A new student at an evangelical college comes-of-age by encountering his deepest aspirations. Explore the world of conservative Christianity as Morrie Schiller’s love-life filters through a mix of philosophy and religion. Time was when he only wanted to meet a Christian girl and settle down as an ordinary church-goer. However, the Socratic dictum: Know Thyself seems to be his sacred calling. Enjoy More
In this dark-comic novel, Morrie Schiller is a new student at an evangelical college in Milwaukee with philosophy as his major. Try though he may, he just doesn't fit into the Christian campus scene. The girl he loves sees him only as a ‘brother’, and he’s in the crossfire as radical fundamentalists rage against the school with extremist views. Add to mix, he's haunted by an obsession to become a Roman Catholic.
Enter Jack Joplin, a mysterious stranger, who lures Morrie to embrace a spurious brand of philosophy, which promises to "transcend beyond religious conventions". Morrie takes the bait and is catapulted into Faust-like adventures that go beyond his wildest dreams.
Reviews Dr. Arthur F. Holmes, (philosophy) Professor Emeritus, Wheaton College (now deceased) Wenzel seems to have a writing gift: his sentence structure, his way with adjectives and sense of timing hold the reader’s interest. The characters come alive, and the overall plot hangs together and is neatly resolved. He takes on engaging philosophical issues. The idea of friendship plays a large role in this novel about personal self discovery. (Antagonist) Jack Joplin’s phenomenological method is utterly clever. The author’s many allusions to Sartre, Gabriel Marcel, and Kierkegaard are all appropriate. (2005)
(Foreword Review) - L. D. Wenzel weaves an intriguing story that meanders through a variety of thought-provoking topics ... does an admirable job of character development and creates believable plots that make ‘Caught in the Winds’ an entertaining story.
(The Writers Edge, Wheaton, Ill) Mr. Wenzel: I have read ... ‘Caught in the Winds’ with a great deal of interest. I must say that it is not like anything else that I have read, which is a compliment, since I read many hours every day ... Philosophy, theology, mysticism and the quirks of evangelical subculture filter throughout its pages.
(Best Damn Creative Writing Blog) - Wenzel masterfully captures the struggle between love, faith and modernity with a prose that is effective and discerning. Spare, tender and full of surprises, ‘Caught in the Winds’ makes for a perfect summer getaway.
(Midwest Book Review) Morrie Schiller ... tries to come to terms with himself and his pursuits... A thoughtful read of Christianity and coming of age, ... a fine read and solidly recommended. (5 stars)