Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#Authorspotlight #newrelease, The God Attraction by Craig Merrett #christian #nonfiction

Today I Welcome Craig Merrett on my blog with his new release 

The God Attraction

 Craig, tell us what was the inspiration (motivation) behind the book?

Upon launching a start-up business in my early 20’s, I began to research innovation, entrepreneurism, and business principles.  I distinctively remember being floored that the vast majority of the books in the business section of book stores and libraries were littered with content that dealt with psychology, spiritualism, and faith principles. Shockingly, I soon discovered that this content was basically the bible regurgitated - with a glaring omission: God. I was stunned that the teachings of Jesus and the faith principles of the bible had merely been paraphrased and wrapped into a secular packaging. And of course, people were benefiting!       

Upon meeting and researching many of the world most successful and wealthy I learnt that they made no secret of attributing their success to these faith principle and yet I found the lack of acknowledgment towards God stunning, and even rude. God’s instruction, methods, and divine laws of blessed and prosperous success principles were utilized with passion and yet He was omitted and overlooked.         

Rhonda Byrne’s 2006 release, The Secret, exemplified this approach of embracing the gifts buts overlooking the Gift Giver, of celebrating God’s hand, but not looking at His face.   
The wisdom that God has shared with us in truly breathtaking and I am humbled to be just one of many vessels to share a light on His Law of Attraction. Additionally however, the mandate of this book is to not sell our selves short -  as captivating as The Law of Attraction is, the true prize, the greatest Attraction is God from whom such wonderful laws flow.                                                                                                                                In discovering the Creator the greatest discovery is found. This book offers a fresh perspective of operating in harmony with and by God’s spiritual laws through intimate partnership with Himself.

What genre is your book?

‘The God Attraction’ is a Christian non-fiction piece that deals with the Law of Attraction and practical inspiration.

What do you hope this book accomplishes?

I believe that we all have that God-shaped hole inside, and that we are wired to seek, pursue, and find Him.
In a curious twist, His blessings bestowed upon the world, from the soothing rays of sunshine, to the laughter of the family table, from the ability to create wealth to the glory of health may all be blissfully enjoyed without knowing Him personally.

On Earth one can thus reject His person whilst still enjoying His pleasures, numbing oneself from the deep calling of the heart. This is a very real danger, a risk of callously deadening ourselves to His person with His very own blessings!

Psalm 42:7 informs us that ‘deep calls to deep’ in a life that on surface level can be enjoyed without the wilful acknowledgement of He who breathed this gift of life into us, that is, the One to whom we owe our very existence.

Alarmingly, we may Attract whatever we desire and falsely see this as a tick of approval from the God of lights.
In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus said it is not those who merely call upon His name or use His gifts but those whom know Him and do the will of Father God that will find the kingdom of heaven.

When all is said and done it is Love and validation that we are all chasing, and this is found in God whom is Love. I hope this book will be a divine bridge for many: a practical guide to how to live a life of greatness and more importantly, a tool that will draw us into intimacy with God.

Your book touches upon different approaches to the Law of Attraction, how did this come about?

The Law of Attraction essentially says that our lives are like a canvas that can be painted through the thoughts of the mind, emotions of the heart, and words of the tongue. Such teaching is peppered throughout the bible. We are like a radiant lighthouse calling in cargo ships that carry to us wholeness or brokenness as they respond to our flashing signal.
My observation of the church is that we broadly fall into two camps: Camp Prosperity, and Camp Self-denial.      

Essentially there are two kinds of two extremes theologies, one hand that says we are to live in abundance, prosperity, health and wealth, and another that says we are to live in meekness, humility, frugality, and with eyes for eternity.                                                                                            Are we to walk in ‘faithful submission’ or ‘triumphant defiance’ to life? Are we made to be rich or poor? These are questions that I felt needed addressing and I enjoyed unpacking.  
Any tips for upcoming authors?

My advice is to choose a topic that causes you to burn with enthusiasm and excites to the very core of your being. It may sound corny, but it is true that we all have a unique heart song to share, therefore don't be a duplicator but be an originator. You have a unique story that's is yours alone and needs to be told. By all means be inspired by others, but ultimately write from your unique perspective and experiences, be you – unapologetically! When roadblocks (and mental blocks) hit, and they will, it is your individual passion that will see you through.  Listen to the 'inner voice'. Writing isn't easy, so even if you feel that you are on a lonely island at times dream out-loud and persevere, persevere, persevere!

How can readers connect with you?

I can be found on Facebook, either through the book’s FB page (https://www.facebook.com/godattractionbook/) or the ‘God and the Law of Attraction’ community found at https://www.facebook.com/TheGodAttraction/

Author bio: An ever inquisitive mind, Craig has spent years carefully crafting a mosaic of rich philosophy through his study of the positive faith, mind-set and action connection and marrying these insights into practical living. With a message on his heart and an anointing to share rich and deep insights, Craig’s book ‘The God Attraction: A fresh revelation of the Law of Attraction’ can be found at: www.amzn.com/B01DFDLR8M

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