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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

crying soldierI do not wish you all a Happy New Year… I wish for meaningful change in our world, with safe passage through it for all of us. Continue reading

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

SmallCover's Final Design_2To Friends & Fans:

Kelowna author Jane Catherine Rozek launches her narrative nonfiction book!

Quoted from ForeWord Reviews: “This mash-up of Bible + sci-fi + metaphysics has introduced new lines of thought for meditation and consideration.”

When: December 17th, 2013 at 7:00

Where:  The Pulp Fiction Coffee House
1598 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC
A free cup of Dark Roast and a short reading from Chapter Three will set the Christmas mood. Books will be available for purchase and autographing, along with a few door prizes. We hope some of you can join us to celebrate this event!

 
It’s been a long, lonely journey for me. I started the book decades ago in our wilderness log cabin on the ranch, and the manuscript has survived a great many crises in my own life. Now after countless author editing and three professional editors scrutinizing every sentence, the manuscript has finally morphed into its final form and is listed on Amazon.com. I was so encouraged to have it chosen as one of the select few to be reviewed in ForeWord Reviews for their Dec. 1st edition. Over 80,000 libraries and book marketers subscribe to this quarterly catalogue. I think the book is ready to come out of its closet! I hope The Celestial Proposal will inspire you to “think outside the box” and map out your own spiritual journey for living life on planet earth.
Jane Catherine Rozek

Wow! I’m not alone! There’s a lot of other people out there that believe in God and who also believe in extraterrestrials! This survey says 32% of Christians, and even a higher percent of other religions, believe that  both of them exist. Polling close to 6000 people make up the data for some interesting graphs.

To me it is only common sense. I mean, really, if there is a God he sure wouldn’t be small enough to come from our planet. When Jesus told us he was “not of this world” and when God came down from the heavens, doesn’t that state they from off-planet; in other words…extraterrestrial?!!

I’d love to hear what you guys think about this…

“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.

This guy is amazing. He gets right to the depth of things and expresses it perfectly. I too hate the hype of religion but I love the depth! I’ve gone to many churches and sometimes you can feel the presence of an awesome invisible connection that makes you want to raise your head and just bathe in it. Tears tickle the corner of my eyes and my frown turns upside down. Unfortunately, sometimes it can also be kind of like a dry desert and you never get to the oasis.

But, that same presence of Spirit resides in any natural thing of beauty if we stop long enough to let it soak in…The sky for an example: in sunset mode, in wakeup morning glory, in lazy dappled clouds, in star studded quietness – what a church canopy we all have over us!

 

Around midnight one foggy evening, I stood on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Columbia River far below and tried to connect with a higher power. Cloud covered the gorge and levelled itself so it seemed as though I could step out and walk upon its surface. My life also lay before me like a vast journey of undulating ups and downs—there would be some joy, yes, but also lots of heartache. Did I even want to play the game?

“Why am I here? What’s the purpose of life anyway?” I whispered intently over the sea of gray.

We all ask these age-old, mind-niggling questions at some point in our lives. It was at this time I began a personal search for those elusive answers.

This is the opening three paragraphs of the soon to be released book, The Celestial Proposal. It was also the start of a long journey of discovery, a grand adventure in playing the game we are all participating in, the game of life. Isn’t if strange how there are manuals for all the consumer products we buy and rules for every sport, but no basic instruction booklet for living our lives? We want the benefits of our possessions and we want to win at our games, why then don’t we take life more seriously?

It seems to me, we in the western world have everything we need to live well, but we don’t have a reason to live. How sad. No wonder Gen X finds life rather meaningless. If heaven is our goal, if enlightenment is the highest plane, if nirvana beckons, well then let’s get serious and chase after it! I mean we are all going to have to die some time.

So isn’t it just common sense to try to figure out the rules to the game of life so we can merge into that tunnel of white light and shoot through to the next level? And surely if we knew the rules we could enjoy the game and maybe even excel in playing it! That’s our quest.

I can’t be the only one thinking these kind of things and wisdom is given in such unique and personal ways. What’s your reason to play the Game of Life? Comments welcomed!

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