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Trade Paperback
270 pages
Jul 2006
WestBow Press

The Best Christian Short Stories

by Bret Lott, editor

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The Best Christian Short Stories is a collection that touches upon such themes as hope, love, forgiveness and loss.

The first story, Loud Lake, by Mary Kenagy, tells about a young boy on the cusp of manhood, struggling to form his own faith outside the shadow of his father’s strong faith. It is a tightly written story with beautiful descriptions that leave the reader so enamored of the characters, the reader yearns to follow them beyond the confines of the story.

Landslide, by David McGlynn relates the story of an aging preacher, evaluating his life and ministry. The preacher reveals a pivotal moment in his past when his myopic view of God obscured a moment for ministry.

Rebecca Schmuck’s story, The Results Of A Dog Going Blind, which won the 2004 WORLDview Fiction contest sponsored by WORLD magazine and WestBow, is a fable that reminds us redemption is always available.

In Brett Lott’s An Evening On The Cusp Of The Apocalypse, an everyman finds his simple life unraveling in an apocalyptic moment, when the normal, expected, and taken-for-granted events fall apart and he is forced to face what truly has meaning in life.

These are but a sampling of the stories offered. “The writers collected here believe in a supernatural God who loves us, who asserts Himself outside of our hands, outside of our control, outside of our concepts of time and space, to actually show Himself to us” (p. ix). It is a collection long overdue.

Let us hope this is the first of many short story collections to come. -- Vasthi Acosta, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

The first volume in a collection of contemporary fiction that combines the artistry of critically accaimed writers with a clear Christian worldview.

From Homer Hickam, the best-selling author of Rocket Boys--which later became the movie October Sky to editor and contributing best-selling author Bret Lott, this collection spans a talented community writing an eclectic blend of fiction. Each piece stands alone as stellar fiction. And each piece confronts us with who we are and forces us to look deeply at the human condition. From the dirt lanes of North Africa to the suburbs of California, exuding lightheartedness and profundity, hilarity and tragedy, these stories will take you on a fresh and entertaining journey.