Update: February 2021: The manuscript for THE TEMPEST IN GLASS is currently in round 2 of BETA and will shop to agents / publishers later this year.
A NOVEL OF CONTEMPORARY FANTASY
THE TEMPEST IN GLASS
(formerly under the working title, The Dead Religious)
One man’s prayer for the safety of a woman causes a terrible accident, launching him on a dangerous quest across ancient ruins and mystical realms, where he uncovers dark secrets that threaten the course of eternity.
I find the subject of prayer to be uniquely fascinating. For millennia, people of all cultures and faiths have sought to communicate with a higher power, a supreme being, a great spirit, God as described in the Bible. Thoughts or spoken words are believed to be consciously transmitted by the human and then instantly known or heard by a greater being, in the hope that the human may find acceptance, peace, deliverance, healing, sustenance, enlightenment, salvation.
Over the last decade, to ascertain the role of prayer in people’s lives, reputable institutions have conducted numerous polls. From Pew Research to LifeWay and Barna to Gallop, the subject of prayer has demanded steady interest.
Rather than exhibiting charts and percentages and statistics, permit me to distill the findings to their dramatic essence.
Substantial majorities of people from many faiths claim to reach out in some fashion to a higher power on a regular basis. While some claim to never pray, many pray daily. Others once a week, still others, once a month, or only when in need. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Muslims, Catholics, and Evangelical Christians seem to rank at the upper end in frequency, while members of other faiths claim a belief in reaching up also. Buddhists, Jews, Taoists, New Agers, etc., each in their own way.
Prayer is a global phenomenon, spanning all ages and genders and races, all countries, and almost all faiths.
For some, prayer is such a matter of routine that it has become rather un-extraordinary. But when one faces a time of crisis, a moment of intense fear or desperation, or when all hope seems to be lost, that is the time when one reaches up in the hope that some Ultimate Grace will shower down upon them and save them from whatever evil or natural disaster or undesirable fate stares them in the face.
Most people who pray claim that their prayers are answered most of the time.
Some say their prayers are answered some of the time.
And a few say that their prayers are never answered.
So, what happens to all those prayers?
In writing this novel, I combined my own experience with careful research, sketching with a heavy pen and much creative liberty. Its theology does not adhere to any specific dogma, but is instead an eclectic amalgam of tradition and hypothetical fiction, drawing from Christianity, spiritualism, hermeticism, archaeology, astronomy, and the ancient myths of Mesoamerica and Mesopotamia.
The Tempest In Glass is written as entertainment, but it is a metaphor for my own voyage to understand prayer, the purposes of God, and the meaning behind some of life’s most confounding circumstances. I do hope that you as the reader will find it thought provoking, and that some of its themes will resonate with your own experience.
For me as author, the writing has been a journey of surprising emotional release and spiritual evolution.
Sherwood, Harriet. (August 27, 2018). The Guardian. “Religion: Why Faith is Becoming More and More Popular.” https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/aug/27/religion-why-is-faith-growing-and-what-happens-next
Religion and Public Life (November 5, 2009). Pew Research Center. “Scientists and Belief.” https://www.pewforum.org/2009/11/05/scientists-and-belief/
Newport, Frank. (June 3, 2011) Gallop. “More Than 9 in 10 Americans Continue to Believe in God.” https://news.gallup.com/poll/147887/americans-continue-believe-god.aspx