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That's the title of the last chapter of Vol. I (Parts I and II) of my historical fiction novel of Biblical times—and here is the entire chapter (minus the headings). I thought it appropriate to post it close to a week after Good Friday as that's when it takes place. It follows up on both Manaheem's prayer at the foot of the cross and his tenuous romance with his ex-wife, Claressa. Will his newfound faith be enough to convince her to come back to him? This chapter also looks forward to the resurrection. Did the Nazarene really rise from the dead? (Barabbas so reports, but, Claressa is still not sure) And, if he did rise, what effect will that have on their lives? Stay tuned, or buy the book. The complete 3-part ebook is still discounted. Click "Buy" for prices.
I decided to make a separate post for the dedication, since it contains the story of a dream my wife had which relates to the main title of the novel.
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What do a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? Down deep, they all seek for something better; and eventually, they all find the childlike humility and faith required for true fulfillment. The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod's foster brother, helps Herod foment an insurrection against Pilate, using the blacksmith, Barabbas as leader, to the dismay of the latter's Godly but fearful wife. The Mendicant, a young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings. Meanwhile, Pilate's wife pushes him to take over Herod's territory. When the insurrection fails, Manaheem turns to blackmail, and Barabbas turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of our two beggars. Manaheem almost loses his one true love, his former wife, Claressa, with whom he is trying to re-unite. The robbery goes bad, and Barabbas and the beggars get caught and are sentenced to death.
This excerpt starts a little further than he previous one left off. Here we see the effect of the dying Jesus on both Barabbas and Manaheem. Then we follow Barabbas home to hear him related his experience to his family. There's even a slight hint of the coming resurrection in his last remark
Since I mentioned Timotheus and Lucas in my last BookBubble from my self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom," I thought it fitting to post an excerpt from my Biblical novel which pictures the two beggars and the effect of Lucas' negativity on Timotheus and his Burgeoning faith.. This excerpt opens with a clear manifestation of the power of God by the voice at the baptism of Jesus, and yet Lucas almost manages to talk Timotheus out of believing what his ears have heard. This conflict continues throughout the novel until the end, when the identities of these two beggars are revealed (Some of you know who they become in the end--Please don't reveal it.)
In my haste to catch you up on Claressa's situation, I failed to include the part of PART II, Ch.21 about Manaheem's redemption. This is important as it sets the stage for his reconciliation with Claressa (which I already posted) and his next visit with Herod. Also, the question of the extent of Christ's kingdom is again raised, as Barabbas talks with Manaheem. This excerpt picks up with Barabbas still kneeling at the cross, and ends with him back at home. In the middle, we see Manaheem at the cross. I'll get back to PART III (Volume 2) of the novel later, but I thought it important to bring in this excerpt from PART II first.
That's the title of the last chapter of the first volume of my Biblical novel. At the cross, Manaheem, like Barabbas, did find peace and fulfilment as he gave his life to the dying Christ [His salvation was one of my goals, but then I needed to restore his romance.] Since his conversion, he has been searching for his true love, Claressa to tell her and seek reconciliation with her. It's been over a week now and he finally finds her at the Market and tells her of his new-found faith. She is impressed, especially that he gave up his Blackmail scheme, but is still sceptical until Barabbas appears announcing that Jesus has risen from the dead. They both promise to go to a believer's meeting. But will Claressa accept the risen savoir as well, or will they be mismatched? The answer to that lies in Part III. Stay tuned.
As promised, here's more on Barabbas at the cross. He answers his own question and, realizing who the man on the cross really is, he does find forgiveness and peace, On his way down the hill he meets Manaheem and shares with him his new -found joy and peace. As they discuss the dying "king of the Jews," the question again comes up as to the extent of his kingdom. Will they realize it is universal, and will Manaheem also find peace through this dying Messiah? Stay tuned or buy the book.
Barabbas had told hid wife he had to go and see the man who was taking his place. So here, we find him kneeling at the cross. He hears the word of forgiveness from the cross. He sees the sign above the cross and realizes Jesus is king. But he asks himself, where then is his kingdom. So I leave this excerpt with that question. Does he find answers and peace? Stay tuned or buy the book.
[SPOILER ALERT: In case you haven't guessed it by now, the two beggars have become the two thieves crucified with Jesus. I purposely did not use the traditional names as they are just that--traditional and the thieves are not named in the Bible. So I gave them different names to add the element of surprise.] Today is Good Friday, when we remember Jesus' death on the cross for us. So, I'm posting this excerpt from the last part of Ch. 18 and all of Ch.19 of Part II of my Biblical novel. The two beggars have been convicted and Barabbas has been released in favour of Jesus. At home at last, he tells his wife about the robbery and murder. That's where this excerpt picks up. Ch.19 details the crucifixion and the salvation of Timotheus with poetry as well as prose. It seemed a good place to put poetry and the rhymes just flowed.
Following-up on my two previous excerpts, this one finds the prisoners still awaiting their fate. And since today is Maundy Thursday, it's appropriate, as it takes place just after Jesus is arrested following the last supper. I contrived the window in the cell so that I could have Timotheus watch Peter's denial. I note his reaction through poetry and prose. -- Then, I switch the scene to Barabbas, already convicted, and relate his thoughts via first person stream-of-conciousness narration.
Here's all of Part II Chapter 11 as a follow-up to my previous BookBuble, "Palm Sunday Confrontation." I failed to include there the part where the robbery attempt goes bad and Barabbas, in an act of mad desperation, stabs the protesting shop owner to death and they are caught. (I spared you the gory details.) In this Chapter, they await their fates in their prison cell and go over Barabbas' "perfect alabi." But Timotheus is bothered by the memory of the Nazarene astride the donkey days earlier. Here is another place in the novel where I weave poetry into the prose. Then we see that Barabbas is found guilty of both the insurrection and this robbery/murder, while the other two await their fate. If you know the scripture, you know what happened to Barabbas, and can you guess by now who the other 2 end up being?. (More later.)
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, so I thought that, even though a bit late, I'd present an excerpt from my Biblical novel which deals with what happened on that day, This is from Part II, so it's a bit later than my previous excerpts. Barabbas has tried the insurrection and failed, so, still hiding out, he now turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of the two beggars. The day he chooses for the robbery just happens to be the day of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem I wrote it that way in order for Timotheus to have a face to face confrontation with Jesus. Has has seen him before teaching to large crowds of people, but this is the first time he sees him up close. It won't be the last.
John the Baptist's denunciation of Herod for his adultery and bigamy go unheeded and make Herodius more and more upset. In this excerpt from Part I, Chapter 21 ("The Unforgettable Party") I flesh out the Biblical account of Salome's dancing and her resulting horrible request. You will also see Herod's attitude toward the request and why he granted it.
Following up on the previous BookBuble, in this excerpt, we see the result of Herod's decision to marry Philip's wife as far as the public and Philip are concerned, as Herod plans to go ahead with the marriage plans. As he starts to call the servants to arrange the wedding invitations, he hears something below. Opening the window, he finds John the Baptist, who denounces him for his bigamy. This seemed the most natural place for his first encounter with the Baptist. This scene seemed the natural follow-up to the previous one. Yet there are 2 chapters between them--Chapter 16, which introduces John
The gospels tell us that John the Baptist denounced king Herod because he had married Herodias, his brother, Philip's wife. In writing my Biblical novel, I decided flesh out this affair and imagine how this bigomistic marriage came to be. If you've been following my "BookBubles", you'll remember that in a previous excerpt, Mahaheems's attention was called to Herod's wandering glaces at Philip's wife when the two had come to call. Here in this excerpt Manaheem catches the king in the act and decides to turn it to his advantage by blackmailing the king. At first Herod agrees to the price but then decides to take a more drastic course of action to rid himself of the blackmail.
As promised, in this excerpt from Part I, Chapter 13 ("Plans") of my Biblical novel, we see the fears of Barabbas' wife, Deborah. This excerpt picks up right after Barabbas arrives home and greets his wife. It ends with her finally, though somewhat grudgingly accepting his actions, though she's still fearful something might happen to him. He assures her, as best he can that nothing will happen, but, of course he can't guarantee that, so he adds "with your prayers" as a further means of calming her and assuring her acceptance. But, will something happen? You'll have to stay tuned or buy the book to find out. And it's only $9.99 on Amazon and also on B
Having grasped the vision from the mysterious stranger (whom we know as Manaheem), Barabbas puts it into action by forming the insurrection gang--gathering men around a common objective, namely that of going against Pilate. But until now there were no specific plans or goals set forth--until now. He finally lays out some specifics. but then, going home, he again wonders about telling his wife.
Having had the seeds of the vision implanted in his mind by Manaheem, Barabbas now starts to put the vision into action by forming the gang which will do the insurrection. He thinks briefly of his wife-what here response would be-and wonders if he should tell her but puts that thought aside, and marvels at his newfound leadership ability.
Having left the seed of rebellious ideas in the mind of Barabbas, and having been given the official go-ahead by Herod, Manaheem returns to effectively plant the vision of leading an insurrection in the mind of the disgruntled blacksmith. He begins by discussing the evils of the government in general, and then painting Pilate as the real villain to be feared. This is where we pick up the conversation in this excerpt. Note his use of the word "vision."
