Ivan G Thompson

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Author Profile

Ivan G Thompson

Ivan Thompson is the CEO of Launch Productions. He is a singer/songwriter, actor, author, business consultant, and inventor. Ivan’s books have garnered rave reviews and are available on Amazon as well as all major retailer websites. Ivan has published multiple Christian titles, an exceptional book about diversity in the Air Force, a fitness book and a book to help new writers become published authors. Ivan’s audiobooks are also available on Audible. Ivan has over 25 years consulting senior military and civilian leaders. He has conducted senior leadership off-sites, strategic planning sessions and served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Practice Implementation Board. As the Deputy, he helped facilitate and lead Task Groups for the Secretary of Defense comprised of senior DoD civilians and retired and active Fortune 500 CEOs. As a singer/songwriter, he has performed the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, LA Kings, St. Louis Rams, LA Sparks, NASCAR, NCAA and was a guest soloist on the Bobby Jones Gospel show and Tom Joyner show. He has performed across the US and Europe as Tour Director of the Air Force’s Tops in Blue traveling entertainment team.

Books

Ivan G Thompson

Increasing Your Skills and Abilities In Any Area

Christian Books & Bibles

A Biblical approach to increasing skills and abilities needed to do any assigned task. THIS BOOK IS COMPLETE & CURRENTLY FOR SALE. Click

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My e-book “How to Increase Your Skills in Any Area” is FREE on Amazon until Oct 22nd! Find the book on my Amazon author page or click the link on this page and the Amazon price will be $0. Download it today and enjoy! This book is also available on Audible. I have free codes for it upon request.

AUDIO Version Available!

The Audio version is for sale now! Just click "website" under the author's picture. This will take you to the site where the paperback, e-book and audio versions are listed. Then select "Audible Audiobook". Enjoy!

Why This Book Is Important

It's not enough to understand that God can increase your skills and abilities in any area. You must also understand what increased skills and abilities will do for you and God and His work on the earth. Armed with that understanding, I believe you will have the motivation needed to dive into the Scriptures contained in this book and apply them by faith until you see yourself operating with increased skills. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

What This Book is About

“Increasing Your Skills In Any Area” is a very brief e-book but loaded with valuable spiritual truths. The revelation that I obtained from Scripture about how to increase my skills in any area where I have to work has put my life on a different trajectory. On its simplest level, it's an application of the grace and manifest favor of God to the area where you are assigned to work. To leave it at that level, however, would put you at risk of not gaining enough of the revelation to begin to apply by faith the spiritual principles in this book until they produced a tangible increase in your skills, no matter what work you do. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Ivan G Thompson

Usted Deberia

Christian Books & Bibles

Este libro fue escrito para ayudar a cualquiera que esté tratando de descubrir el propósito que Dios y avanzar en él, a pesar de la oposición de voces contrapuestas conocidas como los “usted debería”. Los “usted debería” a menudo provienen de personas bien intencionadas en nuestras vidas. Personas como nuestros padres, entrenadores, maestros, líderes religiosos, hermanos y amigos. Este libro es para jóvenes que buscan el propósito de su vida. Este libro es para padres de jóvenes que intentan descubrir su propósito. Este libro también es para cualquiera que esté considerando un cambio de carrera. Finalmente, es para las personas que se han dado cuenta de que han estado en el camino equivocado, tal vez siguiendo los “usted debería” de otras personas versus el plan de Dios para su vida.

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Free e-book! Libros Gratis!

My e-book “Usted Deberia” is FREE on Amazon until Oct 22nd! Find the book on my Amazon author page or click the link on this page and the Amazon price will be $0. ¡Mi libro electrónico “Usted Deberia” es GRATUITO en Amazon hasta el 22 de octubre! Encuentre el libro en mi página de autor de Amazon o haga clic en el enlace de esta página y el precio de Amazon será de $ 0.

Coming soon! ¡Próximamente!

I have a new audiobook in production! It is the Spanish audio version of "You Should," narrated by Miguel Rodriguez. Do you speak Spanish? Take a listen by typing the following into your browser: https://bit.ly/2NcWqUw ¡Tengo un nuevo audiolibro en producción! Es la versión de audio en español de "You Should", narrada por Miguel Rodríguez. ¿Hablas español? Escuche escribiendo lo siguiente en su navegador: https://bit.ly/2NcWqUw

Usted Deberia Definición

Todos nosotros en algún momento hemos tenido problemas con las preguntas sobre qué se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, estoy haciendo lo que se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, ¿cuál es mi propósito? ¿Estoy desperdiciando mi vida? Desafortunadamente, al tratar de responder esas preguntas, estamos rodeados por un mar de simpatizantes y detractores cuyas voces hacen que sea aún más difícil escuchar las respuestas a estas preguntas. De hecho, tratar de confiar en esas voces es el enfoque equivocado por completo. La premisa fundamental de este libro es que Dios tiene un propósito único para ti y debes acudir a Él para obtener claridad y dirección. Todas las otras voces, cuando se alinean con lo que Dios les dice, son grandes cumplidos. Cuando no lo hacen, pueden convertirse en distracciones significativas, incluso obstáculos para discernir y alcanzar el destino que Dios planeó para ustedes desde la fundación del mundo.

Usted Deberia

Todos nosotros en algún momento hemos tenido problemas con las preguntas sobre qué se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, estoy haciendo lo que se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, ¿cuál es mi propósito? ¿Estoy desperdiciando mi vida? Desafortunadamente, al tratar de responder esas preguntas, estamos rodeados por un mar de simpatizantes y detractores cuyas voces hacen que sea aún más difícil escuchar las respuestas a estas preguntas. De hecho, tratar de confiar en esas voces es el enfoque equivocado por completo. La premisa fundamental de este libro es que Dios tiene un propósito único para ti y debes acudir a Él para obtener claridad y dirección. Todas las otras voces, cuando se alinean con lo que Dios les dice, son grandes cumplidos. Cuando no lo hacen, pueden convertirse en distracciones significativas, incluso obstáculos para discernir y alcanzar el destino que Dios planeó para ustedes desde la fundación del mundo.

Ivan G Thompson

25 Bible Verses for Dads

Religion & Spirituality

It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it.

