Copy of radio interview for “The Journey” by K. J. Janssen
It is my pleasure to introduce one of the countries up-and-coming spiritual writers. K. J. Janssen
Ken has been writing fiction since he was eight, but it wasn’t until he retired, several years back, that he took up writing as a profession. His first two novels, Blood Money and Fatal Dose, featured a tough FBI Special Agent with a bunch of bad guys to track down and a host of love interests to spice up his life.
From there, he moved to his first drama, with the novel Family Matters about a family that ran roughshod over their townsfolk until one of them hired an assassin to kill the family and burn their Mansion to the ground.
Continuing with the drama genre, he next penned Siblings in which the Symington family, though a well respected family on the outside, live lives that include adultery, drug trips and illegal abortions, in this exciting thriller about family life in a small New England town.
It was at this point in his literary career that Ken decided to turn to spiritual works that would mirror his life and beliefs. The Journey, a New Thought novel is his first such novel and it has risen to the top of the sales charts for multiple genres.
His lifetime of living New Thought principles spans over fifty years and makes him a voice worth listening to.
Let’s give a big hand to the author of “The Journey”, K. J. Janssen
Why did you write this book?
I couldn’t find any spiritual books that I was comfortable reading. There were either too many restrictions or too much dogma. I decided to fill the gap with a novel that would provide answers to life’s questions and at the same time provide an intriguing story. So I wrote “The Journey” as a novel.
“The Journey” is as provocative as it is inspirational. It is a spiritual book about a new way of thinking. As long as we’re alive, there is no final reckoning; the best we can do is try to be at peace with what we believe.
What surprised you the most as you wrote this book?
I was mostly amazed that most religious books, even those claiming to be ‘new age” books, failed to offer any new insights into our time here on earth. Too much effort was devoted to the hereafter and not enough on our daily lives. Early on in my research, I recognized that the ways of man were the result of “group thinking” or the “Collective Unconscious” and not the ways of our Creator, God Almighty. From that realization, came the Eight Postulates that form the basis of the novel’s plot.
What do you believe will surprise readers the most?
Discovering that there is no place like “heaven” or “hell”. That the Kingdom of God is here on earth, dwelling in each of us, just as the prophet Jesus told us. It is as near as our next breath, if only we will recognize and accept into our hearts and souls.
Did writing this novel change your life in any way?
Absolutely! It required me to reconsider my beliefs about how entry into the Kingdom of God is attained. It is not through strict rules, secret rituals or dogma, but rather by acknowledging God Almighty as the one and only God (no three persons- read the First Commandment), by confessing our sins and inviting his Holy Spirit empowerment into our lives. It couldn’t be any simpler.
What do you hope will happen to those who read your book?
My sincere wish is that “The Journey” will awaken a latent desire in their hearts to know God better and to seek entry into His Kingdom on Earth. It’s there for all regardless of race, nationality or ethnicity. Most of all, I wish for them to realize that there is more to life than being born, existing and dying. There is the Kingdom of God… that edenic existence that our Creator intended for us…that peace that passes all understanding. We all can live a much better life.
How did you do your research for “The Journey”?
My religious upbringing was in a traditional Christian home. In college I was exposed to Thomas Paine’s ‘Age of Reason” and it had a profound effect on my spiritual thinking; freeing me from the shackles of religious dogma. Since that time, I nurtured my new freedom with a healthy dose of “new thought” concepts as taught by the most notable spiritual leaders of that movement. After 50 years of experiential living with the highest ideals that new thought teaching has to offer, I felt comfortable using the medium of an inspirational novel to offer a new way of life to the world.
Thank you for allowing us to share “The Journey” with you. For those who haven’t as yet read this inspiring novel, it is available on Amazon at:
Thank you Mr. Janssen for taking the time to talk with us. We wish you the best with “The Journey” by K. J. Janssen