I have been a writer and publisher for many years, but writing a novel was completely a new adventure for me. It began as an idea I had while confined for 143 days in two St. Louis hospitals.
Upon returning home, I found that my wife had prepared a rehabilitation room for me equipped with a new computer and DSL connection next to my hospital bed for my entertainment. To keep from feeling sorry for myself and to help ease the discomfort I had, I began to write what I had envisioned months before.
For 40 years I had been involved in roles that brought me into contact with so many ministers and church leaders. Often many godly people had betrayed these ministers and caused detours in their ministries, missions, and even marriages. There was unhappiness and confusion and a desire by wives to leave the fishbowl life. Some ministers left while others feared to even enter.
I have known the heartbreak of missionaries hurt as their children were submitted to other cultures and who had difficulty because of their restrictions or inability to rejoin our American way.
I am assured that God has never made a mistake in His call. The proof comes from the hundreds of clergy, missionaries and their families that I have seen fulfilled to great satisfaction as they remained faithful and completed the decision of His will for their lives.
While the characters in this book are fictional, their struggles and successes are represented of real lives that I have been privileged to be a part of for so many years.
It reaches into so many genres: Romance, war, ministry, missions, relationship, history, and reward. It will touch your heart.
Just as I enjoyed writing this novel for my therapy, it is my hope that you will feel my love and empathy for others whose joy needs lifting.
Being an avid reader, I was thrilled when Dr. Loveless shared his book with me. Amidst the hindrances to the call of God on one's life, Angelika remains firm in her commitment to follow the Lord. God rewards her efforts and gives her the desires of her heart. It is not an easy road He asks her to walk. Cultural issues, military espionage and suspense line the road. Yet it is obvious that the "sacrifice" of serving the Lord is a privilege. This is a must read....and I anxiously await the sequel.&
Doctor Alton Loveless has been a Minister/Pastor/administrative denominational officer during his 54 years of ministry.
A pastor from 1955-1970.
Regional Marketing Director for a large independent publishing company to the Southern United States and Caribbean Islands 1970-1974.
Executive-Director of his Denomination in Ohio 1974-1994.
President/CEO of Randall House Publications and the National Sunday School and Church Training Service from 1994 retiring in 2002.
Editor: Three magazines.
Director: Ohio Bible Institute.
Author: Over 1150 published articles.
Member: National Sunday School Board 12 years.
Member/Chairman: National Historical Commission 10 years.
Member: National Foreign Missions Board for 3 years.
Preached, traveled or used as a Christian Education consultant in 48 states, 35 foreign countries, for 68 different denominations.
He was chosen twice to speak to the national convention of his denomination.
He is a freelance writer and writing for assorted publications printed both nationally and internationally.
For five years he has written a weekly column in a regional newspaper, formally owned by the famous Pulitzer family, entitled “Here and There.”
A devotional “Monday Moments” is emailed to thousands weekly containing the newspaper article and other material.