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Give Dad a Devotional

Looking for an inexpensive gift for a dad that you know? “25 Essential Bible Verses for Dads” is just what you’re looking for. This devotional will be a great tool to help dads of any age reflect on scriptures that pertain to issues that dads deal with. The devotional is packed with scripture but is written in such a way as not to be overly hard to digest spiritually. The devotional also contains questions for reflection that will challenge, inspire and encourage the reader to be the best father he can be. The book is available in paperback, e-book and audio book formats to suit the style of the dad you’re shopping for. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Audio Book Sample

God has really blessed me with some awesome voice over artists! Steven Gannett is the latest awesome voice talent that I have worked with. Here is a sample of his work on my latest audio book that should be published before the end of the month. Enjoy! The book is already available on AMAZON in paperback and as an ebook. Type this URL into your browser to listen to the sample: http://bit.ly/2vaRDsc or look me up on Soundcloud.com at https://soundcloud.com/thompsoi

The

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

The Great Love of the Father

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Don't Be Stingy With Your Praise

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Fathering the Fatherless

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

No Grandma It's an e-book

Education & Reference

The aim of this book is to give you the benefit of my experience. It is not the only experience. There are many valid paths to publishing a book. I do however think the path that I have found is a very good one. I feel so passionately about my publication strategies and the reasons I selected them that I have written this book. It is my sincere hope that this book will help you to be a more skilled publisher of books, whether you are a new author or seasoned author. If you are a new author, you will find a lot of valuable tools and effective strategies to aid you in the publication of your first book. For the new author, though, one of the most valuable things I will share are mindsets, which if you embrace them, will help you avoid pitfalls. These mindsets may even help you leapfrog more seasoned authors in building the skills needed to publish your future books. If you are a seasoned author, some of the things that I will say in this book will raise your eyebrows. If these things cause you to at least critically review the way you have always approached publication, then I have been successful.

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Over 21,000 Views!

Since I started using Bublish a little over two years ago, there have been over 21,055 views of my book “bubbles” excerpts. Of those, 1,613 went on to see my profile containing my other book titles and bubbles. Finally, out of that number 609 made what appears to be purchase decisions (Bublish software can’t positively confirm all sales). What a tool! To have tens of thousands of views of my material for less than $100 a year. Bublish is a big part of the reason that I have print, e-book and audiobook revenue every month! Check out Bublish today. #Bublish #booksales #passiveincomestream #authors

100% Return on Audiobook Sales!

Are you an author? If so have you released an audio version of your book? If not, why not? Lack of know how? Cost? I recently passed the 200 audiobooks sold milestone. Creating an audiobook with Amazon’s ACX is easy! Moreover, one of the smallest concerns in producing an audiobook is the cost. ACX has a royalty share program that allows you to produce an audiobook for just cost of creating the cover of the audiobook. If you have produced a print version of your book converting the file into the audiobook file dimensions is relatively inexpensive. To state it another way my cost of entry into the audiobook market for each of my audiobooks has been the price of changing the graphic file to meet the audiobook industry standard dimensions. Each month for nearly the past two years I get royalty checks from Audible! I sell books nearly every day—most recently every day. The return on investment is nearly 100%. In some cases, it has cost me $10 or less to convert the graphic I used for the print or e-book version of my book into the Audible format. What are you waiting on?

AUDIOBOOK

This book is available now in print, as an e-book and as an audiobook. You can preview the paperback for free on Amazon.com, you can also listen to a free audio sample by typing this link into your browser: http://amzn.to/2tr7T9e

Publication Strategy #6

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audio-books, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

Publication Strategy #7

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PREORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audiobooks, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

What Is A Book?

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PREORDER ON AMAZON. CLICK "WEBSITE" IN THE LEFT HAND CORNER OF THIS BUBBLE. In the very first chapter of my book, I challenge the very definition of the word “book.” This is similar to the section of the book where I attack myths on writing and publishing books. However addressing the definition of the word book is a little more profound. We accept definitions. No one challenges a definition. That’s precisely the point. If I had not challenged the definition of “book,” I would not have published two of the books because they were two short. I would not have published another book because it’s primarily filled with YouTube links. I would not have published five e-books, one in Spanish. Finally, I would not have published three audiobooks, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I would have let the definitions of “book” restrict me, narrow my creativity, keep me stuck in an unproductive paradigm.

Publication Strategy #3

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON. CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audio books, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

Free e-book offer, 5 days only!

Free e-book offer! Do you want to know how I wrote 12 books in less than 2.5 years? Including eight Christian titles, two on diversity in the Air Force, one on fitness and one on…you guessed it! How to write a book! “No Grandma It’s an e-book” is the perfect book for new and even seasoned authors. I even share info on how was able to publish two Spanish titles and ten audio books (with two more in production). This book is a MUST for any author or would be an author, and it’s FREE for 5 days!

Ivan G Thompson

You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny

Christian Books & Bibles

THIS BOOK IS NOW FOR SALE.

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Free for 5 Days

I am making the e-book version of my book, “You Should— Distraction and Detours to Divine Destiny” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon. It is available now thru Sep 23rd. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to the Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble talks about how “well-meaning” people close to us can get us off track as it pertains to God’s destiny for our lives. My latest book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” will also be available for FREE during the same time period.

You Should Defined - Spanish

You Should will soon be available in Spanish! Look for it on Amazon later this month! Looking for Spanish speaking reviewers to receive the Spanish translation for free in exchange for a review. ¡Usted Debería estar disponible en español! ¡Búscalo en Amazon más adelante este mes! Buscando revisores de habla hispana para recibir la traducción al español de forma gratuita a cambio de una revisión.

You Should Spanish Version

"You Should" will soon be available in Spanish! The translation is complete. I am looking for Spanish speaking reviewers to critique the translation. Anyone who is interested in receiving a copy of the book in Spanish for free in exchange for their comments should contact me directly on Facebook or Twitter. "You Should" pronto estará disponible en español. La traducción esta completa. Estoy buscando revisores que hablen español para criticar la traducción. Cualquiera que esté interesado en recibir una copia del libro en español de forma gratuita a cambio de sus comentarios debe contactarme directamente en Facebook o Twitter.

Perfect Gift for the Season

The end of the year is often the time when we reflect on our goals and what we accomplished. This often leads to New Year’s resolutions and new ventures and perhaps even a change in careers. “You Should” is the perfect gift for anyone you know that is considering a change in direction, anyone who is seeking purpose or a greater sense of fulfillment in their life. There are so many secular TV programs where the host gives advice on what we should do with our lives. Social media is overflowing with people shooting out their opinions on how to deal with the challenges we face in life. On top of that, we have family members, friends and other well-meaning people that are all too ready to tell us what we “should” do when we are seeking direction for our lives. The fundamental premise outlined in “You Should” is that God is the divine architect of our lives and if we want to be on the right path to our destiny then we must seek him so that He might reveal to us the blueprint He created for our lives. “You Should” is available in paperback, e-book and audio book formats to suit the style of the dad you’re shopping for. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Audio Book Preface

This is an audio sample from "You Should" the audio book. This sample is located on Soundcloud.com Paste this link into your browser to listen: http://bit.ly/2tiBMbD The audio book is available for sale on Amazon.com or ACX.com

AUDIO BOOK

I am so excited to announce that the audio book version of "You Should Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny" is now available on Audible, Amazon, ACX.com, etc. LISTEN TO THE FREE AUDIO PREVIEW TODAY!

