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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 0.81 (inches)|
Author: Daniel Welch Kellt
Located in: United States
Submitted: August 01, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a juvenile court magistrate in Indiana, presiding over cases involving abused and neglected children. I am married and the father of six children and two stepchildren and the grandfather of seven.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to write a book that would appeal to a wide range of readers, captivate them with the story's mystery and drama, and spark hope in the Lord's promise of salvation to all believers. I read a lot of entertaining novels and find myself longing for the classical novel that often sought to entertain and inspire. That was my goal with "The Beauty Beneath!"
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that readers feel they have read a compelling and unforgettable novel and, through the emotional experiences of the story's characters, be inspired to an increased dedication to follow the Lord's command to love one another.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I prayed that the Lord inspire me to use the talents He has given me to lead nonbelievers to Him as well as to strengthen the hope and commitment of the faithful. Through the process of writing "The Beauty Beneath," I felt the Lord answered my prayer and granted me new spiritual insights to strengthen my own faith.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I loved Victor Hugo's classic, "Les Miserables." Jean Valjean was paroled from prison after 17 years in post-revolutionary France for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's child. He was spiritually dead as he wandered the French countryside with nowhere to go. He came upon the home of Bishop Myriel, who fed the filthy stranger a sumptuous feast and let him stay the night in a guest bedroom. Before the bishop realized his guest had slipped out during the night, the police were at his door with Valjean in custody, informing the bishop that the convict was found in possession of the bishop's silver servuce. They told Bishop Myriel that Valjean claimed the bishop had given him the booty he was carrying. To the shock of the criminal, Myriel confirmed his yarn, adding that in his haste, Valjean forgot to take his silver candlesticks as he handed them to Valjean. Later, the bishop told the convict, "You no longer belong to evil. With this silver, I have bought your soul. I've ransomed you from fear and hatred, and I give you back to God." With that undeserved mercy, Jean Valjean's life was transformed. He spent the rest of his life serving the needs of others and becoming one of the most heroic characters in literature. The author of "The Beauty Beneath" wanted to create a 21st century character in the mold of Bishop Myriel to demonstrate God's life-transforming love still today.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I've been told that the story is a quick and enjoyable read. Most readers share the emotional highs and lows of the characters throughout the story.