Fight the Good Fight and find the Truth

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Patrick Higgins author of Chaos: In the Blink of an Eye

Fight the Good Fight and find the Truth

Yes, that’s right fight the Good fight and seek God’s Truth, what an apt introduction to my guest on the desert island couch today. Please be upstanding for Patrick Higgins.

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Patrick Higgins author of Chaos: In the blink of an eye.

Hello Patrick, it’s a pleasure to have you here today. You are the author of Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye which is on tour with Celebrate Lit. And this is an End of Times series.

Patrick – I am indeed and thanks for having me here today.

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Let’s get started with the first question then…

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach? 

PatrickIf I were stranded on a deserted island and could have one luxury wash up on the beach, I would want it to be a laptop computer, with unlimited battery power, so I could keep writing until I was finally rescued.

Well as you are not the first person to request this luxury item we have a stock of solar panels already made for this purpose. So we are happy to grant you this request. But we want something in return… a read of your manuscript.

I think that is a done deal, so onto the next question…

What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Patrick –“Keep fighting the Good Fight. Pray for me as I pray for you. God is with us.” This sentence isn’t part of the CHAOS prequel, but as the series continues, it becomes a galvanizing statement for ETSM (End Times Salvation Movement) Christians, as they do their best to survive in a strange and frightening new world, a world in which they are not welcome.

I think this sentence is relevant to each and every one of us Patrick here and now no matter what our view is. We must seek the Truth daily and be prepared. Fighting the Good Fight is not easy in today’s world nor in your series. There is much food for thought in the pages of your books. Btw readers I wrote a review of Patrick’s book here.

I find the road of an author fascinating…

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Patrick I know this sounds cliché, but had someone told me 20 years ago I would be a Christian writer, I would have laughed at them. The only time I ever read books growing up, was when I was forced to in school. I hated English class; it was my least favorite subject. I can assure you the thought of writing books of any kind back then, was as far removed from my mind as America was to China, geographically speaking. It simply wasn’t logical.

That all changed many years later when I went to Sanibel Island in Florida. After checking into the hotel, I went for a stroll on the beach and stumbled upon a large banyan tree flanked by two pine trees. All three were full of pelicans. Suddenly, thoughts started popping in my head like popcorn in a popper, and I felt inspired to write a novel. Go figure!

A few years later, The Pelican Trees was published. On many levels, it’s still my favorite book.

Sometimes that’s the way it goes. We have other plans or not even plans just different places to be in our life. God, however, knows what his plans for us are long before we do. We can fight or ignore them but at some point, we will succumb to God if we know what is best.

So…

I know you like writing but do you have another passion?

Patrick – Aside from writing books, some other passions I have are reading, singing, playing keyboards, walking, feeding the homeless in America and abroad, and most importantly, preaching and teaching the Word of God to others…

You seem to have a heart for helping others, Patrick and putting your words into action. Fighting the Good Fight.

 

Going back to your book…

If you could be one of your characters which would it be and why?

PatrickBrian Mulrooney. Not only do we have much in common, we both were raised in the Catholic Church. To see his life so completely uprooted, to the extent that he is forced to find new answers to the many questions he always accepted as Truth, deeply resonates with me. Then again, I’m sure all Christ followers can relate to this.

I know I can Patrick. Finding the truth is a journey in itself. And it can be a real inner fight when we are brought up to believe one way and then God reveals His Truth.

It’s  time for my final question

To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?

PatrickSince there are a few “main characters” in the CHAOS series, I will choose Tamika Moseley—a single mother who loses her two sons during the Rapture. Desperate to find them, the five words I might use to describe her was someone who was “determined to find the Truth”!

I like Tamika so I am glad you chose her. She is definitely a great character and I am sure she will find the Truth through her determination. However, we will only know that readers if we read Patrick’s series starting with Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.

Well Patrick, it has been awesome having you as my guest.

Patrick  – Thank you again, Margaret.

My pleasure, now friends don’t forget to enter Patrick’s giveaway at the bottom of this blog. And chuck in a comment or two as well. Till the next time on I love Authors.

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About the Book

Fighting the Good Fight An intervew with Patrick Higgins author of Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye

Book Title: Chaos: In the Blink of an Eye

Author: Patrick Higgins

Genre: Christian Mystery/Suspense

Release date: September, 2015

It was the weekend before Thanksgiving. More than 100,000 fans were jammed inside Michigan Stadium, on their feet, to witness a heated football rivalry that had spanned more than 100 years. As the football was kicked into the snow-filled sky, they were about to get the shock of their lives, as long-foretold Bible prophecy came to pass before their very eyes, causing many to vanish into thin air without a trace.

But what they soon realized was that it reached far beyond Michigan Stadium. Chaos of unimaginable proportions ensued worldwide. Shock, fear and panic filled each heart and mind. It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye…

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Patrick Higgins author of Chaos: In the blink of an eye.Patrick Higgins is the author of The Pelican TreesCoffee In Manila, the award-winning The Unannounced Christmas Visitor, and the award-winning prophetic end-times series, Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye. While the stories he writes all have different themes and take place in different settings, the one thread that links them all together is his heart for Jesus and his yearning for the lost.

With that in mind, it is his wish that the message his stories convey will greatly impact each reader, by challenging you not only to contemplate life on this side of the grave, but on the other side as well. After all, each of us will spend eternity at one of two places, based solely upon a single decision which must be made this side of the grave. That decision will be made crystal clear to each reader of his books.

