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theaddendum_lg Sarah Sheppard
Sandra Moran
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Bink Books
Mindancer
72 pp. ● 4.37×7
$7.95 (pb) ● $3.95 (eb)
ISBN 978-1-939562-62-3 (pb)
● 978-1-939562-63-0 (eb)

FICTION – Religious
NONFICTION – Religion – Comparative
Religion

About the Book

When advertising executive Sarah Sheppard was commissioned by God, also known as Infinity, to write and market a universal addendum to the world’s religious texts, she was convinced the entire plan was an elaborate hoax. But as anyone who has read Sandra Moran’s novel, Nudge, knows, the real story is much more complicated. Now for the first time, the actual text of The Addendum is available for anyone to read.

And what exactly is The Addendum? It’s a universal document that ties together history, religion, and the commonality of the human experience through stories of famous figures who, regardless of their belief systems, stand as testament to the ideals of living one’s faith and making the world a better place. Its purpose is to help humanity celebrate and accept our differences, even as we embrace that which is common to all.


Praise

“It is hugely interesting, informative, well researched and brilliantly written. Ms Moran’s editing has clearly made Ms Sheppard’s marketing copy immensely readable. Sandra Moran always makes you think.”–Velvet Lounger, Curve Magazine

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Praise for Nudge . . .

“Sandra Moran’s writing style is, once again, exquisite. The people who populate “Nudge” are deep, layered, multi-faceted, credible and wholly absorbing. Their interactions are both realistic and bizarre – again completely within the context of the story – if they weren’t bizarre it wouldn’t be realistic. These are characters you feel you know.” — Velvet Lounger, Curve Magazine

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“What you will find, behind its really cool cover art, is a very well-crafted tale that may make you question your own beliefs and wonder if people really are who they say they are. So, what are you waiting for? Here’s a nudge: go read this book!” – Sunny, C-Spot Reviews


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Excerpt

Continuations

Everyone in the world believes in something—even if that belief is that there is nothing outside of the here and now.

According to a 2010 Pew research study, 84 percent of the world’s 6.9 billion people are affiliated with a religious group. Christians . . . Muslims . . . Hindus . . . Jews . . . Buddhists . . . Mormons. Those are the biggest, most organized religions. But they aren’t the only ones. Throughout the world, there are people practicing any number of folk and/or traditional belief systems.

It’s amazing, really, to have so many different ideas of life, death, and afterlife. But if there are so many, doesn’t that suggest that one has to be right? And by definition, doesn’t that mean, then, the rest have to be wrong? Actually, no, because at their core, all religions are just a variation on a theme. Don’t believe it? Then take for example creation stories. The Jews tell in Genesis how Yahweh created the Earth. In India, Brahma the Creator formed the mind, then water, and finally Earth. The Hopi believe that Taiowa, the Creator, instigated “The Four Creations.” And atheists believe in “The Big Bang.”

The same could be said for the eventual demise of our species. Depending on one’s beliefs, there are a series of events that foretell the “End of Days.” Sometimes there are signs: tsunamis, earthquakes, plagues, and chaos. Sometimes there are messiahs . . . or incarnations on white horses . . . or second comings . . . or epic battles between good and evil. We see it in science, too, with the Big Freeze, the Big Rip, or the Big Crunch. Or there is the possibility that Homo sapiens evolve into a different species—perhaps Homo perfectus.

So, with all of these different shades of gray, which is right?

The answer, according to Infinity, is all of them. “Humans think I know what is going to happen, how it’s going to happen, why it happens. But that’s not the case. Humans have free will. They make their own decisions and create their own destinies. All I can do is let them make mistakes and learn—and occasionally, if need be, intervene by creating the opportunity to make course corrections. Whether they choose to take advantage of that opportunity or not is up to them.”

Accepting the idea that humanity has a choice and that there is no “correct” way of doing things allows us the opportunity to change how we make decisions regarding everything from how we act to how/if we choose to worship. As scary as that freedom might be, it’s also empowering.

To again quote Infinity, “I am the one ultimate force and am available to everyone in whatever form resonates for them. Since the beginning, my wish for humanity is that each person has a way of divining right and wrong and making sense of the chaos. Though every person, no matter what ethnicity, social status, or personal belief system, is endowed with free will, it must be clear that each action has a consequence.”

When one stops to think about it like that, suddenly, the human experience makes a lot more sense. We are, every one of us, part of a massive whole that includes not just the fact that we live in a global village, but also in the commonality of our experiences and of whatever overarching energy or force in which we choose to believe.

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