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Steve Zimcosky Author Interview

Steve Zimcosky Author Interview

The Blood of the Nephilim follows a man who’s never been sick and a billionaire that wants to profit off of it. How did the idea for this novel start and change as you wrote?

The idea started as I was researching blood types, as I have the rarest blood type AB-, and I wanted to know where the blood types originated from. What I found out was that the Rh- factor is only found in a very small percentage of the population worldwide. There are theories that it was a mutation somewhere during the evolution of mankind but there is no definitive proof of that. And the one ancient alien theory states that it comes from aliens breeding with humans. The story started out with the young boy never getting sick and how he had a passion for archaeology and eventually searching those sites mentioned by ancient alien theorists. As I began getting into the background I thought how interesting it would be if a billionaire found out about this person and decided he wanted his blood to create a serum for all of the wealthy people so they never have to worry about ever getting sick.

I enjoyed the interplay between science and religion in this book. What were some themes you wanted focus on in this story?

I wanted to focus on themes that are present in society today. One is how people perceive the wealthy as having so much power to do anything that they want by generally using their wealth to influence the laws, property values and politicians and never feeling any repercussions. So I imagined how one wealthy person would use his money and influence to create a serum from a person’s blood so that he would never get sick again. Of course by saying he would help all mankind everyone trusted him.

Another theme I wanted to focus on was the ancient alien theme. If you look back at many of the religious writings many can be interpreted in ways of showing that aliens did come to this planet and interacted with mankind. For example the book of Enoch talks about fallen angels interacting with man and taking wives as well as in the book of Gensis. The Nephilim were known as fallen angels or spirits in the bible and in Arabic they are called Jinn. The offspring of the Nephilim and the human wives they took were said to be giants. Of course this one of many theories about them.

What were some goals you set for yourself as a writer with this book?

One of my goals was to have people who read the book see that things are not always as they seem. Perhaps the things we read in the ancient texts could have been about aliens who came to help mankind. How did the Rh- negative factor actually come about? There are theories but no definitive proof of how such a small percentage of the population has it. What I want is for people to look at the world and not take what someone says as truth but to do their own research and come to their own conclusion. Many people take what the so called talking heads say as truth when in fact many of them are paid entertainers.

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

I have a few ideas that I am working on right now but I believe the next one will be a mystery that revolves around an author. I hope to start outlining it soon and having it down in the fall of this year.

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A scientist investigates archaeological sites that could have been built by aliens. No one knows why he has never been sick a day in his life. A billionaire believes his blood is the secret to perfect health. And, he wants it.

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Saul of Tarsus

Lin Wilder Author Interview

Lin Wilder Author Interview

My Name Is Saul follows the life of the apostle Paul and expands his character. What was the inspiration that motivated you to write this compelling story?

I had planned to return to my Lindsey McCall mystery series after publishing, I, Claudia A Novel of the Ancient World, but then Saul-quite literally- showed up in my head.

Saul of Tarsus is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some themes that guided his character development?

It took me a while to recover from the implanted idea of writing a book about the Apostle of the Apostles. I wrote this in the afterword of the book: Upon completing my last novel, I was stunned to “hear” that my next book would be about St. Paul … Apostle of the Apostles. On more than one occasion, I complained to my husband that this was one of the most foolhardy efforts I had ever taken on. I could only console myself with the fact that it was not my idea but Someone Else’s. As I sat reeling from the implanted idea and began to research Saul of Tarsus, I grew more and more enthusiastic …excited, even. Perhaps I could penetrate the obscurity with which the early life of St. Paul is shrouded. How could I manage such a task? Because, as I continued to study, search, think, I realized that Saul of Tarsus is a man I get. Get as in, AHA! I know what certainty tastes like, and Saul of Tarsus was a man of certainty.

I enjoyed the well researched content in this book. What kind of research did you undertake to ensure the books accuracy?

In two words, a lot. But very quickly I realized that no one knew about the early life of Saul other than the barest of details. Most scholars did not even attempt to guess. That left me a vast open field of conjecture. There were a few books which were enormously helpful, particularly on the prayers of the time, Gamaliel and the Sanhedrin. I reference those at the end of the book.

