When did the mockingbird lose its songs?
Was it when the beautiful old Iowa farmhouse turned into a commune fortress, with 12-foot electric fences, armed guards, and 24/7 sweatshops? When the children were sent to work in the fields, instead of attending school? When women were forced to wear shapeless “heavenly robes”, and become the Prophet’s “spiritual wives”? When their daily Bible studies were replaced by their Prophet’s rantings? Or even when Melinda was informed that her husband Josh—heart of her heart and life of her life—had died--and wasn’t even allowed to open the casket and kiss him good-by? What really happened?
With an out-of-control local militia and a very-much-in-control local Sheriff in league with their commune’s arrogant pastor-turned-Prophet, Melinda now fears for her and her young children’s lives. But when she is ordered to be the Prophet’s next “spiritual wife,” she decides to try the impossible—to escape with her kids and a young orphaned co-worker. But how? And what about the tornado; the flood; the militia rebellion; the great Fourth of July Parade; bloodthirsty pit bulls; kidnapping by horseback, and more? And where is God in all of this?
A riveting tale of suspense and undying love, “Songs” plays out against four burning questions: “How can a loving Christian group degenerate into a cult? Should we go by the Authority of God’s Word or of man’s words? How can we prevent such tragedies as the FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch, Jonestown, and the Heavens Gate mass suicide? And can a family’s love for each other be so strong it can produce miracles?"
This contemporary Christian novel for adults is the first of the exciting new Bounty of Blessings series by Starik Publishing, from Slaton, TX. This genuine page-turner is also available through www.StarikPublishing.com, and many other online sites such as www.amazon.com,and Christian bookstores everywhere.
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