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The Mythology of DTQ Part IV (Corrected Post)

In this Post…

  • The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest Part IV
  • Daniel and the Sun Sword Ranking—Woohoo!
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

The Mythology of DTQ Part IV

As you may recall, I’ve previously written on various mythological characters who show up in Daniel and the Triune Quest. There was the Super Hot Surya, Ravanna the Weirdo, and Shakti the Uber Feminist. I now continue this most excellent series by introducing Shiva, the third god of the Trimurti.

In Hinduism, three gods outrank all the others—Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. Except for when they don’t. As in the case of Shakti, who sometimes is the all in all of everything, even when she isn’t. Remember?  If this doesn’t make sense to you, then congratulations. You finally understand Hindu Mythology.

Anyway, Shiva’s role in the Trimurti is to…is to…um…well, it’s complicated. If you read his page on Wikipedia, you’ll leave quite confused.

Divine Destroyer and Recycler of the Universe? Sure.

Oh wait…also sometimes creator and sustainer instead of those lazy bums, Brahma and Vishnu—oh…okay.

Fierce and scary? Why not?

But also NOT fierce or scary, okay? So just deal with it.

Divine yogi? Naturally.

Did I mention he’s also nothingness? Oh boy.

 

Like every other god in Hinduism, Shiva incarnated himself into different avatars throughout the ages. Through these avatars, he accomplished various feats and took on different roles, which maybe muddied the waters a bit. No matter how you slice it, though, Shiva is a complex god whose roles are considered both good (destroys illusions, paving the way for beneficial change) and evil (literally destroys the universe).

In Daniel and the Triune Quest, he shows up as an incarnation of the Enemy, and the Master of Shakti. He relishes his role as destroyer—which seems fitting. Luckily, Daniel, Ben, and Gabriela who belong to a different God whose nature is trustworthy, loving, and fatherly. Who doesn’t have to destroy to bring life, but is one who gave up everything to so that we might have HIS life.


DSS in Top 100 Twice

One thing you should know about authors…we obsessively check the sales rankings of our books on Amazon.

So, naturally, I was happy when my obsessiveness paid off this past week when Daniel and the Sun Sword was in the top 100 for its primary category…twice! Hooray!


 Read My Books? Please Review Them on Amazon!

If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:

Praise for Sons and Daughters Series

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016


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The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest Part IV

In this Post…

  • The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest Part IV
  • Daniel and the Sun Sword Ranking—Woohoo!
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

The Mythology of DTQ Part IV

As you may recall, I’ve previously written on various mythological characters who show up in Daniel and the Triune Quest. There was the Super Hot Surya, Ravanna the Weirdo, and Shakti the Uber Feminist. I now continue this most excellent series by introducing Shiva, the third god of the Trimurti.

In Hinduism, three gods outrank all the others—Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. Except for when they don’t. As in the case of Shakti, who sometimes is the all in all of everything, even when she isn’t. Remember?  If this doesn’t make sense to you, then congratulations. You finally understand Hindu Mythology.

Anyway, Shiva’s role in the Trimurti is to…is to…um…well, it’s complicated. If you read his page on Wikipedia, you’ll leave quite confused.

Divine Destroyer and Recycler of the Universe? Sure.

Oh wait…also sometimes creator and sustainer instead of those lazy bums, Brahma and Vishnu—oh…okay.

Fierce and scary? Why not?

But also NOT fierce or scary, okay? So just deal with it.

Divine yogi? Naturally.

Did I mention he’s also nothingness? Oh boy.

 

Like every other god in Hinduism, Shiva incarnated himself into different avatars throughout the ages. Through these avatars, he accomplished various feats and took on different roles, which maybe muddied the waters a bit. No matter how you slice it, though, Shiva is a complex god whose roles are considered both good (destroys illusions, paving the way for beneficial change) and evil (literally destroys the universe).

In Daniel and the Triune Quest, he shows up as an incarnation of the Enemy, and the Master of Shakti. He relishes his role as destroyer—which seems fitting. Luckily, Daniel, Ben, and Gabriela who belong to a different God whose nature is trustworthy, loving, and fatherly. Who doesn’t have to destroy to bring life, but is one who gave up everything to so that we might have HIS life.


DSS in Top 100 Twice

One thing you should know about authors…we obsessively check the sales rankings of our books on Amazon.

So, naturally, I was happy when my obsessiveness paid off this past week when Daniel and the Sun Sword was in the top 100 for its primary category…twice! Hooray!


 Read My Books? Please Review Them on Amazon!

If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:

Praise for Sons and Daughters Series

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016


 Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


 


The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest: Part III

In this Post…

  • The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest: Part III
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest: Part III

Now continues my blog series featuring notable characters from Indian mythology who are (more importantly) immortalized in the pages of Daniel and the Triune Quest. You can find the other posts HERE and HERE. 

