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About Michael J. Lowis
His short memoir 'The Day the Pope Saved my life' was short-listed for the Fish Publishing 2020 Short Memoir Prize.
His his ten books to date embrace a range of genres. The first, 'The Gospel Miracles: What Really Happened?' is an honest attempt to understand these events, not deny them.
The current debate on the right of a person to end their life inspired the writing of 'Euthanasia, Suicide, and Despair: Can the Bible help?' Despite its title, this is not a morbid or depressing discussion, but one that conveys a positive message. 'Ageing Disgracefully, With Grace,' and 'What do we know about God?' are Mike's other titles with a theological element.
His memoir, 'Twenty Years in South Africa - An Immigrants Tale', is a true account of a family relocating to a land that was undergoing a period of profound change. Two volumes of anecdotes, discussions and memoirs on a variety of thoughtful topics followed: 'From the Pope to Pigeons; From Dreams to Heaven,' (which includes the short-listed memoir) and 'What's it All About Then?'
Mike then added two historical novels: 'Reincarnation', and 'He Came From Another Universe', both seeking to explain mysteries that took place several thousand years ago.
His final work to date is a collaborative effort with another writer. Together they pooled their collections of short stories to publish 'Two Mikes and their 39 stories.' Something for everyone there.
There are many mysteries surrounding the Egyptian pyramids.
- How were they built?
- Why were they built?
- What was their real purpose?
- Could they have some magical purpose or properties?
This historical novel takes the reader back over four thousand years, to a time just before the first pyramid was constructed. It remains faithful to what is known about events that occurred in that era, whilst fleshing out the narrative with imagined dialogue and characterisation.
Pharaoh Djoser was leader of the united kingdom of Upper and Lower Egypt. He heard a voice whilst he was asleep, claiming to come from one of the gods from another universe.
Was he dreaming, or could this be true?
This is Michael J. Lowis’ ninth book.
As with his previous publications, he has drawn on skills acquired from his training in both psychology and theology to ensure the authenticity of practical details such as names, places, and events. During his time as an academic, he was involved in numerous research studies, and authored over sixty journal articles and book chapters. Now retired, he devotes much of his time to writing books for general readership. His earlier works were non-fiction scholarly enquiries, but he then completed a memoir, an historical novel, and two books of anecdotes. Mike’s aim is to not only create enjoyable narratives, but to also provide the readers with food for thought. Hmm; could this have actually happened?
"Dr. Lowis says the timeless wisdom of past ages can speak to our modern dilemmas. He shows there are no easy answers, but carefully setting out the issues, he puts the reader in a position to better understand and grapple with the subject for themselves. This highly readable book will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers, including students of theology and medicine and those with a pastoral concern looking to the Bible for help."
--Peter Cansfield, Former Special Lecturer and Consultant in Public Health Medicine
"Dr Michael J. Lowis poses the question 'What would we do if someone very close to us had a terminal illness, and pleaded with us to find a way to help them end their life so that they could be at peace?' This book conducts a balanced enquiry into how the Bible, whether interpreted literally or allegorically, assists with those difficult moral and ethical questions. A most thought-provoking read for everyone!"
--Ross W. Prior, Professor, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Michael J. Lowis holds a doctorate in psychology, and has recently completed his studies for a theology degree. Although now retired from full-time work as a university lecturer in the UK, he is retained in an honorary position at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Dr Lowis has authored over fifty academic articles and book chapters on both religious and secular topics. His first book was The Gospel Miracles: What really happened?
"Michael J. Lowis takes the reader on an inspiring journey to reveal God's nature through relevant examples and insightful observations about the Hebrew scriptures. Readers will find their curiosity sparked and a deeper engagement with their understanding of God developed. A brief discussion of the origins of religion and the major world religions, in addition to the comprehensive exploration of the scriptures, a make this book readers will return to time and again."
-- Teresa A. Fisher, Assistant Professor, Bronx Community College
"Mike Lowis has produced a tour de force in his book. He reveals an encyclopedic knowledge of the Hebrew scriptures, anthropology, theology. This is a book that will challenge many held assumptions and questions about our knowledge of God. I would simply add the Bible was written by men and the author steadfastly refers to God as male when Gen 1:27 indicates God embraces both genders as religions have often shown. Nevertheless, I warmly commend this book."
--K. Graham Hawley, Methodist Minister and Former Adult Educator
"Whether they claim to believe in God or not, many people have little idea of what God is like, and few know what the Bible says about God--particularly in the Old Testament. Michael Lowis explores what scripture says, in a way that will help conservative and liberal Christians--and those who are still seeking for a faith."
