Here is an intro to my first book ‘Words Make Flesh’ which will be out on 29th October 2016:
It seems rather odd that words can actually make flesh. The Bible explains that Jesus was “the word made flesh that lived among us” (John 1: 14).
Is it safe to suppose that words came first, or intelligence at least, followed by a rough type of humanity that must then search out particular methodical words in order to have a finely tuned life? Data is separated from us, and all we need do is find it to sustain a fulfilled life. I am here and words are somewhere over there; must I crawl through the medium of life in search of the right ones harmonized in the right order, like musical notes.
Not so long ago Professor Lanza, the third most important scientist on the planet, according to the New York times, became involved in the new theory of biocentrism, which teaches that life and consciousness are separable. Lanza looks at the structure of the universe itself, and that the laws, forces, and constants of the universe appear to be finely tuned for life to exist, only as a continuum of a previous consciousness. He implies that intelligence existed prior to matter, and suggests further that our consciousness continues after our death.
Many people over the years have ignored this view point, and have come up with assumptions concerning physical time, space and matter to perhaps conclude our romance with such a discerning knowledge, in hope of course to find the primary centre of what life is actually all about. Underneath the hardcore of all this apparent evidenced knowledge we know, really, that scientist’s general assumptions on such matters are far from conclusive.
Spiritual types often argue that to find any truth behind Professor Lanza’s ideals we must marry up to the most in tune living narrative to crack life’s real meaning. If we fail in this dilemma then its hell to pay, literally? In the Bible we are told “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) Describing the Bible as “alive” means that it is living and has a power inherent to itself. Due to this divinity is it therefore a vital source for humanity to understand the true and everlasting spirit within?
Jesus likened the Word of God to a seed in His parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1–23). Seed, like words in the Bible, are not dead but living and have the ability to grow if they are sown in the correct soil, as in spiritual words being planted in the correct ear growth can take place. The Spirit of Truth becomes alive within us because we feed on the right narrative. We begin to understand the separation of the flesh and the spirit.
Hence the frame work for a settled life is not in being, say, intelligent, wealthy, attractive, charismatic, or in anything else, but in words played out in the right order, like musical notes that can only make sense if played in a well-structured and orderly way. Saint Paul tells us that without love we are clanging gongs and crashing cymbals. He recognized the eternal struggle that each of us have between the spirit and the flesh, and the need for a strong and reliable narrative to overcome this tragic human condition.
In his first book, “Words Make Flesh” Graham Hevey focuses on his earlier life threatening self-willed attitude that hindered his recovery from addiction. For years he believed the answer would eventually be found in some form of a psycho supreme grand narrative discovered within the annals of our libraries and universities. From Freud and Jung to Darwin Graham looks at how the wrong narratives caused total mayhem in his life. Reading to learn in hope of developing a more wholesome character, and away from deprivation was his ultimate undoing. Gripping hold of the wrong books spilling words into his mind caused nothing more than frustration and despair. Once these narratives were recognised for their true value alone, and replaced with the Bible, Graham’s life changed and he became a testimony to the living active power of the Scriptures, and the original 12 step programme.
The Bible is unlike Freud, Marx or Darwin, or any other book for that matter, regardless of the passionate or shared effects they may produce in some people. These effects are not everlasting, they become stale and die off. Once a grand narrative is dead, the reader must then search out further narratives to keep the hope of any spiritual fire burning. The Bible on the other hand brings about enduring and everlasting supernatural changes within a person which all the other narratives fail to do.
Over the last few decades many Christian writers have developed a distinctive voice, a means of articulating themselves through a stream of consciousness, of explaining how the 12 steps first, followed by the Bible, has changed their outlook upon life. Graham Hevey is one of those writers, he fits this description perfectly. Through the years Graham has made significant progress in understanding the complex state of addiction and obsessive thinking, and details how reading and listening to the correct supernatural voice gives absolute release from such things.
His most recent book looks to the struggle many people have in finding the Bible, the narrative that fits all. We all need to hear or read great stories that are above and beyond. We all tell stories in one form or another. We all have self-will to read what-ever we want, and for that reason Graham has written his first book “Words Make Flesh” in order to detail what happens if we let the wrong narrative in under our skin, to allowing the Bible to free us up from this bewildering world of ours.
The book ‘Words Make Flesh’ will be published on 29th October 2016. God bless and thanks for reading, Graham.