Today I'm introducing a very interesting and talented author, Josh Baker. He has most graciously offered to giveaway an autographed copy of his book Please Don't Remove MarGreat's Glasses. All you need to do is make sure to join my blog if you haven't already, like his facebook page, and leave a comment. You can do all this through the Rafflecopter at the end.
Please Don’t Remove MarGreat’s Glasses is an inspirational coming of age story that follows the trials and tribulations of a Timothy Clement, a privileged teenager. He comes from a wealthy family and is expected to pursue a legal career like his esteemed father. Losing his mother to cancer, Timothy is no longer under her protective wing and consequently has adopted his father’s atheist views. Like many teens, Timothy’s longing for an adult identity paired with weak spiritual foundation has left him ill prepared to defend his faith when challenged. He has been seduced by glamorous rebellion.
As Timothy prepares for his first year of law school, he and his two closest friends embark on one last adventure before entering adulthood. This puts them in the middle of Miami’s seedy nightlife - complete with parties, wild girls, and various illegal activities. Things go horribly wrong when Timothy crosses the wrong people and his younger brother Stephen pays for Timothy's reckless behavior with his life. Stripped of his status, abandoned by his friends and family, and incarcerated, Timothy is forced to reevaluate his life, and in particular his atheist beliefs. In isolation, only his amateur comic drawings bring him any solace. His comics play an important role in his self-discovery, rehabilitation, and poetic penance.
During his journey, Timothy meets many colorful characters; the most important of which is Brother Jude who takes an interest in helping Timothy when everyone else has turned their back on him. It’s a thankless endeavor at first, leaving others to question why he bothers. As the layers of Jude’s character unfold, we gain insight into his motives.
Josh Baker, the author was raised Catholic, but like many young people he abandoned his faith after high school. He went on to embrace an agnostic worldview and accompanying secular lifestyle. For years he was a harsh critic of organized religion - Christianity in particular. By the grace of God, and the intervention of His spirit, Josh experienced the gift of renewal approximately three years ago and returned home.
When asked if there was a reason that he chose to write this book for the intended audience of young adults, Josh said, “He feels it is critical to evangelize to young people, and to do it in terms they can relate to. The enemy certainly knows this as evidenced by today’s mainstream television programming and popular music. In this digital age, we cannot be complacent and rely solely on traditional means of evangelizing. The book does a great job addressing common misconceptions and misrepresentations of our faith in contemporary language and presentation which young adults will find credible and engaging.”
As a child Josh loved developing interesting characters and then constructing stories to showcase their unique personas. Writing allows him to channel his creative streak in a way that is very rewarding.
Josh has been busy writing and drawing new MarGreat comics for children and teens. He’ll be uploading them to his website www.MarGreatsGlasses.com on a regular basis. He’s also begun writing his next book which is a Christian themed mystery/suspense thriller dealing with the moral dilemmas of genetic engineering. It will keep readers guessing right up until the end.
His short story, “Easter Plans” won Grand Prize in the April 2012 Christian Choice Writing Contest.