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Publisher’s Letter

Patrick Wood

Deus Ex Machina

Dear Reader,

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where everything seemed hopeless, only to have a miraculous solution present itself
seemingly out of nowhere? We’ve all experienced these moments, where the hand of fate intervenes in our lives, providing a deus ex machina.

What, you may ask, is a deus ex machina? This Latin expression means “machine of the gods” and describes a plot device – an unexpected twist – that straightens out a situation that appeared to be irresolvable. “How did our hero escape their certain demise from that horror of horrors?” Through a deus ex machina.

From narrowly avoiding accidents to miraculously acing exams we were sure we’d fail, these instances defy rational explanation. They’re the moments when the universe conspires in our favor, offering a reprieve when all seemed lost.

Deus Ex Machina is more than just a literary device; it’s a reflection of life’s mysterious ways. Sometimes, we find our own solutions through sheer determination or ingenuity. Other times, the solution finds us, appearing when we least expect it and providing a way out of
situations that to all appearances were impossible. In a world where some events defy simple explanations, Deus Ex Machina offers a provocative frame of reference for life’s inexplicable twists and turns. So the next time you find yourself in a bind, remember that sometimes, the hand of fate is just waiting to guide you to safety. Or, we might think of this as the Machinery of God working in our lives.

Author of “Reflections” a new book now available on Amazon.

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