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The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest Part IV

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  • 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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Highlands Elementary School 5th Grade Linc

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  • Highlands Elementary School 5th Grade Linc
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

HES 5th Grade Linc

On Wednesday, March 20th, I had the wonderful pleasure of teaching the Highlands Elementary 5th Grade Linc students about writing books.

We had a blast!

During the last half of the class, they all tried their hand at planning out stories they would like to write, which they then shared with the class. These kids were brilliant and creative, and an awesome audience!

Thank you Mrs. Harden for the invite!

My only regret is that I have only one picture to share. But, one is better than none…

Mrs. Harden's class


 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


 


200 Page Benchmark for DSA and the DTQ Companion Video!

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  • 200 Page Benchmark and the DTQ Companion Video
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon 
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest 
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

200 Page Benchmark/DTQ Companion Video

Today, this 9th day of February, in the year 2019, I’m proud to declare that I, Sir Charles Nathan Fitzherbert Abernathy Lumbatis have written 200 pages in the novel, Daniel and the Serpent’s Abyss (DSA).

DSA 200 Pages

Fitzherbert Abernathy aren’t really my middle names, but it sounded more noble.

I know, I know. You might be thinking, “Nathan. Big deal.” But look, People, I don’t have loads of time to write. So reaching the 200 page mark means I’ve got only approximately 100 pages to go before Daniel and the Serpent’s Abyss is done.

Well, the first draft anyway.

So, in celebration, I am uploading a companion video I created for Daniel and the Triune Quest. This was created as a background for presenting the book at schools and is intended to accompany a script. So, while part of the progression might not make sense, I hope you enjoy the music and visuals of the characters and places in India which inspired the story.

Enjoy!


 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


 


Nuns versus The Lord of the Rings

In this Post…

  • 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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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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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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