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

Plausible Liars– A Dr. Lindsey McCall medical mystery, available late this year.

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My Name Is Saul: A Novel of the Ancient World by [Lin Wilder]

St. Paul the Apostle is a towering biblical figure, but almost nothing is known about his early life as Saul of Tarsus.

As death loomed over him at Mamertine Prison in Rome, under the watchful eye of his jailer and final follower Aurelius, he wrote:

I will die tomorrow. In the morning, around sunrise.

There are two things for which I am eminently grateful: That I have been permitted to have fought the good fight and finished the race marked out for me; and that I will not have to endure another winter in this place.

Starting from that pivotal moment, blending historical fact with audacious creativity, the author of the award-winning I, Claudia propels us back through the life of the man who would become St. Paul. Her vividly imagined, well-founded tale of loss, transformation, and divine intervention will captivate believers and non-believers alike who yearn for the human truth and drama behind the scriptures.

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My Name Is Saul

My Name Is Saul: A Novel of the Ancient World by [Lin Wilder]

Apart from brief mentions of the lives before, Sunday school and sermons rarely ever delve deep into an apostle’s life outside of his calling. This leaves a question of who the person was before they were called by God. My Name is Saul shines a light on the apostle and his life in prison. We get to see his true personality. He seems to have a handle of bleak humor which is seen throughout especially when he talks about his own death. This book is the biography of Apostle Saul of Tarsus. It is a deep dive into his early life and a chance to see that God will call you despite what or who you are.

One thing that stands out about this book is the depth of research that has gone into it. You can see it from the number of sources provided at the back. You can also see it from the amount of information provided. The author seems deeply invested in the subject with plenty of references to the Bible among other sources. This book gives readers a chance to see different dimensions of Saul before he was Paul. To understand his life as a father and husband. To understand his grief and his circling back to God. To some extent, to understand his astonishment of Aurelius.

The vivid manner in which this book is written has you right there with Saul, experiencing his life right beside him. This book grabs your attention right from the beginning. It keeps you hooked to the story and draws you to Saul both as a character and a person.

While this book can stand on its own, it seems to have the Bible as a prerequisite. It draws a lot from scripture and assumes that the reader has read the Bible. However, despite all of this you will find yourself wanting to know more about the story of Saul.

This is a story about loss, triumph and struggling with one’s faith. As Saul quotes, are we only to expect the good from God? This line right here stands out. It is from the first chapter and it unconsciously prepares you for what is to come. This book may help you understand a little more about loss, grief, acceptance, and everything in between. It will inspire you to appreciate your life for the days you lived and not give too much importance to the sufferings you underwent. In this and many other ways, Saul is inspiring. His story will renew your purpose and appreciation for life.

In these difficult times, a book like this is exactly what we need. A refreshing way of telling biblical stories. It lets you see Saul for the man he truly was.

Pages: 242 | ASIN: B0855GVTBW

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The Spirituality Puzzle – Trailer

Are you walking on the right road? Are your religious convictions solely based on your feelings, traditions, and upbringing rather than on scripture? Are you someone who has been traveling on a religious road, but find that something or someone is missing? Are you doing this and doing that for God, but find you are not satisfied? Is the God you are following seemingly a far distance away? Did you expect God to change you, but the changes never took place? Maybe the reason is, the gospel, the good news, the salvation message you have accepted will not cause you to have a personal relationship with God. This book will present four different salvation messages each of which proclaims that if you follow them you will find God and there will be a better place waiting for you at the end of your life’s journey. Well, I have good news for you. Each of these salvation messages will be scrutinized according to scripture and either be supported by such or not. It is important that all of us have deep convictions on this subject that are based solely on the scriptures, and not on what we think or feel is right, or on what we’ve been taught by even the closest or most respected people in our lives. Whatever conclusion is reached, you will have the opportunity to respond and have a personal relationship with God in time, which can bring about changes in your life from the inside out. If what I have said is resonating with you, then I am waiting for you to join me on the right road.

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Philosophical Details of Satanism

Henry Panic Author Interview

Henry Panic Author Interview

With Lucifer On My Side delves into your life as well as the practice and philosophy of Luciferian. What was the inspiration that made you want to write this book?