Here's more of Chapter 7 ("The Plan") of my Biblical novel, as Pilate and Portia move from vision to mission, finalizing their plan to ruin Herod by sending accusing letters to Caesar. Then, we also see Pilates new resolve come into play as a messenger arrives from Herod.
Here is the first part of the 16th chapter of my Biblical novel, which introduces the character of John the Baptist. This chapter also introduces a type of writing style previously unused in the novel, that of first person stream-of-consciousness narrative. Here John speaks in the first person, revealing his inmost thoughts and ideas. And it is here that we can see the origin of John's vision as I referred to in my previous bubble, from "Principles of the Kingdom."
This excerpt from Chapter 7 ("The Plan") of my Biblical novel picks up in the middle of dinner conversation between Pilate and his wife. Here we see, as I alluded to in the previous excerpt from "Principles of the Kingdom,) showing both Portia's continued resolve and vision and Pilate's now somewhat changed attitude toward his old friend, Herod. You can see here, that even though Pilate goes along with the idea of sending letters to Caesar, it is his wife, Portia who really orchestrates the whole thing.
I'm making this excerpt now as follow-up to the previous ones from this Biblical novel. Here Manaheem contemplates the pros and cons of loving Claressa again. Even though he is realizing more and more that he really does love her, the consequences of following up on that love and what it will mean to his non-conformist stance weigh heavily on his mind. Their individuality is what tore them apart previously and he hopes to avoid the same thing happening again, but is somewhat hopeful that it can be avoided.
Here's the next section of Chapter 9 ("Non-conformity and Romance") where Manaheem meets his ex-wife Claressa again at the well. The spark of the old romance is re-kindled as he drives her home. When she attributes their re-meeting to fate, he brings God into the picture, as a probable cause. At this point, Manaheem is only a seeker after truth, but here is an early indication of a God-ward leaning, which may or may not be further developed. Claressa, at this point has no belief at all, but is willing to go along with his. All this is important for the further development of their beliefs and their life together.
Since the previous excerpt, on Non-conformity and romance (about Manheem and Claressa) seem to go over so well, I though perhaps I should include another. This one is from Chapter 9 which is where he unexpectedly runs into her at the local well. It picks up after the initial meeting and the exchanging of a few pleasantries. As I mentioned in the previous excerpts, the romance between Manaheem and Claressa is crucial to the plot of the novel for reasons I cannot divulge now without giving too much away. Suffice it to say, it will still present somewhat of a challenge.
Manaheem's story continues in this excerpt from Chapter 5 of my Biblical novel. Here he tells Herod what happened after he met his true love, Claressa--of their immediate but short lived happiness together and what she meant to him. This Chapter is important as it serves as necessary background for the re-kindling of that romance later in the novel, which in turn serves as a further plot catalyst (But that's getting ahead of the story.)
Here's a glimpse of the first element of romance in my Biblical novel, as Manaheem tells Herod how he meant his now ex-wife Claressa, also a non-conformist. I thought it quite logical that two non-conformists would fall in love, attracted by their mutual belief in non-conformity. And yet, we will see later that this very belief and the resulted individualism also drove them apart. Later in the novel, Manaheem decides to try to get back with Claressa, and so romance is definitely one element of this Biblical novel. ----- And remember, you can still get this novel for only $9.99
Here's an excerpt from the very end of Chapter 3 (Part I) of my Biblical novel. This excerpt goes back to when Herod and his wife, Samantha were getting ready to go visit Pilate (the visit that produced the fight between Pilate and Herod the previous excerpt) As they are leaving, they are paid an unexpected visit by Herod's brother Philip and his wife, Herodius. I include this visit particularly for what happens as the visitors are leaving. It may not seem like much at this point, but Herod's wandering glance, noticed by Manaheem, is destined to have historic repercussions. Thus, this event can be seen as another important plot catalyst.
In this excerpt, I detail a possible first fight between Pilate and Herod, formerly friends, as Pilate's ambitious wife eggs him on. This fight serves to move the plot forward. If you remember from a previous excerpt, Herod, already distrustful of his friend Pilate, was already making a contingency plan in case. Here is the catalyst of the insurrection to come, as Pilate, urged on by his wife stands up to Herod.
Since I mentioned Barabbas in my last excerpt from "Principles of the Kingdom, here's an excerpt about him from the last part of the first chapter of my Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom." Here Barabbas struggles with his newfound purpose of going against Pilate and whether or not he should tell his fearful wife.
Here is another excerpt from Part I Chapter 3 of my Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom." This excerpt is actually prior to the one I sent yesterday. In this excerpt, I show the primary plot of the book--how I imagine the insurrection against Pilate by Barabbas, spoken of in the gospels began and who, surprisingly could have really been behind it. I derived this idea from another little statement in the gospel of Luke. In Lk.23:12 it says "And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day: for before they were at enmity between themselves." Later in the novel I show the reconciliation, but here I show the start of the enmity.
In a previous excerpt I talked about Manaheem's non-conformity and how it resulted from his horrible childhood experience. This excerpt is prior, where Herod first discusses Manaheems's non-conformity. I decided to make this one and to let you know here that the idea of making a character to be a non-conformist stemmed from my own teen-age years in the 60's when the idea of non-conformity was quite popular, and I started to call myself a non-conformist to the dismay of my father. It is not really known whether or not there were non-conformists in Jesus' time, so this may or may not be an anachronism. I chose Manaheem to be the non-conformist because little is known about him other than that he was Herod's foster brother.
In my last excerpt from "Principles of the KIngdom," I referred to Pilate's wife and her mission to promote her husband. Here is an excerpt from my Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom," which shows the struggle as I imagine it that could have taken place between Pilate and his wife. Due to length, I start this excerpt in the middle of a quote by Pilate. ----- And, guess what-- you can still get this 235 page novel for only $9.99.
Here's another excerpt from the first chapter of my Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom." This excerpt introduces the character of Barabbas and his family and raises the question of whether or not he should tell his wife of the mysterious stranger's suggestion.
Since tomorrow is 3 Kings Day, I thought I should repeat the start of Manaheem's story regarding the Maji. But, I decided to make a new excerpt starting further back in the conversation with Herod, so you can also get a glimpse of Manaheem's appearance and his character--particularly his non-conformist stance, since, as you will see by this excerpt, he says it was influenced by the events surrounding the arrival of the Maji. So the first part of this excerpt is new, and last part will be now to you if you missed my previous one. And, by the way you can still get the Christmas edition of the book for $9.99.
Here is another excerpt from Chapter 3. Here we get some insight into the cause of Manaheem's non-conformist stance and attitude. I close the excerpt with a question asked by Herod to keep you wondering. ---- Remember you still get this 235 page book for only $9.99, as the Special Christmas Edition.
Since I mentioned Pilate in my last bubble from "Principles of the Kingdom," I thought I should give you a glimpse into his character and that of his wife as they speak for the first time in my Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom." This is by no means a complete character assessment, but it will give you an idea of how I imagine and paint him in this novel. --- By the way, even though Christmas is over, you can still get the Special Christmas edition for only $9.99. It's the same 235 page novel-only the price is changed.--And because of Chapter 3, it makes a great post-Christmas read.
Well, I decided to go ahead and show you the gory part. If you have a weak heart or stomach don't read this excerpt (and you may want to skip it when you get the book--Well, it's not that bad I guess, so go ahead and read it at your own risk.) It's a graphic description of what may have occurred as Herod sent his soldiers to kill the boy babies of Bethlehem following Christ's birth. We must realize that such things did happen and are still happening today in parts of the world.
Well, here's more of Manaheem's story. Some of the families believed him and some didn't.. This excerpt picks up where he is warning the last mother and Herod's soldiers are arriving at the same house.
I promised to share more of Manaheem's story, so here is some of what happened at the first house he entered in Bethlehem. I pick it up after he has initially told the reason for his visit. The woman speaks first, not wanting to believe what she has heard. then Manaheem answers Then the husband questions Manaheem.
This excerpt picks up where the previous one left off. Manaheem is still relating to Herod what happened when he, Manaheem was 10 years old and Herod was away at school. Since this is the Christmas season, I thought it best to continue with this part of the novel, as it takes place after the coming of the magi. Manaheem tells of his attempt to warn the people of Bethlehem of the coming slaughtor. Keep tuned, as I may add more tomorrow.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 6 to show you how sometimes I mix poetry with the prose as part of my unique writing style. Here is introduced another important character in this novel, a young beggar who later becomes---but to tell what or who he becomes would be giving something away.
This is an excerpt from Chapter 3, which is an extended flashback to the coming of the magi and the slaughter of the innocents following the birth of Christ--which is why this novel would make the perfect Christmas OR even a post-Christmas gift (It's a great after-Christmas read). Manaheem, Herod's foster brother is telling Herod what happened when the magi came and Herod was away at school. This is to whet your curiosity. From here on, the chapter gets a bit gruesome--just a tiny bit. ----- And you can still get the Special Christmas edition for only $9.99 (Follow the link)
This is part of Barabbas' first encounter with the stranger. Here we see something of his strong hatred for the Romans.