You Should and Our Kids

Parents have so much impact on their kids as they are trying to find their life's purpose, pursue their dreams, make career determinations, etc. It is a tremendous responsibility. We have so much influence in their lives, whether it seems like they are listening or not. As parents we have to be ever so sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we offer our advice. Just because they are our offspring does not relieve us of the responsibility of seeking God's face before we give them guidance on the path that they should pursue with their lives. Our opinions are just that in the sight of God. They may have absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to the plan and call of God for our child's life. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

MLM-X Principle

This is an excerpt from the chapter entitled "My Story". It deals with an issue that all too many of us have faced at one time: when someone tries to fit you into their vision of who they think you should be. For illustration purposes, I the very familiar example of multi-level marketers and how they try to squeeze you into the vision of their business or company. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Biblical

A lot of time is spent in the book giving biblical examples of “you shoulds”. In this bubble the concept of well-meaning people is discussed. There are numerous scriptural examples of well-meaning, sincere people giving advice that falls way short or is even in direct contradiction to the plan and purpose of God. Sincerity is not a good measuring stick for Godly advice when it comes to your purpose and destiny. The only good measuring stick is how a well a person is dialed into the plan and purpose of God for you. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

You Should Defined

I don’t know if we really take notice of how many times we get advice for our decisions and the directions of our lives. The daytime talk shows are flooded with advice on what we “should do”. The premise of this book is that only the Divine Engineer has the blueprint for your life. Everyone else’s “you should” must be examined carefully to see how it measures up with what God has revealed to you about your purpose, path, destiny. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

You Should Introduction

The introduction sets up the whole premise of the book which is that we are all seeking our purpose, our reason to be and in the midst of that search we encounter people who have an opinion or advice about what we should do. That opinion is their “you should” for us. Depending on the person’s degree of influence over us that “you should” may sway us significantly in our decisions. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Ivan G Thompson

The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience

History

“The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” highlights the unique experiences of black pilots in Air Force pilot training. The purpose of the book is to give the reader insight into these experiences, propose changes to the Air Force’s conduct of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) and to show how the Air Force’s inability to produce more black pilots directly contributes to the lack of diversity in its senior-most leadership levels. This book is a sequel to “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and builds on its insights. As a sequel, the book exhorts the Air Force to continue and even expand its efforts to increase diversity in its senior-most positions. The book’s final chapter is a call for the Air Force to expedite its staffing and approval of the honorary promotion to Brigadier General for famed Tuskegee Airmen Colonel Charles McGee. Col McGee is the only person in Air Force history to fly over 100 combat missions in WWII, Korea and Vietnam (409 total). He is a three-time squadron commander (two flying squadrons), a chief of maintenance for a fighter wing, a base commander, and the first African American to command a stateside wing after desegregation. Col McGee is also a highly decorated combat leader whose decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Two Clusters, Bronze Star, and Air Medal with 25 Clusters.

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Free e-book Offer

Today is September 18th. It’s my birthday and the Air Force’s birthday! In honor of our birthdays, I am making the e-book version of my latest book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon. It will be available tomorrow Sep 19th-Sep 23rd. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to the Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble features survey responses from 26 black pilots from the Tuskegee era to 2017. My Christian title “You Should” will also be available for FREE during the same time period.

The First Review is in!

I am so honored to share this first review of my book, "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience." It is the sequel to my very first book, "The Air Force's Black Ceiling." The review is from Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ashby, an original Tuskegee Airman. Lt Col Ashby’s story and his inputs are featured prominently throughout this book, so his feedback was significant to me. His pilot training experience is one of 26 stories of African American pilots, male and female, who went through pilot training from 1945 up through 2017. Even though the experiences captured span 70 years, there are fascinating similarities! If you are a lover of military history, if you are interested in learning about what minority pilots experience in pilot training, if you want a glimpse of what it is like to be both minority and female in a white male dominated environment or if you ever wondered why there aren’t more black pilots in the Air Force, this book is for you! Find out for yourself, preview it for free today on Amazon!

The Concept of Two-Ness

The e-book version of "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience" is now available on Amazon for only $9.99. Preview it for FREE today! "Two-ness is of particular concern when considering the success of black pilots in SUPT. Black students enter SUPT in such small numbers that it's often a radical cultural shift from the environment in which they grew up or went to college. I tried to describe in “Black Ceiling” the cultural impacts on black students in pilot training. In the concept of two-ness, I have found a better way to portray what many black students experience in SUPT."

It's Published!

I’m so excited to announce that “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” has been published! It is available in paperback on Amazon. It is the sequel to “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” which is also available on Amazon in paperback and e-book form and as an audiobook on Audible. One of the greatest differences between “Black Ceiling” and this book is that it features the pilot training experiences of 26 black male and female pilots, from the 1940s to 2017. These stories are fascinating and support the rest of the book’s calls for changes to the conduct and construct of the Air Force’s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT). Since it is the sequel to “Black Ceiling” it also exhorts the Air Force to continue its work in the area of increasing the diversity of its senior-most leadership ranks.

Diversity and the Pilot Shortage

“The Air Force’s pilot shortage crisis offers “an opportunity for bold moves” to build the service’s diversity while correcting the growing deficit in aviators, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Wednesday at the conclusion of a daylong summit on the problem. Those moves might include grouping minority pilot trainees together at flight school in order to have a built-in support system…” (Tirpak, 2018)

It's A Sequel

This book is a sequel to “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” which is available on both Amazon and Audible. The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training experience is a natural follow-on to “Black Ceiling.” Black Ceiling’s essential premise was that if you don’t fix the problems with creating black fighter pilots, you will never significantly impact the diversity landscape at the uppermost echelons of the Air Force. This book focuses on the experiences of black men and women in Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT). This book brings to the surface the problems in the conduct and constructs of SUPT that negatively impact the success of black student pilots. The research and the experiences (captured via survey and interview) will make one thing clear: that the Air Force must make significant changes to the conduct of SUPT. If the Air Force wants to increase the number of black pilots and as a byproduct indirectly increase the number of black pilots in its most senior leadership ranks, it must admit and break down its resistance to changing a SUPT culture that eats members of its own. This book will be available for purchase in mid-late July 2018!

