The word nexus means connection. I agree with author Don Peek. The time is now to connect new age believers with the truth of Christianity.
Let’s look at this as an opportunity to replace misunderstandings with evidence of God. Those truly searching for Truth will find Christ. The pathways they create in this era of instant communication will strengthen a network of faith forged in a determined inquiry.
It’s time to take God out of the ornate box we’ve built to contain Him, and encourage the next generation to discover Him in all of His unlimited glory as they spread the good news in new ways. This book gives some creative philosophies and methods to inspire this goal.
Mr. Peek, the author of The Now Nexus, honestly and openly answered my questions to him about the process of writing this innovative book.
How long were the ideas for this book waiting to be written?
Some ideas like the Theorem of Means were in my head for decades prior to attempting to articulate it. I am not sure exactly how many decades I carried that idea around but I think I was in my early 20s when it came to me. At the time that this idea came to me, it was in the form of an equation and I was physically exhausted. I was taking a quick break from the task at hand and I leaned up against a nearby retaining wall to catch my breath and it was not long before I went into a stare. I recall that I enjoyed being in a stare and that my eyes in some way seem to be crossing and I wanted to stay in that state. Then it came to me and I wrote down this simple equation: I ->Z=J and put in in my wallet. I carried it around forever. Occasionally, I would go through my wallet to clean it out but I always remembered not to throw that piece of paper away. Other ideas incorporated in the book came to me in the moment that I was actually writing. So I guess to answer your question some ideas have waited a long time while others were immediately explored and accepted.
Did the outline all come together at once, or did you have to work hard at it?
I had to work very hard at the overall structure. In fact, the first chapter, Good Thinking was added after the entire book including the forward and preface were finished. I felt I needed to explore we way we think. It could have been a mistake because I have been told that in general, it is a more difficult read than the rest of the book.
What did you edit out of the book? Will these ideas become the basis for another book?
I edited out a ton of stuff! I have at least two more so-called rough draft manuscripts and when I say rough, I mean rough! I hastily titled the whole pile, “Truth with a Capital T” and put it all in a file box that is now in my attic. I am not sure if I will use those materials as the basis for another book. I am not sure that I want to work that hard again.
How did you research for this book?
Most of my research was done while writing the book. I would get an idea and try to find out where it came from- Jesus, The Apostles, C. S. Lewis, Elaine Pagels, Paul McCartney, or Oswald Chambers, etc. I had a lot of current reads at the time and my research just tried to confirm what the Holy Spirit was expressing to me. I write about one such confirmation that occurred with Emeth, which was presented to me in a vision and so I researched all my current reads and the internet until I found some reference: Emeth Temple. I found that Emeth is Hebrew for Truth and Emeth became my guide through the task of writing this book.
What were your expectations as you started writing this book?
I set out to write a book about ethics in marketing and some of that made it in the book. I had worked for several weeks and was struggling and only had a few pages that were any good. So I prayed and I asked God to fill me up with the knowledge of His will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding and to help my own will get in line with His! That is when things changed and Emeth came to me in a vision as a Spiritual warrior! The structure and language of my writing became very connected, even to the point that the use and misuse of Personification became one of the central themes of the book. Such as calling Jesus, Precious, God, Now and The Holy Spirit, SpiriTruth or Emeth! This was way over-the–top, even to the point of becoming self-conscious about letting anyone see or read what I was writing. I actually destroyed all of the free flowing work that took place that day that I asked God to help me. I write more extensively about this time in the book: See C. S. Lewis on personification!
What was the most surprising thing you learned while writing it?
The most surprising thing I learned while writing this book was that Truth is the Holy Spirit! I had never considered this; Truth is the third person of the Holy Trinity! As such He must be personified in our lives both in Spirit and in Truth. This revelation had been staring me and everyone in the face for years. Jesus said and I paraphrase “He is the Truth, the Life, and the Way! No one comes to the Father except through Him and that when He returned to the Father He would send us another counselor, one just like Him, the spirit of truth, to lead and guide us, and with the help of the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the SpiriTruth we can do All Things and can do even greater things than He.” I am not sure how I missed the profound nature of this all the years prior but this fact really turned my thinking around. Now I see the Holy Spirit in a much different light.
Where did you go in your mind as you wrote it?
I would simply breathe to Je-sus and meditate on what He brought to my mind. Word pictures would come flowing through this process. I sometimes call it enabling “spiritual optics.” Meditation and breathing to Je-sus are central to being present with the Lord and to accessing the power that He makes available to us through The Now Nexus.
What do you want to achieve by publishing it?
