Working Title: End Game Misfits: Old Time Religion, New Time Reboot
This Book Is In Development
Arlis Stetson's stagnated ministry, rife with jeers and rejection, chances rebooting its evangelical thrust into his ragtag urban community while simultaneously neutralizing a sinister religious organization mysteriously appearing in town. Arlis rallies a motley crew of underperforming ministers specializing in streets evangelism. Arlis' audacious squad fights on two fronts—themselves, and their mysterious adversary—while teaching Bible relevancy to religious outliers in their community. Frequent gatherings at Martha's Soul Food Cafe fans their outrage over the shallow penetration of Christ's gospel into their parish. Mutually, over shrimp and grits, the four men and woman of God commiserate condemning inept church leadership. What unacknowledged attraction unites these Christian fellows devoted to varying apostolic teachings? Is their untested streets evangelism makeover and its flagship message, 'The Holiness Pitch,' so sensational that Gospel scoffers pay attention? Leaning on his deceased wisdom teacher's credos, Uncle-daddy, life-lessons galore erupt.
Uncle-daddy (referred to as Daddy in chapter #1) is a sage character quoted throughout the novel when situations requiring spiritual insight confront Reverend Ato Stetson. As I progressed in crafting this novel, I realized that Uncle-daddy offered the kind of guidance reserved for God's Holy Spirit. This bothered me because I had no intention of usurping the role of Holy Spirit. Therefore, I made Uncle-daddy a bit imperfect in some of his advice. Besides, imperfect characters are more interesting, short of being evilly motivated. Imperfection kindly intended is benign and a reflection of one's humanity. By the way, since this novel will be self-published, I adopted my own style by capitalizing pronouns relating to God--e.g., He, His, Him, etc.. Also, I do not capitalize the word satan, giving that entity no respect.)
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