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Christian Science v Secular Humanist Science

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Our book Antidisestablishmentarianism has one section defining Secular Humanism and another section defining Science. Even pulled out and available as separate books, they are still too lengthy for the average reader. This is a simple overview.
You do not have to be a Christian to have a Christian view of Science. Neither do you have to be a Secular Humanist to have a Secular Humanist view of Science.
Once of the most well-known champions of Christian Science was the Deist, Albert Einstein. Honestly, Albert Einstein changed his views about God as he grew older, so classifying what he believed about God is difficult. But his famous and often-repeated “God doesn’t play dice with the universe” quote is a solid defense of the Christian view of Science.
What this statement means is that God created the universe orderly. We as humans have the responsibility to follow the rules and guidelines God gave us. Since we, as finite human beings, have a limited view of the universe, we do not know everything. God is both Creator and is in control. The universe follows orderly rules, though individual events might be or at least seem to be chaotic.
The Karl Poppler/Richard Dawkins/Stephen Hawking’s Secular Humanist view of Science champions the chaotic randomness of Quantum Mechanics. It is popularized by the Stephen Hawking phrase, “Not only does God play dice, but He often throws them in places we cannot find.”
In this view, there is no ultimate purpose to the universe. The Epicureans popularized it in the Greco-Roman world. The prophet Isaiah summed up this view with “Behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.” Isaiah 22:13
In the Christian view of Science, events might appear to be random, but there is an underlying order and ultimate purpose. In the Secular Humanist view of Science, events might appear to be orderly, but the universe is ultimately chaotic and without purpose.

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Elijah: Incomplete Obedience? — Michael J. Findley

800px-Washington_Allston_001Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: Malachi 4:5
And (Jesus) was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Matthew 17:2,3
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. 2 Kings 2:11,12
Elijah set the standard for a powerful prophet. John the Baptist was given “the spirit and power of Elijah.”
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Luke 1:17
Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah’s Spirit.
And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 2 Kings 2:9
So how do we explain Elijah talking to the Lord in the cave at Horeb near the beginning of his ministry?
And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 1 Kings 19:15-17
These are rather straightforward commands. Yet Elijah never anointed Hazael or Jehu. As soon as Elijah left the cave, he anointed Elisha.
So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee? And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him. 1 Kings 19:19-21
The word the Lord gave to Elijah in Horeb means anoint. Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha. Is that an anointing? There is no record anywhere in the Word of God that Elijah even met either Jehu or Hazael. These men were left to Elisha. Hazael came to Elisha when Benhadad, king of Syria, was ill.
And Hazael said, (to Elisha) But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria. 2 Kings 8:13
And not even Elisha met Jehu.
And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead: And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber; Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not. So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead. And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain. And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. 2 Kings 9:1-6
Just something that I really wonder about. Commentators have varying opinions. Anyone have any comments or thoughts about this? Was Elijah disobedient? Was this a case of representatives (Elisha and the son of the prophet) acting for him and so fulfilling the command?

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The Religion of Secular Humanism

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“The United States Supreme court has held that secular humanism is a religion. Belief in evolution is a central tenet of that religion.” (Edwards v Aguillard U.S. Supreme Court 1987. Justice Antonin Scalia.)
This quote is used in the blog series Secular Humanism Is A Religion, our book Antidisestablishmentarianism and frequent comments. Since I have covered the basic facts over and over again, Secularists have resorted to attacking the quote.
Most of these attacks demonstrate that the attackers do not understand how the courts work. So I will explain this quote for those who are uninformed.
First Justice Scalia really did write this. This is simply a cut and paste from the opinion Edwards v Aguillard, June 19, 1987. I did not include the references to other court cases Justice Scalia inserted into these two sentences.
Second, this is a dissenting opinion. As soon as Secularists notice this, they jump to the erroneous conclusion that this means the entire statement is meaningless.
The third point is the critical point, the point Secular Humanist either miss or simply do not understand. ” The United States Supreme court has held that secular humanism is a religion.” (emphasis mine) This means that SCOTUS in the past “held that secular humanism is a religion.” Scalia did not make the ruling “secular humanism is a religion” in Edwards v Aguillard, 1987. Justice Scalia is simply pointing out that the ruling “secular humanism is a religion” was already made by SCOTUS.
The first man attempting to have Secular Humanism recognized as religion in the USA was Thomas Paine. Thomas Paine was not a founding father and died a French citizen, not a US citizen. He supported the French Revolution.
For over one hundred fifty years, Secular Humanist filed lawsuit after lawsuit to force recognition as a religion. They won that position in a series of cases in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

