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Elias' Proverbs `Friend most religion is a human creation Faith in the Mighty One is what matters most'California author Daniel Molyneux has earned degrees in drama he also studied Shakespeare at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art economics and theology THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH is his debut novel though his second book ELIAS' PROVERBS is soon to be released Daniel's writing explores the mysteries of life and death good and evil sickness and healing victory and defeat faith and unbelief science and supernatural miracleIn a telling introduction Reformers vs Religious Leaders Daniel states `Perpetual conflict rages between official institutional religious leaders and itinerate outsiders who weld charismatic spiritual power but who lack organizational sanction Israel's kings and religious leaders were called to lead God's people into deeper relationship with their Lord Instead institutional authorities repeatedly led the Children of Israel to worship idols mistreat the poor and powerless and pervert justice Whether prophets apostles saints or reformers these charismatic outsiders suddenly appear throughout Scripture and history conveying a renewed vision of spiritual depth justice mercy love and peace calling priests kings politicians and all people to repentance In the name of God they disrupt the status uo challenging the institutional authorities who have gone astray'He follows this with a poignant historical setting of Antioch capital of the Selucid Empire two centuries before Jesus of Nazareth and the schism between Greek culture and Jewish culture ending with `The events recorded in this book take place during Antiochus Epiphanes' reign but before his desecration of the Jerusalem Temple 1100 years after the Prophet Moses and 200 years before the crucifixion of Yeshua Ha'Mashiach Jesus the Christ'What Daniel has achieved in this novel is a sense of what is faced by one who would speak truth to skeptics As the story unwinds we sense the faith persecution courage and violence faced by prophetsteachers who challenge contemporary concepts The synopsis states `A mysterious stranger Elias appears in the Great House of Prayer speaking words filled with power and wisdom Some believe he is an angel others a prophet but the religious leaders reject his words regarding him as a dangerous fool The emperor becomes uneasy as the Capital is thrown into turmoil because of the stranger's teachings Journey with The Angel of Antioch as he speaks proverbs parables and insights Discover the power contained in a few simple words uttered boldly without fear and the difference a single person can make'While clearly within the realm of `religious writing' this novel is much it is an examination of what a man of insight and wisdom faces as he courageously uestions ancient ideas and concepts Daniel has not only researched his period well he has carefully concentrated on the psychology of religious thought and brings a fresh life into sacred teachings Few who read this book will fail to find deeply moving concepts for contemplation on the role of institutional religion versus open spiritual thought ‘When dealing with another’s wrongs be gentle and full of love’California author Daniel Molyneux has earned degrees in drama he also studied Shakespeare at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art economics and theology doctorate from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena California THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH was his debut novel; his second book ELIAS' PROVERBS is now available and serves as a mighty adjunct to the first book Daniel's writing explores the mysteries of life and death good and evil sickness and healing victory and defeat faith and unbelief science and supernatural miracle In this book Daniel shares a collection of proverbs and presents them in an inordinately sensitive mannerDaniel opens this collection by states ‘Wisdom has diligently been sought throughout human history From Confucius' words to the philosophers of Ancient Greece from Siddhartha's uest for enlightenment to the revelations contained in Hebrew and Christian scriptures the uest for wisdom has been universal One of the magical aspects of wisdom is its inseparable link to poetry lyric song proverb and parable If all poetry proverbs and parables were removed from the Bible the remaining words would be an impoverished shell largely stripped of their beauty and emotional power It is my heartfelt prayer that the poetic proverbs contained in this book will enrich your life in some small way becoming yet another verse in your own personal spiritual song’What follows are the proverbs of Elias the Teacher whom we know well from THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH A few can be shared here‘Bearers of Light Angels dwell in glimmering Illumination carrying Light with them wherever they go Bright bliss surrounds the Elysian Host no matter where they may roam When the Light Bearers are sent to visit dark dungeons in Gehenna glowing Illumination still shines within them even while surrounded by Hades’ Abyss The Flame Friends to be near me is to be near a flame The fire brings light and warmth to you; but my words blaze and burn those who revere the dark throwing them into a rage Soon they will try to put my fire out Finding God In the search for their Creator when at last the Author is found a divine revelation is revealed it was the Mighty One who was seeking; and the Almighty who did the finding Human beings do not discover God; it is the Lord who seeks and saves the lost’While clearly within the realm of `religious writing' this book is much it is an examination of what a man of insight and wisdom faces as he courageously uestions ancient ideas and concepts Daniel has not only researched his period well he has carefully concentrated on the psychology of religious thought and brings a fresh life into sacred teachings Few who read this book will fail to find deeply moving concepts for contemplation on the role of institutional religion versus open spiritual thought Elias was a teacherspiritual guide who was first introduced in the author’s book The Angel of Antioch Elias appeared in Antioch an ancient city in biblical times speaking words of wisdom and offering guidance on life and its values Revered by many for his wisdom and considered a prophet or angel by some religious leaders felt threatened and considered him a dangerous heretic worthy of persecution It is Elias’ wisdom that is showcased in the book Elias’ Proverbs a book filled with exactly that – proverbs Proverbs are defined as short popular sayings that effectively express some commonplace truth or useful thought Elias’ Proverbs cover all forms of spiritual and philosophical subject matter such as Freedom and Bondage Truth and Lies Hypocracy Winning