--John Lansley, Methodist Minister, and Former University Teacher of Social Studies
Dr. Michael J. Lowis is both a psychologist and theologian. This book is his fifth, and he has to date also authored over fifty academic papers and book chapters. He is a founder member of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and currently serves on its academic board. Now retired from university lecturing, he enjoys the challenge of applying psychological and scientific methodology to theological questions.
Two Mikes and Their 39 Stories is just what it says on the tin – a gallimaufry of tales embracing a variety of genres. Something for everyone to dip into when they have a few moments to spare.
About the Authors
Michael J. Lowis is the author of nine books prior to this latest joint venture. He is a retired academic who now enjoys the challenge of writing for the general reader. His earlier works were non-fiction scholarly enquiries, but he then completed a memoir, two historical novels, and two books of anecdotes. He likes to provide the reader with food for thought – Hmm; could this have really happened? His titles can be found on author.to/MichaelJLowis
Michael E. Leonard was born in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire. He now lives in Northampton with Rosemary, his wife. Throughout his retirement, he has been in demand as a speaker raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Three years ago he joined a U3A Creative Writing Group and a Structured Writers' Class specialising in Flash fiction and short stories. He is also a member of a Public Speaking and Storytelling group and of Northants Authors.
Even as youngsters they had a lot to talk about, and their verbosity had not diminished in later life. It is just that their conversations now were more philosophical, trying to come to terms with the bigger questions of life, and even beyond it. The issues raised and the arguments offered are real enough. It is hoped that these exchanges of ideas and insights will prove to be both interesting and helpful to those who wrestle with similar questions on what life is all about.
The narrative is autobiographical in part, but the names of people and some of the locations have been changed to preserve anonymity.
It has been said that everyone has a book inside them, just waiting to be written. We each have a story to tell that is unique. Perhaps we have had some very special experiences, met some interesting people, or done something of which we are especially proud. Maybe there is some family history that has to be preserved. So, it is just a matter of putting pen to paper and writing about it.
Michael J. Lowis, the author, has already published six books on specific topics, but there are many other interesting events that justify just a chapter or two. To accommodate these, this present volume contains a hotchpotch of essays, narratives, anecdotes, research reports, and memoir, plus some advice on living a happy life.
All of them are non-fiction; there are no fantasy tales here, although a touch of imagination did creep in on occasions, for example with ‘Pigeon talk’ and ‘What is heaven like?’ There will thus be something of interest within these pages for everybody.
Very little is known about Melchizedek. But his name crops up in a few ancient texts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gnostic Gospels discovered in Egypt, The Book of the Secrets of Enoch, and in various Jewish oral and written traditions. Despite the sparsity of information available, the author's intention is always to try and keep the narrative as historically factual and credible as possible.
Readers are free to regard the whole account as pure fantasy--or maybe it will provide some food for thought. Hmm, could it actually have happened?
"This absorbing novel is based on reincarnation and 'moving between lives.' In the hands of a lesser writer such material could be merely speculative, but Mike Lowis fashions it into a compelling and convincing narrative- a real page-turner, in fact. The novel is securely founded on his scholarship and erudition, but will be highly accessible to any intelligent, open-minded reader. Rewards include a visit to the Ark and the Garden of Eden, and a meeting with the archangel Michael. Recommended!"
--Chris Stanley, Head of English, Pitsford School, United Kingdom
"Michael Lowis's fast-paced speculative narrative convincingly links the modern and ancient worlds, and the adventures of Mel/Melchizedek lead us to engage with a range of fascinating philosophical, religious, and spiritual questions. Although Lowis wears his scholarship lightly, it underpins everything in his novel, from the practicalities of living (and ruling) in Old Testament times to the nature of the soul and the possibility of reincarnation. A challenging and stimulating read."
--Christopher Ringrose, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
"Mike Lowis's creative reworking of the story of Melchizedek in Genesis 14 interweaves biblical themes of the Garden of Eden, the flood, God's sovereignty, and human freedom, with perennial concerns of nationhood and international trade agreements. A figure of blessing and redemption to the people of Salem, Melchizedek is reimagined not just as a man for our time, but outside of time itself, offering an individual view of what is meant by an eternal priesthood."
--John Pymm, University of Wolverhampton
Dr. Michael J. Lowis is both a psychologist and theologian. This book is his sixth, and he has also authored over fifty research papers and book chapters. He is a founding member of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and currently serves on its academic board. Now retired from university lecturing, he enjoys the challenge of exploring some of the bigger questions about life to try and separate facts from myths and legends.
Thus, in addition to this book being partly a travelogue and memoire, it is also an eye-witness commentary on the highs and lows, the good, the bad, the dangers, and the changes that occurred during an eventful time, in that unique country. It should thus appeal not only the general reader who enjoys a yarn about far-away places, but also to those interested in social and cultural history.