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The Training Place of Mankind; God’s Creation Explained For Normal Folk by David Bergsland A Book Review by Michael J. Findley

I have read several books by this author and enjoy both his writing style and the content of his works. But I must admit that I am not part of the target audience; Normal Folk. No one has ever accused me of being “normal.”
On my android 7″ ebook reader, type set to 100%, this is an eighty page book. According the author and the title, our brief life on earth is a training place. The table of contents and all links work. While a table of contents and working links is something you might just expect, sadly many ebooks fail in these simple basics. Our daughter, an elementary school teacher, believes this is one of the best book covers she has ever seen.
This is an overview of mankind on earth, from the original creation to the New Heavens and the New Earth. It does not cover every topic I would like, but in such a brief work that is simply not possible.
If you have never looked at an overview of God’s Word, or you know someone like this, this book is a must read. If you know someone who is curious about the Bible but has never read it, then this book is a must read for them.
It is both an easy, enjoyable read and introduces most major topics of the Word of God in a single book. Not to mislead anyone; this is neither a theology book nor a Bible Doctrines overview. More than half of this brief book is devoted to the book of Genesis, creation, the flood, the birth of civilization and the beginning of the Jewish nation.
The three plus pages titled So what happened to science? and My point is this: creationism is basic to Christianity are very important points that are both brief and thorough. The creation week: 4,000 B.C. might just be the best nine-page overview of the creation week available.
This book looks at the Bible from a very Gentile perspective. The central chapter, The pivot of history: Jesus assumes that the reader is not even familiar with the most basic information about the Messiah. Sadly, that is probably a valid assumption and makes it so necessary. Many pastors I talk to would likely find the basic information in this book a real eye opener. That is so sad.
The book concludes with Israel is Transformed and The end of creation. He explains prophecy with science to examine what the earth’s future will be like.
Once again, it does not answer everything. But it is a great eye opener for anyone not familiar with the Word of God.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Training-Place-Mankind-ebook/dp/B00B7VY58E/

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How Could You Raise the Price on the Conflict of the Ages?

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10 conflict 1 studentIn case you didn’t know it, we are working on a series called The Conflict of the Ages. It now has two installments:. The Scientific History of Origins, and The Origin of Evil in the World that Was. These are designed for homeschoolers  who want a better grasp of the essentials of world history from a scientific and authoritative point of view. These books fulfill state education requirements for a well-rounded historical and scientific study. They include ancient  sources outside the Bible that echo the truths of literal creation and what the world was like in ancient times. They  merge History and Science, and later will include Literature studies as well. References and supplementary information for further  study comprise more than half of each book. When we first published these, our main concern was to keep them  affordable, so we priced Teacher and Student editions at 99 cents. We have, however, gotten feedback suggesting we “up our game” by adding better organizational structure and illustrations to improve the reader’s experience. The additional material increased the file size and the 99 cent minimum price was no longer an option. We know that economic times are not improving and many families are struggling to pay for homeschool curriculum as it is. But we hope you will consider the “added value” of better organization and illustrations, and consider adding these works to your homeschool curriculum. We’d love to have homeschoolers give this series a try, and to give us your feedback. It’s designed to be in easily manageable modules, between 100-200 pages of main text each, and has Student and Teacher editions, with answer keys and teacher helps included.

These upgraded versions are available now on Smashwords, and should be ready in a few hours on Amazon.

