In order to recover Who We Are, we too must wonder what sort of tale we’ve fallen into. We need to see our days in this world as part of, as an important contribution to, the chapters to come. Tolkien’s Middle-earth represents the Larger Story our own story is in—the context of our days, the Where We Are. Only when we grasp this can we align with the Author and the story he is writing. Then, and only then, can we join him in the great redemption and restoration of all things. Then, and only then, can we be kings who provide and who protect against evil. Kings who are well-equipped, well-informed, and well-trained—or, as my friend Bart Hansen of Wild at Heart put it, “men who are dangerous for good.”

The context of our story is a tale first of woe, of terrible fallenness, and then of a comeback, of enormous restoration. We know how it began in Genesis and where it ends in Revelation, when this present story will give way to the next. Until then, we live in the middle—exposed, outside the garden. And the serpent, who was also in the garden, now has an army outside it where we are. Here in Middle-earth we encounter his forces every moment of every day. Whether we perceive it or not, in this fallen place, the kingdom of darkness is at work all around us.

Have you ever wondered why there is always a war somewhere across the globe? Why there is continued oppression, strife, bondage, painful injustices, hatred between image bearers, disregard for the planet, indifference among people toward one another, discord in marriages and the breakdown of families? It’s because there is a war . . . and we are in it.

We live in the middle, the now-but-not-yet of redemption that lies between the promise and its fulfillment.

King Me

King Me

Every man has a kingdom. Not every king rules well.

You can.

Like a living piece in life's checker game, you are moving across the board toward your time of greatest authority and impact. But what kind of king will you be?

Your kingdom is always being watched, and your family and core relationships look to you to come through. You have an ancient adversary who is playing for keeps. You also have a fiercely loving Advocate who desires to guide you, teach you, and entrust you with more.

In King Me, Michael Thompson guides you through the six stages of the masculine journey in order to release you forward, oriented and equipped. Continuing beyond where The Heart of a Warrior left off, Michael kindly and wisely invites you to uncover your story, see the wounds of your past, and be initiated into the glory in your heart. Through healing encounters and validating experiences with God, you can learn to wield love as your greatest Kingdom weapon and provide a kingdom where hearts are free.

You are invited to become a man after God's own heart. You are always one move away from becoming more and advancing goodness, or becoming less and compromising your kingdom.

It's your move.