Bill Etem. Ex-Math teacher, ex-office worker, ex-lot of stuff. Protestant ex-Football Coach at Notre Dame - at the High School of that name in Los Angeles, not the University in South Bend, IN, not a head coach at Notre Dame either, just an assistant. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I'm living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Before Minneapolis I was in Mexico for 20 months. Before that I was in L.A. for three years. I've traveled all round France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland... Canada...most of the 50 states in of the USA. As for living for 20 months in Mexico it was mostly in Oaxaca.
`I threw `Warrior Girls' together in three weeks in January of 2014, with a few later edits. I'll have to get a professional cover for it sometime, though i'm not quite sure it is finished.
`Amanda's War', which took me years to write, has a connection with my non-fiction via I Samuel 15. 23 `rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft' because `Amanda's War' deals with witchcraft and `Constitutional History of the Western World' deals with religion and rebellion, with questions such as: is it wise to rebel against Atheism? Is it wise to rebel against the Koran? Is it wise to rebel against the Church of Rome? Is it wise to wise to rebel against the sign of the cross? etc., etc.
There are other connections between my fiction and my non-fiction besides this witchcraft / rebellion angle. In `Amanda's War' we are introduced to a character named Haakon Sovant. That's a nom de guerre: he's pretending to be someone that he's not for purposes useful in espionage and in his work as a body guard. Body guards are needed to protect a rich guy from some gangsters. The rich guy is receiving their extortion letters. Extortion letters are somewhat like religious books. The Koran has Allah threatening non-Muslims and insincere Muslims with hellfire if they don't convert and become good sincere Muslims. The New Testament is a document which is filled with terrifying threats. Note for example the threats of hellfire being made in Matthew 5. 22, Matthew 7. 13-14, Matthew 25. 31-46, Luke 16. 19-31, John 15. 6, Galatians 1. 8, 2 Thess 1. 7-9, Revelation 20. 12-15 etc. I'm a Christian and I'm not complaining about the threats. I'm just saying they are threats and people should be aware that they exist and they are threatening. Of course this is old news to most people. And of course there are some nuances with these hellfire threats which need to be explained. See the long pitch of `Christianity' for more info on this matter.
The theme of people changing after traumatic incidents is the theme of Robert Altman's `3 Women', starring Sissy Spacek and Shelly Duval. The symbolism in this film is not terribly subtle but nevertheless it's an American classic from 1977. I've seen this film 3 times now and I really think it is something special. In `Amanda's War', where a character named Haakon Sovant changes after a traumatic incident, readers are left to wonder if he changes because of benevolent forces or because of malevolent forces. Sovant's case history is symbolic of something greater, something which pertains to billions of people. In the Macrocosm, the Christian scriptures tell us about a great tribulation - see for instance Daniel 12. 1, 2 Thess 2 and the Book of Revelation - and during this great tribulation, presumably, billions of people each suffer a `traumatic incident' - and then they will change - rather as Sissy Spacek's character in `3 Women' changed, rather as Haakon Sovant in `Amanda's War' changed, after their traumatic incidents. Whenever someone changes it's natural to wonder if they are changing in a good way or in a bad way.
The 420,000 word `Constitutional History of the Western World' requires an abridgment, or several. I worked for years on it, and made no end of drafts. Eventually I gave up trying to revise it and simply left it as it exists now. When I felt I had to clarify something I began a new book, and when I got tired of revising that book I began yet another book. It might take some readers months to read `Constitutional History of the Western World' so it's good to have some paraphrases of it. There's `Some Practice in Learning to Recognize Satanic Cults'. There's `Protestantism' and `The Archangel Michael vs. The Antichrist'. There's `Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory' and its companion piece, `Introduction to Genius Theory'. `The Cross and the Crucifix' is my latest production. The aim with this book is to put my most controversial material front and center. `Warrior Girls' has some preachy aspects to it but I really don't think it's all that preachy. As I say I spent years writing `Amanda's War' so I tend to think that it's my best novel. Perhaps `Warrior Girls' flows a little better. I had been working hard to produce a presentable draft of `Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory', where the intention is to encapsulate my other religious books, but to do so in a different style, and some of my early drafts of this book were quite lame, but then I decided to leave `Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory' it in its present state and work instead on `The Cross and the Crucifix'. As I say I revise and revise and revise, but then i just give up and start a new book. I know I need to get professional covers for most of these books.
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Chaska, MN 55318
on Nov. 28, 2012 :
A huge document that I use as an encyclopedia rather than a cover to cover read. Word count is boosted by a large number of quotes but this works well as it builds confidence in me that I am getting not just Bill's opionion but that of many differnt and varied people.
4 stars for sheer volume and amount of useful info presented. 5 stars if there were internal hyperlinks to help navigate the near 1000 pages.
(review of free book)