Monday, December 19, 2011

Unto Us a Child Is Born

With Christmas a few short days away, I thought it would be appropriate to post another snippet from the book, one that refers to the Christmas story. This is from chapter 6 in a section that compares the birth of William (Mulder and Scully's son) to the nativity of Jesus.

Alex Krycek tells Mulder and Scully later in “Essence,” “Your baby was a miracle. Born of a barren mother’s barren womb. . . . [The aliens are] afraid of its implications. That it could somehow be greater than them. Something more human than human. . . . I wanted to destroy the truth before they learn the truth.” Connecting the dots, Mulder deduces what this truth is: “That there’s a God, a higher power.” Like the conception of Jesus, a miracle that shows the hand of God at work, William’s birth is also seen to be something that defies both science and aliens, and thus evidence of God’s intervention. Matthew 1:23 quotes from Isaiah 7:14, “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” and explains that the name means, “God is with us.” Like the birth of Jesus, the birth of William is also taken as evidence that God is with us, with the humans, and may represent a power that the aliens cannot withstand.


Don't forget about the 40% discount, available through the end of December!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

40% off, just in time for Christmas!

If you're still looking for a stocking stuffer for your favorite X-Phile, something to add to your Christmas list, or just a way to spend all that Christmas money, look no further! Now through the end of December, you can purchase We Want to Believe for 40% off the retail price. Just order through the publisher's website (wipfandstock.com) and enter the coupon code "XFMAS."

(The discount applies to the print book only, but if you're getting a new Kindle or tablet for Christmas, remember that you can also buy a Kindle edition of the book through Amazon!)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Interview and Review

Amy Campbell has posted a new interview with me at her blog, "A Librarian's Life in Books." She also posted some ruminations on the book in a previous post and a brief review at goodreads.com. Thanks, Amy!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Moby Dick

In honor of the premier of Moby Dick on ENCORE this week (starring none other than Gillian Anderson, as Ahab's wife), I thought it appropriate to post a clip from my book that discusses Moby Dick (below). This novel is referenced multiple times in The X-Files and highlights some interesting themes relating to persistence, obsession, and refusing to give up.

In I Want to Believe, Scully also questions whether the cost of her persistence in Christian’s treatment is too high. She is in danger of becoming an Ahab, but in a way she is also a Jonah. . . . In Moby Dick, Father Mapple describes the bowels of the ship in which Jonah slept as a foretaste of the bowels of the whale that would later contain him. Scully too must enter a putrid and stifling place, the “vile box of monsters” where Father Joe lives, as the vehicle that will carry her back toward God. . . . When Scully is spit back onto dry land after the case is over, reeling from the experience, she must decide whether God really did answer Father Joe’s prayers for redemption and in that redemption sent a message to Scully that would help her save both Mulder’s and Christian’s lives. (We Want to Believe, p. 77)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Review, Interview, and Discount at The X-Files Lexicon

The X-Files Lexicon has posted some new materials on the book, as well as offering a promotion for a 30% discount on the book's retail price. Matt Allair has posted his review of the book and his interview of me. On the website's main page, you can click on the banner at the top to take advantage of the 30% discount. Follow the link to the publisher's website; click on "Add Item to Cart"; and in the box that says, "Enter coupon code," type in the promo code: XFLEXICON. This will subtract another 10% from the publisher's discounted rate, giving you a total of 30% off the retail price. This deal is available through the end of July.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

One more snippet

Here's another appetizer from the book, from the end of the introduction (pp. 14-15). There are also some exciting things on the horizon--a couple of interviews and a special deal--which I will post more about when I have the details!

The intention of this book is to remain true to the nature of The X-Files by posing and exploring questions, but also to move forward and propose some answers. Some of the questions are more metaphorical or metaphysical. . . . But some of the questions relate to the practical, and challenging, realities of our lives. . . . While there are many different ways to respond to these questions, this volume investigates the answers within the Christian tradition, a tradition often appealed to by the show itself. What The X-Files presents us with are perplexities and possibilities, constantly interweaving the themes of belief, trust, perception, truth, and ultimately, faith, hope, and love.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A New Look!

If you've visited here before, you may notice that I gave the site a facelift. I was trying to figure out how to get the blog format to do some things that I want it to do, and in the process I gave the site a new look.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Another snippet

Here's another clip from the introduction (pp. 3-4):

"One of the show's trademarks is to leave questions unanswered: Was Scully's cancer cured by a miracle or by alien technology in 'Redux II' (5x03)? Were Father Joe's visions really from God in I Want to Believe? While frustrating fans, such ambiguity also leaves open the possibilities for viewers of all persuasions. Questions are posed, issues are raised, but answers are never delivered on a silver platter. As in life, there are clues along the way, open to interpretation depending on your preconceptions and prejudices. In the end, when the credits roll and issues remained unresolved, the question ultimately turns back to the audience itself: what do you believe?"

Friday, May 13, 2011

An appetizer

Since a good portion of the beginning of the book is available to view through Amazon and through the sample Kindle book, I thought I might post the occasional snippet of text from those sample sections, to give you an appetizer for the book. Here is today's snippet (from the introduction, p. 3):

"This is where The X-Files distinguishes itself among sci-fi television shows; in fact, Chris Carter has resisted labeling The X-Files as sci-fi because he always wanted the show to have a solid foundation in the reality of our present world. As he has often remarked, 'the show is only as scary as it is real.' Part of that reality is the acknowledgment that real people--real humans--have religious convictions and religious struggles. Unexplainable things happen in the real world, and many people attribute these events to the supernatural or divine."

Friday, April 15, 2011

The book is now available.


We Want to Believe is now available through the publisher's website (Cascade Books) and at Amazon. (See the links to the left.)

Book Synopsis:

From the first episode to the latest feature film, two main symbols provide the driving force for the iconic television series The X-Files: Fox Mulder’s “I Want to Believe” poster and Dana Scully’s cross necklace. Mulder’s poster may feature a flying saucer, but the phrase “I want to believe” refers to more than simply the quest for the truth about aliens. The search for extraterrestrial life, the truth that is out there, is a metaphor for the search for God. The desire to believe in something greater than ourselves is part of human nature: we want to believe. Scully’s cross represents this desire to believe, as well as the internal struggle between faith and what we can see and prove. The X-Files depicts this struggle by posing questions and exploring possible answers, both natural and supernatural. Why would God let the innocent suffer? Can God forgive even the most heinous criminal? What if God is giving us signs to point the way to the truth, but we’re not paying attention? These are some of the questions raised by The X-Files. In the spirit of the show, this book uses the symbols and images presented throughout the series to pose such questions and explore some of the answers, particularly in the Christian tradition. With a focus on key themes of the series—faith, hope, love, and truth—along the way, this book journeys from the desire to believe to the message of the cross.