What Does God Think: Transgender People and the Bible – Entered in 2018 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Cheryl B. Evans

What Does God Think? Transgender People and the Bible by Cheryl B. Evans is a thoughtful book which attempts to answer the very question from which it gets its title. Cheryl, the mother of a transgender son, is a Christian who went on her own journey of self-discovery and acceptance and wants to help other parents in her situation do the same. She argues, through the inclusion of extensive research and personal experiences, that the transgender community is a vital part of the Christian Church.


Evans presents a book that is thoroughly researched and well-thought-out. She leads the reader purposefully through an exploration of the transgender experience from the point of view of the family members who support the transgender individual. Adequate time is taken to define all terms that the reader may not be familiar with. She also includes a couple of excerpts from discussions with religious experts, which serve to illustrate the intricacies of her argument. In fact, What Does God Think? Transgender People and the Bible could benefit from the inclusion of additional material from religious and scientific experts to provide further support for the stance that Evans takes in the book.


What Does God Think? Transgender People and the Bible includes many quotations from the Bible, in addition to the commentary from experts in the field, and does a great job of analyzing the text in support of the overall argument. Evans has created a well structured and coherent exploration of what it is like to raise a transgender child in the Christian community. Her attempt to encourage compassion for the transgender community should be commended. Evans weaves a tapestry of personal anecdotes and experiences together with scientific fact and biblical analysis to present a finished piece that encourages people of all faiths to interrogate their worldview. In What Does God Think? Transgender People and the Bible, Cheryl B. Evans has created an approachable, non-judgmental exploration of raising a transgender child that everyone should read, regardless of their religious background.

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Hearing His Voice – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

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Meredith Swift

In Hearing His Voice: Meeting Jesus in the Garden of Promise, Meredith Swift shares her illuminating encounters with Jesus Christ. In the sanctuary of her own personal “Garden of Promise,” Swift found her faith in her Savior; she shares her profound discoveries with the world in Hearing His Voice.


Though certainly interesting, Hearing His Voice is a bit odd in terms of general construction and development. Much of the book consists of a one-sided “conversation” with Jesus, which the author/narrator does not respond to, elaborate on, or give context for. Occasionally, there is a beautiful description of the imaginary “Garden of Promise,” but the rest of the book is just Jesus talking to the author. This format can be confusing sometimes; it is unclear if Hearing His Voice is meant to be a motivational self-help book through Jesus, a religious memoir, or a work of fiction about what Meredith Swift imagined Jesus would say to her during difficult times in her life. This ambiguity and lack of context makes the entire book perhaps not as effective as it could be.


Nevertheless, Hearing His Voice is certainly an invaluable illustration of faith and love for the Lord. Meredith Swift writes with eloquence and vivid imagery, making her words—and Jesus’—resonate deeply with the reader. There is also an abundant supply of poignant advice to be found in this book, spoken through Jesus’ voice and in a manner that would be incredibly relatable to anyone who reads it. Hearing His Voice: Meeting Jesus in the Garden of Promise is powerful and touching, uplifting and inspirational, gentle and loving—and above all, full of light and promise through the eyes and words of Jesus Christ.

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Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Dr. Frank Chase Jr. Th.D.

In Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway?, Dr. Frank Chase Jr, Th.D. explores the concept of tithing down to its very roots. Using the bible and other references, he investigates whether tithing is a mandatory tax or a gift given out of free will, as well as alternative viewpoints for those who’d rather worship with their hearts than their paychecks.


Though it certainly has an interesting premise, Kleptomaniac is perhaps a bit too winding and drawn-out in many areas. Much of the first few dozen pages are comprised of redundant reiterations of what the book is about, which quickly becomes tedious and may not hold readers’ attention well. A more straightforward approach would benefit this book incredibly. Also, the narrative is a bit unbalanced; some passages read like a personal memoir about the author’s experiences, while others read like a purely factual, impersonal textbook. These aspects sometimes make it difficult to maintain interest in this book.


