As 2013 came to an end, my latest novella, “The Clip’n’Dip Praise The Heavens Multi-Faith Congregation” was published as a paperback and as an eBook. I don’t recall what exactly prompted me to write this story, but as John Flavel wrote, “The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying” and from time to time, mainstream media comments on this fallen televangelist and that wayward spiritual leader. The gist of the story is this:
Religion, spirituality and what’s between God and each of His children is something no outsider can understand. But every once in a while, a little perspective is needed and that’s exactly what one of the members of Calvary Redemption hopes to find. Humor and satire blend together in a style that owes as much to Mark Twain as it does to Stephen Leacock. This tale takes a peek behind the curtains and reveals the many surprises that lay waiting for the reader.
Two of the trickiest things upon which to base a story are politics and religion, and most often it’s because of the polarizing effect both topics have on people in general. In politics, people tend to lean more towards the left or more towards the right. In religion, people tend to lean more towards one teaching than to another. It’s no surprise when a book that incorporates either politics or religion — or both — finds itself at the center of controversy.
And yet, from the perspective of an author, controversy can be good if it leads to spirited discussions that could resulted in possible solutions and expanded perspectives. In the one week my novella has been on the market, it has enjoyed a flurry of sales, and has already generated pointed commentary.
What the book also accomplishes is to show that observation can be a powerful tool, and one that is often overlooked by those who make snap decisions that require careful consideration. Written tongue-in-cheek, the story is one that not only gives pause to think of the deeper, underlying topics while delivering a light-spirited characterization of what happens all over the world. In this case, it just happens to be happening at the church of the Clip’n’Dip Praise The Heavens Multi-Faith Congregation.
You can read a FREE preview by clicking HERE and click on the cover where it says “LOOK INSIDE.” You can order the book from Amazon to see how things end for the Clip’n’Dip Praise The Heavens Multi-Faith Congregation on that hot summer’s day at church. Just call me butter ’cause I’m obviously on a roll.