The first 3 sentences to whet your appetite and give you an idea what Part I of this novel is basically about.
This is a historical novel which covers the years 1860 to 1909 and deals with the lives of H.W. Longfellow, his son, Charles and Mark Twain. What do the lives of Henry Wadsworth. Longfellow and Mark Twain have in common? The answer is that both of their lives contained terrible tragedies from which they eventually found real hope and spiritual meaning—at least in this novel. This book is about one little sermon and one, even littler poem, and how, fictionally, they may have influenced and given hope to, not only the author of the poem, Henry W. Longfellow, but also his son, Charles, and Mark Twain, whom Charles meets. Though suffering tragic losses, these all eventually find hope and spiritual fulfillment.
Here's more on Mark Twin's torrid romance with the beautiful and Godly Olivia Langdon. Being a well-bred and proper daughter, Olivia follows her father's advice, Will it mean an end to her relationship with Twain? Stay tuned or buy the book..
Here's another excerpt dealing with love and romance. This one is from my American historical novel and deals with author, Mark Twain, as yet not a person of faith. His love for Olivia is genuine, although he doesn't as yet share her faith. Furthermore, he fears the disapproval of her father. So he decides to pretend to believe. This is all told via a conversation with his buddies. Will they encourage him to go ahead with this deception? Will he decide to follow through with it? If so, will it work and what will be the end result? Stay tuned or buy the book. It's not only for Christmas.
Since January is now coming to an end I thought it appropriate to submit this excerpt from which takes place as January comes to an end. Here I insert the historical event of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and also raise the question of Charles' possible re-enlistment. Henry is quick to shoot down that idea but we know his disapproval hasn't carried much weight in the past. Will Charles re-enlist? Stay tuned or buy the book. Although the title has to do with Christmas, it makes good reading any time of the year, as this excerpt should show.
Since it' New Years Day--admittedly a day late for New Years Eve, but nontheless--I thought I'd share the only part of this novel which takes place on New Years--the first meeting of Mark Twain and his wife to be. [SPOILER ALRET--You'll also see how Longfellow's poem eventually figures into things yet another time] This is also the first meeting of Twain and his soon-to-be Father-in-law. Olivia's father was suspicious of Twain from the start, and his not wanting to pray didn't help matters any, but perhaps the reading of the poem served to smooth things over. You really have to read between the lines, and hopefully this excerpt will also whet your curiosity as to what happens next.
Even though it's now 3 days past Christmas day, I thought some of you might be interested to read the entire sermon which had so captivated Charles's heart that he had to talk to the chaplain and that he later felt he had to relate the sermon to his father. Here it is , in its entirety along with the setting and Charles's immediate response. Any preachers can feel free to use it next year or even this if you wish. It's all from the insight which the LORD showed me on the Is.7 passage.
My apologies--This excerpt really should have been published at least by Christmas day, but I was quite busy. Especially those of you who are of the faith will be interested to see how I (fictitiously) turned Henry around. It was, as you will see, through the crux of the Chaplain' sermon which had brought salvation to Charles earlier. But Henry had to be brought to a point of being willing to listen to the crux of the sermon first, and that is where the bells came in, as I see it. You will also note that I see the final verse of the poem as a direct result of Henry's salvation--the exuberance which such an experience can produce. May such be your lot ad the lot of all with whom you share Christ this season.
This excerpt goes to the heart of this novel--the writing of Longfellow's poem, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." Here I show something of the pathos and dispair that clouded Henry's mind as he began to write this poem--the famous poem that almost didn't get written. What happened to change his mood and allow him to finish the poem? I'm afraid you'll have to buy the book to find our--OR stay tuned, for a while, as I won't divulge the answer here anytime soon.
I begin this excerpt with Henry's disappointment over the inevitability of civil war. I included this to show his already depressed state of mind when the larger tragedy regarding his wife takes place. The events here portrayed (in this excerpt) are true historical events. I enlarge on them only slightly to show what must have been Henry's state of mind and his reaction to these unspeakable tragedies. I end this excerpt with a look at his attitude that Christmas season, compared to that of his children. ------------- This book is now available as an eBook on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and Smashwords
Here's an excerpt from my latest novel, "The Christmas Victory," where Longfellow's son Charles meets Sam Clemens (a.k.a "Mark Twain") This meeting is a bit contrived, as historically it could not have happened, as Twain would already be in the west, but I thought it o.k. to change timelines ever so slightly, in order to have these 2 main characters meet in the beginning of the novel, since it's a fact that Twain was influenced later in his life by Longfellow's poem. Later in the novel they will meet again But, that's getting ahead. I post this excerpt now to attract new readers. Next I'll post about the tragedy of Longfellow This book is now available on all eBook venues as well as in print from Amazon and B
Well, I suppose by now you have taken down your Christmas tree, so I thought it appropriate to submit an excerpt from my latest novel "The Christmas Victory" about the Longfellow family taking down their tree on mid-January day in 1865, following their father's epiphany.
Even though New Years Eve has come and gone, I thought you might be interested to find out more about the New Years Eve party to which Mark Twain was invited on New Years Even, 1887. It is here that he meets his future wife. Although he wants to impress her, he has to admit that he is not much on prayer. See how Longfellow's poem, which Twain has carried unread in his pocket for some time now, saves the day.
In this excerpt from Chapter 3, we see how Henry's despair deepens as, now on the heels of his dear wife's tragic death by being burned alive in that accidental fire, he is now face with to possible loss of his eldest son as well, as Charles seems determined to do his part for the union cause, despite Henry's stern forbidding it. You'll see the result for both Charles and Henry as you read. Note Henry's thoughts about the place of God in all this at the end of the excerpt.
Here's an excerpt from Part II, Chapter 6. It's about another joyous Christmas for the Longfellows, but it also can serve as a summary of some previous events.
Here's a look at another joyous Christmas for the Longfellows with Charles telling about his recent trip, and then a look at Mark Twain's activities with look forward to New Years Eve. The celebration to which Twain is invited will be where he meets his future wife for the first time.
Here is the start of my adaptation of the bird story which used to be told by newsman Paul Harvey, with the character of George Applegate. If you remember hearing Harvey tell the story, you know how it ends--if not, you'll have to read the book. Here is what I said about it in the forward "I have also included in the novel the story of the man with the birds, which story was made famous by Paul Harvey, though he himself says he was unable to trace its parentage. I have given the man a name and a continued bit of history both prior to and following his Christmas epiphany,"
Here's a glimpse of another Christmas between the one I first described and the happy ending one in Chapter 10. This excerpt is from Chapter 8 -- Charles has something great to share, but Henry won't listen and refuses to be merry.
Here's more from Chapter 1 about their first Christmas after the tragic accident. You'll see how his attitude compares with that of his children and why they decorated the tree outside.
Here's a peek at the end of Part I, just to let you know, everything does turn out alright for the Longfellow household. But you'll have to buy the book to see what brought about this great change.
Here is introduced another character (a minor but important one), George Applegate and we see his attitude toward Christmas.
Charles tries to get his father to stop being angry with God and to realize the real true meaning of Christmas. But, Henry is not ready to listen--yet.
This excerpt occurs after Henry writes the first verse of "Christmas Bells." It reveals his feelings not only about his own tragedies but also about the war itself.
[From the Foreword:] , when I was in Seminary, circa 1974, The Lord began to give me insight into the meaning of Isaiah 7:14 from language and context. I came up with a unique interpretation which I did not find anywhere else, but which I found to be extremely practical....[I was given opportunities to preach on my idea...] Sixthly,[ the last time I preached it, I had the choir sing “I heard the bells on Christmas Day,” and gave a brief history of the writing of the song [from the tragedies of Longfellow], which I derived from the internet.....[The Bubble is more of the foreword:]
Here is a look back at the previous Christmases. (It actually appears before the previous excerpt.), as Henry reminisces. It will give you a sense of the normal Christmas experience for New England in the 1860's, and the contagious joy the children had experienced during those Christmases, while the last paragraph dimly looks forward.
This excerpt looks both back and forward--back to the joys of past Christmases and forward to the depression and misery and lack of Christmas spirit which would now begin to be Henry's portion as a result of his wife's tragic death.
This novel is the sequel to Of Such Is The Kingdom Parts I & II. Did Claressa embrace Manaheem's new-found faith? What happened to the bereaved family of Benjamin? Did Joseph, the oldest son get to go to Rabbi school? Did Barabbas continue to follow the master and did his wife and children join him? Was Pontius Pilate able to forget about his decision to crucify Jesus and did he become the strong ruler his wife wanted him to be? These and other questions are answered in this volume. The new characters added include Saul, who becomes Paul, Herod Agrippa, the nephew of Herod Antipas, who wants to take over the latter's territory, and Caligula, the crazy son of Emperor Tiberius and friend of Agrippa. Against the background of suspicion and treachery within the empire and disdain for and persecution of the new faith, the Church continues to grow and flourish. Follow the travels of Manaheem as he tries in vain to convert the two Herods. Follow the machinations of Herod Agrippa in his aim to take over his uncle's territory. Follow the foibles of Pilate as he seeks to become a stronger ruler, while still regretting his decision to crucify Jesus. Follow the new life of Barabbas and his family. Follow the lives of Benjamin's family as they cope and deal with their loss and the now seeming impossibility of Joseph's schooling. But mainly follow the early church as it grows in spite of persecution.
