DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
A once-devout Christian turns against God vowing revenge against the Divine. His first act of revenge: breaking The Ten Commandments! On his quest, he meets Sam Johnson, a kind retired preacher who tries to defend God’s righteousness and reignite divine love within the man’s heart. The random encounter on a train leaves a long-lasting impact on both men that would change their lives forever.
When the faithful turn vengeful, there is no telling what they will do next…
A little more info: The two main characters help uncover what would happen if a “normal” Christian is pushed to his breaking point and vows revenge against God. What would happen when a non-criminal tries to steal, kill, and commit adultery simply out of desire for revenge? Would he be able to do such things? What would his internal struggle be? How would he react toward a kind-hearted believer willing to help? The narrative is intertwined with journal entries from different times after a stated incident, which converge at the end of the story to bring the full picture to light. The story is comparable to a modern-day Biblical Book of Job, with mild suspense and romantic undertone giving depth to the argument surrounding God’s righteousness.
Where was God?
When pain comes, it could be difficult at times to avoid questioning the justice and righteousness of God. Where is He and why bad things happen to good people? Although this book will not provide an apologetic or structured defense, it does follow certain thoughts to their logical conclusion through narrative and provide different Christian insights along the way.
Target Audience: This book will appeal mostly to Christian adults. It would also appeal to Agnostic adults considering Christianity. The topic is not one that targets a specific denomination, so it would appeal to the general Christian public.
This was a really powerful story about two strangers who meet and start a conversation about God. The masked man describes all the tragedies that he experienced in his life which led to him starting a war and rebelling against God by break the ten commandments. The book contains long dialogues of their conversations within journal entries. It's such a thought-provoking and interesting book for Christians and non Christians who may be struggling with faith and understanding who God is. His story is like the modern day Job. This book could be used in a small group to start discussions about faith and how to cope in times of challenges. Highly recommended
Johnson encounters a stranger on a train that turns his life upside down. The story is creatively told using alternating points of view, via journal entries on one hand and story telling on the other, spoon-feeding the reader with a captivating story - nearly a sermon. The use of C S Lewis, Bible and other quotes made his message appealing to this reader.
A kind priest is trying to prevent a young man from committing sin in a quest for vengeance against God. This book is aimed largely at Christian audiences which is fine but it wasn't really for me. I've talked about this before but I typically avoid anything religion-oriented. I don't mind it if it's more of a thematic thing i.e. Have a bit of faith and you can win. This isn't that at all, this is one person setting out to commit all the sins that violate the ten commandments and someone else trying to talk him out of it. It felt - to me at least - more than a little bit forced and I have something of a hard time recommending a book like this to people outside of the Christian faith as a result. With that said, I think it should be given an opportunity to prove its merit so if you'd like to give it a look then I say go for it.
The inner dialog that we (Christians) lead is similar to this book. On one side, we complain about everybody and everything that caused us hurts, and we accuse God. On the other side, we (try to) believe God is good.
This inner dialog is represented by two characters in the story and their conversation. Interestingly, the story is inserted into the COVID situation.
Our faith is confronted with the bad things that we encountered and still experience daily. The story presents many quotes from the Bible that support what we believe.
I recommend this book to anybody who wants to find some answers for their life. The dialogs can strengthen your faith.
A ride on a train turns into a life-altering experience for a preacher as he listens to a mysterious masked man explain why he’s on a mission to break the Ten Commandments. The author weaves mystery and intrigue by flipping back and forth between journal entries and his memories of the event. The story takes us through the heart-wrenching affects of dementia and loss of his beloved wife. The author provides a thought provoking experience by contrasting good versus evil motivated by bereavement.
Ben Zakhary has a passion and dedication to serving. He hold a BS in Biomedical Engineering and MTS in Theology. He has worked as an Engineer for 8 years before switching to ministry and service where he served as youth minister in Ohio prior to the COVID shutdown. He approaches faith from the heart of a servant and mind of an engineer in hopes that his writing will be a strong tool in bestowing Christ's love on the reader and strengthening the faith amid current questioning.