Do you often feel like not being able to do anything right? Do you often dive into the activity that has enchanted you, but then experience one failure after another? How frequently do you engage in things as seriously as if they were a question of life and death, and would decide on you ending up either in heaven or hell? Many times? Can you remember at least three cases when the time seemed to have stopped, and you had forgotten about your family and friends, and you were surprised by your own immodesty?
A little camel asks his father: -Dad, Dad, is it true that we camels can survive without water for weeks? – Yes, son, it’s true” the two-headed giant replies proudly – Is it true that we can travel through the desert all day long? – continues the juvenile. -Yes, son, this is true – confirms the father. -But why do we need all of this if we live in a zoo?
There are people who know that they will not dare to ask for an increase in salary, before they even knock on the door of the boss’s office. They also know that even if they will dare asking, they will accept any counter-argument from the boss. There are those who try to establish themselves in the sales field but speak in such a trembling voice that the buyer suspects that he is being offered a defective atomic bomb. We often call such people humble, honest, and decent. Christians. However, when we delve more deeply into 22 their motives, we often find only hesitation, laziness, and a complex of inferiority. It has nothing to do with religiosity, to be honest. People who often fail, if they are very ingenious, have another trump card to justify their failures: that their goal is the kingdom of heaven, not this temporary stop on earth with its temporary goods.
Today we talk about Win is no sin, a book by Giedrius Surplys published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Giedrius Surplys to get to know him better, what he would like to hear from his readers about his book Win is no sin, as well as how he chose the title of his book.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- Is there a particular moment in your life that led you to the writing of your book? What was it?
For many years I was analysing the impact that Christian faith has to social behaviour of its believers. I even wrote my Master’s thesis in political science (European Studies) on the influence of Christianity to European integration. So, I guess I was slowly coming to the “Win is no sin” step by step, reading the Bible, talking to the priests and Christian believers that have achieved something in business, culture or politics. With this book I want to change the belief that a believer must not interfere in the world matters as they are dirty, ambiguous or sinful. I want to call Christian people to dream bravely, act resolutely and achieve the best they can in the society, as this is the true God’s will. God’s will inscripted in each of us.
- What would you like to hear from your readers?
I have a dream of once sitting by the sea as an old man and being approached by some of my readers, who would tell me they have gained inner strength and become sports champions, prominent politicians or successful business people. I would love to hear that the “Win is no sin” has granted them a cornerstone of self-esteem, on which they built a fortress of their successful life. My biggest dream is that those readers with success stories to confess of would be my two sons and my daughter.
- Is there a book you are particularly attached to and that has taught you something?
I am a huge fan of Umberto Eco. I have read his books “Name of the Rose” and “Foucault’s Pendulum” three times each. These books teach me how reality is nothing, but what we imagine.
- How did you choose the title of your book?
“Win is no sin” has just stuck to the book as I was writing it. To my mind, it succinctly frames what I wanted to say in my book.
- Are you working on a new writing project you can tell us about?
It’s funny to say, but I sometimes feel I have said everything in the “Win is no sin”, so I have nothing else to write. On the other hand, I am afraid the artificial intelligence will soon take over writing from human writers. And yet, I have a plan of writing a book about sex from a Christian perspective. It might be titled “… is no sin”.
Europe Books thanks the author Giedrius Surplys once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside him on the editorial path that led to the publication of his book Win is no sin. We wish him the best of luck for his book and for his future works.
To you, my dear reader, may this book capture and amuse your reading time. I wish it will also allow you to have new insights and food for thoughts that you could reflect upon, especially in relation to self-esteem and love for ourselves.
So, my dear reader, all I have to say is to enjoy your reading!