Greetings everyone. My name is Patrick Higgins. Growing up, I never thought I would be a writer, let alone a Christian author. I hated reading, English class, and anything to do with literature. The only books I ever read were those I was forced to read in school.
As for writing? Never! Not only that, I wasn’t a Christian. With that in mind, I can assure you that being a writer of any kind—especially a Christian writer—was as far removed from my mind as China was removed from America, geographically speaking.
Everything changed back in 1991 when I became a Christ follower. Suddenly, I couldn’t get enough of the Word of God. Not only did the Most High change my heart and open my eyes and ears spiritually, he also changed my future plans. Did He ever!
What started the Chaos in the Blink of an Eye series stems from my deep love of sports, which, I admit has diminished considerably over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy watching and attending sporting events when I have the time. But these days I view them from an entirely different perspective than I did when I wore a younger man’s face and displayed a weaker man’s faith in God.
This slow but gradual shrinking away started soon after I was saved. The Lord impressed upon my heart that the fastest growing religion in America, and the world for that matter, wasn’t Christianity or Islam, but “sports”. Every day of the week—including Sundays—millions of fans fill stadiums and arenas (or shall I say cathedrals?) worldwide to worship their heroes.
Whatever the sport, fans show up in droves to cheer on mere mortals as if they were gods. When their teams win life is good. When they lose life is miserable. As a once-guilty participant for many years, I should know.
The passion most fans have for their favorite players and sports teams is the same passion they should have in pursuing the One who saw their unformed bodies from the foundations of the world, the very One who knit them together inside their mothers’ wombs.
Tragically, this is not the case.
Hence, the reason for the CHAOS series.
The sporting event chosen for the story was the famed Michigan-Ohio State college football rivalry. Prior to writing the prequel, I traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend the game. I won’t deny I was just as caught up in the mass hysteria as everyone else. It was impossible not to be swept up into the vortex that had completely engulfed the vibrant college town.
The energy was quite palpable. So much so that I had to remind myself more than once that I was there to research and observe everything connected to the game, then put it all into words for my readers. The sporting event itself was secondary.
Though the prequel initially centers on the football game, in no way is this a sports series. If you decide to read it for yourself—and I hope you will—this will become quite clear to you when Bible prophecy comes to pass inside Michigan Stadium. Many suddenly vanish into thin air, leaving everyone still inside the stadium utterly panic-stricken. It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye…
As a servant of the Most High God, of all the blessings God has bestowed on me—and there have been many—the greatest of them all happened the day my Maker rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom I have redemption and the forgiveness of sins.
While many Christians are constantly looking for miracles after being saved—many of which are self-serving or material in nature, I might add—I’m ever mindful that the greatest miracle God can ever bestow upon any sinner is the miracle of His salvation. Nothing can compare to this soul-saving transformation!
How could it not be considered a miracle when it leads to a crossing over from spiritual death to life; a raising of the dead, to be precise? How can I possibly comprehend that God would treat Jesus on the cross as if He had lived my sinful life? How can I possibly comprehend that Jesus was willing to take my sin and shame as if they were His own?
Even more mind-blowing is knowing that, before God placed a single star in the galaxies, He foresaw my every fault and every sin, yet His heart remained fixated on me despite it all. To prove it, God sent Jesus to die in my place. In other words, I didn’t choose God. He chose me!
WOW! How could I not praise my Maker with everything that is in me?!
Romans 5:8 explains it best, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This Scripture alone should cause all who are truly saved to shout His praises from the rooftops. Oh, to be chosen of God!
As my faith has deepened and matured over the years, I’m so grateful to God for men like John Bunyan, Jonathon Edwards, J.C. Ryle, A.W. Pink, Charles Spurgeon, A.W. Tozer, John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul and John Piper, to name a few. Their works have enriched my life in so many ways and deepened my faith immeasurably. I consider all mentors and worthy theologians.
Finally, aside from being saved, if there is one thing for which I am most thankful to God, it’s that He has taught me to be contented in all things. Knowing my Maker has my best interests at heart—yours too—when I approach His throne, it’s never with a “What’s in it for me?” expectation, but rather a “How can I serve you, my King?” mindset. Heart-set, rather.
We’re called to rest in God’s promises, not stress in them. Know what I mean?
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I also wish to thank my sister in Christ, Amanda Geaney, for hosting me and for introducing me to your readers and bloggers.
For those of you who do read the CHAOS series, or any of my other books, I thank you in advance. I would love to read your comments once you’ve had time to read and digest them.
Until then, may our Lord continue to bless and keep you all.
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Patrick Higgins is the author of The Pelican Trees, Coffee In Manila, the award-winning The Unannounced Christmas Visitor, and the award-winning prophetic end times series, Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.
In 2015, Higgins won the Radiax Press Spirit-Filled Award for Excellence for a Christian series. His book The Unannounced Christmas Visitor won the 2016 IPA (International Publisher Award) Gold Medal. TUCV was inspired by Hebrews 13:2: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
The backdrop to the story parallels a homeless feeding ministry in Orlando, Florida (Jesus Loves You Love Him Back), which was founded by his twin brother, Michael Higgins.
Higgins is writing many other books—including non-fiction—but hasn’t been able to dedicate too much time to them lately, due to the success of the CHAOS series. The first five installments have already been released. Five more books are still to come. Lord willing…
Despite his full schedule, Higgins plans to finish every book God has placed on his heart and even start his own blog someday. Again, Lord willing. If you would like to be notified of any new book releases, or of his future blog site, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.