Paperback Writer welcomes author Ray Comfort, author of the Christian nonfiction book, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think (WND Books, Feb 09), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in February on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ray Comfort is the author of more than 60 books, including, God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists, How to Know God Exists, Evolution: The Fairy Tale for Grownups, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, but You Can’t Make Him Think, and The Evidence Bible. He was a platform speaker at the 2001 27th convention of “American Atheists,” and in 2007, he appeared on ABC’s Nightline (with actor Kirk Cameron) debating “The Existence of God.” He also co-hosts an award-winning television program, and has a daily blog called “Atheist Central.”
For more about Ray and his work, please visit www.livingwaters.com and Ray’s blog at http://raycomfortfood.blogspot.com/
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“To be an atheist is to play Russian roulette with all the chambers loaded…”
“An atheist just can’t win. Of course, he feels and acts like a big player, until the trigger is pulled. The issue isn’t the existence of God. If he is wrong and there is a Creator, then he was wrong. He gambled and he lost. No big deal. The real gamble is that there’s no Hell. That’s what makes the player sweat, just a little. “What if…?”
In this entertaining and enlightening new book, Pastor Ray Comfort, author of the million-selling The Atheist Test, “talks to the atheists” and reveals not just the weakness of their arguments but the solid foundation upon which the Christian stands.
Few books take the time to address the atheist’s conscience. This book not only gives empirical evidence for the existence of God, it shows atheists that they desperately need His forgiveness. Using a lively Q&A format, featuring actual questions from atheists sent to Pastor Comfort’s blog at Atheist Central, You Can Lead An Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think shows that God’s existence can be proven, and that anyone can do it!
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
I’m a Christian. I love God, and I also love atheists. I had dinner with 40 of them (at their request) early in 2008 and was treated with respect. I was flown across the country by American Atheists, Inc., to be a platform speaker at their 2001 Annual Convention. I was treated with respect there also. I have a blog called “Atheist Central” and it daily attracts a mass of atheists. Most of them are nice folks, who obey the rules that say “God” must have a capital “G.”
However, there are good and bad atheists, and in recent years we have seen an increase of bad atheists. These radicals go out of their way to try and censor the Bibles from being given to school children, and who sue Rick Warren because he was asked to pray at the Presidential Inauguration, or protest the presence of a nativity scene. Their agenda isn’t to promote atheism. It is the God-given right of every American to be an atheist if that’s what he chooses. But the new atheist’s agenda is to undermine the rights of those who have the freedom to worship the God who gave them life and liberty.
I wrote this book for the many fence-sitters who have been hoodwinked into thinking that a belief in God is just some sort of blind faith. There is a massive amount of credible evidence that proves God exists. There’s creation. You can’t have a creation without a Creator. It is scientifically impossible. That should be enough for us, but there is much more evidence. However, this will only be seen as evidence by those who have the ability to think. That’s why I called the book, You Can Lead a Atheist to Evidence But You Can’t Make Him Think.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
I thought about it for some time, and suddenly the light came on. However, I am continually thinking about how to reach the unconverted.
How did you come up with the title?
It came to me like the flash of a 150 watt bulb.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
I approached World Net Daily with a query email.
Who reads your work in progress?
Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
My editor and graphic artist helped greatly.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
About four months.
How long did it take from start to publication?
About six months.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never let perfectionism hold you back from writing. It is a subtle killer, and it’s probably rooted in pride. If I get a thought, I write like there is no tomorrow, and one thought then leads to another. The first draft of what I have then written is usually a mess. I wouldn’t let my dog read it. So I go back and refine it. I become an editor with the objectivity of a surgeon’s scalpel. If the writing doesn’t flow, I cut the offending portion out no matter how much I like it. Or to mix metaphors, it’s an egg-shell in the omelet. Then I go back and refine what I have refined. Then I refine it again. I leave it for a while, and see if you can guess what I do next. Yep. I refine it. I am aiming at perfection (in my mind) at the end, not at the beginning. If you try and make the first page perfect, you may never get passed it.
Thank you, Ray for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
The YOU CAN LEAD AN ATHEIST TO EVIDENCE TOUR ’09 officially began on February 2nd and end on February 27th. You can visit Ray’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in February to find out more about this great book and talented author!