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When he steps boldly into their lives, he's swept into the seamy, perilous world of drug dealers, porn hustlers, gamblers, and kidnappers. Archie must not only find a way to rescue Shanti and her mom, but also to deal with the secret pain that shadows everything he does.
Number of Pages: 268
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 04/30/15.
Located in: Blaine, WA
Submitted: December 12, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, a Southern California hippy and a devotee of an Indian guru. After getting saved in 1982, I became an active lay worker in my home church, one not unlike Westside in this story. My wife and I have oversight of the Alpha Program at our church, a course for those who are about to come to faith or who have recently become Christians.
What was your motivation behind this project? I am an avid sailor. I feel so alive on the water. "God is out there!" For fifteen years my wife and I have cruised the Pacific Northwest, one of the top sailing destinations in the world. We spend our spring, summer and early fall cruising the Gulf and San Juan Islands. I wanted to write a novel about my two favorite subjects sailing and church but the characters took on a life of their own and it turned into a whole lot more. I think setting the book in Los Angeles gave access to a lot of issues very challenging to the Christian characters: drug dealers, porn hustlers, gamblers and kidnappers not to mention the perils of the sea and even the Northridge earthquake.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I think the story captures some of the classic themes of life: Man challenged by nature; good versus evil; worldly people confronted by Christian values. I hope readers will see that ordinary Christians can do extraordinary things when they surrender to God's purposes.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I loved writing Sylmar and am equally enjoying creating the sequel, Rio San Juan. My kids always said I was a good story teller and I found I delight in telling a story in print. I especially like finding meaning and humor in challenging situations.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? On the nautical side I have to admit I am addicted to Patrick O'Brian. His twenty volume series on the 19th century British Navy is unparalleled for adventure and humor. I read the series over and over. On the church side I like the mystics especially Madam Guyon but also George Eldon Ladd's Theology of the New Testament.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Out of the hundreds of copies of Sylmar we have sold personally we have gotten nothing but enthusiastic response. It is a good read.
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