Support for Colonel Charles E. McGee

This book bubble details all the actions that have been taken since the publication of “The Air Forces Black Ceiling” to obtain a retroactive promotion to Brigadier General for famed Tuskegee Airmen Col Charles E. McGee. The McGee family and a team of retired officers (senior and junior), high-level civilians, and Congressional staffers have done everything we can do in the natural to “give honor where honor is due.” (Romans 13:7). We gratefully appreciate the support of others in making this honor happen during Col McGee’s lifetime. He is 98 years old.

Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown

President Trump nominated Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown to receive his fourth star and take over command of Pacific Air Forces. If confirmed, Brown would take over from Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, who will lead US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Brown is currently the deputy commander of US Central Command and before that was the commander of Air Forces Central Command for the early years of the anti-ISIS air war in Iraq and Syria. Brown is a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours in aircraft including F-16s, AC-130s, B-1s, B-2s, among several others. He previously commanded fighter wings in Italy and South Korea and was commandant of the US Air Force Weapons School. (Everstine, 2018) “His notable staff tours include aide-de-camp to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group and Deputy Director, Operations, U.S. Central Command. General Brown has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and two fighter wings. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command.” (US Air Force Biographies)

Ivan G Thompson

Finding Next

Christian Books & Bibles

Every day we flip pages on the calendars of our lives as we move through various seasons en route to either fulfilling or coming short of the destiny God has ordained for us. “Finding Next” is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through enroute to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. It is the companion book to another book I have written entitled “You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny.

Book Bubbles from Finding Next

Now Available on Audible!

“Finding Next” is now an audiobook! It is available on Audible. It is also available on Amazon.com as a paperback and e-book. This book is for any person who is considering a “next” in their life: next career move, college choice, whether it’s the right time to pursue a dream or to stay put. It is a must for every Christian library. It is a must for anyone in mid-life crisis or who feels that they have been on the wrong path and is seeking direction from God on how to to get on the right track towards fulfillment and destiny. “Finding Next” will help any reader to identify what “season” of their life they are in and how to take season appropriate, season-specific actions.

Finding Next Has Been Published!

My newest book “Finding Next” is now available on Amazon.com as a paperback and e-book! Each day we flip pages on the calendars of our lives as we move through various seasons en route to either fulfilling or coming short of the destiny God has ordained for us. “Finding Next” is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through en route to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. It is the companion book to another book I have written entitled “You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny."

Should I Stay or Should I Go

I am making the e-book version of my book, “Finding Next” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon from Oct 3rd-7th. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to its Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. I started writing this book in response to my observations of two young men. Both young men were Christians. Both men were men of prayer. Yet both men were in turmoil over which road to take regarding the next step in their careers. As I watched them, I felt I had some things to say that could help. I knew the answer was clarity from God. I knew that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and only speaks to us what He has heard from the Father. This book is the response to the questions the two young men were seeking answers for.

Understanding Due Season

I am making the e-book version of my book, “Finding Next” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon from Oct 3rd-7th. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to its Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble talks about "due season" and some very common misconceptions of what it means. Further I talk about the seasons and actions that precede "due season." A greater understanding of these seasons and actions will help to ensure that you successfully reach your due season!

There's Always A Next

In this chapter from “Finding Next” I address people that do see a next, don’t have a vision for what they should be striving for, aiming at. Recently I have been straining to see a “next” for myself. It was troubling because I pride myself on being visionary. I also have the regular habit of setting 90-day goals and pushing myself to accomplish things in every area of my life. I was hindered greatly in this last round of goal-setting because I couldn’t “see” anything. I didn’t have a solid sense of “next.” I typed some goals up but I knew something was missing. There was nothing in the list of goals that I found compelling or that gripped me. Today I found out that I couldn’t see because part of me didn’t want to see. Pastor Bob Yandian said, “The seasons change whether you want them to or not. Winners take the memory of the old season with them they don't try to hold onto an old season.” When I read this the Holy Spirit helped me to realize that I was trying to “hold onto an old season.” Even though I recently had a glimpse of a new season,fear was making me try to hold onto my current season of comfort and predictability.

Audio Sample

My book "Finding Next" is currently in development but you can hear an audio sample at https://soundcloud.com/thompsoi/finding-next-first-fifteen-minutes

Types of Seasons

"Finding Next" is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through en route to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. I have also written a book entitled "You Should Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny". This book focuses on helping you find your destiny and ideally should be read prior to reading this book. The premise of “You Should” is that God, the Divine Architect of the universe, has created each of us for a distinct purpose in the earth. Preview “You Should” for free on Amazon or Audible.com! In this chapter, I discuss types of seasons in our lives based on Ecclesiastes chapter 3. A season is a discernible period of time along the path of our life’s destiny in which actions must be taken or refrained from to keep us in line with and on track with God’s divine plan and timetable for our life. I believe what makes seasons divine is being in tune with the specific guidance, direction, and a plan of action that God gives in a specific period of time in our lives. One of the major themes of this book is that just as natural seasons differ, that the seasons of our lives differ, and to have success in any given season you have to perform season-appropriate, season-specific actions.

Ivan G Thompson

The Bible Promises of Healing 16 Letters for Mom

Christian Books & Bibles

This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

Book Bubbles from The Bible Promises of Healing 16 Letters for Mom

FREE eBOOK PROMOTION!

FREE eBOOK PROMOTION! Today, Sep 10th I have begun a 5-day FREE offer of “The Bible Promises of Healing.” I believe so strongly in the book, that I am giving it away. It normally sells on Amazon for $9.99. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with a chronic illness or terminal illness. If you're looking for scriptures to share with someone who is struggling in this area, this book will help as a reference for scriptures on healing. If you know someone that needs the book now you can send it to them for FREE.

Available on Audible in May!

Many people who believe in the Bible as a source of strength often don't know where to look in their Bible for Scriptures related to healing. This book is an excellent resource. It's concise but it's packed full of Scriptures and explanations of those Scriptures. The book also walks through common misconceptions related to healing and the Bible. The book even contains a healing "checklist" that highlights on one page many of the ways the Bible says that healing can be obtained (laying on of hands, prayer of agreement, anointing with oil, etc.) If you know anyone who is open to the truths of Scripture and is battling illness, this book is for them. In May it will be available in all formats e-book, print and audibook. Preview it free today on Amazon!