This excerpt skips quite a bit of text from the previous one to focus on Manaheem who had not yet heard of the banishment of Herod Antipas. In the meantime, Herod Agrippa had, as Antipas had feared, been given his territory by Caligula..Then, he (Agrippa) decided to show his authority by first setting up a statue of Caligula in the temple, and secondly having some Christians arrested. Now we see Agrippa and Manaheem face to face resulting in the arrest of the later, This sets the stage for the arrest and murder of another more predominate believer. Maybe you can guess who (if you know the Bible). If not, stay tuned or buy the book -------NOTE: This book is volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
If you were wondering what would be the final fate of Herod Antipas, after he arrived in Rome and was imprisoned by Caligula and Agrippa, You'll find the answer in this excerpt. . But first...The dungeon reminds Herod of the one into which he had imprisoned John the Baptist and thus brings back thoughts of the Baptist. I include this to tied the two events together and also show something of the warped thinking of Herod and the contrast with that of Herodius who talks of praying. You can then read of Caligula's decision regarding Herod and Herodius. What happens next to them and to Agrippa? Stay tuned, or buy the book. NOTE: This is Volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
In the last excerpt, Herod Antipas had decided to go to Rome in order to accuse his nephew, Agrippa-- whom he assumed would have already left Rome--to accuse him before the Emperor, Caligula and try to gain favour and see what rewards he can get from the new Emperor. In this excerpt, Herod and Herodius arrive in Rome only to find Agrippa still there and himself accused of inefficiency and treason. What will be his fate? Stay tuned or buy the book. ------------ NOTE: This is Volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
Taking up where my last #Bookbubble left of, I answer the question of Manheem's response to Herod's request. After his refusal, Herod decides to take things into his own hand by going to Rome to ask a favor of Caligula. This action will set in motion events which will result in a surprising climax. For more, stay turned or buy the book ------- NOTE: this is volume 2, the sequel to PARTS I
Since it's been a while since my last #Bookbubble, this one starts toward the end of the previous one, so you can get the idea of the setting. Herod Agrippa having been released from his imprisonment by the newly reigning Caligula, his uncle, Herod Antipas starts to plot against his nephew and calls for his newly converted half-brother, Manaheem to plan another insurrection--this time against Agrippa.. Will Manaheem agree to help in his half-with brother's latest plot? Stay tuned or buy the book. ---------------------------- NOTE: This book is Volume 2, the sequel to "Parts I
As promised, here is the answer to the fate of Agrippa: Imprisoned for how long? He, of course is release at the rise of Caligula to the throne, and then more jealousy and intrigue between him and his uncle ensues. Read about Herod Antipas' next plot. Will it succeed, or even get off the ground? You can surmise, but for find out stay tuned or buy the book. --------------------- NOTE this book is volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
Remember that Agrippa had come for a brief visit to Caligula with the hopes of reporting his uncle to the next emperor. Also remember that Caligula had mentioned his plan for an informal dinner party for his friends and backers to propel his bid for emperor forward. Here we look in on that party and find Agrippa, slightly intoxicated and overly excited about Caligula's leadership hopes, making a poignant toast that ends up getting him arrested. This serves to delay his plans and hopes. How long will he have to wait in prison? Stay tuned or buy the book. -------------- NOTE: This is volume 2 (the sequel to Parts I
Here, as Agrippa goes to Rome, as promised, I introduce two characters, first Blastus, Agrippa's servant, and second, Caligula, the crazy nephew of Tiberius, who was already mounting campaign to become the next emperor. Although only a servant, the character of Blastus becomes important as the story continues, and Caligula figures predominately in the political intrigue which follows and effects his friendship with Agrippa will have a role in the fate of Herod Antipas. Stay tuned or buy the book. ------------------ NOTE: This is Volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
Here, in the next chapter, I pose a meeting of the 2 Herods,, Antipas and his jealous nephew Agrippa, This meeting propels forward the plot point of conflict between the two and the results it may have. At the end of this excerpt Agrippa makes a threat. What will this mean for the future of Antipas? Stay tuned of buy the book. --------------- NOTE: This book is Volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
Here I pose a meeting with Portia and Mary Magdalene, following the tragic suicide death of her husband, Potius Pilate. This meeting is pivotal. What will it mean for the life of Portia, and for the life of the new group of believers? What will her response be to Mary? Stay tuned or buy the book ------------- NOTE: This is Volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
Here I arrange a meeting between Saul and Barabbas. But is this the old or the new Saul? He claims to be a Jesus follower, but will Barabbas believe him? Could he just be saying this to gain a foothold in the Christian community? You'll have to stay tuned or buy the book to find out. ----------- NOTE: This is Volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
Having been summoned to Rome, as we have seen in a previous excerpt, to answer for his overly harsh treatment of the Jews and Samaritans, which was giving Rome a bad name,, Pilate is tried and sentenced to banishment to Gaul. History does record that Pilate died in exile. Just how he died is not recorded, so I have taken the liberty to speculate on it, relating it to his feelings of guilt over the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Prepare for a shock. -------------------------------- NOTE: This is Volume 2, the sequel to Parts I
This excerpt is from Chapter 15 ("Stephen") of PART III (Volume 2) of my historical, Biblical novel. Here I introduce the character of Saul of Tarsus (later to become Paul) as he makes friends with Joseph, the eldest son of the murdered Benjamin, and the two of them witness the stoning of Stephen, with differing effects. I use this Biblical event (from Acts Chapter 7) to explore differing reactions to it, first from Saul and Joseph and later from their teacher, Gamaliel. This is a formative time in the life of young Joseph as he considers both sides of the Jesus issue. Which side will he eventually come down on? Stay tuned Or buy the book.--->NOTE: This book is the 2nd volume, the sequel to PARTS I
I decided to jump ahead for this BookBubble to show something of what happened to Pontius Pilate. History shows that he was exiled. Here I purpose a possible reason, which may come as a surprise to my readers. Rome, normally known for its harshness and unconcern for the common people, now, fast becoming a world power, suddenly becomes concerned for it's reputation and thus Pilate is called into question for his harsh treatment of the Jews and Samaritians. A disgusted Pilate regrets his harshness but his wife, Portia encourages him and says they'll beat this. But will they? Stay tuned or buy the book.--------------------NOTE: This is the 2nd volume, the sequel to Parts I
This excerpt picks up where the previous one left off, as the newly re-named Barnabas and family go to visit the family of the man he had killed an apologize. As they go, Deborah asks if she can call him by his former name. Upon arriving they are met with nothing but hostility, first from the children and then the mother. This would be the natural reaction of a family toward the murderer of their father and it serves to add to the suspense. Will they finally accept Barabbas and his family--accept his apology and allow them to help? Stay tuned OR buy the book ----------NOTE this book is 2nd volume, the sequel to Parts I
This excerpt starts with the matter of the name change, which as you will remember from a previous excerpt has no basis in scripture but is purely from my imagination and yet something entirely possible. So here, as the man who was formerly Barabbas, now Barnabas and his family get used to his new name , they decide to go and visit the family of the man he had killed. He doesn't want to take the children until they remind him of their previous conversation with dead man's children. I chose to keep the children involved in the action in keeping with the overall title of the series---speaking of which, remember that this book is Volume 2, Parts I
This BookBubble picks up where the previous one left off. Manaheem consults with Claressa over Herod's request to find out his nephew's intentions. She says just ask him what he thinks, and she also suggests that it might be a chance to tell him about Jesus. But would he listen? Would Manaheem even have the courage to confront him with such a message? But now the Holy Spirit has been given. I added this point about telling him about Jesus to show the courage which the Holy Spirit gives in witnessing about Jesus. I also introduce here yet another character, that of Agrippa's servant Blastus, He seems to be a minor character, but will play an important part later on in this novel. I made Agrippa to be frank and open about his feelings toward his uncle. But how will he respond to Manaheem's mention of Jesus? Stay tuned, OR, if you already have Parts I
With Pentecost Sunday just two days away, I thought I would post all of Chapter 11 ("Pentecost") of PART III of my Biblical novel. Here I change my writing style and tell what happened through the eyes and pen of my character, Manaheem, using first person narration. I did this to give the relating of the events of Pentecost a more personal feel. Also toward the end of this chapter, after experiencing the events of Pentecosts, Manaheem wonders if he should go ahead with the mission for Herod of spying on his nephew. Will he do it, and what will be the results? Stay tuned, OR buy the book if you already have Parts I
Having introduced the character of Herod Agrippa, the nephew of Herod Antipas in Chapter 8 of PART III, in Chapter 10 I set up a meeting of Agrippa with Manaheem by having Herod Antipas offer Manaheem the job of checking out the intentions of his newly arrived nephew. In the beginning of this chapter, Manaheem and Claressa are discussing Herod Antipas when a messenger arrives telling Manaheem that the king wants to see him at once. He goes, hoping that his half brother has decided to follow his new-found faith.. . Instead he is offered this assignment. What will be the results? Stay tuned, OR buy the book, especially if you already have PARTS I
I'll keep you in suspense no longer regarding Barabbas' name change. I chose a similar sounding and similarly spelled name, the meaning of which is the opposite of his old name. Of course, this is purely fiction--there's no record in scripture of Barabbas after his release and there's also no record of the background of disciple whose name I gave him. I just thought it would be interesting. I'll let you read about it. We also see here the re-marriage of Manaheem and Claressa. This excerpt ends with the newly named disciple suggesting to his wife that they visit the family of the man he had killed. But will she receive them peacefully? Stay tuned, OR buy the book, if you already have PARTS I
In the last part of Chapter 8 ("Regret and Jealousy") of PART III of my Biblical novel, I mention the nearness of Pentecost, which is coming soon, and I also introduce another character into the mix--namely Herod Agrippa, the nephew of Herod Antipas, who returns from Rome, desiring to take over his uncle's throne. I introduce him here to add an element of conflict between him and his uncle, but to also involve Manaheem in meeting him, as Herod's last order to his servant portends. Another reason for adding Agrippa as a character is his terrible end--but that comes later, Stay tuned or buy the book--buy it if you already have Parts I
To follow up on my last BookBubble from my Biblical novel, and to get back to Pilate and his wife, here's an excerpt from Chapter 8 ("Regret and Fear") where, as Pilate and his wife get ready for supper, the receive a visit from Herod and Herodius, who join them at the meal. As the author, I arranged this meeting especially so that Herod to inform Pilate of the rumour that Jesus had risen from the dead, and that you, the reader could see his reaction.
