I've had great success with my novel, Without Grace, which has gone on to win several awards. My follow up book, The Author's Guide to Planning Book Events, also managed to acquire a couple. However, it is my yet-to-be published novel, Of Little Faith that I'd like to see find an audience. I believe in the story and think its message would inspire fervent dialogue. Here is an overview:
OF Little Faith is the story of Laura Sumner, a young woman trying to reconcile her fundamentalist upbringing with the fast-changing world of the 1960's. The Vietnam War is on the nightly news and women are burning their bras, but thirty-four year old Laura wonders why her choice as a feminist couldn't be to have a baby without marriage. Laura's mother has been dead for several years, but her strict, unyielding beliefs keep a tight hold on Laura's brother, Eric, who is an earnest pastor struggling with his faith and her sister, Beth, who is afraid to question the religion in which they were raised. Conversely, Laura has always been one to follow her heart and her heart has been telling her to fill her desire to have a baby. Yet, without the "sanctity" of marriage, her decision to follow her heart creates turmoil for her family, as well as for her liberated friends who believe women should be climbing corporate ladders instead of nurturing babies.
Of Little Faith isn't a tidy story for those who want a conclusion wrapped up in a satisfying bow; in other words, there will be no deus ex machina. However, it is a thought-provoking, character-driven novel that shows the contradictions and lack of compassion in religious zealotry.
It's a story that asks:
- How does one reconcile their passions with what they've been told is wrong?
- Does God punish those who follow their heart?
- Who is warranted to be God's spokesperson?
- Can God be manipulated by one's prayers?
IF you think this is a book you'd be interested in reading, I'd love to hear from you.