To temporarily satisfy your craving, dear reader, we have another addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.
This author’s press release is titled New Xulon Book Explores The Real Meaning of Being Human Through The Creator’s Plan And Purpose Of One’s Creation, sub-titled “Gordon H. Hurlburt wants to help make humanity the marvelous thing that God intended it to be from the very beginning.” It was issued by PR Web, which describes itself as “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.”
In addition to the press release, we need more to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? Oh yeah! The title mentions Xulon. Their website, Xulon Press, leaves no doubt. It says:
Xulon Press is the largest, most experienced Christian owned and operated print-on-demand self publisher of Christian books. So if you’re a Christian author looking for a Christian self publishing company, join the thousands of Christian authors who have chosen Xulon Press.
This looks very promising. We’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got the author’s press release. Let’s find out what it says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:
Within the pages of Gordon H. Hurlburt’s new book, UNIQUELY HUMAN – What Our Humanity REALLY Looks Like, … the author answers the question, “What is personhood really all about?” That is a question about which there is perhaps an all-time level of confusion. Is humanity simply the product of long ages of evolution?
Fascinating! This is the book’s listing at Amazon: UNIQUELY HUMAN. It’s 100 pages long and costs only $10.99 in paperback! There are no reviews yet. Returning to the press release, we’re told:
The author believes that in a world of mass confusion about the real meaning of being human, readers need to consider the Creator’s plan and purpose for creating them. He stresses that evolution says that humans are only highly evolved animals. Secular humanism treats people as “gods” within their own world, eliminating the need for any Supreme Being outside of oneself. Both these views lead ultimately to the vast majority of the problems that humans struggle with in the world. A major solution to these problems will be found as readers come to understand something of God’s perspective in creation.
Amazing — that evolution stuff is the source of our problems! Let’s read on:
“I hope readers will gain a new appreciation for our humanity as the Bible presents it, despite the many reasons for discouragement over our many failures,” states the author. “My book provides the Biblical basis for a true recognition of the value of our humanity, as the Bible presents it.”
We know you’re wondering: Who is this brilliant author? The press release says:
Gordon H. Hurlburt was born of missionary parents in the former Belgian Congo. After graduating from Biola College (now University) in Los Angeles with a BA in Christian Education, he served in Kenya and England, in missionary ministry among people originally from India. Gordon later served with Children’s Bible Ministries here in the USA. He is now retired and lives in Florida. … He also has more than 60 years of reading and studying the Bible and appreciates its reliability and its relevance to the modern world and its needs.
Isn’t that wonderful? This book contains the author’s unique insights gained from a life spent in the position of a missionary. There’s no doubt about it, dear reader. This is the book you’ve been waiting for.
Your Curmudgeon is pleased to have brought you this information.
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