John W. Sloat, a former Presbyterian minister, served churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He holds a B.A. from Denison University, 1954; an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary, 1957; and a Th.M. from Pittsburgh Seminary, 1977.
Previous books include "Lord, Make Us One" (non-fiction, 1986) and "The Other Half" (fiction, 2001). Several of his sermons have been included in "Pulpit Digest," a national preaching journal.
He is married to Helen Burdick Sloat, a psychiatric nurse, and they have three children and eight grandchildren.
A pianist and organist, Sloat also plays the French horn, is a scratch model builder and leads spirituality groups.
A Handbook For Heretics discusses the differences between religion and the Kingdom of God. Many mainline churches resist the current reformation, a gradual movement away from traditional Christianity toward a vital spirituality.