Anthony Mathenia is a novelist, blogger, and freelance writer.
Having spent the majority of his life trapped in a religious cult he now writes on the liberation of the human spirit.
His latest project is Paradise Earth, a novel in three parts about the survival of faith and love after the apocalypse, to be published by Curiosity Quills Press in 2012.
Anthony lives in Illinois with his wife and daughter.
He sincerely apologizes for waking you up on Saturday mornings in order to recruit you.
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 and grapples with a lifetime of beliefs, and expectations.
If he survives to see the paradise earth, will it be worth it?
Rose Gluck thought she had everything in life. Just out of high school, she spent her days working as a pioneer minister of her Jehovah’s Witness faith, going door-to-door teaching others about the Bible and the happifying future God had planned.
She thought she knew what it meant to be happy, but things would change when Wyatt True, a recent graduate of the Ministerial Training School came to help her small country congregation.
Rose must now risk losing everything and everyone to be with the man of her dreams. Love is never easy, but it can be particularly challenging when you are a part of high control religion. Will Rose find eternal happiness?