Strong Delusion  the  Novel

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The history behind the writting of Strong Delusion

   T.J. has loved science fiction or sci fi since he first discovered it as a child. A compulsive reader, writer, and day dreamer, in school his teachers would constantly have to reign his mind in to do his school work. Much like the child in the Calvin and Hobbs cartoons, he dreamed of being somewhere else on some grand adventure. Many times this included visiting other worlds with Spock and Captain Kirk or defending Battlestar Galactica in a Colonial Viper or X-wing using the Force as part of the Rebel Alliance. Even though he couldn't complete these missions outside his mind, he could share them on paper. Even so much as to write an entire episode of Battlestar Galactica (though he never attempted to submit his idea). It is logical to say that part of this book stems from his childhood. Mix these movies and television shows with classic books and poetry of Poe, Hawthorne, Alcott, Longfellow, and the Hardy Boys Mysteries and you get a small grasp of his mindset.

This love of science fiction took a new turn when he became a Christian at eleven years old. He continued to read sci fi, but began to incorporate Christian writtings such as books Late Great Planet Earth and 1980's: Countdown to Armageddon by Hal Lindsey. This and other books like Approaching Hoofbeats by Billy Graham fueled his imagination and interest in end times prophecy. This love of science fiction and the excitement of prophesy carried over into his adult life. The Left Behind Series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim Lahaye were right up his alley. The theology behind these books and his own belief were almost 100% paralleled. Mix in Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker along with all the research that T.J. conducted on his own and you will have the mix that led to the idea behind this book.
  Once at a revival a visiting professor was expounding on such items as time resetting itself every 10,000 years and a race of man before Adam. After a few nights of "talking over the heads" of most of the congregation, the pastor asked him to stop with the theory and get back to preaching the gospel. Many of the youth of the church (as well as some of the parents) approached T.J. the youth minister at the time, to see what he thought of the professor's theory. He told them that he didn't think it was true and then posed the question, "But, how can you reconcile ancient astronauts, Nazca lines in Peru, pyramids, etc. with the Bible?" When he received no answer, he stated that "it would make a great novel."

After three years of research and writing, and ten years (on and off) of re-writing, here is a possible answer in the form of the book Strong Delusion.