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. 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 wrote an autobiography - it was sort of a combo autobiography / comedy / info on publicity stunts I was contemplating / pitch for a screenplay - but it was too unabashed and gossipy for the tastes of some of my relatives and in-laws so I had to pull it. The interminable 420,000 word `Constitutional History of the Western World' requires an abridgment, or several abridgments. `Protestantism' is the most recent of these. After a bad first draft I made a more presentable 2nd attempt. Then there's `The Archangel Michael vs. The Antichrist'. There's `Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory'. There's its companion piece, `Introduction to Genius Theory'. The intention with these books is to makes things easy for readers. 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.
`I threw `Warrior Girls' together in three weeks in January of 2014, with a few later edits. `Warrior Girls' is a little preachy. 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. It would be best to let the reader discover these for himself rather than for me to conduct a university extension course on these subjects in my bio section. But I should say a few things: 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.
In the Microcosm, in `Amanda's War', where one 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. This 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 will suffer a `traumatic incident' - and then they will change because of this traumatic incident. Whenever someone changes you wonder if they are changing in a good way or in a bad way.
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:
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Chaska, MN 55318
As of July 2014 my books haven't made much of an impression either positively or negatively with the public. I suppose those people who have read my books are hesitant to recommend them because they suspect the books can only create religious strife and Holy War! In my books you get a big dose of the scriptures which tell us you have to hold to the True Faith and be in the True Church - the Bride of Christ - the Church which Christ founded on a rock - to attain heaven and avoid perdition - John 14. 23-26, John 15. 6, Matthew 16. 13-19, 2 Thess 1. 8, Galatians 1. 8. The reader gets a big dose of theology saying you must have written on your heart this Divine Law and new covenant, aka the gospel of Jesus Christ, mentioned in Jeremiah 31. 31-34. But you can see how all of this leads to religious strife. If a Southern Baptist tells an ECLA member that the ELCA is a malevolent church because it leads souls to perdition - the ELCA supports Gay Marriage and the Pro-Choice position - therefore it can not possibly be the True Church, it can not possibly be the Church which Christ founded on a rock, and, then, if the Southern Baptists decides to embellish things by saying a church which leads souls to perdition is like a piece of Satan's crap, then, you can see how religious strife would swiftly develop between the Southern Baptist fellow and the ELCA chap. Well, let's try to be sincere in a diplomatic way! Let's not go overboard with the colorful embellishments. To understand the history of Western Civilization you have to understand the forces which drive people to believe in a True Church and a True Faith. And obviously, you want to be in the Church which Christ founded on a rock not in some malevolent church / sect which leads souls to perdition.