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Walter J. Schenck Jr.

Walter Schenck’s Awards and Accolades

FAPA National Award-winning Author, Gold, 2014
– Priests & Warriors.
Category: Religion.

FAPA National Award Winning Author, Silver, 2015
– Shiloh, Unveiled.
Category: Religion.

FAPA National Award Winning Poet, Bronze, 2016
– Thee & Me In A Mellow Thine.
Category: Poetry.

Royal Palm Literary Award, Gold, 2017
– Katharine’s Horses.
Category: Biography.

RECOMMENDED READ LIST in Kirkus Book Reviews:
First Voices.

RECOMMENDED READ LIST in Kirkus Book Reviews:
Uncle Earl’s Doggies.

RECOMMENDED READ LIST in Kirkus Book Reviews:
A Comprehensive Analysis of the Synoptic Gospels.

Feature Author in Publisher’s Weekly:
The Birdcatcher.

Critical acclaims in Kirkus Book Reviews: “Brilliantly existential”  ...See more >

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"Fans of religious and historical fiction—perhaps Walter Wangerin’s masterpiece The Book of God (1998) in particular—will find a great deal in these pages to keep them entertained. Richly enjoyable biblical fiction."

Kirkus Reviews


2014 Gold Award - Religion Category - FAPA President's Award (Florida Authors & Publisher's Association) , 2014: PRIESTS AND WARRIORS

Featured Author, August 1, 2014 Publisher's Weekly / BookLife, 2014: THE BIRDCATCHER: THE FORMATION AND THE REFORMATION

Favorite author Rudyard Kipling

Favorite book Kim

Favorite line from a book He lived a life as wild as that of the Arabian Nights

Favorite word Harmony

Passion in life To explore the inner dimensions of a character and the things that drive them to perform what it is they must perform


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ISBN: 978-1511564632
Page count: 260pp

An updated, fully illustrated guide to biblical parables that distills a wide range of perplexing morals.

Schenck (Priests and Warriors, 2013, etc.) translated parables from Koine Greek for the first edition of this book in 1990 and he’s enhanced these biblical stories with full-color illustrations for this 25th anniversary edition. Each story, often only a page or two long, offers a succinct parable with a spiritual lesson. Many supply straightforward advice that may be interpreted in religious and secular ways; for example, the parable of the 10 virgins in the Book of Matthew teaches that one should always be prepared because one knows “neither the day—nor the hour” that things may happen, including passage into heaven. An appendix provides a glossary of terms from the original Greek, such as “korkous” (a unit of measure) and “talent” (a type of coin). The final section offers an overview of Schenck’s previous works, including his in-depth analysis of the Gnostic Gospels. God, as depicted in these biblical parables, oscillates between anger and reassurance, smiting or soothing his people as they attempt to live according to his ways. A few recognizable parables give well-known stories new emotional depth, such as the tale of the prodigal son that ends with a bold confrontation between a father and his elder child who stayed at home. Other parables address topics fit for ethical debate, such as the implications of equally forgiving debtors who owe vastly different amounts. Although each story ends with a moral, their ambiguity leaves much room for philosophizing. At one point, for example, God casts out a useless slave for lacking faith that God will help him make money. The unclear resolution (“for everyone who has, more will be given...he who does not have, even that which he does have, will also be taken from him”) may cause readers to wonder about the cause of God’s anger. The enlarged text also features hand-drawn illustrations that call to mind coloring book depictions. Overall, these fablelike stories may serve as an introduction for young readers to biblical lessons or as an aid to spiritual rumination for older ones.

Contemplative biblical tales with rough-hewn drawings for readers young and old.

Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1499517927
Page count: 64pp

A lyrical ode to man’s best friend, complete with hand-drawn depictions of a wide range of breeds.

