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The Barista Book by Elijah G Clark

About Author

Who is Jesus, Conversation With God Book

Elijah G Clark

The youngest of five, Elijah G. Clark was born in Atlanta Georgia and raised in Delaware. As a member of the United States Air Force, Elijah first heard the calling of God in his life. He was lead on a mission of finding purpose, love, truth and peace. Throughout his journey, he was eventually lead to building a personal relationship with God through study, meditation and prayer.

After completing his service in the military, Elijah attended college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he also married Anastasia in 2006. Two years later, Malachi was added to the family.

As a storyteller, Elijah is known for articulating his messages with fascinating truth and parables. His desire is to be used by God as an interpreter of His message.



Read Q & A with Author

Author Q & A

1. What inspired the storyline for The Barista?
I was inspired to write The Barista because of a poem I wrote back when I was 17 years old in high school. The poem was about a person who lived their life carelessly because they didn’t truly know God. As I grew older, I turned that poem into a play while in the military and then I chose to write the book because I wanted to help others find answers to all of the questions I struggled with as a new Christ follower.

2. What type of research did you have to do for The Barista?
Too much research was done. I spent years researching and reading The Bible over and over until it finally stuck. This subject was not only dear to my heart, but I wanted it to be truthful to the word of God. So, my research was strong because I didn’t really want to add my own opinion or contradict what the scriptures said about the subjects that The Barista Covered.

3. What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing The Barista?
One of the most interesting things I learned about the word of God had to do with the Heavens, Hell and Sheol. That was a subject that I didn’t know too much about and learning about it was fun and exciting and I was anxious to share it within The Barista.

4. What surprises do your fans have to look forward to in The Barista?
My goal was to make the entire book a great read, but the biggest surprise will come starting in chapter 6 and will continue until the end of the book. Those suprises include more background stories on the character, his family, his life's purpose, Heaven, Hell and much more.

5. How awkward was it initially to write a "dialogue" as Jesus?
Very awkward at first. I spent months reading over just the new testament and watching films of Jesus before I could even write the book. Understanding his personality was very important to me and I knew readers would watch my portrayal of him closely.

6. Do you have a favorite character in The Barista? Why?
Cephas was actually my favorite character. I enjoyed writing from his perspective because he allowed me to say what I wanted to say without a filter. With Emanuel I had to be careful with what I said, but Cephas allowed me to say whatever I wanted to say. He reminded me of myself with how he followed God, but didn’t fully have the heart or love of God for all others.

7. What message would you like your readers to take away after reading The Barista? 
My wish is that my readers can walk away knowing Jesus a little better. The ultimate desire is that they seek to know Him for themselves through a personal relationship. Throughout my growth in Christ, I struggled to find a true leader and answers for my difficult religious questions. My hope is that I can help someone not go through those same struggles that I went through.

8. What research surprised you the most?
Finding out about the 144 thousand was what surprised me the most. We all grow to think we know who they are and what they are coming for, but my research and understanding was a great shock once I really found out who exactly they were and how they got to their positions.

9. What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
The feedback is the best part. I know I wrote about a sensitive topic, but the response has been great. I expect some people to hate it and disagree with its dialogue, but so far it's been better than expected.

10. What new projects are on the horizon?
I have no idea as of yet. Truthfully, I don't really consider myself a writer. I was inspired and with prayer, God has helped me write this book. My hope is that He will continue to lead me, if that means writing another book, then that is what I will do.

We don't have the power to control or create truth, because truth existed before us.

Elijah G Clark

The Book

Having survived a near fatal accident, George is left reeling with the difficult questions of who he is and where is his family. Finding himself lost and in desperate need of help—in more ways than he realizes—George finds sanctuary at a mysterious diner he stumbles upon, only there to be plagued by more questions demanding answers he cannot satisfy. Through the help of a curious barista who is able to explain the metaphysical journey and the truth about who George is, he is taken into a world of understanding unlike he ever imagined possible—and receives the answers he has been waiting for his whole life.


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INTRODUCTION

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
- Henry David Thoreau
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The Truth:

Subconsciously, the average person gets caught up in their own system of life and direction. We choose ourselves as god by following our own rules and believing in whatever feels good. With society praising creators and disparaging followers, we have inevitably found ourselves clutching onto what is new rather than traditionalism. That way of life has transitioned into our spiritual walk, and we have created false prophecies and customized biblical doctrine to our liking. Believing in God is considered old truth, while magic and fate have become the gods of the new age. Worshipping Christ is no longer an honor, but it has become a separation of those who praise and those who desire worldly approval and position.

We've configured our minds to believe that because sinning is natural, then it must be right. We are afraid of believing because we fear following blindly and giving up control. We no longer try the spiritual route because we desire independence from all law that doesn't approve of our free mind. As our desires hold firm to this world, following is looked down upon and is considered acceptable only for the weak-minded.

