Point Horizon - Book Release
Going beyond the planet Earth is one of those strange desires of the human species. Why? Do dogs want to travel to outer space? How about dolphins or eagles? Much of science fiction and fantasy literature is born out of a longing to be connected more deeply with the Universe. I’ve come to believe that we are a longing species. We want there to be more to creation than just planet Earth, so we write books about it and explore technical methods with our science and engineering. But I don’t really believe that technology will ever get us physically beyond our solar system. Technology has limits. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t explore the universe and have real and direct relationships with it and its Creator. Our desire for something more makes us connect as humans and bonds us in ever-deepening ways to things beyond us. In the hush of the deepest part of my heart, I feel that one day we will enter places vastly beyond our imagination.
This deep sense of longing for something more, an unfulfilled sense of desire, is generated deep within our species. It is a form of homesickness. For me the greatest loss in my life came from the loss of childhood. As I get older I’m moved and informed by this growing sense of nostalgia. Oddly enough, the more I look at my past, the more it calls me and directs me to the place of joy and happiness which I know as the kingdom of heaven.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
I've explored these ideas and the pursuit of happiness in my latest book Point Horizon. Set in the canyon country of western Colorado, the story follows the plight of Tommy and Katie, as they are pushed into a cavern by a local gang led by a modern shaman named Psy. As they flee, the two main characters take a plunge into the unknown. Lost, they face dangerous challenges, tough decisions and extraordinary creatures as they struggle to find a way home.
They come to understand that going through the “Way,” a special light, is their only way back to the surface. The Way is the central feature of the place they discover called the Firmament and is allegorical to Jesus Christ. This feature also calls to mind the omnipresence of God that Adam and Eve enjoyed in the Garden. Though not explicitly Christian, the book explores the power of hope and prayer through Tommy and Katie’s encounter with the Way.
As a former National Park Service ranger, I use my knowledge of ecology, geology and earth science to paint a vivid picture of new environments from caves and canyons to a special world with altered physics.
The power of hope is the central theme of the book, recurring throughout the book as the extraordinary journey of two young people named Tommy and Katie unfolds. Written for middle and high school readers, the novel’s essential message is to pursue a life of purpose and integrity despite the temptations to view life selfishly and without greater meaning.
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