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The Suburbanite
  • About Books: Author signs books, speaks about writing for Christians

  • Christian author will sign books and speak on writing during Berean appearance.

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  • Writing for the biblical believer can be different from writing for the rest of the world.
    Dr. J. Roger Nelson, a retired cardiologist and a spiritual consultant for a substance abuse program in St. Louis, Mo., will discuss how he researched and wrote his Bible-based historical novel, “The God Whom Moses Knew,” when he lectures on “Writing A Christian Novel” at Berean Christian Store in Canton. Nelson will appear from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 19) at the bookstore at 100 30th St. NW.
    Nelson will sign copies of the book, which was published by WestBow Press, the Christian publishing house of Thomas Nelson. A study guide also is available. The author will also answer questions.
    ABOUT THE BOOK
    According to publicity material from the publisher, Nelson’s Book, “portrays the 40 years God led his people and spoke ‘mouth to mouth’ to Moses.”
    “The results of 25 years of study and great care to align the novel with the Biblical record, ‘The God Whom Moses Knew” uncovers God’s strong passions, His revealed vulnerability, the reasons for His just wrath and violence, and His determination to lead His reluctant people through a dangerous wilderness on a pilgrimage of eternal merit,” said the publicity material.
    The book follows Moses “as he is changed from a sheep herder to the captain of the intense 40-years’ march,” noted the publisher. The book also delves into the stories of the armies that attack Moses’ people, Moses’ priestly brother Aaron, the loyal Joshua, tribal leaders, and temptresses who try to lure Israelite soldiers to worship other gods.
    “Using his God-given talent to listen carefully to his patients’ hearts, Dr. Nelson exposes Moses’ heart to produce a compelling historical novel which is true to the biblical record,” reviews the Rev. George W. Robertson, senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Ga.
    AUTHOR AND BOOK
    Nelson practiced internal medicine and cardiology for 38 years and has been a faith-based substance abuse consultant for 13 years.
    At his website for the book — http://thegodwhommosesknew.com/ — Nelson calls himself “a receiver, trusting God.” He is a graduate of Bible Study Fellowship and a leader of Bible study groups.
    “Utilizing the relatively bare threads of the Biblical narrative, Nelson has carefully and creatively woven them into a rich and engaging tapestry which invites his readers to return to the Bible itself with renewed and deepened appreciation for its human characters and their struggles, as well as for the character of God,” said J. Clint McCann, professor of Old Testament, Eden Theological Seminar, St. Louis, Mo.
    Published in paperback, “The God Whom Moses Knew” is 280 pages and lists at $19.95.