three cries and a thrill: a poem

dark
shadows spatter across the gray horizon
like hard coal
thrown
against the brown withered winterscape
all the ground groaning for life
but
the nevermore of blackbirds
taunt
until
wait
the red stain on the wing
there
stripes of crimson
fighting against the fickle
season
change
feathered bones pushing heavenward
as if blood surely does redeem
golden light an accent
an afterthought
hope

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Where is Abba?

One of the main characters in How Sweet the Sound is the survivor of an horrific crime.

Do you ever wonder if God will truly save you from great pain and suffering?

Do you wonder, if He saved you once, will He save you again?

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Abbasaves

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How Sweet the Sound: A Novel

Available for preorder now at your favorite online, national, or local bookstore.

Arrives on bookshelves March 1, 2014

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why a child? an advent poem.

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still we wonder
groping
as we wander
through broken ideals
hiding
deeper behind hearts
tightly
woven shrouds of doubt and

fear

deciphering eschatology
teetering on theology
expecting enormous answers

when all He really wants
is for us to
crouch
to bend and break and shrink our
selves
until like
He
did we
burst
into life with wild eyed wonder
and
shiver
beneath the amniotic moistness and
bleat
against stiff lungs burning and straining
and
begin the cowering
that is
required
to find

FREEDOM.

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“Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life…” (Hebrews 2:14, 15 MSG)