About the Author
Reginald (Reggie) Scot, who now resides with God in heaven, was a successful English land owner who served as a member of parliament in the 1500’s. He is most remembered today as the author of The Discoverie of Witchcraft, published in 1584. In it, he courageously argued that the belief in witchcraft was based on untrue and irrational superstitions promoted by the church as well as the communities, at large. His writing was attacked by leading clergy and philosophers of his day. King James VI (remembered for the King James version of the bible) called Scot’s work “damnable”.
Although Reggie has now been a resident of heaven for over 400 years, in July 2015, he felt that he had been called to again confront the evils of man’s religious bigotry. Instead of a direct assault on bigotry as in his first book, however, he decided, this time, to fulfill his calling through the unique approach of acquainting people with the events, issues and decisions they are likely to face immediately after their death. To do this, he chose to discretely monitor and document the experiences of a strong and committed Christian during the first few days after his death as he searched for his way to heaven. After reviewing God’s list of scheduled deaths, Reggie chose John Willis who was slated to die on July 2, 2015. John was a highly successful accountant and respected citizen in Columbia, South Carolina who was also a strong and compassionate Southern Baptist Christian totally committed to obeying all of God’s biblical laws.
About the Scribe
Although, as a resident of heaven, Reggie would have full access to John Willis’ thoughts and activities after his death, Reggie had no ability whatsoever to actually write the book. He needed an earthly scribe. After an extensive search, he chose Ken Boutwell, an unknown and not very talented writer in Tallahassee, Florida. Ken did, however, have the advantages of being about the same age as John, having grown up in the South and having been a member of a Southern Baptist church all his adult life. Hence, it would be easy for Ken to see things through John’s eyes.
Through ways that Ken still does not understand, Reggie contacted him about 2 AM one morning to inform him that he had been selected to serve as the scribe to write this book. When Ken objected, Reggie carefully explained that he would tell him exactly what to write. All Ken had to do was type. When Ken objected the second, third and fourth times, Reggie used the age-old technique of blackmail, threatening to tell Ken’s fellow church members that he was, secretly, a left wing liberal if he did not fully cooperate. That did it. Ken knew that he could never hold his head up again if his fellow Southern Baptist church members thought that he was a liberal, especially a left wing liberal. He went to his computer and waited for Reggie’s words.