Part One Smashwords Student Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/137138

Part One Smashwords Teacher Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/294493

Part Two Smashwords Student Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/303090

Part Two Smashwords Teacher Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/303093

Part One Amazon Student Edition: http://www.amazon.com/The-Conflict-Ages-Part-ebook/dp/B007ETAAV4

Part One Amazon Teacher Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Conflict-Ages-Part-One-ebook/dp/B00BSJRURS

Part Two Amazon Student Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Conflict-Ages-Part-Two-ebook/dp/B00C7FCRW0/

Part Two Amazon Teacher Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Conflict-Ages-Part-Two-ebook/dp/B00C7FR41E/

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There Should Be A List — Post by Michael J. Findley

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AiG (Answers in Genesis) has a webpage listing arguments Christians should not use because they are already disproved, weak, or there is not enough evidence.
http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers/topic/arguments-we-dont-use
Secular Humanists should make a similar list of arguments (reasoned positions, not heated debates) used against creationism which are already disproved, weak or lack evidence. The AiG list contains 29 separate arguments. If a Secularist would make a similar kind of list for fellow Secularists, it would be a much larger list.
Secularists routinely call me ignorant, uneducated (I have an earned M.A.), opposed to science, and many other things I will not repeat. While these statements are libel, I could honestly and legitimately make some of those charges about some of them. Instead, I will simply use the word silly. It is silly to repeat a thoroughly refuted argument. It is silly to be so uninformed that you do not understand the beliefs of someone you are attacking.

Since these people will likely just ignore any list I make of their own silliness, I will make a very brief list of what we believe. First, when we examine evidence, we understand that physical evidence requires several assumptions. First, that the physical “laws”, as science has chosen to call them, are constant. Just one example; a thermometer will always register the same temperature, assuming that the conditions are the same. Second, we understand that our knowledge is limited. No one has ever taken a core sample of the planet Jupiter. Nor is there a firm scientific definition of the word “breed” in animal husbandry. Third, it is not scientifically possible to dismiss the supernatural as not existing, since the supernatural cannot be measured with scientific instruments. A humorous examination of these problems is found in the illustrated book Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay.

These are some of the reasons why courts use witness testimony as the most reliable testimony. That does not mean that witness testimony should be accepted without question. Motives must be examined. The history of the witness (character) must be examined. The circumstances must be examined and witnesses compared. Also, physical (circumstantial) evidence, if it is strong enough, can overrule witness testimony.

We have examined the evidence and concluded that the Bible is the Word of God. (The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell.) Ancient written testimony on origins outside of the Word of God needs to be examined carefully, but is the next most reliable source of information. Even preschoolers know enough to ask “Were you there?” Physical evidence is open to interpretation and though it can be helpful, it is less reliable than written records outside of the Word of God.
“And God said to the angel of the presence: “Write for Moses from the beginning of creation till My sanctuary has been built among them for all eternity.” Book of Jubilees I:27
“And the angel of the presence spake to Moses according to the word of the Lord, saying: Write the complete history of the creation, how in six days the Lord God finished all His works and all that He created.” II:1

The Book of Jubilees has twenty-one copies among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Some Christians, such as the Coptic Church, believe that the Book of Jubilees is part of the Word of God. The first six days of creation, God was working, that is, inputting energy and matter. The laws of physics as we know them were not in place yet.
The original creation was the space/time continuum, as general relativity puts it, and matter. The original matter was all water. The earth was created out of water and by water. (2 Peter 3:5) or, as Genesis 1:1 puts it, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The Mayan book Written Leaves or the Popol Vuh says of the original creation “in the day and year of the clouds.” Berossus said about the original creation, “For the whole universe consisting of moisture…” A Polynesian creation myth says “In Whai-tua two existences without shape were formed: Maku (moisture), a male, and Mahora-nui-a-rangi (Great Expanse of Heaven), a female…”

Light was created on the first day, so there was no problem with plants. While plants need light, they are not required to have sunlight. Even without that light, plants were created on Day Three and the sun on Day Four. Less than twenty-four hours without sunlight is not a problem. People who claim that there is some problem are displaying their ignorance.

When the land was created, it was created out of water. This original creation of land had no life forms. Today we see the original creation of land as the lowest layers of sediment without fossils.

