- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Strange Angel Press (November 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615710441
- ISBN-13: 978-0615710440
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,215,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Strange Angels: Book Two of Heretics in Occupied Eden (Volume 2) Paperback – November 27, 2012
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About the Author
Kenneth Alan Moe was born in Phoenix, where from an early age he experienced mystical events. At age ten he began writing poetry. His working life has included service in the US Army as an intelligence research officer and prisoner of war interrogator, and in the corporate world as an insurance investigator. Encounters with tragic and traumatic incidents in these careers led him to seminary and service as a mainline Protestant minister and denominational executive. Consistently underscoring it all, for more than half a century he has practiced the vocation of writer, evolving through pencil, pen, manual and electric typewriter, and computer to produce reams of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He and his wife Shelly live in Phoenix with their cats Oscar and Ollivander. Five grown children make their homes in Phoenix and Denver. Everyone in the family is a creative artist in one medium or another, from words to photographic imagery to dance. When asked about autobiographical elements in his novels, the author said, "The books are fiction, but I confess that small pieces of my life are embedded in various characters, male and female. In addition, some paranormal activities described in the novels were inspired by actual things that have happened to people I know as well as to me."
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I am uncertain whether I would have had challenges getting up to speed on the many story paths and characters had I not first read "The Floating Boy." I highly recommend moving sequentially through the books of the series. The writer creates a dizzying line-up of characters to follow -- many with original names like Tallis, Zara and Firstlaugh.
Moe's playful writing strikes a balance between astounding paranormal events and his determination to assemble a gallery of colleagues, friends, faithful followers and seekers who join to create an idyllic community of bright people. "The Strange Angels" continues the intriguing experiment and phenomenon, widely pervasive in the Bible, a common acceptance of nudity. Sister congregations of the fictional Natural Christian Church in New River, Phoenix and Sedona and beyond serve as real-life demonstrations for a society that has matured beyond the restraints of clothing, prudery or shame. The visionary writer creates a fascinating --what-would-it-be-like? -- culture of body acceptance and freedom. He has created a special genre of fiction that gives respect to our psychic and paranormal world and our need to demystify the body.
Cloud, who was transformed from agnostic to a liberal, non-dogmatic Christian, characterizes many whose spiritual journeys are responses to the events and forces around them.
The author himself has the quintessential command of religion and theology. He creates often-comic situations to give grand commentary on the American spiritual landscape, including pastoral instincts and conduct, the historical evolution of rites, peculiar practices and the tyranny of indoctrination.
During a conversation on whether one must be Christian to be saved, Cloud suggests, "We believe God is sublimely sovereign...It's presumptuous of us to set limits on what God may do. God will embrace whomever God wishes to embrace. Some of us believe it is God's intention to embrace everyone."
I was particularly heartened by a conversation with The Old One, a spiritual archetype, who, when introduced to the congregation, creates a particular curiosity. The Old One had not been circumcised. To a question, the non-human being tells them, "Among my species, circumcision has never been practiced. In fact, we do not engage in any disfiguring behavior relating to our bodies...Unlike humans, our civilization never passed through primitive tribal stages in which belonging was maintained by identifying disfigurements. Our religion honors the whole body and cannot conceive of ...God.. demanding any kind of mutilation...."
Fiction does convey truths.
The book, which is rich in naming landmarks and places in Arizona and beyond also has a fascinating reference to real events between 1972 and 1992. It's a book I voraciously read, constantly wanting to meet and know Moe's exemplary characters.