WATER and other stories

Rated 4.06/5 based on 19 reviews
PETITIONS: A short story about a homeless man (contemporary fiction). ANGEL’S SONG: A companion short story to the novel “The Thorn”, book one of “The Chronicles of Gan” (speculative fiction). WATER: Based on the account found in the Gospel of John, chapter 5, verses 1-16, and the painting by Carl Bloch, “Healing at the Pool of Bethesda” (historical fiction).
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About Daron Fraley

Daron is the creator of Thirty-Six and author of the first book in the multi-author series by the same name. Originally from Wyoming, Daron has lived in the Midwest and in many towns and cities in the Mountain States region.

Writer by night, Senior Data Center Engineer by day, he has traveled to more than half of the biggest cities in the United States, one of his favorites being Chicago. The architecture, the people, and the regional foods all fascinate him. But his favorite places on earth are those where he can relax, think, and dream.

Not yet an expert world traveler, he has been to France, Switzerland, the Bahamas, St. Thomas, San Juan, Canada, and Mexico. He loves the Caribbean, and wonders how a small-town boy from Wyoming ever got the chance to fall in love with the ocean.

Other published works include Son of Liberty, Promised, The Thorn, and Water and Other Stories.

Series website: http://www.lamed-vav.com
His personal website is: http://www.daronfraley.com
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Reviews

Review by: Brian Hartman on Jan. 03, 2011 :
I'm not a Christian, but I really enjoyed these stories, particularly "Water". Daron Fraley knows how to draw the reader in and make him/her care about the characters. Well done, sir!
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Review by: A. E. on Dec. 14, 2010 :
I LOVED the point of view in the second story. I have never seen a story like that. The writing style got a bit boring in some part, where every single action taking place was nararated. But I thought it was enjoyable as a whole.
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Review by: SkyPrincess on Dec. 13, 2010 :
I thought these stories were enjoyable and definitely a quick read. I liked the third story best, as it discussed a familiar scene. Although I do not usually read Christian fiction, the subject matter is pretty universal. The first story about the homeless man was also good.
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Review by: Book Sp(l)ot on Dec. 12, 2010 :
These are definitely Christian stories-the second and the third quite a bit more heavily so than the first. I did like the first story, didn't love it but I liked it. Really 2.5 stars.
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Review by: Rallu May on Dec. 12, 2010 :
I enjoyed reading Waters.All three stories , but Petitions was my favourite of all. I've read stories with homeless people but never one that has so much impact on me .
The book contains 3 short stories :PETITIONS ,ANGEL’S SONG and WATER.
I was really touched by Mark's story presented to us in Petitions..Mark's Point of view in this story makes you realize how important familly is .I liked how we get to know Mark only ofter he becomes homeless and looses everyting.

Each one of the 3 stories reminds us how to be grateful for our familly and that we are human, also that we should be more kind towards others.
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Review by: Tressa on Dec. 06, 2010 :
I liked the first and third stories the best, but also liked the second story. As a Christian, I really enjoyed reading these.
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Review by: Yelania on Dec. 05, 2010 :
This book is very sweet. The short stories are beautiful, Petitions is the most wonderful for me, the others, with its Christian themes, because of my beliefs, not enjoyed. But certainly recommend it.
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Review by: Lisa- Bookworm Lisa on Dec. 02, 2010 :
I liked the short stories. Each touched my heart in a different way. The first reminded me that we often judge a person by circumstances and not by character.

The second was a diffent perspective of the Christmas story. It was about a boy forgiving himself for circumstances beyond his control. I liked that it was a Christmas story from a different world.

The third reminds me that we often look out for ourselves and that the savior looks out for everyone.

Very well written and enjoyable to read.
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Review by: Aimee Brown on Nov. 30, 2010 :
I just read the collection of short stories in the Ebook Water, a free download.

This book had a very Christian theme with two of these short stories coming from stories found in the Bible.

