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New Book by J. Craig Woods Offers a New View of Dec. 21, 2012

(November 10, 2011)

DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/10/11 -- Instead of death and destruction, perhaps we can look forward to an epoch of world peace, and an end to greed and poverty, writes Craig Woods, a Dallas computer engineer and former mental health-care worker, in his new book, "A New Age of Vision" (www.anewageofvision.com).

Why all the fear surrounding the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar on Dec. 21, 2012? "A New Age of Vision" posits that humans have always feared the close of an era.

"This same fear was present at the end of our first millennium and it was also palpable at the end of our second millennium," he writes. "What if we, in looking toward the future, actually saw a wonderful event coming -- a New Age of Vision?"

Woods spent years researching the history and development of Christian theology and how it applies in today's world. His goal was to find the truth -- the basic tenets of the wisdom shared by Jesus; his "original message."

His message of hope for a beleaguered planet stands in stark contrast to the myriad doomsday books hitting store shelves. Woods finds no evidence to suggest that the Mayan calendar's end signifies anything more than the end of another cycle of time. Rather, he views it as a beginning, a spiritual awakening in an era of global preoccupation with cell phones, news feeds and acquiring -- or hanging onto -- wealth.

Jesus' original message, he concludes, has been lost in the "din of orthodoxy." And the truth can set us free.

"The words of Jesus Christ have been buried under 2000 years of obfuscation," he writes.

Woods does not believe there is only one path to understanding, nor that church is necessarily the place to find that understanding. Rather, he methodically strips away the trappings of Christian doctrine in search of Jesus' original message. That, he says, is love God; love your neighbor.

Turning doomsday predictions to world harmony can start by simply changing how we think, he says. Think love; think compassion; think empathy. And then act on it.

About J. Craig Woods

J. Craig Woods has worked in information technology for 25 years, including 20 years as a UNIX system engineer. He graduated from the University of California, majoring in psychology with a minor in philosophy and worked in mental health until his transition to technology.

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