While you can find books covering philosophical details of Satanism, Luciferianism, paganism and more, there are VERY few books about practice outside of the traditional occult practice. No one was really writing about how they practically use these theories in their life. I found that curious and decided to write WITH LUCIFER ON MY SIDE. Being the first one to explain Luciferianism like this is an accomplishment for me, and I hope the readers take something away from it, whether they agree or do not.

In this book you explore personal details about your life which gives people an understanding of where you come from. What was the hardest thing for you to share?

Easily the chapters DRUGS and JUDGMENT. In DRUGS I detail the mindset during a miserable withdrawal from opiate use. While I cover some of the physical parts of that experience, I wanted the focus to be on the mental changes. Going from furious, to depressed, to drained, to miserable is what I remember most. The physical experience is shitty, definitely, but my mind going to the places it went was the worst part of it. Specifically the things I thought and wrote about my father were difficult for me. DRUGS was exceptionally close to getting pulled because of that.

JUDGMENT, well it’s pretty self explanatory to anyone who has read it. An embarrassing situation I found myself in. The behavior I exhibited during that relationship truly was massively out of character for me. As a result, the guilt I experienced in the aftermath was incredibly difficult to let go of. I am better than that now and then. But hey, live and learn. Shit happens.

You give a lot of great insight into the life and practice of a Luciferian. What do you find is a common misconception people have about Luciferian?

That it is some kind of conspiracy theory religion only held by the billionaire elites. Or that the horror movies got it right and we are gathering in a forest to sacrifice people or animals. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Luciferianism started in ancient Greece (ancient Egypt if you want to get REALLY technical), then it moved to Gnosticism during the time of Christ, and then again with Madame Blavatsky and Michael Ford. It’s a real philosophy, with roots in ancient cultures. To be fair, I am a sort of outlier in Luciferianism because I don’t practice in the traditional occult sense. Many do, and more power to them. The point here is do what works for you and disregard what doesn’t.

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

I have a couple ideas in mind but I want to ride this wave for a while. The next book would be called WHAT IS LUCIFERIANISM? That much I know. WITH LUCIFER ON MY SIDE details my practice much more than it details what the philosophy is actually about. Not to say that I don’t give a solid summary, but there is so much more to go into. No one has really done it yet, outside of occult type stuff, so if nothing else that would be my next writing project.

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With Lucifer On My Side dives into the upbringing, life, and Luciferian practice of the author, Henry Panic. From Catholic roots he found LaVeyan Satanism. From there he discovered various pagan belief systems, ultimately finding Luciferianism, a Gnosticism derivative. This book goes through the trials of a man attempting to self-deify and gives a detailed insight into the life and practice of a Luciferian in the 21st-century.

Panic’s approach is daringly honest, humorous, and thought provoking. Challenging you to visit his reality and decide for yourself – can a person become like God?

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With Lucifer On My Side

With Lucifer On My Side by [Panic, Henry]

With Lucifer On My Side is a philosophical, biographical work that examines the religious practice of Luciferianism through the context of Henry Panic’s life. Luciferianism is a religion that is molded to fit each individual, and as such, Henry Panic outlines his personal version of Luciferian beliefs. Readers follow Panic through key moments that shaped his life, both good and bad, and are introduced to the ways in which Luciferianism guides his actions, decisions, and mindset.

This book is a raw look at a man who has gone through a lot in life, but through his beliefs has continued on, trying to be a light bringer.

I adore how raw and blunt Henry Panic’s voice is in this book. Even though I don’t personally know him, Panic’s personality shines through. Despite being gritty and dark at times in his writing, Panic clearly expresses his beliefs and principles to the point where readers will recognize his good heart matched with his open mind.

The format of this book was really interesting as well. Split into chapters, this book is sometimes informational, plenty anecdotal, and is occasionally formatted as a dialogue between Panic and the Gods he believes in. By using these different formats, Panic successfully creates depth. Readers will understand the philosophy of Luciferianism, they will empathize with the author, and will witness how philosophy meets practice.

