Wordsmith Media, Inc. (OTC Pink: WDIS) and Highland Loch Press announced today that its new book, Shaking Hands with the Devil: The Intersection of Terrorism and Theology is now highly ranked on Amazon.com. Following reviews from The American Spectator magazine and other national media, the new book soared in the rankings at Amazon.com ahead of Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, the story (Penguin Books) on which this year's Best Picture at the 85 th Academy Awards was based.
The Wordsmith Media, Inc. and Highland Loch Press book was ranked in the top 10 in sales on March 15, 2013 at Amazon.com coming in at #7 in its category. This development has come exactly one year to the day that Wordsmith Media, Inc. announced its 49% acquisition of Highland Loch Press: http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2012/03/15/SF71424
A detailed review of the newly-released publication appeared in the "Buy the Book" section on March 14, 2013 of the very popular American Spectator magazinein an article entitled, "An Irish Methodist Challenges America's Churchly Pacifists." The article states, "One of United Methodism's most distinguished theologians has written a powerful new book on terrorism that challenges the unthinking pacifism dominant among many Protestant and evangelical elites," and continues to describe the book in great detail and its importance to the subject of terrorism in the modern age. The article can be read here: http://spectator.org/archives/2013/03/14/an-irish-methodist-challenges.
Wordsmith Media, Inc. announced the release of a special hardcover edition of the book on March 5, 2013 stating, "Dr. Abraham recounts his experience growing up in Northern Ireland and the correlations inherent in all terrorism albeit from the IRA or more rampant expressions of its evil roots in modern times. This is a fascinating read developing the correlations between prominent forms of terrorism as they intersect with theological beliefs and the deadly effects on society. Why do people resort to such extreme exhibitions of faith? What causes such distain and disregard of the innocent? Dr. Abraham explores these ideas and others in this very telling work never more needed than in today's world.
In the wake of 9/11 much has been written on terrorism. Some have examined the potential relation between religion and terrorism, few, if any, have studied the relation between theology and terrorism. In the latter case, the crucial issue is whether theology provides indirect or direct motivation and justification for terrorist acts. Drawing on his childhood and youth in Northern Ireland, William J. Abraham tackles the latter question head on. He argues that religious themes and practices play a pivotal indirect role in terrorism in Ireland and shows that theology plays a pivotal direct role in forms of modern terrorism. Hence current forms of terrorism cannot be fully understood without coming to terms with the crucial place of religion and theology in their origins and persistent existence. Beyond this he explores what ordinary people can do to respond to terrorism, what they should expect from the state by way of protection, how they can resist pious nonsense about forgiveness in respect to terrorism, and how they can face the depth of evil that terrorism represents for all of us. Written with economy and energy, this book is an eye-opener on terrorism; it is also a rigorous theological response to the moral and spiritual challenges posed by one of the great evils of our time."