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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)

TITLE: 99 Steps to Personal Peace
By Gabrielle Pickle
06/02/06


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Infomercial:
“Now available for the first time on television! 99 Steps to Personal Peace. This book is the premier guide to inner peace. Want a life free of stress, anxiety, worry, and fear? Then this book is for you! Each step is designed by top psychologists and spiritualists to rid your life of negativity layer by layer!”
“There are many products out there that claim to bring inner peace, but they use only five or ten of the steps contained in this book. That is why this guide to personal peace is the best on the market – it provides ALL the steps needed to achieve lasting inner peace! Don’t hesitate, buy it now folks.”

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The Boardrooms of Hell: Media Production Division

“Thank you, Lust, for that exceptional Power Point Presentation on tainting the rich youth of the world. Very inspiring.” The Demon Chairman addressed a lovely demoness clad in a provocative business suit.

The boardroom was packed with managers from every department of Media Productions. Due to the mass of new converts resulting from Christian aid in Indonesia, all projects were being moved from the drawing board to active production.

“Who is next on the agenda?” The chairman looked around the room. “Ah yes, the infomercial by Misdirection and Distraction.”

The two demons stood and moved the head of the table. Misdirection nervously smoothed the wrinkles from his suit as Distraction spoke.

“The infomercial has completed production and is being aired as we speak. The infomercial targets the human desire for inner peace. The book has 99 steps, each requiring several hours to complete. If a person were to do nothing else but read the book and follow the steps, it is estimated that it would take two and a half years to complete.”

“Excellent,” the chairman commended as he turned to face the other managers. “For those of you who are not aware of this newest ploy. We are trying to give humans so much busy work that they have no time to focus on other sources of peace – specifically, the Origin of peace.”

A hand shot up in the back of the room. “What research have you based the infomercial on?”

Misdirection spoke for the first time, “It is a documented fact that humans prefer to work for something, rather than accept a free gift. We targeted that desire in giving them 99 steps. The humans will choose to work through 99 steps rather than ask for peace from the Source.”

“Excellent work gentlemen. Thank you both. I want to hear the results of the infomercial as soon as they come in.” The chairman instructed as the two demon managers nodded in agreement.

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“99 Steps to Personal Peace is NOT, I repeat, NOT sold in stores. This is a one-of a kind offer. You can find the path to inner peace for only $29.95! But, if you call within the next twenty-four hours we will include the book, 142 Ways to World Peace, absolutely free! That’s two books for the low, low price of only $29.95! Don’t hesitate; there are only a limited number of copies available. So pick up your phone and order your copy today.”
“But wait; if you call in the next ten minutes, you will also receive an engraved set of peace-quote bookmarks to hold your place as you work step-by-step to inner peace! Call now and receive 99 Steps to Personal Peace, 142 Ways to World Peace, and a beautiful set of engraved peace-quote bookmarks, for only $29.95!”
“Don’t hesitate, pick up the phone! The number is 1-800-555-4321.”


“Wait, I just got word from the warehouse, we have sold 59,995 copies of 99 Steps to Personal Peace, and have only five copies left! Five copies! Time is running out – call this minute to receive your guide to inner peace! 1-800-555-4321.


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Debbie Wistrom06/08/06
LOVED IT!!!
That points a lot of fingers at a lot of people. How creative!
dub W06/08/06
Very creative, I loved the way you worked the characters and their responses. This essay is too well done to be ignored.
Michelle Burkhardt06/09/06
Great job! I even went to my phone to see if the #'s spelled anything because you were so creative.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/09/06
This is great. I loved it. It's so creative.
Lisa Vest06/12/06
Ditto all the above. Awesome "behind the scenes" look at the subtly of the enemy.
Virginia Gorg06/13/06
The great deceiver .. nicely done and gives us a warning to be aware of falsehoods that are more & more prominent.