When the ground quakes and blazing balls of fire fall from the sky, a religious sect interprets it as the fulfillment of long-held prophecies foretelling the end of the world. The members flee to their religious sanctuary, believing that this global cataclysm is the portent of a new paradise of eternal happiness.
Inside, one cold and starving man struggles to hold onto his hope for the future. He's sacrificed everything for his faith in the prophecy, including his family. As the tortuous night drags on he grapples with a lifetime of beliefs and expectations.
If he survives to see the paradise earth, will it be worth it?
Paradise Earth is a deconstruction of faith at the end of the world and beyond.
“The language is masterful and artistic. The scenes are compelling, and hold the reader enraptured. This reading experience easily stands up to any great book.” – James Wymore, author of Theocracide
“Smart, believable, and certainly blasphemous to our door-to-door friends, Mathenia’s Paradise Earth hits hard and hits home.” – Thea Isis Gregory, author of Sanity Vacuum
“Author, Anthony Mathenia, masterfully takes us along on a riveting subsurface exploration of the [Jehovah’s Witness] religion’s theological intricacy and astonishing mindset.” – Barbara Anderson, former Watchtower staff writer and advocate.
“Mathenia has crafted a cautionary tale, but more than that he has crafted a human journey from indoctrination and fear — to freedom and compassion.” – Shane Crash, author of Forest Life
End of the world starts speculative trilogy – Vicki Bennington, The Alton Telegraph
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