Eileen Maddocks was born and raised in Maine. Her mother, who was raised in the Millerite tradition in the Advent Christian Church, studied and pondered Christian history and theology on her own and became a Sunday School teacher in the Universalist Church. The stories of the Advent Christian grandparents and their church's tent meetings were family lore but Eileen was raised in liberal Protestantism. This dual world fostered a need to seek and search spiritual truth. She received a bachelor degree in liberal arts from the University of Kansas and then married and had two children. Soon a single parent, she worked as a secretary and sales representative to raise her children. Always a spiritual seeker, she went to various Christian churches but did not find the answers to her questions. Then she explored New Age concepts for many years. Then in 1989, just when the bottom had seemed to drop out of her life, she discovered the Baha'i Faith and subsequently served at the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa, Israel, for 16 years as a researcher and writer. Upon retirement, she returned to her New England heritage and is now a writer and editor living in exquisitely beautiful Vermont where bill boards are banned. Her best description of herself is that of a curious student, always trying to learn. She endeavors to write in a manner designed to encourage readers to seek and explore for themselves. Her study of the life and mission of William Miller led to a deeply empathic appreciation for him. The author's cerebral lifestyle is balanced with a serious study of ballet and four seasons of performing in Farm to Ballet, a summer production of Ballet Vermont that brings classical ballet to Vermont farm venues. Every year over 5,000 people watch this dance celebration of life on a Vermont farm from spring through fall. Its performances raise money for many nonprofit agricultural organizations.
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review! Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers'
FavoriteEileen Maddocks's 1844: Convergence in
Prophecy for Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha'i Faith is
the perfect book for readers who like to study religion and try to
dig deeper into how a religion took its form and was shaped into
the belief systems that people are following right now. The author
examines the theory presented by William Miller that the Second
Coming of Jesus occurred in 1844 and that the Savior will come back
Many people believed this theory and believed that Christ did appear in the mid 1800s. However, this theory gave birth to many other theories and belief systems in the world. Eileen Maddocks forms connections between the prophecies, trying to come to the conclusion that the Second Coming of Christ did happen all those years ago. But He came back to His people in the Middle East rather than where the world expected Him to appear.
This really well-written and researched book is definitely for open minded readers who like to discover things and come to their own conclusions. The amount of research the author had to do to come to her own conclusion is frankly intimidating. This is definitely a good read for those who like to study religion and see it from multiple angles. This is a deep look into what we believe and how we came to believe in our religious concepts. I was amazed at the amount of references that the author made and this shows her dedication to the subject matter. Her writing style is soothing and refreshing, which makes reading this book even more interesting.(Amazon US review)Five Stars - Contains gems of insight into human destinyByMarina D. Kirsch on July 22, 2018Format: Kindle EditionEileen Maddocks has completed a highly engaging insight into a perplexing episode in western Christianity--the prophecies of the Second Coming of Christ that were predicted for the mid-1800s which seemingly failed to materialize. Through connections between those prophecies and a dramatic series of events in the Middle East at the predicted time, the author arrives at an intriguing conclusion--that the Second Coming did indeed occur, but in the Middle East rather than in the Western world as was expected. The book is well written and meticulously researched and referenced--a recommended read not only for Baha'i readers, but also for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim readers who are willing to consider the material with an open mind.Fascinating historyNovember 24, 2018Format: Kindle EditionThis account is our family account under my wife's name, but I, Glenn Franco Simmons, am writing this review. "Convergence" is an important read for anyone interested in religion, particularly the events of the 1800s that included much religious awakening.