I found myself really enjoying this as a philosophical text in which Panic’s religious beliefs can easily be adapted to suit an atheist perspective. In addition, there were rarely any dull moments. Panic has lived a very full and thrilling life (in both good and bad ways) and we get to see some of the more emotional parts of it. Relationships, deaths, changing career trajectories, radical beliefs, fatal accidents, coping mechanisms. Panic’s life seems to have it all.

While this book could benefit from another copyedit, my only other critique would be with the organization of the story and chapters. I liked how Panic began by introducing the fundamentals of Luciferianism. This really helped my later understanding. However, Panic would sometimes make references to parts of his life that he wouldn’t fully explain until later. Some people may like this slightly disorienting feeling of having a puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit anywhere yet, but it’s not something I personally enjoy.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in philosophical questions of morality, ethics, and life’s purpose. This is not just for people who are “religious”, and I strongly believe that anyone can benefit from considering other moral and ethical perspectives through this book.

Pages: 290 | ASIN: B083WHX284

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Clear and Healthy Guidelines

Doug Hammack Author Interview

Doug Hammack Author Interview

Rethinking Sex Ed is a forward thinking approach to sex education in contemporary society. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I’m the minister of a congregation full of people who almost gave up on religion. We found the old narratives, rules, and instincts off-putting at best. However, we had a deep hunger for spiritual community. So we spent a decade stripping religion down to the bare bones, trying to unearth the principles of spiritual community that are essential, beautiful, and universal.

Part of that journey was the deconstruction of religious ritual. We couldn’t use the rituals we inherited so we just stopped doing them all together. However, after a few years we realized how deeply meaningful rituals are. So we gathered a group to write new ones. Looking into several religious traditions, we wrote rituals for several stages of life—birth, puberty, going to school, leaving home, marriage, and death.

When we were writing the puberty ritual, we realized that when our community pledged to help our young people get ready for healthy lives, it would be pretty meaningless if we didn’t help prepare them for healthy sexual lives.

However, since like everybody else, folks in our community were deconstructing and reconstructing our sexual norms, we weren’t sure exactly how to fulfill that pledge. So our ritual team came to me. “Figure it out and let us know!”

The book is rooted in our own community’s need for clear and healthy guidelines for preparing our young people for their sexual journeys.

In this book you discuss the societal forces that have changed our perception of sex. What do you think is a major contributing factor to this?

I think primarily, it’s how complex society has become.

For most of human history, we lived in agrarian or industrial worlds. Young people could be ready to contribute to society by their late teens. In that context, we developed a simple rule of thumb that captured a great deal of wisdom about healthy sexuality—Don’t have sex until marriage.
But as society has become more complex, young people aren’t established in their careers until their late twenties. Also, puberty happens earlier. The time from sexual maturity to readiness for marriage has moved from three or four years to fifteen to seventeen years. Of course the old rule stopped working.

But when it did, the tendency has been to throw out both the rule—and the ancient wisdom it once captured. I wrote the book to articulate that wisdom and suggest some ways we might apply it in our new social context.

I found this book to be un-biased and informative. What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I guess it would be this.

When it comes to sex, religion and society have been at odds for a long time. Unfortunately, that’s mostly our fault (religious folk).

The world started changing quickly in the 60s. When the old sex norms stopped working, and when people stopped coming to us for sexual instruction, we got frightened. And frightened people tend to get reactionary. We did. We got rigid, rule-driven, and a little bit repressive. We fell back into the sexual craziness that infected Western civilization way back in the second century.
But just as damaging, when society threw out religion’s rule, it also abandoned a great deal of wisdom it once captured.

So the first thing I’d like readers to take away, is an apology on our part. We got that badly wrong. I’m sorry.

But if you’ll forgive us and allow us into the conversation, before we got all reactionary we had accumulated a lot of understanding about how human sexuality works. My hope for the book is to offer our best insights to the job before us—rebuilding healthy sex norms.

And the second thing I hope readers take away, is an understanding of what that ancient wisdom is, and how we can apply it with our young people.

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

The craziness that infected religion around sex has infected religion in general—our narratives, our practices, our core instincts. I wrote a book earlier about rethinking our religious narrative: Rethinking our Story: Can We Still be Christian in the Quantum Era?

