Recently I attended a party in a beautiful spot near Leigh, a fishing village further up the coast. While we were all mingling and enjoying the view, I was asked about my book. “What’s it about?”
Er, um. “It’s about a journey through two worlds – the outside world, and a hidden, inner world called “The Kingdom.” The main character, the King, is Jesus.”
I study my listeners face as I try to explain my counter-cultural book. I’m relieved to see she hasn’t shown any antagonism at His name. I never know what kind of reaction I’m going to get.
“Are you religious?” she asks.
That’s a tricky question. To me, religion is a lot of man-made rules and structures in man’s attempt to reach God, which doesn’t interest me. Jesus is different. He is God’s attempt to reach man. Jesus said “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” With Jesus there are only two rules – to love God with all our heart and all our soul and all our strength and with all our mind, and love others as we love ourselves. I believe and try to live by those rules.
“I am a believer” I answer.
“Where is your book sold?” she asked.
“Right now, as an eBook on Amazon. It’s a bit hard to market the book because Jesus lacks credibility in the world’s eyes. And my book doesn’t fit in a niche.”
How can I promote the King in a world full of disinformation and lies?
It’s a shame because I know Him from experience, but it’s MY experience. How can I convince people He is real? Or of His worth? Or talk about all the proof there is for Him? I can’t offer any of that unless I have permission to. And a party is not the place.
“I’ll check it out” she said.
I am surprised. I think people can be more open-minded than I give them credit or.
Nicola was one such reader. She wrote “I didn’t expect God to play such a huge role in the book or for there to be quite as many bible quotes, I am ashamed to admit if I had read the info sent to me better I wouldn’t have read the book. That being said I am grateful if misread my info as I would have missed out on a truly original book.”
Willing to overcome her bias and consider new ideas; she kept reading and found she liked my main character; “I really liked that God was a real character in this story and I think he would be very happy at the way he was portrayed, we saw things from Joanna’s view and also from God’s.
Lucifer was also portrayed, his voice at least. I liked the way that Lucifer was portrayed, not as his cloven, evil personal as he usually is, in fact I found him quite funny the way he heckles, scoffs and laughs, all the while whispering in Joanna’s ear how God doesn’t love her, how she doesn’t deserve his love. His role is to put doubt in people’s minds, convince them they are not good enough, not liked etc… etc… I found him more believable than the fire and brimstone totally evil role he usually plays, in this I found him more real his turning people from God by deceit.
God on the other hand is constantly assuring Joanna and others of his love for them, that he has always loved them and always will, and his sadness at those who turn their backs on him. I felt he was a very human God who had all of our good points amplified and more, with none of our bad.”
So I am seeking open-minded readers for “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams.” Come and read a one of a kind book where God actually replies and converses with the characters. At some points you can even see the story from His perspective. This story is written with a different mind.
Can we understand something of the mind of God? I hope you will read and decide for yourself.