About the Author

Bringing the Past to Life

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Marie Sontag holds a PhD in Education, an MA in Instructional Technology, and a BA in Social Science. Having taught adults, high school and middle school students for over 15 years, Dr. Sontag knows how to capture and hold her students’ and readers' attention. 

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"Bringing the Past to Life" epitomizes the writing career of Dr. Sontag. Her first historical fiction series, Ancient Elements, begins with The Bronze Dagger. This middle grade fiction novel tells the story of 12-year-old Samsuluna (Sam), a young boy in Mesopotamia during the reign of Hammurabi in 1780 BC. The lies that Sam spins about the stolen jewels and the death of his father threaten to catch up with him. Will he ever learn how to trust his new friends, overcome his quest for revenge, or solve the mystery of the stolens? 

The Ancient Elements Series, Vol. 1, 2 and 3,  is an especially good read for 6th graders who study Ancient Civilizations, including Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, the Mycenaeans, and later, the Phoenicians. Adult reviewers, however, say they’d recommend the series for any age. When Dr. Sontag shares in classrooms and assemblies about her Ancient Elements series, she’s always accompanied by her authenticated artifact, a 3,000 year-old dagger that came from Sam’s home area, the Zagros Mountains in present-day Iran. as well as an alabaster jar from Ancient Egypt, and a silver coin from Ancient Phoenicia. For more information, check her webpages at www.mariesontag.com or www.thebronzedagger.com.



Dr. Sontag's second historical fiction series, the Warsaw Rising Trilogy, begins with Rising Hope, published by Sunbury Press. This young adult novel tells the story of six teens that, through loss, find hope as they fight against the Germans when their Scout troops join forces with the Underground Army during the 1944 Warsaw Rising. 

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Although not an historical fiction novel, Dr. Sontag's first book, When Love Is Not Perfect, still fits under the umbrella of her tagline, "Bringing the Past to Life". When Love Is Not Perfect is a nonfiction book written to help those suffering from the wounds of abuse. Through narratives of interviews with abuse survivors, psychiatrists and psychologists, and research on abuse recovery, the book helps readers  discover a reparenting process that can help them heal from the damaging effects of abuse as they gain an understanding of the the loving nature of God. Written from a survivor's viewpoint, this book covers the emotional, social, and psychological aspects of recovery, as well as the spiritual dimension. Although now out of print, it is still available through Amazon.com. For a short time, all 12 chapters will be available for free in audio form. Donations gladly accepted. To listen or download the audio files, register at Podiobooks. (free site at http://podiobooks.com/title/when-love-is-not-perfect/)