I am unapologetically a masculine American Christian. I’m a lover of the Declaration of Independence, a friend of the Constitution, and a rock-solid believer in the Bible as the Sword of the Spirit. I believe in freedom and the rights of men. I bow the knee to no man and have no sovereign but God. My faith is aggressive, a little hairy and a bit of a brute—like the preacher John Knox evangelizing Scotland with a Bible in one hand and a broadsword in the other. I’m more interested in being truthful with a bias toward action than I am in being nice—but that doesn’t mean I’m unkind.
As a novelist, I write fiction that wrestles with these themes—that doesn’t shy away from hard questions or dicey situations. I treat my characters like real people with real flaws who sometimes do wrong and stupid things—especially when they’re trying to do the right thing. If you have a problem with an occasional swear word, violence, or an implied sexual situation, then I am probably not the writer for you.
I write stuff that interests me—whether it’s the erosion of the American family, socio-political unrest in the U.S. that threatens to break into civil war, UFO’s, adventures in Biblical and Christian archaeology, dystopias, sword and sorcery fantasy, or getting inside the mind of a serial killer—and if that’s the kind of stuff you like, then I might be your next author.
on Dec. 18, 2010 :
This book is a fabulous read. The dialogue and depth of character development are outstanding. It is so engaging that it draws you in until you truly feel the burden of the decisions that these young men are being "forced" to make...forced by the slow paradigmatic shift of the common American; not wanting to, but knowing they must. The soul of this book is the conflict within ourselves to either willfully remain ignorant or work to be free; to do what might appear wrong to some, but for the right reasons. When ignorance is indeed bliss, this struggle tears at our very core, but at some point we all must make that call.
Thomas Merton said, "One of the central issues in the prophetic life is that a person rocks the boat, not by telling slaves to be free, but by telling people who think they are free that they’re slaves." With this book, Michael Scott has "rocked the boat" in a major way! He is challenging common paradigms, inviting all readers to think about our place in history, to look deep into our hearts for that sacrificial call, and to make the hardest of decisions.
I encourage you to read this book. It will engage both your mind and your heart. It is well worth your time. It may just inspire your to, as Gandhi said, "be the change you want to see in the world."...whatever that may look like for you.
(reviewed long after purchase)