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Nuns versus The Lord of the Rings

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  • Nuns versus The Lord of the Rings
  • Amazon Reviews
  • Things to Come: Author Showcase
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

 


Nuns versus The Lord of the Rings

In Daniel and the Sun Sword, Daniel finds he can’t save his friends unless he lets go of his anger, cynicism, resentment…lets go of his self. When emptied, he is filled with the Father’s power in a very visible way.

Daniel at Intipuncu in the sun

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He looked down at his body; he was almost transparent. A white-hot fire shone from within him like a flame through a lampshade, illuminating his entire being.

It surprised him how natural it felt, like this was his true self. It was as if he finally felt real, like all his anger and distrust had simply been a facade he’d erected for protection.

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This scene, I confess, was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s comments about holiness and glory:

“How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing…it is irresistible. If even 10 percent of the world’s population had it, would not the whole world be converted and happy before the year’s end?” (Letters to an American Lady)

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship…” (The Weight of Glory)

And this brings me to my point: when we consider that the way to happiness is through holiness, don’t conceive of the latter as the drab, stodgy, barren existence of a nun. A picture of true holiness is perhaps better illustrated in the heroes of The Lord of the Rings, who are filled with power, goodness, and mystery.

Galadriel and Gandalf

Holiness doesn’t just sit in the pew or kneel in the prayer closet.

It strikes out into the world on adventure.

 


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Things to Come…

What’s next? Come see me at the Author Showcase at the Houston Love Memorial Library on November 8th. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Ebook and Official Release!

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  • Ebook and Official Release
  • Amazon Reviews
  • Things to Come: Author Showcase
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

 


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Today marks the official release of Daniel and the Sun Sword! And what better way to celebrate than to release the ebook on Amazon?

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If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

 


Things to Come…

What’s next? Come see me at the Author Showcase at the Houston Love Memorial Library on November 8th. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Amazon Reviews, Halloween, and Some Other Junk

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  • Amazon Reviews PLEASE!
  • Halloween and the Other Side
  • Things to Come: Author Showcase
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

 


 

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If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

 


Halloween and the Other Side

In Daniel and the Sun Sword, Daniel and his friends must break into (what they believe is) the Peruvian underworld to save a friend. Which, of course, is spooky and scary, and a perfect subject for October 31st!

There are many different faces of Halloween (pun intended). A simple Google search will show you that all ancient cultures have some such holiday—even Christian cultures. Despite the differences in these traditions, one thing remains the same: Halloween is about the dead, the other side, and the crossing of the boundary leading there. Halloween_Bangladesh

But, is the subject of Halloween just tradition? Is it just based on superstition and the ignorance of our ancestors? I mean, there isn’t any real proof that there is life after death, right?  I mean, no extra-Biblical evidence, of course. Sure, there are some crack-pot people touting Near Death Experiences (NDEs), but those are easily explainable…oxygen deprivation, or something like that.

Or maybe not. For decades, certain accounts of NDEs have caught the attention of the scientific community because the details rule out simple explanations like oxygen deprivation, hallucinations, dreams, or the like. Many accounts are so baffling that the scientific study of NDEs is its own branch of research now, with doctors being among the loudest voices lending support to the phenomenon.

So, in honor of Halloween, here is one such case. Enjoy!

Pam

 


Things to Come…

What’s next? Come see me at the Author Showcase at the Houston Love Memorial Library on November 8th. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Updates, Y’all…

Hello followers!

I’m excited to share some updates for Daniel and the Sun Sword.

1) It’s official. D&SS is scheduled to be released in July 2015, which is only 8 months away! 

2) Within the near future, it will be available for PRE-ORDER. I’m totally stoked!

3) Also, the cover development will begin in January.

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Do Legends Contain Truth?

Last year I wrote a post explaining that Christian Fantasy (Speculative Fiction) begins by presuming the basics of a Christian worldview and then asking “What if?“. One of the central What if’s of Daniel and the Sun Sword (D&SS), and the Sons and Daughters series as a whole, has to do with the origins of worldwide mythologies: What if every culture’s myths grew out of man’s fallen memory of the one true God and his plan for redemption? No doubt many believe as much, but the fun starts when you try to untangle how those legends developed. (more…)


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Book Release Party Poll

I featured the picture of our cat because, seriously, everyone loves kittens. But now that you’re here, I’d be much obliged if you could answer three questions for me. You can select up to three answers for each.



 

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