"And he agreed, and from Him was taken the Vessel, the Chalice, which was to contain all that was created. With this taking came the knowledge in the form of Wisdom, and from Wisdom they went forth and multiplied. When It saw what had happened, It said, "This is good." And It placed a fiery pillar before this place of rest that none should disturb the slumber. If he awoke, all of creation would thus end and Wisdom would be lost. Being the seventh day, It rested." He closed the journal, not bothering to read the words he'd written. He knew the idea by now, was familiar with the message, though he comprehended none of it beyond an academic capacity. He only needed to find some way to understand why it was happening, and what in God's name it had to do with him.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jun 14, 2006
Publisher Star Publish
ISBN 1932993398 ISBN13 9781932993394
Reviews - What do customers think about Waking God?
Fast paced thriller Jan 12, 2008
A well written, fast paced fantasy thriller that is hard to put down. I found the plot and the character development to be excellent. The only flaw with the book is that it kind of leaves you hanging at the end. Hopefully the rest of the trilogy will be published soon.
As a piece of visionary fiction, it does make you think. Religions mythology from many different religions is woven into the story seemlessly. Most of this does not come out until the second half of the book, the spirituality is a part of the story, not it's focus. I did not come away with any great insights that left a lasting impression.
Entertainment: 5 stars Enlightenment: 3 stars
Religion, politics, or both? Can they be separated? Jan 8, 2008
The American Constitution dictates separation of church and state. After reading "Waking God", I'm wondering if it's possible. The key word here is 'wondering'. If the intent of this book, and the ones to follow in the series, is to provoke critical thinking, it's a huge success. Calling it provacative is an understatement. It's centered around the 'precipitating event' theory that all that was, or is, has been directed by a cause or an effect of that cause. Which came first the chicken or the egg kind of thinking. But, this work is written to entice and to please a broad cross-section of readers. First, it's a novel rather than a research report or a purportment of doctrine. Second, it's cross-genre driven. It's a thriller, a mystery, a sci-fi epic, and almost a romance. Thirdly, it's timely. So timely that it encompasses questions and events as ageless and as current as humanity itself. Questions and events, however, that few have courage to ask or even address. As a writer of things more Philosophical and Spiritual myself, and as a reader of anything thought provoking or environmental, I was mesmerized by this book's premise. Were all my questions answered? No. Were more questions raised? Absolutely. But, it succeeded in doing what I think the authors intended. It made me think. I highly recommend "Waking God" to anyone who has an open and questioning mind. If you're locked into a limited scientific or political view, or a rigid doctrinal thinking, you may end up frustrated. Perhaps, the authors intended that as well. My kudos to both of them.
Susan Haley, Author RAINY DAY PEOPLE - A NOVEL FIBERS IN THE WEB
Reviewed by Barb Radmore Jan 25, 2007
Writing reviews is never complicated. You hear about the book, agree to review it, read it and then write your opinion. Easy as making apple pie in Maine in the fall. At least it usually seems to be like that. But sometimes a book crosses all the easy lines, makes a reviewer stop and truly look at all the art of literature, in all its glory. Waking Gods has been one of those books for me. (See- I hate when reviewers use first person in their reviews and now this review has me doing it!) I can not comfortably put this book in a genre category. Is it a thriller? Yes. Sci fi? No, not really. (Yeah- I know the authors think so!) An introduction to comparative religious speculation? Speculative Fiction? (Anyone know what this newly minted category really is?) Supernatural thriller? (Yea, it does have cool werewolf type creatures.) It even has romance. But with this new novel there are no easy answers, no cozy slot in which it can be inserted. It is a book that transcends categories, a book that makes the reader really think about what they are reading, question commonly held beliefs and understandings. It is literature used at its finest- to create ideas, discussions and a search for truth. It is also a lot of fun to read. So my solution to this multi-layered book is two reviews- read one or both, just read the book!