The entire universe, including sun, moon, planets, stars and all other celestial objects, were put in place on the fourth day. The photons of light allowing us to see them were put in place at the same time, allowing them to be visible the creatures on earth to see them.

All organisms were created by the end of the sixth day. The information about Adam and Eve in Chapter Two of Genesis provides additional complementary information, similar to several reporters writing accurately about the same story. Adam’s body was formed out of existing material directly by God. Adam was then was given life by God. Like Adam, Eve’s body was formed out of existing material. Even today, rib tissue can regenerate. The discussion between the serpent and Eve was neither an allegory nor a fairy tale, but a historical record. To reject the historical record of the Fall means there is no need for an atonement for sin. There is no need for a virgin-born sinless atoning sacrifice.

Adam, all creatures, plants, and the universe were created fully-formed and, by the end of Day Six, fully functional. We do not know if these trees had rings. Nor do we know if any of them survived the flood.

Water came up from the earth, watered the garden (park) of Eden, then split into four parts to water the earth. Geysers and hot springs are found all over the world. Perhaps the Garden of Eden was similar to Yellowstone Park today, with Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone River.

For 1656 years the climate was, by our standards, mild and constant. This is what uniformitarians see in the fossil record and call the Devonian Period. There is much disagreement about the exact differences during the Antediluvian period compared to today, but we know that the huge creatures of this period, dragonflies with 52″ wingspans. and flying creatures with 45′ wingspans, could not fly today. The largest creatures of this period probably could not even walk today. It was a time of lush vegetation.

There is disagreement about a catastrophe with many changes sometime in the middle of the Antediluvian period. Numerous written documents claim that there was, but Bible does not say anything about such a catastrophe.

The four rivers coming out of Eden watered the earth. That made Eden the highest or at least one of the highest points on the single continent of the Antediluvian world. It also means that because the environment of Eden was comfortable for nudity, there were no high mountains like we have today. In the year 1656 AM, God sent a catastrophic flood which destroyed all land life on earth.

According to every document which records the flood, including the Bible, it was a series of different events. The original creation laid down solid material. This was followed by 1656 years of gentle deposits. The first weeks of the flood included violent volcanic activity, putting massive amounts of volcanic material into the oceans. This created many different layers of sediment on top of the original creation layers and the Antediluvian layers. Tectonic plate movements caused uplifts, bending and twisting the layers that followed these. This caused more volcanic activity, creating more layers of sediment.

This catastrophe also invalidates all dating methods, because all known dating methods rely on uniformitarian assumptions. The actual conditions during the flood are unknown. The original created conditions are unknown.

Noah did not open the doors to the ark and release the animals until the vegetation returned. Up to this point God had not given men permission to eat animals, so this return of vegetation was the food supply. Lifespans were shorter, which is another indication of changes.

The Ice Age began because of  oceans warmed by volcanic activity and volcanic dust blocking the sun and cooling the atmosphere. Because of the water trapped in the ice, lower ocean levels allowed to men and animals to walk over the most of the earth. The experience of the ark also gave men shipbuilding skills.

At some point, hundreds of years later, the Ice Age ended and the earth stabilized. It is so sad that men today believe that by looking at the earth and the existing conditions on earth that they can understand the past. They ignore both the written records of the past and material evidence which contradicts what they choose to believe.

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Author Interview with Steve Biddison — He has a new book! It’s not Fantasy … It’s Not Basketball … It’s Romance!

1. Many people say that authors can’t or don’t do well with more than one genre. You have devotionals, sports nonfiction, a fantasy series, and now a romance. What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write these different types of books? 

I have heard that said, but I simply refuse to believe it is not possible.  I like to read a variety of genres so why can’t I write in a wide variety of genres?  I guess you can say I have a variety of interest and experiences that I want to write about.  As a Christian who has been in the ministry, I am qualified to write devotionals.  As a very successful basketball coach for over 20 years, my experiences have made my basketball coaching books very successful.  I have always enjoyed fantasy so I had to write a fantasy series.  And my latest release is a Christian romance story.  But in that book, I use both my ministry and basketball coaching experience to craft a story about God’s love and forgiveness.

