Monday, May 16, 2011

An American Pilgrim: Some Reflections on High Plains Drifter


In the past few weeks, I have been thinking about my book High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America. I know that it was God’s will for me to write this book. It was God’s will that High Plains Drifter was published, even though it was published by a self publishing company. It will be interesting to see how the Lord uses this book and how it will influence the people who have read it.

At one time in my life, reading the classics in literature was a passion. High Plains Drifter is not literary, so I have wondered why the Lord wanted it published. But I shouldn’t be judging my book through a literary lens. The New York Times Book Review may not think highly of my book, but the Lord may think it an inspiring, worthwhile testimony. There are some literary classics that really have no value in the Judaeo-Christian world view. The reprobate mind is not the mind of Christ; worldliness is not to be found in the Kingdom of Heaven; blindness is the opposite of prophetic vision.

Then the Lord gave me this Scripture: “the Lord chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” I really believe this verse describes High Plains Drifter best. This book is not meant to entertain; it is not a how-to book on hitchhiking. It is a book to draw people onto the narrow path of obedience to the Lord. High Plains Drifter would not be considered dense writing (i.e., lots of details, much time spent working on the text). Watchman Nee’s classic The Spiritual Man and Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov would be considered dense writing.

I wrote the book very fast: 200 pages in 10 days were written in longhand back in January/February of 2000. I really didn’t want to write High Plains Drifter—I wrote it in spite of myself. Back in 1999, I was on the road for probably eight months. During that time, people kept telling me that I should write a book about my hitchhiking travels. I kept telling them, no, I didn’t want to write a book. Finally, in January of 2000, I was hitchhiking in Texas and I ducked into this convenience store to get something to eat. I talked with this young lady who was working the cash register. She could see that I was hitchhiking, so she told me that she wanted to read my book someday. She was speaking words of faith; I believe the Lord was using her.

High Plains Drifter is autobiographical; it is about hitchhiking, the people I meet on the road and my Christian faith. It is a fast read (120 pages). But mostly, I believe that High Plains Drifter is not unlike the jawbone of an ass: it doesn’t look like much at first glance, but it will help destroy satanic strongholds in the long run. I know that Satan hates High Plains Drifter. A couple of nights before it was accepted for publication (August 2008), I was attacked by a demon while I was sleeping in my tent. The attack was so real and so painful that I thought my ribcage was broken. Later, in December 2008, I was attacked by a demon the week it was published. Somehow High Plains Drifter is a threat to Satan’s kingdom; it is symbolic of the intercessory work that I do for the Lord. If the Lord is in a work, it will grow stronger and become more influential over time.

Time is nothing; the timelessness of the Gospel is everything. Some people are drifters, some people read about drifters and some people don’t care for drifters. Inspiration sometimes comes from the quiet lives of wandering, broken vessels. It is the narrow road that leads to God. American highways were meant for pilgrims.

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Dreams from the LORD 2003-2006
7 March 2005

I have also been burning my High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America and Dreams from the Lord and Journal onto these mini-CDs (210 MB). When I am hitchhiking around the country, somebody invariably says something like: “Hey, Tim, you should write a book about your travels.” So if they have access to a computer, I can give them a copy of my book on a CD. The typescript of High Plains Drifter (160 pages) weighed about one pound, so it is nice not to carry any extra weight in my backpack.

2 August 2006

About a week ago, I hitchhiked from Jackson through Salmon, Idaho to just south of Darby, Montana where I slept in a barn. Walking out of Tetonia, Idaho, this guy picked me up--he had picked me up before in 2001 or 2002. I had given him my typescript High Plains Drifter when he first picked me up and he said he really enjoyed it. He gave it to his wife and she liked it, also. So when he dropped me off near Sugar City, I gave him a copy of my CD so he could read my other book.

