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Aggie Stevens hosts a show called Aggie’s Authors highlighting local authors, and Lester Patrick and I were recently interviewed!

I talk about my upcoming fiction series and read a dynamic excerpt from my non-fiction book, THE CELESTIAL PROPOSAL: Our Invitation to Join the God Kind

Listen to Aggie’s Authors on 92.9MHz CFuzz, on the Peach City Radio stream at the following dates & times:

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* Excerpts and links of this material may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jane Catherine Rozek and the janecatherinerozek.com website.

Keaton Inukshuk

Higher Power is only discovered when it is absolutely necessary. Well, out in the middle of the isolated Canadian wilderness, a hundred miles from the nearest town, I discovered the source of this power. I wasn’t afraid anymore! Not quite traditional Christian doctrine, but the pieces all fit together and answered my questions. My faith became an active powerful force!

From Kirkus Reviews: "Familiar concepts, sure, but Rozek’s unconventional perspective makes them seem invigoratingly new." 

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A passionate rereading of Christianity and the nature of personal faith.

Canadian author Rozek’s debut takes the form of an enthusiastic top-to-bottom re-envisioning of the Christian mythos. ….she goes back to the Bible with fresh eyes and reads it anew in search of the answers to basic questions such as “Why am I here?” or “What’s the purpose of life anyway?”

Rozek’s conceptual revamping of traditional biblical ideas ultimately appeals to the well-known Christian narrative: Jesus died as a sacrifice and as a living key to redemption. “By accepting the death of this Great One as a ransom for our freedom,” Rozek writes, “each of us can belong to something far greater than ourselves.” The book then broadens from this dramatized 21st-century recasting of the Messiah story to include some intriguingly wider suggestions for how the faithful of any denomination can find meaning: “The Great Ones know that in order for us to have abundant lives, we must first learn how to love.”

Familiar concepts, sure, but Rozek’s unconventional perspective makes them seem invigoratingly new. A well-written and welcoming take on the traditional tenets of Western religion.

 

Review OnlineFeb. 6th, 2014

I knew what I had written was a little different from the common Christian inspirational type of book! But now I’m delighted to receive another favorable review, this time from Kirkus Reviews. Here it is in full:

The Celestial Proposal by Jane Catherine Rozek | Kirkus

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in the LATEST ISSUE OF
Kirkus Reviews
The Celestial Proposal by Jane Catherine Rozek

The Celestial Proposal

Our Invitation to join the God Kind

by
Jane Catherine Rozek

A passionate rereading of Christianity and the nature of personal faith.

Canadian author Rozek’s debut takes the form of an enthusiastic top-to-bottom re-envisioning of the Christian mythos. Rozek cites such influences as C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (1942), Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods (1970) and the Christian-mystic writings of Zecharia Sitchin as she goes back to the Bible with fresh eyes and reads it anew in search of the answers to basic questions such as “Why am I here?” or “What’s the purpose of life anyway?” She views these questions as central to “the game of life” and tells her readers, “To get to the ultimate level, we must play it seriously with all the skills we have.” The schema of quasi–Judeo-Christian faith she derives from her readings is personal and interactive. She reminds her readers that the Bible is full of references to heavenly interactions with the lives of humans, and in her view, this is a necessary thing. “Our world today still needs celestial intervention desperately.” That intervention comes about at the behest of “the Great Ones”—“a collection of benevolent, celestial God-beings: the Source, the Son and Spirit.” She also spends a good deal of time on forerunners and servants, the supernatural beings known as angels. Rozek’s conceptual revamping of traditional biblical ideas ultimately appeals to the well-known Christian narrative: Jesus died as a sacrifice and as a living key to redemption. “By accepting the death of this Great One as a ransom for our freedom,” Rozek writes, “each of us can belong to something far greater than ourselves.” The book then broadens from this dramatized 21st-century recasting of the Messiah story to include some intriguingly wider suggestions for how the faithful of any denomination can find meaning: “The Great Ones know that in order for us to have abundant lives, we must first learn how to love.” Familiar concepts, sure, but Rozek’s unconventional perspective makes them seem invigoratingly new.

A well-written and welcoming take on the traditional tenets of Western religion.

Pub Date:Nov. 25th, 2013
ISBN:978-0991991709
Page count:353ppPublisher:Books of Life Publishing House
Publisher:Books of Life Publishing House
Program:Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:Feb. 6th, 2014

The first newspaper clipping in your hometown is a milestone. Here I am in the autumn sunshine outside The Daily Courier building in Kelowna, BC, Canada! But what kind of a headline is that in such a big picture?

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Most authors run a gauntlet in trying to get an agent or publisher to take them on. It can take months, even years of sending queries and manuscripts to the desktops of literary agencies. In my case, the odds were stacked! 

How do I “sell” a book that quotes scripture to a secular agent or publishing house? How do I convince a Christian publisher that our God from heaven can actually be a God from outer space? He certainly can’t be from this chaotic world we live in!

So after months of effort I chose to become one of those exciting new kids in the literary field: An indie author! Self-publishing is gaining more respect as authors strive toward a professionally edited and designed product. Indie authors are those who are truly independent, own their own publishing ISBN numbers, and just pay the distributors to ship their books to buyers. It’s a heady feeling to have control over your content, title, cover design, and copyright. It’s in trepidation that I struggle up the steep learning curve of social media and digital marketing.

But for this book, The Celestial Proposal: Our Invitation to Join the God Kind, the controversial mixture of traditional Christian beliefs and the idea of outer-space spiritual entities, adapts perfectly for self-publishing.

Manifesting spiritual things into our physical realm is what I write about in Chapters 11, 12, and 13 anyway. So  creating a book from the thoughts in my head is just the extension of that idea – from the spiritual into the physical. I’m so convinced that these celestial principles work and excited to see where the book goes from here.

“I can’t wait to see what God is going to do with it next!”

Pre-order now at Amazon.com

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” How do you get a book published? The same way! Launch date is December 1st, 2013

THE CELESTIAL PROPOSAL: Our Invitation to Join the God Kind can now be pre-ordered from Amazon.com    Click here!

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Chapter 7 image ~ Levels in the Life Game

Would you believe I started the first drafted chapters decades ago on a typewriter in a log cabin in the evenings by lamplight. I know, I’m not THAT old, but I was just a crazy back-to-the-land hippy gal with a need for some metaphysical God-power in her life back then. I still need that metaphysical God-power in my life and I bet you could use some too!

It’s funny how we know certain beautiful things to be true and then we drift away until we lose the path we were on. Then we even forget where we’re supposed to be going. What we need is a roadmap or better yet, a treasure map so our journey ends in a grand destination worthy of our efforts. I believe there is a great celestial proposal for each of our lives with our own personal rainbow at the end.

How do you find enlightenment? How do you “get to heaven”? How do you create a paradise? One bite at a time, one step at a time…climbing upward.

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