Back to Manaheem--You'll remember that he told Claressa he was going to try to reach Herod with the good news about Jesus. This is where he does try, but the results are what you could expect. As desilrabale an outcome as it might be, I couldn't have Herod accept Manaheem's new-found faith, as that would go against history. But, at least I have him confronted with the message so that both he and Herodius (who comes in in the middle of the conversation) are without excuse. Yet toward the end of this excerpt, you'll see Heroduis starting to wonder if it might be true. ------- NOTE: This book is the sequel to Parts I
O.k., I will keep you in suspense no longer--Here's the part of Chapter 6 ("An Eventful Meeting") where Claressa and Manaheem get back together, after she tells him she also has decided to follow the Saviour. Her hesitation has been because she wanted to make sure she was doing it for the right reason. Now their relationship has a new dimension--a Spiritual one. It is founded on a common belief, and this is the basis for any successful relationship. At the end of this excerpt, Manaheem decides to share his new-found faith with Herod. How will the king take to hearing it? Stay tuned or buy the book. (Buy it if you already have Parts I
And now, back to Claressa and Manaheem--and also Barabbas and family. Chapter 6 brings us to an eventful meeting (That' the name of the chapter) . To Manaheem's joy, Claressa is there. First, Peter and John tell of Jesus's assention and his last command.and promise. Barabbas requests to change his name. Since there is no record in scripture of Barabbas beyond his release, I thought this might be fitting due to his past crimes. Stay tuned to see what he changes it too--you may be surprised. After the meeting, Manaheem approaches Claressa and asks to take her home. She agrees. What will be the result of this ride? Will they get back together/ Stay tuned of buy he book. Buy it especially if you already have Parts I
Giving Claressa time to meditate, Chapter 4 of PART III changes the scene again, this time to Pilate and his wife. This excerpt picks up in the middle of a conversation, as Pilate is decrying his weakness in dealing with the people. His wife, Portia, encourages him and helps him to forget by, for one thing, making love to him. After all, they are married, and it always seemed to work with me and my wife, whenever I couldn't sleep for some reason. .
As promised, more on Claressa from Chapter 3 of PART III. Here she is confronted with an actual appearance of the post-resurrection Jesus. (I decided to give her something concrete to base her faith on) But, when Manaheem presses her for a decision, she remains indecisive, wanting to think things through on her own I'm keeping the suspense going by her indecision. Manheem is hoping she will give her life to the saviour so they can be united spiritually as well as physically. Will she? What will she decide? Stay tuned or buy the book. (Buy it especially if you already have the first volume, Parts I
As Promised, here's part of Chapter 3 of PART III which deals with Claressa and her confused skepticism. She attends the believer's meeting as she promised Manaheem to do, but becomes even more confused as she listens to conflicting reports and attitudes from the disciples. I wrote it this way to heighten the suspense. Will she become a believer and a fit companion for Manheem, or will she remain skeptical and thus a miss-match? The meeting is not over yet. If you know the gospels perhaps you can guess what happens next. If not, stay tuned, or buy the book. (Buy it, especially if you already have the first volume ("Parts I
Chapter 2 of PART III changes the scene to the family of the man Barabbas killed, so the question about Claressa will have to wait. I wrote it like that in order to build suspense, and it's for the same reason I post from Chapter 2 here. At the start of the Chapter, as Benjamin's children are playing, some other children tell them about Barabbas' release and Jesus' crucifixion. This excerpt picks up as they relate this distressing news to their mother. We see the reaction of the the mother as well as all the children, especially, Joseph, the eldest. He brings up the question of what they will do now. Benjamin had wanted Joseph to go to Rabbi school, but there's not enough money now. This will be solved later on. How? stay tuned or buy the book.
Here is the entire first chapter of Part III. Part III is the sequel to Parts I and II (a separate volume), and the subtitle is "Power and Persecution, A Novel of the Early Church and the Roman Empire". I decided to post the whole chapter as an intro. to this volume. It actually starts before the last chapter of the previous volume, (as I needed to give more background as to why Barabbas came to give the announcement) and goes just beyond it. The question of Claressa's faith or continued skepticism won't be answered in this chapter, but will be soon, so stay tuned or buy the book--buy it especially if you already have Parts I and II. Thanks.
It is this author's contention that God has several principles, which if followed can lead to success either in business or in life itself. He further contends that although many of these same principles may be found among the motivational speakers and thinkers of today, that they were originally derived from Holy Scripture, whether or not these modern spokespersons are aware of it. He points to Jesus' teachings on the growth and inclusiveness of the kingdom to show that not everyone who preaches or practices Kingdom principles will be found to be in the Kingdom at the end. The seventeen chapters of this book contain seventeen articles relating to seventeen of these principles with quotable quotes and examples from the author's novel, Of Such Is The Kingdom, A novel of Biblical Times. For a list of the principles included in this work, check the Table of Contents.
Here is most of the Quotable Quotes section of Chapter 17 ("Slow Down and Rest") of my self-help book. As you will see, most of them (11-19) are from Holy Scripture. I didn't plan it that way, but it just seems that the Bible has a lot to say about being still and resting. I trust you will find these quotes helpful in causing you to be still and rest. -------------------------- Remember: The eBook of this title is still only $0.99 in most venues.
Here's one part of Chapter 1 of my self-help book which I previously skipped over, but I'm posting it now because I realized it is important. The subject is loyalty or sticking with your chosen field and envisioning future results. Its actually a part of having a vision and it's what enables the vision to become the final step, namely mission.
I included my own poem called "I Saw A Child Watching Some Birds Today" in Chapter 17 ("Slow Down and Rest") of my self-help book, because I felt it fit the subject nicely. The poem is based on an actual experience I had While attending Bob Jones University I was walking across campus one day with my head full of intellectual concerns, when I happened to see a child, probably one of the faculty's children, watching some birds. The poem tells my impression of the situation and the lesson of slowing down that I learned from watching the boy. Following the poem I make a final observation.
In this Bookbubble from the final chapter of my self-help book, I become vulnerable, giving some embarrassing examples from my own life of times when I should have slowed down and waited on the LORD, but instead forged ahead on my own and got in trouble, or panicked and lost my cool. I use these examples not to show how dumb I was, but to be an encouragement to you, as we are all in the same boat. As one commercial said, we all do dumb things. But I use these examples to show how you may avoid similar mistakes by slowing down and trusting God. (More to come) -------------------------------- This book now $0.99 on most venues. -- $2.99 on Kindle
Having posted about the principle of exclusion and shared the powerful poem on the same subject, I now post the quotable quotes section of the same chapter, so you can see what other people, famous and anonymous, and even Holy scripture say about the principle of exclusion..
I included in the chapter on exclusion in my self-help book, a poignant poem by Philip t. DeRiggi on cleaning house, i.e. getting rid of what you don't want in order to make room for what you do want. I thought the poem said it better than I could, and I'm sure you'll agree, as you read it. Is it time to do some house cleaning?
Here's part of Chapter 17 ("The Principle of Exclusion") of my self-help book. Even though it's toward the end of the book, this chapter is of utmost importance, since if we fail to get rid of old thinking patterns they can undo any progress we have made so far. I use illustrations from my Biblical novel and show the importance of monitoring what we put into our minds. ------------------------------------------ NOTE: for a limited time, you can get eBook of this title for only $0.99 from iBooks, Nook, Kobo or Smashwords.
