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Richard D. Lewis

Author, Journalist, Explorer

Richard D. Lewis is an author, journalist, and veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he began his career in broadcasting. Creator of the award-winning Pentagon Channel TV newsmagazine Air Force Space Today, he has won multiple Telly and Thomas Jefferson Awards. 

The Paranormal Christian

Book II: The Quickening

Faith in God and belief in the supernatural go hand-in-hand. It’s time to bring the paranormal back into the light.

Journey into the unknown with this riveting guide to bridge the gap between mysterious phenomena, today’s headlines, and the Biblical worldview, with exciting new insights for every open-minded Christian and curious seeker.

You’ll discover:

  • A mystical exploration of paranormal phenomena through the lens of the Bible.
  • Journey to the gateway between life and death, and the afterlife, including out-of-body experiences and a bold, new look at reincarnation.
  • Stories of departed loved ones communicating from the other side.
  • Real encounters with angels, ghosts, cryptids, and other extraterrestrial beings.
  • The true story of UFOs—and the divine secret to end an alien abduction.

If you believe in the Bible, you already have faith in the unseen, the supernatural worldview of our ancestors.

If you are seeking real answers for the church, you will find them here …

With The Paranormal Christian.

Public Appearances, Speaking & Interviews Inquire Here!

Meet Richard Lewis

(And His Wife Janet)

Richard D. Lewis is a graduate of the Defense Information School’s writing, broadcast, and public affairs programs. He has published bylines and/or TV clips in Blackbelt Magazine, FILMINK, Fangoria.com, Rocket Magazine, Geek Monthly, P3 Production Update, Campus Circle, Astro News, Space Country Times, Air Force.mil, BeyondHollywood.com, The History Channel, AMC Theatres, AAFES Theatres, KTLA, Torrance Channel 3, AFN TV, AFBS TV, PBS, The Pentagon Channel, Milsat Magazine, Santa Maria Times, and The Lompoc Record.

Richard is a published songwriter on Aska’s Nine Tongues LP, writing lyrics of the acclaimed single “The Dream” and he wrote screenplay treatments for Geoff Nicholls of Black Sabbath—pitched to the Horror Channel in England. Richard is also creator of the award-winning Pentagon Channel TV newsmagazine Air Force Space Today and author of The Paranormal Christian and Return of the Paranormal Christian.

