Interview with Chris Meier

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot because I know they mean a lot to the Creator of the Universe. Even for those who do not believe in such a Being, I know those folks have been put on this earth to accomplish a task. If I can, in some small way help folks learn more about themselves, the environment around them and how that environment affects them, then I know they will learn something about the task they were put here to accomplish. That, in and of itself makes them important to me: They are a solution for a specific conundrum on our planet! A blessing waiting for a need!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading what I have written. I don't know if others experience this or not, but after I get done writing, I always need to read what it is I have written. This may seem odd, but I enjoy forgetting about what I've written and then read it "anew" and fresh. If it hits me as truth and something new I'm learning, then that becomes a great enjoyment. It's then when I know my readers will receive enjoyment as well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This book was first shared as four separate church services. It became obvious that folks were more than intrigued; they wanted to know more of the facts. While church folks enjoyed what became the first two sections of the book, along with atheists and folks who are not quite sure about "God," all of these groups were far more interested in what became Sections Three and Four. A reality set in that an indie book could help America understand not only her roots, but how to become a more united nation in light of our modern culture.
What are you working on next?
Wow, that's a loaded question! I have three new biblical study guides which are done but need editing. I have two study guides which have been very popular and now need to go to a new format in order to publish. I have a fiction book which I have enjoyed, but is no where near complete and then I have three more titles to finish in this series of 70 Years of American Captivity. Only God knows what comes after that!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many that naming one will probably omit hundreds of others. I've read so many books which I have forgotten, not because they were bad, but because my brain can only hold so much research up in that frontal lobe. But here goes: Donald S. Lutz, Daniel Elazar, C.S. Lewis, Judson Cornwall, Mary K. Baxter, C. Peter Wagner, Eusebius, Josephus, Herman Riffel, Brad H. Young, Kevin J. Conner, John Paul Jackson, Smith Wigglesworth, John, Paula & Mark Sandford, Marvin R. Wilson. I love encyclopedias, Bibles and The Oxford Dictionary. I know that's weird, but you can call me weird.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a child I read how Jesus walked on water. The whole process of the story intrigued me. What was the water like? Did His feet get wet? And Peter.....what can one say about Peter? It took hutzpah for him to even want to get out of that boat. I mean what was Peter thinking? Then the sinking when he took His eyes off of Jesus. Wow, what a scary reality for the fisherman-- and how did Jesus rescue him so quickly? There were so many stories like that from the Bible which I read as a child, but I think walking on water was the most memorable one for me.
How do you approach cover design?
That's easy. The book speaks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Believe it or not, I'm still working on it. It's science fiction. I have gotten so busy writing non-fiction, that my first "story" is still waiting to be finished.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible because in it are the very words of not only eternal life, but life here on earth.
The Chronicles of Narnia because I do love science fiction, even though I prefer to watch it instead. The Temple, Its Ministry and Services by Alfred Edersheim (I knew I would forget an author). Many theologians object to Edersheim, stating his facts as problematic. I really never worried so much about Edersheim's facts. I could always double check his facts to make sure they were accurate. I just love the way he says things! Sketches of Jewish Social Life (Edersheim). With the same artistic aplomb he writes concerning the social life of the Jew during Christ's time on earth. I am enjoying the writings of our founding fathers in a way I never appreciated before: George Washington's papers (you can see them in our National Archives), John Adams works. Long before the play about Hamilton popularized him again, I started to enjoy his writings as well.... and so many others.
What do you read for pleasure?
I know you're going to think I'm a party pooper, but the Bible. I always get a kick out of humans doing stupid stuff and the book is full of humans doing stupid stuff!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Apple products, though I think I'm going to experiment one day with some others, just for fun. I do love playing around with new technology.
Describe your desk
Which one? I have four desks. Two are very neat because they are rarely used. One is a total mess, but I can find most everything in an ordered chaos.... and one, well that one is not so bad.
When did you first start writing?
1997, I think. It's been awhile. It may have been 1996, but it was somewhere around then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Sitting at my desk to collect my thoughts before work, my gaze fell on an adding machine tape with the number “seventy” on it. Keeping no such tape in the office, I was a bit curious. “Where on earth did that come from? I know I didn’t make it.” Immediately I sensed the presence of the Lord, compelling me to drop my curiosity and turn my attention toward Him. As soon as I did, within an instant I knew what He was saying. And that's when He let me know if America kept on her collision course, she would experience a specified time period of difficulty. As I did the research, it became clear this was not "God" judging America or any other such negativity. Instead, it was plain economically, scientifically, historically (as well as biblical history) that America was placing herself in an untenable position. In fact, a position other nations have never truly succeeded in. I was compelled to write my findings. How could I keep my mouth and pen silent for fear of censorship or some other reprisal? It took 3 years of research and writing, but I hope folks can find enjoyment in the history as well as the experiences of Americans from centuries ago. I hope the section concerning the more modern stories will also speak to them about the reality and danger of what's going on right now in our country and can move them to share some of the solutions found within its pages.
Published 2016-08-22.
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Books by This Author

70 Years of American Captivity, The Polity of God, The Birth of a Nation and The Betrayal of Government
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 235,370. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religious history
Have you ever asked yourself how our diverse nation got along to begin with and why we were able to work with one another up until the last fifty years? First, let’s just state the obvious: The religious, agnostics and atheists aren’t leaving the country any time soon. 70 Years of American Captivity reveals documentary proof of a non-sectarian agreement for all Americans in our Federal Compact.