Congratulations, Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz!

Last year, I edited Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz’s incredible memoir, Getting to Heaven by Going Through Hell, which details his physical and spiritual recovery in the aftermath of a horrific crash caused by a drunk driver. Yesterday, he posted an update on his Facebook Author Page, which included a link to this excellent review in Readers Favorite.com:

11063544_887025864672232_6982750384450871627_nIn an extremely inspirational and wonderful read by Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz, Getting to Heaven By Going Through Hell is a book that readers will not easily forget. Follow the true life story of Scot as he recovers from the effects of a horrific car accident caused by a drunk driver. Recounting his experiences with anger, despair, and addiction to pain medications after the accident had left his body mangled and his spirit shattered, this story is highly personal and emotional. When God finally breaks through to him, even in his very darkest times, the story takes a dramatic and wonderful turn, one that will keep readers rapidly turning the pages until they get to the very satisfying ending.

I loved Getting to Heaven By Going Through Hell. Loved. It. How’s that for a review? Author Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz has done a wonderful job in writing an extremely private story in such a way that offers hope and healing for many. This book brought tears to my eyes, not once or twice, but many times. It is written in a highly engaging manner and readers will find themselves loath to take a break from it. I am so pleased to highly recommend this book to any reader looking for an inspirational true story with a strong Christian focus. I wish the very best to author Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz and hope that he will consider writing another book in the very near future. If it’s anything like this one, it will certainly be a must-read!

I’ve worked with multiple authors in ghostwriting and editing (as is the case here) on both fiction and nonfiction. Getting to Heaven by Going Through Hell has been my most inspirational by far. It reminded me that amid tragedy, there is hope; amid pain and sorrow, there are always earth angels ready to assist; and that seemingly terrible events do occur for a good reason. Dr. Scot and his family are exceptional people who have recognized the gift they’d been given and demonstrate appreciation to God by passing along the kindness they received at their lowest point to others.

If you need a lift, purchase Getting to Heaven by Going Through Hell on Amazon today.

Note: Cover Design by Kia Heavey.

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The Ravine: A Novel of Evil, Hope, and The Afterlife

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Today I posted a book review on Amazon for The Ravine: A Novel of Evil, Hope, and The Afterlife by Robert Pascuzzi:

Forgiveness is a concept that seems to be everywhere these days, whether in books, Facebook memes, or at the pulpit. No matter what their religious or spiritual tradition, most of us can agree on the necessity of forgiveness in the human experience.

But what does it really mean? And how can someone forgive a crime like the horrific murder of one’s own wife and child?

In his compelling fictional novel The Ravine, author Robert Pascuzzi delves deeply for answers to these questions, drawing from the teachings of Jesus in Scripture. Understanding the difficulties most of us have in offering forgiveness for much lesser transgressions than murder, the author presents a realistic portrayal of characters struggling to process the reality of two brutal murders and a suicide by a very close friend.

Along the way, readers encounter supernatural occurrences, along with a psychically gifted character who acts as a bridge between God and the grief-and-anger stricken. While I would like to have seen the character of Tony throughout the course of the novel (he’s the brother of the murderer) and witnessed his spiritual development in the aftermath of the crimes, Pascuzzi does a nice job portraying its effects upon the offender’s two best friends, who nearly lose their marriage in the fallout.

Readers may be put off by what appears to be “The Devil Made Me Do It” excuse, but I viewed this as one man’s inability to use his God-given free will to say “No” to evil and listen to the word of God instead of the directives of The Enemy. I found the book to be a fascinating ride through this imperfect earthly life, with the promise of heaven via forgiveness. It’s filled with hope that life does not end but rather changes form, while it affirms God’s promise to his faithful. A highly recommended read.

Today, I interviewed Robert Pascuzzi on Writestream. Click below to listen to a thought-provoking discussion.

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Writestream Tuesday: Getting to Heaven by Going through Hell

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Today I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz, author of the new memoir, Getting to Heaven by Going through Hell. Having been involved in the project as Scot’s editor, I can tell you this book is a must-read, especially for those dealing with adversity. Scot’s example of refreshing honesty and willingness to engage in self-examination in the aftermath of a horrific accident is not only admirable but practical. Not matter what your unique struggle is, you can discover the inspiration and information you need to emerge from the experience a stronger, wiser, happier, and more spiritually connected person.

We talked anger, forgiveness, earth angels and finding heaven right here…..before passing on to the other side. If you missed it, click below to listen. Purchase Getting to Heaven by Going through Hell on Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

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Steps To Salvation now on Amazon

STSCoverWEBYou can now purchase a paperback version of Shlomo Attia’s Steps To Salvation on Amazon.com. While it will be available on Kindle soon, it’s not yet being sold in that format, although you can purchase it as an ebook on Lulu.com.

Check out this wonderful review from reader Gail Tenzer:

Steps to Salvation is a MUST READ. The author, Shlomo Attia explains that he experienced a Near Death Experience and while in that state, was charged with returning to life because “his work wasn’t finished!” Apparently he was to return to present solutions to the problems that have plagued mankind for the past millennia, in which we keep repeating the same mistakes, always expecting different results and failing. Once again our civilization stands on the precipice of a New Dark Age — and apparently Shlomo was charged with presenting some new solutions which if taken under advisement might prevent Western Civilization from once again going down that road.

The novel takes place in the year 2412 (400 years into the future), and proposes that at that time, we will already be living in the “Messianic Era…: which according to Jewish tradition “…will be one of global peace and harmony, an era free of strife and hardship” [Wikipedia].

2014_07_05_Shlomo_Book_012Looking back over World History, much of the strife the world has experienced and continues to do so in our times is due to “religious conflicts” directly relating to religious DOGMA! Let us remember that until the Enlightenment, political power rested within the Church. Many of today’s seculars also rebel against the concept of G-d or Creator precisely because they reject the political power that religious organizations (men) try to exert over their lives by manipulating religious beliefs to control them. In other words, it still comes down to politics masquerading as religion and the bottom line is still the ambitions of INSIDERS to exert CONTROL over the masses! It’s still all about Power and not really about the Creator.

Bill ClintonShlomo thinks outside the box and presents a vision of the future in which the world frees itself from this religious strife, and fulfilling the Jewish aspiration and prayer that “On that Day the Lord will be ONE, His Name will be One” by positing that without cohersion, mankind has accepted the concept of the One G-d Religion! Brilliant! No more strife amongst men that “My G-d is Better than Your G-d!”

So much for the solution to religious strife.

Shlomo then posits solutions to helping entrepreneurs through a lottery system of funding, solutions to education, the prison system and the rehabilitation of criminals, and other challenges facing present day society.

Characters in the book are descendants of Historical figures, including the progeny of Hitler, Kissinger, Mao, etc. — those who are the progeny of evil doers are restricted to a colony in Africa called Arisha, and have to devote their lives to the study of their ancestors, their wrong-doings, and admit remorse for the evil they have wrought, and ultimately have to pass a test in order to Adolf Hitlerget to see the rest of the world. This is a totally new way of looking at things as they are and have been in the world, and how we can avoid repeating history.
In these grim times, the book is refreshing, presents interesting solutions and a light at the end of the tunnel — demonstrating that there is hope for a better future after all. I wonder if applying his solutions can help usher in the Messianic Age. Without going into details to give away the solutions, Shlomo presents a solution to the current Middle East strife particularly with the Muslims and their hatred for Jews. Read the book to find out how this can be brought about without bloodshed!

I read the book in 3 days and could not put it down!

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Shlomo Attia on Writestream Radio

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