Meet Mary Matthews, a woman who was once very religious but has now lost her faith. When she was a little girl her father was heartlessly killed because he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even though she had prayed to God to save him her prayers were ignored and her father died right in front of her, thus causing her to abandon everything that she had once believed in. Now she is a grown woman who discovers to her surprise that she is pregnant, only the father turns out to be somebody whom she would never suspect and that person’s son is destined to bring about an age undreamed of. Only now, a crazed madman is trying to kill her before such a thing can happen while another fights to see that new day come, both of whom are soldiers of God. While the two of them are on the run they begin to fall in love as they live for the day when the King of Kings will walk the earth once again.
Targeted Age Group:: 13-50
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always wondered how Jesus Christ would return, and while doing so it occurred that He might do so the same way that He did the first time. It also occurred to me that some people might not be happy about His return and do whatever they could to stop it. The idea for a very inspirational yet dark story was born, although there is a good deal of dark humor. I suspect that this book will deeply affect those who read it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters that I used are based on certain characters in the Bible, my shaping them to serve this particular story. The rest that fill out the story are a product of my imagination.
“Hello, Daddy. I’m right here if you can hear me. The doctor said that you’re going to be alright and you’ll be able to go home soon. We’ll all be together again and it will be just like it was before. It will be like none of this ever happened. I love you, Daddy,” she said gently squeezing his shoulder and then his wrist.
Then, to her amazement, his eyes slowly fluttered open. It was obviously an ordeal for him to keep them open because he was so weak, but once he looked at Meredith staring down at him, he smiled at her.
“Daddy, you’re awake!”
“Hey, princess,” he wheezed.
“Daddy, don’t talk. You’re too weak. Let me go get the doctor,” she said turning towards the door.
“Meredith, honey, stay with me. I need to talk to you.”
“Honey, it’s so good to see your face again, one last time.”
“What do you mean, Daddy? The doctor said that you’re going to be fine, that the operation was a success.”
“Honey, listen to me, I’ve been there.”
“Heaven. You have no idea how beautiful it is, I can’t begin to describe it, how filled with love and togetherness it all is, the endless blue skies and serenity of it. In my wildest dreams I never imagined how something could be so…perfect. All of them, living and existing in perfect harmony, everyone and everything joined as one.”
“You were in…Heaven?”
“Yes, I was, princess. I just had to come back one last time to say good-bye. This time for us together is a gift, a precious, precious gift.”
“Daddy, don’t say that,” she pleaded. “You’re going to be fine. You just need to rest and everything will be just like it was.”
“No, honey, it’s my time. I don’t have any regrets. I’ve lived a good life to the fullest and done the best with what I had. I’ve had the love of you and your mother in my life and that is something that I will always treasure.”
“No, Daddy. Don’t say that,” she begged, tears streaming down her face.
“Honey, listen to me because this is something that you need to know. You have no idea how important you will become in the coming years. You will help to herald in a brand new dawn. I so much wish that I could be a part of it with you, to stand by you, but you have to remember to always keep the faith in your heart.”
“Daddy, what are you talking about? I don’t understand.”
“You will, honey. I’ve seen it. I have to say good-bye now. Always remember that I will always love you.”
“Daddy, no! Come back! Come back!”
“I’ll always love you and be with you. Remember that, honey…”
His eyes closed and a moment later the machine which had held a steady beeping beat suddenly changed its pattern into one long, steady whine. Meredith stared at it for a moment and then back at her father. He now looked so peaceful, with a slight smile on his lips as if were having a wonderful dream, there now longer any indication that he had just gone through a traumatic event.
“Daddy? Daddy!” she wailed lightly gripping his shoulders and looking closely at him. “No, Daddy, don’t leave me! Don’t leave me! The doctor said you were going to be fine. He promised! He promised!”
She pulled away and looked down at him, her tears flowing with no restraint and she just stood there and let them fall. Then, a strange sensation came over her and she looked around the room for a moment, as if feeling that someone was in here with her, a presence, something which was impossible because it was obvious that she and her father were the only people here. Then, as quickly as it had come, it was gone.
The doctor and the nurse immediately rushed into the room to look in on him. He gently took Meredith by the shoulders and moved her away so he and the nurse could start to work on him. Judith walked in, obviously still weak and holding a paper cup filled with water.
“Honey, what’s happening?” she asked.
“I…I don’t know. He was just…just…and then the machine went on! Oh, Mommy!” she cried as she hugged her, not able to stop crying.
The doctor and nurse tried valiantly to do whatever they could do, but it was obvious that it wasn’t enough. The doctor looked at her and, with deep sorrow in his eyes, said, “I’m sorry, Mrs. Matthews. He’s gone.”
“No! No!” she screamed as she and her daughter held each other looking at them in horror and despair.
“We did everything we could but I’m afraid the strain of all of it was just too much for him. I’m very truly sorry.”
Judith started to cry even harder and Meredith struggled to keep her on her feet, which was rather difficult considering that she herself was having trouble standing now, her weak legs feeling like rubber.
“But…but this isn’t right. He was just here,” Meredith said.
“Who was just here, honey?” the nurse asked.
“My father, we were talking, just now.”
The nurse and the doctor looked at each other and then she turned back to Meredith.
“Honey, that’s impossible. After what he’s been through, it’s impossible that he could have been awake and talking to you,” she said.
“But…but he was! I’m telling you, he was! We were talking just right now. He told me how he had gone to Heaven but had to come back down to speak to me one last time and tell me how much he loves me and…and…he was right here! Bring him back!”
“Honey, believe me, I understand. Sometimes…sometimes we want to believe in the things we want so badly that we refuse to believe anything else.”
“No, he was here! Bring him back! Bring him back! Please, bring him back!” she begged.
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