20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories - eBook
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20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories - eBook  -     By: Dan Salerno
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Title: 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories - eBook
By: Dan Salerno
Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781490805818
ISBN-13: 9781490805818
Stock No: WW50309EB

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Human relationships can be intriguing, heartbreaking, funny, frustrating, and soulful, among other things. Sometimes, all at the same time. In a compilation of twenty short stories told from a faith-based perspective, a band of diverse characters shares a glimpse into their lives, relationships, and experiences. Set in Northern Ireland, New York, and many places in between, each tale offers an opportunity to emotionally relate to the age-old mystery of how friendships, romantic or otherwise, unfold. When eleven-year-old Agee finds a strange note swirling in the air above him, his path soon crosses with that of a desperate woman who needs him more than he knows. Buber is a production supervisor who is grieving his next-door neighbor’s death when he meets a woman who invites him to her church, drawing out a side of him that had been lying dormant for a long time. 20 Short Ones shares faith-based stories that examine the beginnings of relationships with a keen eye and hope toward the future.

Author Bio

Dan Salerno has traveled to Northern Ireland (five times!) and to Japan on mission trips. He earned a master's degree in social research while working for the National Coalition for the Homeless in New York City. After 9/11 he worked for a children's ministry in Brooklyn for sixteen months. Dan has had over one hundred articles published, taught English Composition, and was a kids' church teacher for over 25 years. He resides in the Midwest. 20 Short Ones, published by WestBow Press (a division of Thomas Nelson Publishing) is his first book. It's an engaging, hope-filled collection of short stories each focusing on how relationships (romantic and otherwise) begin, told from a faith-filled perspective.

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Author: Dan Salerno
Located in: Michigan
Submitted: June 04, 2015

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm from the Midwest, but lived in New York City for eight years. While there I was part of the staff and lived at the headquarters of the Catholic Worker movement (Joseph House on the Lower East Side). I also was Chief Researcher for the National Coalition for the Homeless.

After 9/11 I came back to New York and was part of Metro Ministries based in Brooklyn for 16 months. Metro sends out teams to conduct sidewalk Sunday School in four of the five boroughs of the city, engaging kids in their own neighborhoods with the message of hope we have in God.

In-between these events I went on five trips to Northern Ireland volunteering with a reconciliation ministry there and went on one trip to Japan with members of my home church, supporting a sister-congregation we have there.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I read through the Bible (cover to cover) four times in 2013 which was the kick-start for thinking about relationships, in general. Then, I began looking back on my life and saw it as a series of stories, each one with a lesson. Many of the short stories in 20 Short Ones are a blend of things that actually happened, with the spice of fiction added. So I guess you could say my overall motivation was looking at relationships from a faith-filled perspective.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Hope! There is always hope in God!

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Believe it or not, I actually got a whole lot closer to God through writing this book; seeing God at work in the creative process, seeing God as fun and spontaneous as well as holy.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  There are so many gifted, wonderful authors and artists! Among them: Ann Voskamp, Donald Miller, Bob Goff, Brandon Manning, Rich Mullins, Rick Warren, Simone Weil (more a philosopher who wrote Waiting for God), Thomas Merton, Bill Johnson (who like Rick Warren is a pastor), Dorothy Day (who with Peter Maurin started the Catholic Worker movement but was a brilliant writer) and Heidi Baker (who is primarily a pastor with her husband Rolland in Mozambique).

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I say a few things about organized forms of religion in 20 Short Ones. They are not meant as theological talking points, just personal observations. I love my home church! I've been attending it for almost three decades. It's important to go through life accountable to friends who are wiser and more seasoned. It helps us grow!

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