What I appreciated about these stories was the reminder that people have feelings. All people, regardless of their circumstances. Most of the time we do not know what battles people are fighting inside, the demons that rage. Not all trials are physical and visible as the man in the last story. In all three stories there was a showing of kindness and I think that we could all benefit from the reminder that kindness brings about greatness. It can make a difference.
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Review by: Liz H on Nov. 30, 2010 : (no rating)
"Petitions" was very sweet and the back story made it a bit of a tear-jerker.
"Angel's Song" had a very Christian feel tied into a coming of age story. I'm not that into the Christian fiction but it was well written and worth reading.
"Water" was an extremely well written story. I liked that only one character was developed and their thoughts shaped the way the story was told. Again, I'm not much for the Christian fiction but it is a story worth reading.
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Review by: Sniffly Kitty on Nov. 29, 2010 :
The first story was heart-warming and squishy if a bit melodramatic with the background of Mark
Story 2 felt contrived I thought especially tying it to the manger story. Very christian.
Story 3 erm more christian things. I'm really not into the whole christian theme thing so... yeah....
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Review by: Tympest on Nov. 28, 2010 :
I just recently read Water and Other Stories by Daron Fraley. Due to its nature as a book of short stories, I’ll be breaking this review in to three parts, one for each story.
First up is “Petitions”. “Petitions” details the end of a day for Mark, a man who finds himself homeless and alone. Surprisingly, it wasn’t a societal commentary as I had expected from the introduction and first few sentences. Mark is shown as a very human figure, with a believable back-story and behaviors that feel organic rather than contrived. It’s a bit of a tear jerker in hindsight, but well written and worth at least one read through.
Second is “Angel’s Song” a companion story to Fraley’s novel The Thorn book one in The Chronicles of Gan. It has, as might be expected, a very Christian vibe the main character, Jacob, is even a shepherd watching his neighbor’s flock. It seems to be, more than anything else, a growing up story with religious elements. I would have liked to see more time put into developing Jacob, but understand that at just four PDF pages long there isn’t much room for anything beyond the story. It would be a good read for someone who generally enjoys Christian fiction.
Last is the title story “Water”, a story based the Gospel of John 5:1-16 and Carl Bloch’s painting “Healing at the Pool of Bethesda.” At least that’s what it describes itself as in the introduction, I personally cannot verify this. It is a retelling of the story of Moshe and how he was restored to physical wholeness, and just that. It does play a little with Moshe’s thoughts, placing him as the viewpoint character, and focusing on his emotions leading up to the arrival of Jesus and his disciples. Yet again, it’s worth a read for those who tend to read Christian fiction but well written enough to be worth the read regardless.
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Review by: Liss O on Nov. 27, 2010 :
These shorts were ultimately enjoyable. I found them sad and very well written. They had a nice, honest appeal to them and I enjoyed reading!
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Review by: Ashley Bugger on Nov. 22, 2010 :
I love all three stories, they all give me goose bumps and make me teary-eyed. My favorite would probably be petitions because I feel like I can relate to it more. I love the message that even a person who has NOTHING left can still show love to others. It made me realize that I need to have more compassion in my life and be less judgmental of others because I don't know what they might be going through.
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Review by: Danyelle Ferguson on Nov. 17, 2010 :
I enjoyed all three stories, but the first - Petitions - was my absolute favorite. Daron Fraley brought to life what it must be like to be homeless, to lose everything - your family, job, home - and try to survive each day. I love how he showed that even though life can be unimaginably difficult, those going through trials can also still harbor love and compassion within themselves. I would love to see that story made into a novel. Absolutely beautiful.
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Review by: Laurie B on Nov. 17, 2010 :
I enjoyed each of the three stories - the first and third more so. I thought Petitions started out a bit slow and over-descriptive, however as I continued to read, I enjoyed the story and the theme. It would make a great commercial!!

Angel's Song was less appealing to me as a short story - I think I would need to read The Thorn for a better understanding. The story did picque my interest in reading more of these characters. I would like to see how the young man's character evolves.

Water was my favorite of all three short stories. I could really feel the pain and longing of Moshe - I could envision him there at the pool. I liked the descriptive characterization of him. Unlike Petition, Water used just enough adjectives to describe the characters. I love being able to be brought to the character that I am reading about - to be able to feel the same emotions. Great job with this one!!
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Review by: maureence on Nov. 16, 2010 :
I enjoyed the three stories and felt that they were a good reminder of what the holiday season is really about. I enjoyed that the people in the story had known loss but were all given joy at the end.
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Review by: Christine Senter on Nov. 16, 2010 :
Incredible. Though each story holds its own, they are all centered around a common theme; kindness and love. Petitions made me cry as it shows that not all who are in need, appear that way. Angels made me cry because it shows a fathers love never dies. And Waters gave me a new perspective on an old tale. Very nice read.
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Review by: Lisa McGeen on Nov. 15, 2010 :
Very interesting short stories. I love reading them from different perspectives. The first story really touched me. Though all the negative in his life he looked out for a little boy on his birthday. Well written and enjoyable reads
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