I have been an avid reader my whole life. I remember being a young boy riding the school bus home and reading a book the whole way. We lived in the country in rural Western Maryland and as such my bus ride was rather lengthy. I began reading avidly when I was in middle school, and like many young boys fell in love with Science Fiction.
One of my earliest favorites was Robert A. Heinlein. I loved his early stuff, although I must say I was not as fond of his later writings.
Also, as were many guys my age, I was enthralled by the novels and movies about Indiana Jones. Unlike many novels and movies of today, those were not offensive to most people. It didn’t matter if you were a Christian or not, you could still enjoy the book or movie. It should come as no surprise that one of the popular ‘themes’ in many novels today has an archeologist as the main character.
Sadly, however, many of today’s authors have strayed so far from Christian values and simple morality that they tend to use their God given talent to write as a means to further promote their mistaken idea that there is no God and Jesus was merely a man. These people make Christians look foolish for our beliefs and promote the idea of ‘Humanism’. As I continue to read novels, I couldn’t help but notice this trend.
Much of the science I mention in my novels is true, with the obvious exception of a working time machine. Evolution is a dangerous religion and goes against everything the Bible teaches. And it has never been proven to be true. It remains a theory only and will always be merely a theory. Every day another nail is driven into the coffin of evolution by scientists and much of it never makes the news. Yes, I believe it IS a conspiracy, with none other than Satan behind it.
The Bible teaches a young earth creation and I firmly believe it. The evidence is everywhere and many of us have the wool pulled over our eyes and simply cannot see the truth. It is my hope that this novel, as well as others I plan to write will get people thinking again, if nothing else. Don’t be ashamed to question authority when it needs to be questioned.
Just who is John M. Grier, you may ask? Actually, I am just a regular guy like most people. I was born in Nebraska, but grew up in Maryland. I have traveled a bit throughout my life, thus far. After graduating high school in Boonsboro, Maryland in 1984, I moved to Northern Minnesota, the home of my paternal grandparents. My grandfather, Rev. Dr. Charles P. Grier, was a great inspiration to me and still is. Although he lived to be 100 years old, he is greatly missed.
I spent a brief time in the US Navy and have lived in Florida and The Bahamas, each for a number of years. And before I go any further, I must thank the wonderful people of The Bahamas, especially the inhabitants of Andros Island. The four years I spent among you were truly inspiring! The scene I wrote with the father feeding his young son from the coconut didn’t occur only in my imagination…it actually happened. I was so moved by it that I felt the need to include it here.
My wife and I currently live in West Virginia, a short drive from my hometown in Maryland with our insane, furry, feline roommate, Abby. I don’t know if we are here to stay or not…we would like to return to either Florida or The Bahamas someday.
My resume is as bizarre as my travels. I have worked many jobs, some of which were great, others not so great. Briefly, I have worked as a Printing Press Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator, Bank Teller, Insurance Clerk, White Water Raft Guide and Weapons Technician. I also worked in many restaurants and warehouses in my youth, and I’m sure I left a few jobs out, or perhaps I have simply blocked their memories.
The one thing my many jobs and continual moving about has done for me is give me a unique outlook on life. Many people fall into a rut and think their world has ended when they lose a job or home and are forced to move somewhere. I say embrace it! You may not know exactly what God has in store for you, but if you go after it as if it is a great adventure, you will at least have a bit of fun getting there. And, God won’t put more on you than you can handle. It may not always be fun, but you’ll be able to deal with it, with His help.