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The Lost Bible

Recently, I’ve been studying my Bible a bit. I even bought a fancy large-print one so that I don’t have to squint at those itsy-bitsy words.

For many people, the Bible is a touchy subject. It makes some people uncomfortable; and it makes some people so argumentative that you can’t get a word in edgewise. Some people don’t believe any of it; some people only believe some of it. It’s sort of like little Anne in The Others — you know, that ghost movie with Nicole Kidman? Little Anne didn’t believe God made the world in six days, and she didn’t believe that Noah got all those animals onto one boat.

Some people, on the other hand, regard every written word in the Bible as complete spiritual truth. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, but personally, I take every word with a grain of salt. God didn’t write the Bible. Men did. First, His prophets in the Old Testament; and then, Jesus’s disciples in the New Testament. My favorite parts of the Bible are Jesus’s words, because I believe that His disciples would have recorded them with great diligence and care. I believe we read it pretty much exactly as He said it.

However, as with every ancient text, there are scholars and historians who question certain things. For example, modern scholars don’t believe that the Promised Land of Israel and Judah was peopled by the followers of Moses. Instead, they claim that its inhabitants were never switched out, one group for another. They simply say that the inhabitants of Israel and Judah adopted the God of Moses.

It would be easy to try and pick a side, and give what we call an “educated opinion” on the subject. If some people felt that they didn’t completely understand what happened, their world would seem shaken.

But I don’t take that approach. I don’t know exactly what happened after Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. I don’t know who the ancestors of the modern Israelites were. How can we pretend to understand? It doesn’t much matter who your ancestors were, if you don’t even believe that Jesus is the Messiah.

Because that, you know, is the founding basis of the Bible. There were four major prophets in the Old Testament, and twelve minor ones, all of whom predicted the coming of Christ. So, even before He came, the Bible was about Jesus.

Modern scholars claim that, once upon a time, there were even more books that proclaimed Jesus as the savior of the world. The most famous of the “lost gospels” are those of Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Judas. But the gospel of Peter, for example, is apparently much different than the other gospels. It may be older, and it shows a “gnostic” tendency.

Gnosticism is a word from ancient Greek, which is applied to many old religions, simply meaning “knowledge.” It shuns the material world, and embraces the spiritual world. But so far as Christianity goes, the gnostic approach was considered heresy, since gnostics believed that their salvation relied on a “secret knowledge” from Christ. All they had to do was know the secret, which God gave them. And salvation was theirs.

Actually, this is very similar to my own view of Christianity. I believe that the Bible is a very useful tool; but true knowledge, and true conviction, is delivered straight to your heart. You don’t need a Bible for it, although reading it can help to strengthen you, both physically and mentally.

It may be that there are an ocean of missing Bible books out there, written by men and women whose beliefs about Jesus didn’t quite match up with those of the Church. Most Christians disagree, claiming that every book God intended to be present in the Bible did end up there.

I believe that the world is a mystery. The only mystery God ever revealed is that Jesus was His son, sent to save mankind, and that one day He’ll return for His people.

All the other mysteries will have to wait until later.

(Featured image: Jesus Christ holding a Bible which reads, “Ego sum via veritas et vita.” Translation from Latin: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”)

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Guest Author: Homer Buford

Hi, everybody. Here’s the final installment (for now) of Blackwood’s Magazine’s Indie Author Spotlight. Today, we have with us Mr. Homer Buford: a lovely, eccentric fellow who writes for the love of writing.

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Mr. Buford’s namesake, Blind Homer.
  1. Everyone has a story about why they love to write. What’s yours?

Whales dive to free depths, Birds fly to free heights,
I write to free prisoners.

 

  1. If there’s a particular book you’re trying to market right now, will you tell us about it?

My book  THE PRISONERS OF NAGA, is one  I wish to place into the hands of everyone who has ever looked into the clouded Milky Way and saw far deeper meaning than in the towering high rise forest of apartments, offices, clinics, wards, and playschools and seen more majesty in that nebulous road marker than the dirty and corrosive  shipping lanes of oil tankers.
I wish to reach those who find a hint of their true self in every night time dance; every polar flare, every gust of magnetic wind; to everyone whose atoms hear the MUSIC OF THE SPHERES; to everyone  waiting with abated breath to hear their name called, I write for them.
In PRISONERS OF NAGA, I take some lonely, soul seeking Soldiers of Vietnam out of the jungles and into THE LIBRARY located in a part of the Milky way called BLAUPUNCT, where they do not find mere SELF ,but discover a higher and greater destiny than the mortal mind [a prisoner] has never accessed; to see what the flesh of the eye has ever longed  to see; Home.