Here's the Quotable Quotes section of Chapter 15 ("Sowing and Reaping, Giving and Receiving") of my self-help book. I'm sure you can use all of them. 3 are from unknown sources and 4 are from the Bible, but all are pointed and emphasize the principle of sowing and reaping, giving and receiving. ---------- NOTE: Now for a limited time you can purchase the eBook of this title from Apple iBooks, Kobo, or Smashwords for only $0.99
Here's most of Chapter 15 ("Sowing and Reaping") of my self-help book. I have no examples from my novel in this chapter, but I quote from both Jesus and Paul. Then I give some basic assumptions on giving and receiving. Finally, I refer to both Genesis and Ecclesiastes for some insight on seasons, and then return to Paul to show how the natural law is applied Spiritually. --------------------------------------------------- NOW for a limited time only, you can get the eBook of this title for only $0.99 from iBooks, Kobo or Smashwords. ------------------
Having shown the importance of self-discipline and of avoiding its opposite, self-indulgence, here are most of the quotes from the Quotable Quotes section of the chapter (Chapteer 14: "Self-control or Discipline") of my self-help book. Some of the authors of the quotes are unknown, but most are from famous people and the last 3 are from Holy scripture. See what they all have to say about the importance of self-discipline.
Having stressed the need for self-discipline, I turn to its opposite in order to show contrast. And I give the example of Herod from my Biblical novel as a classic example of self-indulgence. Since this is a relatively short section, I also add here the first quote from the Quotable Quotes section, which is a rather long but pointed quote from Theodore Roosevelt.
I follow up the chapter on enthusiasm with this one on self-control or discipline. The seem to be opposites, but they actually balance each other out. I trace the meaning and word origins as I did with enthusiasm and give the example of Barabbas from my Biblical novel. I also show the harsh meaning of the Greek phrase used by Paul to show the importance of discipline.
In the previous Bookbubble,I examined the origins of the word "enthusiasm" and applied it Spiritually. Whether or not you agreed with my conclusion, you can still enjoy and employ these quotable quotes on the subject of enthusiasm, taken from the Quotable Quotes section of the same chapter. I start here with #6, (which is from Winston Churchill) as it ties in with the concept of belief which was the last subject covered. This is followed by quotes from A. J. Herschel, Agatha Christie, Camus, Mary Kay, Ralph Marston and 3 from Holy scripture, all showing the importance of enthusiasm.
Here is most of Chapter 13 ("Attitude and Enthusiasm") of my self-help book. After stressing the importance of enthusiasm, I give a detailed etymology of the word, showing its relationship with spirituality in order to show Biblically what is it's true source. You may be surprised and you may not agree, but at least it's something to consider.
Here are most of the quotes from the Quotable Quotes section of Chapter 12 ("Belief") of my self-help book. It is my hope that these quotes serve to underline the preceding content in the chapter.
In the previous excerpt from this, my self-help book, I explained how Abraham tried to help God to fulfil His promise and ended up creating an "Ishmael" (And although that was the name of the son that resulted, I use it also as a picture of something which is not God's best and which can even produce trouble as Ishmael later did.) Because God didn't remember Abraham's failure, I don't even mention mine, but I continue the thought here in answering the question of what to do when that happens, and then I include a very helpful quote from an unknown author on giving everything to God.
Before you get upset at the title, let me assure you that I'm not talking about people with the name Ishmael. What I'm talking about is anything which is the result of a lack of faith and trying to help God out by our own efforts. That's what Abraham tried to do and the result was something that God had not intended and which became a source of trouble. I compare here Abraham's action with that of Barabbas in my Biblical novel. But I close this excerpt on a positive note regarding the working of God's grace in how Abraham was remembered.
Here's some quotes from the Quotable quotes section of Chapter 11 ("Conquering Your Fears") of my self-help book. In the previous BookBubble from this book, there were two quotes from the Bible included in text. The quotes section has seven (7) quotes from the Bible as well as 13 from famous people (8 of which are included here). I'm sure you'll find all of these quotes helpful. To see the other 5, you'll have to buy the book.
Having explained the difference between normal and irrational fear, I concentrate on the latter and how to conquer it. I quote first from Norman V. Peal on standing up to your fears. Then, on identifying our fears, I quote from the gospel of John and the book of Job. In keeping with my designation of this book as a Biblical self-help book, I try to quote scripture as much as possible, and here it really fits.
In the first part of Chapter 11 ("Conquer You Fears.") of my Biblical self-help book, I first distinguish between normal and and abnormal fear, the former being good and even necessary, while the latter is debilitating. I use an example of Barabbas and his wife from my Biblical novel, from which I will mext post an excerpt.
Having shown the importance of goals (or at least objectives [which may really be the same thing]) instead of posting the next section of Chapter 8 (:What About Goals?") of my self-help book, which tells briefly how to set goals and properly limit them), I thought I would instead list some quotes about goals. So, here are some helpful quotes-- the last 7 quotes from the Quotable quotes section of I'm sure you can benefit from them all. The last 3 are from the Bible.
Is it important to set goals in order to achieve our dreams? What is the difference between goals and objectives? Why don't most people set goals? These and other questions are answered in this chapter of my self-help book.
Here's more of Quotable quotes section of Chapter 7 ("Vision") of my self-help book. Here are quotes from both famous people and the Bible, showing the importance and means of having and keeping a vision.
Here's the end of the prose part of Chapter 7 ("Vision") of my Biblical self-help book, with the first part of the Quotable quotes section, starting with a quote from the Biblical book of proverbs. There are more quotes in the book, so you really should purchase it to get the full benefit. Also I didn't pick up exactly where I left off last time. There's some intervening material.between the last excerpt and this one, but this one relates the concept of vision to that of mission.
Having given the example of Pilate's wife in my last excerpt, I now follow it with a few more examples, only one of which is from my Biblical novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom." In addition to this one, John the Baptist, I also offer the example of Edison and Col. Sanders. I tie it in with purpose in the last sentence of the paragraph.
Here's the first part of Chapter 7 ("Vision") of my Biblical Self-help book. Here we see the relationship between purpose, vision and inspiration. We also see just what having a vision looks like, and how to obtain one. There is also an illustration here from my Biblical Novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom" about Pilate's wife. Thus, my next bubble may be from that part of that book to give you a better idea of what I mean. The two books (this one and the novel) are best bought together. And, after all, they're now only $9.99 each.
Here's the Quotable Quotes section of Chapter 3 ("The Greatest Love and Self-Image") of my Biblical self-help book. As Valentine's day is around the corner, I chose to include the whole section in order to include the first and last quote. The first is from Norman V. Peale on being a love cell. Then there are several quotes related to self-image, and the last quote is from the Apostle Paul in and leading up to the great love chapter of the Bible.
I offer here another excerpt from Chapter 3 ("The Greatest Love and Self-Image") of my Biblical self-help book. This excerpt actually covers some of what I included in the previous excerpt, but, I extended it a paragraph further. I could have made it to cover only the last paragraph, but I wanted those who may have missed the last one to understand the context, as the last paragraph in this excerpt relates only to those who are redeemed as represented by the little boy's boat. That may be enough to raise some of your curiosity. The last paragraph is talking about sanctification and Spiritual gifts.
Here's another excerpt from Chapter 3 ("The Greatest Love and Self-Image") of my Biblical self-help book. I use here a well known story of a boy and his boat to illustrate God's love for us as shown both in creation and in redemption. I included this story and this chapter as a way of making the way of salvation clear as well as relating it to the concept of self-image. Read it and see if you don't agree. ----------------- NOTE: Now for a limited time you can purchase the eBook of this title from Apple iBooks, Kobo, or Smashwords for only $0.99
Here's more from Chapter 3 of my Biblical self-help book. Here I quote an extended passage from Mary Ellen Grisham, as an illustration and application of agape love as it applies to marriage. The main thing I wanted readers to get from this was the selfless doing of agape love. Toward the end of the quote she applies the concept of doing to the other forms of love, but, to be clear, that doesn't mean that agape relates to the other forms--only that the evidence of any form of love is seen in the doing. My last sentence in this excerpt relates agape specifically to God. ----------- NOTE: Now for a limited time you can purchase the eBook of this title from Apple iBooks, Kobo, or Smashwords for only $0.99
Since Valentine's day is coming up, I thought I should share something about love from Chapter 3 of my Biblical self-help book. This is a very brief excerpt, but it gives, in a nutshell, the meaning of the 3 main Greek words for love. Our English word "love" is too broad, covering many meanings, while the Greek language, in which the New Testament was originally written has several words, these 3 being the most widely used.
Here are some quotable quotes from the quotable quotes section of Chapter 5 ("Purpose and Use) of my Biblical self-help book, Principles of the Kingdom." The last 3 are from the Bible. I hope you can see some relation between the sayings of famous men and those of holy writ, although, of course, to me, the scripture carries the most weight. The last quote relates to Spiritual gifts which we have already discussed in a previous excerpt.
Here is more of Chapter 5 ("Purpose and Use") of my Biblical self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom." I refer here to Pat Robertson's concept of "the law of use" and also to Jesus' parable of the talents as I further explore using our God-given talents for His purpose. Toward the end I also tie in my example from my Biblical novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom," about Pilate. This example refers to and explains the excerpt I posted yesterday about "Pilate and Herod." ------ And this book is still only $9.99 on Amazon.
