John Everett Books
John Everett

John Everett read Classics and Theology at Cambridge University, and then went straight into secondary teaching. He taught both Ordinary and Advanced Level Religious Education. The syllabus for the former was the four gospels, and for the latter was simply the whole of the New Testament. After 22 years of teaching John had taught himself computer programming, and founded a software house writing back office systems for private client stockbrokers. This firm employed 70 people when John retired as its CEO. In the late 90s John began using the internet to publish blog articles which he called Meditations of a Netcaster. John is married with three daughters, a son, and three grandchildren. During his retirement he has continued to be active and is an elected member of a district council in Leicestershire. Below you will see both fiction and non-fiction, and both reveal John's particular interests.

Trubshaw's Ghost

This story is set in a traditional boarding school for boys in 1950. Trubshaw is a bit different. His father believes in learning but not teaching, so the lad has been allowed to educate himself at home. Now he is eleven, and needs the social benefits of a school. This precocious boy is going to be a problem for the teachers. Getting interested in ghosts he decides to invent one as a prank. But he gets more than he bargained for. It looks as though there is a real ghost after all. Even the school chaplain begins to believe in Trubshaw's ghost. Can this actually be a real ghost? Trubshaw finds out the truth. Although the main protagonist is but eleven years old, the book is intended for the general reader as well as those of that age. Click on:
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Trubshaw's Folly

This is the sequel to Trubshaw's Ghost. Our hero is now in his second and third terms at a very traditional English boys prep school. The year is 1951 and in it Trubshaw reaches the age of twelve. He sets out to achieve a goal, but finds opposition from the school chaplain. Will Trubshaw gets what he wants, and by what means? This is the story of a very precocious boy using his wits, and showing what he can achieve by his own very special methods. While the tale is entirely self-contained, some may appreciate it better if they have already read Trubshaw's Ghost. As with that book, it is written very much with the general reader in mind. Click on the links:
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Trubshaw's Choice

This is the third book about a young boy called Trubshaw, following on from Trubshaw's Ghost and Trubshaw's Folly. The setting is an English preparatory school for boys, and the year is 1951. In these pages we find our hero facing a number of choices, some easy to make and some more difficult. When you get to the end you will discover the most important choice in his life. As with the previous Trubshaw books, it is written very much with the general reader in mind. It is available from Amazon as either a paperback or a Kindle ebook. If you simply wish to review it before making a purchase you may download a free PDF copy. Click on the links:
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Trubshaw's Visitor

Here is the fourth book of the Trubshaw saga. Our hero is at home now for the Christmas holidays. The family has a visitor staying for the holiday, the intended bridesmaid for the planned wedding of his father. But it turns out that there is another visitor during the time he is to spend at home. This visitor is part of a test that his father had planned for his son. Will Trubshaw be able to solve the puzzle his father has deliberately set him?. As before, it is written very much with the general reader in mind. It is available from Amazon as either a paperback or a Kindle ebook. If you simply wish to review it, you may download a free PDF copy. Click on the links:
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Angels and Demons

There is something of a mystery about the words 'angel' and 'demon'. They are not really English words at all, but Greek words simply written with letters from our alphabet. This is because when the original Greek words were being translated, no one really knew what they meant. This book looks at the range of their uses in the Bible and other classical Greek texts to see what they are shown as doing and being. The answers may surprise you, and will certainly give you plenty to think about.
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Genesis Revisited

Ever since Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species' there has been controversy about origins. Are we to believe Genesis or the evolutionists? This book believes the controversy is unnecessary. By carefully analysing what Genesis actually says, and by understanding what kind of documents (note the plural) Genesis contains, we can accept all that modern science has discovered about the age of the cosmos and our planet, and still value Genesis. Genesis is answering a different set of questions. The author offers a new version of the creation myth, and the myth about human origins. The whole book of Genesis is presented in a modern translation with comments and explanations, in the hope that its importance is fully appreciated, especially in the 21st century. In addition to the early myths in Genesis, the questions about Noah's flood, the significance of Abraham to three modern religions, and many other topics are covered. Available from:
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Genesis Revisited

This book covers a wide range of topics: psychology and psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and the psychological insights we find in ancient texts. To be fully inclusive in tackling the question of what it means to be human we need to address spiritual answers as well as scientific answers. So here is a book which includes Jesus of Nazareth as well as Freud, Paul of Tarsus as well as Jung, and suggests that in order to answer the question, what it means to be human, it is important not to exclude the spiritual, or to assume that when we die that is the end of us. Can we see Freud's id, ego, and super-ego as a parallel with the Bible's body, soul and spirit? Dare we think about left and right brain strengths in the same context as the fruit of the spirit? So many questions. In fact this book aims to provoke questions far more than answers, though the source for answers is firmly promoted. left click left click left click right click and download

Behold The Man

Behold The Man was written originally in the 1960s as an Ordinary Level textbook when the syllabus was the four gospels. It was was published by Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd., London, in 1969, and went through two printings. Recently I have revised it, and it is now available as an eBook. It is a retelling of the Life and Teaching of Jesus Christ with passages from the gospels (in a modern translation) interlinked with comments and explanations from the author. Only one instance of each of the parallel passages is presented, but an index is also included which details the other passages. The original textbook style, with essay titles at the end of each chapter, has been converted into what may be seen as the best way to read all four gospels as a single narrative. A Kindle version of the revised book is available, and used copies of the original book may still be found for sale. left click left click

Notes

The books are available as either a low-cost Kindle ebook, or for some a free pdf for you to review before making a purchase, (simply right click and download), or a hardcopy (links to Amazon UK or USA). It really will help if you let me know what you think of any book of mine you read.

Contact

To send any message by email to me please use john dot n dot everett at gmail dot com. Sorry to make you type it in, but this method avoids the automatic address gatherers that then swamp you with spam.

Links

Below are listed some sites that I recommend you check out. Each link will open in a new page. If any links get broken, please let me know using the method shown above.

In the Trubshaw books the young hero is described as having learnt Latin by reading the gospel of John in Latin. If you want to explore this as an exercise, even though you start with no Latin at all, try this Read Latin page.

I now regularly use the translation of the whole New Testament made by Tom Wright (N T Wright). Google for his books and also try his web site for online talks and sermons.

One of the authors I found very helpful in researching 'On Being Human' is Iain McGilchrist. His work on the neuroscience investigating the asymmetry of the left and right brain hemispheres opened up many ideas. He has a website at www.iainmcgilchrist.com/, and you can access his books there.

Now we come to blogs: I like rebootchristianity.blogspot.co.uk