Sometimes nothing is stranger than real-life, but you may be surprised just how many wondrous things in Aching Prosperity came from the real world.
The mystical, glowing symbols of Chapter One, for instance, were inspired directly by an event in Ty's real life. He actually did encounter a mysterious, shining sign that emerged out of thin air in 2005.
He recounted this extraordinary experience and how it led him to faith in Christ in the third chapter of his first book.
Ty's real-world dilemma of committing to an unexpected, amazing, new path or staying in the life he knew was also mirrored in the first chapter of Aching Prosperity.
The choices in both stories would be life-changing and reveal the world's true nature when what was hidden and unknown came to be tangible and openly seen.
This unveiling of the universe is conveyed through Aching Prosperity's transportation of the reader and main character into a fantastical yet troubled and dangerous new world.
However, the miraculous signs, guidance, and workings of events in Aching Prosperity are not so far-fetched after you've seen how Ty has experienced many of the same things in real life.
Ty worked many of his true life experiences into Aching Prosperity, but God gave him a surprise almost a year after he started writing the book.
On March 20, 2014, he was looking for valley names in Ireland when he came across the Ghleann an Ghrífín (Griffeen Valley or Griffin Valley) a little west of Dublin.
Griffins are a prominent part of Aching Prosperity, so Ty took notice of the place and found it on Google Maps.
To his surprise, he found the real-world "Griffin Valley" in Ireland exactly matched the only place in Aching Prosperity where the griffins are found in Rathúnas - the River Valley of the book's metaphorical Ireland.
The alignment of "Griffin Valley" in Ireland to the book's story is so exact, that when Ty scaled the Google Map to fit the map of Rathúnas he had created months earlier (first image below),
the point where Google showed the Griffin Valley (red star in second image) was placed right in the middle of the book's River Valley and next to where the griffins make a nest, which is important for the main characters.
There's more important symbolism in this, but more cannot be said before giving away too much of the story.
Ty found Ghleann an Ghrífín in Ireland well after he already wrote the details of the griffins and location of everything in Aching Prosperity, so this was not premeditated on his part.
You can chalk it up to God's amazing workmanship or in Ty's words in Chapter Two of Aching Prosperity it amounts to the "intricate weaving of thread upon thread to fix the eyes on the tapestry of a skilled artist."
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The unusal pre-destined synching of Ireland's Griffin Valley with Aching Prosperity's story may be amazing,
but Ty's life as a Christian began and went forward with equally serendipitous links to Ireland.
The miraculous signs Ty spoke of in his testimony led to a friend who was born on St. Patrick's Day.
She helped convince him it was Christ that was leading him into a new life.
Motorcycle racing was part of walking with new faith in God, and funny thing is, some sources say St. Patrick was born in 373 AD[1,2], though an exact date cannot be verified.
Why is that interesting? Ty's racing number was 373 (photo below), which he chose before knowing about St. Patrick's birthdate. He chose 373 to use his lucky number three with seven,
since he loved riding Triumph triples and three represents Christ and the Holy Trinity,
while seven is God's number and means completeness and perfection.
1 "A History of St Patrick". Irish Genealogy Toolkit. 2019 Sep. 3.
2 Keogh, David. Irish Myths and Legends. Directed by Liam Dale. The Orchard. 2003.