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Tag: Birth Pangs

Women in Combat, Men in Society

In the movie “I, Robot”, there is a scene in which Will Smith’s character is explaining what his beef is with robots.  Apparently, he was in a car accident that sent him and another vehicle, this one containing an eleven year old girl, careening into deep water.  A robot comes to their rescue;  seeing that it can’t save both, it makes a calculation about the relative value/worth/rescuability etc of the two individuals, and chooses to save the Will Smith character, who says, with bitterness, something to the effect, “It was the wrong choice.  A human would have known that.”  … continue reading...

My Million Words and the Road to Good Writing

It is one of those subjective truisms that a person becomes a good writer sometime after writing their millionth word.  I don’t know if the truism is true or not.  I should like to think that my writing was good many hundred thousand words ago.  🙂  I won’t deny, however, that the writing in my first published book, Fidelis (156,000 words), is not as good as my writing of the second book, Spero (165,000 words) , and as I continue to write the third book- Caritas (as yet <50,000 words)- I feel like the writing is better still.

The … continue reading...

My books and stories all in one place

Here’s a bit of a no-brainer that was years in the making… all of the published books and short stories I’ve written, listed in one place:  Here.

To date, these include my Birth Pangs series, my pro-life book, and two collections of short stories.  Some are available only in digital format while others are in print.

The short stories are compilations of ones that I’ve written over the years and decided to throw together.  Some of them are part of my effort to discipline myself to write a bit every month and are shared first with a group of … continue reading...

Thomas Sowell’s Fatal Trajectory and Horvath’s End Times Ponderings

Thomas Powell’s recent article at Townhall called “A Fatal Trajectory” was featured on Rush Limbaugh today.  When I got home I found some friends talking about it, too.  I thought Powell’s piece hit the nail on the proverbial head.

Here is a quote I want to comment briefly on:

Ultimately, it all comes down to who is willing to die and who is not.

How did we get to this point? It was no single thing.

The dumbing down of our education, the undermining of moral values with the fad of “non-judgmental” affectations, the denigration of our nation

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Is more government the solution to government made problems?

I expect any honest person investigating the current economic mess will already know that the current crisis is due to government entangling with the mortgage industry.  I expect that any objective onlooker won’t try to pin this on President Bush.  Not solely, anyway.   My feeling as I watch what is going on is basically this:  “I told you so.”

Whatever power the government has to help you is proportionately available to hurt you.  The hope that with the right people at the helm hurt can be avoided is naive at best:  implemented at the national level, it is dangerous.  As … continue reading...

Christian Fiction Update of the Birth Pangs Series, what is Spero About? Review Copies Available

Book 2 of my Birth Pangs series is due to be released on October 20th, 2008, in hard cover.  The name:  Spero.  I am very pleased to be able to release the cover image, designed by my friends at SojournerDesign.  Check it out.

The Birth Pangs website has had a make over, again with the help of SojournerDesign.  Take a look at www.birthpangs.com.  It still has a couple of rough edges but it is coming along nicely.  Just a note:  right now I am offering copies of both Fidelis and Spero available at a discount in celebration … continue reading...

Release Date for Book 2 of Birth Pangs Series, Spero, and Excerpt

I am very pleased to announce that book 2 in the Birth Pangs series, Spero, will be released in hard cover on October 20th, 2008.  The soft cover will be released around Thanksgiving, 2008.

I am very pleased to make available an extended excerpt of the book.  You may download it below.  Feel free to pass it along and share it!

Review copies are available.  Email me at author@birthpangs.com.  Please provide details about the venue that the review would be published in.  Review copies can be purchased by fans for a limited time through this site.

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Interview question on the writing of Fidelis- a post apocalyptic setting for moral exploration

I was handed a bunch of interview questions a while back and we actually had an audio interview but that interview is now lost in the hills of Argentina (I kid you not).  I have been answering them one by one on my blog at www.birthpangs.com but this one (and a couple to come) I thought would be relevant here.  You can read the other four questions and answers at the Birth Pangs site.  Here, reprinted, is question five and my answer:

Why pick a post-nuclear war setting to explore these themes:  first, the theme of human virtue and fortitude, … continue reading...

Worldnetdaily.com Readers

I was pretty thrilled to learn that a review of my book was going to be published on Worldnet as I bet any one can understand.  Here is the article for those starting on my site and not coming from WND:  http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58834

Also, many thanks to Don Hank who took an interest in my book and my ministry a couple of months ago and has been a great encouragement to me.   He is the author of the review.

My book, Fidelis is available both in hard covers and soft covers…

Soft Cover: $14.95   Hard Cover $24.95

             

You can purchase them … continue reading...

Praestet fides supplementum sensuum defectui …

You may have arrived here searching out this Latin phrase from my book, Fidelis, the first in my Birth Pangs series.  If not, you might want to consider picking up said books!

“Praestet fides supplementum sensuum defectui…”Or, in some translations I’ve seen, “Faith supplies what the senses cannot…” But I am no Latin scholar. We get the idea easily enough, though. In the first place, this little sentence implies that there are things that are real that our senses themselves are inadequate to detect. In the second place, the ‘organ’ for making the detection is ‘faith.’

Faith has gotten … continue reading...

About

Anthony is a member of the Lutherans for Life speakers bureau and as such is willing to speak on a variety of life issues.  He also speaks on apologetics related issues and is willing to with your church or organization about any number of topics.

Overview:

Anthony is the executive director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, formed to minister both to Christians and nonChristians.

He has a bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministry from Concordia University, Wisconsin, with a minor in Biblical Languages. Early in his freshmen year he dealt with some extreme attacks on his faith. In overcoming them, … continue reading...