So this is a story all about how…I came to write this blog for the website. Ok, I admit that tag line may not be as catchy as the theme song from the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, but it was worth a shot.
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me be the first to introduce…myself.
Since this is the 1st blog in a series of blogs I figured I would take this chance so that you would get to know me a little bit better. I never set out to be an author. In fact if you would’ve asked me growing up what was the likelihood that I would been an author, it would have ranked dead last in a list with about 971 other possible professions. but, like so many other things in my life, I realize that God had different plans for me than I had for myself. Most of my professional life I worked in the tech industry. Not the most glamorous or entertaining line work, in fact quite the opposite, but that was the math nerd inside me which made for a pretty good fit for so many years. It wasn’t until some years later that I had an opportunity to begin working in the production industry. I spent a lot of time behind the camera, editing video, and trying to think of entertaining ways to tell stories. At that point, I still figured I’d never be an author, because frankly I wasn’t really interested in writing anything else other than dialogue. It wasn’t until years later when my nephews were spending a day at my house helping me clean the yard, that this whole journey began.
Now give me a minute to tell you about the 9-year-old boy inside me that never grew up. This was the kid who used to ride his bike to the comic book store on every Tuesday and Thursday to get the latest editions of whatever book I seemed to follow. Even to this day, (which, I’m not going to spill the beans and tell you how old I am, just take my word and know it was a long, long time ago) I can walk into a comic book store and still completely be transformed by the smell of those old meaningless books. But as life went on and I was forced to grow up, study, and get a job; those kind of deep rooted thoughts of someday being a superhero never seem to go away. So, having two 10-year-old nephews who were reaching that same stage of life that I kind of never grew out of was a great avenue of escape for me. I’m not going to lie, I’ll take any excuse to talk about Spiderman and all kinds of different heroes without people looking at me like I was some kind of weirdo. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t like comic books were the only thing I read since the time I was 9. Going back to that whole math nerd thing…I’m actually a kind of a geek for reading physics in science books. I devour any type of history book, I spent time studying concepts like string theory and quantum physics, reading Stephen Hawking and bouncing back and delving into everything between Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species” to Stephen Meyer’s “Signature of the Cell”. Yeah, I know, not exactly page turners. Maybe subconsciously I was reading all that stuff since so many of the superheroes I read about growing up came to have their superpowers because of science.
But going back to my nephews.
It’s funny how things work sometimes. I still vividly remember the day that we were raking leaves on the side of my house when my nephew asked me the most bizarre question that I’ve ever had the answer. That question” what does it mean to be a hero”? now you probably think I was an easy question to answer, I mean heck, I was figured it would be. But for some reason I found myself not able to answer the question when I was put under the spotlight. Then, as I tried stumbling my way through an answer, the only thing I could do was try to relate it back to the comic books that I knew my nephew loved as much as I did so, when I thought I had it all figured out, he dropped the 2nd question bombshell.
“Well, How come there are no heroes in the Bible like the ones in comic books?”
I mean come on, how do you even go there? As an adult, and one that has spent more hours than I can even begin to remember studying the Bible, I knew the answers in my heart. But those were the answers that he was looking for. He saw people shooting laser beams from their fists, and flying around. He saw people being able to read minds or lift heavy objects just by looking at them. I wanted to explain the values of faith and bravery that you seek to so many characters in the Bible. What they saw, how they witnessed the most amazing times and the most amazing things that humans have ever seen. But it still wasn’t matching up with what he was asking me and what he was looking for. And that’s where we this all began. Because of some of my contacts in the production world, I actually set out to write an idea for a cartoon. Most 10-year-old kids don’t read novels, so I want to present the stories of my imagination in some kind of visual form. The problem was is that a half an hour cartoon wasn’t big enough to contain the world that I envisioned them in my head. so, one episode became to 2, 2 episodes became 10, 10 episodes became a novel, one novel became 3 novels, and 3 novels became, well, I think I’m up to 7 in the series so far.
And those novels are probably how you got to the page you’re reading right now. Like I said when I started, I never set out to be an author, but I always loved telling stories. I don’t have any PhD’s, I‘m not a scholar or theologian, and I’m definitely not an English major. What I am is someone who likes to entertain and loves to share his faith. At the root of all this, beyond the Angels, beyond the superheroes, beyond the fantastically whimsical; lies a young boys love for the Bible stories that changed his life. For everything that I thought I knew about Scripture, these novels have revolutionized the way that I look at everything. It took writing about spiritual warfare to really understand it. My hope is that for those who read my books, that they hear something and asked themselves, “I remember being taught that…Why did I learn that in church?” I want people to read the things I have to say about Abraham and Moses and question every last bit of it. My prayer is that people will hear what I have to say, want to challenge it, and find themselves searching through the Scriptures to find out if what I say is true. if that happens, and even one person finds truth that they didn’t know before, then every long hour that I’ve spent on this project becomes worth it. So if you’ve read my books, and you found things to be a little bit different than what you remember being told; then I’m halfway there. When you hear about scenes like when Abraham fighting 4 Kings with just 318 of his own men…and winning, or so many of the other completely bizarre things that the stories will come across; I want you to question if they were true. I hope that if you’re one of the people that think of themselves that my retelling of the stories is not how you remember he talked; then I challenge you to pick up a Bible, open it to the passages that are the root of the stories, and prove me wrong.