God Behind the Movie Screen by Allen D. Allen

God Behind the Movie Screen by Allen D. Allen
God Behind the Movie Screen by Allen D. Allen was published in August 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Genres: Non-fiction / Religion / Science

 

Synopsis:
In God Behind the Movie Screen, Allen uses popular movies to bring science and religion together.
Allen uses the gratuitous ignorance in several motion pictures to demonstrate how little the public cares about science. As a result of this disinterest in science, Christians often give literal interpretations to biblical parables. Consider, for example, water and wine. Each fluid is made up of different kinds of atoms and the difference between those atoms is a tremendous amount of energy. As a result, to turn water into wine is the same as exploding a large hydrogen bomb. However, Christians don’t take the Bible literally when it says that unruly children should be stoned to death. The problem is scientific ignorance, not religion.
Scientists need not be atheists though. Scientific studies of obedience have shown that most people will commit evil acts, such as harming or even killing innocent people, if it pleases a human authority figure. It’s better to have a belief in a higher power that forbids such behavior.
If you’ve ever pondered the big questions, such as, “Where did we come from?” and “What does it all mean?” you’ll enjoy reading this book. Whether you are religious or interested in science, this book is for you.

 

Excerpt from God Behind the Movie Screen:
In the spring of 2014, the Associated Press published the results of a poll on American attitudes toward science. This poll found that most Americans doubt scientific discoveries if they concern subjects with which the public is unfamiliar, such as the creation of the universe. This is also the reason for an apparent conflict between science and Judeo-Christian faiths. The Bible reflects human knowledge as it existed thousands of years ago when the books of the Old and New Testaments were written. People understand this when it comes to familiar subjects. When the subject is familiar, people can distinguish between what the Bible intends to teach and the antiquated way in which it’s being taught. Here’s an example:
Lesson for Parents: Children should be well behaved and disciplined when they’re not.
Deuteronomy 21:18–21: An incorrigible child, who misbehaves and defies his parents, should be taken to the gates of the city and stoned to death.
Most Americans would agree with the above lesson for parents. Combined with love, it’s the essence of parenting. Experts tell us that without limit setting, children can become spoiled, antisocial, and anxious. But Americans don’t take Deuteronomy 21 literally. From time to time, for example, American mothers kill their children, or try to. These women usually plead not guilty by reason of insanity. They never invoke scripture to claim it was justifiable homicide because their children were unruly. Likewise, an armed man who lies in wait for the chance to murder some teenage thugs isn’t considered pious in America; rather, he risks being sentenced to a long prison term. Would he be found not guilty if he cited Deuteronomy 21 and said, “God made me do it”? Not a chance.
But Americans are at a loss when it comes to science. How many Americans realize that if Jesus had turned two lighter chemical elements into heavier ones as described in John 2, it would cast doubt on what makes the sun and stars shine? For the same reason, it would cast doubt on whether nuclear weapons can work, as explained in the next chapter.
The unpredictable government of North Korea knows that nuclear weapons work. So does the radical government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. And the mullahs don’t seem deterred by the fact that nuclear weapons are a Jewish invention. Doubts about whether nuclear weapons can work could have devastating consequences for Western civilization. But how many Americans realize that a literal reading of John 2 raises such doubts?

 

About the Author:
Allen D. Allen is the author of God Behind the Movie Screen, an eBook published in August 2014. He is a retired scientist with an extensive body of published articles in the peer-reviewed physics and medical journals. Allen’s science training came from the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles. He has also worked as a film composer and has won several music awards. To learn more, go to GodBehindTheMovieScreen.com or connect with Allen on Facebook and Twitter.
For further information, to request a review copy of God Behind the Movie Screen, or to interview Allen, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.

Equanimity: The Spirit Within by Samuel D. Bartoli

Equanimity book coverEquanimity: The Spirit Within, by Samuel D. Bartoli, was published by Halo Publishing International in January 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Synopsis:
Equanimity: The Spirit Within is a story about a man’s search for meaning as he comes to terms with losing everything that he knew and valued.
After winning the 1992 Southern California Middleweight Golden Gloves Boxing Championship, Bartoli was ready to punch his way to professional stardom. However, his boxing career was cut short when he developed a form of Pugilistic Dementia, which caused him to have chronic headaches, slowed motor skills, slurred speech, shaky hands, and impaired vision.
Bartoli came to terms with losing the one thing he loved most in life. In his journey, he realizes that his self-worth is not measured by how many punches he can give or take or media headlines and public praise. He learns that real self-worth is defined by his relationship with God.
In Equanimity, Bartoli gives advice and scripture that readers can apply to coping with life, counting blessings, discovering potential, demystifying love, banishing worry, ending suffering, having faith, and handling mistakes.
Equanimity is a life-changing book that will help anyone solve problems, overcome fears, and develop a better relationship with God.