As I’ve noted in the past, getting definite answers from the Hindu mythos is no easy task. But, here’s me next attempt. In 500 words or less, here is everything you need to know about…

Shakti, Goddess of…um…Feminism, I guess?

shakti statue

 

Shakti, or शक्ति, literally means “power, ability, strength, might, effort, energy, capability. Shakti is both a goddess and a primordial cosmic energy pervasive throughout the entire universe.

As a goddess, she is the personification of feminine creative power. In Shaktism, she is the ultimate, Supreme Being. Unlike, say, in Shaivism, where that lout Shiva gets all the credit.

shiva women's lib

Naturally, there is no one “being” who is Shakti, because Hinduism LOVES to recycle gods and goddesses (and hopefully PLASTIC STRAWS).

So, get ready for this, Shakti often manifests as the goddesses Tripura Sundari or Parvati. Oh, wait. And also, Ganga, Yamuna, Kamakshi, Kanakadurga, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati, Meenakshi, Manasa, Yellamma, Poleramma, Gangamma, Perantalamma, Durga, and Kali.

shakti goddesses

I mean, because…you know…why not?

Shakti is the divine, feminine counterpart to Shiva, and this is more or less how she shows up in Daniel and the Triune Quest. When Daniel and Ben reach India, Shakti presents herself as a goddess, but subservient to the Enemy in the form of Shiva.

And, instead of being motherly, Shakti is in her more…shall we say…aggressive forms as a goddess of destruction and judgment. Yay!

In the book, however, her true form is one of the key surprises. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of Daniel and the Triune Shield to see how Daniel and Ben deal with her bad attitude and split-personality.


 Read My Books? Please Review Them on Amazon!

If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:

Praise for Sons and Daughters Series

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016


 Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Amazon

Barnes&Noble

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


 


The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest: Part II

In this Post…

  • The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest: Part II
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest: Part II

You may recall that a couple months ago I threatened to maintain a series of posts featuring mythological characters from DTQ. You can find the first post HERE.

And now, I’m finally continuing the series. You may recall that Indian mythology is absurdly complex.  Read the 1000 versions of every single story and you’ll know there are no definitive answers.

There is no one version to any story—not ONE truth, but MANY dharmas, Nathan.

Thanks, Swami Maruthhur Gopalamenon Ramachandran.

I’ll remember that.

So, who is the second figure from Indian Mythology reincarnated into a character in Daniel and the Triune Quest? Someone give us a couple taps on the Table Drum please…

Tabla

Ravana, Demon King of Lanka

 

Ravana was a Rakshasa (Demon), born to the sage Vishrava and the princess Kaikeshi.  So what, you ask? Well, shows how much you (don’t) know. Vishrava was the grandson of Brahma, the creator of all, and Kaikeshi was an Asura, a race of power-hungry deities. His maternal grandfather was the king of the Rakshasas. Pretty auspicious beginning, if you ask me.

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Write Stuff Radio Interview

In this Post…

  • Write Stuff Radio Interview 
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

Write Stuff Radio Interview

On Tuesday night I had the privilege of speaking with Parker J. Cole, author of 11 books (I think she just finished her 12th) and radio talk show host. She interviewed me about Daniel and the Sun Sword and Daniel and the Triune Quest, life, and writing in general. It was a blast!

If you didn’t get a chance to listen live, here is the show again. The interview really starts around the 12 minute mark. Enjoy!

 

Write Stuff Radio image


 Read My Books? Please Review Them on Amazon!

If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:

Praise for Sons and Daughters Series

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016


 Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Amazon

Barnes&Noble

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2



Write Stuff Radio Interview Tonight at 7:00 Eastern/6:00 Central

In this Post…

  • Write Stuff Radio Interview 
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

Write Stuff Radio Interview

Tonight at 7:00 Eastern/6:00 Central, I will have the privilege of speaking with Parker J. Cole on her radio show. She’ll be interviewing me about the Sons and Daughters series and writing in general.

Hope many of you can listen in. If you can’t catch it live, the interview will be posted on the website for downloading after the show. Click on the Write Stuff Radio image below to be taken to the live interview tonight!

Write Stuff Radio


 Read My Books? Please Review Them on Amazon!

If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:

Praise for Sons and Daughters Series

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

 

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016


 Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble

 

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2

 


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2

 



The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest

In this Post…

  • The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest

Moving from the relatively straightforward Peruvian mythology as the backdrop for Daniel and the Sun Sword to the overwhelmingly complex Indian mythology as the context for Daniel and the Triune Quest was, well, overwhelming.  As anyone studying Indian mythology knows, there are no definitive answers.

~Straightforward answers are all illusion~

What’s the Indian god of war you may ask?

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