Facing Redemption

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Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 5.01.59 PMWhat if you had done something so unimaginable in your past that you felt you could never be forgiven?

John Mikale, a man with a checkered reputation, can’t begin to shake his guilt for the hurt he’s caused his daughter, Chastity, and how it has scarred so many people in it’s wake. Although an uphill battle, John diligently strives to make up for lost time by writing Chastity letters, hoping to bridge the gap. John, now married and expecting another child, is haunted by cryptic dreams, from which he awakes in terror. Driven to become a better man, he forces himself to face his nightmares and the reality they represent. Searching for decency within and hoping for a flicker of acceptance from Chastity is the only way he knows to release his past and heal both their wounds. But how can he expect forgiveness when he can’t begin to forgive himself for the hurt he’s caused?

Chastity Wayne, finally free from her mother’s past, is ready to move on with life. On the verge of a great relationship and about to start her burgeoning art career, she’s sucked back into her family saga as she breaks her personal promise to never read her father’s letters. From the moment the first envelope is opened, the emotional freedom she’s tried so hard to find is slowly reclaimed word by word. Facing Redemption is a dual storyline that follows the path of an unwanted father and daughter’s journey, through a trail of self-awareness and final acceptance.

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1 thought on “Facing Redemption”

  1. Because I’ve received flack from Christians on why I write about characters who have sin in their life – I’m leaving a post here ….

    Some people do not want Christian fiction to have any real characters of the world in them. However, we live in the world but we don’t have to be of it. We don’t live in a world with perfect people … we all sin and fall short. I get some flack from time to time as my characters, in Facing Redemption, says ONE curse word. So I’d thought I’d leave some info for you here in advance, as I don’t write about modern day Pharisees (people who are by the letter of the law – who look down on everyone who isn’t like them) … I write about real people, who may say one cuss word or two … but nothing worse than the word ‘Hell’. If hell offends you, don’t read this book as it is said once or twice. I may write about a couple who struggles to stay pure, and yes, there are couples out there who are sexually attracted to one another … heaven forbid that God created us as sexual beings. However I’m the anti-50 shades of grey. I write about people who try to make the right choice according to their values or faith. So spoiler alert … no deed is done all the way in this book – and nothing is too graphic.

    To give you my thoughts behind the book–
    The main character is a man who has a checkered past, who is not a Christian. So why would he not be of the world, as he did not know Christ? There is one or two short pages that give you insight to his world, which shows how a lot of guys are … but the rest of the 300 or so pages show where God is leading him.

    There is also a conversation that takes place between a young girl and her friend about premarital sex. She’s struggling with it and her friend advises her the dangers and teaches that the Bible advises against it. These too are real struggles in this world. The over all message is that this couple makes the right choice to wait until marriage. That is not a bad message. That is the right message. Our culture is full of people who are addicted to porn and raunchy books with sexual fantasies. If anything my books are the anti-50 shades of grey – although with some characters I acknowledge we all have desire – I also give them the out they need through faith to make the call to wait.

    Why is this bad? Why shouldn’t we be telling young couples – “yes, we know you struggle with this as our world says it’s okay … but God says wait.”

    We are all sinners and I would never pretend that I was perfect, as only one perfect perfect person walked this earth and I’m not Him. In Facing Redemption, to write about a rough around the edges military man, who made the wrong choices as a ‘perfect Christian person’ would be wrong. I took him where he was (as a sinner and unbeliever) and brought him to where God wanted him to be … looking to be a changed man, and seeking redemption. Isn’t that what we all sinners hopefully do?

    The premise of this book is that God takes even the worst of us and with a changed heart, give us the chance to face our own redemption. This book isn’t for everyone, but know I’ve received email after email thanking me for allowing God to use this to talk to them as they thought they were too far from God to think about church or reading the Bible. IF a character, who has obvious flaws with sex and one bad word … and if a young girl who is struggling with premarital sex, and makes a choice to wait … offers them hope that God will take them where they are and love them. If these characters have inspired people to attend Church and buy their child a Bible (both instances have been relayed to my via email as the story gave them motivation to do both) … then this book is serving a purpose. You may not agree with it – but don’t judge it.

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