- Hardcover: 230 pages
- Publisher: Champion Press (WI) (Sept. 1 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891400053
- ISBN-13: 978-1891400056
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,549,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The New Commandments Hardcover – Mar 1 2001
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Dr. Peter Hart is hearing voicesónot usually a good thing for a psychologist.His wife of twenty-five years has died, and the world is on the brink of nuclear Armageddon.
Islamic extremists have already destroyed the first of four targets with a nuclear bomb.Can Peter find peaceófor himself, and the worldóbefore even greater devastation?
Haunted by Einsteinís warning that ìThe unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophes,î Peterís mission, inspired by the voices, becomes clear: to change these ìmodes of thinkingî with ten new commandments.
Spouting Biblical prophecy about the Antichrist, Pastor Vern stalks Peter from the Blue Mountains of Oregon to the thrilling conclusion in Jerusalem.Islamic extremist Enrique also shadows Peter, threatening to kill him and his daughter, Terra.CIA director Ted Sizemore must choose between his duty as an American and his faith as an evangelical Christian.
Although The New Commandments is fiction, the questions it raises are real.Can we change Einsteinís ìmodes of thinking,î or must we inexorably ìdrift toward unparalleled catastrophes?îThe New Commandments says that we can change how we think about and resolve our differencesóboth internationally and within ourselvesóand with page turning suspense, shows the way.
From the Back Cover
Siddhartha and The Celestine Prophecy meet Tom Clancy in this suspense-filled, inspirational journey. From the mystic teachings of Sufi poet Rumi, to the stirring parables of Jesus and the Jewish prophets, this spiritual thriller will fill your soul while leaving you on the edge of your seat. "Steve Brody packs thrills, suspense and spiritual wisdom into a book that captivates the reader. The New Commandments is a must read." --John Allan, author of The Healing Energy of Love As Islam and the West hurtle toward disaster, author and psychologist Dr. Steve Brody draws from the wisdom of the world's many voices of faith-as well as proven principles of conflict resolution-to reveal ten principles for achieving universal (and personal) peace.See all Product description
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The New Commandments is a spiritual story about how another horrible event causes one man, Dr. Peter Hart, a psychiatrist who is also a television journalist, to respond.
As the book opens, the main area for government buildings in Washington, D.C. is leveled by an atomic blast initiated by Arab terrorists. As the nation recoils in horror, Dr. Hart finds himself beginning to hear voices and see visions that tell him to announce a world day of understanding for people of all religions and faiths to come together one month from the terrible event. Having followed through on his guidance, Dr. Hart finds a coalition rapidly forming behind the idea, and religious leaders ask him to be the spearhead of the effort. Dropping his network responsibilities, he now makes the news rather than reports it.
As the month passes, he receives other inspired messages that tell him to announce ten new commandments for living in peace with others.
As the story builds, Dr. Hart also finds himself at the center of an effort to track down the terrorists.
If you are looking merely for a great thriller, this book will probably not suit your fancy. It's probably a three or four star effort as a pure thriller.
I graded the book higher for its spiritual content and message. It's clearly a five-star book from that perspective.
The opening story about the destruction of Washington, D.C. thoroughly chilled me. I felt like I was in the grip of 9/11 all over again. That strong beginning lent an air of authenticity to my connection to the story that made me most eager to learn how we can use love and kindness to overcome hate and murder.
I liked the way that the spiritual message was developed. The book is written in a way that respects all religions and faiths. Think of these new commandments as an additional set to help us live the first ten commandments.
I hope many people will read this story and be moved to follow these new commandments . . . due to urgings of conscience and spirit.
May God bless you all!
Just as compelling as the drama, the author uses his skill as a psychologist to explain how individuals and societies react when terrorists sacrifice innocent cities, why victims feel helpless and why politicians and generals can't see past retaliation.
Dr. Brody ensnares his readers with a third theme, a revelation about faith as an agent to deter zealotry and terrorism. He writes no saccharine prescription about bringing the world together. He writes a workable blueprint, if only we read!
THE BOOK WAS A FAST, EASY AND INTERESTING READ. I LIKE HOW THE BOOK POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE RADICALS HERE AS WELL AS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THE MESSAGE OF UNITY THROUGHOUT WAS UPLIFTING. THE EXPRESSED FAITH IN OUR GOVERNMENT TO TRACK AND PREEMPT TERRORIST ACTIVITY WAS REASSSURING. THE HUMAN SPIRITS ABILITY TO RISE TO THE CALL, RISE ABOVE IS INSPIRING. THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE TO PROMOTE PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING. SALAAM, SHALOM, NAMASTE.