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 first volume of the trilogy, Day Zero, was published by Curiosity Quills Press on December 21, 2012. Week One and Forever After will follow.
“Day Zero is an incredible start to the Paradise Earth trilogy. 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 [Full Review]
“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. [Full Review]
“Smart, believable, and certainly blasphemous to our door-to-door friends, Mathenia’s Paradise Earth hits hard and hits home. I read it in four hours, without putting it down.” — Thea Isis Gregory, author of Sanity Vacuum. [Full Review]
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