Here's an excerpt from Chapter 5 on "Principles of the Kingon," where I attempt to tie in purpose with use, mainly the use of our gifts and talents fo God's glory. J also attempt to explain the difference between Spiritual gifts and tallents
Here's a little more about purpose from my Biblical self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom," with an illustration about Barabbas from my Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom."
Here's an excerpt on purpose from my Biblical self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom." I quote a little from Rick Warren, as it was his book, "The Purpose Driven Life" which started me thinking about the importance of purpose, when my mom's church was studying it. I take his main thought, that it starts with God and take it a bit further. Also in this excerpt, I illustrate the importance of purpose with one the characters in my novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom," namely the beggar, Timotheus. I will post an excerpt from the novel about him later.
This excerpt is a follow-up of a previous excerpt about the importance of the Bible for successful living.
Here are the Quotable quotes section of Chapter 1 of "Principles of the Kingdom," being quotes on success and inspiration.
Here's the last paragraph of Chapter 1 of my Biblical self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom." This excerpt details mission as the final component of inspiration. At the end of the paragraph there is included an example from my Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom."
Here's more on Inspiration from Chapter 1 of "Principles of the Kingdom." This excerpt is about another crucial aspect of inspiration, namely focus.
Here is another excerpt from Chapter 1 of my Self-help book "Principles of the Kingdom," which takes up where the last one on "Inspiration" left off. It discusses briefly the first crucial element of inspiration, namely, purpose.
Here are a few quotes from the "Quotable Quotes" section of the chapter on "Forgetting the Past." There is a "Quotable Quotes" section at the end of every chapter of this book. _____ By the way, you can still get the Special Christmas edition of this great book for only $9.99
As the new year approaches and we tend to look back, I thought it appropriate to continue with excerpts from my chapter on forgetting the past. This excerpt points out the importance of doing so. The first paragraph is a partial quote from Norman Vincent Peale. Then I include a quote from the musical, "The Sound of Music," and then an example from my Biblical novel 'Of Such Is the Kingdom" so you can see how I tie it in. I close with an important "how" question which I MAY answer in tomorrow's bubble.
Well, here we are almost at the end of another year, looking forward to the New Year. I thought it especially appropriate to add here some excerpts from Chapter 10 of my my self-help book, "Forgetting the past." No matter what mistakes we made in 2015, we need to forget them and move on as we look toward the new year.
Here is a brief glimpse of the purpose of the title of this non-fiction book. Based on the parables of Jesus and their explanation, I explain why I think the principles in this book are valuable and will be helpful for anyone, and also why I use illustrations from my Biblical novel.
In this blurb, you will see why I like to quote from the Bible and why it can help you to succeed in life. ----------------------- NOTE: Now for a limited time you can purchase the eBook of this title from Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook, or Smashwords for only $0.99
Just what is inspiration, what does it do, and of what does it consist? You'll find the answers to theses questions here.
Here are the Chapter titles, so you can get an idea of what is covered in this book. Each chapter focuses on a specific success principle with illustrations from my Biblical novel and quotable quotes.
In the future, a group of scientists plan to time-travel to Eden to prevent the fall of man, and thus put an end to all evil and disease in the world. At first, they can only go back about 200 years at once. They visit the California Gold Rush and Colonial America. They are pulled forward unexpectedly to their future and forced to fight in a senseless war. They break free and take off, finding a stowaway with a device for traveling further back. Thus, they meet Leonardo Da Vinci and discuss humanism. But, by mistake, they take off without the stowaway and his device. The lever jams, bringing them to Martin Luther and an argument over faith. By adding alcohol to the fuel, they manage to arrive at Camelot and finally, ancient Jerusalem, where they at last realize the real answer—the true end and goal of their mission. ---- NOTE: This book has recently been translated into both Spanish and German by the publisher. I don't have digital copies to put here but you can find the translations on the web.
The time travellers finally arrive home, anxious to share. This excerpt sums up the entire novel in a few paragraphs, giving the message which I intended to convey from each particular stop on their journey, so you can see why I chose the particular time periods which I did. They are excited to share why they can't continue the mission. But, will their backers accept their reason--more to the point, will they accept their new-found belief? stay tuned or buy the book. ------------------------- NOTE1: The eBook of this title is now $2.49 on most venues ($2.99 on Kindle). ------ NOTE2: The print version is available in Spanish
Having now realized the true end and purpose of their mission, our friends naturally decide to try to return home. (This chapter will show a contrast of beliefs and life styles.) Unable to contact home base from where they were, they travel forward in time and return to Camelot, much to the surprise of the knights (I added this for humour effect). They try again to contact home base. This time they are successful and relate their desire to return home. Will the guys at home base accept their wishes? Will the mission still continue? Stay tuned or buy the book. -------------------- NOTE1: The eBook is only $2.99 NOTE2: The print version is now available in Spanish and German. Soon in French and Italian.
Here's more of Chapter 11 ("Christ and Crisis") where the time travellers finally come to accept Christianity. I put it off till now in order to show both the extreme hardness of their hearts and the place of God's Holy Spirit in actually finalizing it. But what will their friends and their backer at home base say about their new-found faith? Stay tuned or buy the book.
Since the feast of Pentecost is around the corner, and since I haven't posted from my Sci-fi novel for a while, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. You probably guessed it from the last excerpt, but our friends have arrived on the day of Pentecost, where they actually meet the Apostle Peter. They were unmoved by seeing the crucifixion and even finding evidences of the resurrection, so how will this encounter leave them? Stay tuned or buy the book. ---------------------- NOTE1: This book is now available in print in Spanish, French and German -- soon in Italian. NOTE2: The eBook (only English) is now only $2.99.
Now, back to our time travellers. Having landed in 33 A.D. Jerusalem and witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus and seen some evidence of His resurrection, but having chosen to ignore the implications of these events and leave that time period, now find themselves again moving forward in time till they hit a lever.. Thus they are forced (by fate, God, or me. the author) to return not long after the time that they left, They land a month or 2 later than when they left. Can you guess exactly when they are, and why I, the author had them make this short trip. I fully intended them to land when they did. If you can't guess why, stay tuned, or buy the book. ------------- The eBook is now only $2.99
In the previous excerpt our friends viewed the horrible crucifixion of Jesus and yet remained unmoved. Actually the crucifixion is only part of the story. Without His resurrection, the crucifixion would be meaningless. So my next step in this process was to bring them into contact with the resurrection. I accomplish this first by having one of them overhear a conversation while working on the ship, but then, mainly by means of the fuel situation--namely that they have to obtain a quantity of alcohol to mix with the fuel to bring them further back in time. That's how one of them finds the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and watches as someone who looks like Jesus joins them. But will this be enough cause them to believe?
Having landed in 33 A.D. Jerusalem, the time travellers decide to see what they can see of this time period, and so they witness the trial of Jesus and Peter's denial of him. This excerpt picks up as they are discussing the latter and decide to stay for the crucifixion. They see it all, but it fails to make a lasting impression on them. They fail to see it as anything but an interesting historical event. I wrote it like this to show that if a person's heart is not changed, even witnessing the crucifixion won't be enough to reach them. So will they change their mind about Jesus? Stay tuned or buy the book.
Here's the last part of Chapter 10 along with the bare beginning of Chapter 11. The time travellers decide to make the most of their stop at Camelot to try to prevent it's fall by warning Lancelot and Guinevere. They try but, of course, to no avail, which makes them wonder for a moment if the same thing would happen in Eden, Having found out from home base that the fall of Camelot is that night, they decide to try to warn the lovers again, but find themselves surrounded by Mordred's men, and so try to take off instead. They do so to the surprise and amazement of Mordred's men, I thought it was a nice touch to show the reaction of those knights to the time cylinder taking off. This time they land in 33 A.D. Jerusalem to their dismay..
Having helped to save Martin Luther from the wrath of the crowd, the Monk invites our 3 friends home for supper. After the simple meal of stew and biscuits, they ask about the document he had been nailing to the Church door. He tells them its his list of 95 grievances with the Church, and agrees to show them a copy. That's where this excerpt picks up. He points out the importance of his main point, salvation by faith in Jesus. Our friends try to dissuade him from fighting the church, but he thinks they're demons and kicks them out. At the ship, they discuss his fanaticism and say they never want to hear the name of Jesus again. I, the all-present author, fearing their request may echo the thoughts of some of my readers, grant their request--at least for the next chapter. Chapter 10 has no mention of Jesus. I chose to have them land in Camelot to show the fallacy of the concept of a "perfect society from Might-for- Right" as held by King Arthur.
Now you'll see why I had the time travelers go forward and then back in order to have them land in 1517--in order to have them meet the great reformer of the reformation, Martin Luther and be confronted with his concept of justification by faith. More about that in the next excerpt. But in this one, you can see one of the abuses of the Catholic church which he stood against, although as he says he was not against the church--just the wrong things it was teaching and practicing. The same goes for me, the writer--I'm NOT anti-Catholic. I'm pro-Jesus, and if you're trusting anything else but Him to save you, you're lost. There I said it, and there's more to follow. Stay tuned of buy the book. ------------------------------- This book also available in Spanish, French and German.