Just now I’m working on a follow-up to that book, rethinking how healthy religion works in a local setting. I’m rough-drafting it on my blog right now.

How do we rebuild in the ruins of organized religion?

How do we rethink our stories, practices, and institutional instincts?

I believe religion can once again benefit society—can help us become better people, creating a better world. The next book will be about the experience of our own community working that out over the last twenty-five years.

If history is an indicator, the blog-rough-draft process will take about a year, and then several months after that to turn it into a book.

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We religious folk have to change how we teach our kids about sex. The statistics are in. What we’re doing isn’t working. In fact, our whole society must rethink sex education. Nobody’s approach is working well. Social and economic forces have forever changed the context in which our sexuality plays out. Families are whipsawed by a blistering pace of historical change. After thousands of years of gender, sex, and marriage working one way, in just a handful of decades, everything has been upended. No wonder it’s so difficult to talk to our kids. If you have a young person you love, this book can help. When religion is at its best, it accumulates and transmits the wisdom of the ages. At its worst, it devolves into rigid rules and inflexible craziness. Rethinking Sex-Education explores religion’s accumulated wisdom about human sexuality . . . and the crazy that has to be dismantled to create a healthy and helpful curriculum for our young people. Hopelessly divided, religion and society don’t talk about sex. Religion can’t imagine it’s time to rethink the old ways. Society can’t imagine religion has anything to offer. The book explores what we can learn from one another. Drawing from religion, history, biology, anthropology, and economics, Rethinking helps us think both broadly and practically. It helps grownups rethink our own sexual framework, and then imagine practical sexual conversations with our young people. It’s a book for religious people who realize the traditional approach isn’t working. It’s a book for non-religious people who realize our no-norm social norms aren’t working either.

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Dvorah: Prophetess, Judge, Warrior

Dvorah: Prophetess, Judge, Warrior: The Simple Girl Who Grew Up to Lead Israel (Fierce Bible Women Book 1) by [Lalli, M.J.]

Dvorah is the only child of Eleazar and Ajalon, and as such she is trained in many different skills to help her parents. Her childhood in Israel is simple, but happy, surrounded by family and friends. One day, late in her teens, her entire life changes when she receives a message from God telling her to sit in judgement of the disagreements between others. She does this to great acclaim for three years before being given an even bigger task- to lead an army of thousands in war, alongside her cousin, Barak. The battle will change their lives and shape their future together.

In Dvorah: Prophetess, Judge, Warrior, M.J. Lalli tells of Dvorah’s life and lessons on her way to becoming the jewel of Israel. The book begins slowly, detailing Dvorah’s daily life with her playmates, time in training inside the wool tent, and time spent learning to make perfect bricks. Through it all, Dvorah’s persistence, precision, and level headedness are consistently referenced as some of her most remarkable traits. In the meantime, Lalli paints a vivid picture of Biblical-era Israel and infuses the text with many stories from the Bible, but never seems overtly religious. Many of the stories are told in the context of Dvorah’s challenges and belief. Other characters don’t feature very prominently, with many of them coming in and out of the narrative just a time or two, and some others appearing only once. Dvorah and her horse Zenja are the most constant players in the tale.

Faith, and remaining true to how you have been taught, stand as the primary themes of the book. Throughout the course of the novel, Dvorah never strays from the faith and religion she was raised on, and in due course is rewarded for her diligence. As a contrast, her childhood friend Simona is used to illustrate the dangers of straying from the path of their religion, suffering all manner of tragedies along with her sins.

Dvorah herself is a well written and well-rounded character that succeeds at her tasks, but never in a way that feels convenient or out of place within the narrative. She works hard for what she achieves. The book is also well written in that it has a religious foundation but doesn’t once feel preachy in the way it’s presented. However, the slow start makes it difficult to get into the story, and the parables, while relevant, are often long winded. The second half of the book does pick up the pace dramatically as Dvorah fulfills the second of her heavenly callings. Dvorah: Prophetess, Judge, Warrior is a thought provoking novel that many will enjoy reading.

Pages: 246 | ASIN: B07VG5J8H7

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