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What Happened to the Ark

Louis McCall Author Interview

He Chose the Glory details the conditions and storylines surrounding the building of the Ark and how many people were eager to look inside it or treat it as a trophy, only to receive retribution. Why was this an important book for you to write?

This book was important for me to write because most people are ill informed concerning the Ark. In addition, no one knows what happened to the Ark. My book covers that and explains why it disappeared from history without a trace.

Your book is very detailed. What kind of research did you undertake to write this book?

I traveled to Israel and to the place in Judea where the Ark was said to have been in the house of Obed-Edom. I also explored old Jerusalem, within whose walls, in the City of David zone, King David set up the Ark in a new system of worship.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about the Ark of the Covenant?

The misconception people have about the Ark is that it was some kind of talisman as in the fictional movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. King Saul tried to use it that way as a magic charm to defeat his enemies, but that didn’t work and he was killed in battle by suicide and the Ark taken by his Philistine enemies.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

That God honors those that honor Him. This was demonstrated by Obed-Edom, his clan, and descendants who honored God and God, in turn honored them. It is an apt pattern for our lives. The more intriguing take away is that Jesus was the better Ark, but the old Ark had to be taken away so that people didn’t continue to look to it. It simply foreshadowed the Messiah, that is Jesus, who was to come.

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History and Prophecies of the Ark!
What was the purpose of the golden Ark of the Covenant? The Ark was one of the most important religious objects in antiquity. Have you ever wondered what became of the Ark? Was it always honored? How did it become a trophy of war in the hands of the enemies of God?
– Could the decision of one man, Obed-Edom, to forsake all for the glory of God change his destiny and the destiny of his family and kin for generations?
– See what God does for the person who honors Him.
– Observe how blessings flow down to the generations of those that honor the Lord.
– What did King David learn from Obed-Edom that changed how worship was done around the Ark?
– Learn the story behind the transition from honoring an object designed by God, the Ark of the Covenant, to the Son of God who was to come down from heaven to establish the new covenant not in animal sacrifices but in His own blood.
– See how the prophets pointed to the new thing God was going to do that would be even better than the Ark of the Covenant and the Temple, which foreshadowed the new thing.
He Chose the Glory is rich in detail and puts into context a tumultuous period leading to the transition to God’s new and better thing. It is concise enough to be read in one sitting.

He Chose the Glory

He Chose the Glory: The Life and Legacy of Obed-Edom by Louis McCall is a beautifully written book depicting stories told in the Bible. The book details the conditions and storylines surrounding the building of the Ark and how many townspeople were eager to look inside it or treat it as a trophy, only to receive retribution for their actions. As many kings aimed to take the Ark as evidence of their triumph, the book details the many times the Ark was protected against those attempts.

The book closely follows the Ark of the Covenant, as it is well known to many people of different religions and faiths. The golden Ark contained laws on stone tablets given to Moses by God. This story closely follows the family of Obed-Edom, and the lineage connected with the Ark, which is written in a lively and colorful way that can spark a new or renewed interest in these stories and their histories.

The author follows the descendants of Obed-Edom, and how they believed that a newer covenant would take the place of the Ark, teaching future generations about God and his laws. The story also personalizes the experience through its characters. They wonder about their fate and grapple with many realities in their world, including life, death, abundance, wealth, murder, sins, and destruction. It’s a book that discusses the birth of new beginnings, including what led to the New Testament. The author does a great job of articulating many of these stories to a broader audience, creating more intriguing developments and an opportunity to debate or discuss topics associated with faith and religion.

I recommend this book for its clear narration and the author’s ability to reignite interest in a topic that may not come alive in other discussions or books. I recommend He Chose the Glory: The Life and Legacy of Obed-Edom for its excellent ability to portray Biblical stories in a new and exciting way.

Pages: 67 | ASIN: B091G4TTNT

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Superhero’s In Their Homes

Vera Harris Author Interview

My Mom has Superpowers follows a young girl who believes her mom has superpowers; once she realizes her power is prayer, she too wants to become a superhero. What was the inspiration for your story?

The inspiration for writing this book was so many kids look for superstars (football players, rappers, singers, etc., etc.) as superhero’s and they have superhero’s in their homes. I wanted children to just look to their mom or dad or even older relatives and they will see that they can be inspired from people in their own personal lives.

The art in this book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Ishika Sharma?

My illustrator is very talented and she worked with me to bring my story to life with her awesome work. I have recommended her to other authors since our collaboration.