Schenck’s (Priests and Warriors, 2013) children’s book, written in tribute to the author’s late uncle Earl Langford, describes the canine kingdom from the perspective of the animals themselves, using “I” and “we” to trace their evolutionary heritage from wild animals to the domesticated creatures we recognize today. With illustrations drawn by Uncle Earl’s wife, Ethel Langford, the realistic renderings have captions with breed names and physical characteristics such as height and weight. Most depictions show dogs grouped by breed and in action, such as huskies and malamutes working as sled dogs in snowdrifts. The journey, written in poetic prose, weaves in elements of Uncle Earl’s life with dogs, especially related to hunting: Bird dogs flush out prey, retrievers fetch downed animals, terriers herd livestock, others even swim and nap with Uncle Earl. In the story’s insistent stanzas, the dogs' plea to humankind—dog owners, lovers and keepers—is to treat them well, play with them and love them. Implicit in this entreaty is that part of loving animals is respecting their abilities and acknowledging their powers, not treating them like toys by docking their tails or clipping their ears. Verses filled with scenes of dogs at play attempt to extrapolate a kind of canine moral code: Dogs bark and growl because they defend what they love; they chase and nip because they are forever hunting. Though the story meanders into asides with details about the history and habits of certain breeds, owners of such dogs will nod in agreement: Herding blue heelers “long to nip at the cattle hoofs,” and intelligent basenjis “think upon dreams / of how [they] should rearrange the house.” Schenck keeps the matter of being a good dog and good dog owner at the forefront, without delving into a specific relationship of any one dog with Uncle Earl. Such an expansive survey of the dog world ensures animal lovers will spot their favorite breed, with a two-page index listing breeds alphabetically.

A touching tribute to a dog lover and all sorts of canines.

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Page count: 2338pp

A detailed comparison of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, with accompanying commentary by the author.

Seeking to “produce a harmony that would do more than just place the four gospels alongside each other,” Schenck (Priests and Warriors, 2013) presents an in-depth look at the Gospels, their relationship to passages in the Old Testament and their placement in the Bible as a whole. Often placing the Gospels side by side when narrating the same events or parables—an arrangement usually reserved for the traditionally synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but here also including John—Schenck shows readers a direct connection among the works.This task, though tedious at times, allows for a more robust comparison than simply reading the Gospels separately. For example, readers can now easily see the different treatments of Pontius Pilate for each Gospel. Readers familiar with the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will find much in the work familiar, though the author’s insights may not always prove remarkably insightful: e.g., “Among all the people in history, only the Hebrews and their forefathers knew the exact, true pronunciation and spelling of the Great Creator of the Universe.” Nonetheless, the book succeeds in comparing biblical texts in a way that is straightforward and easy to digest. Such a comprehensive look at the Gospels will give readers a useful path in their own journeys toward criticism and understanding.

Notable for its clear organization, though the book as a whole doesn’t provide groundbreaking analysis.        

Pub Date:
ISBN: 1491713119
Page count: 828pp

A fictionalized epic about the Israelites’ entry into the ancient Middle East.

Schenck’s (World’s Greatest Artists, 2011, etc.) novel spans the biblical Exodus of the Israelites and their violent journey through Canaan (the modern day Middle East), offering an extensive story of war, alliances and divine intervention. With a particular focus on the Old Testament’s book of Joshua (or Yeshua), the book chronicles the Israelites’ difficult, albeit triumphant, journey under Yeshua’s leadership. It brings the harshness of ancient battles to life, with slashing swords and constant, unmerciful conflict. Although Yeshua’s people believe that they’re acting under the one and true God, their shortcomings under biblical law regularly result in their facing God’s wrath. Some Israelites insist that they should all return to Egypt, but as they conquer the polytheistic, frequently amoral tribes around them, the epic marches on. The story includes descriptions of famous biblical scenes, such as the conquering of Jericho, and not-so-famous ones, such as the defeat of the Amorite King Sihon, and does a good job of interweaving various Old Testament elements into a larger whole. That said, it also often features grand speeches and that tend to state the obvious, which may not appeal to modern readers: “Yes, we Reubenites are the children of Abraham who was a child of Eber, a Babylonian. However, in spite of our shared blood heritage, we will fight alongside our Yaakovite brothers until you are dead, dead, dead.” Good guys tend to be really good, at least in the eyes of God, and bad guys tend to be really bad, as in a detailed description of the sexual depravities of ancient Jericho that make even the most decadent days of Rome seem tame. As a result, this retelling of these ancient stories offers little new complexity.

A violent biblical story, slowed by awkward dialogue and underdeveloped characters.

Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1491709788
Page count: 680pp

A man’s stories of Vietnam and his unique ability to absorb other people’s personalities may help authorities locate a terrorist in Schenck’s (The Dark Diceman, 2012, etc.) religious thriller.