Nevertheless, Kleptomaniac certainly has an extremely intriguing concept. The investigation of tithing in the bible, history, and modern day is a unique and not-often-thought-of idea, which is explored quite eloquently here. Dr. Frank Chase Jr, Th.D. has incredible knowledge of the bible and a vast array of excellent sources to back up his points, which only adds to the validity of his writing. Whether readers agree with Dr. Chase’s views or not, it cannot be denied that he certainly provides something interesting to ponder in this book. Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? is a thoughtful, well-researched book that is equally respectful and revolutionary in its unique approach to an age-old, unspoken question—what is the purpose of tithing really?

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The Deceived – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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E.C. Fisher

The Deceived by E. C. Fisher is a redemption story with aspects of both road trip narratives and dystopian fiction. The novel focuses on the Archangel Michael and his crusade to topple the rule of his brother, Lucifer. In an alternate reality in which The Bible is part of Lucifer’s great deception of mankind, Michael assembles a merry band of modern-day apostles and saints to assist with his mission.

The Deceived struggles under the weight of the amount of ground Fisher attempts to cover. While the ideas and major plot points are all solid, there are too many for a novel of this length. Most of the narrative is spent moving Michael and his merry band of adventurers across America, with very little attention paid to character development. The book also relies heavily on the reader’s preexisting knowledge of biblical events and characters. This will work for a reader who is well versed in The Bible, but for those who are not, it can leave the characters feeling hollow and underdeveloped. These issues could be rectified with more attention to the establishment and development of the characters, rather than relying on the reader to form a connection to the characters based solely on their biblical counterparts.

This novel has a unique perspective on biblical tales, playing with the commonly accepted origin of The Bible, which sets it apart from many other biblically based narratives. The descriptive language used to define the settings and physical attributes of the characters paints a full and complete picture of the world that Fisher has created. This book will appeal to readers with an appreciation for and interest in biblical stories, along with those looking for a wartime narrative set in a dystopian future, or just a good old-fashioned road trip. The Deceived by E. C. Fisher is sure to offer something for almost everyone.

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Turning Mountains into Molehills – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Yvonne M Morgan

Turning Mountains into Molehills is Yvonne M Morgan’s touching memoir about her life and faith. After a particularly devastating loss that sent her down the rabbit hole of grief, Morgan turned to God for answers—and her own purpose. Through her faith in God and His plan for her, Morgan turned to humanitarian work and ultimately learned how to turn her “mountains” into “molehills.”

Unfortunately, much of Turning Mountains into Molehills seemed much too rushed. The pacing was quick and the descriptions of each memory short and blunt; while this might be an excellent approach in different circumstances, in this book, it only leaves the reader wanting to know more. In such an excellent story with such a profound purpose, it is disappointing that everything is glossed over so quickly, rather than being fully described and deeply explored. Perhaps one small reason for this is that there are too many events packed into each chapter, perhaps making it difficult to find the time and space to break each event in Morgan’s journey down as well as could be possible.

Nevertheless, Turning Mountains into Molehills is still a pleasant, eye-opening read. From the depths of grief to the relief of God’s love, Yvonne M Morgan takes her readers along with her on her life’s journey, with all its ups and downs. Morgan’s style of writing is equally casual and enlightened, making for a peaceful and uplifting reading experience. Her journey is inspirational, yet her humbleness and faith in writing about it make this story all the more interesting. Turning Mountains into Molehills is a loving, positive memoir that will undoubtedly serve as a beacon of light and hope for Christian readers who may have endured similar hardships in their lives and also come out on top.

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Angel on Assignment – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Wanda Carter Roush

From the very first words in the cover, “Move over elf. It’s time to share the shelf.” Wanda Carter Roush’s Christian children’s story, Angel on Assignment, is a magnificent gem. The story tells once again the basics around the story of Jesus. Through the glorious illustrations by Mike Motz, it hints as to how the angels actually knew about Jesus’ birth without being told directly. Those same angelic behaviors continue through the book telling children that they can rely on angels by communicating with God. At the back of the book, the author also includes how to create an angel for one’s own shelf at home.

