Around the age of seven, Bill Lazarus decided to become a writer. He has never deviated from that career choice. He worked on junior high and high school newspapers before majoring in journalism at Kent State (OH) University. As an undergraduate, Bill served as editor of his college newspaper as well as college correspondent for the New York Times. After obtaining his Master’s Degree in journalism from Kent State, he began a career that included writing for daily Connecticut and Florida newspapers.
He branched out to other media, writing race programs for NASCAR, producing radio scripts and serving as editor of a regional magazine. Along the way, he won numerous writing awards, including two international prizes for programs and was named Florida Feature Writer of the Year. In addition, Bill is a religious historian. He has spoken on the topic before numerous civic groups and religious organizations, and appeared on radio and television. He has written 14 books on religious history, including Comparative Religion for Dummies and published multiple novels and nonfiction books. A native of Portland, ME, Bill now teaches writing at Daytona State (FL) College and lives in Daytona Beach with his wife, Kathleen.
Born to privilege in Roman society, Publius Longus manages to waste everything until he finds faith among early Christians. Will it be enough to save him when Roman soldiers close in on him and his new friends? Only the newly written book now called Revelation and a brave woman offer clues to his fate.
Where did the messiah concept originate? Who developed it, and why it has taken on such meaning in Western religion? Many people have claimed to be the messiah in the past 2,000 years. "Messiah: A History of One of the World’s Most Enduring Ideas" attempts to answer the many questions about messiahs and the Messiah Concept.
When December rolls around, chestnuts roast on the open fire, silver bells tinkle, and poor Grandma must dodge those darn reindeer. Many Christmas carols strike a serious chord in keeping with holiday’s religious significance, other carols revel in frivolity, lightening cultural pressures of the season. William P. Lazarus traces the background of these songs, now recognized around the world.
Her career as a Hollywood sex symbol slowly waning, actress Nayeli Fortune finds herself cast as the prime suspect in a murder off the set. Then, a man calling himself James Bond shows up to really turn up the light, camera, action in a small Florida community where even Russian tourists invite suspicion. The stage is set for beach bimbo chaos in this light-hearted murder mystery.
Lisa Chandler gave no thought to a pick-up truck’s hide-and-seek game until the driver produced a shotgun. The harassment continues, and she realizes she’s involved in something more complicated than a mere road rage incident — especially when the slick gentleman, referring to himself as “Bond,” appears at her home with information and his own arsenal.
Surrounded by an unfamiliar language, references and ideas, many students coming here to learn English along with newcomers hoping to start a new life in the United States find themselves quickly overwhelmed and bewildered. This book is their road map to an American culture that has enveloped them and has spread worldwide.
Race cars careening around yet another turn seem common-place today, but the sport had to maneuver around some daunting roadblocks just to get to the start-finish line and faces more in the future. In Around the Turn, NASCAR historian Bill Lazarus documents NASCAR’s greatest triumphs, and some of its more bizarre moments, as it seeks a wider and audience amid rising costs and growing competition.