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Nov 012017
 

A review of both Emeralds of the Alhambra and Shadows in the Shining City, by Julia Baumgardt, a medievalist scholar. Review and indepth interview can be found on Medievally Speaking, an open access medievalist journal. Links below. My third novel in the series, Fortune’s Lament, is done! Soon to flow to early readers. Expect it […]

Cressler’s New Interfaith Course on Science and Religion

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Dec 292014
 
Cressler’s New Interfaith Course on Science and Religion

With Georgia Tech’s strategic goal of graduating good, global citizens, it is my own view that the educational experience Georgia Tech provides its students could be further enhanced by ensuring religious literacy and engaging meaningful dialogue across the boundaries of science, engineering and religion, particularly within the context of interfaith diversity. After all, we live […]

Neshama Interfaith Center Event for Shadows in the Shining City

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Oct 122014
 
Neshama Interfaith Center Event for Shadows in the Shining City

The Neshama Interfaith Center of Atlanta has a special evening planned in November around Shadows in the Shining City. The event will center on the fundamental question, “What Medieval Muslim Spain Can Teach Us About Achieving Peace in Our Broken World.” The evening will center on a presentation about Cressler’s latest novel, Shadows in the […]

Shadows in the Shining City Book Launch and Coming Events

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Aug 132014
 
Shadows in the Shining City Book Launch and Coming Events

My second novel, Shadows in the Shining City, book two in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, launched on July 22, 2014 in midtown Atlanta. Yippee! It was a great night. Shadows is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/162006345X   Or from my publisher, Sunbury Press: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Shadows-in-the-Shining-City-9781620063453.htm   Or select bookstores.   eBook?! Yes, the eBook is coming […]

Reviews of Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City

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Jul 012014
 
Reviews of Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City

My second novel, Shadows in the Shining City, book two in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, is now safely at the printer and will be released on July 22, 2014 by Sunbury Press. The book launch for Shadows, with a presentation, reading, discussion, and signing, followed by food and beverages, will be held on Tuesday, […]

First Page of my new novel, Shadows in the Shining City

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May 122014
 
First Page of my new novel, Shadows in the Shining City

My new novel, Shadows in the Shining City, book two in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, was just typeset by Sunbury Press, printed and bound, and is presently in endorser review for a late June 2014 release. Exciting! Care to read the first page? Sure you do! Here goes …  

Excerpt from Cressler’s forthcoming novel, Shadows in the Shining City

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Mar 242014
 
Excerpt from Cressler’s forthcoming novel, Shadows in the Shining City

Excerpt from Shadows in the Shining City by John D. Cressler Copyright © 2014 John D. Cressler ALL RIGHTS RESERVED The single-mindedness of his search propels him through the door before he realizes the room is occupied, his sudden surprise jerking him to a sliding, awkward stop. His startled exhale of “Ahhh!” skips across only […]

Historical Primer for Shadows in the Shining City

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Mar 032014
 
Historical Primer for Shadows in the Shining City

In the Islamic world, the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 C.E. without a chosen successor led to several decades of bloody internal power struggle, the remnants of which linger to this day in Shiite vs. Sunni tensions. By 661, however, the Sunni Arab Umayyad clan prevailed, and to solidify their power moved the […]

Shadows in the Shining City – Book Two in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series

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Feb 122014
 
Shadows in the Shining City – Book Two in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series

The Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Syrian Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and […]

Dec 302013
 
Cressler’s Georgia Tech Commencement Speech – the Back Story

To those that were either present at graduation or listened after the fact to my December 2013 Georgia Tech Commencement Speech, one thing is clear: the subject was definitely off the beaten track, as least as far as commencement speeches go! That subject? Love. L-O-V-E. I am pleased to say that my speech has received […]