The Mind Set on the Flesh
Barnabas “Thumper” Rivers is a gregarious party boy trying to break free of his strict religious upbringing. His father is a nationally-known hellfire-and-brimstone preacher with a relentless crusade against those living a “sinful lifestyle” (like his son).
Thumper probably knows more Scripture than most Bible teachers and likes to quote verses at the most unusual times and in the most unlikely places. He also has a unique ability to discern those who are hiding secret desires behind a “stained-glass” facade.
He doesn’t believe in love, but is a devoted disciple of lust—an ambassador to the pleasures of the flesh and a walking testimony to the flesh out of control. His quick wit, outgoing personality and good looks score him ample attention and plenty of one-night stands.
After being brutally beaten by a mentally unstable man, Thumper is left with little memory of his past and a desperate desire to remember his forgotten life and his friends. He’s unaware that his parents and his doctor are determined to prevent that from happening.
The aftermath and repercussions of Thumper’s tragic incident also ripple through a circle of people around him, forcing them to face their own reality:
- Matt, Thumper’s caring roommate and fiercely loyal best friend with a not-so-secret crush.
- Jonah, an earnest Bible College student seeking to live an honest life.
- Winston, an outspoken ex-gay advocate who’s asked by Thumper’s parents to help their son.
- Earl and Milton, who have the best of intentions to do God’s will, but lack of honesty will set in motion a series of bad choices that have life-long consequences.
- Marti, his high school sweetheart who still carries a torch and has her own sense of God’s plan.
- James and Gwen Rivers, Thumper’s parents, who sincerely want the best for their son, as long as it fits into their staunch beliefs.
- The doctor with a personal agenda and a radical protocol to treat Thumper’s amnesia and in the process, change his sexual orientation from gay to straight…at any cost.
The Mind Set on the Flesh is a story of deception and manipulation in the name of religion.
But what happens when the truth comes to light?
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Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind
Peter Brossard wants to make a difference in his new job. He also hopes the cross-country move will give him a renewed sense of purpose and peace from his own troubled past.
What he finds is blatant bigotry, internal power struggles, lack of social consciousness, ongoing conflict with his superiors, amorous advances from his beautiful next-door neighbor, an unpopular friendship, illegal drug use, child abuse and a bounty of sexual secrets.
It’s certainly not what he expected as the youth minister in a Southern Baptist Church.
Like any new job, his first weeks are spent acclimating to the new surroundings and meeting the people who encircle this new position: the no-nonsense Senior Pastor who holds much different views of ministry than his own, his beautiful neighbor who envisions more than ministry with him and his ever-efficient secretary who stirs long-repressed feelings in him. Then there's the array of teenagers who comprise the youth group, with more problems than he expected, but with more potential than he could imagine. And he'll learn about the incredible bureaucracy imbedded in the church, and the amount of energy exerted to maintain a stable status
But he's also impacted by people he meets who are working to change their world for the better.
In the first weeks at his new job, Peter meets the director of an inner city mission actively involved in helping with the physical and economic needs of the predominately poor section of the city. Peter is so impressed that he volunteers to help out in his spare time. And he meets a black, ex-junkie who also works at the mission. Their friendship is unpopular with some in his church.
Working at the inner city mission causes Peter to question his own ministry and motivation. He determines there's something missing in his own life–what he comes to call the Wind–a clear awareness of divine purpose in life and joy in fulfilling that purpose. The search for this absent element drives Peter, and in the end, it's the force that sustains him in the face of devastating tragedy, doubt and grief. It provides him with the courage to confront his past and make the decisions required to transform his future.
Available in paperback and e-version.
I’m in the final stage of a new novel. Actually, due to the size, it will probably be classified as a “novella,” based on the number of pages when it’s done.
This one is different than the others I’ve done in the past. It’s based on the speculation…and my imagination…of a “what if” scenario. The story is fantasy, and history…and more. I call it a blend that pays tribute to The Wizard of Oz, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. The working title is A Time to Every Purpose, taken from the passage in Ecclesiastes 3:1. I look for it to be published later this year.
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