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The Story of My Next Book That I’m Writing With Katrina

In this podcast, Katrina and I finally explain the exciting vision and plan for my/our next book. Topics covered:

  • The insight I saw about Christians only after answering 50,000 of their emails which inspired the book concept
  • How Katrina came to the same concept (and book title!) through another route
  • How it will help you as a believer in a way we've all needed but we have not known or put our finger on
  • The prophecy books that, although they grieve me, inspired the decision to write it in a novel format
  • How Know the Future returns in this book
  • Why it will be free
  • How the support team will help us write the book

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Tim McHyde

Tim is the author of this site (since 1999) and the book Know the Future that explains Revelation literally at last--including the key event of Wormwood (Rev 6-8). To read more from Tim and not miss a single new article, sign up for his free newsletter below.

27 comments
Tina Black - November 20, 2016

This was amazing in so many ways and I am still processing all that you spoke of, but first of all I just wanted to tell you Katrina (Hello) you have such a beautiful laugh! Hearing your voices and and a little bit about yourselves, has made you human to me … if that makes any sense? I didn’t realize your children were that age, or that you had a special needs child, I am a DSP for adults with developmental/intellectual and physical disabilities so I can understand (to a certain extent) your struggles and rewards of this part of your life.

I am excited for what you both are doing with this book, a little disappointed that it will be a few years before completed, but I understand!

The “complaining” you talked about really hit home, and it something the Lord has been working with me on.
I will listen to this several more times and ponder on it and I’m sure I will have more commits but for now, thank you for sharing.

Peace to you and your children

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    Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

    Thank you for the compliment, Tina. I do like to find things to laugh about. I love laughing about myself and getting others to laugh too. Life is much more fun when you can take yourself a little less seriously and learn to be more forgiving towards yourself.

    Anyway, I wanted to thank you for inspiring me on a topic to do a post or a podcast on. Complaining is a great topic to cover. Many of us complain in ways that are not direct and therefore hard to see that we are doing it. I have put that down as something for me to work on putting together.

    Tim and I truly appreciate your support and ideas.

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Sam - November 22, 2016

Hey guys,

Good to hear from both of you. I’m super excited for what God is doing in your lives and in turn, the impact that you will have on so many other people. I’m so happy to be a part of this historic book.

Like Tina, I’m disappointed it will take a few years and I REALLY want to know what the title will be. Lol. But looking forward to a lot of great content from you both in the meantime.

So glad I found you both. You are wonderful examples of what it means to be meek and merciful. How you deal with so many tough questions and even accusations from so many people without blowing a gasket, is amazing. So excited for what it is to come….

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    Tim McHyde - November 22, 2016

    Thanks, Sam. I want to reassure you, Tina and anyone else that for you members here it won’t be “years” waiting for the book to get the benefits it will have. Here you are already starting to get the book information in nascent form.

    To speed it up, interact more in the comments sharing what helped that we shared and what you still struggle with. We’ll target those areas in podcasts and articles.

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      Sam Miller - November 23, 2016

      OK, Tim. I will work on that. Just have to find the time to go back over the many conversations you and I have had over the past few years. I have an ongoing message between you and I in FB messenger that’s about a mile long. Stay tuned…

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      Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

      …what he said :). Yes, Sam (and everyone else), we are inspired by your posts on what to focus on and develop that encourages us all on to good works. We are really excited to share the things that have helped us and see changes in you, our supporter’s lives, and in ourselves as we go forward with this project.

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Juliej - November 23, 2016

Hello Tim and Katrina, thank you very much for including me in your support team. I completely believe that God is behind the idea for this book. Writing it as a novel is a great idea. My own experience within my inner circle of friends and family is that because the Bible is difficult to understand, they give up trying and end up confused by so many different interpretations and teachers. A novel that follows your first book that has all of the Bible texts to follow is a great way for people to get a better understanding. Thank you for your faithfulness to God and your example on how to live a true Christian life.

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    Tim McHyde - November 24, 2016

    Hi Julie, you’re welcome and thanks for upgrading to monthly support after trying out the support team content. I’m glad you’re a part of it and look to hear your input. The Bible is a hard book and if we had an inspired novel version of the teachings of Jesus and how to do them and the blessings that are promised and do come (Good News of the Kingdom) we’d have a great movement of people who actually were like Jesus, unlike the Christians are.

