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"Spero is an imaginative fantasy that subtly instructs, entertains, and intellectually provokes the reader. It is fascinating reading. I'm definitely hooked on this series." Jean Heimann at Catholic Fire.
"...intelligent as well as inspiring..." Terry Barga at whattodoabout.com.
The first book in the Birth Pangs series, Fidelis, is Latin for faithfulness. The second book, Spero
, is Latin for hope. Spero
is an exploration, in fiction, of what hope is and why we need it. It is an exploration of what things are good to put our hope in and what things aren't. In the America of the future portrayed in the Birth Pangs series, all of the things that people have traditionally put their hope in have been brought low. There are no government agencies, no schools, and not even churches. In the face of daily perils, people have to figure out how where they are going to place their hope in dealing with them.
In the end, there is one daily peril that surpasses them all: death.
is about people- even good people- putting their hope in lesser means to tackle lesser problems and being confronted with the consequences. Spero
is a 'discussion' about our chief problems and what solutions, if any, are available to resolve them.
Not too long ago, FallenandFlawed blog interviewed me about my apologetics ministry and some of my activities, including this book series. As tends to happen with me, I got a little long and only a portion of the interview could be posted. With permission, here is the question and answer regarding the book. (I posted additional unpublished portions of the interview here):
Q. You’ve got a fiction series called Birth Pangs. What motivated you to write this series? What’s it about?
I guess you could say that the Birth Pangs series is my own excursion into ‘literary apologetics.’ It’s pretty unique. A friend has described it as belonging to the didactic genre. The series is set in the ‘not too distant future’ after America has been laid low by foreign armies and a biological and nuclear holocaust. Now, they are rebuilding from scratch. This setting allows me to discuss everything under the sun: what is truth, what is real, how do you know? What is the relationship between religion and government? What does it mean to be human? Or a man or a woman in particular? So on and so forth, only in my series there is no government, church, or school to tell the characters what the real answers are. Read the rest of this entry »
That’s a good thing. I am down to five books out of my original order of about 75. Not too bad for one month’s work!
Notice, though, that it says it will not be available by Christmas, so if you want one before then, you need to get it through birthpangs.com.
I found the book listed here: http://www.amazon.com/Fidelis-Anthony-R-Horvath/dp/0979127610/sr=11-1/qid=1165504628/ref=sr_11_1/104-4069826-1058324
It is still not available for ordering when I looked. Well, now time to check out BarnesandNoble.