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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.
In this video, I answer questions from my audience about Steps To Salvation. Among other things, we talk about how there really are no “accidents” in life and the fact there there is a God. I also appreciate the plug from Gail Tenzer, who read the book.
I’ll be talking about Steps To Salvation with Daria on Writestream Tuesday on July 1 at a special time of 7 p.m. Eastern. As always, you can listen online by clicking on this link or by phone at (347) 945-7246. The chat room will also be open.
Writestream features different authors in various genres, with a focus on the independently published. One of the things we will discuss in addition to the many themes and concepts of my book is the collaboration, writing, editing, publishing and marketing process. New technology has created many opportunities for independent authors to bypass traditional publishing companies and take their product directly to the consumer. That means you have to first know your audience, then find them on social media and engage them. You also have to do “old-fashioned” things like local book signings and speaking engagements at organizations that will be receptive to your message, or at least interested in inspiring discussion among an audience.
For me there’s a bit of a challenge in that readers who will like my book’s political themes may not like its spirituality and the concept of The One God Religion. On the other hand, those who embrace the concept of One God For All might not necessarily like the politics. I am looking forward to addressing these challenges and welcome debate and discussion with Writestream’s listeners.
Tune in on Tuesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern.
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This Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern I will be a guest on The Truth Is Out There – Voice of the People on Blog Talk Radio. Hosted by local South Florida activists Joe Goldner, Gayle C. Hammer and Armando Cuervo, this show focuses on current events, business issues and politics from a constitutional perspective. During the live broadcast, we welcome your calls at (347) 327-9601. I am looking forward to discussing the history, politics and spirituality in my book and applying its themes and concepts to our current problems.
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New Book, Steps to Salvation, inspired by author’s Near Death Experience, reveals his practical vision for worldwide limited government, fulfills his promise to the angels ‘to go back and finish his work’.
In his first book, Steps to Salvation, Israeli born-and-raised Shlomo Attia – a resident of South Florida since 1990 — redefines the concept of Salvation and incorporates his own Near Death Experience into a thought-provoking journey through history.
Set in the year 2412 in Arusha Africa, this fantasy novel tells the story of how a terrorist attack at the G20 Summit in 2012 sends twelve world leaders to The Other Side where God’s selected project manager Moses and a cast of Ascended Masters and Advanced Souls give them their assignment: bring Salvation to Earth.
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I’ve covered some of the spirituality of my book in my posts about reincarnation and Salvation Time cinema. There will be much more to come on this topic but since everything is connected I wanted to take some time to discuss another very important theme — one that is also critical to bringing Salvation to earth. And that is the elimination of political dynasties.
This is not about the false choice between Republicans and Democrats. It’s about centralized control that seeks to dominate everyday people and make their lives miserable. In the United States, that has become the permanent political class in Washington, D.C. where members of both major parties enrich themselves at the expense of entrepreneurs, producers and workers.
But this centralized control by powerful elites has been a feature of history since the dawn of civilization. So whether we’re talking about a monarchy, a dictator, a Nazi, a communist or entrenched politicians, it all leads back to negative character traits and the animal nature of man controlling his spiritual nature — to the detriment of good people.
There are many characters in the book that speak to this problem, beginning with some members of the Arusha Race Unity High School Class of 2412: Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham, George W. Bush, Jacques Chirac, Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
But in this post I’d like to focus on the United States. Just as with the reincarnation topic I’m sure my political beliefs will offend many. Please keep in mind my novel is based on solid research and the imperative to stop repeating history. When you read it, you’ll see that I’m equally as tough on George W. Bush as I am on Bill Clinton. At the same time humor is very important in making these points so you’ll find some laughs interspersed among the serious stuff. It’s all about entertaining while informing.
Here’s a snippet of dialogue between the student George W. Bush and Mr. Bauer in Step One, which explains the fallacy of “fossil fuels” and how energy is produced in Salvation Time:
“Tell us about the role of hydrocarbon and the petroleum industry in the End Days, versus their role in Salvation Days.”
“Ahh, well in the…ahh…End Days, there was….uh…major propaganda put out by the oil industry. Mainly that oil comes from fossil fuels, which was a total lie. Uh…the myth of…uh…fossil fuels said that these were fuels formed by…ah…natural processes like the uh….decomposition of…uh….dead organisms. The age of these….uh…organisms and their…ah…resulting fossil fuels was usually…uh…millions of years. These fossil fuels…uh…contained…high percentages of carbon, and…uh… included coal, petroleum and natural gas. People always feared it would run out, an emotion the oil companies exploited for their own gain to…ah…maintain their…uh…monopoly. They liked controlling the….uh…oil supply.
