by Danail Hristov (Goodreads Author)
The Christian apologist Jo…more
The Christian apologist Josh McDowell, in his book “More Than a Carpenter”, tries to answer issues crucial for our epoch, connected with the person and the deeds of Jesus, called Christ – Who is he? God? A great teacher? Or a liar and a lunatic? Or maybe he is the Devil himself?
McDowell’s research, however, is biased and unsatisfactory.
In “The End of the Jesus Era” the above assumptions regarding “God-man” are thoroughly analyzed, as well as the question whether the Old Testament really prophesies about him.
The topic of God is also of key importance in the investigation: Does He exist? Where is He? What is His name? What does He look like? What is characteristic of Him? What He is not… What has made the biblical image of God so repulsive to a large number of thinking people? …
Autobiographical notes, stories and observations from the time when the author was a zealous Christian are also included in the study.
With passionate commitment to God, the book strongly criticizes Jesus and Religion.
In this respect it is more religious than atheistic, more philosophical than religious and more real-life than philosophical. [close]
by Michelle Richmond
Including new fiction by Neil Mathison, Jane St. Claire, Timothy Boudreau, Linda Boroff, D.R.D. Bruton, Darlene Campos, Christopher David DiCicco, J.S. Kierland, Jen Knox, Claire E. Lombardo, John P. Loonam, Jennifer Marquardt, Jackie Davis Martin, Mark Pritchard, Suzanne Samples, JLSchneider, Thom Schwarz, and Owen Thomas, edited and with a foreword by Michelle Richmond.
In Neil Mathison’s “The Cannery," an outdoorsman in Alaska becomes the platonic companion of a young movie star, a woman who has briefly escaped the confines of Hollywood to read scripts in the far North. In “When You’re Flying High, You’d Better Not Look Down,” the narrator takes a trip on Route 66 in the wrong direction, irreverently channeling Thelma and Louise. In Linda Boroff’s “Home Like a Shadow,” a college student accompanies her well-spoken boyfriend on a trip to his derelict hometown, where she encounters the ugly reality of his alcoholic family.
Timothy Boudreau exposes the underbelly of small-town life in “The Charm." The struggle between belief and science is explored with grace and insight in “Godforsaken Stone Gilbert,” D.R.D. Bruton’s tale of a bookishly inclined working man who is faced with the realization that he may never see his dead daughter in the afterlife. “Indian Classroom,” by Darlene P. Campos, is a love story set at the Flandreau Indian Boarding School at a time in the not-too-distant past.
“The Red Ball,” J.S. Kierland’s story of two women who meet in New York City decades after they stood on opposite sides of a barbed wire fence at a concentration camp, ponders whether forgiveness is possible.
Christopher David DiCicco’s “Beer of the Month” is an epistolary tale that begins with beer and ends, as all good stories do, in an entirely unexpected place.
Family is the subject of “The Chef,” by Jen Knox, “The Neighbors,” by Claire E. Lombardo, “Running,” by John P. Loonam, and “It’ll Be All Right,” by Jackie Davis Martin. In “The Chef,” two young siblings bond over their father’s absence, making their own precarious way in the world, until the brother leaves for California. In “The Neighbors,” a 13-year-old girl becomes the silent bearer of all of the neighborhood secrets while babysitting the children of families much wealthier than her own. “Running” begins with a car crash and ends with a quiet but effective act of revenge. In “It’ll Be All Right,” Jackie Davis Martin focuses on the distance between a woman and her adult daughter.
“Little Big Death,” by Mark Pritchard, is the chilling dystopian tale of a man who, faced with the prospect of living out the rest of his days in a world in chaos, chooses to end his life in an orgiastic party, courtesy of the drug Superdeath—only to discover that the government’s program to provide citizens with an easy way out is not foolproof.
Suzanne Samples turns her attention to death as well in “Chekhov’s Toothbrush,” in which a woman who doesn’t quite have her act together discovers a suicide note written by her well-adjusted, better-looking younger sister. In “Slivers of Smoke,” by JLSchneider, the Beamstrous family’s seemingly innocuous camping trip is revealed to be the product of ulterior motives. In “The Hand,” by Thom Shwarz, a man who has been a failure as a husband watches as his wife of many years is swept away in a flood.
The anthology ends with Owen Thomas's "Everything Stops," the story of a man who has spent a great many years lying to himself finally looking both inward and outward, into the impossibly vast heavens, at the stars whose stories were written long before they reached us. [close]
by Halle Butler
Halle Butler's debut explores how people use fantasy and obsession to navigate the mundanity of modern life. Megan, a gastroenterologist's receptionist, survives phone calls and colonoscopy x-rays by keeping track of the annoying things her co-worker Jillian does. Meanwhile, Jillian's quest for self-actualization leads to fantastical dreams of her future. [close]
― Remy Sylado
― Amy Leigh Mercree, The Spiritual Girl's Guide to Dating: Your Enlightened Path to Love, Sex, & Soul Mates
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