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Waking God: Book Three: The Second Coming of Humanity Paperback – May 17, 2011
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About the Author
Philip F. Harris, was born in Massachusetts and currently resides in Maine. He received his degree in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C. and has worked at every level of government. He currently works in special education. He is co-author of the controversial WAKING GOD series, coined a “spiritual thriller,” which was first released 6’06 and was re-released in ’09 with a new publisher. The Third Edition was released by All Things That Matter Press. His second novel, A MAINE CHRISTMAS CAROL was released by Cambridge Books in 2’07. His third book (non-fiction), JESUS TAUGHT IT, TOO: THE EARLY ROOTS OF THE LAW OF ATTRACTION, 2nd edition was released by ALL THINGS THAT MATTER PRESS. His fourth book, RAPING LOUISIANA: A DIARY OF DECEIT was released by Cambridge Books in 2007. POLARIZING YOUR LIFE TOWARDS PERFECTION is published by Cambridge Books. WAKING GOD BOOK II: THE SACRED ROTA was originally published by Literary Road Press. See the series, COLLECTED MESSAGES: GUIDES FOR PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION at ALL THINGS THAT MATTER PRESS. Mr. Harris is a nationally syndicated and featured writer for The American Chronicle and has a blog called ALL THINGS THAT MATTER. He is spiritual growth expert on SelfGrowth.com. More information on his works can be found at: http://allthingsthatmatterpress.com,http://philipharris.blogspot.com, http://wakinggod1.blogspot.com,http://www.wakinggod.com. A certified Holistic Life Coach, Mr. Harris offers guidance to those seeking to take control of their body, mind and spirit. Brian L. Doe was born in Ogdensburg, New York, and grew up on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. From a young age, he recognized his passion for the written word and committed himself to the pursuit of writing. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in writing from St. Lawrence University, and a Master’s Degree in secondary education from the State University of New York at Potsdam College. His first novel, Barley and Gold, was published in 2001 and again in 2008 along with his second book, The Grace Note. He is also coauthor of the trilogy Waking God with Philip F. Harris. Mr. Doe is an English teacher in Upstate New York where he lives with his wife and children.
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And truly, do not start this trilogy unless you’re ready to sink deeper into mysticism and fanaticism than you ever expected you could. This is not an easy read. Do not expect that.
In view of all this, the fact that it’s poorly formatted for ebooks is meaningless.
I decided to give this third book in the trilogy a rating dependent on if I was satisfied at the end that questions were answered, that I had not wasted my time, because I’m not generally the sort to read series. And I think my least fond element is all the biblical references, because no one god should be favored above another, and there are plenty of indications that they’re not, and yet why all the biblical references? Because it helps readers relate? That’s all I can figure and so I accept that.
Is there good versus evil? Were humans seeded by the stars?
At the end, one of the characters breaks the fourth wall and asks the reader to choose the right ending, adding that, whatever you choose, be wise, because “the ending can and probably will become your reality.” The trick is you have to read each ending to decide which one you want. This is definitely unique and only you can decide if it works for you.
Make no mistake – this series is AN adventure. But one you will be destined to not always understand, yet will want to continue anyway.
But the three star rating is because I found the three endings unsatisfying and would have preferred a much better developed single ending that the author could commit to. But then, I’m not you, or any other reader.
Harris and Doe's telling of this third part of a trilogy, with all the scary beings, confusing moments, transcending hopes, and a real confrontation between Good and Evil through the characters in this trilogy,gives us the opportunity to decide just what we do believe in terms of the creation of human beings, with their good and bad qualities, their dealings with the powers of the universe, and the hope that lies in such surprising events.
Whatever conclusions the reader might bring to this reading, upon closing the book, there is offered some thrills and some awesome moments along the way. This was a great ride and worth buying a ticket to take another go at the reading in order to discover what we no doubt missed the first time around. So pick up this book again and be astounded at such profundity.
The genre of spiritual thriller is very cleverly chosen – one which, by the way, I’d never heard of until reading this trilogy, which is what makes this such a unique read. The title of this trilogy carries a double-entendre. The concept is about waking the individual God in each one of us as well as in humanity at large. The intrinsic message is that godhood is not confined to a single almighty celestial power but that it is innate to each of God’s creations.
"Waking God" is also unique in its presentation of deeper spiritual messages via fictional characters, each representing aspects of humanity, Andrew and Mara, versus the ‘beings’ on a higher plain – the force of ‘good’, Archangel Michael, and the force of ‘evil’, Mantrella – who direct the show. The latter are the puppeteers steering the puppets, each in pursuit of his own personal agenda.
But whether it is towards the path of ‘good’ (Michael) or ‘evil’ (Mantrella), what the novel highlights so brilliantly is their duality. Nothing is absolute – good is not as godly as it seems, because at its helm is a master manipulator, intent on steering humanity like mindless sheep – do as I say or you will discover a wrathful God! On the flipside, evil is not as devilish as one might think either. Though pursuing his own agenda in very much the same manipulative manner as his counterpart, Mantrella seeks to prod humanity into thinking for themselves – questioning, unsettling the status quo, delving deeply into one’s godly self in pursuit of life’s answers. He is hell bent, quite literally, into encouraging freedom of thought, of gaining higher wisdom, of reading between the lines of what is presented rather than learning it parrot-fashion and swallowing each morsel unquestioningly.
In “The Second Coming of Humanity”, the third and last book of the "Waking God" trilogy, is where the thriller takes off at a remarkably fast pace. Here all those with a vested interest in the birth of Adam – or its prevention thereof – converge and come round full circle. Mara’s life is in danger, ergo, so is Adam’s in her womb, who is in fact the prime target. Archangel Michael wants him dead while Mantrella orchestrates a strong defence plan that culminates in Jerusalem – the chosen venue for the grand birth.
The authors save the biggest surprise for last. I will not spoil a reader’s expectations by revealing the ending, but I will say that this is the first book I’ve ever read where a story doesn’t end as preordained by the author. Oh, no, nothing so simple in Waking God. The readers are given a choice of three endings, and are at liberty to choose their own – as they would wish their own world to be in the future. A very innovative approach, and with this kind of novel, that provokes a reader to think and think again about all of life’s fundamental questions, this is certainly a fitting ‘end’. I, for one, being a realist with a penchant for a happy but realistic end, opt for the first. But there’s an ending in "Waking God" that will suit all ideologies. I thought it most generous of the authors to give the reader that choice.
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