 

Excerpt from Equanimity:
On the night of October 3, 1993, I was taken on a journey into darkness. The evil spirit (Devil) that tried to control my intellect (mental power) explained to me that I was a failure and that there was no purpose in my existing any further. He used all types of tricks into deceiving me to take my life. The negative spiritual guide even went so far as to say that it was God’s will that he was sent to assist me in leaving this World. All of my troubles started the day I realized I could no longer keep doing the one thing that I loved most in life. You see, I was an ambitious young man who had spent the last five and a half years of his life competing as an amateur boxer. I had an ambition of turning professional one day and making it to the big time as a fighter. Regardless of how I felt at the time the passion for the sport that I once loved seemed to diminish even though I carried on and continued competing. Up to the present moment the chronic headaches and verbal assaults about my speech and psychological state of mind were starting to take their toll on me. I coped with the migraines and verbal cruelty from the public about my speech and mental frame of mind, but when the blurred vision started I knew that something was definitely wrong. I consulted a physician at a local hospital and after a thorough examination he explained that nothing was wrong with me physically. “I don’t see anything wrong with you from a physical or mental perspective. You seem healthy and in good shape. If you want to keep boxing, than I see no reason why you shouldn’t,” were his exact words. There was one thing that the doctor did mention to me and that was that I have a slight speech impediment. In a calm, relaxed, nonchalant manner he replied back with these words, “I wouldn’t worry about it though; it’s a normal thing with all boxers.”
Later that evening, I went home and thought long and hard about all the abuse that had been inflicted upon my body throughout the years. I started to ask myself, “Is all this physical pain and mental anguish really worth it?” There it was the question of my future on the line. At first, it seemed ridiculous! How could I give up on the one thing that I loved most in life? Then I started to have thoughts of pity come into my heart. I began to think about all the people I would have let down if I had quit. After contemplating this thought for a while I started to think about how I would have let myself down if I had quit. Then this evil spirit interjected into my thinking. He said, “Samuel, I’m sent from God to ease your troubles. You shouldn’t worry about what has happened. God wants youto journey and trust in me. I will show you a way to finally be at peace.” I questioned the spirit’s statement by asking him what he meant by finally being at peace. The evil spirit then directed me towards a device that would help me leave this World. He addressed me by speaking aloud with a laughing, chagrin of apparent sarcasm coming from his voice, “All you have to do is use this device on yourself and you will finally be free from all the anguish and torment of this World.” I replied back to him not agreeing with his suggestion, “All I have to do is give up?” Then he spoke again uttering aloud, “Samuel, I assure you that if you do this God will truly be there to comfort you for all of eternity.” After the evil spiritual guide had finished with these words at that split second I had suddenly cried out to God, “Father help me for I do not know what to do.” All of a sudden a brilliant angelic light appeared. The light then began speaking to the evil spiritual guide chastising him, “Satan, scandalous, blasphemer and deceiver of souls! How dare thee use My Name to take one of My spiritual soul’s from the light of truth? He is my creation, the Father of the Heavensand the Earth—his soul belongs to Me!” At that moment, a bigthunderous roar was let out as God spoke again in an aggressivetone, “Be gone Satan!” At that instant Satan had suddenlydisappeared from my thinking. After this had happened, I beganquestioning God and why He had spared my life. He then put intothe most plain but wonderful of words by speaking in a beautiful,comforting voice, “My child, it is out of love that I havegiven you another chance at life. I have banished the enemyfrom your midst so that you might glorify Thy Name.”
The light then started to become faint as it drew away from me. I yelled out, “Father how will I know how to glorify Thy Name?” The light then spoke again to me in a strong, comforting, enthusiastic tone proclaiming, “Samuel speak from your heart, and never forget that, I AM the Living God is with younow and always. After God had finished speaking these words the light had vanished from my midst and I suddenly awoke from my dazed stupor. Upon arising I found a shotgun by my side. Subsequent to putting the firearm down I noticed something wet at the end of it. At first I did not even realize what I had almost done. In spite of everything else, after feeling the tip of the barrel I realized that it was saliva from my mouth. I was so confused and depressed that I had almost taken my life and lost my soul to Satan. Along with all that was happening, for some reason I had put the shotgun down and God had spared my life. The very next morning I woke up to the brightest light you could ever have imagined.

 

Samuel D. Bartoli
About the Author:
Samuel D. Bartoli is the author of Equanimity: The Spirit Within, published by Halo Publishing International in January 2014. He lives in Los Angeles, where he invests his free time coaching teens at a youth center.
For further information, to request a review copy of Equanimity, or to interview Samuel, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.

