Volume 1: In search of a human hydra, an experiment in the evolutionary development of human society.
Volume 1 of a proposed three-volume trilogy was compiled as 3 separate books, published in a limited edition of 100 sets, and distributed in July 1973. The activities, thoughts, and meditations encompassed in Volume 1 were conducted and compiled before the author had undergone a life-changing conversion experience and committed his life to following Jesus. As such, the material presented is reflective of the earnest heart of a sincere but somewhat misguided seeker yearning for a better world and seeing glimmers of it through the haze of modern human knowledge. As such, it was prepared in an incomplete fashion anticipating further insight and correction and remains that way to this day. The three books of Volume 1 were republished privately online in 2010 through Lulu where new copies remain available for order. At the close of Volume 1 a projection was made proposing two future Volumes in the series containing four additional books for a total of seven books.
book 1 – air
“Air” is the first of three books in Volume 1 of a proposed three-volume trilogy, in which the author explores the spirit of the age in which we live as a prelude to the investigative work described in subsequent books.
book 2 – earth
“Earth” is the second of three books in Volume 1 of a proposed three-volume trilogy, in which the author describes through the medium of correspondence, compiled quotations and articles, and original writing and poetry an investigative work in proposed prison reform at Attica Correctional Facility.
book 3 – sea
“Sea” is the final book in Volume 1 of a proposed three-volume trilogy, in which the author reflects on the response to the investigative work described in the preceding two books and provides an index to all three books in Volume 1, suggestions for further reading, and an outline of topics to be covered in Volumes 2 and 3, as yet unwritten.
Volumes 2 and 3 of the proposed trilogy were promised in the form of 4 additional books which were given the following suggested titles – God, Light, Fire, and Heaven – with a corresponding color scheme for each. Ten months after publishing Volume 1 the author underwent a profound spiritual conversion experience and committed his life fully to Christ, as noted above, after which he embarked on a redirected and continuously reexamined life path, leaving the Hydra work completely dormant until 2010. Since then he has been pondering picking the project back up and is seriously considering spending the necessary time and effort to clarify and complete its content, direction, observations, and conclusions by compiling and publishing the remaining four books in the proposed series. A a brief synopsis of the three published books is noted below, along with current ideas about the contents of the remaining four. More information is available through the tabs above.
Volume 2: In search of the living ecclesia, an investigation into the spiritual growth of human society.
Volume 2 of a proposed three-volume trilogy. Volume 1 was compiled, published in a limited edition of 100, distributed in July 1973, and republished privately on Lulu in 2010. Volumes 2 and 3 await compilation.
book 4 – God
“God” will be the first of three books in Volume 2, in which the author will explore the presence, nature, and spirit of the living God and the way his awareness was opened to ultimate realities deeper than and differing somewhat from those described in Volume 1.
book 5 – light
“Light” will investigate the properties of light and its role in the creation, expansion, and illumination of the universe, as well as its relationship to vision and revelation in all spheres of human endeavor. The significance of God’s introduction of light into the world and some practical applications will also be examined.
book 6 – fire
“Fire” will be the final book in Volume 2, in which the author plans to examine the testing, refining, purifying, and annealing aspects of fire and reflect on the Creator’s prophetic promise not to judge the world with water again, but rather fire, and what the implications of such a plan might be for the future as we know it.
Volume 3: In search of the fulfilled Kingdom, an investigation into the spiritual destiny of human society.
Volume 3 of a proposed three-volume trilogy. Volume 1 was compiled, published in a limited edition of 100, distributed in July 1973, and republished privately on Lulu in 2010. Volumes 2 and 3 await compilation.
book 7 – heaven
“Heaven” will be the only book in Volume 3 and the final book in the Hydra series, in which the author plans to reflect on and provide insights about dimensions beyond our own, eternity, prophetic promises, and our ultimate hope and destiny. An index to all four books in Volumes 2 and 3 may also be provided.