The Death and Life of Edward Wild: New Novel Addresses the Importance of a Moral Life
Jun 12, 2023
Vast numbers of people around the world, including millions of young people, are adrift in a sea of moral and ethical confusion. Many no longer find any value in religious or spiritual practices and have been unduly influenced by atheistic and humanistic ideologies that are harmful to individuals and to society.
I’ve written a new novel: The Death and Life of Edward Wild: The Postmortem Adventures of a Modern Man, to present the reality that all human beings share a set of universal ethics that—when practiced—lead to spiritual and emotional health in one’s physical life on Earth as well as in what some people call the “afterlife” or “spirit world.”
Edward Wild is a novel of death and life and what may be true. It’s a story of escape, of hope and redemption, and enduring romance. After the Shakespearean actor Edward Wild is killed in 2022 in Greenwich Village and ends up in a lower realm of the afterlife, he meets Molly Kendall. Neither of them could have guessed how their lives would change. . .
The novel squarely addresses the question of life after death in a non-sectarian fashion. There are so many divergent beliefs about the potential reality of the spirit world that I decided to not offer any doctrinal or theological justifications for the environment set forth in the novel. Instead, I presented what feels true to me, based on a number of spiritual and logical premises that have become central to my life.
For example, if God is an indwelling, omnipresent, and eternal God of love who created human beings to experience love and beauty, then, to me, it makes sense that God would create life and identity to continue forever, with an unwavering goal to strengthen and deepen relationships of sacred love.
In Chapter 36: “Respice Finem” (Latin for “Consider the End”), a character in the story states:
Today, in a world gone mad, people need an anchor that can be easily explained—an anchor of virtue that is inspiring and ennobling. The Death and Life of Edward Wild attempts to offer that spiritual anchor and, at the same time, move and inspire the reader with adventure, imagination, and an enduring romance.
Early reader comments have been gratifying. Here are three:
I sincerely hope that this “wee book” will inspire, entertain, and uplift readers of all ages.
Peter Falkenberg Brown is passionate about writing, publishing, public speaking and film. He hopes that someday he can live up to one of his favorite mottos: “Expressing God’s kind and compassionate love in all directions, every second of every day, creates an infinitely expanding sphere of heart.”