Having accidentally left Alex and his thruster device behind, the time travelers again find themselves moving forward in time--this time due the lever jam. But they soon manage to correct the problem and move backwards again, although not very far, landing them in1517. This forward and back movement and the uncertainty of where they are going serves to add a bit of suspense to the story. But that's not the only reason I wrote it in. I had a definite reason for wanting them to land where (or I should say when) they did. If you haven't figured out what it is, it will become clear in the next excerpt, so stay tuned or buy the book -------------- This book also available in Spanish, German and French
As promised-- the next part of Chapter 8 ("Humanism and Hope") of my purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel. It become clear that the reason for Alex, the stowaway, not joining them to repair the ship is so that I could have them take off without him and his device. Are you disappointed? With the device, they might have been able to complete their mission fairly quickly. But, remember the title of the novel is "Impossible Journey." I had them leave him behind so that they would NOT cover a lot of ground in the next few legs of their journey. I have a few other important time periods in mind for them to visit. Stay tuned or buy the book. ________________ This book is also available in Spanish, French and German .
Here you will be able to see why I chose this particular time period for the time travelers to land in. I wanted to show a contrast between the humanistic ideas of that time as proposed by Leonardo Da-Vinci and the sinfulness of man as represented the scientists and their mission. There is also a reason I have the stowaway stay behind while the time travelers go to prepare the ship, but you'll have to stay tuned or buy the book to find out about that. ---- This book also available in Spanish and French..
Having managed to escape their war-torn future and having found a stow-away on board, the time travelers threaten to throw him over-board, but he tells them he has a device which can help them to go further back than they could otherwise. So they agree to take him with them in exchange for the use of the device. So he installs the device in the ship and sets the co-ordinates and walllah....They meet the famous sculptor and humanist, Leonardo DaVinci. I had a reason for having them meet this famous person. If you can't guess, the reason will become clear in my next excerpt. So stay tuned or better yet, buy the book. ----------- This book also available in Spanish and French.
Having managed to break free and escape from the troubled future to which they were pulled, the time travelers find a stowaway on board. They start to throw him out but find he has something that could be helpful to their mission, namely a device that can allow them to go further back in time than they could without it. I added the stowaway with the device in order to move the story far enough forward, since they were pulled from Colonial America to 2075, and with their ship, they could only go 200 years more or less at a time. I needed to propel them to at least further back than where they had been pulled from, and, for reasons you will see in the next few excerpts to put them in the middle ages. ------ Note: This book is now also available in Spanish
Well, I guess it's time to end the suspense. They finally do escape, but only to find they have a stow-away on board. But before making that discovery, they are startled by more strange natural phenomena. If these strange phenomena seem familiar, perhaps you have read the Biblical book of Revelation.
Here's more of Chapter 7 ("Tribulation and Patience") of my purposeful Sci-fi novel. Having been pulled forward to their future and forced to fight in the senseless world war, the time travellers, having finally been given an opportunity due to some strange natural phenomena, have decided to make a run for it, but their captors aided by a robot are close behind them. Here we see that they do reach their time capsule ahead of their pursuers, but, there is still great tension as they still have to fix the damage to the capsule before they can take off. Will they be able to do so before their captors catch up with them? Stay tuned, or buy the book to find out.
Here's more of Chapter 7 ("Tribulation and Patence") from this purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel. The time travelers having been pulled to their future and forced to fight in a senseless war are now offered a way of escape due to some strange natural phenomena. (These particular phenomena are those mentioned in Rev.6:12,
Back to Chapter 7 ("Tribulation and Patience") of my purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel, where the time travelers, having been pulled to their future and forced to fight in a senseless war, see what might be their only chance of escape, brought on by a quirk of nature (or should I say, act of God).
We've already seen that the time travelers were brought to the future world war by mistake, their captors hoping for more primitive people But, having brought them, their hosts decide that having them is better than nothing and decide to make use of them and thus force them to fight in the war. The paragraph after the ***** shows their reaction--their inner fears and despair at the possibility of it ending like this.
When the time travelers reveal where they are from and their purpose, they are laughed to scorn. That's where this excerpt starts, as in reply, one of the future people says "Nothing can stop this war...." Upon inquiring, the travelers find that the war is senseless and though there are voices for peace they are not headed, and some are mysteriously missing.
The world war to which our time travelers are brought is a primitive one by their standards. Thus is explained the reason for their being pulled forward, even though by mistake, as their captors explain. Of course this is only one possible scenario of how a future world war would look. Nukes could have been more frightening on a global scale, but this type of warfare makes it more so on a personal level, as each man is required to do hand to hand combat with primitive weapons.
Here's more of Chapter 7 of my purposeful Sci-fi novel, which chapter depicts a future time of world war. The way things are today it could be any time. I just happened to chose the year 2075. It' not that I'm trying to be pessimistic, but rather realistic. Stay tuned.
Here's more of Chapter 7 of my purposeful Sci-fi novel. Here is when they land after being pulled to their future. You can guess by the last paragraph of this excerpt that they have come to a future time of war. That's another clue to my purpose in having them pulled to the future--but all that will be clear later
Here's an excerpt mainly from Chapter 7 of my purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel, "Impossible Journey." I started it with the end of Chapter 6 to get the connection. This is the one place in the novel where, instead of going back in time, the travelers are pulled forward to a time yet future to their own. My purpose for this forward jaunt will become clear later. This excerpt shows their reactions and attempts to correct the problem, including trying to call home--all without avail. More later. ------- And this novel can still be purchased for only $9.99.
Here's an excerpt from Chapter 6 ("Deism and Faith") of my purposeful Sci-fi novel, "Impossible Journey." I purposely chose Colonial America as the second stop for my time travelers so I could point out the difference in the Deistic view of Benjamin Franklin and the view of George Washington. It also adds some excitement, as Walt is taken for a spy.
Here's more of Chapter 5 ("Gold and Gospel") of my purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel, "Impossible Journey." Here we see how the gospel, as represented by the circuit riding preacher with whom they were thrown out of the saloon, contrasts with the more humanistic views of our time travelers, and why the preacher says that their plan won't work. I added the character of this preacher for this specific purpose of showing these opposing views. You'll have to buy the book to find out who will end up being right (if you haven't already guessed.). And you can still get the "Christmas edition" for only $9.99.
Here's more of Chapter 2 ("The Plan") of "Impossible Journey." Here the scientists explain more of their idea to wealthy financier, Mark Lewis. Here we see the determination of the scientists to proceed with the project despite risks. There is also some of the technical jargon which I threw in to make it sound scientific, although, of course, there's no basis for it in reality (that's what makes it science fiction).
Here's an excerpt from Chapter 2 ("The Plan") of my purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel, "Impossible Journey." This excerpt re-iterates somewhat the idea which was detailed in Chapter 1. After getting the idea in Chapter 1, they realize they will need some financial backing, and so go to the home of the rich financier, Mark Lewis to present the idea to him. This excerpt starts after they attempt to introduce the idea and John suggests that Daniel read the Genesis account again. Keep in mind that at this point, all the men are believers in a God of some sort, but that's all.
Here, as promised, is the next part of Chapter 5 ("Gold and Gospel") of my purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel. Here truth confronts error in the person of a circuit riding preacher. I added this character as a means of inserting truth by pointing up the contrast between the true gospel and the impossible mission on which the time travelers have embarked. Historically, there were such circuit riding preachers at that time, even going to such a place as a mining town. One is depicted in the musical "Paint Your Wagon." This is the first of several encounters our travelers will have with the truth, but they won't accept it for quite a while yet.
Here's an excerpt from Chapter 5 ("Gold and Gospel") of "Impossible Journey." Between the previous excerpt and this one, the time travelers have managed to book a room for the night and find their way to the local saloon. My goal in this part of the chapter was to show the morality that existed in the '49er mining camps and the reaction of our time traveling heroes to it. Remember they are not yet Christians, but are good moral people. The contrast between them and a true Christ follower will be seen in the next excerpt, so stay tuned.
Here's another excerpt from Chapter 4 ("First Landing") of my purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel, "Impossible Journey." Here the time travelers learn a bit more about the gold rush days, and make their first communication through time with their home base. They will attempt to do so throughout their journey, though not always successful. This keeps the travelers in touch with the other characters at home, keeping all the characters active throughout the novel, and giving the travelers further advice and direction where needed.
Here's another excerpt from Chapter 4, "First Landing," of my purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel, "Impossible Journey." Sorry, I did reveal where and when they were last time, but in case u missed it I include it in this excerpt which goes a little further.
Here is the first part of Chapter 4 "First landing." See if you can figure out where and when they are before they do. I will follow up with another excerpt revealing the answer next week, so stay tuned. --------- And all March, the Smashwords rdition is 1/3 off--only $1.68;-- And you can still get the Special Christmas print Edition for only $9.99.
This blub starts in the middle of a quote. Daniel, one of the scientists, is translating from his Hebrew Old Testament the story of the fall of man. (At this point, all the scientists believe in a God of some sort but not in Christianity as such) From this O.T. reading, they get the idea of traveling back to prevent the fall.
Here are the first 5 sentences to set the scene and prepare you for what is to come.
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