Former atheist writes philosophical novel after turning to God
A RAGING atheist turned man of God explores humanity's quest for meaning in his debut novel.
Dr Craig Shrosbree, an aesthetic dental practitioner at the Rejuvadent clinic in Grimsby, began writing The View From The Top after finding Christianity during a holiday to Israel 12 years ago.
The book, which Craig describes as a "philosophical novel", was snapped up by an American publisher and has already gone on sale in the US, Australia and New Zealand, as well as online.
And, as part of the book's UK launch, Craig delivered a talk at Waltham Windmill Golf Club describing the inspiration for his novel.
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The 51-year-old married father of three, who lives in North Thoresby, told the audience how he had left his native South Africa in 1998 in search of a fresh start, after his life as a "narcissistic hedonist" had failed to bring him fulfillment.
Despite earning "obscene amounts of money" after building up one of the largest dental practices in his home country, Craig became "bored and frustrated and realised money was not enough."
He said coming to Grimsby, where he took up his current job, was the best decision he ever made "professionally and emotionally."
But it was whilst on a scuba diving holiday to Israel in 2000 that Craig's life changed forever.
Describing his visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, he said: "There were pilgrims kneeling and crying around this stone and as a hardened atheist I thought they were all mad. But then in a split second I had the most powerful encounter with a tangible presence of God."
On his return to Grimsby, Craig immersed himself in the works of the great philosophers, which provided a great source of inspiration for his own writing.
But he insists that his novel is accessible to the general reader and "not a heavy philosophical book at all."
The View From The Top follows the main character Matthau in his quest to find meaning and fulfillment in an often vacuous and celebrity-filled world.
Craig said: "Everybody is trying to find meaning in life and I'm trying to show that the modern world view is inadequate. The most asked question according to Google is 'What is the meaning of life?' and my book tries to address that in a very small way."
Since writing The View From The Top, Craig has completed four other books, which he is also hoping to have published.
He rises at 4am every morning to start writing, which he describes as the "most fulfilling experience of my life."
He added: "I've got four other books totally completed and I'm onto my fifth one.
They are all philosophical novels trying to understand people's quest for meaning."
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