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MINIONS GO BANANAS AT THE BOX OFFICE – Universal’s ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ is blowing up the box office, targeting a $129.2 million opening over the four-day holiday weekend from 4,400 locations. This marks the highest domestic opening for an animated film since 2019’s Frozen 2, with $200 million+ worldwide projected through the weekend.The film is produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal, and is the sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions (2015) and the fifth entry overall in the Despicable Me franchise. Directed by Kyle Balda, with Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val co-directing, the film features an all-star ensemble of voices, with Steve Carell reprising his role as Gru and Pierre Coffin as the Minions. Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin co-star.The story takes place in 1976, and follows 11-year-old Gru, the new leader of the Minions – they call “mini-boss.”Gru auditions to be a member of the Vicious 6, a criminal organization founded by Gru’s hero the aging supervillain, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin).But now the group is led by newly-appointed Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson), who wants nothing to do with the old leader or the young upstart Gru. Gru gets the jump on the Vicious 6 early though, managing to steal from them a magical stone medallion capable of turning anyone into one of the powerful animals of the Chinese Zodiac on the Chinese New Year. This theft enrages the vicious ones, and sets Belle Bottom and her ilk after young Gru and the stone.Gru escapes with his Minions, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, along with a new Minion, Otto, a large, round Minion with braces. Otto innocently trades the stone for a pet rock. So now they have to get the stone back, while avoiding the violence of the Vicious 6.Gru and co. seem overmatched, especially when the 6 get the stone and transform into Chinese Zodiac killers, like Belle’s wicked dragon or Nunchuck’s (Lucy Lawless) giant snake. But Gru has plenty of tricks up his sleeves, and old Knuckles does too, as they join forces against the 6, along with Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, who learn kung-fu from Master Chow (Michelle Yeoh), an acupuncturist who looks like a sweet grandma, but has fists and feet of fury. Chow teaches the three Minion primes how to unleash their inner beast, which is basically like activating a video game fatality – it levels the playing field – and their enemies.This movie is a wild ride with plenty of sight gags, 1970’s flair, and terrific animation. The film is filled with wall-to-wall, frenetic comedy, aimed mostly at kids. There is still plenty of laughs to be had for adults, mostly from the antics of the Minions, and their hybrid Spanish-English-Italian gibberish. My only complaint with these movies is they are over too quick (which may seem like a mercy to some, with the sensory overload of Minion antics). With $24 per ticket admission for IMAX screenings, you may not get as much entertainment value per dollar as your average Marvel movie. Then again, considering the lower attention span of children that these films are aimed at, under an hour and a half, may actually be the sweet spot for young parents needing to get their restless kids in and out of the theatre.For adults, you might consider pairing this movie with a second feature such as ‘Black Phone’ to get a bit more movie minutes and shake off the cuteness overload.Minions: The Rise of Gru is the fifth-highest opening of 2022 after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4M), Jurassic World Dominion ($145M), The Batman ($134M) and Top Gun: Maverick ($126.7M).Rise of Gru is the top opening for an animated movie during the pandemic and the best for the Independence Day holiday in the Covid era, and the fifth Despicable Me/Minions title to open at No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada.SOURCES:VarietyDeadlineWikipedia Rotten TomatoesAMC Theatres ... See MoreSee Less
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FLASHBACK: CHUCK & TITO — ESPN’s 30 for 30: Season 3, Episode 34 premiered Sept. 26, 2019. This was the first foray into the world of mixed martial arts for the award-winning sports documentary series. The film tells the story of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, and takes a penetrating look at the career, friendship and rivalry of two of the game’s most legendary MMA fighters. Both came from here in Southern California, and together, they brought millions of fans to mixed martial arts and made the UFC mainstream and its owners very rich.First the episode gives background on the rise of MMA, extreme fighting, once considered “human cockfighting” and banned in many states. The film features the sport’s earliest stars: Tank Abbot, Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, legendary referee “Big” John McCarthy, and many others. Abbot was something of a carnival act, from a bygone era when sideshow wrestling performances got all too real. He was a force of nature, and inspiration for the promotion’s first true star, the Huntington Beach “Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz. Ortiz was a wrestler with movie star looks, a gift for gab, and a bodybuilder’s physique, along with the mystique of being blonde, Latino and full of Cali swag with some of the best ground-and-pound MMA the sport has ever seen. Far from being a real bad boy, Tito turns out to be a nice guy with a lot of heart and the talk was all to sell tickets and increase the purse. His nemesis Chuck Liddell was a lifelong martial artist - the strong, silent type. He spoke with his fists and feet. His Mohawk and blazing attack combinations soon became the stuff of legends. Once training partners and friends, the two were on an inevitable collision course that would result in a trilogy of fights and a legacy that would make the UFC a household word. Director Micah Brown recaptures the glory days of both fighters, their respective rises, falls, and comebacks. Initially in Tito’s shadow, Chuck would later emerge as champion, as the better striker. But Tito would prove to have incredible endurance to mount an unlikely comeback. Both were truly gladiators. They both had troubled childhoods and both struggled with the highs and lows of fame. Although Tito is often cast as the villain, I don’t see it that way. Anyone who says Tito Ortiz never had heart or grit was not paying attention, and Chuck Liddell was nothing but heart. If anyone comes across as a villain in the story it would have to be UFC president Dana White, who became rich off these two. The UFC was purchased by Dana and his investors for a cool two million. With the help of Chuck and Tito, he turned it into a multi-billion dollar global enterprise. Dana calls Tito dumb repeatedly throughout the doc. And Tito was initially accused of holding out against Chuck. They both had been sparring partners and teammates, but as Tito explains it, he just wanted Chuck to join him in demanding a sizable purse, while Chuck just wanted to throw fists. Tito doesn’t sound dumb to me. To this day MMA stars are not paid nearly as much as boxing’s top attractions - which is why White and co. are able to consistently provide stacked cards as they do not pay as much, where in boxing, the main events take the majority of the purse. In the words of MMA legend, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, also briefly featured in the doc, UFC stands for “you fight cheap.”The cost of fighting is brought into focus by the series of brutal knockouts Liddell would later suffer, ending his career after once carrying the sport. The sad thing is he was winning those fights, when he would fall like a rag doll after a shot that he would have shrugged off in his earlier days. Sometime fighters will receive so much damage over the years their bodies can no longer tolerate the punishment. The heart is still their but the body just can’t take it. In his last UFC fight in 2010 Liddell faced the durable Rich Franklin - again Chuck was winning that fight when Franklin turned his lights out. But people forget Chuck has broken Franklin’s arm from a kick just moments earlier. Chuck and Tito would meet one last time to complete their trilogy in 2018 thanks to promoter Oscar De La Hoya, a fight Dana White said should have never been sanctioned. It was an epic battle of old lions and a final burying of past demons and their friendship was restored anew. The UFC has left both Chuck and Tito far behind in becoming a global phenomena, but that would never have been possible without these two titans of the sport. Chuck & Tito is a fitting tribute to both of these icons and another excellent documentary in the 30 for 30 collection. SOURCES:Awful Announcing GoogleIMDBESPN ... See MoreSee Less
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THE RETURN OF JANEWAY –Katherine Kiernan Maria “Kate” Mulgrew made history in the Star Trek franchise when she became the first female captain as a series regular in a leading role, and in one of the best Star Trek series to date. ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ ran for seven full seasons from 1994-2001. Voyager was the first show broadcast on the new UPN channel, the only series renewed after the channel's first programming season, and its only show to run for seven seasons. Mulgrew won the Saturn Award for "Best TV Actress" in 1998 for her performances as Janeway. Mulgrew’s Kathryn Janeway was a joy to watch. She was tough, she was fair, she was pragmatic, she was a salt of the earth Hoosier from Indiana, of proud, Irish descent. She was companionate – a great mentor and cultivator of talent – and a terrific leader.Voyager was a return to adventure and exploration after the franchise’s stopover at Deep Space 9 from 1993-1999. The Voyager set-up was the closest in tone to the original series seeking out “strange new worlds,” as the ship was lost in the Delta Quadrant on the other side of the galaxy. Janeway’s “Prime Directive” as Captain of the Starfleet starship USS Voyager was to get the crew home, which would take a lifetime with conventional Star Trek technology, but of course, they get some help along the way.After returning home to the Alpha Quadrant, Janeway is promoted to Vice-Admiral and briefly appears in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis. More recently, she is seen again commanding the USS Dauntless in the 2021 animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, searching for the missing USS Protostar which was being commanded by Captain Chakotay, her former first officer on Voyager, at the time of its disappearance. She and co-star Robert Beltran (Chakotay) voice their famous roles.Although other female captains had appeared in previous Star Trek episodes and other media, Janeway is the only one to serve as the central character of a Star Trek TV series. She has also appeared in other media including books and video games. In all of her screen appearances, Janeway was played by Kate Mulgrew.But the big question is: will Capt Janeway return to a live-action appearance again, and more pointedly, will she ever get her own show?The Paramount+ series Star Trek: Picard brought back many original cast members from The Next Generation to join lead star Patrick Stewart. And it’s a good sign that Voyager star Jeri Ryan returned as Seven of Nine in Picard which will wrap after the third season. Seven even mentioned her former mentor Admiral Janeway by name. Of course, this stirred up renewed interest in a possible return.When asked recently about a return to live-action, Mulgrew was open to the idea. "Well, I think Picard is done, unless I'm quite mistaken,” said Mulgrew. “I think they've finished, but it's not likely that Janeway will show up on Picard. “But who knows what will happen to her in the future? There seems to be…a tremendous resurgence here, a rather vital one,” Mulgrew continued. “So for the first time, I'm actually looking at it with new eyes. I wonder what would happen if Janeway were to come back to live-action?"I, for one, would love to see Janeway not only return to live-action, but see the admiral in her own live-action series.And of course, it would be a great to see a return to Fair Haven. Maybe they could even find a way to bring Michael Sullivan back.SOURCES:WikipediaTrek MovieComic BookMovie WebMemory Alpha ... See MoreSee Less
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In his new book “The Paranormal Christian Book II: The Quickening”, Richard examines paranormal phenomena through the lens of the Bible, including out-of-body experiences, reincarnation, spirit communication with loved ones, encounters with angels, ghosts, cryptids, UFOs, and extraterrestrial beings.

