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Some of you will receive this message twice, because I am posting it on both of my blogs. Last year at this time I posted a link to a video, and I am repeating that again. It may become a tradition.

The two blogs I have perhaps reveal something of my dual personality, which I suspect some of you have difficulty figuring out. On the one hand, I have a strong analytical, even intellectual side, and that is seen in my blog that deals with the history of the Bible. At the same time, I feel a need to develop and share faith and inspiration in a world that needs it so desperately. That led to my trying to keep up with a second blog. Today’s message is somewhat different, and I wanted to share it more widely.

We need to engage God with our minds, because only if we understand what is true, can our faith be genuine. At the same time, intellectual facts can never satisfy our soul’s hunger for more. After we have sifted all the facts, separated myth from history, and understood all that science and study can teach us, there must be a place for the supernatural, that which cannot be explained, but which our faith tells us is real.

Last night at our church’s candlelight service, we sang so many of the traditional Christmas carols that I grew up with. As difficult as it was for me to do, I let my intellectual side go, and almost immediately I felt the reality of the supernatural. I felt the presence of a transcendent God who was as real as the chair in which I was sitting.

At some point, we must put aside the books that keep us at arm’s length from the supernatural presence of God. I am convinced that is the heart of the Christmas message. God becomes a part of struggling humanity, so that He can then draw us into His divine nature. That is the real meaning of the Christmas story. Other things are important, but occasionally we all need to step back, acknowledge that reality, and let God into our everyday lives.

I let Linus say it last year, and I am allowing him to do it again this year. I wish you a merry Christmas, a holy Christmas, and a transcendent Christmas. May God bless each one who reads this.


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First of all, my apologies to my Facebook friends. This will be the last you see about my book. At the same time, I am taking this opportunity to explain something of my book in more detail than I did in my post last night.

For those of you who did not see my post on Facebook, I thought you might be interested to know that I have published a novel for the Kindle which you can purchase from Amazon for $.99. The book is called Time Ship.

The link below should take you to the site where you can view a sample of the book and buy it if you wish. If that fails for some reason, go to the Amazon Kindle Store, and search for Gary Cottrell.


If you do not have a Kindle, Amazon has an area where you can download a free Kindle Viewer for your PC or Mac. They also have free apps for a number of portable devices, including the Ipad, Iphone, Blackberry, and Droid. The link below takes you to the screen where you can download the Kindle for PC.


The novel deals with time travel, but it also contains elements of an old-fashioned mystery story. There is even a love interest, ladies.

On a deeper level, I use the story to examine some of the difficult questions relating to predestination and free will. This is all in the background, so unless you look for it, you will probably not notice these deeper elements. They do not distract from the plot.

I originally wrote the novel in 1994; however, it has been edited and updated so much, that it has virtually been rewritten. I brought the plot up-to-date and gave the book a completely different ending.

Another element which I do not frequently see in novels has to do with the way I handle my characters. Although there is one character who somewhat predominates through a good portion on the book, there is no “hero” in the traditional sense of the word. I allow the focus of the story to shift to different characters as required by the plot. In this sense, I hope that art imitates life.

This has been a labor of love for me. In the process of writing and editing, I have really come to know my characters. If you read my book, I hope you feel the same way.

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