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cystic fibrosis

Coming Up – Cystic Diagnosis!

Wow – thanks for your feedback! I got more responses than I expected. And, your responses were very helpful. Based on your feedback, here is the order in which I’ll be completing my upcoming writing projects:

  1. Cystic Diagnosis
  2. The God Solution
  3. Holy War

This order works for me and it helps clarify my priorities. Thanks for your help!

So stay tuned – I’ll have some updates coming shortly pertaining to Cystic Diagnosis. You can expect some progress updates, free samples, a couple more surveys and perhaps a contest or two.

Talk soon!

Todd

 

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cystic fibrosis philosophy

Which book should I publish first?

Folks,

I need your help. I have three books that are fairly close to complete. My question: which one should I publish first?

That’s where you come in. Please answer this poll and let me know where I should focus my efforts:



And feel free to provide feedback for each of the books I’m working on:

  • Cystic Diagnosis: A Handbook for families living with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Holy War: A History of Christian Violence
  • The God Solution: to the Atheist Delusion (or What Atheists Fail to Realize). A response to Dawkins’ “The God Delusion”.

Thanks for your help!

Todd

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philosophy

The God Solution – Coming Soon!

In 2008, Richard Dawkins wrote a book called “The God Delusion”. The book offered a controversial critique of belief in God. I felt that his critique was flawed on numerous fronts. This book is a summary of my thoughts and a defence of my faith.

The main outline of the book is as follows:
1. Straw Men – Dawkins weak proofs of God
2. The Ultimate 747 – Is that the best he’s got?
3. Problems with Organized Religion and Sociological Explanations for Religion
4. The objective roots of morality
5. The Historical Jesus
6. The problem with fundamentalism
7. The slippery slope of abortion
8. Why not rid ourselves of religion, politics and economics all at the same time?
9. Childhood abuse and brainwashing
10. On Evolution and concluding thoughts

This book is currently in development. Check back regularly for updates, sneak peaks and announcements pertaining to this book’s publication timelines.

Stay tuned!

Todd

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philosophy

Holy War – Coming Soon!

Holy War is a historical whirlwind that takes the reader through over two thousand years of Christian violence, starting before Christ and finishing in the present day.

This book examines several key events through history that greatly influenced society’s perceptions and motivations pertaining to armed conflict, specifically focused around religious considerations. The book follows a chronological path from ancient time to modern day, touching on the following topics in order:
1. Jesus’ Pacifist Message
2. Old Testament Influences
3. The Early Church
4. Augustine: Just War
5. Islam: Religion of War or Peace?
6. Pope Urban II – The Crusader Ethic
7. Summarizing the Past: Thomas Aquinas
8. I Protest! Rebirth of the Pacifist Movement
9. Bridging the Gap: Renaissance Developments
10. Modern Struggles

This book is currently in development. Check back regularly for updates, sneak peaks and announcements pertaining to this book’s publication timelines.

Stay tuned!

Todd

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cystic fibrosis

Cystic Diagnosis – Coming Soon!

Dow Family Portrait - Fall 2011
Dow Family Portrait – Fall 2011

We found out that our daughter Katie had Cystic Fibrosis on September 30 2008. Katie was 17 months old at the time.

Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, affects the lungs and the digestive system. CF is the most common, fatal, genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. Forty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend kindergarten.

We were devastated. We were afraid. We were concerned for our child. We worried if our other child might have CF. We wondered what the future would bring. We wondered if we would have any more children. We had a million questions.

Over time, we got on our feet again. We spent time at the CF clinic. We met with other CF parents. We researched the disease. We spent lots of time on the internet. We read books. We watched movies. And eventually, we got to the point where we felt like we understood what we were dealing with.

This book is a compilation of the things that we learned in the early days. We share our personal story. We share resources that we’ve found helpful. We’ll explain how we’ve learned to navigate the health care system and how to optimize the help that is available to CF patients and their families.

Ideally, we’d like to provide a handbook that will comfort other families that have just learned that a loved one has cystic fibrosis. And, we’d like to provide context for those that are on the periphery of cystic fibrosis – friends and extended family members of those affected by CF.

Here’s the basic outline of the book:

1. Our Story – Intro
2. Practical Matters – Our first clinic visit
3. Lifestyle changes:
– Routine
– Family priorities
– NO SMOKING!
4. Existential angst (optonal philosophy chapter)
5. A depressing reading list
6. Hope:
– Medical research
– Community / Support groups
– The Internet Community
7. Charity work
8. Carrying on & Living life
9. One year on – where we’re at
10. Ethics:
– Having more children after a CF diagnosis
– Universal health care
– Etc
11. References:
– Books
– Websites
– Charities
– Additional resources

What do you think? Is there a need for such a book? Would you find it helpful? Am I missing anything in the basic outline above? Let me know… The more feedback I get, the better the end product.

This book is currently in development. Check back regularly for updates, sneak peaks and announcements pertaining to this book’s publication timelines.

Thanks,

Todd