About J. Michael Jones

I am a native of Appalachia, now living in the Pacific Northwest (US). I began writing in 1972. I began thinking in 1990. I began blogging in 1998 as the “Christian Monist,” to address the mass exodus out of evangelicalism with thoughtful considerations of why it had failed, and where to go next. I took up writing seriously in 2000, focusing on fiction in 2010. I became a hermit in 2019 when I suddenly became quite ill due to cancer, had a bone marrow transplant and was put on “house arrest” for six months (quarantine). I came out of hermit-hood in December 2019, only to have to go back in to confinement in February 2020 with the arrival of COVID-19. Since my risk factors for death from COVID are extremely high (est. 45%) and the vaccine (and I’ve had three doses now) probably ineffective, I am still in a state of quarantine.

I am blessed by the fact that just before I became ill, we had moved to a small house on a beautiful mountain lake. The place (English version is Lake Erie, Washington, my Scottish translation is Loch Eyre) has been my sanctuary, a place to build things, think, and write. Yes, I have a lovely wife who wasn’t here much during 2020 due to an intense work schedule as a nursing administrator during COVID. I see her more often now.

I am the father of five wonderful, grown children, each enough to make even a cynical father proud.

Blog Discussions

I have three areas I like to talk about in my blogging.

  1. My battle with Multiple Myeloma. I’m not talking so much about it lately as I’ve been stable.
  1. Philosophical considerations for the pursuit of truth. When I say “truth” I mean the classical definition of “that which is consistent with reality.” Much of this discussion has to with religion and politics, and I’m not a fan of either. Specifically, the religion part has to do with my own upbringing. I grew up in the Bible belt and was a staunch evangelical until 1990. No one was a stronger evangelical than me, having spent a decade in a very difficult discipleship program, then selling everything we (meaning my wife and children) owned and going to the Muslim world to convert them to evangelicalism. It was during this process that I realized one day that my boss, who I thought was the greatest Christian who ever lived, was a fraud … but not only that, I personally was a fraud as were virtually everyone in that religious world. It took me a whole decade to unravel that religious quagmire of disguise. The Christian church is in a self-imposed spiral death. For years I thought I could save it. Now, I see myself as the person in the water (think of the Titanic here) pointing to the life rafts. That’s my calling. I have no quarrel with those who are still within evangelicalism and love it. When I write, they often think I’m attacking them, which I’m not. As I fight or my life with cancer, to have people write or tell me in person that I’m going to hell, that I have no relationship with God or similar things, is painful. Please stop. What I write is not personal … it’s philosophical. It is none of my business what other people believe and, unlike when I was an evangelical, I would never attack them personally. However, for the honest searcher, I feel I have a lot to say. I’m not a big fan of religion in general, but love religious people. All religious people, and the non-religious as well. I have a profound admiration for the historical Jesus Christ, which shouldn’t sound odd because he despised religion and politics as well.
  2. I do write about writing. Having written non-fiction in the past, I am presently working my third, and best novel. It is my passion. It keeps me sane. Spending so much time by myself and my Saint Bernard, and a few nameless rainbow trout, goats, and chickens. I have to create imaginary worlds of social discourse with humans, or I would go friggin mad. I’m doing my level best to improve my writing so that the reader will not be disappointed.

J. Michael Jones / The Hermit of Loch Eyre

Michael has been interested n writing since middle school. He has published over thirty articles for national and international magazines. He has written six books, ranging from Christian philosophy to headache management. The Waters of Bimini, was his first novel. His second novel, released in 2019, was Christina Athena; the Girl with the Headaches. His latest novel Ristretto Rain was released July 11th, 2020 and was Amazon’s # 1 book that had anything to do with coffee, for three weeks. He now working on his first true thriller, picking up on a character introduced in The Waters of Bimini. This latest novel is titled; Retribution; Eynan, Bieynan.

Unfortunately, Michael went from being in great health, running six miles at a time, working full time, and planning a trek across Greenland for the summer of 2019, to being serious ill in January 2019. His diagnosis was the bone marrow cancer, Multiple Myeloma and associated renal failure. It has been a trying year of efforts to stay alive and enduring treatments such as a bone marrow transplant. He learned in September, 2019, that the bone marrow (stem-cell) transplant was not fully effective in putting his cancer in complete remission as he had hoped and he continues fighting this battle. However, he is doing much better in the way he feels. He is off dialysis and does a lot of hiking, sailing, (small) mounting climbing, kayaking and has even run a few times.

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