Unity Books publishes its first contemporary adult novel, Messengers, to boldly address the urgent spiritual questions of our time
During a long airline flight last fall, Unity President and CEO Charlotte Shelton reached into her bag for reading material. She pulled out something she had received, unsolicited, in the mail from an author she’d never heard of. She was “hooked” from page one and, in record speed, she read the entire book.
“Right away, I knew this was a book that would speak to and resonate with many in the Unity movement and beyond,” Charlotte says. “It’s deeply relevant for the global challenges of the 21st century.”
A departure from Unity Books’ spiritual self-help, education and inspiration titles, Messengers is a novel of comparable magnitude to The DaVinci Code. The fictional story is told by protagonist Jake Daniels. At the novel’s opening, just before Jake’s SUV collides head-on with a moving truck, a mysterious woman appears and saves Jake’s life. A formerly nonreligious person, Jake believes the woman is an angel—and he becomes driven to find out why she intervened. Jake becomes obsessed with learning more about angels, evil and the very meaning of existence.
Through myriad consciousness-altering experiences, Jake finds the truth that unites all spiritual traditions. In the novel’s climax, Jake takes a bold stand at a politically charged public gathering, as he fully embraces his calling to prevent the clash of civilizations and reverse the violence and hatred of the post-9/11 world.
David Arnett, author of Messengers, spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service representing the U.S. government in a variety of diplomatic posts around the world, including Turkey and Japan. He currently devotes his time to writing and lives in Sedona, Arizona.
“David is a wonderful writer who has deep appreciation of all the world religions. He reminds us that in order to achieve a peaceful world, we must find a way to create peace among seemingly diverse religious paths,” Charlotte says. “This book deeply affected me, and I believe it will have special appeal to readers with an affinity for angels, near-death experiences, and political intrigue. The book reminds us of the infinite power of love, mercy and compassion.”
Messengers will debut at the Unity People’s Convention, June 15, 2011, in Overland Park, Kansas. Books will be available in the bookstore at convention, online at www.unitybooks.org, or by calling 1.800.669.0282 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (CT) Monday through Thursday.