Released Today July 23, 2018
In many of my novels, the question keeps coming up, “Do you believe in the Bible. It seems as though this would be a seemingly innocuous question, right? Not if you are Rusty Thornton who had no thoughts of his life until he was eighteen years of age, and then they were only of Vishnu and Krishna, two of the principal deities of Hinduism.
In this adventurous story, the question really wasn’t “Do you believe in the Bible, but “Do you believe the Bible the way I do?”
This is not made out to be a faith question. It is more of an interpretation question. Did Rusty Thornton arrive at the same conclusion as his father or his cousin or his new companion when reading the scriptures?
In my first seven novels in the Lincoln Assassination Series, a lot of my research revolved around the fact of both abolitionists and slaveholders believing in the Bible. However, each group arrived at different points in the scriptures because they each interpreted God’s Word differently.
Let’s make a bit of interpretation. One of my novels, Faith – Seventy Times Seven rose to No. 8 on Kindle at Amazon.com. My grandmother fought for years in the early 1900’s to be accepted by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was finally voted, by an all man General Assembly to be recognized as the first ordained woman of that denomination.
However, why did it take so long to be finally accepted. Interpretation! Let’s take a look at Corinthians 14:34: Let the women keep silent in the churches. Paul said this. Again, he said it in 1 Timothy 2:11-12: Let the women learn in silence.
The Gospel says to let the woman learn in silence. Paul goes on to give some other instructions for women…how they should behave in public worship, in the church of God and said they need to be learners and not teachers… sit and hear and learn more of Christ!
I mention this interpretation because that is what Rusty Thornton in this novel struggles with for three-hundred pages. Even the woman he loves will not marry him unless he changes his ways and believes like she does.
Some people believe questioning the Bible, the direction God is going, or even God himself, is blasphemy. Some think it is a sign of disbelief. Daniel Thornton is one such man. He believes his son, Rusty Thornton, is lost without God and takes him to a faraway place in the early 1950’s near Spicewood, Texas where he would never come in contact with people. He has an ancient version of the King James Version of the Bible and begins to try and cure his son’s affliction of skepticism.
The mystery of why he has such cynicism is possible because he remembers nothing before his eighteenth birthday. The first book he read after learning to read and write was on Hinduism. His father didn’t know how such a book ended up in his library, but he took it and hid it from his son. Was it too late? Did what he read about Vishnu and Krishna absorb his entire thought process where he never recognized Jesus Christ as the one and only son of God? Who’s right, Daniel Thornton or his son?
What was this strange ability he had with being able to communicate with animals, one of God’s creations? Why can’t he remember anything in his life before his eighteenth birthday? Who is his cousin, Carolyn Thornton who comes strangely into his life on his twenty-first birthday? Who is the stranger, Billy Joe Briscoe who is hired to become Rusty’s companion and teach him about Jesus Christ and the Bible?
Read along and try to answer the question, “Is it wrong for Christians to Question God?”
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Below are some of the great novels by JAMES!
SEEING THE POWER OF GOD – The Dominance of the Unspoken Word
FAITH – Seventy Times Seven (Faith Chronicles Series, Book 3)
GENESIS – Stepping on the Shore and Finding it is Heaven
HALLELUJAH – He is not Here; He has Risen
ROSENTHALL – Bete Malefique des Bois
GIDEON RETURNS – A Damsel in Distress – Eine Jungfrau in Noten
THE THREE KEYS TO APOCALYPSE – The Conclusion of the Storm Lord Trilogy Series (Book 3)
MARY ELIZABETH SURRATT – The First Woman Executed by the Federal Government
A PRINCE OF THEIR OWN – Theirs Not to Reason Why, Theirs but to do and Die
NORDERNEY ISLAND – Under the Gooseberry Bush
THE ROSE OF BRAYS BAYOU – The Runaway Scrape, The Great Getaway, The Sabine Shoot Book 2 Faith Chronicles)
BRIDGET FLYNN – In the Case of the Knights of the Silver Circle
IN THE EYE OF THE STORM – Journey to Texas from Germany, 1845 (Faith Chronicles, Book 1)
OMEGA – The Lost City of Altinova
SAM BASS – A Dead Man’s Hand
THE FLAMING BLUE SWORD – A Paranormal Romance (Storm Lord Trilogy Series – Book 1)
THE DUSTY ADLER MURDER MYSTERY – Murder Will Out
PHANTOM OF BLACK ROCK COVE – Death is Nothing More than Passing from One Room into Another!
THE TRANSFORMIST – Requiesee in Pace
NINE MONTHS WILL TELL – A Paranormal Romance (Storm Lord Trilogy Series, Book 2)
KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE – The Most Secretive Society in All of the United States
THE TRIAL OF LEWIS THORNTON POWELL – The Lincoln Assassination
THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION – John Wilkes Booth and Davy Herold