Books

I’ve done a lot in my life, but most of it has involved writing of one form or another. Right now, I work as a reporter for the Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake, cranking out 1,000 words or so a day on matters as varied as local beauty pageant winners, a long legal battle over a school construction bond, and profiles of various local personalities. Writing is what I do, and increasingly, how I am trying to make my living.

So, here’s where you can buy your books directly from me!




Kesslyn Runs is my latest book, a novel set in the near future about an utterly corrupt and horrifically abusive foster care system, the teenage girl who runs from it, and the self-proclaimed monks who help her battle it. Or, as the back of the book says:

When fifteen-year-old Kesslyn decides to flee her abusive foster home, she seeks help from the only people she can trust — a group of self-proclaimed monks led by Jerome, a former pastor who has made it his life’s work to help foster kids. But it proves difficult for Kesslyn to evade her former captors, who follow her as she runs from Spokane across the scrubland of Eastern Washington, putting Jerome and his monks — Javier, Tyler, and Bethany — at great risk as they begin to uncover the horrific truth about the system that abused her.

An ePub version is also currently available from Barnes & Noble.




The Love That Matters: Meeting Jesus in the Midst of Terror and Death was my first book. A memoir that came from an e-mail written to and published by Rod Dreher, author and blogger at The American Conservative, this book is a close to a real life religious adventure you’re going to find in today’s world. And every bit of it is true. (I have copies I can autograph and send to you, if you’d like.) From the back cover: A blond-haired, blue-eyed Lutheran man is approached on the streets of Chicago by members of the Latin Kings so he may teach them how to pray, and he does so with grace-this man’s story, one suspects, isn’t going to be a typical one. Life has not been easy for Charles Featherstone. From being bullied by peers and teachers in school, to his refusing to become a bully himself by leaving the armed services, to wandering the world in search of work and finding unexpected hospitality as an outsider nearly everywhere, to witnessing the 9/11 attacks from his nearby office, Featherstone’s story is a tale of survival akin to Jacob’s wrestling the angel at the River Jabbok. It may well leave the reader limping a bit, too, for the encounter with God found in these pages is stark and startling. Truly God’s love knows no bounds and cannot be captured by labels-but as Featherstone’s life attests, that love just might capture you. And the customer reviews are in!

I’m not usually one for religious memoirs, but this book stunned me with its sincerity and outstanding writing. Mr. Featherstone’s journey is one of tragedy and spiritual awakening mixed with fascinating adventure, all of which is detailed here. The writing, it must be said, is exceptional. At once accessible and erudite, it does what so few books do these days: takes you along on an amazing journey while treating the reader with the intelligence we deserve. I can’t say enough about this book. Whether you’re of a religious bent or not, The Love That Matters is a wonderful and touching memoir unlike any other I’ve read.– Unnamed Amazon Customer (I know who this is — CHF)

 

I ran across this interesting and compelling book by chance but I’m so glad I did. Charles tells a story most of us can relate to because we experienced some of it first hand. Charles made me think of how I was treated growing up AND how I treated others. It also made me take a good look at how I treat people today, especially children. Even a small morsel of encouragement can bless for a lifetime, just as a small wound can bleed for as long. The book also chronicles his spiritual through Islam and Christianity which I found informative and encouraging. God has more patience than Job and Charles brings that out in a meaningful way. Since I still constantly fail to live a holy life it gives me comfort. Reading the book is easy to read because Charles writes well. However, you should constantly find yourself stopping to think. — Ben Goodpenny

 

I just finished reading this book. Once I started, except for a couple breaks, I could not put it down. It is a gripping read. As I think back over the book, the key idea in my head is “honesty”. It reflects a man’s honest accounting of his life’s story from a youth traumatized by abuse to entering the faith of Islam and finally to becoming a Christian. Continuing in the spirit of honesty, the book does not end with a happily-ever-after sign-off, either. It is clear that Featherstone is still on a rough-and-tumble journey of faith to this very day. I recommend this book to all those who are spiritually “hungry for home” like Featherstone. — Kierkegaard67

 




Bible Stories: Reimaging Between the Lines is a collection of short stories taken from those spaces between scripture passages or stories. I contributed three to this volume — the meeting between Isaac and Ishmael to bury their father Abraham after his death; Korah’s torment as a living soul in sheol, the place of the dead, and what it took to rescue him; and a discussion between Ananais and his companions about what to do with Saul, who sat blind in the next room.

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From the back cover: A progressive, fictional reimagining of Bible Stories. These texts edited by Megan Rohrer and Daniel Tisdel will provoke, inspire and expand the diversity of the characters in our faith stories.

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