The only drawback to Angel on Assignment is for those readers who are quite particular with proper grammar. However, when writing in such a poetic style as Wanda Carter Roush has done, grammatical errors can be overlooked or ignored. Angel on Assignment is clearly meant for those with Christian beliefs systems. Instead of being a hinderance, that helps the book speak directly to those Carter Roush is trying to reach.

Wanda Carter Roush’s Angel on Assignment is not only fun to read with her skillful use of words, but it’s filled with beautiful imagery throughout. Young children can even play a little game on almost every page and search for the angel that is on assignment within this book. Colorful, fun to read and connected to the religious views of its readers, Angel on Assignment is sure to be a hit with young Christian families.

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Liberating Inner Eve – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Bozena Zawisz

Bozena Zawisz’s Liberating Inner Eve: A Reflective Journey for Women explores the relationship between interpretations of the Old and New Testament and their effects on the lives of modern-day women. She illustrates how looking at the bible in a new light can help women discover their own self-acceptance and self-worth and liberate their own inner Eve.

Perhaps the only downfall to Liberating Inner Eve is that it caters to a very limited audience: Christian women. Perhaps that might alienate other female readers – and even male readers – who would benefit from the otherwise solid and heartfelt advice. However, Bozena Zawisz illustrates a fantastic amount of prowess when it comes to relating to readers, so should she choose to write another book that caters to a larger population of women (or even people in general), it will surely be a hit.

Aside from that, Liberating Inner Eve is a great book all around. Zawisz expertly balances her own personal experiences with real, detailed research to illustrate her thoughtful points. The inclusion of beautiful poetry, captivating images, and straightforward exercises for the reader to utilize in their own lives only adds to the strength of this book. Drawing inspiration from the bible and from everyday life, Liberating Inner Eve is a profound and inspiring motivational book. Bozena Zawisz has combined religion, expert counselling, and mild feminism in a conversational writing style and a friendly, kindhearted approach; with this winning blend, Liberating Inner Eve: A Reflective Journey for Women is just that: liberating.

 

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[Author Interview] Frank Chase Jr. | Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway

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Frank Chase Jr.

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: Well, I am the author of False Roads to Manhood, What Women Need to Know; What Men Need to Understand, and my new book is titled, KLEPTOMANIAC: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? I am a native of Baltimore, Maryland and lived there until I was 19 year-old. I consider myself a miracle because at birth I weighed only two pounds and lived when the doctor’s didn’t think I’d make it. To publish my first book after getting many rejections, I started my publishing company, FC Publishing, LLC, which I am the president. In career I’ve worked for the government as a senior aviation writer for the Department of the Army. I am a four-year veteran of the United States Army. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology from Washington State University in 1989. Later on down the roads because I like education, I pursued a BA in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Theology from North Carolina College of Theology (NCCT) and went on to earn my Doctorate in Theology from NCCT in 2009. I have authored and published numerous religious articles for newspapers, online magazines and print media along with appearances on Local Huntsville Alabama television and radio programs for my first book. As an Alabama resident, I live with my wife Teresa and one child Sarah at home. I am a grandfather of six grandchildren.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: I started writing back in when I was middle school around the seventh or eighth grade, so that’s been more than 40 years ago.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: My most recent release was Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway?

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: The thing I love most about writing is that you get to educate and challenge readers. It’s always enjoyable to write something that people never hear about or the feeling you get when a person discovers something new they thought they hand a handle on.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: The challenge for me is when to put the pen down and write the end. I have a tendency to want to include all the details I can in a book so readers will not have to do much research. I also find it challenging to cut words out of a manuscript because I feel it’s like cutting out a piece of myself and the effort I put into writing process.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: My ideas come mostly from questions. As theological and religious writer, it is my nature to question. Most of the when I write something it is because a question was asked and a reasonable was not obtained. That starts a process of more questions and more inquiry to get to the bottom line of the truth about a particular subject.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: My writing process always begins with a question. From there, the research journey begins to gather all the facts and fables and scholarship that address a subject. Most of my writing is done in my man cave right at home.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: As a non-fiction religious writer, I think the message of my books are often driven by questions, what the current religious practices are and how they have changed over the centuries. In my case in trying pontificate a message in a book, I often discover other competing agendas that have existed throughout history and it fight for survival in spreading a particular message.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: My favorite book is my second book, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? This message of this book is considered by some to be a taboo subject in religious cycles. But that’s why it was so enjoyable to write. It required me to do extensive research and writing the book also taught me more about the Bible than I had ever learned in many different Bibles Studies down through the years. Besides, I love writing about biblical subjects that make people raise their eyebrows.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: Besides working on promoting my latest book, I’m working on a new book that deals with encouragement. The book is compilation of short essays that address the human condition based on stories from the Bible which shed light on how people interact with God knowingly and unknowingly.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: If people want to know about me, they can certainly google my name. I’m also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kleptomaniac10percent/) , and Twitter at @drfrankchasejr

