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In this debut collection, award-winning writer Stefan Barkow presents eleven of his most entertaining, disturbing, and morally provocative tales. Within these pages you'll find "Mystral," the story of a young girl who dreams of being sacrificed to the god of her tribe; "I Loved You Once and Forever," a binary tale of love and identity; "The Last Report from the Front Line," an angelic account of the end of the afterlife; "These Woods Are Dark," a bedtime story for those who don't want to fall asleep; "In Sickness and in Hell," a demonic thriller that will keep you guessing; and "Hi, My Name is Grace," a reflective stage play about hope that won both Best Script and Best Production at the 2013 On Your Marks Festival of one-act plays. Inspired by everything from childhood fears to existential crises and written for anyone willing to risk a look into the darkness, these are stories of evil and innocence, of damnation and forgiveness.
David Kelsey has an invincible conviction that life is going to work out just as he has planned it - if he can just fix 'the situation'. His one true love, the brilliant, beautiful Annabelle, has married another man. But that doesn't mean they can't still be friends. And even though she is pregnant with her husband Gerald's baby, that surely doesn't mean she won't one day get back together with David. She still loves him, of that he is certain. David is sure she'll take him back, and, under an alias, is setting up a wonderful home for the two of them in a town close by. And everything is just about going to plan until things take a murderous turn, leaving David a desperate man on the run.
A Source of Illumination I have been into many, many areas of the country and for years I have seen "racism" at its worst and the remnants of the destruction left in its path. The lessons I have received or the injustices that I have experienced in my life colored my philosophy that started in my younger life in school (the segregated south), employment (baseball, banking, insurance, economic development, criminal justice, etc) and even now in the ministry. My church and my ministry, I consider a lighthouse to be used as a powerful source of enlightenment. To constantly give warning, confidence, help, and encouragement. When I think of a lighthouse, I think of a place that gives one a feeling that all things will be alright and a place where one is led to safety and it is also found to be shelter from the storm. When I consider what the lighthouse represents to me and all that it has done in the past, this book gives light and is a beacon that shines as a lamp onto our feet and light unto our pathway. Racism: The Sickness In America lights the way to a new awakening with directions for making America a greater nation with God, morality, value and worth for all of her peoples. This book represents the principles on which this country should stand if it is the nation that it is supposed to be. I have exposed the radical nature inherent in a nation that has for so long been deceptive. It can and must rise above these circumstances (racism). These are irrefutable truths that have had an impact that has been deep-seated, long-lasting, life-changing and most of all destructive. Religion is at the very forefront of this divisive force because it is directly and indirectly connected to the spirituality of man. Yet these are not the opinions of man but God-given precepts with the capacity to renew our thoughts and to crystallize our priorities. It is my hope that these pages will benefit you as a person of God recognizing that "All-men are created the same" by their Creator endowed with "inalienable rights," that will enrich your life with wisdom and that will allow you to have an unbiased nature (Christlike-nature) concerning human-kind.
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