Frequently Asked Questions
Is Passport Please a true story?
Passport Please is an epic adventure novel based 100% on the Bible, Genesis through Revelation, with no fictional stories woven in. This book does not try to prove that the Bible is true, it simply takes what is actually in the Bible, and tells the story as if it is true.
All the characters in Passport Please are from the Bible. They speak in 21st century American English, so the things they say in the novel are not direct quotes from the Bible, but they are consistent with what those characters said and did. So you'll know where the story came from, there are 60 pages of end-notes which demonstrate its solid Biblical, scientific and legal foundations, from cover-to-cover.
Who is Passport Please written for?
If you think the Bible is a collection of barely related or random stories—then Passport Please is for you. You'll see how it all flows together as one clear and cohesive story.
If you think the Bible is too intimidating, too complex, too thick, too hard to read or comprehend, or you just never found time to take it all in, then this book is for you. At 190 pages, it is an easy way to take in the Bible’s big picture, without being preached at.
If you've studied the Bible for years, Passport Please will offer a fresh new way to look at the Scriptures. This novel pulls the Jewish Bible (Old Testament) and the Christian New Testament together in a seamless, non-stop story, from Genesis through Revelation.
Regardless of your spiritual leanings, Passport Please is an easy-to-read novel which promises to give you a big picture perspective of the Bible in a new and refreshingly modern way.
What if I don’t believe the Bible is true? …or if I’m not sure?
No problem—you probably don't believe half the things you see in the movies, but you make a decision to enjoy the story, and analyze it later. Even if you’re a skeptic, suspend your disbelief long enough to enjoy the adventure. This story is not what you expect.
"But why bother, if I don't believe it's true?" someone might ask.
Here's why—whether you believe the Bible is true or not, it is the most widely distributed, most widely translated, most influential book in human history. Whether you are a believer, a skeptic, a seeker or an observer, there is great personal value in at least being familiar with the “big picture” of the Bible. It's like learning about a different culture—a culture that nearly two billion people claim to be part of.
How is Jesus portrayed in Passport Please?
Jesus is his name on earth. In the Kingdom, he is better known as the Prince of the Royal family. Though the Prince has been to the earth many times since it was created, he now comes as a human to confront Lucifer, the exiled former General of the Kingdom Army. Centuries earlier, Lucifer became ruler of the earth through deception in the Garden of Eden. Jesus exposes Lucifer to the human population as a lying, corrupt warlord. Then, at the cost of his own life, Jesus creates the only way under Kingdom law for humans to escape across the border into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Is Passport Please based on the author’s opinions of the Bible?
By definition, any novel is the author’s rendition of the story being told. The author’s main goal was that Passport Please should not conflict with the words or spirit of the Bible. It is worth noting that since the first edition of the novel was published in 2007, no specific contradictions between the Bible and the novel have been pointed out to the author. Checking out the endnotes will show exactly where the story came from—even the parts that seem hard to believe!
Who is the author?
Pete Nielsen is an engineer by training and has over 20 years experience in technology and business development. In the mid-1990s, he founded the first commercial Internet Service Provider in Uganda. Pete currently serves as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda and is working on the production of Kingdom Come, the movie adaptation of Passport Please.
For over 30 years, Pete has participated in and led small group Bible studies in his church and in the community. He lives in Florida with Linda, his childhood sweetheart and wife of 33 years. He is the proud father of three adult sons.
Why is there a Second Edition?
More story elements, more notes, all right from the Bible. See the blog post entitled “the Second Edition” for more details.
This story ought to be a movie!
Absolutely! Check out the Movie page of this website for the latest on Kingdom Come, the feature-length adaptation of the novel Passport Please.
Where can I buy Passport Please Second Edition?
You can order it online from this website. It is also available Amazon, but make sure you select the 2012 version. The First Edition of Passport Please is still available at Amazon.com.
Contact us at email@example.com for autographed copies or multi-copy sets for group study.
|Ever been to a movie and then spent two hours in the coffee shop to talk about what you just saw?
That's how many readers of Passport Please feel. A discussion group allows them to “unpack” the story in a non-threating way that is not preachy.
In five sessions, a Passport Please discussion group talks through this fast-paced novel, from the creation of the world through the great judgment at the end of time, and beyond.
Questions in the Passport Please Discussion Guide help the group cover key points of the novel, in a no-pressure book club format. It's a good way to engage friends and neighbors who might not consider a Bible study – because it's not.
The Discussion Guide is part of the Passport Please Second Edition for Kindle. The Discussion Guide for the print edition is a FREE pdf which you can request, below.
|IT'S EASY TO HOST A GROUP
You don't need to be a Bible expert! The discussion questions are about what goes on in the novel – not what goes on in the Bible (though the endnotes show Bible references in case anyone wonders where this or that came from). The Guide even tells what page of the novel each question refers to, and the Kindle version links instantly from each question to the relevant part of the novel.
Passport Please groups have included Bible believers, agnostics and atheists – neighbors and friends. Whatever they believed or didn't believe, everyone had fun, everyone learned something, and nobody was preached at.
If you would like to host a Passport Please group, request an e-mail with helpful information and links.
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Science, Religion, Life, Death, Heaven and Hell
Set against a backdrop of drama torn from today’s headlines, the science-versus-religion discussion becomes intensely personal for a provocative university professor. While dealing with the deepest crisis of his life, he is given a peek behind the curtains of the universe.
