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Book Reviews for Steps To Salvation
So says reader Steve in his Amazon review:
Steps to Salvation may be a genre unto itself. A combination of history, political science, economics, religion, science fiction and humor makes Shlomo Attia’s novel unique. Through the introduction to and examination of many influential figures from throughout the ages, we come to understand how the world came to be the dysfunctional mess it is today. The time has come for a group of special individuals to lead the world into a new age and prepare it for what’s to come. What is to be done about the problems of poverty and hunger, violence and crime, justice and punishment, conflict over religious differences? See what happens when the restraints of collectivism are cast off and mankind is free to pursue individual endeavors without the burdens of large over-reaching governments. Some revolutionary ideas and a bit of Divine intervention soon have us taking our first steps to salvation.
I’m thankful for more positive feedback from readers and look forward to seeing much more in the near future. By the way, Steps To Salvation will also be available in Kindle and all e-reader formats shortly. You can also purchase it as an e-book or paperback on Lulu.com.
Posted on Amazon.com:
Steps to Salvation is a MUST READ. The author, Shlomo Attia explains that he experienced a Near Death Experience and while in that state, was charged with returning to life because “his work wasn’t finished!” Apparently he was to return to present solutions to the problems that have plagued mankind for the past millennia, in which we keep repeating the same mistakes, always expecting different results and failing. Once again our civilization stands on the precipice of a New Dark Age — and apparently Shlomo was charged with presenting some new solutions which if taken under advisement might prevent Western Civilization from once again going down that road.
The novel takes place in the year 2412 (400 years into the future), and proposes that at that time, we will already be living in the “Messianic Era…: which according to Jewish tradition “…will be one of global peace and harmony, an era free of strife and hardship” [Wikipedia]. Looking back over World History, much of the strife the world has experienced and continues to do so in our times is due to “religious conflicts” directly relating to religious DOGMA! Let us remember that until the Enlightenment, political power rested within the Church. Many of today’s seculars also rebel against the concept of G-d or Creator precisely because they reject the political power that religious organizations (men) try to exert over their lives by manipulating religious beliefs to control them. In other words, it still comes down to politics masquerading as religion and the bottom line is still the ambitions of INSIDERS to exert CONTROL over the masses! It’s still all about Power and not really about the Creator.
Shlomo thinks outside the box and presents a vision of the future in which the world frees itself from this religious strife, and fulfilling the Jewish aspiration and prayer that “On that Day the Lord will be ONE, His Name will be One” by positing that without cohersion, mankind has accepted the concept of the One G-d Religion! Brilliant! No more strife amongst men that “My G-d is Better than Your G-d!”
So much for the solution to religious strife.
Shlomo then posits solutions to helping entrepreneurs through a lottery system of funding, solutions to education, the prison system and the rehabilitation of criminals, and other challenges facing present day society.
Characters in the book are descendants of Historical figures, including the progeny of Hitler, Kissinger, Mao, etc. — those who are the progeny of evil doers are restricted to a colony in Africa called Arisha, and have to devote their lives to the study of their ancestors, their wrong-doings, and admit remorse for the evil they have wrought, and ultimately have to pass a test in order to get to see the rest of the world. This is a totally new way of looking at things as they are and have been in the world, and how we can avoid repeating history.
In these grim times, the book is refreshing, presents interesting solutions and a light at the end of the tunnel — demonstrating that there is hope for a better future after all. I wonder if applying his solutions can help usher in the Messianic Age. Without going into details to give away the solutions, Shlomo presents a solution to the current Middle East strife particularly with the Muslims and their hatred for Jews. Read the book to find out how this can be brought about without bloodshed!
I read the book in 3 days and could not put it down!
Thank you, Gail. I am glad you enjoyed the book.
I am very grateful to Reptiles on Caffeine author and blogger Brooke Musterman for the review she posted on her blog, Reptilian Rantings. Please visit Brooke’s blog to read the whole thing but here’s an excerpt:
Don’t let the title deceive you. I can almost guarantee it is not what you are thinking. This is not your mother’s salvation book. The salvation is referring to our country. This intricately woven tale merges with history and current events seamlessly.
Set in the future, Steps to Salvation talks about a time when society was ruled by their reptilian brains. It is both chaotic and scary. Personal freedom is replaced by corruption in all areas.
Given the state of current events, I’d say corruption is running rampant in the End Days. That’s one reason why I can’t wait to get out and talk about my ideas. I am looking forward to being on Family Power Hour this Wednesday and to my book launch event at Tropical Acres on Saturday, July 5. Please stay tuned because we’re planning multiple interviews and events in the coming weeks.
‘Thought Provoking, Viable Solutions to Real World Problems’ – One Supreme Goddess Reviews Steps To Salvation
Thank you to One Supreme Goddess of The Twisters.org for this review of my book:
“Many of us believe that we have all the answers to the world’s problems, but not many of us can put those thoughts and ideas into words, let alone create a workable plan. With the help of Daria DiGiovanni, Shlomo has done just that with his new book, Steps To Salvation.
With the interesting, entertaining and creative vehicle of combining current event and past history with fiction, he’s taken his ideas and created an environment that brings them to a viable life in a very entertaining way.
While some may take exception to Shlomo’s idea of visiting the sins of our ancestors on their future generations, he has created a very interesting way for families of infamous and often vile individuals like Adolph Hitler and Charles Manson to not only atone for the sins of the past but by admitting and understanding what happened, learning from the past and through the good character and deeds of the generations that follow, to eventually somewhat redeem their family names.
Shlomo has offered up many thought provoking and seemingly viable, solutions to real world problems such as inexpensive ways to produce food, ways to keep politicians from becoming corrupt power mongers and he has even presented a way to resolve not only overcrowded prisons but actually rehabilitating criminals by allowing them to chose to be productive citizens, to name just a few.
Whether you agree with his ideas or not, Shlomo weaves a very interesting and thought provoking story that combines many interesting ideas, current events, history and fiction in a very entertaining way and isn’t that what we all seek in an enjoyable read.”
Visit her blog here. The book will be available soon. Stay tuned.
Many thanks to author Renee Gatz for reading my book and writing the following review:
“An innovative and provocative work of fiction that will give readers much to contemplate about how the decisions of past global leaders have brought about our current state of living, what the future could look like and how solutions born from a desire to secure a better quality of life for all rather than the few improved the human experience. The book contains all the hot-button issues of the day and promises to educate, inspire and based on your personal beliefs could raise your ire, cause you to cheer or find areas of agreement and disagreement. There will be much to discuss and debate at your next book group meeting.”
And please stay tuned for updates as I expect to receive the galley copy in the next few days. If all looks good, we’ll release the book very soon!