"In Twenty Years in South Africa, Michael Lowis takes the reader on a fascinating journey through his family's unexpectedly extended sojourn in South Africa. Through a collection of memories, reflections, and other accounts, Lowis provides the reader with a wide-ranging insider's view into this complex culture. An engaging and illuminating book, it is a must-read for anyone interested in South African culture and an invaluable resource for those planning to travel there."
--Teresa A. Fisher, Bronx Community College (CUNY)
"Lowis captivates the reader with a charming story of his twenty-year stay in South Africa. His humorous reflections on the history, customs, environments, and peoples of South Africa will be a good read for the general public as well as for the student of the cultural history of South Africa. This memoir has a freshness that will endear the author to his readers."
--Johan Nieuwoudt, University of South Africa
"An immensely readable memoir takes us from Yorkshire to South Africa in pursuit of 'the good life.' From six cardboard boxes of possessions to twenty years in South Africa, this is sure to inspire others to make a sea change."
--Ross W. Prior, University of Wolverhampton, UK
"Lowis is a born storyteller, and Twenty Years in South Africa combines an engaging account of his time in that fascinating country with a liberal perspective on its ongoing transformation. Whether dealing with music, food, landscape, experience of work, or the country's complex politics, he proves to be an independent-minded guide."
--Christopher Ringrose, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Michael J. Lowis is a psychologist and theologian, with many academic papers to his credit. Now retired, he is retained in an honorary position with the University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland. For this, his fourth book, he has taken a break from scholastic writing, in order to chronicle an account of the joys and challenges experienced by his family when they decided to emigrate from the UK to South Africa.
This book celebrates these positive aspects of ageing in a way that accords with my own philosophy. As an Occupational Physician it has been my role to enable working people to maximize their potential in the work place. At times, however, the therapeutic role has been to promote a healthy work-life balance. As people are asked to work longer, they need to develop a mature approach to achieving such a balance and preserving their health and well-being into retirement. Dr. Lowis provides evidence about how recreational activity can help in this process and, as a choral singer, I wholeheartedly endorse his emphasis on the essential and universal role of music.
Many people that I have met who have come through potentially life-limiting illness adopt a very different perspective on life, and focus much more on what things really matter to them. In his consideration of biblical teaching and the role of religious faith, Dr. Lowis touches on the experience of people of faith that there is more to life than the relentless pursuit of materialistic reward, and in this regard, they share much in common with those who have survived serious illness or injury. I know from work as a Christian Lay Minister that, whether seeking fulfillment in this life or the next, faith communities have a great deal to offer, and the older person can both bring accumulated wisdom and draw inestimable gifts such as companionship from such groups. Here is grace indeed!
I could not conclude without concurring with Dr. Lowis’ healthy approach to the role of humor. As we become older and gradually lose our faculties, it will help us if we can laugh at our growing infirmities, and so put those around us at their ease.
Dr. Lowis makes excellent use of his experience as a scientist, psychologist, musician and theologian in constructing this book. But perhaps more than anything else he brings a life full of varied experiences and wisdom to bear, and his growing list of publications should give encouragement to anyone seeking new challenges and fulfillment later in life.
I recently went to a street fair where there were some really scary rides. I was slightly offended at one sign, which forbade people who were pregnant or suffering from heart disease – or were just “old” – from sitting astride a “bucking bronco.” I challenged the attendant to define “old.” He took one look at me and said, I trust jokingly, “like you!”; but I could not help thinking that, even as he said it, he was reflecting that, if I had decided to take a risk with my dodgy vestibular apparatus and excitable heart and insisted on mounting the ride, he could not really have been justified in stopping me!
Dr. David Major
Specialist Occupational Physician and Licensed Lay Reader
12th November 2015
"Taking each of the thirty-five mighty works recorded in the canonical gospels, whether healings or so-called nature miracles, he subjects each to a rigorous examination to establish the reliability and accuracy of the accounts, leading to a verdict as to whether on balance the accounts should be taken at face value or can be judged as having a naturalistic or symbolic explanation. His knowledge of New Testament Greek and of medicine, as well as his acquaintance with the views of expert biblical commentators up to the present day, are impressive. His honesty and clarity are highly commendable."
--Albert Jewell, visiting research fellow, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, UK
"Michael J. Lowis provides a wonderfully eloquent account of the gospel miracles. He takes a 'supported philosophical-deductive approach' in grappling with faith-based and rational or logical explanations. Whether using faith, science, medicine, or law to prove these reportings, this precious book allows the reader to form their own conclusions. It is a timely call to attention in the growing quest of what actually constitutes evidence."
--Ross Prior, Associate Professor, The University of Northampton, Northampton, UK
Michael Lowis is a Chartered Psychologist in the UK, and a retired university lecturer. He is also in the final stages of studying for a degree in theology. Lowis is the author of over fifty academic articles and book chapters, and is retained in an honorary position at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.