Storm Warning at South Haven Harbor

Storm Warning at South Haven Harbor.

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Cover Art, possibly for both books, “Mystic Mountain,” Infrared View

As I mentioned in my previous post, my 3-day weekend retreat at the White House Retreat center was a course-changing experience. Not only did the conferences, spiritual reading and hours spent in the chapel help me to reassess my spiritual life, but they also gave me a whole new perspective on the two manuscripts I’ve been developing.

The recurring theme of the conference talks and my spiritual reading [How Big Is Your God? by Paul Coutinho, S.J.; Chicago: Loyola Press, 2009.] coincidentally centered around the experiencing of God. It struck me as an ideal approach to the topics of both books: God revealed in His universe and God revealed by Jesus Christ as Trinity. Everything during the retreat seemed to orbit around how we experience God, encouraging us to view God in a way befitting an infinite Self-Existent, with no beginning, no possible end, totally free of any limitation whatsoever.

At that realization, everything fell into place. I renamed both books: EXPERIENCING GOD IN HIS UNIVERSE and EXPERIENCING GOD AS TRINITY. Now, I’m reviewing and rewriting each chapter with a view to expanding my readers’ vision to take in all of the possibilities in their relationships with God as Creator of the universe and as the three Divine Persons in the single Divine Substance.

WOW! It’s quite a challenge, but I want to do it. God gave me this intelligence and knowledge for some good purpose. Perhaps this is it.

Spiritual Reflection Spurs New Titles, Content & Cover Art

While I was digesting insights from the retreat conferences, my spiritual reading, and prayers to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, many ideas for new approaches to titles and content for my two current manuscripts poured into my mind. Each evening, in the quiet of my room, I’d jot down quick notes for future reference. When I returned home on Sunday afternoon, I reviewed my notes and began to make appropriate changes suggested, no doubt, by our Lord Himself. Now, I’m really pumped about publishing these two books ASAP.

Many good ideas for my books came to me while visiting Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

New Manuscript in Full Gear

My new Catholic cosmology blog is dynamically driving the new manuscript. Seven chapters already down on paper. Now preparing to write the chapter on Providence and Order in the Universe. Promises to be a difficult task. It’ll take a while. I’ll let you know when I finish the first draft.

Changed the working title from “The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God” to “God Seen in His Universe.” At least two already published books have the title taken from Psalm 19:1. The new title is that of my astronomy blog.

Also, trying to choose the front cover image. So far, two possibilities: the visible version of “The Mystic Mountain, Pillars and Jets: HH 902-903 or Eagle Nebula, “Pillars of Creation.” Both are very powerful cover graphics, highlighting the sheer power of Almighty God’s handiwork. Which of the cover images below would you choose: #1, “The Mystic Mountain,” or #2, “Pillars of Creation,” and your reason(s) for your choice. Please send your comments. I’d be interested in your input.

Choice #1, “Mystic Mountain.”

Choice #2, “Eagle Nebula, “Pillars of Creation.”

Rediscovering the Benefit of Blogging

In May, 2011, two months into writing this blog, I had been writing and publishing three e-books in the theology and spirituality genre while simultaneously writing as many as five blogs: three related to theology and spirituality, and two devoted to writing and photography. Additionally, I was doing magazine management consulting work for a publishing client.

Something had to give. Of the three options, I chose to discontinue the five blogs. This freed up enough time and relieved enough stress to enable me to complete my project for my client and to publish all three of my manuscripts as Amazon Kindle, PubIt! and Smashwords e-books.

For months after that, I’d been focusing on just about everything but writing and blogging. It wasn’t until July of this year, when, as a result of all the hype about the discovery of the Higgs boson, which reignited the how-the-universe-got-started debate, that  I started reading Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos. Some of the scientists, stepping way beyond the boundaries of the physical sciences, asserted that their discovery proved that there no longer was a need for a God to create the universe, the “God Particle” (presumably, the Higgs boson) created the entire universe.

 

That was all the impetus I needed to jump into the fray with my new blog, God Seen in His Universe. It is a great     opportunity to combine my love for theology and my love for astronomy and cosmology with the awe-inspiring    photography of an international host of land-based and space-based telescopes to demonstrate how contemporary scientific discoveries continue to reveal the unfolding of God’s grand design for the universe.

You are most welcome to visit my new blog at:

http://godseeninhisuniverse.wordpress.com/

Switching Gears

After struggling for more than a year on my sequel to There Are No Molecules in God, Book One: God is One, I’ve decided to set it aside for a while and to begin with a different approach, driven by my great love for God’s handiwork seen in all that modern cosmologists and astrophysicists are discovering about the universe.

The book, whose working title is The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God (taken from Psalm 19:1), examines the scientific discoveries in the last half of the twentieth century, and the early twenty-first century, about the birth and development of the universe.

A supernova explosion seen in the lower left corner of the Horsehead Nebula

Many ideas for chapters of this manuscript appear on my new WordPress blog, God Seen in His Universe, showing with words and stunning color photographs taken by international land-based and space-based telescopes, how God continues to reveal His presence in all the splendor and the glory of  the macrocosm that surrounds us.

Since I’ve made this switch, this new approach which combines theology with astronomy demonstrates not only that God exists, but also that  the masterpiece of the universe can only be the product of His infinite intelligence and power.

Overcoming the demon discouragement

Slightly more than one year ago, I hit the wall. Tireless efforts to generate daily posts for five personal blogs, while writing and publishing three e-books on three major e-book publishing sites during the first five months of last year, exhausted me to the point that, when I saw no appreciable positive reaction to my work, I shut down.

I closed down all my blogs, and took a one-year sabbatical from e-book writing and publishing, taking on other daily, home-centered, non-writing projects to fill my days of retirement.

Still, I missed my perceived calling to write about that which I loved most: the truths of the Roman Catholic Faith, which I had studied for so many years; however, there were many obstacles to success. Relatively few e-book readers are buying books about the nature and perfection of God, or Jesus Christ’s teachings on how to live our lives, or reflections on lessons  learned from events in the life of Christ. This creates significant marketing problems, trying to isolate the Catholic reader micro-market in a digital universe where fiction genres are king.

In spite of all this, the Holy Spirit compels me  to answer the call once more. This time, with a sequel to my third e-book, the one about the nature and perfection of God. This one will delve deeper into God’s inner life, the infinite life and love of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I could not have chosen a more daunting subject; but I’m convinced that God’s Holy Spirit will guide me through it to a successful conclusion.

Meanwhile, e-book publishing has not stood still while I wallowed in self-pity. I face the challenges of updating myself on the new publishing methods as well.

All of this, of course, will become grist for my future posts. I hope that you’ll tune in from time to time, and let me know if I’m on track.

For now, I am eternally grateful for your support in bringing me back to this point.