By: Eliza Wood
A present-day terrorist attack on the proposed site of a mosque in Manhattan kills several young women, prompting the new President of the United States to address the nation and take the issue of religiously motivated terrorism more seriously. This attack is part of a growing trend among radical Christians.
Realizing his many pressing concerns including an economy teetering on collapse, two wars, a health care crisis and the demands and the complexities of smaller issues that consume his time and attention, he commissions an elite task force to examine and identify the most problematic teachings in the Bible.
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“Today, our religious freedom came under attack. This morning’s deadly terrorist act in lower Manhattan, at the site of a proposed mosque, was a shameful and cowardly display of intolerance by a group of religious fanatics who would call themselves Christians. Today’s victims were a group of young women, some of them holding their babies, who were attending a meeting on how to organize service efforts in their community.
When I took office, I asked every American to step up and perform community service, and that is what these women died doing. These were American lives lost.
“Today’s acts of murder were intended to frighten our non-Christian communities, and force them into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is built on the strength of our diversity. It was a Jewish financier in Philadelphia, named Haym Salomon, who funded the completion of the Revolutionary War. He never asked for repayment from our early debt-ridden government. We are a nation of many faiths. We always have been.
“A search is underway for those who were behind this act. I have marshalled the full resources of our agencies of intelligence and law enforcement to identify those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the people who committed these crimes and those who hide or harbor them.”
“Controversial, challenging, and meticulously researched, Eliza Wood’s Crisis of Faith is equal parts thriller and cautionary tale of religious extremism and home-grown terrorism. Here is novel that will leave you questioning where we are going as a nation and as a planet.”–James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Bloodline
“Crisis of Faith is an intelligent, thought provoking, and engrossing novel. An accomplishment!”—Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Betrayal.
“Timely, well researched and thought provoking, Crisis of Faith is one of those novels that stays with you long after you’ve raced to the finish.”—James Grippando, New York Times bestselling author of Afraid of the Dark and Need You Now
“Crisis of Faith offers the reader a chance to enter into a deeper experience of faith. Each page challenges us to examine what we think, say, believe, and do about God.
“In truth, there is no mature faith without a crisis of faith and this book invites us to have one. All who profess a belief in God must read this book.”—The Reverend Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, TRINITY WALL STREET
Eliza Wood is an American author best known for suspense fiction that weaves history, contemporary terrorism, espionage and adventure into complex social problems and poses progressive solutions that aim to change lives for the better. Eliza’s books, blogs, articles and tweets often reveal little known insights that transform what we believe and how we live.
Eliza’s first work was the suspense fiction novel, Crisis of Faith. She is currently writing a second suspense fiction novel expected to be released in early 2013. Eliza is the author of numerous topical articles as well as the author of a children’s book, The Tale of Queen Jehan and The Three Kingdoms.
Residing in California, Eliza has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world including stints living and working in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and most recently was a resident of Bahrain, in the Gulf Region of the Middle East. Eliza is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied social sciences. She is considered a social thought instigator on important topics requiring peaceful social progress.