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Weekly requests poured in by mail asking for legal permission to quote and use an author’s writing material. One day a request came, like many previously, asking for permission to use some published work. The sender, from Houston, Texas, was asking if she could use the author’s material as she worked with “at-risk kids.” The author fired off a note giving legal permission and requesting her to submit a report of her activities. Later that same day, as the author was writing, she realized she had slipped into the pattern of living at the transactional level of life, and failed to live at the transformational level of life. The author then wrote a note to herself to call the recipient of her permission to use material and see how she was doing in her ministry. 1

(1) Laurie Beth Jones. WaterBrook Press, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2002, pg. 115.

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