2. What do you say to the charge that men can’t write romances that women will like, and how will you tempt people who don’t care for sports to read your sports-themed stories?

As far as men writing romance books that women want to read, I think Nicholas Sparks has proven that men can indeed write very successful romances.   My book, Desires of the Heart, is much more than a sports story.  It is primarily a romance between two people, one who is a coach, who both have need to experience God’s forgiveness and restoration.  As far as the background sports story that is happening throughout the novel, I believe that there are a number of women who also enjoy sports.  Besides, it might also draw in some male readers as well.  As a side note, the story of the basketball team is very closely based on a basketball team and season that I coached.  So it is very realistic.

3. Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances? 

At the current time, I am working for Rush Enterprises as a corporate trainer.  This puts me on the road at least three nights every week.  As hard as it has been to be away from my family almost half of every week, it has been great for my writing career.  I have at least three nights a week that I can devote to writing, not to mention airport and flying time.

For most my adult life, I was a high school varsity basketball coach.  And I might do that again.  I love the thrill of molding a team into a unit.

As much as possible, I am involved in my church.  At this point, because my job has me gone throughout the week, I am unable to get involved with midweek ministries.  However, I am very active in my home group and even while I am on the road, I try to encourage the people in my group by praying for them and sending them emails.

4. Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction.

As strange as this might sound, what I usually do for fun and personal satisfaction is reading and writing.   I do enjoy a good movie now and then.  Because of my work schedule keeping me out of town the first part of every week, on most Fridays, I enjoy going to my son’s school and eating lunch with him.  He just turned 10.  It’s a special time we get to just “hang out”.

5. Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

I recently started using a proofreader for my novels.  My first novel, The Center Circle, had some real proofreading issues so after that, I needed to get another pair of eyes to read my book.  This person also serves as a beta reader.  In the future, I would like to get a couple of more beta readers though.  I know it would help if I stick to one genre.

  • 6. Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

 

I will be the first to tell you that I am no marketing expert.  I’ve read all the books on marketing and though most have some really good points, I have found that there are no sure fire ways of grabbing readers attention.  I have made it a habit to advertise via twitter as I schedule tweets every day with various hashtags.  But I have discovered that it takes a long time and hundreds of tweets per hashtag to get in the position to be noticed by twitter people who are searching that hashtag.    And the more focused the hashtag is, the easier it is to get into that top tweet category.  I’ve been relatively successful in my basketball coaching series  because it is not a large market.  As  result, my coaching books go in and out of the top 10 all the time in Amazon basketball coaching books.  But again, that is a much smaller market than, say, romance.

I personally would rather read ebooks than paperback books .  And I believe that is the wave of the future.  The reason I like it so much is that I always have a plethora of books with me when I travel.  They are all on my kindle fire.  And if for some reason I don’t have my kindle with me, I always have my phone and the kindle app.  However, there is something to be said about holding a paperback book in your hand.  And slowly most all of my books are also being converted to paperback.

  • 7. You wrote a blog post called “How To Survive the Worst Day of Your Life” that got an unusual number of views compared to your blog in general.  Why do you think that one had a greater-than-normal response? What feedback have you gotten on your blog that particularly encouraged you or gave you food for thought?

 

I have not been a very consistent blogger and as a result, had very few followers.  But strangely a few weeks ago, I started getting emails saying I had new followers.  So I looked at my blog stats and saw that I had almost a thousand hits that day and it was only the middle of the afternoon.  Keep in mind that the most hits I had seen in my history was 176.  I then saw that the vast majority of those hits were on a post I had written over a year ago entitled, How to Survive the Worst Day of Your Life and it was written looking at Christ and His last few days leading into the crucifixion.   It was taken from the devotional I had written following the life of Christ, entitled 10 Minutes to Better Living: Daily Applications from the Life of Christ.

Come to find out the title of the article was the exact name of a sermon that Rick Warren was going to preach that Sunday, but due to his pneumonia and then the sudden tragedy of his son’s death, passed the sermon off to one of his associate pastors.  But with that title in mind, people all over the nation started googling it and my blog was number two on that google search.  All in all over the next two days, almost  3000 people viewed my blog and several bought the ebook devotional, 10 Minutes to Better Living.

