Some followers of Christ may consider Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE not valid because it does not refer or quote The Bible directly … and that is intentional, but that does not mean the work was not inspired by God.
Personally, I was raised and schooled with the Catholic tradition, but a number of experiences, (you will be able to read the fiction book, DARK HORSES, inspired by true events in 2015), caused me to reject Catholicism and ultimately God. For years, I searched for something to believe in and for a while I did not even bother to try … just tried to stay alive on my own.
But twenty years ago, during an extremely tumultuous time in my life, I turned to God and said, “If you truly exist, then give me a reason for all I experienced and a purpose; otherwise take me home.” That night, the birth of what I now call Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE was placed in my heart.
But, it took me twenty years to come back to truly believing in God, which I now do wholeheartedly, because in reading an amplified Bible I discovered the words that support the Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE idea that He directed me to write.
However, the work was written for the “religion” of today … intellectualism … founded on the principles of philosophy and science … logical and practical … yet with the added component of compassion to reach non-Christians and to reach people such as myself who turned away from believing in God or even grew to hate him because of what Christians, in their own ignorance of God’s teachings because of what was erroneously taught them or through their own afflictions, hurt us to the point our faith was shattered … hence the many empty traditional churches and lost, scared, and lonely people.
For me, all that led to the development and authorship of Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE is what helped me to heal … at first, intellectually and eventually spiritually. Bringing people back to what is good in them and in our world is my purpose … what was placed in my heart. It may not fit into what many Christians consider God’s word or work, but if they really know God personally, they know he uses all kinds of people and all kinds of ways to teach and heal. And, in fact, he likes to use the unexpected, the perceived least likely or least worthy … in order to confound those who think … who judge themselves as above others … more spiritual or more of a Christian … but ironically, there is truly only one kind … a believer.
Once my Respect Level rose high enough, I was empowered to examine my beliefs and to change those that were limiting, negative, and harmful to my existence … and opened the door to see the spiritual side of me … of life … and God.
Both books, The Bible and Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE, are intertwined and once you have read both you will know the latter came from the former … just presented in a different way to reach those whose religion is the popular intellectualism so their hearts and minds will be opened to the possibility there is much more to life than what we see … thank God!
A few thoughts for the day … God is not a respecter of persons … because he “values” everyone equally and God’s primary command of Christians is to love one another … and while we are learning to do so, he is asking us to at least … value (not like, agree with, or approve of) … respect … others on our journey back into love.
September 26, 2014
Kaitlin Ann Trepanier
The RESPECT SPECIALIST
Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE author and altruistic entrepreneur … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED. ©