Midwest Book Review for “Evil and the Details”

 

The Midwest Book Review, November 14, 2015. By, Shirley Priscilla Johnson, Senior Reviewer.
“Evil and the Details” Book two, in the Iron Eagle crime novel series.
Evil-and-The-Details In this read we are taken to Los Angeles, where a serial killer is capturing young teenage boys and doing horrible things to them before he kills them. The entire city of protective agencies is alerted, from agents from the FBI to Special Agents from the Sheriff’s Office and even one called, The Iron Eagle, who battles evil his way and is not appreciated by the conventional law enforcers. Is there one lone killer or is something happening that is more than anyone expected? The Plot thickens.
I really lost myself in this story. Yes, it is a bit gruesome but the author does a great job in getting you involved with what is happening and the different characters. I found the different characters to be well defined making them very real to life in the mind’s eye. It can be at times quiet morbid and sobering, sad and upsetting, yet it is that pull on the emotions that keeps you motivated to move on in hopes of an end. Throwing in ‘The Iron Eagle,’ I feel was a good move on the author’s part. I found myself cheering for him, even though he works outside of the law, his vengeance on evil was appreciated.
I really enjoyed this read and am looking forward to the continued story. Well done, Mr. Teel, keep them coming.

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Most recent interview for And God Laughed

Hello to all of my readers,

I am pleased to post the first interview for my new novel And God Laughed.

Peace,

Dr. Teel  Interview for And God Laughed

The first book review is in for “And God Laughed”

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And God Laughed
Roy A. Teel, Jr.
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And God Laughed is a novel by Dr. Roy A. Teel Jr. that centers on one man’s on-going conversations with God. These sessions, which span several years, reveal an unconventional God who challenges every idea humans have about a higher power. Teel is an ordained minister and author of non-fiction books about Christianity, including The Way, the Truth and the Lies (2006), which makes the discussions about religion, premarital sex, abortion and death in this fictional piece even more interesting. The God presented in this book is not the familiar one of traditional religion, but the underlying theme of unconditional love appears truer and more accessible from the God of Teel’s imagination.

While at a library book sale, Justin discovers a book entitled, Does God Exist? The young man, who was raised as a Christian, does not purchase the book, but the question sticks with him. After discussing the topic with his fiancée, Alex, a psychiatrist who does not believe in God, Justin embarks on a journey to prove the existence of God for himself. His technique is simple: Justin finds a quiet place to pray then calls on God. And He answers. From the beginning of their conversations, God’s personality is bold and authentic: He is opinionated and even uses profanity often. Their initial conversations focus on the teachings of religion. God immediately denies involvement in that area: “I’m not religious. That’s your deal.” He goes on to tell Justin that man created religion to control humankind. God denies almost all the religious tenets Justin believes, except for one: God declares that he encoded the “golden rule” on the souls of humankind.

Both Justin and God become frustrated as they argue over the issues of the Bible, Jesus, science, and the failure of God to intervene in the lives of humans when they are most in need. In response, God emphasizes that humans have free will, then offers the following advice: “One of the most empowering things that you can do as a human is take responsibility for your life. This means your failures as well as your successes. It’s a sign of true power…”

This is truly a wonderful story. Teel discards the rules and laws of traditional religion that often serve more to separate people from God then to bring them closer to Him. The crux of the book is straightforward and beautiful: God is available to every human being; you simply have to call on Him. Some of the concepts discussed in this story may be difficult for readers to consider…or not. This is the type of book that calls up a reader’s personal history and demands active participation in reviewing the status quo and at least pondering alternatives.

And God Laughed is an enlightening, inspiring and edifying story. I highly recommend it.

 Melissa Brown Levine
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Life Post MS Diagnosis

After my diagnosis with MS, several things happened that I feel are quite noteworthy. First, my second wife and I divorced in 1999; she was unable to handle the MS and our relationship deteriorated beyond repair. My son was from my first marriage and lived out of state. My daughter ended up leaving the state with my ex wife in 1999, which put stress on our relationship. You try to stay close, but in the end it comes down to birthday cards and phone calls and the only way I felt closed the gap with my daughter was to make sure she received everything she wanted. That can be the biggest mistake a parent can make, as I would learn in 2008.

I was single for the better part of my life while a human research subject. So there was no one cheering me on or giving me advice outside of my doctors and nurses at UCLA. I would do three experimental drug studies from 1995 through 2003. All were double blind placebo controlled studies of non-FDA approved medications. I also spent six months as a human subject at UCLA in an experimental study of the use of a new form of gadolinium. This is a drug that is injected into your vein during an MRI.  If your doctor asks for an (MRI with Contrast), the drug makes areas of your brain glow where there may be damage. It is used on all parts of the body with MRI. This study was in conjunction with GE, the MRI machine manufacturer, and the drug company that makes gadolinium: more on that study later.

It is important to understand that human subjects research is very, very serious and no one should ever enter into any type of clinical trial without understanding the possible consequences. I was never monetarily compensated for any of the drug studies that I participated in. I will get into more particulars of the benefits and pitfalls of human subjects research more as my blog goes on. It is important to know that when you agree to become a human subject for clinical research you are putting your life in jeopardy for the sake of others. There is, oftentimes, no direct benefit to you or your illness, and many times drugs never get past Phase 1 or 2 and have to be stopped. You can also be physically and mentally injured by experimental drugs, so use caution.