Are there any emotions or memories from your own life that you put into your characters?

I saw myself in the main characters because I always looked up to my own Mother because she was so awesome! And she had much faith and belief.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book that I am currently working on is a Children’s Christmas book. This will be my first Christmas book. I have a great message to share in that book. I am working for its release in a couple of months. More to follow…

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In many ways, my mom is the queen of our house, smart, beautiful, and loving. But could she be hiding a secret from me? What could the secret be? And how does my mom know how to fix everything? Follow along with Lillian and you will find out just how awesome Moms really are, especially Lillian’s Mom!

The Answer to Immortality

Alisa Hope Wagner Author Interview

Eve of Awakening follows a woman who is successful in her life but has a near-death experience and rediscovers her faith in God causing her to question everything she has believed. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I was about 23 years old and super busy earning my master’s degree and working full time. I was exercising at the gym, so I could hurry home and do homework when I asked to myself, “Does everyone try to live so many lives in one?” That is when the thought, “Life Plethoricity,” came to mind: Trying to live the productiveness of multiple lives in a single life. The only way to do this is to get rid of valuable things that many hold dear — relationships, faith, rest and enjoyment. The interesting fact about this book is that I wrote it in 2005 — before social media, smart phones, online shopping/shipping and working remotely. I had to create these ideas in my book, which is why they have different names. However, now so much of what I speculated has come to fruition.

Eve is a perfect citizen in her world, until she embraces her lost faith, causing her life to spiral in a new direction. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

So many people think that Christians are “brainwashed” and that faith is a sign of a lack of intelligence or a sign of weakness. However, in my mind, I would want to know what happens after my body dies. My spirit and soul aren’t aging, so where will they go when my heart stops beating? This to me isn’t a sign of ignorance; rather, it is a rational awareness for anyone who thinks beyond this world and current moment. Eve has a near death experiences, and realizes that death steals all her hard earned productivity, and she gets angry. Why should she produce so much when she can’t take any of it with her when her heart stops? To me, she is the one who is highly intelligent in thinking beyond this life as she gains an awareness of how fleeting it is. That is why she won’t rest until she finds the answer to immortality, which she finds in Christ.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

One of the most important themes that I wanted to explore was how imperfect people have a relationship with a perfect God. How does that look? What does the process of maturing in Christ feel like? How does the Holy Spirit relate to us once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior? My characters are far from perfect. And they are each on different walks of faith, wearing a unique anointing for their specific design. One of my utmost desires in life, besides being loved, is to have meaning and purpose. My goal in writing Eve of Awakening and in writing all five books of the Onoma Series is to show how each character has a purpose that is invaluable to God’s greater plan and how they accomplish that purpose even when they make mistakes and many times fall short.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

So far, there are four published books in the series each named after a major character: Eve of Awakening, Bear into Redemption, Mark within Salvation and Hunt for Understanding. The final book, Straight unto Forever, is a prequel novella that occurs about 15 years before Eve of Awakening. I am currently finishing up this book, and it should be published Fall of this year.

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Eve Pallue’s façade of purpose falters when a near death experience exposes the frailty of her existence, and she must come to grips with a reality that death ultimately wins. A hidden memory of a forgotten mother surfaces, and Eve’s bodyguard, Randall, takes advantage of her weakened state, trying to capture her devotion and lace her into his ambitious agenda. A dying therapist and her unlikely caretaker lead Eve on a journey of Truth; and a catastrophic fire catapults Eve into a life she has always feared, destroying the only one she has ever known. Eve awakens to severe burns and a pair of doting, elderly sisters who nurture Eve’s newfound faith and guide her on the path to eternal purpose.

Literary Titan Book Awards August 2022

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and writing talent of these brilliant authors.

Silver Award Recipients

Calm Before the Storm by Steven Paul Germanè
The Sting

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

Stay Strong During Challenging Times

Author Interview
John Bartell Author Interview

The Pilgrim’s Progress Desert Experience tells biblical stories with a modern twist making them more relatable to today’s readers. Where did the idea for this novel come from and how did it develop over time?

I went to a conference where I learned about the desert experience. It is a time in our lives when we are spiritually dry, and life is hard. Israel had to escape from Egypt and go through their desert experience before they could enter the land of promise. We need to go through a desert experience before we can enter our land of promise, which is when life is easier.

A few years later, I went through a desert experience. I decided to write a nonfiction book called The Desert Experience. I did not think it was good, so I stopped writing.