I published it because I want to reach new agers, doubters, all nonbelievers with the view that some readers might give Christ another chance in their lives.
Did you write this book more for yourself or for your readers?
I wrote The Now Nexus mostly for myself. As I explain in the book I lost my Dad, my Mom and my best friend all while the ideas for this book germinated. I needed to think things through a bit and I found the writing was quite therapeutic for me!
For someone who is considering reading it, what would you tell them to pay particular attention to?
Many times I find myself telling people that the book is a bit over-the-top and that reading it will be an exercise of their faith! I really hope and pray that readers catch the spirit in the work: such as the use of personification, and the structure of the language used, my “Manikin” character, breathing to Je-sus, the Theorem of Means, Etc.
How do you hope the reader is changed by reading your book?
I hope that readers will change their minds and their thinking, to the Way that Christ thinks. My hope is that readers would come to have the shared mind of Christ! I also hope to influence followers of the new age movement and of course all other doubters and non-believers as well. The New Age “Now” movement is of particular interest to me because of the absurdity of thinking done by New Age gurus such as Ram Dass aka Richard Alpert of “Be Here Now” fame and Eckhart Tolle who authored “The Power of Now.” One of the most absurd books ever written is “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass, aka Richard Alpert. It was reported that Alpert a Harvard Professor at the time, took fifty pharmaceutical grade LSD tablets and set off on a pilgrimage to visit the Dali Lama prior to writing, Be Here Now. At one time his book was the second largest selling book of all time, behind the Bible. Now that is absurd! Many new age followers are quite influential in business and society and could be great assets to the cause of Christ, if only they were to change their minds.
Why should a reader be interested in It?
As I said reading this book is an exercise of faith! Readers should be interested in the book because there is a common spiritual connection among all people that is based on hope- hope of good, hope of blessings, hope of deliverance from the darkness that surrounds us! Hope in Truth becomes faith and even (onto) knowledge! Readers can ponder such things as hope or fear, Truth or truth, God or good and they will receive the spirit and perspective of another much like themselves. Many people like to exercise their faith and those that don’t should.
What other titles did you consider for your book? Why did you decide on this one?
Truth With a Capital T, Going Deep and a few other titles were considered. As I mentioned I still have a couple of rough manuscripts labeled Truth With a Capital T. Back when I was very busy writing people would ask me what I was doing and many times I would answer, “Going Deep,” so I kind of considered that title. By the way, I also considered publishing the book as Leo Peek, Leo is my middle name. The title, The Now Nexus-An Ontology for the Coming Age was settled in my mind very early on, the book was actually finished when editors and others in the publishing industry suggested a change of title. I never really considered their suggestions because this title expresses exactly what the book is, a new argument in favor of Christ, it is a “bait and switch!” I try to attract new agers with the title, The Now Nexus and weave my witness in the words!
Did any of your writing methods change while you were writing it?
Yes, my methods of writing did change while writing this book. Instead of setting a time to write or setting out to write for writing’s sake so to speak, I would not even try to write until I had something new and very specific to say or to add to the existing dialogue I was creating. Instead of sitting down and looking over the manuscript to find something to write about or fix I would not return to the manuscript until I found inspiration and purpose to communicate. Inspiration and purpose are keys to meaningful expression much more so than any amount of determination or persistence. A tortured text very easily strays from the truth!
If I were to write a book about faith, what important things should I consider?
There are so many things to consider when communicating about faith, I will touch on a few. God does not give us the spirit of fear but the spirit of a power, self-discipline, and love; the spirit of truth! Faith in truth must be our goal for now and forever! Fear will drive out faith unless or faith is well-placed in truth. Thank God faith will always drive out fear when in placed in the abiding truth of Jesus Christ. In the book I go over the top using: Now Precious Truth and Truth Precious Now, to express that God is Now, Truth is the Holy Spirit (SpiriTruth) and that Christ Jesus is Precious. Either way, Precious is placed between Now and Truth you cannot get access to God or Truth without Jesus. Jesus is the nexus to His SpiriTruth and to God. I->Z=J: I = me & you; Z=Zion, J=Jesus.
Are you fully satisfied that this book represents what you wanted to present?
Yes, but I am very selfish despite my altruistic efforts and sometimes my manikin ego still fears that I could have done better on the book. I don’t take the critics very well and occasionally they make me wish I had written “down” to include a larger audience, but I am not so sure the message is intended for everybody, maybe only for those that have eyes to see and ears to hear this message, but here I go again! The book is what it is and is intended for those that are willing to exercise their faith by reading it and trying to catch the spirit and wonder of it all! I just hope and pray that God will use it now!