Faith and the Doctor

This chapter deals with the role of the doctor and medications in our healing. It is an important chapter in this book. It’s so important that people understand that going to the doctor is not an act of unbelief or sign of weak faith. It’s especially important for the reader of this book to understand that since the focus of the book is primarily on using our faith to receive healing. The doctor is an important part of that equation. Since I wrote this book, I had an experience in the mountains near the Grand Canyon in which I became dehydrated and contracted rhabdomyolysis. “Rhabdo” as the nurse refers to it comes as a result of injury or overexertion and the damage to the muscles releases muscle protein into the bloodstream and can severely damage the kidneys. I thank God for doctors who could rapidly and accurately diagnose a condition that I have never heard of. I thank God for medical technology and discoveries that made the treatment relatively simple. I also thank God for what have learned in the Scriptures that I could believe that the healing would be rapid and complete. This description of how I dealt with “rhabdo” is the same approach to healing that I intended to convey throughout this book.

Grace for Healing

The question of whether you deserve to be healed seems like a trick question, but it is not. Though the answer is simple, the answer you believe in your heart could be the difference between sickness and health, life and death. None of deserves salvation but we don’t hesitate to receive the grace for salvation promised in Ephesians 2:8-9. However, when it comes to healing we forget that the same grace that made salvation possible, makes healing possible. The same Person who made salvation possible, made healing possible. The same God that loved us enough to save us and give us eternal life, loved us enough to provide for our healing.

The Bible Promises of Healing

This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

What's This Book About?

This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

Ivan G Thompson

First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus

Religion & Spirituality

In this book, I examine Jesus’ first response to some of the people that He encountered who were in some form of sin, namely the woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery. I also share how Jesus repeats those same principles of “first response” in His telling of the parable of the prodigal son. I compare Jesus’ response to the types of responses that I received as a “prodigal” trying to return home to a right relationship with the Father. Further, I examine how I have also failed to extend the proper first response to others who were in a condition of woundedness and sin. This book is a quick read, but it contains a powerful revelation of love that I hope that you won’t miss.

Book Bubbles from First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus

Free Mini-book This week!

My new mini-book "First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus" is available as an ebook for FREE on Amazon now thru Sep 7th 2018. Get your copy today! Please share!

(AUDIOBOOK) 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Christian Books & Bibles

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader to help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO IN ANY BOOK BUBBLE.

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Godly Wisdom for the Workplace

Early on in my work-life (military for me) I wondered if there was a way to take lessons that I Iearned from the Bible and apply them, use them in practical ways on the job. I saw principles like delegation, being learned by Moses. I saw how Joseph used his gift of administration in incredible ways. And more importantly, I knew that if God could keep the universe in play, while still attending to my individual needs, that He could certainly help me with the little bit of responsibility that I had on my job. In my core, I knew that with the wisdom of the Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, that I should be able to do better on my job than I could do all by myself. That is what “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is all about. I wrote it to share how I practically applied Scripture at work. It will be a help for anyone who also believes that with the help of God they can do “great exploits” at work. I believe in it so much that I made it available in e-book, paperback, and audio, both in English and Spanish. Preview it for free today on Amazon!

Great Gift For the Working Dad!

Perfect gift idea for Dad! Give dad a book that help strengthen his faith in the workplace or in his place of business. This book is now available in print, as an e-book and audiobook. And it is available in all formats in both English and Spanish! 25 Essential Bible Verses is for anyone who has wanted to find a way to tie their faith and work life, business life together. This book walks you through the biblical underpinnings of many common leadership practices. This book is like the 16-point inspection you get on your car. It helps you check your management practices and leadership style against the standards Scripture sets for leaders. It’s also a reflective journal that forces you to ask questions about your leadership practices and results. It’s the perfect gift for any leader, future leader or business person. Take a free sneak peek on Amazon today! Click “website” in the upper left corner to purchase the paperback version. E-book and audio book versions, in English and in Spanish, are available on Amazon or in other book bubbles on this page.

Give the Gift of a Devotional

Give a devotional as a gift! “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is the perfect gift for Christians in the workplace. The paperback and e-book versions are perfect for a quick bit of inspiration at work during a break and the audio book version is the perfect way to set the atmosphere for the ride to work. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Now an AUDIOBOOK!

Thanks for your support of "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders" as an e-book! It is now available on audible.com and Amazon and iTunes as an audiobook. The content is the same so the book bubbles that you see here are in both the e-book and audiobook. The sequels to this book will be bound together in a paperback version. You can cut and paste the link below into your browser to purchase on audible.com. It is also available as an e-book in Spanish. The Spanish audio version will be released soon! THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Godly Wisdom and Leadership

It is possible to get wisdom, insight, direction from God. This is one of the most essential tenets, underlying premises of this book. As Christian leaders, we should have a decided edge over anyone who does not have an intimate relationship with God. We see this edge in the lives of Bible greats like Joseph, Daniel, and Esther. But have the stories of these great men and women become just that, stories in the Bible but not relevant as it pertains to the complex workplace issues and leadership of today? Specifically, as it pertains to your leadership inventory, your management arsenal, does the wisdom of God have a place? If you don’t think you can rely on the wisdom of God as you lead, the passages in this chapter of the book, provoke you to ask yourself why not? THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Leadership Character Traits

In this segment of the Journal the reader is challenged to consider that compassion is part of the character, the necessary leadership traits of any good leader. In the reflection portion the reader is challenged to thoroughly examine himself or herself regarding their level of compassion. THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Godly Wisdom for the Workplace

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders is the perfect devotional for Christians in the workplace. The devotionals can provide a quick inspirational boost on a break or encouragement before a tough day at work. This book is also a great resource for those looking for Bible answers for common workplace issues. 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders is available in print, e-book and audio, in both English and Spanish, on Amazon and Audible. Preview it FREE today!

Make Way for Superstars

This excerpt from the Journal deals with making room for the exceptional talent in organizations. How do we know who they are? How do we make room for them to shine without upsetting their peers and their bosses? How do we challenge them enough to keep their interest and keep them on board? THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Ivan G Thompson

Working Title: Ivan's Audiobooks

This Book Is In Development

Ivan's Audiobooks

Christian Books & Bibles

Listing of all the published book titles that I have also released as audiobooks. Free Audible codes for a limited time only!

Rough-Cut Book Bubbles from Ivan's Audiobooks

Coming in August!

Coming in August! ‘Finding Next' the audiobook! Listen to the 1st 15 mins here by typing the following into your browser: https://t.co/EmheK7x6Qp

Check Out My Audiobooks!

I have sold over 200 audiobooks in the last 2 ½ years. Check out my titles and preview for free on Audible! For a limited time, Amazon Prime Members can get Audible for only $4.95 for 3 months! That’s 66% off! You can cancel your Audible membership at any time! You can use your discounted Audible membership and free Audible codes provided by me to get one of my 9 audiobooks! Get yours today!

