This is a collection of short stories and poetry that take an incisive look at both the suffering and grief we all face in life and the renewal of faith, the personal and spiritual growth that suffering confers on us, even when we don’t recognize it ourselves. Most of the works collected here examine life in all of its highs and its lows, its joys and grief, and find the underlying good that permeates all of life. The poems were compiled especially for this book from handwritten journals I’ve kept over the years. They balance the stories and help explore the realities of life we all face, from hope, happiness, and Spiritual renewal to the inevitable suffering that must accompany the good. Through it all, though, a deep, abiding sense of hope remains.
Targeted Age Group:: 16 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A desire to share some of what I’ve learned from various experiences in my life with the goal of helping others understand that not all in life is as it seems. And that it’s true that Hope does “spring eternal”.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Each character is a compilation of people whom I’ve known, and sometimes loved, in my life. No character is heavily based on any single person.
Josh just stood on the wall, looking at the water flowing from the shadow-darkened forest on top of the cliff. “You said you climbed to the bottom. Can we do that, too?”
“I did, but I don’t think you can get to the bottom anymore,” and I pointed towards the woods. “They’ve put up a fence in the place where Matt and I went down.”
“That’s okay Dad,” he said. “This is still great.”
“Worth the long trip?”
He smiled. “Definitely.” Then he jumped to the ground and picked up a rock, quartz, walnut-sized and good for throwing. I thought he wanted it for his collection, but he climbed back onto the stone wall and faced the falling waters.
“This is for you, Matt,” he shouted, as though Matt might somehow hear him. Then he threw the quartz across the ravine; it arced high into the air and dark against the sky, fractured the sunlight, then fell like water into the falls and crashed on the rocks below.
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