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Dr. Clay A. Kahler is founder of Sharing the Word Ministries, which included the radio program, Sharing the Word, heard in Ray County Missouri. He served for nine years as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Orrick Missouri, but is now on sabbatical to write. He also served as professor of theology and New Testament Greek at Carver Baptist Bible College in Kansas City Missouri. Clay has written for Preaching Magazine, Christianity Today and To His Glory, as well as a number of other journals and periodicals. He is the author of six books and currently working a new projects.
Prior to entering into ministry, Dr. Kahler served in the United States Army, including service in the Gulf War. Following his military service, he began a career in Law Enforcement. He worked four years with the Village West Police in Louisville Kentucky as a patrolman and as a trainer. He was recruited away from the department and into corrections and became the Director of Training and CERT Team Commander in a federal prison in San Diego California for the U.S. Marshals.
Clay has served as the President of the San Diego County Southern Baptist Pastor's Association, on faculty at Southern California Bible College, on faculty at the Southwest College of Biblical Studies, on faculty at Carver Baptist Bible College, and on faculty at Midwest College of Biblical Studies. He served as the Founder and President of the Soldiers of the Cross - Motorcycle Club.
Clay has a Bachelor of Arts degree, two Master's degrees, and a Ph.D.
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The Fallen- A Novel
on June 05, 2017 :
This is a brilliantly written story. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop until you finish the book. The depth of the characters and intensity of the story draw you deep in. You get the chance to make inferences and conjectures, while ultimately seeing whether your assumptions were correct. Most importantly, you can draw a lesson from this story, regarding forgiveness, a lesson that by God's grace will make you a better person. I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Aug. 16, 2016 :
I met the author and was intrigued by his personal story - being a former bounty hunter and current preacher. So, when he told me that he'd authored a book that has recently been picked up to become a movie, I jumped at the opportunity to read it.
I was not disappointed! Well, to be fair, I was disappointed that the story ended. But that's the mark of good writing and storytelling. I really enjoyed the story and the message.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)
on Jan. 04, 2016 :
The descriptions of small town life and the people were well written. The characters in this story are believable, and I truly found myself caring about them and wanting to know where this journey was going to take them. So even though the book began a little slow, I encourage readers it to hang in there a few pages and you won't want to put it down, it definitely kept my interest to the end. The other thing The Fallen has going for it is how the gospel message is woven into this story in a natural course of events, it is not contrived at all. The author paints a true picture of the difficult and necessary path to forgiveness, which is something I think we can all identify with and one we all struggle with at times.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Oct. 29, 2015 :
I hate to read. Well...cookbooks and true life crime are my kind of thing but I had the privilege of reading this book. I feel blessed to have been introduced to it by the author himself. This book has impacted my life on so many levels. I got caught up reading and didn't stop till I was done. By the time I was through I had cried so much I lost all of my eye makeup. Little did I know that I would be faced with having to forgive someone soon after I reading the book and it would be very very hard. The lesson this book teaches on forgiveness is something we all need to learn. I identified with so many things in this story and this twists and turns will keep your interest till the end. I highly recommend you read it. It will change your life. It certainly did mine and felt honored to read it.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2015 :
This book is amazing! I couldn't put it down. The depth of the story and the characters is so well done that you actually feel like you are living their life. Through Clay's writing, I truly felt the emotions of each character in each scene. I am a strong Christian and I think more stories like this need to be told. So many of the Christian stories out there now are more so made for people who are already Christian. This book is one that anyone could pick up and enjoy reading. Not only enjoy reading it, but really understand the true meaning of God's love for us.
Really well written and such an easy read.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on March 22, 2013 :
I loved this book. it was by far the best book I've ever read. I truly believe in this book. Clay you get a standing ovation from me. I never expected this book to turn around like it did. but I thank God it did. it showed me how blessed and thankful that I am to be a firm believer in my faith and to also be thankful for every other firm believer in Jesus Christ.. I rate this book one million out of 10.. loved it. if anyone gets the opportunity to read this book please pick it up and do so. I promise it will be worth your time.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2012 :
Clay A. Kahler's book The Fallen reminds me of a Neil Simon play set in the South. From the start, you immediately feel for the characters, make a bond with their personal struggles. Whether a religious Christian/Jew; or those that wonder about them, all will relate to both sides of this tale and herald the outcome. This story doesn't get all theological, losing the reader in preaching. This is more one mans struggle with what EVERY person in anytime struggles with, to do the "right” thing; when that will lead to personal pain and suffering, or do "wrong", which is usually what we rationalize is the RIGHT thing as it avoids the pain and suffering caused by others. This poignant tale proves the latter will inevitably lead the soul to even more long term pain and suffering, while the short term outcome could make anyone stop and think was it really worth it? The G rating makes it a story you don't mind sharing.
The descriptions are amazing in detail, focusing more on the humanity of people, instead of tipping the bucket for the cheap gory thrill. With any great piece of literature, you greatly hope for life to give them a better outcome, almost PRAY for them as you read, there isn’t a bias for either side why so very refreshing to read that even as a Preacher man, life is a hard road journeyed only by the strong; avoided by the mentally, morally and physically weak who will always take the "easy" way out. There is nothing easy about jail, or the people there due to their own personal suffering. I've seen the hardest man crumble and cry at the realization that he’s a demon that needs "salvation", I've seen the weakest man triumph at the realization that he is what is left to be a leader and has found "hope" to make change. No man or woman; is immune to healing or help. Without G-d as a child in life, one will find it more difficult later in life, by not having a stable basis from which to raise a family, to be a friend, a mentor or a leader of others. Without G-d, one feels alienated from others who seem to relish in his glory. This truly helps bring out, that his "glory", is only possible due to those very believers lifting his spirit in an effort to help OTHERS still struggling to believe, that do not have a solid base to guide their lives from. For those that feel rejected, or feel it is easier to reject the religion and live a life of "sin", as they age find that life of "sin" a living hell on earth. They learn their own choices were what made their life treacherous.
If you are feeling lost, confused, even "this whole religious mumbo jumbo”; perhaps you want an HONEST answer about things? Feel free to seek us out on Facebook, to join the active discussions that allow for everyone to voice their feelings, to understand each other, to understand why others are "lost" why some feel "found", to grow spiritually. It isn't their fault they were not lead by strong shepherds, it’s our fault, as the flock, that we have lost one of our own and failed to do the work to bring them salvation. You will NEVER see where this book is heading, you will NEVER expect the outcome that it reveals, you will be so grateful for reading this book.
Dotan Baer, Blogger, Producer, Civil Rights Activist
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 03, 2012 :
Clay A. Kahler's book The Fallen forces the reader to deal with several difficult issues not unfamiliar to those in Christian ministry. Kahler's approach to violence and harsh realities is somewhat sanitized, and the language is rated G even though other writers would have inserted not a few expletives simply for impact. That being as it may be, the story line is solid and compelling. the characters are believable, and the treatment of the story is presented in a sincere and engaging manner. I liked Kahler's bold and honest treatment of issues (not giving them away here) others tend to shy away from or manipulate for their personal agenda. Thank you Clay for writing this and for putting difficult issues into a story that is both gripping and entertaining.
Dr T Blackaby, writer, author, speaker
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)