Rina (M.) Flanagan grew up in Africa, dodging snakes, elephants, teasing uncles and cousins, and other even scarier imagined things... and somehow survived to tell the tale. She speaks four languages plus some remembered fragments of pidgin-African-English. Rina has three university degrees, is married, and divides her time between New Zealand and a favorite part of the Southwest USA where she has trained mustangs with gentle methods..
Believing that there is more than enough disturbing news in the world, Rina seeks to write about mostly that which encourages and motivates.
Over many years of study of the Bible (in 4 languages and in various English versions), and also reading writings held sacred by the major religions of the world, the pieces came together for her to reaffirm the unfathomable and unconditional love of the Creator and therefore Hope for a world in turmoil. At first Rina wrote a screenplay to put across this message of hope and reassurance. The screenplay became a book, "Jonah", then the non-fiction companion to "Jonah" was published as "The Pieces Come Together".
Rina likes to let the texts speak for themselves, so there are over 100 quotations from the Bible, Tanakh, Qur'an, Avesta, Bhagavad Gita, and Tipitaka. Boldly putting texts together like this from sources which are not usually quoted together, made the pieces of the puzzle come together in a beautiful, affirming way. Rina hopes that this will lead to greater understanding between people of different faiths and a realization - as the character Eldin Jackson in "Jonah" says - "It's all about Love, Jonah."
To visit the author's blog page for "The Pieces Come Together" where Rina receives comments about her book and answers your questions, click here.
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