The first three books in the Bellamy Family Series
Family Treasure - In an instant, life threw the Bellamys a curve. Samuel's company lost its footing and crumbled into a mish-mash of political factions that pushed it into bankruptcy. Left with no job, no prospects for employment, and very little money, Samuel and Anne find themselves faced with some very difficult decisions. A family legacy, hidden treasure, new loves, and enduring friendships all reflect the faithfulness of God and remind the Bellamys of the words of the Psalmist, "I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread."
Rite of Passage - Just when Samuel and Anne Bellamy think their new life has fallen into place, Samuel makes a shocking discovery which again changes the dynamic of the family. In response to an early pregnancy test box found in the garbage, Samuel makes several impetuous assumptions in his quest to ascertain the origination of the box as well as the actual test itself. False accusations, an embarrassing series of errors in judgment, and a knee-jerk reaction to the truth leaves him at odds with his oldest children and creates a schism between his daughter, Sarah, and the love of her life. Enter Aunt Vivian to bring clarity to a difficult situation and to surprise the family with a revelation that none of them see coming, except for Uncle Carl and Aunt Edith. Lost loves, new loves, love unrequited, and love rekindled, all culminate with the birth of the next generation of Bellamys in Rite of Passage, Book 2 in the Bellamy Family series.
The Preacher - From his earliest memories of childhood, Jesse had always felt a special connection to the church. The adults in his life recognized this and gave him continual guidance and encouragement as he nurtured what they believed to be a budding call toward a life in ministry. As adulthood loomed on the horizon of his young life, Jesse couldn't help but wonder whether the nudge he felt toward an ecclesiastical vocation was driven more by the expectations of his friends and family, especially his parents and great grandmother, than by the Lord. Further complicating the situation was an unfortunate turn of events which left him struggling mentally, physically, and emotionally. Beyond all of this, the object of his affection, the girl who had been at his side supporting him through the most difficult time of his life, had become the disdain of many who felt her an inappropriate match for a future clergyman.
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About the Author
The middle child of three born to a country church pastor, Ken Bailey was raised in various parsonages throughout south Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. He began his work in church music at the age of 16 when the pianist at his father’s parish took a sabbatical to have a baby. He graduated from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, with a degree in music education and has spent his adult life working in southern churches. Ken is a people person and has always loved to talk. His kindergarten teacher affectionately told his mother, “Someone has listened to Ken a lot.” His enthusiastic conversational skills have been encouraged and honed by many years of church socials and by a long line of surrogate church grandmas, not to mention his aunts, parents and grandparents. His penchant for the verbose is paled only by his vivid imagination which runs virtually nonstop. He is always working with new ideas and looking for ways to improve. When preparing to demolish a wall or rearrange a room in their home, he playfully states to his wife, “I always have to have a project.” Ken has realized his wordiness and creativity can be an asset when channeled into writing. He has found great satisfaction in the development of his characters and their story lines and enjoys the unfettered creativity afforded by pen and paper (i.e. computer and word processing program).