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


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


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 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

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!


Writestream Tuesday with guest host Diane Student on April 29

Diane Student, host of Freedom's Wings.

Diane Student, host of Freedom’s Wings.

This coming week I’ll be blessed with a visit from Mom and my special brother Ralph. My friend and fellow patriot, the award-winning internet radio host and blogger Diane Student has graciously agreed to fill in for me on Tuesday, April 29 at a special broadcast time of 6 p.m. Eastern when she’ll welcome author Bruce Hennigan:

Tune in to Writestream Tuesday at a special time of 6 p.m. Eastern when blogger/writer and former host of the award winning Freedom’s Wings Show Diane Student fills in for Dariaanne. Diane will be joined by author, apologist and speaker Bruce Hennigan. Bruce is working on a thirteen book series in the genre of horror/fantasy from a Christian perspective. Three of those books are complete, The 13th Demon, The 12th Demon and The 11th Demon. They’ll discuss his books, how he finds inspiration, how he navigated self-publishing that later became a contract and how hard it is to write outside of the mainstream: pop culture isn’t real interested in Christian horror and the church seems adverse to the supernatural. Feel free to call in at 347-945-7246.

If you’ve never heard Diane on the air before you are definitely in for a treat! I am looking forward to listening to the archive of what promises to be a fascinating show!

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