`Amanda's War'

`Amanda's War' gives readers mystery, romance, intrigue and adventure: a 12-year-old girl makes some mistakes and is then forced to run from the police. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476312347
About Bill Etem

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, is not a preachy novel though I suppose there's a connection between it and my non-fiction via I Samuel 15. 23 `rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft' because `Amanda's War' deals with the theme of witchcraft, and `Constitutional History of the Western World' deals with religion and rebellion.

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 Very Old News to most people.

The theme of people changing after traumatic incidents was the theme of Robert Altman's `3 Women', starring Sissy Spacek and Shelly Duval - I forget who played the 3rd woman. In the Microcosm, 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. There's `Some Practice in Recognizing Satanic Cults'. Then there's `Protestantism' and `The Archangel Michael vs. The Antichrist'. I've published a second draft of `Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory'. The first draft was not so great. There's its companion piece, `Introduction to Genius Theory'. Chapter 1 alone of `Constitutional History of the Western World' takes a great deal of stamina to read in its entirety - and I suppose many readers would find it beyond their endurance - but I think some of my later chapters, such as Chapter 3, which deals with the evidence for Christianity, and even the enormous Chapter 6 which deals with the USA are easy reading, assuming of course the reader has an interest in either the USA or the evidence for Christianity. Several publishers have assured me my non-fiction is only of interest to theologians - it is not mass-market material. The formula is rather simple - you present the most basic and the most controversial doctrines of the sect you're trying to paraphrase, as well as the evidence for and against it. The late medievalist Norm Cantor was eccentric enough to announce that `simple creeds carry no weight with educated people'. Atheism is a simple creed. So is Agnosticism. Christianity is supposed to be a simple creed because it is supposed to be concise enough to be inscribed on a human heart - recall Jeremiah 31. 31-34. It takes lots of time and energy to explain the various versions of Christianity - there's the version which says the God is the sort of God who says you do evil if you renounce the Church of Rome, and then there's the version which says God is the sort of God who says you do evil if you ever renounce the Church of England etc., etc. 2 Thess 1. 8 tells of hellfire for those who don't know God. I suppose 2 Thess 1. 8 is a big turn off to lots of people. It's not much different than John 15. 6, Luke 13. 3-5 etc. It takes some time and energy to understand the main sects which divide Christianity - and we probably ought to first understand a sect before we presume to pass judgment on it - all of this implies my religious books are not mass-market material, because, as you might suspect, the public lacks the time and the energy to study these subjects.

Getting back to my bio, I read lots of novels in my 20s. In my 30s I read lots of historians. In my 40s I got into American Constitutional Law. Now in my 50s I've been getting back into Math and Physics - I like the Shaum's Outlines, such as `Vector Analysis with Intro to Tensor Analysis,' `Advanced Mathematics', `Lagragian Dynamics', `Quantum Mechanics', `Tensor Calculus,' `Theoretical Mechanics' etc., etc. I don't find scientists and mathematicians like Einstein, Weyl, Minkowski, Levi-Civita etc., comprehensible in the way that Murray R. Spiegel, former professor at Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute, is comprehensible. He really knew how to make advanced math and physics simple to understand. I mean if you try to read Tullio Levi-Civita's `The Absolute Differential Calculus', or Weyl's `Raum, Zeit, Materie', or Einstein's papers you might not understand everything with perfect 100% clarity. At the moment I've put the math and physics on hold. I'll get serious about another project sooner or later. Netflix takes up some of my time, plus there's working 40 hours per week etc.

I don't know how often I'll visit this site. If you want to contact me perhaps to offer a comment - positive or negative - constructive or otherwise - please address these to me not to my relatives. I can't promise I'll respond to every comment - a SASE always helps. My address:

Bill Etem
133 Crosstown Boulevard
Apartment 305
Chaska, MN 55318

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