Decatur Book Festival Press Release

pressrelease-image-1-WebResVery excited that I can share this press release with you. This will now be my third Book Festival since The Pray-ers came out. This weekend is in Decatur GA. Will you be one of the 85,000 people that will attend?

Before you read the Press Release you may want to hear my 3 minute video of why I wrote this novel. You might find it interesting. Click HERE to go to my YouTube Channel

John Wald Fetner & Associates
A Professional Advertising Agency
405 Glenwood Avenue SE Atlanta, Ga. 30312 (404) 522-9177


Wednesday August 31, 2016
WHERE: DECATUR (404) 606-2322

Hey, this is Mark Mirza and I’m inviting you to stop by and say hello this weekend at the 2016 Decatur Book Festival.BookShow-2016-Decatur-WebRes

I’ll be at CTM Publishing Atlanta’s BOOTH 703 near the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Clairmont to promote the new fiction trilogy The Prayers / Book 1 Troubles. My new book is all about modeling prayer thru the example of the three main characters living in three different historical periods. We’ve already sold a number of copies, and I love for you to order one for you and your Church library.

The Pray-ers, CTM Publishing AtlantaJ. Gerald Harris, Editor of The Christian Index writes, “Mark Mirza has used his fertile and creative mind to craft a novel that is both innovative and inspiring. The author vividly reminds us that we have a formidable enemy who can be defeated when we link ourselves via prayer with an omnipotent God with whom nothing is impossible. The imaginative link between the 1st century characters, 19th century characters and modern day characters in the book is inventive, but effective in producing the desired result. Navigating carefully the first few pages prepares you to enjoy the flow of a book that will fascinate you, inspire you and bless you.”


CTM Publishing Atlanta is the publishing arm of Common Thread Ministries.

Our vision statement is “Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend


Mark S Mirza
CTM Publishing, Inc.
C: (404) 606-2322

Politics, Motives and Prayers

Politics, Motives and Prayers


During a weekly conference call where we pray for a particular Washington D.C. legislator, my prayer partner and I prayed about the Republican Convention and the November elections. While he prayed 1 Timothy 2:2 it occurred to me that the verse’s reference to “tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity” is expected of Christians, REGARDLESS of who is in office.


While I would like my country’s leaders to create circumstances where life is convenient for me as a Christian, I have to be honest about my motivation for praying for these leaders. And when I check my motivation for praying I find myself having to say, “Yes, my motivation is selfish (cf James 4:3)! I don’t want to face the turmoil that 1 Peter 4:12 implies, namely that I should expect fiery ordeals.”  And then I am reminded where Jesus, in Matthew 10:16ff says, basically, “They persecuted me. They WILL persecute you.”


So how do I make sense of these realities and then let them impact my prayers so that my prayers are true to God’s Word?

  1. I submit myself to the Lord, dying to my desires, daily (Luke 9:23). This means that I am willing to wake up every morning and sign a document that says, “God’s Will For My Life” BEFORE its details of the day are filled in.
  2. I thank the Lord, for every circumstance, difficulty, etc. We know that 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to be thankful IN everything but do we own the reality that we are to thankful FOR everything? (See Ephesians 5:20). You may think that there is NOTHING you can give thanks for, relative to certain issues, but test the Lord. Let Him lay on your heart what you can give thanks for. It will completely change your perspective of your difficulty.
  3. Finally, pray God’s Word, “Lord, You have ALREADY given me everything I need to live a life of godliness, (1 Peter 1:3) regardless of who is in official leadership roles. When they threaten my peace, I simply ask You to consider their threats and give me the opportunity to be bold for You (Acts 4:29).




Mark S Mirza
Common Thread Ministries
CTM Publishing, Atlanta
The Pray-ers