The Josiah Chronicles
List Price: 14.99
Available: February 2014
The Josiah Chronicles, a Christian science fiction novel by Ricky Herring, follows Josiah Jones and his two friends Lenny Rogers and Paul Henry, through an amazing sequence of events. They begin by capturing a being from another world. While at first they seek to profit from their discovery they soon become actors in the fulfillment of a five hundred year old Indian legend, the object of which is to help the being in his effort to return home. They soon find themselves on another planet where they discover that the God of the Universe that they are so familiar with has manifested Himself in the lives, thoughts, philosophies, and the institutions of that amazing world as well. What starts as a simple visit turns into full scale involvement in a war between the forces of belief against the forces of atheism, the result of which will determine the fate of that strange alien world.
Throughout this novel, which is formatted in three separate chronologically ordered stories, the main characters are confronted with questions that have hounded mankind since the beginning of time. Can there be true honor without cost? What does it really mean to be a friend? What is love? Is atonement possible? What would a society be like if it was completely sold out to God? What form would the evolution of a society take that had completely purged itself of its faith? What is really important? Do I matter? In this novel, which is at once unapologetically Christian and unapologetically science fiction in its theme, Ricky Herring explores these and other questions of life and of faith. This collection of stories will offer the Christian reader an opportunity to grow in faith, while giving the unbeliever a small glimpse into the eternal, all in a format that will satisfy the science fiction lover in anyone.
Ricky Herring is a simple old country boy from southeast Alabama who is just old enough to have caught the tail end of the “good old days”. As a quiet and shy boy he would listen with rapturous amazement as people would tell fascinating stories of days gone by. These stories, along with his study of the Bible, and his reading of hundreds of works of history, religion, and politics caused him to develop a deep appreciation for the concept of Christian Honor, and how that honor has sustained our civilization for millennia. When Ricky is not writing he keeps himself busy as an educator with the Dale County (Alabama) School System, where he has served mostly as a history teacher. He is currently a guidance counselor at George W. Long High School. Ricky, his wife Nancy, and their son Taylor live in Skipperville, Alabama.
Some of the stories that Ricky heard as a youth greatly influenced him during the writing of this book. He heard tales of monsters, UFOs, and Bigfoot sightings. He also heard about mysterious and ominous pools of water where strange things were said to happen. There were stories of Indian legends and of rock formations that contained wondrous secrets.
In addition to the aforementioned tales, Ricky also heard true stories of a deeper meaning. He heard about people who were burdened by the most extreme poverty and hardship, and yet they still stood tall with their faith, honor, and dignity not only intact, but glorified. There were also stories of lives that were miraculously and permanently changed because of a new relationship with Christ.
When one looks at all of the influences that touched Ricky’s life, and add to this his love for science fiction, it is easy to see why this Baptist deacon decided to put pen to paper.