Ivan G Thompson

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

Biographies & Memoirs

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that I have part of my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, on Father’s Day 2017 I started compiling the stories that he’d sent I had in a book. I have waited until now, December 18, 2017, for my dad to give me the last of his stories. I decided for his Christmas present to just take what I had and publish it!

Book Bubbles from My Dad's Stories Big and Small

Driver Instructor Story

In 2017 I decided to take my dad's collection of handwritten stories and make them into a book. I had been urging my dad for decades to make his stories into a book. After publishing multiple books myself I developed the expertise to publish the book myself. This book is a sampling of some of my favorite stories from my dad. Some of my dad's stories are humorous, others heart-warming and some just a reflection of the times in which he grew up. The driver instructor story is a fun one that I hope you enjoy!

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Christian Books & Bibles

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader to help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful.

Book Bubbles from 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Check Out The Reviews!

John Sammon https://s2.netgalley.com/book/106953/review/382319 5 out of 5 stars What a great book, more people in management roles CEO's and other upper management as well as us regular people need to read this book, it has a lot of good scripture and good thoughts to ponder and reflect on in our own lives and careers. There are some days I get lazy or I get mad but I have to take a moment and realize I'm doing this for God, not for man. I love the fact the all scripture is KJV of the Bible, I have the e-book version which makes it easy to reference it while at work or when I need some encouragement, it doesn't replace your Bible, but this is a handy tool to have with you. CT Rocks https://s2.netgalley.com/book/ 106953/review/366011 4 out of 5 stars This book is short but contains nuggets of wisdom that are succinct and direct to the point. It provides good material for leadership meetings with small group leaders. Some of the insights are commonplace (especially among committed disciples) but this does not take away from the usefulness of the insights. Besides, leadership principles are always worth reiterating and emphasizing. I enjoyed reading this during my train rides. I have taken notes and will share these insights to my team of leaders.

Servant Leadership

The first time I heard the term servant leadership was years ago when I was studying for my Master’s Degree at Regent University. It was presented as the style of leadership that Jesus practiced. Jesus said “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:27 KJV), and “he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11 KJV)” In scripture we see Jesus wash the disciple's feet. This type of humility, however, is not the model for leadership today. In fact, we are taught the opposite. As leaders, we are taught that our people work for us, we have a staff to serve us, that we deserve to be treated better than people that are “lower than us” on an organizational, pay or another scale. This excerpt challenges us to think about what would happen if we, using Jesus as our role model, really decided to serve the people that were on our team? What would it look like if we flipped our entitlement to be served into an obligation to use our status to nurture and care for, “serve” those placed within our realm of responsibility?

Godly Wisdom and Leadership

It is possible to get wisdom, insight, direction from God. This is an essential tenet, an underlying premise of this book. As Christian leaders, we should have a decided edge over anyone who does not have an intimate relationship with God. We see this edge in the lives of Bible greats like Joseph, Daniel, and Esther. But have the stories of these great men and women become just that, stories in the Bible but not relevant as it pertains to the complex workplace issues and leadership of today? Specifically, as it pertains to your leadership inventory, your management arsenal, does the wisdom of God have a place? If you don’t think you can rely on the wisdom of God as you lead, the passages in this chapter of the book, provoke you to ask yourself why not?

Make Way for Superstars

This excerpt from the Journal deals with making room for the exceptional talent in organizations. How do we know who they are? How do we make room for them to shine without upsetting their peers and their bosses? How do we challenge them enough to keep their interest and keep them on board?

Dealing With a Difficult or “evil” Boss

What you think you are about to read in this segment as a solution for how to deal with a difficult boss might not be what you expected…This is a biblical leadership journal so don’t expect anything but an answer grounded in scripture. Somehow instantly it may run through your mind that “scriptural” is synonymous with less effective. If that thought ran through your mind, as it did mine, you have to capture it and examine it and ask yourself why a scripture-based approach to this type of problem or any other workplace problem would be less effective than what you could come up with on your own. Perhaps more than anyone else, Christian leaders must develop the practice of seeking answers to problems in the Bible. As Christian leaders, we must cultivate the habit of looking to scriptures and the leadership of Holy Spirit in addition to whatever lies in our bag of experiences, training, etc.

Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence

Christian Books & Bibles

These are actual letters written to a young man encouraging him to build his confidence in the Lord versus buying into worldly definitions of confidence such as self-confidence, bravado, or moxie. The letter are filled with Scriptural encouragement.

Book Bubbles from Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence

Devotional for Young Men

Looking for a good devotional for a young man that you know? Perhaps a nephew, a godson or young man at church? “Letters to Build a Young Man’s Confidence” is a devotional written to inspire young men as they seek to grow in their relationship with Christ. It’s easy to read but is full of scriptural admonitions and encouragement for the reader. A lot of young men struggle with confidence. Today’s media outlets teach them to seek to build confidence in so many of the wrong ways. This book reinforces that fact that our greatest source of confidence is found in our relationship with God, what He says in His word and in what His word says about us. A young person might not read a paperback book but might read the e-book version or listen to the audio book version on his phone. Therefore, you can buy this book in paperback, e-book and audio book formats on Amazon and send it to the special young men in your life. Preview it for free on Amazon today!

AUDIOBOOK NOW FOR SALE!

My latest audiobook is now for sale! Preview for free on Amazon.com! Also available on Audible.com and ACX.com. Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence.

AUDIO BOOK SAMPLE

God has really blessed me with some awesome voice over artists! Miguel Rodriguez is helping to bring “Letters to Build a Young Man’s Confidence” to life. Here’s an audio sample of the audio book that should be released in early September. Enjoy! The book is already available on Amazon as an e-book and a paperback. Type this URL into your browser to listen to the sample http://bit.ly/2hExXZe or look me up on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/thompspoi

Journaling God's Faithfulness

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I give my young friend some practical advice. Specifically, I advise him to keep a journal of God’s faithfulness. I share with him from my experience that it is easy to forget at times how many times and in how many ways God has come through for me. I tell him that journaling not only helps me to remember and be grateful for the faithfulness of God. More importantly, I share that the journal entries serve as “an arsenal of testimonies” to use against the devil when he shows up yet again to say that God won’t come through in some area of my life.

The Antidote to Losing Heart

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I talk about a very serious issue, losing heart. The scripture also calls it “fainting.” It is also similar to the Bible word “heaviness.” It is synonymous with a severe loss of confidence, hope. I specifically focus on the loss of confidence that is the result of the devil “piling on” in some area of our life and making our problems seem insurmountable. Then I share the antidote, filling your heart, spirit up with the Word of God, specifically Scriptures about the goodness of God.

