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Ben’s Problem

War? Famine? Orphans? Evil? Huh?

For Ben, these things are foreign concepts. He’s used to comfort, ease, and plenty. But life gets real pretty fast when he is dragged along on a break-neck journey through a monster infested Peru. The narrow, naive perception of reality he relies on for peace is shattered, and he is forced to choose: risk personal danger to help Daniel, or avoid conflict and let him face peril alone.

For most of those living in developed countries, it’s easy to encase ourselves in a comfortable, distracted existence—one that keeps us insulated from our own cowardice, indifference to the suffering of others, and general depravity.

Bold and Timid

In the past two posts (which you can find here and here), I discussed the necessity of hardships (1) for the formation of true character and (2) as a means of bringing us to the end of our self-will. To this I would add that hardships are often designed to make our weaknesses evident, and usually require us to act in courageous, other-centered ways.

How have your responses to trials enabled you to overcome fear and die to self?



Daniel and the Sun Sword is now available for PRE-ORDER!


1) If you live in or around Dothan, AL:

A) To purchase one copy, click: Buy Now Button

B) To purchase multiple copies, click: Buy Now Button

Those who are local, please INDICATE where you would like to pick up your order:

♦ The Launch Party in Late JULY. (This will be the earliest you can get the book) or…

♦ Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic at 101 Medical Drive, 36303 or…

♦ First Presbyterian Church at 3012 West Main St., 36305.


2) If you live out of the area, click HERE to order on Amazon.

♦DON’T GET CONFUSED: The book will be available in July, but on and on B& you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed as November 3, 2015. This is due to Mysterious Publishing World Rules. As the name implies, they’re very mysterious. You WILL receive your copy of Daniel and the Sun Sword by the end of July or early August if you order through Amazon.


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Raylin’s Problem

Raylin and Coricancha smallRaylin is a cynical, no-nonsense, I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it type of girl. As you can imagine, this causes problems when she and the others are pursued by a supernatural Enemy with seemingly limitless power. She is quickly faced with the dilemma of either trusting Daniel’s Heavenly Father for help, or betting everything on her own strength and cleverness.



Daniel’s Problem

 The FatherIn D&SS, Daniel’s life has been anything but perfect…and things go downhill from there. In the midst of some pretty harrowing experiences, he learns he has a Heavenly Father who loves him. As you can imagine, he has a hard time believing that.

If there is a loving God, then why has his life been so horrible?

How can a good and all-powerful God allow suffering?

Throughout history, Godly men and women have written libraries on this subject. I won’t attempt to delve into the intricacies of that question here. Rather, I’ll turn to Daniel as food for thought.


Concept Art For Raylin