Finally, to clarify for this blog post, I met my current wife on Eharmony in March of 2005. I told her everything about my MS and the probable outcome. At the time I was not progressive, but she had to understand that MS is incurable.  It is (contrary to some opinions) terminal and my then date needed to know this. My wife is a well educated woman who left the date and spent two days doing research before calling me. She said, “You are too interesting and stimulating to be with for me to turn my back on you because of this disease; everyone has something. I want to move forward.” And so we did. I asked her to marry me in May of 2005 and in December 2005 we became husband and wife. She has been my biggest proponent; she stepped up to take care of me and supported me when things started going wrong. And she is now my primary care giver in this nightmare of MS, but we traverse the labyrinth of MS together, and I am no longer alone. I love her with all of my heart.

More to come in a few days!

Living with Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

This blog begins my journey of self discovery and sharing with those who have MS and their caregivers and loved ones. It seems like every person I meet knows, has known, or has lost someone to MS.

On May 11, 1995 my life was changed forever. Three months to the day of my 30th birthday I collapsed; the right side of my body was paralyzed. When the doctors were finished, I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. My grandfather had been diagnosed with MS at the age of 27 and passed away at 40. I had two little children at the time; my son who was eleven, and my daughter who was three. I had no health insurance and my wife and I were living paycheck to paycheck as it was.

I decided that the best way to fight the MS (and because I did not have health insurance) was to become a human subject in MS research. I started my first of several drug studies at UCLA in December of 1995 which would send me on an odyssey that would last close to a decade.

UCLA neurologists updated my MS diagnosis to Secondary Chronic Progressive in 1997. My first “major exacerbation” of MS receded over three years and I was able to regain about 80% of my right side function; however, I was left diminished with limited capabilities which I fought to overcome.

In January of 2010 I had a major relapse of my MS. In March of 2010 my neurologist of 16 years and my General Practitioner Doctor who had also been my doctor for 16 years told me that my MS had become Progressive Relapsing; there were no more treatment options for me. I was told that I should prepare for the reality that (I refused to accept for 16 years) I am disabled and that my disease course was only going to progress from there.   So at 45 I had to stare into the ugly face of disability. I was the VP/GM of a successful commercial collection agency. I was depended upon to handle all of the day-to-day operations of the company. But the reality was that I was falling behind and I could not do the job at the level that I had done it for 5 years. Things were getting missed; I was missing deadlines and I was not able to keep up with the amount of work I had or the stress of the position.

I went to my neurologist and GP to see if there was anything that I could do to help with the problems. I was told that I had to stop working because my MS was now progressive and the stress of my work would only make the progression go faster as well my ability to do my job was severely diminished. I called our President/CEO and we met to discuss what would happen from there. Fortunately our company had a good long term disability policy in place.

I was destroyed physically and mentally; I could not imagine life without working. At the same time I knew that I was doing my employer a disservice as I could no longer do my job.  In January of 2011 I filed for long term disability with our carrier and the claim was approved. On March 1, 2011, I filed for social security disability and resigned my position with my company. I felt lost, while I was blessed to have a great disability carrier, I was stunned at the reality that I, at now 46, could no longer work in a vocation that I loved and was very good at. I had been told the horror stories of going through the process of filing for social security disability and that I should expect a long and arduous process.  My disability carrier even had an advocate group that was prepared to assist in the claims process. I filed my claim online with social security on March 1, 2011 and on April 24, 2011 I received approval from social security disability of my entitlement as disabled. I have to admit that my wife and I sat down and cried. The reality that I am now totally disabled, and the concurrence of this by both my private disability carrier and the federal government was overwhelming; I now live each day as if it were my last and work hard to stay healthy and active. I can still walk and I walk every day. I plan to blog about my 17 year struggle with MS. About my experiences as a clinical research subject at UCLA MS Research and about life after the door to a work life closes and how to keep your body and mind alert and active. I will write more soon.

As I communicate on the information super highway I am reminded of the need we all have for contact. We all need to communicate with each other and in a world that has become less social and personal we humans seek out new ways to communicate. So we email, instant message, twitter, blog and use any other means of media to stay in touch with those close and those we don’t even know.

We seek to communicate in a world where communication is both easy and hard, where it is often times easier to talk to those whom we don’t know rather than to the people closest to us.  Why? Because in the forum of electronic and anonymous communication we can feel safe in revealing our thoughts, feelings and emotions. We can express ourselves in a faceless way hiding behind our masks but still able to be heard and respected.

As a scholar, I find this a fascinating new genre for communication. I feel there are inherent dangers in the cyber world. Not just the ones we read about each day: the stalkers, the villains that want to steal from us or the predators seeking out their new prey. The facelessness of cyber space leaves us connected yet disconnected. We share but not in a way that is always tangible.

However, through this venue of electronic connections, the world is changing. The face of society is changing and with it we are changing. We must always remember that there is nothing that can take away from the warm hug or hardy handshake of a friend or stranger. The face-to-face conversations that keep us in contact, not only with those we see every day but also in touch with ourselves. So we enjoy the blogs, the IM, the Face book, MySpace, and Twitters always remembering that it is the people closest to us that we inspire everyday and who also inspire us.

Welcome

Welcome to NarroWay Press and the site of my new blog.  I plan to share with all of my readers my thoughts on varying subjects from religion to politics, fiction to nonfiction, and what it is like living life with a chronic and terminal illness.   I will also be updating you on my new book projects as they progress and hope to hear back from YOU the reader.

I can only progress as a writer if I listen to the feedback from my readers. I am also looking to YOU for ideas and suggestions on subjects you would like me to write about. We can learn from each other and in turn teach others about God, love, and life.

Thank you for taking your time to visit this site, and I hope that this is the start of a great new era in religious thought and theory.

Dr. Roy A. Teel Jr.