My publisher currently has a discount on the just-released Fighting the Good Fight.
Pretty cool, huh?
This final installment of the Race trilogy is an end-time novel that follows the Strider family through the challenges of the apocalypse and into the New Jerusalem. Though written as the triumphant conclusion of the Strider family’s journey, it could also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
I really had fun writing this book — I hope you enjoy it!
Looks like we have a cover for the third/final book of the Race Trilogy!
This is the last step before the print phase, so the book itself should be available soon and the e-book version shortly thereafter!
(Yes, I’m still working on the prequel, The Making of a Demon. The manuscript is about half done at this point.)
E-book! The e-book version of Keeping the Faith: Still Running came out this week — it’s up on Kindle now (link here)! I’m told it should available on the other major e-book venues shortly.
Seeking Reviews! If you’ve read Keeping the Faith (and enjoyed it), please consider leaving a quick review with your favorite online retailer like Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com These are really useful in helping new readers find the book. Thank you for your help!
The final manuscript for Fighting the Good Fight is done (hurray!). I sent it to the publisher last week, and, if all goes according to plan, it should be released around Christmas. In this final installment of the Race trilogy, the Strider family becomes embroiled in the Final Battle. You can read a sample of it here.
I’ve just put the extras for Keeping the Faith up on the website. You may now access the Deleted Scenes, Biblical References, and Behind-the-Scenes explanations for the just-released second book. If there’s something else you’d like to see included, please let me know!
Two more additions to the Race series are in the works. I’m currently writing The Making of a Demon, which explores the question of how an intelligent, perfect being could go bad. This novella-length e-book will go back to the time of Stan’s rebellion and follow Camille as she transitions from holy to evil. Running Into the Next Generation, still in the concept stage, will be an e-book collection of short stories taken from the lost years between the second and third books.
Happy weekend to all!
This long-awaited sequel to The Race: An Allegory follows ultra distance runners Chris and Susana Strider as they balance running with the demands of family and career. Their lives are further complicated by the continuing attacks of their ruthless enemy, who is determined to prevent the Striders from fulfilling their roles in Doug Damour’s preparations for the Final Battle.
Check out a sample of the Keeping the Faith here.
Keep an eye out for the final installment in the Race trilogy, Fighting the Good Fight, which follows the Strider family through the tumultuous Final Battle. Due to be released in December, 2015!
This book was amazing!!!! And it’s so true too. In my school we are doing a lot of Bible related things and this book helped me look at the assignments with a different understanding. This book is so inspiring … This was definitely one of my FAVORITE books!!!! I can’t wait for the second one to be released!!!!!! (Mackenzie on Google Books)
This is truly a LOVE story in all aspects. What a creative and simple way to show God’s love for me. (CGil on Barnes & Noble)
Della Loredo does a fantastic job with this modern-day allegory. Being an athlete and runner myself, I appreciated all the correlations of running a long-distance race to our relationship with God. Many visualizations have continued to come to my mind and prove to be a positive reminder of connecting with God throughout each day. (Lisa on Amazon)
I simply loved this book; I could not put it down. Thank you for the allegorical view presented in comparison to the relationship and love God longs to have with us. I have a new desire to renew my relationship with Christ and I am more determined now, by God’s grace and mercy, to finish the race. (MMosley on Amazon)
This book made me think about my Christian walk and my relationship with God in a fresh, new way. As is portrayed in the story, God loves us soooo much and desires a personal relationship with us. We all need to be reminded of this and foster it in our lives. (Randy on Amazon)
Every so often a book comes along that makes this journey better. Equips with tools that you remember and use, challenges in a way you never would have expected and is wrapped in a story you can’t put down. This is one of those books. This story will stay with you long after the last page has been turned. (Connie on Amazon)
I just wanted to share this inspiring video in which church leaders remind us that “What might have been … can be.”
Keeping the Faith: Still Running is getting closer to the finish line! As you can see, it now has a cover design and a layout. We’ve reviewed and revised the galley and text draft; that leaves only the final text proof before it can be printed.
I’ve received a lot of good feedback from my Early Readers for the trilogy’s final installment, Fighting the Good Fight. My goal for this month will be to work these changes into the manuscript and give it a good polishing before submitting it to the publisher. We’re hoping to have it released by Christmas!
I’m happy to report that Keeping the Faith: Still Running (the second book in the Race trilogy) appears to be on schedule for release in July! It has sailed through the editing phase at the publisher without requiring any major rewrites. This means that, barring any theological mishaps found by the reviewing pastor, the story itself has been finalized. (Sample the book here!) The book now moves into the design phase where it will pick up a snazzy cover design, possibly merit a new book title, and will be typeset.
As to the final book in the Race trilogy, Fighting the Good Fight, I’ve distributed it to my intrepid band of Early Readers, who are great at helping me find ways of making the story better.
On the drafting table is a prequel for the Race trilogy, which I’m presently calling The Making of a Demon. In this story, I’m examining the question of how a pure, holy, and happy being like Kamíl Lanáj could have become the ruthless, tormented, and lonely demon, Camille Desmon. I expect this to be a shorter, novella-length book, and I intend to make it available as a free e-book.
I was five or six years old when my big brother set the kitchen on fire. At least, that’s how it looked to me.
Terry was babysitting my little brother, Scott, and me when he decided to make popcorn. Now, in those long-ago days before microwaves, popcorn wasn’t an everyday snack; it was a treat. It required a heavy skillet, hot oil, and a lid (he forgot the lid once; that was entertaining). Then you had to stand at the stove and vigorously shake the pan for some time so the popping corn wouldn’t burn.
And if you happened to shake a little too vigorously so that the flame and the oil mixed—voila, fire! Then if you panicked and put the fiery pan in the sink, lighting the kitchen curtains in the process—voila, more fire!
Scott and I were eagerly watching this whole production. When the kitchen curtains caught fire, we thought the whole kitchen was on fire, and we ran for safety. And where do small children go when they run for safety? You got it—under the bed.
Of course, everything turned out fine. Terry put out the fire, my mother sewed new curtains for the kitchen, and our parents took advantage of the teachable moments. Now we all laugh about the incident.
Hiding from fire—and from firefighters, dressed in their big, strange-looking suits—is common for children. In fact, firefighters can have difficulty finding them as a result. But, of course, it does no good to hide from fire. In fact, it’s dangerous. The fire will find you.
This truth is obvious to adults. At least, it’s obvious when discussing fire. Yet we do exactly this when it comes to sin. We commit some sin and then, scared by guilt or shame, we try to hide—from the sin and/or from God. Sometimes we even try to hide with our pet sin, like a child playing with matches in the closet.
But hiding from sin or with sin will burn us every time. The fiery consequences will find us, no matter where we hide. And trying to hide from God when we’ve sinned is exactly like a child hiding from a scary-looking firefighter—it cuts us off from the only person who can rescue us.
Instead, Acts 26:20 advises us to: