Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Even in Dark Moments - Be Thankful

Below is a classic hymn from a nineteenth-century pastor in England, "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come." I have read and experienced many depressing things lately, and yet, God has impressed upon me, be thankful anyway. 

Our momentary afflictions will soon pass and God will bring us into His presence. What greater thought could there ever be than that this side of paradise? So let's rejoice this Thanksgiving that Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest and soon He will return.

All the world is God's own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrows grown.
First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come
And shall take His harvest home;
Frm His field shall in that day
All offenses purge away,
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book Review by Lorilyn Roberts of "Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense" by J. Steve Miller and Cherie K. Miller

When I began reading "Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense," I was surprised to discover people who I thought were brilliant—like Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein—sometimes believed nonsense. They might have been brilliant, but their thinking was also flawed at times in significant ways. The number of examples J. Miller gives showing how successful people succumb to fallacious thinking surprised me.

Dozens of illustrations of fallacious thinking are cited, including misinterpreting data, drawing erroneous conclusions, asking incorrect questions, exuding overconfidence, being under-confident, married to brands, blinded by prejudices, and on and on. I had a few "ouch" moments myself. I have fallen into some of these ridiculous ways of thinking without even being aware of it.

As an author, I found many parts of the book enlightening. For example, how to ask deeper questions when developing the plot, taking the time to reflect and not make quick assumptions.  I write historical fiction—know my sources, if they are authentic. Are they accurate? (As I work on "The City in the Seventh Dimension Series," I found this especially convicting as I've come across many conspiracy series dealing with the last days).

J. Miller used the example of author Dan Brown and “The Da Vinci Code.” Mr. Brown relied too heavily on conspiracy theories and not enough on solid historical facts. Thus, his book lacked the authenticity it needed to be true, and too many people "bought" into the idea of it being accurate without a thorough examination of the sources.  This is just one example of many that Mr. Miller expounded on to show why brilliant people believe nonsense.

If the smartest people in history have made some of these common mistakes, how many more have the rest of us made? And can we become better thinkers? "Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense" can make us aware of these fallacies and challenge us to think more creatively and intuitively.

Hopefully, the insights I've gleaned will allow me to write more thought-provoking books and be aware of the pitfalls of erroneous thinking. “Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense” is a great read for anyone who enjoys learning how to be a better thinker, and the fascinating stories woven through the pages about people we all know and respect makes this book a delightfully entertaining read.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jewish Teen Sees Israel's Future -- Israeli News -- Steven ben DeNoon

This is a very thought-provoking video and well worth the 50 minutes to watch. Who the young boy claims is Gog in his near-death experience will shock you, and yet, I can't help but think he's right. We need to repent while we can. Repent for ourselves first, and then for our family and our country. A war is coming.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GoodReads Book Giveaway of Award-Winning Book "Seventh Dimension - The Castle," took gold in 2016 Literary Classics for YA faith-based fiction

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The Castle by Lorilyn Roberts

The Castle

by Lorilyn Roberts

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Review of "Seventh Dimension - The Castle" by Readers' Favorite Reviewer Paul Johnson

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In "The Castle" by Lorilyn Roberts, Daniel, a young Jewish man from present-day Jerusalem, enters the seventh dimension where he learns that time is an illusion. In the seventh dimension, he finds himself in first-century Palestine where he becomes witness to events surrounding the arrest and trial of Yeshua (Jesus). At the same time, Daniel himself is in danger, wanted by the Roman authorities as a runaway slave, and has escaped from prison. 

The scenes rapidly change. One moment in a Roman prison, then at the temple in Jerusalem where he watches Yeshua argue with the merchants, then to the Garden of Gethsemane when the guards arrest Yeshua and where Daniel is almost arrested. Finally he is at Golgotha where Yeshua dies on the cross. 

While everyone knows the story of Jesus, this is a new perspective. Even knowing Yeshua is going to be betrayed and convicted, there is a sense of anxiety and horror experienced by Daniel as he watches the events unfold. But, for Daniel the story doesn’t end there, there is a learning of things to come. 

"The Castle" is a strong account chock full of historical significance. It is filled with action and drama. It contains a lot of historical detail, sci-fi, fantasy, and even time travel. The story is technically well written. The fictional characters are strongly developed and the plotting allowed the story to build up at a steady comfortable pace. The dialogue is sharp, well done, and period specific. All in all, a good story very nicely done.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

FINAL WARNING: Obama and Pope Francis Will Bring Biblical END TIMES [Ful...

This is a well done video that draws strong parallels between Hitler and Obama and their political agenda. Well worth the hour and a half it takes to watch. And as far as Pope Frances -- it bothers me that when he addressed Congress (the first time a Pope has ever done that in history) he never mentioned the name of Jesus Christ. In every book of the New Testament, the books begin with some variation of this:  Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I don't know who this Pope is, but I don't believe he is a follower of Christ. He came in his own name.

I have never considered that Obama and the current Pope could be the ones spoken of in the Bible in the latter days. But this video did open my eyes to possibilities. Satan has always had his agenda in each generation and only God knows the timetable. As Christians, we need to be prepared and not be hoodwinked into thinking the end times are way into the future. That is presumptious and dangerous. The Bible says to stay sober and alert. And continue to pray for the peace of Jeruslaem.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Seventh Dimension - The King, Book Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

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Readers\' Favorite Book Contest Award Winner
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Daniel is a teenager with an unusual talent: he can read people's thoughts. He's also a young Jewish boy living in 2015, one with a troubled past that is marred by disappearances and deaths of loved ones that ultimately sent him to a psychiatric facility for rehabilitation. He quickly learns that rehabilitation isn't something that science can fix and he leaves in frustration, only to return home and have his world literally disintegrate around him. That's when he travels back in time to the first century, to an Israel that is totally foreign and a life that challenges not only his well being, but also his shattered beliefs, his shattered faith. Daniel crosses paths with Jesus of Nazareth. He meets others from this time period, good people and not-so-good people, and he chooses diverse paths in the misconception that money will solve his problems. In the end, he loses all that he earns in this first century world, justifying a need to find a purpose, to reclaim his Jewish faith and heritage, and to come to understand this person - this rabbi, this teacher, this healer - that people are claiming is the Son of God. 

Lorilyn Roberts has written a thrilling time travel story that will inspire young readers to look into themselves to discover their beliefs and their faith, and to strengthen their passion to follow their God. This is a page-turning thriller, a coming-of-age time travel fantasy that challenges a young man's faith and belief in God.