Exclusive Author Interview: Marcus Hurst

Imagine trying to put a complex puzzle together, without looking at the final picture. Wouldn’t that be a discouraging task? Many people find life to be just like that. Millions of folks are struggling to locate satisfactory answers to life’s big questions. They wonder: “We are born, we live a little while, and then we die. Is that all? What are we humans supposed to get out of life?”

There are many different explanations for our role on earth and how we arrived here, but who is correct? Where is an accurate picture to aid us in completing life’s puzzle?

Hurst says, “Nothing is as secure as confidently standing on the solid ground of reality, and nothing is as repulsive as struggling through the swamp of falsehoods and error.” 

Q. Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

Yes, I find writing Christian literature benefits me spiritually.

Q. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have four major book projects that are partially finished; two of which could easily end up being a series.

Q. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

1. Pray for your writing project, and make sure the Holy Spirit is upon you each time before you start writing. 

2. After you think your project is finished, put it away and go over it again a month later. Repeat this at least a few times.

3. Stay humble. You’re not as smart as you think you are. Remember, you cannot write anything worthwhile without God’s help.

Q. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

For research, I read numerous books that other authors have written on the subject. 

This being the first book I wrote, I did no research before I started. It grew from 1000-words to 20,000-words over the course of 4 years. (I initially wrote it as an article 12 years ago when I was about 16.)

In the future I will probably spend a month or two researching before beginning the book.

Q. How many hours a day do you write?

I spent about four hours a day at it.

Q. How accurate is your work, when it comes to the question of meaning and purpose of life?

Backed by my personal experience and the experience of countless other Christians, I would say my work is entirely accurate when speaking about a meaning and purpose for life.

Q. What is your view about nihilistic people?

I believe most nihilistic people think what they do because that’s what they want to think. Their belief, that there is no right and wrong, grants them zero restriction in doing however they please. In reality, this is not the freedom it appears to be. Such belief results in a severe misery of the psyche that can only be broken by accepting and submitting to morality.

Q. Do you think that your book would change their views about life? How?

After reading this question, I pretended I was nihilistic and started reading my book to see how I might find it. Yes, I believe my book could change their views about life. But not unless they are fed up with the said “misery of the psyche” and are willing to submit to a moral law. 

Aided by the “sequential ‘flow’ of logic cascading from chapter to chapter,” I feel, if a nihilistic person is honest with themselves, they will change their view and find the peace they are so earnestly craving.

Q. What is your future plan to reach more people?

I would like to get the book traditionally published. I also intend to keep praying, for the restraint of satanic influence, (for the devil despises my book and will do everything he can to keep people from reading it.) and I want to pray for the people searching for answers that they might find them.

Q. What is your message to your followers and readers? 

We do best to maintain an open mind to the truth. Nothing is as secure as confidently standing on the solid ground of reality; nor is anything as repulsive as struggling through the swamp of falsehoods and error. 

Feel free to check these things out for yourself whether they be so. If you find that my explanation contradicts the truth, then do not believe it. If this happens, please tell me about it and inform me of the truth; for the undiluted truth is what I crave, even if it is scary.

“Just as directions to a destination are made more clear with, for example, a road map, The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle is intended to be on the same higher level of clarity; helping readers to piece together the often confusing and contradicting elements of going through life and making choices by seeing the ‘big-picture’ outlined in front of them within his remarkably laid out pages. With the galley text providing clear quotations, bullet-pointed highlights and a sequential ‘flow’ of logic cascading from chapter to chapter, readers are proposed a scenario in which they can either accept, argue or disbelieve, but certainly cannot ignore and will be captivated by Hurst’s unambiguous presentation.” – Pacific Book Review

The The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle is available via Amazon