Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, founded in 1749, is one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the United States.

Samuel David Steiner

I was born on October 11, 1952, in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.

For the first 21 years of my life, I was groomed to become a leader in the Seventh-day Adventist church. I was privy to the inner workings of the church leadership and to many church secrets not known by the vast majority of members. My life took a different path, however, when I was asked to help my former Andrews University professor build a foundation intended to change the future course of the SDA church. When I learned the truth of the Adventist leadership’s intentions, I could no longer remain a member of the church, much less assume a leadership role. Few knew the church’s dark secrets then. Few know them now.

In 1983, a future Seventh-day Adventist General Conference president began a vindictive campaign to punish me for leaving the church, over time enlisting the help of other SDA ministers, hospital administrators, and doctors living near me. This campaign continued until 1994 and culminated in my being charged with, convicted of, and imprisoned for a white-collar crime.

The BipolarWINTER project, begun in 2011, is a fictionalized account of the story.

I also wrote BipolarWINTER to share possible explanations for various events in the history of Christianity. As you read my novel, you may have questions about the historical content. Who were the popes and other religious leaders mentioned in my book? Which events are historically accurate? I provide supporting information on my blog and podcast so you can reach your own conclusions.

I invite you to delve into the theories proposed by well-respected theologians about certain important historical events. On my blog I will also post videos and links to articles that support my book’s theories to foster readers’ further investigation and understanding of these and related subjects.

I encourage you to do your own research, then feel free to share your findings and opinions with me. My novel is fiction. I want to be clear that I am not claiming all of these events occurred exactly as I portray them. Please feel free to write me if you have any questions or comments about my work and intentions. If you would simply like to see more supporting documentation for my novel’s premise, please let me know and I’ll post more videos and links.

On the BipolarWINTER blog I will provide information and excerpts from articles to help you understand the historical details behind this project.

What is fact and what is fiction? I’ll leave it up to you to decide.