New Book Tells Readers ‘The Soul Comes First’

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Brian Balke presents analysis of Bible in new book.

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With a doctorate in particle physics, author Brian Balke has years of experience questioning, investigating and coming to conclusions based on his findings. He now focuses his scrupulous eye on the Christian faith in his new book, “The Soul Comes First: Spiritual Literalism and Christian Theology” (published by Trafford Publishing).

Balke attended Catholic school but found himself straying from Christianity in his teens. It wasn’t until he was in his 40s that he began a spiritual journey. For more than a decade, he has engaged in thoughtful dialog with Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist teachers, finally concluding that nurturing of the soul is their universal concern.

In “The Soul Comes First,” Balke analyzes the Bible as a spiritual history. From Genesis to Revelation, he dissects the meaning and purpose of the scriptures. He concludes that the Bible is a recording of God’s effort to prepare mankind to heal the wound of selfishness.

“Humanity is not the source of all evil in the world, but actually the best hope for its healing,” Balke says.

“The Soul Comes First” has been selected for inclusion in the Trafford Publishing Gold Seal program, which recognizes excellence in writing and overall potential.

The Soul Comes First
By Brian Balke
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 84 pages | ISBN 9781490738451
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 84 pages | ISBN 9781490738468
E-Book | 84 pages | ISBN 9781490738444
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Brian Balke received his Ph.D. in high-energy particle physics from University of California, Berkeley in 1987. He has worked in the fields of physics, environmental science and software development for machine control and business systems. He has two sons, Kevin and Gregory.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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