The short story “Sozo” is now available at Amazon for Kindle, IPad, or whatever your flavor of eReader. Set in a fictional near-future, it is a redemptive story focused on a combat vet who faces hard choices instead of easy answers. A hair under 5K words, it’s only .99. All the proceeds for Dec/Jan will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project.
I post this poem every year because I believe it captures the essence of the incarnation and redemption offered in Jesus Christ. Christmas is about God’s gift of Himself to us, not just for religious spit-and-polish or pious moralizing mixed with creeds and rituals, but God coming to us at the very place of our need. In Jesus Christ is forgiveness of sins, transformation of heart, redemption at the very core of who and what we are. It’s a relationship with God forever. It’s eternal life.
Genuinely accepting God’s love means change – sometimes confusing, uncomfortable, inconvenient change – but most what is most remarkable is that it’s real And free. Jesus is alive and He loves you. Really.
Here’s the poem.
Let the Stable Still Astonish
Let the stable still astonish:
Straw- dirt floor, dull eyes, dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen; Crumbling, crooked walls; No bed to carry that…
Quick ask here – if anyone’s read and enjoyed any of my fiction – The Barrow Lover, Running Black, Shift Tense (Red Flags, Soldier Dreams, Angels) or Clar1ty Wars 1: One Bad Apple – would you do me a favor and fire off a short review at either Amazon or Goodreads? Reviews and review numbers are critical to sales and awareness, especially with indie novels, and an honest review is invaluable. I’m uncomfortable pimping my work and sock-puppets aren’t my thing, but I’d like to raise my review numbers a bit before the year ends.
Writing-wise, a short story about a combat vet will finish this year’s releases. Titled ‘Sozo’ it will be out end of the month.
Next year brings the next Clar1ty Wars collection, ‘Under Strange Stars’, as well as the dark post-apocalyptic fantasy novel “The Grim Fall”, and a lighthearted project set in ancient, mystical China.
Drop me a line if you have any questions. Thank you very much.