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Announcing a Contest!

I think I told you about the “Pay it Forward” thing we do at church once a year. We pass the collection plate and after it comes back full of money, the minister makes an unusual announcement: We are going to pass the plate again, this time while it’s full. We invite you to reach in and take whatever cash you will need to “Pay it Forward.”

You may want to donate the money you take to the homeless shelter; you may want to buy some children’s books for the library; perhaps your neighbor is having financial trouble and you want to take him a bag of groceries. Think about how you can make a difference and pay it forward, then reach into the plate and take a handful of cash– enough to pay for your idea. Then write a paragraph about what you did with the money. Our city brightened that week.

I had never seen anything like it and the first time I attended a Pay it Forward service, I almost fell out of the chair. Who ever heard of taking money out of the collection plate? Have you ever paid for a MacDonald’s breakfast for the guy behind you in line? I once took a Latte to a Delta booking agent after a flight had been cancelled and she was frantically trying to get people on another airplane to their destination while some of them were swearing at her. She brightened immediately. Humanity certainly had not ingratiated itself in the eyes of that Delta agent and I was sure I was personally responsible for a mass redemption that day– at least in her mind.

Being an artist, I used to paint mini paintings and slip them between the pages of a book, onto a restaurant table when I passed by, on a windshield now and then to kind of say– appreciate art. And to brighten their day. I used to call it anonymous art. It makes people smile.

A “Pay it Forward” campaign is a way to make the world a little brighter. So I was tickled when I was asked to Pay Michael Forward. Well, that’s easy. Michael paid so much foward, it was the least I could do. So there you are.

Joe Vogel’s book is amazing. It’s deep and it’s honest. That’s all I am going to say here. But if you want to read my review go to Pay Michael Forward and check it out

And for something really meaty that dares to tell the truth about what really happened to Michael Jackson, go to Voices Education Project and check out Joe Vogel’s article “Am I the Beast You Visualize?” I couldn’t believe it either. Joe Vogel has managed to harness the truth of it. And if you go to where it is hosted in the curriculum at “Words and Violence” dedicated to Michael and Diana, you can read the discussion questions. Be sure to share.

You know, I really think we might be able to push Joe’s book forward in the ratings and if we use a small window and squeeze a lot of sales into it, we might be able to push it to the best seller list. Want to try? OK. Here’s how and here are the rules:


Nov 1 to Nov 4 only!

Inner Michael is pleased to host the contest and to sponsor Pay Michael Forward, a brand new website for:

Joe Vogel’s new book:
Man in the Music
Which is a journey through the musical genius of Michael Jackson

Want to win some amazing prizes? To be eligible, purchase two or more copies of Man in the Music.

May we suggest that you get:

1) A copy for yourself
2) A copy to give as a gift for Christmas or a Birthday
3) A copy to donate to your local library

If you donate a copy to your local library, a positive book about Michael Jackson will live there forever
available to everyone in your community!

Be sure to save your receipt- you will be asked to produce a copy to collect your prize.
(No prizes will be awarded without proof of purchase.)

You must also validate your entry by clicking on the link you’ll receive in an email.

As a bonus for entering the contest you will receive a complementary memberships to:

Pay Michael Forward
Inner Michael
Joe Vogel’s Web Journal
Voices Education Project
(“Voices” hosts the Words and Violence Curriculum dedicated to Michael and Diana)

Your entry in the contest makes you eligible for other bonuses:
Newsletters, updates, contests, news and activities as they happen from all the PMF team!

And just for entering the contest you are cordially invited to join us in an exciting event: a special “fireside” chat which includes:
Joe Vogel
the Pay Michael Forward Team
A secret special guest from Michael Jackson’s inner circle.
(You will receive your personal invitation via email.)

Joe Vogel will draw the winners on a date to be announced as soon as his book promotion schedule permits
and you will be able to watch the drawing on youtube. As an additional bonus, the person who:
1)Sends in the most creative idea
2) Finds the most creative way to “Pay Michael Forward”
3) Promotes Joe’s book, Man in the Music in the most unique and effective way
will win an additional bonus if your idea or entry is selected. If the PMF team selects and uses your idea or likes the idea you’ve already implemented, you will win a hardbound copy of Earth Song signed by Joe Vogel.

Now let’s get to the PRIZES!

All Contest Entrants:
will recive an invitation to… A Fireside Chat with Joe Vogel and a Surprise guest from Michael’s inner circle

Grand Prize Winner:
Drawn by Joe Vogel during his book tour
The person whose name is drawn will recieve:
The Ultimate Collection (Michael Jackson’s Opus Music Collection)
A signed copy of Man in the Music and Earth Song personally autographed by Joe Vogel
as well s an invitation to the Fireside chat

First Prize Winner:
(Whoever orders the most books during the contest window) receives:
Amy Grace’s beautiful poster: “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Michael Jackson”
An autographed copy of Earth Song
Fireside chat

Second Prize Winner:
(Whoever orders the second most number of books) receives:
Amy Grace’s T Shirt: “Keep Michaeling”
An autographed copy of Earth Song.
Fireside Chat

Third Prize Winner:
The third most books ordered receives:
An autographed copy of Earth Song
Fireside chat

In the case of a tie, winners will be drawn from the multiple entrants * Prizes are subject to change, additions and availability * Additional prizes may be awarded *Videos of the drawing will be available on youtube

Now go fill out the form below and… Good Luck!

Enter the Contest!
Order two or more copies of Joe Vogel’s Man in the Music
win amazing prizes!








At Amazon and Voices Education will  receive
a bonus 5% commission.

Or order from
Barnes and Noble

You must order a minimum of two books
Proof of purchase required
to win.


  1. Anne Mette Jepsen said . . .

    Hi Rev. Kaufmann! Is this contest for US fans only? It looks like I can’t enter the contest with my adress in Denmark …. sadly …. I really would LOVE to be able to participate 🙂 LOVE and GRATITUDE, Anne Mette

    Posted November 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Joslyn said . . .

    I have checked out Pay Michael Forward and have been sharing the link as well as news about the contest. Joe Vogel – #1!

    Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink
  3. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Just fixed that Anne- go in and try now – see the sidebar at Inner Michael

    Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink
  4. Souldreamer7 said . . .

    This is a wonderful project. Everybody ‘Wins’ Blessings, souldreamer7

    Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink
  5. Sue Springer said . . .

    This is so wonderful, Rev. B. It felt so good to provide a copy to our Public Library, and they were so happy to receive it. Things are a changing. Love and peace.

    Posted November 4, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink
  6. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Brava Sue! ~B

    Posted November 4, 2011 at 4:14 am | Permalink

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