Special Agent Ted Alignman, desperate to stop Mark Evans, the American leader of Islamic terrorists, finds himself at a Colorado mental hospital. It seems that Abel Jarrett, one of the residents, knew Evans during the Vietnam War, before he converted to Islam. Jarrett, an “absorber of personalities,” tells a story of struggling with his own identity, as Evans’ controversial ideas on religion garner him followers, and a mystical figure known as the Birdcatcher appears to Jarrett in visions. A crime scene at the beginning of the novel—Alignman witnesses the aftermath of a massacre attributed to the “Evanites”—is but a tease, a catalyst for Jarrett to relay his Vietnam history to the agent; his doctor, Peterson; and Worthington, a lawyer and fellow veteran. This leads to seemingly endless philosophical discussions of religious ideology among soldiers while the Evans subplot takes a back seat. That’s not necessarily a narrative drawback, though: Throughout his visions, Jarrett meets people already revealed as personalities, a brilliantly existential experience in which he’s essentially conversing with himself (and, to be sure, he speaks with a version of himself in dreams). It’s also a literal interpretation of an inner struggle, as two sergeants, Nicewander and Badlock, come to represent good and evil—two sides that, tellingly, aren’t depicted in stark black and white. Schenck’s descriptions of war are remarkable—exploding mortar rounds are likened to “Hell’s entrance gate”—but his unrelenting, graphic approach can be excessive; racial and homophobic epithets abound, while women get the worst of it, more often than not being called “whores” or “bitches.” Some, such as Alignman’s loving wife, aren’t even given a name. His views on religion, however, while not to everyone’s tastes, are refreshingly candid, openly examining different creeds and showing a person’s redemption as an arduous battle, making the war setting all the more ingenious and not a drastic change sparked by simply adopting a new outlook.

Often searing and always provocative even if some of the uglier words or scenes can be distracting.

Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1480090811
Page count: 264pp

Schenck (Priests and Warriors, 2013, etc.) presents the picaresque adventures of a sexual messiah in this novel.

The ancient elders and power brokers of the planet Nuevo-Zillow-Pillow, after thousands of years of working on genetic manipulations, have finally managed to arrange for a human woman on Earth to give birth to a savior for both planets. Nuevo-Zillow-Pillow is an advanced world, free of war and economic inequality, but it’s been decades since a child was born there, and Earth, though violent and fertile, is racing toward Armageddon. The child, Malik, is expected to rescue both worlds through the sheer perfection of his spirit, mind and body—particularly one part of his body, which is praised by several characters (including Malik himself) throughout the course of the book (“His powers impregnated thousands of the planet’s choicest women”). Malik is born to a humble human woman and a huckster preacher; later, he’s befriended by Liz and Trey, both of whom will play important roles in his adult life. As an adult, Malik grows to become a sexual dynamo who, in an oddly anticlimactic turn, gradually settles down to work in a mortgage financing firm at the peak of the housing bubble. Most of the narrative’s strength comes from the vivid cast of secondary characters that surrounds Malik—his lecherous father, his hapless mother, the various women who lust after him—and Schenck’s sarcastic satire of their misadventures is often entertaining. However, in a serious dramatic misstep, the plot lays out every major development of Malik’s life through a prophecy in the book’s first chapter, after which they all happen as predicted. For the bulk of the novel, the fate of Nuevo-Zillow-Pillow (and Earth) is put on hold; instead, readers get lurid, often coarse, and sometimes misogynistic and homophobic descriptions of Malik’s sexual adventures, culminating in his sexual humiliation at the hands of several earlier partners. The book also describes Malik as a paragon of intellectual refinement, which makes his employment history, first in a furniture store and then at the mortgage company, disappointing and confusing.

An uneven tale of a purported extraterrestrial savior on the path to his destiny.

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ISBN: 978-1462029853
Page count: 724pp

Schenck (The Birdcatcher, 2013) recasts the book of Genesis as a novel.

