My Letter to President Obama

October 28, 2012

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Last year I wrote a Christmas letter to President Obama (which I sent to him along with a present).  I want to share it with you before the election. It is below:

December 14, 2011

Dear President Obama:

I want you to know, with all your burdens and responsibilities, that I feel toward you as if you were my own son, and that I am honored to have you as my President.

I and many millions more have your back :)

Your intelligence and generosity of heart, your kindness and strength of character, are a testament to the brave soul of your mother, and to your grandparents, and your lovely wife and daughters.

Times are very hard, I know, and the economy you inherited, though slowly improving, still weighs on you; yet we are a hundred times better off now, thanks to the social safety nets put in place by Democratic Presidents and Congresses of the past.

A friend who lived through the Great Depression wrote this:

Those who lived through the 1930s and early 1940s, capitalize the word Depression. You can hear the capital “D” when we speak of it.  Cushioned generations have no inkling of the reality of those years.  Men lost their pride, many for the rest of their lives; women’s dreams died in their wombs.  Life was grinding work and anxiety.  The Depression was far more than an economic downturn: it was a world without a bottom. Every day with food was Thanksgiving. We were to learn that war is noisy violence; we already knew the silent violence of poverty.

I know you will win re-election, and I predict easily and without doubt that you will be one of the very greatest sons of the American experience. I pray for your success, your health, and your safety each night. 

I can also sense in your beautifully written books that you are guided by a profound creative and spiritual nature, and the love and dedication to service that, by God’s grace, is the root of all such natures.

I am the eldest son of Jewish Holocaust survivors who came to America in 1948 seeking a better life for themselves and their children. Through the course of a long life working as a writer and editor, I have come to write a book. I have also been a Sufi dervish for nearly twenty years.

Such a story is as unique to America as your own, where, as you well know, all things are possible. In that spirit, please accept my novel, Master of the Jinn, as a humble gift from a very grateful American, in the hope that reading it will help ease the stress of your daily burdens.

Love and many blessings,

Irving Karchmar

Here is a scan of the card I received back:

Please VOTE!

Ya Haqq!

Author Interview and Book Giveaway :)

November 13, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Our Sister Saba of the Of Thoughts and Words blog, has graciously asked me to participate in an author interview about the writing of Master of the Jinn and the Sufi path.  Click HERE to read the interview, and be sure to enter your name and email in the contest at the end to win a FREE COPY of Master of the Jinn.

Ya Haqq!

Master of the Jinn – Two FIVE STAR Reviews!!

June 3, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

In the last week, Master of the Jinn has received two Five Star reviews on They are below. And you can check out all 19 reviews (and add one if you like) HERE.

Simply Fabulous by Ruth

This review is from: Master of The Jinn: A Sufi Novel (Paperback) Master of The Jinn is a wonderful Sufi tale of love and tolerance. Regardless of your faith or beliefs, Master of The Jinn will transport you to a fantastical world of adventure with a deeper message that will open your heart. Do not start this book late at night unless you are ready to read into the wee hours of the morning! I can only hope for a sequel….

Highly Recommended! by A Customer

This review is from: Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel (Kindle Edition) It is wonderful that Master of the Jinn has been translated into English. Offering a whirlwind ride back to the time of Solomon, the reader is taken on a mystical vision-quest in an effort to answer some of life’s most difficult questions.

Crossing the boundaries for all of the “people of the Book” with ease and with a great story line, Master of the Jinn points us clearly towards finding answers. A delightful read – – I highly recommend it!

Ya Haqq!

PS:  To read, excerpts of the first two chapters, reviews, and reader comments, click HERE.

English Book and Ebook of Master of the Jinn in Germany

April 25, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The English paperback and Ebook of Master of the Jinn is now being sold in Germany on the website.

To buy the English Master of the Jinn Paperback in Germany click HERE.

To buy the English Master of the Jinn Ebook in Germany, click HERE.

And of course, for the German translation, Meister der Jinn, click HERE.

Ya Haqq!

Master of the Jinn is a Google Ebook!

December 8, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Google Ebooks is finally a reality, and Master of the Jinn is now available from the Google Ebookstore for only $3.82, the lowest price yet :)  Click HERE to order or view a sample.

You can read Google eBooks on the Web, Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and supported eReaders.

Google EBooks are stored in the cloud, so there is no file to download if you want to read on your computer, phone or tablet. To read online using the web reader, simply click the read button on any free or purchased ebooks. Once you open your book using our mobile reader apps, your book will sync to your device and you can continue reading it online or offline.

Try the Google eBooks apps to start reading seamlessly on all your devices now. Your ebooks will be stored within your Google account, which allows you to save your page positions and sync across all the devices as you continue reading.

See full list of supported devices. Learn more about using multiple devices to read.

Please let me know if you try it, and how the book reads on Google :)

If you prefer the paperback version of Master of the Jinn, click HERE to read excerpts, reviews and comments.

Ya Haqq!

Master of the Jinn in India

October 13, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Mohammed Ali Vakil, a friend from the Sufi Comics blog, sent this photo of Master of the Jinn for sale in a bookstore in Bangalore, the third largest city in India :)

If you are in India and see Master of the Jinn for sale, please take a photo and send it to me at:  Irvingk1945 at gmail dot com.

I will post them on the Master of the Jinn Facebook group page :)

Ya Haqq!

PS:  You can also order the book in India directly from Hay House, the publisher, by clicking HERE.

Book Notes – Master of the Jinn

September 30, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:


Master of the Jinn has been published in INDIA, in English, by Hay House/India :)  If you live in India, you can purchase a copy at your local bookseller, or online HERE.

Master of the Jinn will also be translated and published in Malayalam, the language of the Kerala State of India, early in 2011.

The Kindle Ebook of Master of the Jinn is now available in the UK, and can be downloaded HERE.

Master of the Jinn will be translated and published in Malaysia in late 2010/early 2011, and will be titled Tuan Jin.

Abu Pokeman, a fan of Master of the Jinn has revealed on his blog what the characters would look like if they were made of Lego. Very cute :) You can see them below:

Ya Haqq :)