This is the ultimate epic, from before Adam and Eve, to the end of the world. Kingdom armies from above battle with rebel forces below, each declaring its own version of the truth, and both fighting for the allegiance of the humans of earth. This movie is based on the novel, which is based on the most widely distributed book in history—but you have never seen the Bible told like this before.
In over 100 years of moviemaking, Hollywood has never shown the cover-to-cover story of the Bible—until now. Regardless of what you believe or don't believe, you will be talking about this movie.
Kingdom Come is the working title for the feature-length adaptation of Passport Please, which is already scripted and is now in the development phase. Our team includes top-notch Hollywood screenwriters, investors and production professionals. Stay tuned for updates!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Reviews & Awards
“Passport Please is a remarkably engaging novel… a grand adventure and one heck of a fun read!”
John Debney, Composer of The Passion of the Christ
“…an enormous number of seemingly unrelated Biblical events, woven into a highly readable adventure.”
Bobb Biehl, Founding Director, Focus on the Family
“I have used Passport Please as a Bible teaching tool. Don’t wait for the movie – read it as soon as you can!”
Kevin Mahoney, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach
“I thoroughly enjoyed Passport Please, especially the end notes.”
Dan Plourde, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church, Jupiter, FL
If you have ever gone through passport control in a foreign country, you will appreciate this fresh approach to the hows and whys of making it across the border into Heaven. Passport Please pulls together an enormous number of seemingly unrelated Biblical events, woven into a logical and highly readable adventure.Bobb Biehl, Founding Director, Focus on the Family
I have taught the Bible for years, and was surprised at how much I learned from Passport Please. I have found passages from the novel to be useful tools for my Bible teaching. Passport Please is more faithful to scripture than any Biblical novel I have ever read. It has a wealth of endnotes to demonstrate the scriptural foundation of the story. It is an easy read, but don't let that fool you - it covers some deep theological ground while reading like an adventure novel. I recommend that you don't wait for the movie - read Passport Please as soon as you can!Kevin Mahoney, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, WPB
Passport Please is a remarkably engaging novel. Pete Nielsen has created a relevant, exciting and fascinating re-telling of the traditional Bible story. A story couched in a remarkably imaginative way that enables the reader to enjoy the grand adventure. I highly recommend the read for those interested in the Bible, but also for those that just enjoy great story telling. It is one heck of a fun read....John Debney, Composer of The Passion of the Christ
What an awesome work. Nielsen has really done a great job here of setting a big, big picture, really a paradym-buster, getting us out of our little myopic world view to reveal in a compelling context the big drivers of the universe.B.Brewster (from Amazon)
Passport Please provides a new slant on the constant struggle between God and Satan. But, more importantly, it provides biblical justification for why God never gives up on us, is continually reaching out to us, and has provided us with a passport to heaven. There are many pluses: 1. I think the immigration imagery is one everyone can relate to. 2. The book is not only biblically sound it is well-referenced so the reader can engage in deeper study of the biblical passages used, if desired. 3. It provides scientific background for the skeptics. 4. God appears to have a sense of humor, which was refreshing! 5. It could be used as a great introduction to the bible and the message of salvation. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have passed it on to many!Ellen Nelson (from Amazon)
...a unique blend of world events, scriptural history and biblical prophecy. The fact that he managed to cogently and accurately survey 7,000 years of biblically based history, package it in a neat 260 pages and made it relevant to today's reader alone make this book worthy of note. That he does it with imagination in an entertaining and at times spellbinding way makes it a tour de force. I heartily recommend this to those who enjoy a well-paced and very readable novel!RDR Hoffman (from Amazon)
After being a Christian for 25 years, I was doubtful that this book could offer insight. How I was wrong! An exceptional read, offers proof of Biblical Validity, concepts of time and space for God, etc. I especially enjoy how the author references Einstein's research in prooving time differences between Earth and the heavens. If you choose to read it, I would HIGHLY recommend flipping to the back to match the verse with the concept, you'll be amazed again and again at God's word! Truly Life changing!The Pastor's Wife (from Amazon)
The greatest story ever told from its inception to finality written in plain English. Pete Nielsen skilfully explains complex concepts of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in simple terms that any reader can understand while tying the entire story of the Bible together into one wonderful read. This is a must read for Christians and Non-Christians alike. I found myself repeatedly saying, 'Ah... that makes more sense now.'TMartin (from Amazon)
Passport Please is a refreshingly modern concept of the fundamentals of Christianity. Christianity has an extremely diverse view of many political issues, now,but this book tests all of them against modern science. Being a Christian in the modern era requires understanIng the Holy Scriptures in an educated context, and this book does just that. If you're looking for a perspective on Christianity that is more rational and realistic, Passport Please does just that. This book has more citations than the point requires, and the over indulgence in perfection aids the legitimacy of the book.sharpie lord (from Amazon)
Passport-Please is a one-of-a-kind book that is a compelling summary of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible in just 200 pages. I have read the Bible as a book from start to finish in a year. Nielsen's interesting and informative novel is an easy, enjoyable read in just a few hours. Numerous times I said to myself "so that is why God did that" while reading it. The story pulls together some challenging and confusing Biblical events into a cohesive, flowing tale that covers the entire span of human history.E Frederick Borchelt (from Amazon)
I found Passport Please to be an imaginative, entertaining depiction of the story of the Bible. From the opening scene of Satan's fall from Heaven, to a New Heaven and New Earth, Passport Please dramatizes God's desire for mankind in a way you've never read it before. This is a great book to give friends who are unfamiliar with the Bible and the gospel message.L.deSocio (from Amazon)
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