Higgins is currently writing many other books, both fiction and non-fiction, including a sequel to Coffee In Manila, which will shine a bright, sobering light on the diabolical human trafficking industry.

Guest Post from Patrick Harris

How Chaos in the Blink of an Eye started

What started the Chaos in the Blink of an Eye series for me stems from my deep love of sports, which, I admit has diminished considerably over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy watching and attending sporting events whenever I have the time. But these days I view them from an entirely different perspective than when I wore a younger man’s face and displayed a weaker man’s faith in God.

This slow but gradual shrinking away started soon after the Lord impressed upon my heart that the fastest growing religion in America, and the world for that matter, wasn’t Christianity or Islam, but “sports”. Every day of the week—including Sundays—millions of fans fill stadiums and arenas (or shall I say cathedrals?) worldwide to worship their heroes.

Whatever the sport, fans show up in droves to cheer on mere mortals as if they were gods. When their teams win life is good. When they lose life is miserable.

As a once-guilty participant for many years, I should know.

Passion

The passion most fans have for their favorite players and sports teams is the same passion they should have in pursuing the One who saw their unformed bodies from the foundations of the world, the very One who knit them together inside their mothers’ wombs.

Tragically, this is not the case. Hence, the reason for the CHAOS series. The sporting event chosen for this story was the famed Michigan-Ohio State college football rivalry.

Prior to writing the prequel, I traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend the game. I admit I was just as caught up in the mass hysteria as everyone else. It was impossible not to be swept up into the vortex that had completely engulfed the vibrant college town.

The energy was quite palpable. So much so that I had to remind myself more than once that I was there to research and observe everything connected to the game, then put it all into words for my readers. The sporting event itself was secondary.

Prophecy

Though the prequel initially centers on the football game, in no way is this a sports series. This will become quite clear to you when Bible prophecy comes to pass inside Michigan Stadium, and many vanish into thin air, leaving everyone still inside the stadium utterly panic-stricken.

It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye…

Enjoy reading…

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Giveaway

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To celebrate his tour, Patrick is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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When trusting God is the only way forward

Trusting God

Trusting God or trusting others – I started making decisions for myself from an early age. My older brothers had built a wooden go-cart and talked to me about the thrill of freewheeling. With no brakes and only a piece of rope tied to the front wheels to steer the crude mode of transport, we found the biggest hill to try it out. “You coming?” they asked.

At four I loved excitement and decided to join my two brothers.  We jumped in and headed downwards on the road. All went well, the rush of wind blowing my golden locks all over the place. I squealed with delight, totally unaware of the danger.

Back in 1962, the roads were not as congested as they are today. You could count a number of cars on one hand that drove up and down that hill in a day.

Hurtling at breakneck speed, my brother saw a car turning right across our decent, with no breaks he swerved the go-cart to the left and hit the curb to avoid the car. I flew out and ended up slamming my head against a garden brick wall cutting open my head. I appeared to be the only one hurt.

Dragging the damaged cart, we walked back home. My brother carried me on his back all the way.

When we arrived, my parents were horrified to see my bloodstained face and quickly took me to the local hospital where I received stitches and a telling off.

Once home with the shouting finished, and the punishment dealt out, my father told me never to trust my brothers again. My mother, on the other hand, said that I must trust God in all things and that it was He who had kept me from a more severe fate.

My parents were opposites, one believed and the other didn’t just like Lydia’s parents. Read my penny’s worth further down of an incredible woman called Lydia whose trust in God led her to the truth.

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About the Book:

 

Name of book: LydiaLydia Cover

Author: Diana Wallis Taylor

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.

There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first-century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.

Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.

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My penny’s worthBook review for Lydia - When trusting God is the only way forward

Lydia has a great love for Adonai, a gift from her mother who is Jewish. Her father, on the other hand, worships the Roman Gods, so conflict is very much part of Lydia’s life. What I like about this book based on the woman of Philippi is the inner struggle that Lydia and her mother face. They are under the rule of husband and father, as this is a time when women obeyed men in all things. However, their hearts cannot be ruled in such a way. In their belief is their freedom – trusting God rather than household Gods to show them the way.

After the battle between father and son which culminates in Lydia taking on a role usually fulfilled by a man, she thrives and prospers, but her accomplishment has to be kept hidden. However, as the plot unravels, Lydia realizes that all is not down to her talent but a more significant hand guiding her to a higher future.

This period history is fascinating as it is just after Jesus rose from the dead. The author gives meat to the bones of the life Lydia may have lived.

I felt the excitement of Lydia hearing about Jesus from Paul and watched her grow strong after their encounters.

Sometimes the dialogue duplicated itself as Lydia retold her story, something that could have been hinted at rather than going over it all again. Apart from that I enjoyed this book and journeying with Lydia as she lived through turbulent and uncertain times.

Lydia trusted her abilities but trusting God became her source of comfort and strength and opened doors to a mention in the bible. She must have been one remarkable woman.

If you like biblical fiction then in mho you may like this book for its gutsy depiction of a brave and strong woman determined to succeed in a man’s world.

Thank you, Diana Wallis Taylor, for writing Lydia.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Author:

Diana Wallis Taylor is best known for her DianaWTaylorRedcreative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, MarthaJourney to the WellMary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren

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Giveaway

 

f26ca0e1-f700-4e7a-b1a1-f5bdad6c49ebIn honor of her tour, Diana is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!

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