RICHSTONE MESSAGES RICHSTONE MESSAGES
Jerry L. Sherman, Ph.D.

Memoir, first part and complete
The Man at the Corner

First God found me and put me on His path, shadowing this sixteen year old atheist through his wandering college years, through drugs, futile philosophies---trying not to exist---and fear of mortal illness. Then I learned there is “Someone to Be” and was born into a new life.  TheBookPatch.com Buy Now style 2 button           

 This is the first 8 chapters of the full memoir, To Baal or not to Baal. These 66 pages are an easy read, philosophical and confessional,but light. $5 TheBookPatch.com.                            
To Baal or not to Baal: A Success Story 

Next God showed me I cannot live the Christian Life, except by falling into His hands. I first learned this lesson, and then how to fail at teaching this grace message, and how God works through that. When adolescence ends, at age 34, I have a position about Christian growth that remains with me after another 34 years: God does it all, and we gradually learn through our weaknesses to let Him do it.
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ISHMAEL FACTOR AND SHORTENED FORMThe Ishmael Factor:
Seeing the Heart of the Middle East Conflict


 
Join me in a studied look at the Middle East conflict, using the theological concepts of the Bible at work in political philosophy and philosophical psychology. It argues that Ishmael and his mother Hagar display the psychological root of the conflict. The human spirit naturally complains against transcendent power, in God or as manifested in earthly authority. This resistance is integral to human consciousness. In Genesis, Hagar bequeaths to Ishmael the particular tactic of conceiving a “God” who supports them in their hidden fight against God. This happens in many times and places but is highly visible in the Ishmaelim, in Arab Muslims resisting Israel, Jews, and Christians. The conflict is on display with the Islamic Dome of the Rock perched upon the Temple Mount, under Israeli sovereignty but alive with the passion of resistance.

  To study this, we need a trusted point of view, but such authority arouses suspicion on all sides. Parts One and Two show seven points of view, known abstractly as Attacker, Defender, Excuser, Corrector, Postmodernist, and Religious Pluralist. These are studied separately, under their common labels, like Islamist, Liberal, and Conservative, to show how each enters into the conflict. Then there is the special point of view, the Zionist, who is a people group and perspective like the others, but who possibly carries a “Master Narrative” that transcends these contending stories and makes sense of their troubled interactions. Part Three then gives the biblical account of the psychological process that works in varied ways with each of these ideological adversaries, but most vehemently in the resistance of the Islamists. 
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The Religious Psychology of the Middle East Conflict

Because The Ishmael Factor is long and difficult, I wrote a much shorter account that follows the same argument, but without the details and the documentation.  You still see the people groups and the interactions of their ideas, but this goes by quickly, and then you have Cain’s Complaint and The Cry of Ishmael--the theory of how Islamists and many others are following the god who preserves their pride and supports them in their rebellion. TheBookPatch.com Buy Now style 2 button  
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Dr. Jerry L. ShermanTHANKS FOR VISITING!  GO TO THEBOOKPATCH.COM AND LOOK FOR "BOOKSTORE," THEN USE THEIR SEARCH WINDOW AND ENTER MY NAME OR THE TITLE. IT MAY BE EASIER TO USE AN INTERNET SEARCH FOR "JERRY SHERMAN" AND "THEBOOKPATCH."  ONCE YOU FIND ONE OF THESE BOOKS AND CLICK ON IT YOU WILL SEE ALL FOUR.
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Please check my other outlets for writing about Christian Living, Law and Grace, "Spiritual Rest," Messianic Judaism, and Middle East Politics . . . and a few other fun things like Bob Dylan, Gardening, and the Weather.

TheIshmaelFactor.org      Large amounts of additional information about The Ishmael Factor and The Religious Psychology of the Middle East Conflict, including sample chapters and related papers.  Take a look to see if you will like the book.

Richstone.org     Come in and look around.  This is the literary domain of Dr Theodore R. Richstone, who is a fictional character serving as my literary alter-ego. 

Richstone.org/weatherreport.htm .........Home of "The Sherman Weather Report," an occasional group letter / web page posting, about the weather and other tangenting topics. 
E-mail me at jerry@richstone.org, if you want to receive notice of these by email.  Befriend me on Facebook and/or follow me on twitter @jersherm, if  you want comments and links to articles of spiritual or political significance to Christians today. Look also for a blog lying fallow called "Message to the Messianics" (https://richstone47.wordpress.com) which I will be reviving in 2016 as I work on a book with that title.



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