“But now in Salvation Time sir, we…uh…know that oil is…uh…produced as a byproduct of the earth. Every citizen understands that…uh…earth material combined with sea water is…uh…infused in the earth’s mantle. Then it’s pushed out as…uh…hot gas before it cools and condenses to form…uh…crude oil. We make our own…uh…oil in the classrooms
because there’s…uh…no need for drilling. Here the…uh…oil industry…uh…makes its own oil with special equipment. But in Salvation Time we’ve…uh…also moved to…uh…electric, with vehicles that use both electric and gas. These cars…uh…have…uh… internal combustion engines….and an…uh…electric motor so they run…uh…cheaply and efficiently. Our highways here have…uh….power strips running alongside designated right lanes so if your car is…uh…running low on power, you can…uh…just move into the right lane, reduce your speed to…uh…30 or 40 miles per hour and drive over these…uh…power strips to recharge your car, while drivers in the other lanes move at regular speeds. So no more…uh…oil monopoly in Salvation Time.”
And later, during the student Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s exam answer, the truth about post-911 policies is revealed:
“Mr. Ahmadinejad, how did these corrupt and cowardly politicians deal with air travel after September 11?”
“Sir, under George W. Bush the American government failed its citizens. Instead of setting up a commonsense airport screening system he created another useless, big-government agency. It did nothing to keep passengers safe from another Islamic terrorist attack and it also cost American taxpayers a fortune.”
“And what was the name of this wasteful, inefficient agency?”
“The Transportation Security Administration, sir.”
The student George W. Bush turned to look at his classmate, a combination of resentment and embarrassment smoldering within. Part of it had to do with his competition with Ahmadinejad for another girl in the class named Hillary Rodham who had not yet been called upon to take her part of the exam. Both Bush and Ahmadinejad had spent the better part of the year trying to impress the hard-to-get Hillary who was fixated on her studies and in particular, one of her female classmates. Neither George W. Bush nor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seemed to turn her on, but that didn’t stop them from competing for her unattainable affections. Of course, they were still blissfully unaware that Hillary really didn’t feel much for men in general, which was why pursuing her was a lost cause for any heterosexual male.
On honest introspection, the student George W. Bush had to admit that Ahmadinejad was right—his ancestor, as well-intentioned as he might have been at least in his own mind—had actually taken a bad situation and made it much worse with his compassionate conservatism. This was nothing more than his version of controlling centralized government.
Mr. Bauer listened intently before asking yet another question. “Can you tell us what agency the TSA was part of, Mr. Ahmadinejad?” The student knew he had this one nailed, too.
“Yes, the Department of Homeland Security, another stupid creation of President George W. Bush!” he exclaimed sarcastically.
“And why exactly was it ‘stupid’?” the teacher inquired.
“Sir, the TSA, like the Department of Homeland Security, was run by bureaucrats. So of course it employed government workers to do a job that a private company could have done much better. If only George W. Bush had hired private contractors, he would have spared travelers lots of delays. He could have also spared them from having their private parts groped by government workers. If only the TSA had used smart profiling and behavioral strategies like the Israelis did, they could have respected individual liberty and helped keep air travel safe. But common sense wasn’t so common during the End Days.”
Further into Step One, we find Hillary having to make her own confession:
“Well sir, my ancestor Hillary Rodham Clinton promoted the myth of a benevolent big government. Her political campaigns took in lots of cash from taxpayer-funded teachers’ unions that didn’t care about quality education for children or the best interests of their teachers. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book, It Takes a Village was a tribute to government indoctrination, a propaganda tool to get citizens to buy into even more centralized control. Hillary was addicted to the power that came from elected office. She also loved the power and prestige that came with her appointment as Secretary of State by President Barack Hussein Obama—the famous Food Stamps President.
“Like her husband, she had an amazing talent for avoiding accountability for anything bad that happened under her watch.”
“Can you give us an example of this, Miss Rodham?”
The student winced, knowing she had to be honest but dreading the answer she knew she had to give. She took a deep gulp of air and continued.
“Sir, the worst thing that happened under Hillary’s watch was when she was Secretary of State. On September 11, 2012 four Americans were slaughtered after an eight-hours-long embassy attack in Benghazi. It took months after that for anyone in D.C. to even make her testify and when she finally did, all she could say was, ‘What difference does it make?’ when some senators pressured her to give them a timeline of events leading to the murders. It’s true that enough Americans pressured the White House to force her resignation a few weeks later and appoint former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. But even after she resigned, people began talking up Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run in 2016. Unbelievable!”