Even those of us who do claim to love Christ, don’t do much to show our love for Him. We simply expect that whatever our mouths proclaim, our hearts and spirits will also feel the same. We have little understanding of anything outside of our day-to-day. While God is the God of Heaven, Earth and all of the stars in the sky, we have belittled Him down to a mere fairytale. We've created Him to be a figure in which we believe we can simply accept, and we do nothing to validate our love and dedication toward Him.

Somehow, we have convinced ourselves that we can make it to Heaven by just repeating scriptural text that we don't truly understand. We pray and claim faith, but we do nothing of action to become worthy of God's gift. We tell ourselves that we can make it beyond this world if we just wait in silence. The fact, according to scripture, is that something must be done in order to show our love toward God. We cannot do nothing and expect everything in return. The reality is that in order to love God, we must do as He desires. Love and doing are one and the same. If we love Him, then we should desire to change out of what is natural and transform our minds from its sinful nature.

More than anything, we should seek to know truth. Truth isn't in a book, temple or through the words of another. There is nothing that can be said or done in order to find it. Truth is a feeling and understanding within yourself that is gained only through a personal relationship with God. Most of us get distracted away from truth as we turn our attention toward religion instead. Instead of using religion as the tool it is, we grasp onto it as a crutch and follow the rules and rituals it creates.

What steers most of us away from truth is that we don't know how to handle the peace that comes with truth. Many of us have become fearful of our own thoughts and judgment. We intentionally distract ourselves with chaos and drama in hopes that we can fall asleep at night with the sound of the television whispering in our ears. Our minds have become addicted to staying away from peace and introspection. We're losing the war in our minds because our spirit never gets time to talk to its Creator.

Our lives have become fixated with fiction, and because we are satisfied, we effortlessly follow the wrong paths. It has become almost impossible to find purpose. Easily, our minds break because we've been cracked and wounded our entire life. We're stuck in a system that dilutes our minds from truth and peace. We not only lack spiritual knowledge, but we don't even seek to know the truth of all truths.

Most of us aren't even aware of the consequences that are connected to our choices. Searching for a comfortable resolution, we attach ourselves to the one that requires the least amount of commitment.

Though our hearts may at times have an appetite for God's love, our minds often disagree. We continue moving in the wrong direction simply because it's easier than starting new. We seek truth in lies and close our minds to anything that takes us near the reality of our failures.

If we look deeply, we'll realize that the world holds no truth. Truth doesn't come from this world, but it lives in a world outside of this one. We don't have the power to control or create truth because truth existed before us. Therefore, we must learn to follow. In order to find truth, we must stop looking for it and start asking for it.

This book will help you get a better understanding of not only who God is, but also who you are within His world. You should have a better understanding of your purpose and position as you seek to follow Christ. Everyone has a position in this world. We are all purposed to do something of relevance according to God's plan.

While some of us may feel like leaders at times, we were born to be followers. We all serve something or someone even if we don't know we do. No matter what we do or say, there will always be Another greater than we are. We must not only believe in Him, but we must also follow Him as He desires.

Come journey with me through the process of becoming a true and desirable follower of Christ.

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Book Club Questions

Book Club Questions

Story:

1. What is the significance of the title? Would you have given The Barista a different title? If yes, what is your title?

2. What were the themes of The Barista? Do you feel they were adequately explored? Were they brought to life in a cliche or in a unique manner?

3. What did you think of the structure and style of the writing?

4. What scene was the most pivotal for The Barista? How do you think the story would have changed had that scene not taken place?

5. What scene resonated most with you personally in either a positive or negative way? Why?

6. What surprised you the most about the book?

7. Were there any particular quotes that stood out to you? Why?




Characters:

8. Did George remind you of yourself or someone you know? How?

9. What is motivating the actions of George in the story? What do Emmanuel and Cephas want from George and what does George want with them?

10. Do you believe the character Emmanuel encompassed what you know about Jesus? How?

11. How does the way George see himself, differ from how Emmanuel and Cephas see him? How do you see the various characters?

12. What do you believe was the role of the character Cephas?

13. If you could smack George upside his head, at which point would you smack the hardest?

14. If you were in George's situation and had a night with Jesus, Which one question would you ask?




The Ending:

15. Did you think the ending was appropriate? How would you have liked to have seen the ending go?

16. How did George change by the end of the book?

17. Have any of YOUR views or thoughts changed after reading The Barista?

18. What do you think will happen next to George?




Overall:

19. Are there any books that you would compare this one to? How does this book hold up to them?

20. What did you learn from, take away from, or get out of this book?

21. Did your opinion of the book change as you read it? How?

22. Would you recommend a friend to read The Barista?