Interview with Ray Puen

What is your book about?
"The Coming Stock Market Crash of 2015-2016 - How to Profit from these Amazing Bible Predictions" combines my interest in the Bible with my experience in stock market charting and trading. After I started writing it, I discovered more of the awesome but hidden indicators that couldn't be dismissed as coincidence.They are startlingly accurate.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Philippines of a Chinese father and a Filipina mother.
During our summer vacations in elementary school, our parents wouldn't let us go idle, and so we would do math problems and write essays. I found I enjoyed writing, describing events, people and places. We also were given the choice of music lessons. Today whenever I visit homes of first-generation Filipino families in California where i now live, I'm impressed by how high a priority is given to music lessons. Above all, the availability of books in our regional library opened up a new world for me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It actually was prompted by my first book.
I was teaching several free courses online for those interested in mission service. I started to collect some of the questions students posted and they formed my first book "Is That in the Bible?" (Amazon.com). By this time I was into church planting and I kept my eyes open for material for a possible next book. This is that book.
A factor in my interest in this subject is that after college I tried my hand at stock trading. In time I discovered a connection between my interest in Biblical themes and my experience in the stock market. I connected those dots for this book.
Isn't it a stretch to propose that the Bible can be used for stock charting?
That's what I would have thought. But I couldn't shake the evidence off. I incorporated charting into one chapter. Pretty soon, I realized I could do that with all other incidents and studies which developed into chapters. And the historical evidence of stock market crashes happening when they did could not be easily ignored.
How did you decide on your book title?
I didn't try to justify a catchy topic. I just combined my interest in Bible teaching with my early experience in stock charting and trading. It developed to be a disturbing discovery early on. But it also was rewarding. I sought to write as though for my family to instruct my children.
But it doesn't always work that way. For example, I also like sports but haven't seen an obvious connection there with the Bible to warrant a book topic. So my ebook was a serendipitous happenstance, not the result of intentional research into this subject.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Although this isn't my first printed book, it is my first eBook, so we'll just have to wait and see.
What are you working on next?
I not only have a next title but have already decided on a book cover. Since the Muslim Holy War is startlingly prophesied in the Bible, I have started work on "Jihad: The Coming Holy War - Amazingly Accurate Bible Prophecies for our Time"
What books influenced you most?
I'll nominate two.
A book about Dr. Tom Dooley inspired me for missionary service.
And as a student, my imagination was fired by "Around the World on $80". As a result, I had the privilege of adventuring up Mt. Olympus in Greece, swimming the Bosporus channel in Turkey, straddling the equator in Ecuador, navigating an underground river in the Philippines, lounging with sea lions in Galapagos, confronting a werewolf in Dominica, and scaling Machu Pichu in Peru.
Then I settled down and planted churches in Southeast Asia and Africa.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm designing puzzles and brain challenges this year for a practical reason - my wife suffered a stroke three months ago. But by the grace of God and quick emergency response, she recovered all her physical mobility and I'm participating in all her rehab, including pushing her recovery of cognitive ability.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Traveling. I've got the Wanderlust. Gardening. I enjoy composting my own soil, harvesting my own tomatoes and grapes, exotic fruits, and fresh vegetables. Reading. Fascinated by how Google has replaced my encyclopedia, but never losing my enjoyment of the printed page.
Published 2015-03-27.
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Books by This Author

The Coming Stock Market Crash of 2015-2016 - How to Profit from these Amazing Bible Predictions
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 26,580. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Stock market investing, Nonfiction » General reference » Bibliographies & indices
This book shows the connection between Bible predictions and the history of stock market crashes. Using a timeline laid on the template of the fulfillment of prophecy, the author projects from the alarmingly accurate past what is to happen in 2015-2016. If the past is prologue to the future, a frighteningly accurate prediction for 2015 cannot be safely ignored.