The Secret of Joshua's Victories

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I talk about one of my Bible heroes, Joshua. I share that I consider him to be the greatest general of all time. I share that the secret of Joshua’s victories was listening to God. I then highlight that Joshua’s only defeat came as a result of failing to consult God and putting more confidence in his previous victories, the advice of his men and his estimation of his enemy’s capabilities.

God Looks At the Heart

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. "Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence" are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I tell my young friend that God values what’s going on in a man’s heart more than any other attribute a man may possess.

Ivan G Thompson

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader. To help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things, and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful.

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Give the gift of a Devotional

Give a devotional as a gift! “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is the perfect gift for Christians in the workplace. The paperback and e-book versions are perfect for a quick bit of inspiration at work during a break and the audio book version is the perfect way to set the atmosphere for the ride to work. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Now Available in Print!

This book is now available in print and as an e-book and audiobook in both English and Spanish! It is a great resource for anyone who wants to study bible verses related to leadership! Click “website” in the upper left corner to purchase the paperback version. E-book and audiobook versions, in English and in Spanish, are available on Amazon or in other book bubbles on this page.

Ivan G Thompson

Working Title: My Dad's Stories Big and Small

This Book Is In Development

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

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Dealing With Life

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

Spiritual Stories

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

My Dad's Humorous Stories

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

Ivan G Thompson

(AUDIO ESPAÑOLA) 25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos

Christian Books & Bibles

Visión para el Diario Reflexivo Estoy escribiendo este libro para ayudar a los líderes cristianos en su lugar de trabajo. Quiero compartir cómo apliqué principios fundamentales de administración que encontré en la Biblia para tener éxito en el lugar de trabajo. Esta publicación pretende ser una herramienta que le ayude como líder cristiano a crecer en sabiduría y crecer en su habilidad para usar las escrituras y la guía del Espíritu Santo, para guiarlo hacia el éxito en cualquier posición de liderazgo en la cual usted se encuentre. Lo he llamado diario porque es mi esperanza que ciertas anotaciones le harán tomar una pausa y reflexionar sobre su estilo de liderazgo, su enfoque hacia ciertas cosas y tomar algunas notas que le ayudarán a tener más éxito. El aspecto interesante que he encontrado sobre las anotaciones de diario es que usted puede darse ánimos cada vez que lo desee, volviendo a leer algo que usted recibió previamente mientras reflexiona sobre algo que le impresionó o lo golpeó de cierta manera. Cuando usted relee una anotación, también puede ver lo que pensaba acerca de un determinado tema en un cierto punto de su crecimiento como líder y darse cuenta si está progresando. Sus anotaciones de diario entonces le servirán como desafío, para animarlo, para empujarlo a ser un mejor líder. Sus anotaciones también pueden servirle como base para sesiones breves de enseñanza mientras usted ayuda a entrenar a los líderes que están bajo su dirección a que a su vez ellos también se conviertan en mejores líderes.

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Spanish Audio Version

This is the SPANISH AUDIO version of my book "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders". It is for sale now. Please click "website" under the author's name. Esta es la versión AUDIO ESPAÑOLA de mi libro "25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos". Está a la venta ahora. Haga clic en "sitio web" bajo el nombre del autor.

Fit@50

Health, Fitness & Dieting

Fit@50 is a motivational tool for men over 50. It is a series of YouTube videos and other items that will encourage men over 50 to stay fit, to eat healthily, to have a youthful mentality and a positive outlook on life after 50. It is not intended to be prescriptive in the sense of medical or nutritional advice per se. Everyone who is interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle should first start with their team of health advisors (physician, dietician, physical therapist) to understand their current state of health and limitations—especially if they have not been maintaining the habit of physical fitness/healthy diet. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO IN ANY BOOK BUBBLE.

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Fit@50 Health Vs. Heredity

In this chapter I challenge readers to think about what they attribute to heredity when they say “oh I inherited this" with respect to high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. My position is yeah, maybe not genetically but perhaps you inherited your parents eating habits and lifestyle (fitness orientation or lack thereof). Or if it is genetic, maybe you had a genetic predisposition that if you ate the way that your family ate, that you'd get the same diseases that they got. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Moderation vs. Cheating

The topic of this chapter is moderation. Moderation what an evil word! Moderation means eating in small quantities, eating under control. In this chapter I share some small tips that I have learned to help me stay within the limits that I have set for myself yet still enjoy the food that I enjoy. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Fit@50 Are You The Enabler

Have you ever watched one of those shows where they do what’s called an intervention? All the significant people in a person's life show up. The person is somebody addicted to alcohol, drugs typically. Maybe even addicted to being overweight. All the people show up, and they try to confront the person and tell them hey you have a problem, we love you, we want to help you. Inevitably in every one of these situations, there's a person called the enabler. There's a person that's unwittingly helping this person to stay in their addiction. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia Para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos

Religion & Spirituality

Visión para el Diario Reflexivo Estoy escribiendo este libro para ayudar a los líderes cristianos en su lugar de trabajo. Quiero compartir cómo apliqué principios fundamentales de administración que encontré en la Biblia para tener éxito en el lugar de trabajo. Esta publicación pretende ser una herramienta que le ayude como líder cristiano a crecer en sabiduría y crecer en su habilidad para usar las escrituras y la guía del Espíritu Santo, para guiarlo hacia el éxito en cualquier posición de liderazgo en la cual usted se encuentre. Lo he llamado diario porque es mi esperanza que ciertas anotaciones le harán tomar una pausa y reflexionar sobre su estilo de liderazgo, su enfoque hacia ciertas cosas y tomar algunas notas que le ayudarán a tener más éxito.

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New Spanish Version

This is the Spanish version of my book "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders". Please share it with your Spanish-speaking friends. The Spanish audio version of the book is also available now. THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW. TO PURCHASE CLICK "website" UNDER THE AUTHOR PHOTO.

The Air Force’s Black Ceiling

Politics & Social Sciences

The "Air Force's Black Ceiling" is a view of diversity in the Air Force from one man's over 28 years in the Air Force. This view begins with his perspectives and insights as an Air Force Academy cadet and continues with his progression through company and field grade ranks. It also includes special insights gained while serving on the Secretary of Defense's Diversity Task Force as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Practice Implementation Board. The author's view of diversity has been bolstered by face to face interviews with five former African American Air Force four-star generals and numerous current and former African American generals in the Air Force and the Army. The author's views are also influenced by numerous discussions with former graduates of the US Air Force Academy, his work with the Tuskegee Airmen chapters and his own detailed research into the biographies of former Air Force Chiefs of Staff and former Strategic, Tactical and Air Combat Command Commanders. The title might imply that the "Black Ceiling" has been put in place on purpose by senior Air Force leaders... the reader will find out that isn't the case. The reader however will find out that there are very distinct remnants of an intricate system of exclusionary development practices, cultural practices, stereotypes and biases that have served to keep the ceiling in place for African American men throughout the Air Force's existence.

