INTRODUCTION For years, friends have asked, “When are you going to write your story? My answer thus far has been, “Oh! Sometime when I’m caught up with all the other priorities.” Since I’ve already written the biography of my parents in a two-volume set entitled, Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, and since I’ve squeezed in […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To our Friends and Loved Ones At the close of this year of our Lord, 2015 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me” (Psalm 66:16). Challenge: Brussels Alert This Christmas season struck the Mahars with a staggering impact as it coincided with the terrorist […]


The Day of Christ’s crucifixion was the most dramatic day in the history of the world. On it hung the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies and the sacrificial system with its types and promises. It was on that day and hour that the ultimate destiny of each person on earth throughout history hung. On that day Jesus—the Son of God— was crucified. Why? Because He loved us … Death is not final. Instead it is the guarantee of life everlasting.


News on Three Continents “What do you know Paprika Parrot, we’re back on our blog. I almost feel like I need to reintroduce you, my pretend pet, sitting up there on top of our blog page.” “It’s good to be back. I’ve been pecking at you, screeching at you, and even nibbling your books, but you were […]


Celebrating with THANKSGIVING “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”  (2 Corinthians  9:15).   Since ancient times—and in all nations—gifts have accompanied joyful events (see Esther 9:22; Revelation 11:10), but the most fabulous and most joyful event of all history was announced long ago by an angel in the words, “…unto you is born this […]


Part One Introduction What connection might our fast-paced age of high-tech electronics, super-sonic travel, and global networking have with ancient Babylon? Now that’s a question much too complex to answer in one sentence except to state simply that the word BABYLON provides an insightful view of our past, and a fast forward of our future. Countless mysteries still lie […]

Wise Men From the East

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east” (Matthew 2:1). Amidst staggering world events, concerns over the economy, wars, pressures of daily life, health, grief over loved ones who have recently left us, and the unknown future, it seems […]

BelkA of BABYLON Reader Reviews

Martha – Professional world travel guide, musician, speaker “No, it isn’t a metronome I saw in my mind’s eyes as I began reading your BelkA of BABYLON—more nearly an ancient map stretched across your office walls with small flags like war positions on a map as your groups advanced! I usually read to about 1 […]

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joanne Kroeker Mahar Page-Turning Biblical Fiction Recreates World of Daniel Novel dramatizes story of Scriptures’ spread throughout ancient world LONGWOOD, FL—A daring rescue, a life-changing encounter, a mission to preserve the Sacred Writings from total destruction—a newcomer on the biblical fiction market spins a tale that sweeps you into the […]

End of the World Panic

Most of us have seen the many billboards on our American freeways announcing a day of judgment—that never happened. Dark Clouds In the wake of our present economic distress, aftereffects of terrorism, globalization, unprecedented scientific-technological advances, environmental concerns, people movements, wars, nuclear bombs, disease, killer asteroids, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and other catastrophes, many of us […]