Dreams from the LORD 2007-2010
16 August 2007

A few nights ago, I had a dream where I saw this man sitting alone in a church pew. He told me that he didn’t like my book High Plains Drifter. After he said that, I couldn’t hear him anymore. He talked and talked, but I couldn’t hear him; it looked like he was talking to himself or talking into the air. There was no one else in the church. He seemed very agitated.

I believe I know the meaning of this dream. The man sitting in the church pew either did not like my book, High Plains Drifter, or he did not like my life of obedience to the Lord, i.e. hitchhiking all over the United States, living a life of intercessory prayer, being a prophet and living on the fringes of society (this is what High Plains Drifter symbolizes). The man sitting in the church pew symbolized church people in general. Some church people don’t like my work of obeying the Lord and taking out satanic strongholds [or else they don’t understand; sometimes people fear or hate that which they don’t understand].

12 August 2008

Last night I had a dream where I was in this office. There was this bookcase and there were files and books in the bookcase. As I was leaving the office, I noticed my two books, High Plains Drifter and Dreams from the Lord, in the bookcase. I pulled Dreams from the Lord out from some files, looked at it briefly and then sandwiched it back between some files. For some reason, I believe that office had something to do with a public relations firm.

1 August 2009

Last night I had a dream where I saw President Ronald Reagan. He was playing a guitar and looked very old. It looked like he had been out of the White House for several years. President Reagan was surrounded by many people—they looked like reporters.

President Reagan saw me, smiled at me and walked over to where I was standing. We spoke for a short while.

Then this woman walked up to me; she looked like a reporter. We talked for a while. I told her that I had a book published. She said that she had heard of it and told me the title of a book. It was the wrong title. I told her my book was High Plains Drifter. I found a piece of paper, folded it in two and began writing High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America. I was writing with an old-fashioned fountain pen—the ink dripped onto the paper in a couple of places. I was almost finished writing the title of my book when the dream ended.



A Book Review for High Plains Drifter 

11 comments:

  1. Hi Tim, I see there is a link for High Plains Drifter on Amazon above. Is the the other book available? (Dreams) Maybe I am not seeing the link.
    Thanks, Sarah

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  2. Sarah: "Dreams from the LORD" is not published--at least not in paperback. If you go to the right-hand column of this blog and go down to "A Hitchhiker's Life", you will see "Dreams from the LORD 2003-2006" (Part I and Part II). You can read it there or else go to the Internet Archive and read it there.

    At this time, "Dreams from the LORD 2007-2010" is not available to the public. I just started my third volume of "Dreams from the LORD" this January. I will probably be writing in this journal for the rest of my life.

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  3. Sarah: Here is the link to the Internet Archive:

    "Dreams from the LORD 2003-2006"

    http://www.archive.org/details/DreamsFromTheLordAndJournal

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  4. Thanks Tim, I already started to read. I read the part where you mentioned about your family curse. The nature of curses is very interesting. Why does God have allow them to pass for 3 generations?

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  5. Sarah: There is a Scripture in the Book of Levitcus or Deuteronomy or both that says the bastard shall not enter into the congregation of Israel for 10 generations.

    In my experience, obeying the Lord is what breaks curses and deliverance ministries do some of this also. The big curses were broken off of my life through obeying the Lord. Shallow, unspiritual Christians don't know about these things and don't believe these things. The Lord has rebuked me many times for trying to tell milk bottle Christians about the operation of demons and the breaking of curses; the Lord told me that I was casting pearls before swine.

    Unrepented sin (demons) always pass on down to the children. Everybody knows that the Kennedy family is cursed probably because Joe Kennedy mades lots of money on other people's misery--bootlegging. There is an Irish saying: He who sells bad liquor, his children and his children's children shall be cursed.