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    Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

    Hi Julie, we are excited to have you a part of the team. Yes, the Bible is difficult is hard to understand. I think one of the pitfalls I have been in with the Bible is getting caught up in the details instead of the simplicity of what it is trying to convey. Many times I have thought that understanding the Bible well enough would somehow help me figure out how to find happiness and peace. The Truth is weird when you get it- The Truth is so simple that we gloss over it or don’t think it is the most important. It is something that only spiritual children see because it is so simple. That Truth is peace, happiness, and life are found simply in loving YHWH with our whole heart, might, soul, everything we have AND showing we love Him by loving our NEIGHBOR as OURSELVES. The whole Bible is trying to help us understand Our Daddy’s love (YHWH) and learn to love like He does for eternity. The hard part is letting go of everything that does not support this simplicity. I hope that we will be able to share in a way that really makes sense how to make this simple Truth really work for each person and how to really apply it to the situations that you face in every day life. Tim and I practice these things and have found that they work. We have also found that we still get exercised very well every day in consciously CHOOSING to put these Truths first in our life with every second. We mess up like anyone else, but we feel and see peace, love, and faith growing in us as we continue forward. YHWH’s way works. YHWH’s way may not change your circumstances always, but it changes YOU.

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Linda van der Vyver - November 28, 2016

Dear Tim and Katrina,

I am so excited after listening to you; its clear that this book-idea is God-inspired!

And to do in in a novel form is brilliant. Then to incorporate Know the Future too and to bring in all the tough stuff which we find impossible to take to the church or the pastors …. you surely have a winner idea here!

I have learnt so much through the 7 years I have know you two; you have helped me through so many times of despair! Looking back now, my faith has developed through these tough times; by working through the issues slowly (as you said!) I still dont have all the answers on my many questions; but I have learnt to have faith, and to dwell in God’s peace….

Thanks for giving me the chance to be part of your support team! God willing, I am excited to help you in whatever way He might show us!

Love, Linda

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    Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

    It has been such an honor to watch you grow over the years, Linda. Your willingness to not give up on YHWH but push in to Him, even when you are not getting what you want out of life has helped you find more faith and peace and it is so BEAUTIFUL! Your testimony reminds me of Jacob’s life. He lost loved ones and understood bereavement. He was a foreigner many times. He took care of a whole tribe of people. He was not even close to perfect but still trusted in YHWH even when things looked like they were not working out very well. His life was a beautiful mess of events, some mess he created, some he inherited, some others created for him, but He decided to still struggle with God and not give up. That is you, Linda. I am honored to be your sister fighting with you!

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Jay - November 29, 2016

Hello,

Listened to your talk last night twice about your upcoming new book. I too am very excited for you both as well as excited to be a part in the process of it.

I have some questions and I plan to think about them a bit more before firing them off after I get alone with myself.

Till then keep on moving,

Jay

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    Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

    Welcome Jay to the team! We look forward to your deep questions and growing with you!

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Tresa Black - December 1, 2016

Tim and Katrina,

I really want to thank you both for taking the time to make this podcast. I recently purchased Know The Future for my mother and was highly disappointed in that it read like Greek to her. I’ve read it 4 times myself, and had decided I was going to have to just go through it one paragraph at a time with her for the duration of the entire book. I live in SC and she lives in GA so you can imagine how time consuming this would be.

Having said that, at first, the thought of you making this into a work of fiction was…well, I was not against it, but was not for it either. I kept my mind open, however and glad I did. This book would definitely make it easier for people to understand Know The Future and so much else because we DO live in a society that is now based on entertainment in some shape or form.

I also realize it would have to be labeled “fiction” for obvious reasons, but fiction is always based, on some level, on facts. And this book will be just that. A fictitious story woven out of Biblical facts of things to come. I don’t have any questions per se about the book as of yet, however, I am very eager, as are many others, to devour it.

I also want to thank you for the latest 2 articles you’ve written, The First Sign of the End and Why Jesus will Tell Christians, “Depart From Me! I Never Knew You.” Both have helped me to grow in two very important ways. And in turn, will help my mom grow as well. I always disliked calling myself a Christian and when I did I would have to launch into the fact I’m not to be lumped in with the majority of Christians. Now I know, I never WAS a Christian. And I never will be. Thank you so much for opening my eyes on both these topics and please just know, you are much appreciated. I can’t imagine my life devoid of you.

Much love and endless blessings,
Tresa Black

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    Tim McHyde - December 1, 2016

    You’re welcome and thank you for your belief in the value of my book. Unfortunately, as you are discovering the hard way (as did I), the book is not one that everyone can understand easily or perhaps at all. I was against doing a fiction book for years until I became more fully aware of how limited an audience a technical non-fiction book has compared to a good story like Left Behind. Both teach truth and perhaps the fiction one puts people’s defense down to it.

    Yeah those articles tell some rare and hard truths. Christians can’t understand that Jesus was not a Christian nor would he approve of Christianity and that the narrow path he spoke of few finding that leads to life is not Christianity which one third of the world has found.

    I can’t imagine my life devoid of supporters like you, either. It’s no good doing this research and trying to teach if there are not students who want the truth I have found. God bless you and all.