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Now Available on Audible!

I’m so excited! “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” is now available as an audiobook! I’ve been waiting on this for two years, thanks Eric Kirkless for all your hard voice over work! This is a great gift for: students of military or Air Force history, students of military aviation, students of African American history, military members that you may be mentoring and career-minded military members. Preview it for free on Audible today!

The Great "Black Out"

This excerpt is one of the most controversial segments of my book and one of the most telling regarding the Air Force’s fighter pilot demographic. When I first saw the numbers in 2003, I didn’t fully grasp their significance. I saw that in 1978 the total number of black fighter pilots was drawn down from 1,391 to 372. I saw that the number of black fighter pilot Lieutenant Colonels was drawn down from 153 to 29 and that the number of black Colonels was drawn down from 79 to 11 and none were promoted further. What I didn’t see until I wrote the book was even more staggering. I didn’t notice that the drastic drawdown of black fighter pilots almost exactly coincided with General Wilbur Creech’s assumption of Tactical Air Command. He presided over the drawdown. I didn’t notice at the time how disproportionate the drawdown was. The number of white fighter pilots was drawn down from 11,724 to 11,526, 198 pilots, less than 2%. The number of black fighter pilots again was from 1,391 to 372, 1,019 pilots, 73%. It was a delicate thing to point out that General Creech presided over this drawn down. If there were a Mount Rushmore for the Air Force, his face would be on it. However, there is no escaping the truth.

The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience

I am writing a new book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience,” that focuses on the experiences of black pilots in Air Force pilot training. This book will build on insights gathered for “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and include the experiences of black pilots dating from Tuskegee era pilots to the present. Pilot training falls under the purview of “Air Education and Training Command.” In this bubble, I discuss a multicultural approach to education and training, a concept that has been broadly implemented in the civilian sector as far back as the 1980s. I found no evidence that the Air Force has ever considered that its pilot training curriculum should be tailored to suit a multicultural student population vs. a one-size-fits-all curriculum that has proved to be more successful for non-minorities than for minorities. Finally, for my new book I intend to research whether black pilots have a greater success rate in civilian pilot training institutions. It is my belief that if the success rate is statistically greater, that it will because the civilian pilot training institutions placed a greater value on one of the key factors outlined in “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling.” Those key factors are culture, role models, cultivating/providing prior flight time, multicultural education, minimizing the effects of tokenism, or increasing the motivation.

Door Opening vs. Reverse Discrimination

This excerpt goes into the very sensitive area of “reverse discrimination”. In the previous segment of the book, I went into great detail discussing how doors were opened for some of the military’s greatest generals: McArthur, Eisenhower, and Marshall. The purpose was to set up the contrast for a discussion of how door opening is viewed for minority officers. From the majority vantage point often door opening for minorities is often viewed as affirmative action or reverse discrimination, with all the negative related underpinnings, and not related to qualifications, experience or potential. From a minority vantage point when doors are opened for the majority, it is often perceived as “the good ole boy” network and not based on qualifications, experience or potential. These perceptions still exist today and need to be addressed if the Air Force is to continue to strive to stay ahead of the rest of society on issues related to diversity.

Growing Up In An Air Force With Few Black Pilots

This bubble reveals the target audience for this book. That audience is my USAFA classmates who have grown up to be the three and now four-star leaders of the Air Force. They will be the ones who shape the diversity landscape of the Air Force of 2020 with their values and decisions. My hope is that something in this book will impact them in a positive way to bring about positive and lasting changes in the diversity of the fighter pilot landscape of the Air Force.

Lack of Diversity or Racism? A Vantage Point Issue

My pastor’s sermon today helped me see this book in a different light. I looked at this book as a book primarily about diversity. It’s more than that. From an African American standpoint often a lack of diversity is synonymous with racism. I’m not sure from a white American standpoint that it is. White Americans may see the lack of diversity as “a problem we need to fix” either through more effective recruiting and marketing, etc. The Air Force has always praised itself as being a forerunner on social issues, setting the example, leading the way for the rest of American society on matters such as race relations and integration. I think that as the Air Force continues to make real progress in the diversity of its senior ranks, it will heal often unspoken, but very real divisions and misgivings within its ranks and can once again make the claim that it is ahead of the rest of American society on matters of race.

Promote Col Charles McGee

This chapter is devoted to the cause of securing a retroactive promotion to Brigadier General for Col Charles E. McGee. Col McGee is a 95-year-old Tuskegee Airmen that has the distinction of being the only person ever to fly 100 or more combat missions in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He has 409 total combat missions, was the first African American to command a Wing in the United States, commanded a maintenance group, a missile group and two different flying squadrons. With these credentials Col McGee would have been in shoe-in for the rank of brigadier general. Unfortunately at that time the Air Force did not readily give out that type of rank to black officers. This whole chapter makes a case to correct an inequity that is over four decades old.

The Failure of The Creech System

In 2003 I was serving as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Board. The person leading the diversity study was trying to force the focus of our study on the number of college-educated blacks in the population in 2003 to get answers for the lack of black generals in 2003. I said no that to understand what we have now you have to go back 25 years because it takes about that long to make a one-star general. So I got permission to collect data from the Air Force on fighter pilots from 1978 to 2003. What I found blew me away. I discovered that in 1978 a tremendously disproportionate drawdown of minority fighter pilots occurred. It is my assertion that it, more than the number of college-educated blacks, or the success of minority recruitment programs, is the single greatest reason for the lack of black fighter pilot generals in the Air Force today, The greatest aggregation of black, combat-tested fighter pilots since the Tuskegee Airmen was wiped out in a drawdown that disproportionately targeted minorities. Years later I discovered that this drawdown coincided with the start of the Gen Wilbur Creech administration.

What do we mean by "black ceiling"?

The chapter explains the title of the book and sets up the rest of the book. It is critical that the reader understands that although black men have enjoyed great success in the Air Force that there are also many areas still in 2016 where black men have experienced very little success. The area that this book focuses on is the lack of success that black men have had as fighter pilots in the Air Force. Specifically, the lack of success blacks have had in becoming fighter pilots and then attaining general officer ranks and then being placed in command of fighter and bomber forces. Black men are still experiencing many firsts in this last area as recently as 2015. That is extremely discouraging considering the success of the Tuskegee Airmen in the 1940s.

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