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  6. Tim,
    I'd asked my friend to purchase your book and mail it to me here in Vietnam..I tried ordering it on amazon twice and kept getting my order canceled. So my friend got it for me. He had knee surgery 2 weeks ago and hopefully I will be getting it to me soon. I've been very interested in reading this. Although you say it's not dense text, I'd offer that it is probably quite dense writing and in many aspects I will find myself slowly digesting it as I've done with Watchman Nee's Spiritual Man. Praise God for your dedication and persevering throughout our Lord's work. I am especially blessed by the essence of what you define as the purpose of High Plains Drifter, "It is a book to draw people onto the narrow path of obedience to the Lord" The only one who can write about such a daunting purpose is one who lives and walks on that narrow path.
    God bless... Thank you for blessing so many lives and for your obedience to our Lord.

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  7. Randy: I once ordered a copy of "High Plains Drifter" through a bookstore in Riverton, Wyoming. I think think they went through Amazon.com. I waited for a couple of months and then cancelled the order and I got my money back.

    I ordered four books through Amazon a month or two ago, and I got the books within a week. Before that I ordered several books through Barnes and Noble and I got the books in a week.

    I just reread Chapter One in "High Plains Drifter" last night. It really isn't dense writing--I wrote it very fast. It is a much different book than Nee's "The Spiritual Man". In Nee's book, he is teaching deeply spiritual truths. In my book, I am showing obedience to the Lord.

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  8. Dreams from the LORD 2007-2010
    30 January 2009

    One thing is absolutely clear: Satan hates the fact that High Plains Drifter is published. Back in August 2008, I was sleeping in my tent near Florence, Montana. I was lying on my back in my sleeping bag when it felt like this elk or deer jumped on my body—it was very painful. I woke up the next morning thinking that my tent was wrecked. I felt my ribcage with my hands thinking that my ribs were broken. Then I realized that Satan or a demon had attacked me. A day or two later I was in Dillon, Montana at the public library and found out through e-mail that PublishAmerica had accepted my manuscript for publication. So we can see that Satan attacked me because PublishAmerica had accepted my manuscript.

    I believe it was the 6th of December of 2008; I was sleeping in a camper near St. Anthony, Idaho, when I was attacked again by a demon. While I was sleeping I could feel this evil presence come into the camper. My body became paralyzed and I tried to pray. Then this evil being (demon) tried to crush my body—I could feel my body sink deeper into the mattress. The demon seemed like it weighed a thousand pounds. After several minutes the demon left the camper. On the 8th of December 2008, my book was available on Amazon.com. As we can see, Satan attacked me again because now High Plains Drifter was finally published.

    High Plains Drifter must be some sort of strategic threat to Satan and his kingdom. Satan absolutely HATES High Plains Drifter. Satan never attacked me when Saddam Hussein was captured or executed. Satan never attacked me after al-Zarqawi was killed. (The Presence of God was absolutely burning me up just before Saddam Hussein was captured and just before al-Zarqawi was killed.) There is no doubt that the deaths of Saddam Hussein and al-Zarqawi were great blows to Satan’s kingdom. So why would Satan attack me because High Plains Drifter is in print?

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  9. Last night I had a very vivid dream. I was talking with some friends and then I walked over to this table and sat down. I think I was tired, so I put my head in my hands and closed my eyes to take a short nap.

    I then heard someone walking towards me. I opened my eyes and saw these cowboy boots. I then looked up and saw Clint Eastwood. He was wearing a cowboy hat and had a bandana wrapped around his neck. Eastwood was in his forties; he looked like the cowboy in those spaghetti westerns or The Stranger in his film "High Plains Drifter". He was smiling at me.

    He was there to talk to me and prepare me for the lead role in a film he was directing. I think the film was based on my book "High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America".

    Then Gene Hackman walked up to me, shook my hand and smiled at me. Gene Hackman was dressed like he was in the film "The Quick and the Dead". There was more to the dream, but it is gone from me now.

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  10. Hi Tim,
    I wanted to show my appreciation for what your writing does for me. So I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award:
    http://dreamsofdunamis.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-versatile-blogger-award/
    Blessings,
    C. Dunamis

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  11. Dunamis: Thank you; that was very kind of you.

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