 

  1. Most authors in the market nowadays have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. Will you tell us how the positive moments make up for the negative ones?

Most authors experience THE MOUNTAIN.
It is a bitter obstacle course actually built by them!
It is dutifully, and religiously piled by borrowed earthmovers to layer the Mountain with reminder after reminder of failures-a mountain of failures.
This is all taught to them; failure.
First word Baby understands after mama? “NO!”

 

  1. If you could say one thing to the whole world, and have each and every person hear you – what would you say? It could be about your books, or anything at all in the whole universe.

I have not a single thing to say to the whole Island of MAN should my book reach that shore; I have MANY things to say,
Beginning with this simple lesson: wasps built paper nests long before paper was “invented”  and the young wasp never saw the construction ‘blueprint’ in its nursery. (BLAUPUNCT)why do you need instruction?
Writers have written in the stars and  they wrote in clay when necessary: written any good clay lately?

 

  1. Who’s your favorite author? Are you more into modern or classic literature? What do you think of modern literature on the whole?

My favorite Author has not yet written. It could be you.

Modern literature is a denigration and holds no place in THE LIBRARY. Today’s authors are too obsessed with filthy language, demeaning sarcasm, gory murder, demonic creatures  and Disneylike sorcery- nothing that edifices Mankind.
Today’s literature is to readers what Rap  is to black music. A mental maelstrom.

 

And there we have it! That was really interesting. Homer really has some one-of-a-kind views!

For a look at The Prisoners of Naga, click here

Thanks for reading, everybody!

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Guest Author: Rohvannyn Shaw

Good evening, reading and writing peeps. With us today is Rohvannyn Shaw, author of The Dice of Fate.

 

  1. Everyone has a story about why they love to write. What’s yours?

 

I grew up with both parents being writers.  Literature was a part of life.  I always had stories to tell, but I only started to love to write when I learned to type well.  That revolutionized things.  When I got my first real computer, it was finally easy to write, revise, rethink, and repeat.  Writing was finally satisfying when my word output could catch up with my racing thoughts.  I’ve also drawn all of my life, so it’s a natural thing to illustrate.  The combination of drawings with text is especially satisfying to me.  This is why my novel, The Dice of Fate, contains a hand painted map and several pen and ink illustrations even though that’s not usual for modern novels.

 

  1. If there’s a particular book you’re trying to market right now, will you tell us about it?

 

Right now, there are two.  The Dice of Fate tells about an ordinary call center worker who is transported into a world of mystery.  She discovers her inner strength while trying to solve the mystery of how she got there in the first place.  Ultimately, it’s about learning to have faith in yourself.  It can be found on CreateSpace and Kindle and is free for Kindle subscribers.

The other is a humorous book of advice on how to be a really, really, really bad employee.  In fact, if you did the opposite of the “advice” in this book, you’d probably be near perfect!  It sprang from ten years of work in customer service.  It should be titled and available by the time everyone reads this.

 

Both books, and my other work, can be found right here:

https://subversiveartblog.wordpress.com/tales/

 

I also have a main blog called “Time to be Awesome” and that is here:

http://subversiveartblog.wordpress.com

 

 

  1. Most authors in the market nowadays have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. Will you tell us how the positive moments make up for the negative ones?

It can be hard realizing I have to rewrite something yet again, even though I thought that paragraph was gold.  Or to have high hopes about a blog post and look into my tracker in the morning and find that not even one more person has looked at my content.  However, I think those lows make the successes all the sweeter.  I really feel like I worked for what I have, like no one handed me anything.  Ultimately I would write even if I never made a cent, so anything else is a bonus.

 

  1. If you could say one thing to the whole world, and have each and every person hear you – what would you say? It could be about your books, or anything at all in the whole universe.

“Don’t ever give up.  Whatever your goal, don’t quit.  Remember, as long as there’s life, there’s still hope.”

 

  1. Who’s your favorite author? Are you more into modern or classic literature? What do you think of modern literature on the whole?

 

I have many favorite authors and they can change depending on mood, time of year, or life circumstance.  I’ll pick Tom Clancy out of the pack.  I love his passion for detail combined with his ability to tell a good story, and his amazing level of research.  I still miss him as an author.

