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Date Night Disaster

Ryan Eidson  —  October 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

The following is an excerpt from my book, A Couple with Common Cents, from the chapter titled “Date Night Disaster”.

“Debt will always be part of life!” Jack said as he dropped his fork on his plate. Some of the people at adjacent tables in the restaurant gave Jack a look because he had raised his voice.Tab looked down at her plate. She knew this date night dinner did not get off to a good start.

Jack lowered his voice and continued, “I have seen debt my whole life, and I’m used to it. My father has always carried an operating loan on his farm so that he could keep the farm running in order to feed us.

“So you’re telling me that you want to change what we’ve done all these years just because of what one woman said at the conference last weekend?”

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“relative calm holds sway” photo by flickr user: emdot | cc by 2.0

“Jack, listen to me. I’ve tried to tell you for several months about our lack of funds. What I saw last weekend were several other families in the same situation as us, and the hope that it doesn’t have to continue being like this.”

“I don’t see any reason to change what we’re doing. We have a place to live, there’s plenty of food to eat, and our kids seem to be happy. I’m happy. So there.”

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Today’s article is part two of “Why You Need to Use Transformational Storytelling

I decided I was going to figure this whole story structure thing out.

Back in college I had a professor who always emphasized using stories for teaching. He taught us how to use the inductive method instead of the deductive method.

A few years ago this same professor gave a presentation about the differences between oral and literate cultures. I found all this fascinating and started to incorporate it into what I do.

The Difference Between Inductive and Deductive Methods of Communication

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I’ve released an animated video trailer for my book A Couple with Common Cents! Click above to view, or watch it on YouTube here.

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the-new-covenant-book-coverWould you like to read a first-person story from the apostle John? A story that is fiction and based on historical accuracy and biblical truth? A book that is actually three stories, a trilogy in one volume?

The New Covenant book by Bob Emery is a well-researched drama that places you right in the heart of discussion between the apostles in the first century.

Emery’s three goals for the book are:

  1. To retell this wonderful story in a new way,
  2. To draw out spiritual lessons for us today, and
  3. To frame a proper understanding of the New Covenant and how it relates to Israel of the first century and today.

These three goals present a tall order for any author. And Emery pulled it off!

The New Covenant book, as a trilogy, is in three parts:  Continue Reading…

Does God have a place that He regards as special above all others?

Is it Jerusalem? The city where Solomon built the temple?

Is it the tabernacle, the tent that moved with the Israelites before the temple was built?

Is it a “church building”?

No. God’s favorite place on earth is not one particular place on the map.

(book trailer on YouTube)

Two millennia ago, God walked on the earth in the flesh. Jesus Christ was rejected everywhere He went. Every place He walked, no one wanted Him. Except one tiny village…Bethany. Continue Reading…

“Debt will always be part of life!” Jack said as he dropped his fork on his plate. Some of the people at adjacent tables in the restaurant gave Jack a look because he had raised his voice.

Tab looked down at her plate. She knew this date night dinner did not get off to a good start.

Jack lowered his voice and continued, “I have seen debt my whole life, and I’m used to it. My father has always carried an operating loan on his farm so that he could keep the farm running in order to feed us.

“So you’re telling me that you want to change what we’ve done all these years just because of what one woman said at the conference last weekend?”

“Jack, listen to me. I’ve tried to tell you for several months about our lack of funds. What I saw last weekend were several other families in the same situation as us, and the hope that it doesn’t have to continue being like this.”

“I don’t see any reason to change what we’re doing. We have a place to live, there’s plenty of food to eat, and our kids seem to be happy. I’m happy. So there.”

“Jack, what if I told you that I’m not happy with the situation? Maybe I need to sit down with you and show you the whole picture. I need to show you where we are headed.”

“Tabitha, do I have money in my wallet?”

“Yes, last time I checked, you do.”

“Is there gas in the car? Do we have enough to pay the sitter for tonight and for this meal?”

“Yes, but…”

“Then I think we’re doing OK.”

“Jack, what if you get laid off? What if the store I work for closes suddenly, or one of us gets injured and can’t go to work? What if we…”

“Enough with the ‘what if’s,’ OK? We will deal with any of that when the time comes.”

They stopped talking to eat some more. Tab found that she was no longer hungry.

From Debt to the Future

“Can I ask a different question, Jack?”

“I suppose.”

“Let’s think about the kids for a few minutes. I wish I could stay home with them now. In just a few years they will be in school. A few short years after that, each of them will have a drivers license, and before you know it, off to college.”

“What about it? That’s a long way off. Maybe they won’t want to attend college. I didn’t, and I turned out just fine.”

“And maybe they will,” she replied. “Don’t you think we should put some money aside to help them for those things? Not that we have to buy them brand new cars or fund an Ivy League education, but just so that they have some money to use as a gift from us.”

“Well, how are we supposed to do that if we are struggling to pay our own bills at the moment?” Jack asked.

“That’s what I’m trying to show you, Jack, a picture of a different future for our kids.”

“That’s not even feasible right now, so let’s not even consider it, alright?” he said.

Suddenly, her phone rang. Tab checked to see who it was. “It’s the sitter. I better answer it.” She usually did not pick up the phone during meals.

“Hello?”

“Tabitha, this is Bri. Listen, we need to get your son to the emergency room. Kyle had an accident.”

Tab could hear her boy wailing in the background. “Jack, we need to get home fast.”

“Kyle fell down on the curb outside. He cut open his forehead and says that his arm hurts really bad. I know basic first-aid, but you had better get here quick,” said Bri.

“Pay the bill, Jack, we need to get home. Kyle is hurt.”

This post is a brief excerpt from Ryan’s book A Couple with Common Cents. Get the book here.