On Line Reviews by Mike Ramey


“I’m convinced that millions of people today don’t know the Lord because of the long faced, poor, suffering little me, self-sacrificing, tell-everybody-all-their-troubles Christians who act like their second birth was just as painful to them as their first one was to their mothers.”

--Zig Ziglar

“Confessions of a Happy Christian”


     In going through a few clearance items at a local bookstore, I happened across a gem that was written by the late Zig Ziglar.  Now, those who are familiar with Ziglar know his classic work “See You at the Top”.  Ziglar was a master salesman, accomplished business owner and highly sought-after conference speaker.  Ziglar was also a Christian.  He used every possible public opportunity (as well as a variety of private opportunities) to share his faith in Jesus Christ.


     He admits that it took him a while to get to that point.


     In his book “Confessions of a Happy Christian” (1978, 200 pages, Pelican Publishing Company) Ziglar shares a variety of ups, downs, twists and turns on his way to learning how to share his faith with others—regardless of their station in life.  Through 12 chapters, some of the stories Ziglar shares are amusing—even tear-jerking—but always with a touch of class, and an eye toward his Savior.  This work, while it could be listed as hard-to-find is worth the search if one is serious about having the wisdom to tell others about Christ from one who became a front-line solider in the work.


“Fortunately, I don’t give up anything by not drinking.  On the contrary, I retain full control of my senses (in my case I need them all!)”

--Zig Ziglar


     The chapters include: “Just A Coincidence”, “It’s “Good” for Them” and “But Lord I’ve Got A Car Payment Ant It’s Due Next Thursday”.  The work tackles a variety of topics related to the Christian at home, on the job, and in the marketplace.  Ziglar’s public and candid views involving his faith are encouraging, humbling, and uplifting.  It is a welcome and forgotten work in the soul-winning field, with practical lessons that are much needed in our modern era.


     “Confessions of a Happy Christian” is one of those works that might best be found on line or at your favorite old book store.  Once you find it, and finish it, pass it on.  There are new Christian soldiers heading out onto the battlefield daily, who could use its wisdom and encouragement.


     Mike Ramey is a Minister, syndicated columnist, book reviewer and consultant.  “On Line Reviews” is one of a variety of regular column titles which Ramey has in cyberspace from Barnstorm Communications International.  If you care to drop him a line, or a whine, feel free to reach him at mgmikeramey@yahoo.com. ©2020 Barnstorm Communications International

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including Gangstyle.com of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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