Now I know exactly how powerful a relevant blog post can be. The real challenge is writing those relevant blog posts at the time they are going to be viewed the most.

8. Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

I put my heart and soul into my newest book, Desires of the Heart.  Eric and Lacey became very real people to me and from what I have heard from a few others who have read their story, they agree.  There were times in the writing process that I would go to bed almost grieving for what they were going through and other times rejoicing for them.  That’s how real they were to me.

In a way this book is multi-faceted.   At its heart is the romance between Eric and Lacey.  One reader even described it as such a sweet romance.  But of course, their romance takes twists and turns along the way and I really feel that the reader will be drawn into each character’s struggles.

It is also a story of God’s love and forgiveness.  Eric has been running from a tragedy in his life for five years and hopes that finally getting a head basketball coach position in a small Texas town will get him to forget his past.  On the other hand, Lacey is running from the guilt of a decision she made a few years earlier as well as fighting her Christian upbringing.  I won’t give away any of the story, but let it suffice to say that God steps into their lives to show His love, forgiveness, and restoration.

And then there is the basketball team’s and the town of Miller’s subplot.  Actually, each book in this series is going to be based out of the fictional town of Miller, Texas and will have as subplot, Miller making itself into a great community again.  Of course, at the forefront of the story will be a romance taking place inside the community.   As for Desires of the Heart, the basketball subplot ironically enough is about as realistic as you can get.  I know that many people might find it unlikely that a team that had only won two games the previous year and a total of four in the past three years can in one year, can completely turn it around in one year and go several rounds in the playoffs.  It sounds like something only reserved for the movies.  However, it really happened to me as I went to a small Texas town to coach their basketball team.  Every aspect of the Miller Mustangs rise in this story is directly related to my real life experience as a basketball coach.

9. What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose evangelistic, character-building, educational, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

The message of my writing varies from book to book.  The devotional I mentioned earlier is primarily written to bring the life and teachings of Christ to life to us today in a very practical way.  My fantasy series is mainly for entertainment with a message of the importance of using the Armor of God in our lives.  The Making of Miller series will vary by book, but will always focus on God’s love for His children.

  • 10. Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

 

This past December, while I was in the middle of writing Desires of the Heart,  I had the great privilege of sitting down for lunch with Christian Romance author, Staci Stallings.  I was able to talk to her to glean ideas of what works in a romance novel.  Oh, yeah, I also one time had the privilege of meeting a lesser known author (ha ha), John Grisham.

11. Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

One  of these days, I really want to visit Europe.  But when I do go, I want to spend a month there.  Scotland, Ireland, etc.   One place I have always wanted to visit and in a way plays an integral part in my fantasy series is Stonehenge.

12. What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

In a way, I find the worst trouble I had in writing as kind of humorous.   I was in the middle of writing the first in my fantasy series.  This book is written in first person and I had to get the main character out of the way so something else could happen that he was not a part of.  In writing the chapter where he was out of the way, he met a girl that was originally supposed to be there as a minor character for that chapter only.  However, she basically told me, the author, that I would not just use her for only one chapter.  She demanded more print time.  I had to then figure out how to keep her in the story while not changing the main plot.  That was a bit of a challenge.  But I am glad I did as she has become one of my favorite characters I have written.  But I think Lacey, from Desires of the Heart, might have overtaken her.

13. What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

It’s kind of sad, but I have several “next” projects that I am working on or will shortly be working on.  I have another basketball coaching book I want to have out by the first of September.  I have the third book in my fantasy trilogy I need to get out before this year is done.  And I have a goal of writing the next book in The Making of Miller Romance series by Valentines of 2014.  And I am currently writing a project designed to be used by church small groups about prayer.   So, yes, I have a lot on my plate.

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 Connect with Steve at his site: http://stevebiddison.wordpress.com/romance-novels/

Or buy his book Desires of the Heart here: http://www.amazon.com/Desires-Heart-Making-Miller-ebook/dp/B00CHXJ7WU/ (Notice that it’s a series, folks. There will be more!)

Thank you, Steve!

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