The student’s tone was incredulous. She was utterly ashamed of her End Days ancestor and completely stunned by the Americans who kept supporting her no matter what she did.
Yes, I know: it would be a miracle if Sarah Palin had become Secretary of State like that in real life. But I wanted her in the story and this was the best device I could come up with to make that happen within a fictional story. More about Sarah in another post.
Finally, Bill Clinton has to take his turn:
“Ok Mr. Clinton for your bonus question, what did your ancestor have to do with using sex as a weapon during the End Days?”
“Sir, my ancestor William Jefferson Clinton was a famous womanizer, adulterer and rapist. He got away with his many crimes against women with the help of the media and the women’s movement at the time, which was all about a big-government agenda, not truly the rights of women. Because he was a Democrat in the late-20th century, Bill Clinton was never made to pay for his sins and crimes. Instead of telling the truth the political class, media, and pop culture attacked Bill’s victims as liars and denied them their day in court. Women like Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Gennifer Flowers never got justice.
“Then there’s the cigar, the blue dress and the Oval Office in the White House. My ancestor had sex there with a woman young enough to be his daughter. He took advantage of Monica Lewinsky because she was no match for Clinton’s charm and power. When the embarrassing details came out about how he put a cigar into Lewinsky’s pussy—”
“Mr. Clinton!” Once again, Mr. Bauer expressed his disgust, this time over his student’s use of the crude, popular End Days term for a woman’s sexual organ. “What have I told you about showing proper respect?”
“Sorry sir,” he apologized. “Uh, he put a cigar into her vagina and then back into his own mouth only to have a camera catch him spitting out some of her pubic hairs and—well, let’s just say ol’ Bill not only made a laughing stock of the United States Presidency, he also humiliated his wife and daughter.
“Even though Presidents before him like Ronald Reagan had so much reverence for the Oval Office that they wouldn’t even take off their jackets in the room, Bill Clinton had no problem dropping his shorts, getting a blow job and finding creative sexual uses for Perdoma cigars with an underage intern when he should have been doing the people’s business.
“While he was preoccupied with sex, his administration dropped the ball—so to speak—on the threat of Islamic terrorism after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Instead of treating it as an act of war, Clinton let his Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick build walls between law enforcement agencies like the CIA and FBI to forbid them from talking to each other about possible threats to the country. Under Clinton’s eight-year administration, the United States kept appeasing evil in spite of even more attacks by radical Muslims—like the one on the USS Cole in the year 2000, which killed 17 American sailors and badly injured 39 others.”
Ok, so I did take a bit of creative license with his recounting of the factual Lewinsky affair. But as you will discover in the Resources section of my blog, everything presented in the book about historical figures and politicians is based on research and reporting from credible, respected sources.
We must learn from history if we’re to avoid repeating its grievous mistakes, which is why the Steps To Salvation is a mandatory test to graduate high school. Which is why in Step Two back in the year 2012 after the terrorist attack at the Willis Tower in Chicago sends the souls of twelve world leaders to heaven, the issue of political dynasties is forcefully addressed by one of the Advanced Souls, Oliver Cromwell:
“And that’s why Sarah—each and every one of you must change the requirements of political office in your respective countries,” he explained. To eliminate career politicians you must mandate a minimum of five years’ experience running your own business prior to running for office. Every individual who seeks to become a public servant must have had the experience of making a payroll, turning a profit, managing employees, satisfying customers and generally running a respectable, successful business both in terms of income generated and products and services created.
“This real-world, practical experience will help ensure that these folks make good decisions based on sound reasoning, fiscal responsibility and ethical considerations. When you successfully implement these requirements, there will be no way someone like a George W. Bush or a Barack Hussein Obama will ever get elected again. Last but certainly not least, you must also abolish so-called ‘political dynasties.’ Particularly during the 20th century of the End Days, the United States fell captive to this nonsense, creating an entitlement mentality within politically connected families much like the Divine Right of Kings. Individuals born into families that included senators, congressional representatives and presidents presumed it was their right also to go to Washington D.C., which helped solidify a permanent political class of elites. I’m telling you there must never again be a Clinton, Bush, Kennedy or any other political dynasty ever again, on any country on earth,” Cromwell ordered.
So what do you think? Do you agree with these requirements? What would you add or take away? As always, I welcome your comments because I believe in healthy debate and discussion. And stay tuned for details of the book release!