December 29, 2017
“The Missing Presence”: an engrossing and provocative mystery examining the relationship and tension between faith and apostasy. “The Missing Presence” is the creation of published author Edward Kelley, a native of Queens, New York who overcame early challenges to earn degrees in aircraft electronics and electrical engineering and enjoy a fifty-year career before retiring to Florida with his wife of forty-seven years.
Edward shares, “For centuries, Christian churches throughout the world have examined scripture and argued the meaning of Christ’s words at the Last Supper. Many religious organizations believe that references to sharing the bread and wine were symbolic, not indicative of a continuing sacrifice or sustained presence.
Others, like the Catholic Church, teach Christ is a real living presence. To Catholics, the actions of the Last Supper provided a physical manna from which love and hope unite them with Jesus Christ every day of their human existence. Is this concept shared by others? Could it be others also recognize the Real Presence but not in a positive light?”
The author has prepared a story, a murder mystery, in which varying Christian beliefs of all denominations are brought into question. Its plot engages not only the mind but also the soul of the reader. Solving the whodunit may be the challenge for an investigative mind, but to the author, the crime is not the real agenda. Examine the characters!
The real mystery is to understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction. Did this murder really happen? Do the characters really exist? Are the actions and attitudes of the contributing characters reflective of today’s world?
Edward asks, “In your opinion, if this murder did happen, would the real-life characters play their role as written? In the end, it is you, the reader, who will solve the mystery. For the author, the real mystery to be solved is this: why do so many believers in Jesus Christ fail to recognize His presence while others who are nonbelievers have no problem seeing Him?”
Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Edward Kelley’s new book is a thought-provoking story that challenges many assumptions about nature of faith and the true meaning of Christ’s words at the Last Supper.
View a synopsis of “The Missing Presence” on YouTube.
Readers can purchase “The Missing Presence” at traditional brick and mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble.
For additional information or inquiries about “The Missing Presence”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.
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