Years later, I watched a Pilgrim’s Progress movie, and the idea came to me to write a modern Pilgrim’s Progress book. I made the pilgrim progress through a desert experience to enter the Kingdom of Promise. It is better to show people the desert experience rather than talk about it.

It is well overdue for a modern Pilgrim’s Progress book for the modern times in which we are living. Many of the challenges we face today are different to the challenges people faced hundreds of years ago. People need to learn how to overcome these new challenges.

I made the pilgrim progress through Bible stories because they are hard to understand from our modern culture. Many people misunderstand the Bible because they think it is the same as their culture. I wanted to show that the stories are as much for us today as they were thousands of years ago. The stories are more enjoyable to read in the form of a novel.

What is one thing that people point out after reading your book that surprises you?

One thing that surprised me was that it had a veiled critique of modern life. We do not know the full impact of how modern technology affects our lives and how it can be used against us. I do not think we should throw it out. We need to learn how to use it for our good without it affecting us in bad ways.

Technology can be addictive, but if we limit its use, we can avoid becoming addicted. Modern entertainment makes our bodies release dopamine more often than in everyday life. It is easy to become addicted to the dopamine hits in our bodies. Drugs make our bodies release dopamine, which is one of the reasons why people become addicted to drugs.

What George Orwell wrote in his book 1984 has happened. Big Brother is always watching us. Governments are watching everything we say and do. People need to watch what they say and do because computers pick up certain words that we use. Governments have changed their values. Good is called evil and evil is called good. We are not allowed to stand up for our values anymore.

In the last days, many people’s hearts have become cold. One of the reasons for this is because people are viewing more violence than they normally would. It makes them think violence is normal.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

One of the themes that was important to me was how to stay strong during challenging times. The tribulation the world is going through at the moment is different to any time in history. When one trouble ends, another one begins. Viruses, wars, natural disasters and plagues come at us one after another. We have a psychopath making war at the moment. People need to know how to cope so they can have good mental health.

Another theme was that just because something bad happens to people, does not mean they have done something wrong. Sometimes people are falsely accused of doing something wrong when something bad happens to them. Many times, that is the reason but not always. People need to be careful not to assume it is because of that.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book that I am working on is a sequel to this book. The main character is the pilgrim’s wife. It is a journey with a woman’s point of view. Men will enjoy it too because they can have a better understanding of women. It will be available early next year.

I plan to write many books in the series. The pilgrim’s children will also make the journey one at a time.

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The pilgrim breaks out of an Egyptian prison and makes a journey through the desert in search of the Kingdom of Promise.
He goes through tests and trials and meets people who help or hinder him on his journey.

Our Church Mothers

Our Church Mothers by Gwen Ehrenborg follows seven inspiring women in the history of Christianity; Katharina Luther, the first lady of the Reformation; Susanna Wesley, the Mother of Methodism; Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army; Mary, the Mother of Jesus; St. Clare, best friend of Francis of Assisi; Mother Teresa of Calcutta; and Judge Deborah. The author introduces the women individually and their accomplishments in the Christian practice. In addition, each woman has written letters sharing their experiences with finding their voice in the church, marriage, and having a family.

Author Gwen Ehrenborg has done her research and her knowledge shows all throughout her informative book. The author brings women from different cultures and countries together to share their experiences and show readers how they became chosen to lead others. Readers get to dive deep into these amazing women’s lives and see how they came to be. I found each one of their stories to be very compelling. We learn of their accomplishments in the church and we also get to understand the struggles and sacrifices that they have made for God; and I certainly walked away with a deeper appreciation for them. Readers also learn of their mentors, husbands, and the families they’ve built along the way.

This is an educational and inspiring book. We get to see the respect and appreciation that many people have for these women. However, depending on these women’s cultures, some of them were not seen as equals to their husbands, so they faced significant struggles regarding having a voice in the church. The author includes discussion questions at the end of the chapters; which helps readers begin deep and meaningful discussion with others on the subject.

Our Church Mothers is an illuminating and encouraging read that I recommend to those who are strong in faith or anyone looking to learn about strong women in history. Through these women, readers learn how to be selfless, care for others, and to love everyone, but most importantly readers learn to never lose sight of their faith.

Pages: 251 | ASIN :  B09H2XVLHM

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Literary Titan Book Awards July 2022

Literary Titan Gold Book Award

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and writing talent of these brilliant authors.

Gold Award Recipients

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

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