I’m divided about modern versus classic literature.  I think some so-called classics are really overrated while others don’t get nearly enough press.  Some modern literature is pure schlock, yet is popular, while really good stuff goes by the wayside.  That’s to be expected I suppose, and it’s been going on since before everybody wrote Mozart off as popular music.

 

Wow, that was an interesting interview! I have to say, I really loved Miss Shaw’s answers.

Just a little reminder: Rohvannyn’s new book, How to P!ss Off the Customers (A Little Book of Bad Advice) is available now! Just follow the link provided above!

Thanks for reading, everybody. Have a good one.

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Guest Author: Suzanne Bowditch

Good evening, readers and writers. Welcome to the second installment of Blackwood’s Magazine’s Indie Author Spotlight for October! Today’s special guest is Suzanne Bowditch. Let’s have a chat with her!

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Let’s talk about writing!

 

 

 

  1. Everyone has a story about why they love to write. What’s yours?

I have loved to write since a teenager. I entered a competition at school and came second, since then I have kept diaries, journals and scribbled notes, but was never serious about my writing. Last year however, I took a writing challenge and my passion was rekindled! Now I write most days, as a fulltime writer of historical fiction.

 

  1. If there’s a particular book you’re trying to market right now, will you tell us about it?

I’ve self published my second book Alice’s Secret: A Celtic Trilogy in July. It’s the follow on book for a saga I’m writing, based in Tasmania and Melbourne.

 

  1. Most authors in the market nowadays have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. Will you tell us how the positive moments make up for the negative ones?

As a writer, I think that any feedback received is positive, especially when that reader has enjoyed your book. I encourage any feedback really, and any constructive criticism, which helps in the writing/learning process. Fortunately the feedback so far to my books has been good, which is lovely.

 

  1. If you could say one thing to the whole world, and have each and every person hear you – what would you say? It could be about your books, or anything at all in the whole universe.

That’s a very big question! I seriously think that reading produces positive vibes, helps us to learn about the world and each other, and whilst we’re deep into a book, we’re not having cause to think negatively. Reading is good for the soul!

 

  1. Who’s your favorite author? Are you more into modern or classic literature? What do you think of modern literature on the whole?

I have a few favorites, mainly modern literature. As a teenager, I loved Stephen King and had a passion for anything by Catherine Cookson. Her books on the hardships of life in northern England have inspired me. Recently I’ve enjoyed books by Elizabeth Gilbert, Hannah Kent and Margaret Atwood. I’ve just finished reading Jane Harper’s The Dry, which I’d recommend; it’s really good.

 

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Excellent answers, Suzanne! Reading definitely is good for the soul. And the Celtic Trilogy sounds like it’s off to an awesome start! Great work!

To learn more about Suzanne and her work, please check out the links provided below.

 

Find me at:

 

www.goodreads.com/suzannebowditch

www.facebook.com/suzannebowditch

www.suzannebowditch.wordpress.com

 

My books

 

Elen (A Celtic Trilogy #Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01911AE8Q

 

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Alice’s Secret (A Celtic Trilogy # Book 2)

Alice’s Secret

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Listen (Earthen Witch #3) by Sarah Doughty

New review of Sarah Doughty’s LISTEN, an installment in the EARTHEN WITCH series!

Books, Books and More Books!

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Listen, an Earthen Witch Book #3, continues the story of Aisling Green, who not long ago discovered that she is an Earthen Witch. As she discovers what this means and comes to grips with what she is capable of the Bad people just keep coming.What do they want? Why her powers of course! Not that even she is aware of just how powerful she is.
In Book 3, Liam and Jon have gone missing and Aisling and friends are determined to find them. But battling an unseen evil isn’t that easy and just surviving seems doubtful.Along their peril filled journey, they find unexpected enemies and allies. But fighting Renata will not be an easy task, nor will rescuing her friends. Will they go to war to survive?

Sarah has a gift for writing. Where some authors use an excess of descriptive words, Sarah is able to perfectly convey…

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Guest Author: Candace Vianna

Good evening, readers and writers. With the new month comes a new batch of writers to Blackwood’s Spotlight, and first up is Candace Vianna!

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  1. Everyone has a story about why they love to write. What’s yours?

If I could give a deep answer, full of writerly angst and beauty, I would; but truthfully, it’s one of the few jobs where I can drink coffee and sit around in boxers all day.

 

  1. If there’s a particular book you’re trying to market right now, will you tell us about it?

To date I have published two books.