Friends and Trust to name a few While the book itself contains a wide selection of proverbs to nourish the reader’s soul the author Daniel Molyneux would have been better served to have given readers some background with respect to Elias in the form of a narrativeintroduction which could have then showcased the proverbs themselves Lower rating because of multiple printing errors It is important to be informed whenever you enter a conversation or debate and for that reason I occasionally dip into newer religious waters so that I can be fully informed when the next inevitable chat arises about religion spirituality and the afterlife I don't pursue these conversations but they seem to find me Elias' Proverbs gave some new insight into the uality and content of a truly religious life These creative inventions and explications are important for a comprehensive understanding of religion both in the past and the present Also Elias as a character is useful to reference far beyond the pages of a religious text or a conversation with someone about church There are wise and astute moments and lessons that can be learned here so reading this book had the air of a religious experience at times as I felt my eyes open and my head nod along agreeing with the underlying wisdom and compassion inherent in these pages I think Molyneux presented this book very well and I would be pleased to read of his work in the future particularly if he can share such powerful messages about religion without beating us over the head He helps readers find their way to enlightenment and Christ but doesn't force them in that direction Elias’ ProverbsBy Daniel MolyneuxThis is a well written easy to read book of wise poetic proverbs Yutan is sharing the knowledge that he heard in Syria from Elias The book contains proverbs for daily life wealth love and marriage sexual intimacy and parenting Although different than Herman Hesse’s famed Siddhartha Molyneux’s book of proverbs reminded me of this classic Molyneux stresses that people should seek wisdom and not rely on clerics no matter how pious they seem for they freuently do not teach true wisdomHe explains that clerics cannot help us attain eternal glory because “Many clerics stand in front of the Door of Wisdom blocking the way for those who wish to enter” “A rat is not made sweet and tasty by living in a honey jar Nor can an evil person become sweet and pleasing to the Almighty by spending long hours within the house of prayer” “Do not trust a religious person than others”Religion can be helpful but it and its adherents can be dangerous Many clerics preach an easy to obtain life’s goal but true religious teachers “boldly speak lessons that are hard and difficult to accept” Only God “can give eternal glory” To gain this glory we need to learn “to abstain from the world’s fleeting pleasures” But unfortunately people are “content to be dumb” They do not realize or even care to realize that “wealth cannot buy happiness” and what is important in life is wisdomThe book offers good advice “Spiritual maturity is reached when a man or woman gives to others than they receive” “It is better to be a loving and merciful heathen than a heartless religious judge” “When dealing with another’s wrongs be gentle and full of love The judgment pronounced on you for your misdeeds shall be set by the same measuring stick you used to judge others” “An objects price is obvious to all But its long term cost is a secret whispered only into the ears of the wise” Other examples Marriage “There is no place for modesty in marriage” “Insults injure than whips” Parenting “Good parents work themselves out of a job” Friendship “Don’t lend family and friends give money as a gift”In short this is a book filled with good advice which when followed can lead to wisdom and a happy and satisfying life A parable like tale of spirituality religion and persecution Molyneux's debut reads like Scripture as it tells a story of a mysterious increasingly popular spiritual instructor Set in the ancient city of Antioch some two centuries before the life of Jesus Christ the tale centers around Elias an unassuming teacher who awes his ever growing audiences with his elouent wisdom A theologically intriguing novel that mimics the Bible's dramatic presentationKIRKUS REVIEWA stranger appears in Antioch's Great House of Prayer Speaking words filled with power and wisdom some believe he is an angel others a prophet But the religious leaders reject his words considering him a dangerous fool; and the Emperor views him as a threat Soon the Empire's capital is embroiled in conflict over the stranger some believing him good and others evilTo find out go to The Angel of Antioch by Daniel Molyneux was a new type of read for me When I read the premise I knew I had to give it a try but didn't expect it to be as good as it actually was Molyneux's writing style simply blew me away and this story was extremely easy to follow from start to finish Very interesting characters and extremely interesting plot This novel contains all the elements that a good novel should contain and for that I'm giving it five starsElias is a stranger who shows up in the Great Synagogue His great talent is his ability to recite the scripture from memory and once he speaks to the assembly he disappears He reappears recites the Scripture and then disappears once By this point people are extremely curious about him trying to figure out who he may be and where he goes Of course some people think he's a complete fraud but others people that he truly is a spiritual leader who should be worshiped I found his character to be extremely intriguing and I myself desperately wanted to find out who he really wasGreat read would highly recommend it Reading religious books is not something I commonly do but when one comes across my path that is based on morality and proverbial wisdom then I am likely to flip through those pages Upon the recommendation of a trusted reading companion I took a chance on Elias' Proverbs and was pleased that I did Unlike so many other religious books this wasn't based on hitting readers over the head with rules and dictums; instead this was like a transcription of a speaker series and we had a chance to see Elias' perspective on life love compassion inclusion and the pursuit of knowledge and spirituality This wasn't a book ordering us to Do this or Do that else suffer the wrath of God No this was something that many people Christians and otherwise could read as a brief and easy reminder of what matters in life Proverbs are such powerful tools because they are universal and people are encouraged to look within themselves for meaning and points of relativity I enjoyed Molyneux's underlying writing stye as well and wouldn't hesitate to read another of his books in the future

  • Paperback
  • 112 pages
  • Elias' Proverbs
  • Daniel Molyneux
  • English
  • 09 September 2015
  • 9780692349632