 

Author Brett Garcia Rose Announces The Release Of His Latest Novel ‘Noise’

noise by Brett Garcia Rose book coverJuly 17, 2014 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Brett Garcia Rose announced today that his latest novel Noise is now available for sale in eBook and paperback.
“Noise is a rather dark and violet novel. It will appeal to readers who like a fast-paced action-packed mystery,” says Rose.
In Noise, the main character Leon is a deaf adoptee from Nigeria who came to the American South when he was 9 years old from a violent childhood. He is a classic loner, very quiet, sad, and unusually even-tempered.
The world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.
Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared into a murky lake ten years ago, she left him alone, drifting through a silent landscape.
Or did she?
A postcard in her handwriting pulls Leon to the winter-cold concrete heart of New York City. What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that has no sound.
A grisly trail of clues leads to The Bear, the sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police—some corrupt, some merely compromised—are of little help. They don’t like Leon’s methods, or the mess he leaves in his wake.
Leon is deaf, but no sane person would ever call him disabled. He survived as a child on the merciless streets of Nigeria. He misses nothing. He feels no remorse. The only direction he’s ever known is forward.
He will not stop until he knows.
Where is Lily?
“A staggering, compelling work of fiction… mind-blowingly perfect. It has everything. Exquisite details, world-weary voice, and people worth knowing. It is truly amazing!” – MaryAnne Kolton, Author and Editor of This Literary Magazine
“Strong, compelling, raw and human in the best sense. Beautifully written.” – Susan Tepper, Author of Deer and Other Stories
Noise is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
To learn more, go to http://www.brettgarciarose.com/. For further information, to request a review copy of Noise, or to interview Brett Garcia Rose, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.
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New Novel ‘Twisted’ Explores The Art Of Making A Living In The Sex Trade

Twisted by Lola Smirnova
July 2, 2014 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Lola Smirnova recently released her debut novel Twisted. Smirnova is an author from Ukraine living in South Africa, who for many years worked in the sex industry. Twisted is a true life shaped into fiction story of vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade.
“I was inspired to write Twisted because I hope that my story can help change the common misconceptions of women working in the sex industry, victims of which usually are young inexperienced women. I want the reader to realize that these working girls are human. They dream, love or suffer the same way as anyone’s girlfriend, sister or daughter,” says Smirnova.
Twisted is a disturbing behind-the-scenes look at a world that most will never see. It is shocking, raw, and explicit.
In the corrupt economy of post-Soviet Ukraine opportunities are scarce. Young and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia – harbor dreams of a better life. Naïve and tempted by the allure of ‘quick’ money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever.
Can they stay out of trouble enough to fulfill their ambitions? Can they hold on to their idealism in a world where depravity and danger are constant companions? How far are they willing to go to make a buck?
“Twisted is a nightmare journey into the life of Julia, a young woman from Ukraine who, struggling for a future, follows her sister’s path into the sex trade. In the post-Soviet break-up world, there is little to offer in the way of traditional jobs. Skilled doctors in the state hospitals earn a couple hundred a month, but a woman working in a cabaret, strip club, or as a call girl in one of the nearby countries can earn several thousand. All she needs to succeed is what she was born with and the ability to skillfully size up a client’s needs and perform to his expectations, while trying to stay out of prison. Yet, Julia quickly learns the money comes with a price in violence, degradation, and addiction… The characters are real, dialog intoxicating, and the plot well crafted.” – Reviewed by Gary Stout at Readers’ Favorite
Twisted is available for sale on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
Smirnova is currently working on her second book – a sequel to Twisted. To learn more, go to http://lolasmirnova.com/.
For further information, to request a review copy of Twisted, or to interview Lola Smirnova, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.
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Michael D. Dennis Announces The Release Of His Highly Anticipated Debut Novel ‘A Native’s Tongue’

a native's tongue book coverJuly 2, 2014 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Los Angeles based author Michael D. Dennis announced today that his highly anticipated debut novel A Native’s Tongue is now available for sale on Amazon.
A Native’s Tongue is about a young man trying to find his way in the world. He struggles to keep the woman he loves while entangled in the sex, drugs, and tragedy of Los Angeles. It was inspired by real events,” says Dennis.
Love and tragedy collide in Dennis’s poignant new novel, A Native’s Tongue.
Charlie Winters has never been an overachiever. He is used to just getting by while living with his single mother and working a dead-end job at a cheesesteak stand. Meanwhile, he’s constantly grappling with the voice of his sister, who died in a tragic car accident years earlier, echoing in his head.
So when Violet, an older woman, sets her sights on Charlie and refuses to let go, he follows along. He soon finds himself immersed in a destructive relationship that still fails to fill the void within him.
But then he meets Jennifer, a mystical young woman whose energy and life convinces Charlie to pursue her, even through the darkest corners of Los Angeles, and sets their lives upon a path that can’t be stopped.
Escaping to the California coast, Charlie and Jennifer finally find what they’ve always needed. But a sudden illness quickly pulls them both back to LA. It is there, amid the sex, drugs, and split-second decisions that pulse through the city, that tragedy strikes—threatening to tear Charlie and Jennifer apart forever.
A Native’s Tongue is available for sale on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
To learn more, go to http://www.michaelddennis.com/. For further information, to request a review copy of A Native’s Tongue, or to interview Michael, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.
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