Review for the Thriller:
Waking God has is the debut novel of two talented new authors, Philip Harris and Brian L. Doe. It is a plot driven story that draws the reader into an ever expanding web of intrigue and action. The pace of the story alternates between suspense building while the authors provide the background information needed, to full out, ripping adventure. The action begins with the kidnapping of a new born baby from her hospital bed. Two opposing forces arrive simultaneously to steal the infant from her mother's arms but the battle is won by a pair of wolves. Her parents are killed and Baby Mara disappears into the night. Mara then begins a life that seems to alternate in parentage and places, unaware of the role she plays in the structure of the world's future. Andrew is a young professor of Theology and Comparative Religion. He is plagued by vivid dreams, flashes of images, sessions of automatic writing and feelings of unknown knowledge. He has strong opinions and ideas on the evolution of the God concept and the role of organized religion. They are not common ideas but he is sure of his questions. He ends his teaching semester by presenting the idea of "precipitating events", that all happenings and ideas are the result of a build up of pressure that is only released through a "precipitating event" to release the pressure. This concept rings very true when the Pope is assassinated and the world plunges into chaos. It is at this point that Andrew's life changes for ever. Andrew is flown to Rome to meet a stranger who calls himself Mantrella. He is the leader of one of the groups that kidnapped Mara many years before to protect her from his nemesis, Michael. As Andrew sees Mara herself he realizes she is the one he has seen in his dreams, a woman he saw years before at a seance. But before he can straighten out why she is so important to him she is again kidnapped, this time by Michael. When Andrew is abducted also, he fears for both her and his own life. The culminating battle could destroy the world forever. The characters of both Andrew and Mara draw the sympathy of the reader while opening up many varied possibilities. This is the first book in a planned trilogy. It leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the future.
Review for the Philosophical Study:
Philip Harris and Brian L. Doe are the authors of the debut novel Waking God. It is an introduction into a new philosophy disguised as a work of fiction. A fascinating journey through the world of religious theory, it is a work that will bring questions to believers and non believers alike. Doe and Harris have offered an alternative view of 'God', of the foundatoins of all organized religions and the evolution of the world itself. In a work of breath taking depth and scope they have proposed an alternative theory that binds brilliantly with the current events of our world. It destroys the allegiances of man to churches that promise safety in return for blind obedience. It offers a world where man must accept his own personal actions and the choices he makes. The story begins with the kidnapping of a new born baby from her hospital bed. Two opposing forces arrive simultaneously to steal the infant from her mother's arms but the battle is won by a pair of wolves. Baby Mara disappears into the night, her parents dead. Mara then begins a life that seems to alternate in parentage and places, unaware of the role she plays in the structure of the world's future. Andrew is a young professor of Theology and Comparative Religion. He has strong opinions and ideas on the evolution of the God concept and the role of organized religion. They are not common ideas but he is sure of his questions. He ends his teaching semester by presenting the idea of "precipitating events", that all happenings and ideas are the result of a build up of pressure that is only released through a "precipitating event" to release the pressure. This concept rings very true when the Pope is assassinated and the world plunges into chaos. It is at this point that Andrew's life changes for ever. Andrew is flown to Rome to meet a stranger who calls himself Mantrella. He is the leader of one of the groups that kidnapped Mara many years before to protect her from his nemesis, the archangel Michael. Mantrella is also the one known to the world as Satan or Lucifer. His information as to the actual story of Adam and Eve leads Andrew to the spiritual answers he had been seeking. As the story explodes with the battle of the angels, it is not good vs evil, angel vs devil but a war that could destroy the world forever. This book delves into the realms of religion. mysticism, mythology and magik. It unfolds layer after layer to expose the inner locking patterns of development and changes in man's quest for understanding. It is a cornucopia of information and speculation on items as varied as Tarot cards, Masons and crop circles. The authors' gift is to open the minds and curiosity of their reader. It is impossible to read this book without one hand on Google to search for more details on the multitude of information the authors' share. Whether you agree with the philosophy introduced or not, it creates the questions that mankind must face to find spiritual acceptance and growth.
Very interesting Sep 30, 2006
Well researched and very provocative. An amazing fantasy wrapped around a bit of conspiracy with just a dab of myth. In other words a must read.
Excellence, Relevence, and Substance! Jul 4, 2006
Waking God is a book you want to set a good chunk of uninterupted quality time aside for, and make sure you start early in the day, because once you start reading you will probably not eat or sleep until you are finished. It's that good.
The book effortlessly and fluidly transports you to another world. A world filled with wonder, mystery, suspense and danger. Brian Doe and Phil Harris spin a tale of the Gods that may shake up some of your beliefs about things divine, because this other world being written about is the very spiritual foundation of the world we live in.
I for one will be recommending this literary work many times over, and I am certainly looking forward to future offerings from this brilliant emerging team of writers.
Review written by: Marvin D. Wilson, author, I ROMANCED THE STONE.