McGowan's Call

McGowan's Call

by Rob Smith


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Davis McGowan could not have anticipated how his career would isolate him in his private life. After ordination, he finds himself an alien in a world of human need. This fictional account of a young pastor's rise and fall is based on the secret reality faced by the ordinary people who have sensed a "call" to one of the helping professions. Never quite accepted as a local, he navigates the path of conscience through the pitfalls of personal loneliness.

McGowan's Call is a collection of short stories and a novella that chronicles Davis' path from the river town of Hatteras, Ohio to the suburbs of Dayton. This work of fiction provides a rare insight to pastoral ministry outside the scandals that regularly make headlines. It is an honest exposé of the real crisis that afflicts those who live in the public eye.

Rob Smith is the author of two novels including Night Voices. Ann Joslin of A Sandusky Bay Journal describes Night Voices as "an exciting novel of adventure." In McGowan's Call, this talented writer explores the inner landscape of those who find themselves inserted in the personal crises of others.

Rob Smith's short stories have appeared nationally in Writer's Journal and other literary magazines. In 2006, he received the Robert Frost Poetry Award for his poem Catbird. He currently resides on Ohio's north coast and sails the waters of Lake Erie on a sloop that he and his wife are restoring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978516550
Publisher: Drinian Press
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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McGowan's Call 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Zimmrc26 More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book on a whim after a recommendation from a family member. At first when I started reading the book I wasn't sure what expect because the book is a collection of short stories. The stories describe various encounters that a minister has had as a result of his job. My favorite part of the book was the short story False Witness. The entire book was well written and the stories flowed easily from one to another. Once I started reading it I became engrossed and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book.
lessik More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful book of short stories about minister Davis McGowan encounters with everyday life and his spiritual connection in dealing with them. The novella False Witness was the main theme of the book and was my favorite in that it was very well written and I enjoyed the way it carried me to the very end with its twists and turns along the way. This book is well worth the read and I will definitely read the authors other books.