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    Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

    Hi Tresa,

    Yes, Know The Future really makes one have to slow down and pay attention to each word. I think it is great that you have the opportunity to go through it with your mom. I have learned that helping others with hard things blesses me back so much that it is worth the effort and ‘trouble’. You will find yourself growing so much from it. May you see some blessings of doing this right away that would encourage you to go all the way through the book with your mom! Prophecy is one wonderful way to understand what YHWH is doing and give you peace of mind on how you fit in to His big picture, which is brilliant once you can see it laid out- Tim’s book does a great job of laying it out.

    The next fictional book we plan on helping it be more easy to understand at least a general knowledge of YHWH’s timeline of events, but also what one can do and focus on now to make the most out of this opportunity of having a human life. Many times we are alive and just wonder what we are supposed to be getting out of all of this and what we are supposed to be doing. We are arrested in going forward with anything because we don’t understand what to be focusing on. If we do get a clue on what to focus on, many times we have no clue on what to do about what is in front of us. We hope to help give people enough strong clues to get them unstuck and able to grow in grace and knowledge. You can surly pray that we will be effective in this!

    Many blessings to you!
    Katrina

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Stephanie Maile - December 2, 2016

Tim and Katrina –

I love the idea for the book and how God is orchestrating it through the both of you. What I like about the concept is that, it being in a fiction form, actually softens a message that most Christians immediately reject as heresy. They will definitely be more likely to read it, especially given the science fiction feel to it. God is amazing in how He wants to reach ALL people, even the Laodicean church who thinks they have everything all figured out.

I am in a sleeping, Laodicean church presently at God’s calling. To my knowledge, only the pastor and myself are “awake” to the truth, although there are others in our surrounding community. But we’re in deep intercessory prayer and the pastor is making a push for the congregation to go out into the community helping the poor, hungry, sick, etc. He’s laying the groundwork for the last invitees to the wedding feast of the lamb, and we are seeing signs of the beginnings of a spiritual awakening in Kansas.

As this occurs, there will no doubt be a push for truth as God’s remnant fully develops, so I will definitely be directing others to your site and book(s). I’ll also be taking mental notes of the things I observe to see if there’s anything that can be helpful to your book. Can’t wait to see how God moves in the coming months and years.

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    Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

    It is very refreshing to see someone interceding and trying to wake up those who slumber, Stephanie. May your watering and planting be blessed with fruit springing up into life!

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Larry Anderson - December 10, 2016

Hi Tim & Katrina…Excellent plan to write a novel! I wrote a catharsis that I finished in 1993…I was a nobody so no one would publish my 551 page manuscript dealing with my life as being a bipolar…Then I wrote a Christian novel that I could not get published, but I paid some editor to read it & give me feedback…right away he nailed me on using clichés and I gave up–Tim, I have no idea what a “straw man ” is–that’s part of my feedback…

For years I dreamed up a new Christian novel with the lead character being Bipolar…This Lenovo computer has the cursor jumping all over the place when I’m writing anything (like right now!) so I can’t write a new manuscript with this Lenovo…

My mind wandered with the audio, especially without a picture of both of you…more feedback for you…

I’m excited that you get to write the book that I can’t because of my Lenovo…thank you for asking me to help…
Christ’s blessings,
Lar

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    Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

    Hi Larry,

    When I read your efforts to write it reminded me of my own struggles in the past with feeling like the hard effort I put in to things did not seem to be appreciated, helpful, or even wanted. Probably most humans struggle with this, some more than others. Even though you did not get the response or the fruits of your labor in the way that would have been satisfying, I know that what you did was amazing because all effort develops something in ourselves. That development can last for eternity whether others benefit from it or know they are benefiting from it. Sometimes we feel inspired to do things that we think should pay off in a certain way, whether financially, prestige, recognition, or something else. Just know that in your effort and practice, it is NEVER wasted, UNLESS you give up dreaming and doing what you feel next to be inspired to do. Sometimes we don’t understand how the things that slow us down, make us not be able to perform or attain what others attain, but we keep fighting anyway does anything. For example, we have a special needs son that takes a lot of time and resources. There are so many things that I did not get to do or complete, or was broken because of this son, and another son who decided to be difficult to raise (rewarding but difficult. Lol.). By human standards, I am a mere housewife. The only thing I have going for me is that I don’t give up. I just refuse to give up and that has kept me in the classroom that YHWH (God/The Heavenly Daddy) has for me to grow and become like Him through whatever I find I need to do every day. Your life and how to choose to keep going is a testimony that is being made that you will be able to tell for eternity! God does not make mistakes and He sure does not stop the work He has started in each of the children that has chosen to make Him their Father. All you have done and will do will be something valuable to your testimony of God’s goodness. Whatever disappointments you have in life does not make YOU a disappointment. God will be glorified even in your testimony if you don’t give up or even think your life and its struggles are meaningless. God makes hope out of hopelessness. He fixes the most broken. He is glorified when we believe He is that good. With this in mind, your sour book deals, struggling with Bipolar, your computer not supporting you well, my own circumstances which are humble as well, they all can glorify God and how strong He is to those who CHOOSE to love Him no matter what their circumstances are.-That is the whole point to this physical life and the eternal one we will have through Yeshua’s (Christ’s) sacrifice for us. I hope this has been an encouragement for you Larry as that was my intention.