My debut novel, “The Science of Loving,” was a romantic comedy about a shy biologist and an edgy, tattooed architect. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… an architect? Well this is how Leslie Jacobs, a supporting character who’s currently in the process of getting her own story, described him.

“You’ve got this dangerous bad boy, don’t mess with me or I’ll f*** you up edginess. If you were any edgier, we’d all be bleeding. It’s like architects are edgy-lite, while you’re  industrial-strength concentrate, eat-a-hole in my panties edgy.”

You get the idea…

Because I was genre hopping, when I recently published my novella, “Dead Dwight: a dark comedy,” I did so under the pseudonym, E.V. Iverson.

“Dead Dwight” will definitely not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s definitely not a romance. It’s a hillbilly zombie satire with a  twisted sense of humor I’m not sure everyone will appreciate (I’m a sick, sick girl.) Imagine a mashup of the television show “My Name is Earl” and the movies “Sean of the Dead” and “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Hey, I never claimed I was normal.

 

  1. Most authors in the market nowadays have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. Will you tell us how the positive moments make up for the negative ones?

Truthfully, I’ve always found this question a bit nonsensical. I’m not saying this to be mean, but I’ve never understood the assumption that unrelated events somehow offset each other? How can you appreciate the joys of the moment if you’re dwelling on past disappointments?

Have I struggled at times? Certainly. Growing up with an undiagnosed learning disability wasn’t easy, but it did force me to develop skills that I could pass on to my children to make their lives easier. Would I have chosen to have a special needs child? Hell no, but I would change a hair on my boy’s head.

But here’s the thing, I believe that positive things happen to positive people. And if you’re busy focusing on the negative, you’re likely missing some good things right in front of you.

 

  1. If you could say one thing to the whole world, and have each and every person hear you – what would you say? It could be about your books, or anything at all in the whole universe.

Get out and VOTE! Not just in the main elections, but the mid-terms as well. And do your homework, because the down-ticket is just as, if not more, important than the main ticket. When they say politics is local, it’s not just about stump speeches. What are the views of the people setting local policy? Is that guy wanting to be a district court judge going to be unbiased? Is he even qualified? These are the things that will have a direct impact on your daily lives.

 

  1. Who’s your favorite author? Are you more into modern or classic literature? What do you think of modern literature on the whole?

I don’t have one favorite author; I have many; and for many different reasons. There’s poetry in Thomas Paine’s call to action in “The Crisis;” awful beauty in the horror of Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury’s “Rocket Summer” is nothing short of brilliant. While I prefer the immediacy in modern writing, I do think it can become too simplistic when we’re not careful, dumbing down the vocabulary at the expense of more evocative passages.

Very nice! Personally, I know I’m super-interested in something termed a hillbilly zombie satire. How could that not be entertaining?

Hope you guys enjoyed today’s interview. To contact Candace Vianna, or to learn more about her work, check out the links below!

 

 I enjoy getting out and meeting my readers, so if any of you are coming to San Diego, CA; give me a shout just don’t try to sell me anything:
Candace.Vianna.Writes@gmail.com

Both of my books are available on Amazon and in the Kindles Unlimited library:

The Science of Loving
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXC0E2C
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MXC0E2C

Dead Dwight: a dark comedy
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F2ZCTCO
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F2ZCTCO

Amazon Author page:
https://www.amazon.com/Candace-Vianna/e/B00N05FF66/

You can check out my blog (fair warning, I take adolescent glee in playing with profanity) at:
http://candaceviannawrites.com/

On Twitter:
@CviannaWrites

Facebook :
https://www.facebook.com/candace.vianna

GoodReads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8507140.Candace_Vianna

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One Lovely Blog Award

A little insight into one of my favorite WordPress teams, the Switch Sisters!

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Happy weekend one and all!

We were nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the wonderful B, queen of productivity and organization and reading and baking and gardening and other things we only wish we could do. The best part about having a wordpress blog is meeting fellow talents like B, and it’s even sweeter when those fellow talents are Canadian! (We’re Canadiana nerds.) B, thanks so much for nominating us and for continuing to enjoy our work. For the record, we are in awe of your organization and find it hard to believe that we share a geographic location since we are such terrible disorganized slobs.

Friends, give B a visit. Here’s our quick tasting menu of what she has to offer: Cupcakes that sound almost too good to be true,  A heavy dose of reading nostalgia, and one that applies to us a little…

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