ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Martin Bishop was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, where he lived with his parents and two older siblings. His father was a Lutheran Pastor and his mother was a teacher. His fondest memories of life in Brooklyn consist of his daily roller skating on the local play street and trick-or-treating with his sister. In those days, little kids could walk safely from house to house, block after block, something that is impossible today especially in cities. Still, even then, he remembers his mother telling him that she had to inspect any apples that people might give to trick-or-treaters because there were some “bad people” who would put razor blades in them. Other than “look both ways crossing the street” and “don’t talk to strangers,” there were no other worries – except that the bags of candy could get pretty heavy.
In 1961 his family moved to Bristol, Connecticut where his father became pastor of a Lutheran Church and School. Life as "pastor's kid" in 1960's Bristol immersed Robert Martin Bishop in theology and in the intricacies of relationships between the various churches and religions in that relatively small town. The divisions that existed between the churches in Bristol -- such as nuns from the Catholic Church and school across the street being forbidden by their priests to walk on the sidewalk in front of the Lutheran Church -- shaped his thinking about the integration and separation that exist in faith. This led him to ponder the integration and separation inherent in the story of the Angels and Satan.
Having attended a Lutheran Elementary School where he was rather insulated from “the outside world,” moving on to public High School was both exciting and eye-opening. He discovered, among many other things, that while he and his former classmates were academically prepared extremely well – and the same was true of many of his Catholic-educated friends – that he was unprepared for the “noise” of life in the public realm. Everything was new to him and it took him a couple of years and a stint as an exchange student in Germany before he felt comfortable interacting with people he didn’t know.
Bishop attended Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, with a major in German. He was a prolific writer in college, penning short stories and poems in his free time. It was while he was in college that the story of Jetebais began to form in his mind as the result of an assignment given by his creative writing professor, founder and first editor of The New York Quarterly, William Packard. The assignment was simply to write a dialogue between two entities that would leave the reader wanting to know what would happen next. Some forty years later and with a few small adjustments, that dialogue eventually became the prologue to his book, I, Jetebais.
Bishop always had the desire to teach but open teaching positions were not to be found in the mid-seventies. He remembers typing eighty letters and resumes on his old Smith-Corona to no avail and although disappointed, he still believed that he would eventually become a teacher. He took a job with a manufacturer for whom he had worked the previous summer. He began in the machine shop and shipping room, but three years later he was their field sales manager.
After twenty years in the hardware and paint sundries industry, Bishop went into financial services with a specialty in helping people prepare for their senior years.
In 2005, he moved to Ocala, Florida with his then fifteen-year-old son who enrolled as a sophomore in the local Lutheran High School. The following year, three days before school was to start, Bishop got a call from the school principal who asked him if he’d be interested in teaching U.S. History and English. He jumped at the chance!
After retiring from Sales and Management, then retiring from teaching High School, he was finally able to fulfill his dream of writing this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Building on the theme of separation and restoration that is inherent in faith, can a fallen angel achieve redemption after the rebellion? Human arrogance, the Papacy, and the eternal struggle of Good versus Evil collide in this contemporary suspense novel by Robert Martin Bishop. "I am the Rebellion!" With these words, Jetebais laments his decision to leave heaven and now wishes to find a way to redeem himself. He chooses a seemingly ordinary priest to hear his confession with the ultimate plan to shield mankind should Satan learn that he is exposing him and the paths by which mankind is led into evil. The priest agrees to become Jetebais' confessor and their harrowing, suspenseful journey as Jetebais acts as a "double-agent" leads them to an explosive finish filled with Popes, friends, and fireworks. Readers will enjoy a front row seat to Creation as well as many other Biblical and historical events