The Cause Within You Review

"It doesn't take a person with unusual ability to change the world. 
All it takes is a heart that cares, a mind that's determined, a spirit that's willing, a cause that matters, and a person to help." 
pg. 38
Matthew Barnett, co-founder of the Dream Center in Los Angeles, definitely got it right with this book. The Cause Within You is the most inspirational spiritual growth book I've ever read. At nineteen, he preached his church from 39 people to literally zero. Feeling defeated, God led him to what used to be a park and is now the home to the lowest of the low. After seeing the devastation there in Echo Park, he knew God was calling him to make this his ministry. God said to him “If you reach the people nobody wants, I'll send you the people that everybody wants.”

Fifteen years later, Pastor Matthew is walking around the streets of L.A. toting a sheet of cardboard and a well-worn Bible, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Dream Center. His passion is re-awakened as he slumbers the streets with homeless people and is humbled by panhandling the next morning.

Whether you're young or old, this book is for you. Everyone was created for an amazing cause and discovering that cause will change the world. Through his story and the stories of those around him, Pastor Matthew shows us as readers how to trust God and to listen for His dream for us. “God's dreams for you are always bigger–and better—than your dreams for you.”

What God has done through Pastor Matthew is an amazing thing—just think if we all lived out the causes within us.

You can find out more about the Dream Center and Pastor Matthew at their respective websites. I also just recently discovered that they offer internships and short term mission work there because a youth group from my hometown is doing missions there. If you'd like to order this book, it is cheapest on Amazon.

I am grateful for the opportunity to read and be on the street team for this book by Team BuzzPlant. I was asked to write an unbiased review for this book. 

Posted by Jane | at 2/23/2011 10:05:00 PM | 1 comments

Solitude and Loneliness

I do not find solitude enough. In college, I am always in someone's presence; whether it be my roommate or other floormates, company is all around. Even whilst at home, solitude does not often find me. Even still, I find loneliness in every noisy moment and I yearn for company in each quiet breath. One would think that being surrounded by other life would cause loneliness to be kept at bay, but this is not the case.

I require much solitude, and I often find it in moments with a particularly engrossing novel where I am swept away to other worlds and transported into another's life with their friends and family. I find solitude in the constant hum of my computer's fan while quietly clicking small black keys by the faint light of my laptop screen, creating another world and writing another's life. I find solitude in the stillness of winter, where every sound out of the intense silence is magnified by the glittering snow.

While solitude is not easily captured, loneliness often interrupts my thoughts. Loneliness finds me most often whilst I am surrounded by company. Loneliness comes to me in the middle of a boring and forced reading, in the midst of a frustrating conversation, and, most annoyingly, when stress is suffocating me. Loneliness is found in the most mundane acts of life when one's mind has nothing to dwell itself with.

Solitude and loneliness seem to be similar, but I find they are often opposites. I find solitude in the peaceful acts of life, while loneliness finds me during the times when I would give anything to escape into another world. I am always in search of solitude, while loneliness is always in search of me.

Posted by Jane | at 2/09/2011 02:23:00 PM | 0 comments

The Cause Within You EVENT

This Sunday, February 13, you have a unique opportunity to support an event happening around The Cause Within You.

THE DREAM CENTER, twelve time GRAMMY Award Nominee Kirk Whalum, and Victory University are
In celebration of this year's Gospel GRAMMY Nominees, the event is a pre awards ceremony, concert and service honoring the nominees and benefiting THE DREAM CENTER's PROJECT HOPE.
No matter where you live, you can be part of this event and support PROJECT HOPE: you can either attend in person or watch online. See below for details.
The event is free and open to all that can attend in person. The concerts stellar performances will be streamed live on the web at inviting the entire world to view for $4.99 with proceeds benefiting Project Hope.
WHO: "IT STARTED WITH A DREAM" will feature live performances by GRAMMY Nominees:
  • Vanessa Bell Armstrong
  • Jeff & Sheri Easter
  • Forever Jones
  • Gungor
  • Israel Houghton
  • Lecrae
  • VaShawn Mitchell
  • Karen Peck & New River
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • and Kirk Whalum with special guest George Duke
WHEN: Sunday, February 13, 2011 :: 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

WHERE:Angelus Temple
1100 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
The vision of PROJECT HOPE is to provide a restoration home for immediate care to those rescued from human trafficking; rebuild one's physical, mental and spiritual wholeness; and prepare individuals toward returning to society. Project Hope exists for the purpose of helping the lives of individuals who have fallen victim to human trafficking. This home offers a safe place to rebuild lives based on biblical principles. The home will focus on the specific needs for each individual.

I will be streaming this to support the cause! You should too! 

Posted by Jane | at 2/07/2011 06:08:00 PM | 0 comments

The Cause Within You

Matthew Barnett, founder of the Dream Center, bestselling author of The Church That Never Sleeps and a pastor at one of America's fastest growing churches is spreading God's Word rapidly. Today I'm here to tell you about his newest accomplishment.

The Cause Within You is an amazing book where Matthew shows the reader how to transform his or her life. If you are apathetic and don't see a cause for your life, this book will create cause and passion in your soul. You can pick up this book at a bunch of different places, but the cheapest is at Amazon

You can find out more about Matthew and his dream at the Dream Center website and more about his newest book at The Cause Within You website. Read this book today and find the cause that is in you. 

If you do buy this book, let me know. I am part of the street team and I can earn certain prizes for spreading the word. While I am spreading the word because I believe in the cause, I would also enjoy winning the prizes. Thank you. 

Posted by Jane | at 2/06/2011 01:16:00 AM | 0 comments

My First Steampunk Novel(la)

Gravesight is a steampunk novella of the Long Tale City series. As of this time, the other books in the series (Street Urchin, Iron Orphan, and White Recluse) are not yet published. While the reader doesn't know of the background of the story before jumping into Gravesight, he or she is still given plenty of information to understand the story and yet still have a bit of mystery. Although I still don't know what the steampunk genre is, I immensely enjoyed this morsel of a story.

While it is difficult to summarize such a short work, I will do my best. In this novella, a small boy named Linus and a large man named Cage, both of the otherkind, are the main characters. It is written from Cage's point-of-view, as he takes Linus into his care and has an interesting adventure with this special boy.

The author, Jeremy McNabb put countless hours into this series (as do all authors) and this novella serves to whet one's appetite and leave him or her asking for more Long Tale City stories.

At this time, Gravesight, is only available via You can buy it here for just 99 cents, and if you don't have a Kindle, you can download Kindle for PC to read it.

Posted by Jane | at 2/03/2011 04:44:00 PM | 0 comments