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I electronically submitted the manuscript for the novel version of The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion just a few hours ago. (1/13/2003) It should take about 90 days before the book can be actually ordered.
The book is a little over 90,000 words in length. That should translate into about 300 or so pages. According to the publishers guidelines, the price will be in the range of $16.95 to $20.95 for the paperback version. The hardbound version will be $10 more than the paperback version. Only the paperback version will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other book sellers. I plan to offer a signed and numbered hard cover first printing collectible edition from the website. Members of the mailing list will have the first option. Once the first printing is sold, no more collectible editions will be sold. However, signed hard cover and soft cover versions will always be available from the website.
The book has three stories, Chester and Lydia are the two main characters and each has a separate story. There is a third story that concerns their best friends. A lot of material that is not on the website is in the book.
I originally thought I would have to have a bonus section to properly represent the views of the website. After an extensive rewrite, all of the important points were covered without the need for a bonus section.
The back cover will read something like this:
Never before has a book solved so many mysteries.
Science teaches the Theory of Evolution, Genesis describes Creation. Christianity, Judaism and Sufism teach a resurrection. Hinduism Buddhism and Sikhism teach reincarnation. This book resolves both of these paradoxes.
Chester and Lydia meet in a debate. One wins and one loses, but neither are ever the same. Lydia discovers a secret about her past that is so shocking it destroys her family. She tries to ignore her discovery but her nightmares won?t let her. Chester's greed for gold and revenge lead him to discover an ancient knowledge the powers of darkness are determined to suppress. The last time the information got out, thousands died. But somehow he must safely reveal it to the world.
It?s one of the most inspirational stories I have ever read! Honest! Clint ? long-term fan of The Reluctant Messenger website.
The inside jacket for the hard cover will read like this:
Are the Theory of Evolution and the Genesis Account of Creation mutually exclusive? Simple genealogical math gives us fewer than 6,000 years since God created Adam and Eve as described in Genesis. Science claims the fossil records go back 3.6 billion years. Is this paradox resolvable? Why do we have so many religions? Three religions, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism believe in reincarnation. Three other religions, Judaism, Christianity and Sufism believe in a resurrection. How can they both be right? The reason we can't reconcile the theory of evolution with the Genesis account of creation or the apparent contradiction of reincarnation and a resurrection is because of one simple yet key piece of information. This book provides it.
Stay tuned for more details.
I need Yosiah, Pranav and Clint (Journeyman) to contact me by email since two of you are in the acknowledgements and one is quoted on the back cover. All three of you get a free copy for helping me as I wrote the book.
-------------------- Without everything wouldn't nothing be everything and without nothing wouldn't everything be nothing.I am the beginning and the end,the source and the void, the light and the darkness,i am but a small drop of the ocean yet i am an ocean unto myself
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