The opening remarks of Schenck’s new novel might unsettle non-Christian or nonreligious readers: “If you have never experience[d] the Holy Ghost’s presence, I will tell you this: it is an extraordinary bathing of pure, essential radiance.” But dismayed readers need not worry: The long novel that follows these opening remarks is far more interested in entertaining than proselytizing. “This is not Dune nor playful invention,” Schenck warns, but when he sets himself to retelling the biblical stories of creation, the Great Flood, the Tower of Babel, and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, his entertaining storytelling instincts come to the fore, and a tale emerges that’s very different from the familiar narrative of the book of Genesis. Told to eager first-century listeners by a very old Apostle John, this story and its contents are cleverly altered by Schenck to accommodate modern science. Life on Earth happens in waves of creation and extinction (angels visit the planet while it’s still ruled by gigantic, savage dinosaurs), until God decides to change the pattern of mindless, cyclical destruction: “The Father soothingly whispered to Michael the archangel, ‘Now we will create something different. Something glorious.’ ” The chapters that follow are familiar yet engagingly changed, united both by Schenck’s personal faith and his keen ear for dialogue. For instance, when the Philistine king Abimelech is astonished to hear that Abraham talks to God, Abraham calmly replies, “Yes, friends do that with each other, you know. We like each other.” Schenck also adeptly pens breakneck action sequences, especially those filling out the long narrative of scrappy Jacob’s adventures among the Philistines. Fans of religious and historical fiction—perhaps Walter Wangerin’s masterpiece The Book of God (1998) in particular—will find a great deal in these pages to keep them entertained.

Richly enjoyable biblical fiction.

Page count: 789pp

Schenck (The Birdcatcher, 2013, etc.) offers a novel about the life of Jesus Christ.

Beginning some time before birth of Jesus (Yehoshua in the text), this fictionalized rendering of his life focuses not just on the savior himself but on a wide range of supporting characters, from Herod to Satan to a Roman soldier with a fondness for Jesus’ mother. To that end, the author interposes a broad mix of history, fiction and the supernatural to create a portrait of epic proportions. The reader follows along during such famous events as the Assumption, the crucifixion and the resurrection, as Yehoshua’s life plays out not just as a religious occurrence, but as a political one as well: What did the coming of a messiah mean to the people of Judea, as well as to the Romans who ruled them? Schenck offers regular contrasts between the decadence of Rome and the morality of those under its yoke, and the savior is portrayed as a guiding light in an otherwise murderous, untrustworthy time. Such a portrayal is somewhat unsurprising, although the story is noteworthy for its breadth of context, which details the madness of Herod’s rule and includes such relatively obscure figures as the Egyptian pharaoh Necho. Readers already familiar with the events surrounding Jesus’ life will likely feel that this book doesn’t break much new ground, and they may find figures such as Satan almost comical (particularly when he taunts Yehoshua as a “son-of-a-bitch born from the bowels of a whore”). Likewise, other characters tend to offer obvious remarks, as when a teenager receives a miracle and cries out, “Yes, I do believe in you Lord!”

An ambitious novel that, despite a wide range of characters, sheds little new light on the story of Jesus’ life.


New Testament

This book presents the Synoptic Gospels’ not only as a Harmony, but presents supportive references to the biblical writer’s words.

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Life of Jesus with Red text and Parables of Jesus rendered in full color text

Lately, I have been seeing quite a few offerings of the story of Jesus available on the internet. I have seen versions from the New International Version as well the King James Version, New American Bible, The Catholic Edition, besides several others. They are all good reference tools, but as far as I can tell, the really modern versions are not. They seem artificial. Nearly nonsensical. A lacking of scholastic necessity. Inspired, and relying on my A Comprehensive Analysis of the Synoptic Gospels, where I went directly to the Koine and Hebrew texts to verify the translations of what I was offering, I determined to present another offering to biblical readers of the Four Gospels combines as one. I am not the first to do this, and probably not the last. Many think they have something different to offer. Like them, I also claim biblical inspiration as well as biblical scholarship. To undertake my task I relied exclusively on God to lead my fingers to the correct words He wanted me to place upon His work. After further comparisons with other New Testament studies, I am still convinced that even after 30 years, I still have the ultimate compilation of the Four Gospels. Many will be surprised at how freely I rendered this work, but I believe that is because it is my given task to do so. While translating, I deliberately inserted and expanded for the sole purpose of clarification. Implied sentences are cleaned up to establish the expanded and timely truth of the last days. Missing words—the veiled secrecy, so to say—is restored. And why not take this approach? After all we are living in the final countdown, so let’s get to the bottom of the meaning of the Four Gospels. Of course, when you read this, read it right next to Shiloh, Unveiled and you will discern the absolute reasons why things happened as they did, in the order that they did. Again, I first produced this work in 1983 because I needed one quick reference to insert my research material into while I was writing Shiloh, Unveiled. The vast amount of books that I had to study became quite an occupier of my shelves. Moreover, this work also helped me become self-reliant. In this offering I correlated the four gospels as one—and to be sure—the first time I did this was in 1983, not 2001, or 2013. Of course, revelation is continuous and to learn, requires constant review and reflection. What I did with my accumulation of knowledge is to create from the original Koine and the Hebraic works this compilation. As I am not a mimic, I did not use any of the Christian offerings. I went to the Judaic and Greek languages in order to authenticate the validity of the reconstruction. As I said earlier. Though I am not the first to do this, this is the best and the most accurate version out there. Not that I am vain – I am just being honest.
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Young Adult, Biography

