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Local Author to Host Book Signing
A local author has just published a new book on the topic of religion and spirituality. The book, The Wizard of Oz as a Parable, is written by southern Davidson County native Steve Adams. Adams lives just a few miles north of Denton. The nature of his book is described by blurb on the back cover…

PUT YOURSELF IN DOROTHY”S SHOES…Can “The Wizard of Oz” story be used as an allegory of the spiritual path with enough depth and universality to embody core spiritual truths common to all faiths? This book says “yes!” The author invents the concept of the “spiritual monomyth” and builds one on a story that is not offensive to any religion and therefore can serve all of them. The result is a journey of finding common ground and mutual understanding so desperately needed in the world today. And that journey is a journey you take within yourself.

Adams is especially grateful to have back-cover praise quotes from three eminent academicians, two with degrees from Harvard and Yale. He believes the strength of his book lies in its depth and its capacity for reform of certain academic mindsets common in our time. But he readily admits that most of the enthusiasm he has received from others is his bold analysis of the Oz story in terms of serving as a parable for our spiritual path in life. The path is, of course, depicted by the yellow Brick Road, and most other elements of the story likewise are presented by Adams to convey insights about our inner struggle to develop ourselves.

Adams is a person of divers backgrounds and interests, covering spirituality, philosophy and science. He completed his studies in philosophy and separately in religious studies at Pfeiffer University. These were followed by a BA in geology from Guilford College. He pursued graduate studies in geology at several schools, and received his Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He taught geology at Guilford County Community College until his retirement in 2014. Prior to retirement he had published five magazine articles but no books. Retirement gave him the opportunity to produce The Wizard of Oz as a Parable and now he is busy writing his second book on the nature of mysticism.

Come out and meet Adams and pick up a copy of his book at the scheduled book signing Monday, September 12 at 6:30pm at the Denton Public Library.