, I’m hoping that during the time that I’ve known you, you have learned enough about me to know what kind of person I am and why I believe the way I believe. While I may not agree with you on every point, if I’m your friend, I didn’t have a checklist that I followed when I made the decision to be your friend. And unless you are blatantly disrespectful or abusive to me or my family, I will likely always consider you a friend and a fellow child of God, even if you decide you don’t really like me all that much.

That’s really all there is to it.

So, for new friends that I’ve just met, I look forward to empowering and encouraging you when I can. And I look forward to learning more through reading your posts. For my old friends, I always look forward to seeing what you’re up to and cheering you on whenever possible. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?