ISBN: 978-0936978048
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Poetry, Experimental

Two married couples travel to Canada to visit their friends and family. During their vacation together, disruptions occur, threatening their great friendship.
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This book is presented with the most precise stage play formatting possible. Hamlet, Reimagined is an extraordinary recasting of familiar characters, boldly reinventing Shakespeare's dialogue. Impressive. Evocative.

ISBN: 978-1986122665
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Children's biblical stories

The Parables and words of Jesus are presented in an easy to read, enjoyable presentation along with 37 black and white illustrations. These eternal lessons should delight everyone of every age and faith.

ISBN: ISBN-10: 059516658X
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Childrens Christain books, New Testament,

blending of the four gospels into a single source. This unified gospel stemmed from the Koine Greek, presented in simplified English. There are quotation marks, true sentence structures, paragraphs, and the actual Hebrew names of the saints.

ISBN: ISBN-10: 0595178901
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A collection of conservative political, prophetically religious poetry favoring President Donald Trump from award-winning poet, award-winning author, award-winning biographer, and America's most versatile writer, Walter Schenck. This collection of poems is written with keen, profound insight into the realities of the political arena as well into the trials of everyday life. This collection is remarkable!

ISBN: 9781984002181
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Vietnam War

Formerly a second lieutenant, Private Abel Joseph Jarrett is on a quest to redeem a soul in this idiosyncratically powerful drama of the Vietnam War. An encounter with mystic Mark Evans persuades Jarrett that Vietnam will be the forging ground in the battle for his soul. Obsessed with the need to atone for the murder of an orderly under his command, Jarrett sees himself as a vacant personality controlled by an entity called the Birdcatcher. Jarrett's bizarre quest to escape from his void of isolation by absorbing the personality of another, as he did with the orderly, takes on increasingly surreal dimensions, with the dissolution of Vietnam providing a violent backdrop to his own struggle. . . .Jarrett encounters death, sex, and the blandishments of the Birdcatcher.

ISBN: 978-1462005826
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Science Fiction

This is an experimental novel that blends elements of science fiction with nitty-gritty realism. Throughout this brilliant, revolutionary, panoramic visionary writing, Mr. Schenck’s newest novel explores the mundane life of salespeople in a schlock furniture store intertwined with the urbane drug scene, and the all too-big-to-fail mortgage market—along with explicit sexual fantasies and the libertine cult of a megachurch. Space aliens, sex-orgies, drug-dealers, sex-bondage, a corrupt mortgage company, fantasies, soul-saving redemption, FBI intrigue, and religiously perverse practices with inspiring doctrines set amidst the times of total annihilation of the human race.

ISBN: ISBN-10: 1480090816
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Computer Science

A reference guide handbook of CCNA Access-Lists, IOS Commands, Protocols, the OSI model, WAN/LAN terms, hardware terms, VLANs, and Subnetting

ISBN: ISBN-10: 0595167071
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Biblical Research

Walter Schenck's brilliant study of selected parables of Jesus offers original and bold insights into an oft written subject. Walter Schenck, alone, has been authorized copyright ownership of the parables by the United States government. Part Two is an extraordinary interpretation, without rival, regarding Jesus parables and sings. His fresh perspectives are uncompromisingly prophetic, visionary, filled with historic reference and moral guidance. If anyone wants to truly understand the parables, this is the only book they should read. A masterpiece of religious investigation

ISBN: 9781542385145
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This collection of essays is an exercise in intellectual enrichment concerning the lives and thematic drawings and interpretations of 10 great artists: Watteau, Velazquez, Gauguin, etc.

ISBN: ISBN-10: 1462007341
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