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Teel is an ordained minister, the author of several non-fiction books about Christianity, which makes the discussions about religion, premarital sex, abortion, and death in this fictional piece even more interesting. Teel discards the rules and laws of traditional religion that often serve to separate man from God. This is the type of book that calls up a reader's personal history and demands active participation in reviewing the status quo and at least pondering alternatives.

And God Laughed is enlightening, inspiring, and edifying. I highly recommend it. 

Melissa Brown Levine, IP Book Reviews

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Imagine that you had the opportunity to speak to God and ask Him any questions that you like? That's exactly what happens to Justin, after a visit to a local book sale in his small mountain town. The question put forward is quizzical for his mind and emotions when he reads a book title, "Does God Exist?" Encouraged by his fiancée Alex, an atheist child psychiatrist. He decides to seek out the divine and gets more than he bargained. Alex and Justin are reeling from a catastrophic situation that nearly left their lives in ruins, Alex thinks that the conversations Justin is having are internally manifested as a result of the trauma. Through this four section novel, Justin navigates the world of the spirit where he finds pitfalls at every turn. His world is turned upside down as he engages God in, in depth question and answer sessions. There is little off the table in his conversations with God and with each conversation his world unravels and his personal system of belief founded in Christianity begins to come untangled. Encouraged on by Alex he delves into the nether regions of the workings of God and His interaction with man. He confronts the questions that haunt the deepest recesses of the human mind, mortal flesh and the sprit realm in life and death. The thought provoking conversations with the divine, lead Justin down a road of self discovery that rocks the very bedrock of all religions not just his own. And God Laughed is the fictional conversation between man and the designer of the universe. 

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  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: NarroWay Press - An Imprint of NarroWay Publishing LLC (January 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1K9ZKY
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On May 11, 1995, at 30, Roy's life was irrevocably changed. After walking into the hospital, he was admitted and later received the worst possible diagnosis - Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. His doctors gave him two years to live, and he left the hospital in a wheelchair. Roy, not one for giving up, and having a, then, three-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, went immediately into human subjects research at UCLA and spent 12 years (1995-2007) as a human research subject. His experience gave him a unique look behind the scenes of medicine and the processes that are required to get drugs through the research chain, from the animal research phase to using those drugs in humans in clinical trials, and, if successful, on to the FDA for approval. Roy participated in four major experimental drug trials, and one of those ended up giving him thyroid cancer, which was diagnosed in January 2001.

Life as a Survivor

Roy is a proud cancer survivor and has refused to let MS define his life. His dedication to his work and to human subject research both inspired his writing as well as showed the real human condition when laid bare. As an author, Roy A. Teel Jr. is very diverse, and his works include both fiction and nonfiction. He earned his bachelor's degree in Ministerial Studies through Berean University of the Assemblies of God then went on to earn doctorates of Divinity and Biblical Studies through ULC Ministries.

Nonfiction

Roy's first nonfiction book, The Way, The Truth, and The Lies: How the Gospels Mislead Christians about Jesus' True Message, was published in 2005 and is taught in both religious and secular universities in the U.S. and abroad. Against The Grain: The American Mega-Church and its Culture of Control was published in 2008. This second book reveals the unflattering true faces of the "Goliaths of God" and shows religion and churches for what they really are - businesses - very, very lucrative and influential businesses involved in many facets of American society.

Short Fiction

In 2008, Roy published a collection of short stories titled, Light of Darkness: Dialogues in Death. These collected stories were inspired by both his difficult and troubled childhood as well as his years in clinical trials. He met and knew many people, many whom lost the battle due to natural causes, or in some cases, by their own hand, that he felt compelled to fictionalize and share their stories.

Novel-length Fiction

In 2013, Roy released his first novel, And God Laughed, a neoplatonic dialogue between one man and God. Although now a secular humanist, Roy believes in God but rejects all religions as man's folly and wrote a fictional narrative about a relationship with God outside of religion.

Current Project

In 2014, Roy began publishing his latest and largest project - a 15-book geographically-centered hard boiled, mystery, suspense, thriller crime series: "The Iron Eagle Series." The main character, a former Marine Corps Black Operative turned rogue FBI agent, hunts serial killers in Los Angeles. Each novel addresses different subjects, and while fiction, all titles deal with real world subject matter. "The Iron Eagle Series" is not about things that can't hurt you. What happens in these novels can happen to any one of us if we let our guard down and/​or are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Life as an Author

After battling Multiple Sclerosis for nearly 16 years, Roy began devoting his energies and passions to the full-time art of storytelling. Although he is no longer able to work in a high stress executive environment, his life has taken on a new mission: to inform and entertain. His disability has brought with it an unforeseen blessing. He can finally take medications to alleviate some of the pain from his MS and focus on the pleasures of character creation and the joys of putting words to paper.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jnm2012 on January 27, 2013
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This is not my usual read but the title made me curious. The book is wonderful! I really enjoyed the conversations between Justin and God. I had to laugh every time Justin got confused on subjects that he was talking about with God. I could really relate to Justin and his plight. I don't want to spoil the story for other readers but I will tell you it had a surprise ending that really touched my heart.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C Jenkins on January 22, 2013
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One of my friends has read other works by this author and recommended that I download the book and read it. It is a funny, witty and heartfelt book that caught me off guard. The conversations are imaginative and often times contentious. I never thought that I could see God the way that He is depicted in this novel. I loved the line in the book when Justin asks God about religion and God says, "I'm not religious that's your deal." That cracked me up. I really enjoyed the book and will recommend it to my more liberal friends at church!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 24caberneigh on March 2, 2013
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A very thought provoking ( not for the close minded ) book on a serious subject, interspersed with unexpected humor. I found myself looking forward to getting back to it every day.A well written fast read on what could be a difficult subject. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BDL on March 7, 2013
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One of my favorite Kindle books. Though fiction, it provides the reader with provocative ideas and questions. Loved the tone! God seemed "human." Teel dares to explore areas that many of us have wanted to delve into. I feel more comfortable praying!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Gould on March 5, 2013
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The author presents an interesting way to view God, not the traditional way. If you keep an open mind, you may just learn that there is a lot of truth to what the author says.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renny McGovern on July 21, 2013
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This was an interesting book reflecting the perspective of an individual man on his experience of God and life. The book does speak to the existential human condition with all its concerns and uncertainties as well as potential mistakes and joys. If it had been reflective of my experiences with God I would have used my language, a statement I think is probably true for each individual. The end was deeply touching related to my own experiences of loss and death. What would I change? I would change the personification concept as well as gender terminology applied to God to a concept encompassing all that is. This is not to discredit Teel's experience or expressions; that is just my perspective!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Mernik Morales on March 30, 2013
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I really liked this book. It described a God I could relate to. There were many things that I have thought about that turned up in this book and I liked the reasoning given by the author. I have talked about this book and recommended it to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Izabela on March 23, 2013
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"And God Laughed" is about talking to God as our best friend. This book opens our minds to the universal understanding of the world and our own lives. It is easy reading and uplifting.
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