“So, what’s the difference between Shia and Sunni Islam?”

Sharon writes:

I am enjoying your book, Lion of Babylon. I forgot to mark the page for reference where you tell about the history of the 2 groups – Sunni and Shia. Would you please send me this information? Thank you for the book and the knowledge you share about the people of Iraq.

Dear Sharon,

Thank you for your very kind note.  I’m delighted to hear that you’ve been enjoying my story. To answer your question, the passage where the difference between Shia and Sunni Islam is discussed can be found in chapter twenty-six. The page number depends on whether you are using the hard back or trade paper or e-book version.

 In case you are interested in more information, Wikipedia has actually done a good job of explaining this, not always the case, I know, but this portion is well done.

Heartland by Davis BunnAntoinette writes:

I thought I had all your books, but yesterday I noticed that you had published Heartland in 2007. I wonder if you would tell me if it is along-the-lines/similar to any other you have written.

I recently read Book of Dreams and I am still in an unsettled mind about it. I am not sure what to make out of it. I read some of the reader comments and everyone else seemed to love it, but it seemed to hint at being led by the Holy Spirit (which I fully understand and embrace), but it also seemed to hint at something else that made me uncomfortable. Can you explain that to me?

I read The Black Madonna and Lion of Babylon  and loved them. I have ordered Heartland from Barnes & Noble but I don’t want any surprises. I have a huge home library and my favorite authors are you, Robert Whitlow, and Joel Rosenberg – and for lighter reading, Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer. I hope to look forward to your next book.

 Dear Antoinette,

Thank you very much for your thoughtful note. I am not certain what precisely you mean by your read of Book of Dreams, though I am sorry to learn that something apparently did not sit well with you.  I hope this does not occur again.

To answer your other question, Heartland was my first novel based upon my experiences in Hollywood. While it has been quite a success, I am concerned that you might not care for this one, as it has a fantasy thread that runs through it.

In any case, I do hope you continue to enjoy my other works, and thank you again for writing.

 

Kay writes:

I have only had the opportunity to read 4 of your books, but wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Heartland. I listened to it while traveling. I can’t recall the reader’s name, but he did a wonderful job. I felt such a connection with your characters and was very uplifted by your story. Thanks so much for your interesting and inspirational writing.

Dear Kay,

Thank you so much for the lovely note. I have never actually listened to the audio version of Heartland, most authors find it difficult because the book has to be shortened in order to fit the time allotted. It is like reading a condensed version of one of our books. The key to a good version of either is to only take out what is not crucial to the major plot, and the logic of the climax. I am very, very glad to hear they did a good job, both with this edit, and the actual read.

Just in case you are interested, I have done one other book about Hollywood, which I remain intensely pleased with. It is entitled My Soul To Keep, and if you have a chance to read it, I hope you find this a worthy effort.

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