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Connellsville native pens first book

| Friday, May 9, 2008

Author Stephen W. Lowe has penned his first book, which is an amalgamation of suspense and intrigue, focusing on renewed belief, faith and enlightenment.

"Rasputin" takes readers on a journey of espionage and international conspiracy, while emphasizing the importance of possessing true faith.

"The idea for the book really just popped into my head," Lowe said. The idea was formed after a number of debates with friends on the social issues of today.

"I always had a certain view as a Christian and debates really opened by eyes to other views," Lowe explained.

Lowe, who is originally from Mill Run, graduated from Connellsville Area Senior High School and then attended Johnston Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn., where he received a degree in Bible studies.

Lowe lives in the Nashville area and is director of Camp Christian, where he resides with his wife and three children.

"I actually came up with the idea for 'Rasputin' two-and-a-half years ago," Lowe said. "I was preaching part time then and I was able to write. I put together a rough draft but then I didn't touch it for a while."

When his family came back to the area for Thanksgiving, Lowe found that he had quiet time and ample periods to labor over his book.

"It was definitely an accomplishment to just get it done. It takes a lot of discipline to sit and write," Lowe said.

The plot centers on self-proclaimed agnostic Michael Lyons, a presidential candidate who survives a crisis and embraces his faith. The mystery of his miracle of survival is a secret shared by only himself and wife Andrea. A Democrat, Lyons' eyes are opened to the outlook shared by many Republicans, and he attempts to bridge the gap created by decades of political strife.

Inspired by writers such as Robert Ludlum and Thomas Clancey, Lowe hopes to reach a vast audience.

"I think that the book will definitely appeal to Christians," Lowe said. "I think it will also appeal to those who like action books or books on politics and geopolitics. I did a lot of research and it was a good experience. It has been neat to see if come to life.""

Lowe is working on a series of ideas for his next literary work.

"I really didn't know what to expect the first time, and it can get very consuming. I feel like I have a movie playing in my head with all the ideas, and I just need to sit down and get the story out."

"Rapsutin" is available directly from the publisher at coldtreepress.com or it can be ordered through major retail book stores.

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