Guilty with an Explanation: A Story of Becoming

Guilty with an Explanation: A Story of Becoming

by Trevor Toop


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In a day when rules are being rewritten, guilt has come up with a bad rap. Many parents rush to emancipate their children from such troubling apprehensions—and the results are telling. This coming-of-age memoir traces the challenges of a fatherless boy growing up amidst the folly of his peers and the ever-present predators who cannot be wished away. Faced with the reality of evil, the theological concept of Original Sin looms large.
This book is an observation that trouble often springs from circumstances that look pretty benign. It's the prerequisite of every murder trial, that accidents happen from a confluence of events and decisions that seem innocuous but end badly.
We who live in the world are wounded by the same evil that sociologists explain away. Yet part of adulthood is the willingness to call things what they are. When Jesus cast out demons, he first asked their names, because naming something is to see it clearly. We must render verdicts. Sound judgment is a forgotten virtue, and failure to judge will leave us accountable to our children for the weeds that have grown in the course of our neglect, as evil that goes unchecked is sure to grow.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532652158
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2018
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Trevor Toop is an artist, woodworker, and writer living in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Author's Introduction xi

Prologue xv

1 Moses 1

2 Scriptum Est Enim 4

3 The Weather Report 8

4 In the Garden 10

5 Better than Sears Catalogue 12

6 Oscar 15

7 The Mark of Adam 17

8 The Pastor's Dilemma 22

9 The Apostle 25

10 Tent Meeting 27

11 An Armload of Potatoes 31

12 Six Feet of Black Dirt 35

13 The Funeral 39

14 Gopher Guts 42

15 Batman is Missing 46

16 The Other Side of the Fence 47

17 My House My Rules 51

18 The Bigger Fish 53

19 Checking the Fine Print 56

20 The Flood 59

21 Flotsam and Jetsam 61

22 Swamp Water 63

23 Innocence 65

24 Transfiguration 66

25 No Bite 69

26 The Course of a Stone 73

27 Not Much Happens in a Small Town 75

28 Predator 78

29 Intent 80

30 Whack-a-Mole 83

31 Stormy Monday 85

32 Now What? 88

33 Wakeup Call 92

34 The Limp 95

35 Confession 97

Epilogue: The Sower of Tares 100

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“A good story is like a pathway through the soul. The more honest the story, the more dangerous the path. Guilty with an Explanation draws the reader into those secret, dark corners of the soul, and then shines a light, offering hope in the darkness.”

—Tim Day, Director of City Movement and author of God Enters Stage Left

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