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I'm a recovering academic who has come to love story more than history. Now I write fiction rather than scholarly books, since I think imaginative writing can carry a deeper truth than can a list of events and dates. Years ago, I translated the poetry of Fortunatus, a sixth-century Italian poet. During the decades of my university teaching, I began to wonder how this classically trained aesthete survived and flourished in the barbaric Merovingian north of France. Improbably, Fortunatus wound up as a saint, guided by the radiant St. Radegund, who was also a great political force in this ferocious time. I found that King Sigibert and his Spanish-born Queen, Brunhild, eventually morphed into the Siegfried and Brunhild of legend. The original doomed lovers fought to hold their kingdom against a proto-feudal nobility and the wiles of a particularly nasty piece of work, Fredegund, the harlot-queen of Sigibert's older brother. Like people in our own sensate, God-bereft era, these largely forgotten people struggled to keep their faith alive in the face of almost unimaginable cruelty. In this experimental historical novel, the same events are viewed from three different perspectives--the poet's, the warrior's, and the saint's. During their chaotic age, the seeds of modern Europe were sown. I think people a thousand years from now will look back at the upheavals and suffering of our own time, seeing the first signs of a global revolution in technology, socio-political innovation, and new ways of expressing religious faith.
While I was writing The Ring and the Cross, I also wrote a very different book for people of all ages, Yeshua's Dog. I call it "A Gospel Love Story" because it captures the central message of Jesus: unconditional love and forgiveness. The book is simple and not at all intellectual. Maybe all those walks on the wild Oregon coast with my dogs have worked their magic on me and given me some insight into what it is just to live and be at peace. Dogs, I've found, are great teachers of joy in the moment. I am grateful to have them in my life.
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