Social philosopher G. V. Loewen is the author of over thirty-five books in ethics, aesthetics, religion and social theory, as well as the ten-volume Kristen-Seraphim Saga, in which many of his ideas are communicated for a more general readership.
About The BOOK
Forgetting the Dreamtime
Sixteen-year-old Kristen has had quite enough of following her evangelical parents’ copious rules. But although up to her neck in both disobedience and discipline, she, nevertheless, suddenly finds herself at the heart of a mystery more profound than anything her willful imagination could have conjured. A challenge so deep that it will affect not only her own fate, but that of the species itself. And, ironically, it will require all of the power of her remaining faith in attempting to overcome it.
A coming-of-age story in the widest and most important sense, Loewen’s characters will, at first, dismay and then inspire as we follow his plucky and precocious heroine and her intellectual beau straight into the abyss of life’s meaning in our own time.
“The serpentine narrative of Kristen-Seraphim continues unabated as the youthful heroes must not only confront themselves and their past in a novel manner, but rebuild their team, half of whom are at first in utter ignorance of any of their once shared accomplishments, let alone the Earth as it is now at hand. Prepare yourself for a blistering ride that will send your imagination into orbit. But around which world?”
With both God and the Devil apparently merged and lost alike, the stunning relief felt by the now veteran half of the heroic community at the appearance of their comrades’ successors is instantly turned to anxiety and shock as Mary discovers she is inexplicably pregnant! By whom, or by what? And then again, who, or what kind of being is now developing before their very eyes? The new Kristen struggles under the weight of the feats of her predecessor and doubts Mike’s enduring love for her. Likewise, both Michelle and Kylie must come to terms with the tragic fates of their previous selves, but this too holds a bizarre twist. Yet their enemies have hardly given up. A continuous assault by anachronistic figures, the appearance of the Smythes’ interdimensional siblings and impossible events that seem to stop time itself all figure to unravel the gains made by the legendary team. The most hoped for and yet dreaded moment prompts their new leader to make for herself an oddly existential sacrifice and thus set the stage for what may be the final showdown with the liminalist forces.
Kristen is now herself God, but it doesn't seem to be doing either her or her beloved comrades any good. With Michelle and Kylie still lost in time, Mary and Evelyn struggle to first find them and then restore their lineages. The future must be enlisted to save the past, yet mythic figures from that same past begin to show up and question the character of their souls. Kristen's apparent arch-nemesis leads her on a wild cross-temporal chase through past lives and alternate existences alike, tainted with both bad conscience and suppressed memories. Mike's spirit, now ensconced in the body of his distant ancestor who was also Kristen's lover, is charged with keeping it all together just long enough so that a full half of their indomitable team can meet their startling destinies. "The epic narrative of Kristen-Seraphim boils over as Loewen's heroes attain legendary status in this hammer and tongs tale of multiple deaths and resurrections. Just when you're sure you know who's doing what… But if you've ever had to confront your deepest, darkest secret, you will know the dangers to be faced within Book 3." (From the publisher) Praise for Book 2: "The New Self-Reliance is as much about the recovery process as it is another step in Kristen's evolutionary process. As such, it documents her changed life and ongoing struggles as she faces both outer demons and inner growth potential. On many levels, Book 2 of the Kristen-Seraphim saga is a demanding yet exciting read that expands the characters created in Forgetting the Dreamtime, adding moral, ethical and spiritual conundrums alike into a vivid story that rests on the actions of young adults who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Or, is it the right place?) Mature teens, particularly those who have a foundation to begin with from Kristen's first adventure, will find The New Self-Reliance complex, compelling, and hard to put down." - Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Mid-West Book Reviews