    May Our Daddy bless you even more!

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Sue - December 16, 2016

Insightful discourse, Tim and Katrina.
Many of us feel isolated because of mainstream religion.
I include the Churches of God in that.
They are just their own genre of mainstream religion.
Despite craving instruction, discussion and fellowship, I am reluctant to even attempt to try and find a church to attend because of many of the issues you mention that so many have experienced.
I wonder if any of the current “Churches of God” have “question time” at the end of the sermon. (and I would certainly have questions after a sermon!).
You, on the other hand are approachable, confident and diligent in answering questions.
A novel is a great plan for today’s world and will reach a wider audience, certainly.
An accurate novel and movie rather than other “Christian” novels or movies, would be a first. Look out Mel Gibson!
Thank you for your prayer for us all in your podcast.
Thank you too, for your generosity in allowing your support team to give what they are able to allow you the time and space to write, record, and counsel people.
God bless you both and your family.

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    Tim McHyde - December 16, 2016

    Thank you for your compliment. I love to learn and learn with and from others by being approachable.

    We had “Q&A Bible study” once per month at my local WCG. I loved it and wondered why every church did not have that until I grew up and realized most people are not like me and most pastors are not like my excellent pastor was.

    God bless you, too.

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    Katrina McHyde - January 15, 2017

    Hi Sue,

    It is funny how we can feel alone in a church and alone out of a church fellowship! Many times the focus of religious groups is on things that do not satisfy or really build true brotherly love and respect for one another. We many times cannot fix what is broke outside of us, but we can learn to not contribute to it by being different ourselves. The best way to not feel lonely and not get sucked in to the whole mess, whether you attend church or are not led to, is to apply 1 John chapters 3 and 4 to everyone, whether inside a church or not. This type of living creates deep meaningful relationships with some and it might wake some up in being jealous of having something they want. The wonderful part of living this way is that it helps you feel closer to YHWH (God, Daddy) which takes away that feeling of loneliness more and more as you go along. I have to admit that sometimes I drop back in to feeling lonely as well. I have had more years of feeling lonely than not (even with friends). But the tides have shifted more and more to feeling more connected and a part of something important as I have focused on loving God by loving my neighbor as myself. When we have PURPOSE to what we are doing and why, it fills that area in us that feels lonely. If we don’t fill it with what The Lord tells us to fill it with, then it gets filled with junk like bad feelings, bad habits, or addictions. Well, maybe it only works that way with me and those I have had the privilege of helping out of such ditches?

    By the way, I am not personally for or against going to a church building. I have seen Daddy lead me to be at some and then nowhere so many times that I have learned to be content in both circumstances. There are really important things to be learned in both situations that I am grateful to have had the opportunity to experience both. Actually, I think I will write on those experiences or make a podcast on it sometime. I have included it on my list of topics to get to in detail. If you have any ideas of what you would like to know on that topic let me know so I can start making notes.

    Thank you for your note, Sue. I hope you find the connection you are craving to have!

    Katrina

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      SueW - January 16, 2017

      Thank you for the encouragment, Katrina.
      Increasingly, the connection I need is coming from, and with God.
      I have long thought that my community and the people I come into contact with every day is my “church”.
      If every one with whom I have had contact feels a little better for my interaction, encouragement and hugs (if appropriate!), my day has been worthwhile.
      Tim’s website (with your involvement!) is also a blessing.
      I learn a little something from each post.
      God bless you both.

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Jay - December 24, 2016

I am honored to be part of the making of this book as well as a monetary supporter!

I am excited for the both of you to cement your plans and commence onward.
I am esp excited to hear the title but I can wait till the time is ripe!

Whatever I can do to help I will.

Glad to have found you both! You’ve made a huge difference in my life.
Thank God for you both and Merry Christmas and a most “Prosperous New Year!

Jay

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David Collins - January 6, 2017

Tim,

Will you be including footnotes referring to scripture supporting events within the narrative? I can not remember if Left Behind did anything like that.

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    Tim McHyde - January 6, 2017

    David, Yes! I was thinking of doing that but was not sure for exactly that reason…would it be too out of place or unwanted by most. I like the idea because it emphasizes that, although this is a story, it’s based on actual literal prophecy. Perhaps we do end notes instead of footnotes?

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