More information about this book can be found at the publisher’s website at www.fcpublishing.com.

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Author interviews with Dr. Frank Chase Jr:



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ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: Thank you so much for interviewing me. It was a pleasure sharing my thoughts with your audience and your readers.


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The Everett File – Entered in the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Steven A. Moore

Steven A. Moore has crafted a fabulously interesting fictional novel in The Everett File: The Gooey Gospel of Truthy Goodness. It is unlike a normal fiction story as it brings to light paranormal spiritual occurrences surrounding catholicism. Told from the perspective of Raymond, the main character, he is shocked to discover, well into his adult life, that two of his closest friends hold deep secrets. The paranormal events that begin to occur blow him away at first until he can no longer deny that they are truly happening. The spiritual and paranormal abilities that he encounters are often mentioned within catholicism, but they are typically rejected in modern times. Raymond and his friends are being called upon to help protect a very powerful individual along with the secrets that they themselves hold. That request from beyond forces them to make life changing decisions.

The Everett File moves quickly, but the pacing is pretty well maintained throughout. Moore does an excellent job keeping the reader entertained and urged to turn the page. Readers can easily become wrapped up in this story no matter what their spiritual beliefs are. What if the Shroud of Turin really exists? What if one could get their hands on a piece of the cross Jesus was said to be crucified on? Would these items give special powers to the one who holds said item? Moore offers readers an opportunity to be quite entertained while developing fascinating spiritual questions in their minds. The mysteries keep coming from start to finish in The Everett File, but Moore wraps it all up in a very tidy way that still has readers turning pages all the way through the epilogue. Well done.

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Lucifer: Soldiers, Serpents and Sin

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Lucifer: Soliders, Serpents and Sin

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Book Description:

During his first 1,000 years of life in The Realm, Lucifer becomes an authentic superstar. All of his fellow brethren adore him and the passionate way he leads worship. His best friend Michael has been cheering him on since literally lifting him out of his Creation Cocoon.

And then it happens.

An unexpected rift between Lucifer and Michael inaugurates Lucifer onto the path of rebellion. While smiling at his best friend every day, Lucifer begins to amass custom designed weapons and map out the weak points in The Realm. He uses his honey-coated tongue to persuade some of the brethren to join his Loyalist army, even as other brethren sense that all is not right.

As the pressure mounts towards the impending clash of lightning and thunder, Lucifer prepares to unleash something the brethren have never seen. His rebellion will change every single creature in The Realm…forever.


David Taylor II

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David Taylor II is an author, playwright, songwriter and producer. His latest book, Lucifer: Soldiers, Serpents and Sin is an internationally best selling book. He has created an entire story world called The Realm from that first book and continues to expand it. He writes sci fi, fantasy, Christian fiction, and Children’s Literature.

He is a co-composer for the smash hit theater production, Eye of the Storm:The Bayard Rustin Musical, nominated for 3 Black Theater Alliance awards.
In 2015 his book Wayward Pines:Survival, from the hit Fox TV show of the same name, broke top 10 in the Amazon best seller list and is currently still there.

He is also the author of the new children’s favorite, Diary of a Chocolate Midas.
He is the proud father of two, as well as a lover of football, pizza, and a good glass of lemonade.

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