Book Promo: The Home Stretch

Undercurrents of Mortality, Forgiveness
Buoy Compelling Coming of Age Story

by Wayne M Johnston

For Bill Smith, the end has always been in view. And perhaps, in some metaphysical way, his occasional confrontations with the inevitable end that awaits us all made Bill better equipped to emerge intact from each crisis. His life, in fact, has been a series of highly unlikely extensions. This is his story.

The Home Stretch, from award-winning author Wayne M. Johnston, features everyman Bill Smith (loosely based on Johnston himself), who, throughout his life, is confronted with extraordinary circumstances. His is a coming of age story in which the peace that allegedly comes with maturity is often shunted aside to make room for yet another crisis. It is also an uplifting story in its portrait of a man struggling to find personal integrity through challenging conditions.

From an early age, Bill grapples with depression. Raised in a religious cult, he cannot reconcile his own experience with the worldview of his parents, and although he’s bound to them by love and obligation, he rejects their beliefs. His father’s palpable disappointment in Bill leads him to contemplate suicide and to provoke his father into a confrontation with a surprising outcome that would redefine their relationship and alter the course of both of their lives.

Given to a physical, adventurous life, Bill becomes the chief engineer on a seagoing tugboat, and his tales of weathering gale-force winds and violent storms at sea provide metaphorical undercurrents for his fraught relationship with his father, his failed early marriage, his father’s descent into Alzheimer’s and his own battle with leukemia, which he is told will kill him. Just when Bill has come to believe he has put the worst of it to rest, he learns something more about his father that opens everything up again, except this time, Bill’s sister is the victim.

The Home Stretch is a poignant, ultimately inspiring coming of age story that weaves themes of mortality and forgiveness through life-defining moments of reckoning that many adults have to face head-on and learn to overcome.

Wayne M. Johnston taught English, Creative Writing and Publications at La Conner High School for 19 years. Prior to that, for 22 years he worked on tugboats, usually as chief engineer, towing freight barges between Canadian and West Coast American ports. In 2011, he won the Soundings Review First Publication Award for his essay, “Sailing,” and has published other essays locally. For his debut novel, North Fork, he drew from years of experience reading student journals to reproduce the way kids voice serious matters to a trusted adult. The Home Stretch is book two in a planned trilogy. North Fork was released in 2016 as a YA novel. The story is told through the voices of three 17-year-olds as journal entries for their English class. Bill Smith, the protagonist in The Home Stretch, is their English teacher, and The Home Stretch is his back story.

Johnston lives with his wife, Sally, on Fidalgo Island in Washington State where he is working on another book length project.

 

The Home Stretch
Publisher: Black Heron Press
ISBN-10: 1936364344
ISBN-13: 978-1936364343

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Book Promo: The Serpent Beguiled Eve by Acacia Slaton

How The Power Of Forgiveness Can Heal A Life Shattered By Infidelity

I’d once pondered the words “the serpent beguiled Eve” but not deeply enough to allow its meaning to settle into my heart . . .

In her latest book, The Serpent Beguiled Eve: Healing the Wounds of Abandonment, Betrayal and Shame, Acacia Slaton opens up some of her most painful memories in order to help others who are hurting too.

“I walked outside, pacing up and down the street as I thought about how his decision to yield to this temptation or believe God would change our lives.  He had said, ‘I have a path before me. I can either go right or left.  If I go right, I can receive the wholeness and normality I’ve always desired.’  As much as I wanted him to take the right path, I knew I couldn’t lead him on that path. I could only reason with him, hope and pray that he’d make the right decision.”

This story, Acacia’s story, gives readers a deeper understanding of the pain caused by infidelity (for the spouses and their children). It also shows there is hope beyond the grief for those who put their faith in the promises of God. The Serpent Beguiled Eve is recommended reading for anyone who feels alone as they live through and recover from the pain of infidelity.

This book will help anyone in a relationship. It’s not just about infidelity. It’s about moving on, with or without your partner. It’s about dealing with the aftermath. It’s about learning to love yourself and truly understanding how the power of forgiveness can heal your life.

“If I had known then, what I know now, I would have truly sought the Lord and prayed for an escape from temptation.”
—Acacia Slaton, from The Serpent Beguiled Eve

Acacia Slaton is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and also has a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is an author of an award-winning book titled Launch Out Into The Deep.  Launch Out Into the Deep is a recipient of a Mom’s Choice Award, a Dove Award, and won the Silver Award for Christian Living in the Readers Favorite annual contest.


Available at fine bookstores, online outlets, and Amazon
The Serpent Beguiled Eve:
Healing the Wounds of Abandonment, Betrayal and Shame

By Acacia Slaton
ISBN-10: 1505225981
ISBN-13: 978-1505225983

Edwin L. Carpenter, The Dove Foundation, http://www.dove.org: “I trust this is a book that will help others. We are presenting our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12 plus, and five Doves, our best rating, to this book.”

Kimberly Schimmel, Church Librarian: “This story gives readers a taste of the pain caused by infidelity (for the spouses and their children). It also shows there is hope beyond the grief for those who put their faith in the promises of God. The Serpent Beguiled Eve is recommended reading for anyone who feels alone as they live through and recover from the pain of infidelity.”

Raghav from Bangalore: “None of the people here can be blamed – not even her ex-husband David. Everybody in this book is a victim of circumstances beyond their control. Who am I or, who is anybody else to judge? Who among us is perfect? I can only say that I was fully caught up in Acacia’s story, I empathize with her, and wish her and her kids – Madison and Mia – all the happiness and success in the world.”