Hero Paranormal

A mystical exploration of paranormal phenomena through the lens of the bible.

We talk Skinwalkers, Aliens, UAPs, Angels, Demons, and the amazing work by George Knapp, Colm Kelleher, and Robert Bigelow to name a few of the subjects covered.

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Richard D Lewis, author of The Paranormal Christian: bridging the gap between unusual experiences and the biblical worldview.

The Paranormal Christian Series

Book I: The Calling

Can a Christian be possessed? Do angels and demons dwell among us, engaged in spiritual warfare?

If you believe in the Bible, you have faith in the unseen. Unusual experiences are a testimony of the sacred scriptures and the supernatural never left us.

Book II: The Quickening

Faith in God and belief in the supernatural go hand-in-hand. It’s time to bring the paranormal back into the light.

Journey into the unknown with this riveting guide to bridge the gap between mysterious phenomena, today’s headlines, and the Biblical worldview, with exciting new insights for every open-minded Christian and curious seeker.

“…thought-provoking and insightful. A really interesting read and well-researched effort.”

– Mark T. Sneed, Reader Views

"This book does a good job of presenting paranormal possibilities to a very conservative religious audience."

– Kevin J. Todeschi, Executive Director & CEO, Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.

"In the study of the "unseen realms" there are indeed strange happenings afoot. It is rather hard to deny it–from mysterious hauntings and past-life recalls, to ghost sightings and UFO visitations. In "The Paranormal Christian" Richard Lewis is not afraid to examine these age-old mysteries.”

-Brad Olsen, author of “Future Esoteric: The Unseen Realms”

"The Paranormal Christian talks about these things and explores many other possibilities that can…and may exist. This book is a fascinating read."

– Lare

"An enlightening exploration of two worlds - Christianity and the paranormal - that are often thought of as being mutually exclusive. The author makes the trenchant argument that they are really two facets of one reality"

– Hamilton Underwood

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