Robby's eBook Formtting

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I live with my wife and my son, sometimes in Thailand where I was born and my wife is from, sometimes in Ireland where my dad is from. In Thailand, I taught English as a second language. Here in Ireland, I work from home, turning people's manuscripts into e-books. Wherever I am, I write.

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A Slap in the Right Direction
Price: Free! Words: 24,370. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religious history
In this humble compilation, we try to explain things so the average atheist-on-the-street can grasp what Christians essentially believe; or, if you will, so the average person-in-the-pew can better explain it to to his atheist friends; or better yet, understand it him/herself. We steer away from many of the tired cliches, and we take a second look at what the Bible really says about some issues.
How Did Christianity Become the White Man's Religion?: No 7 in A Slap in the Right Direction
Price: Free! Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / History
At the beginning, the gospel was for everyone, and the earliest apostles made sure that was clearly understood. Over the next few centuries, some changes took place. We look at how some "good ideas" have done more harm than good, and how we can begin to rectify it.
Why All the Blood?: No 6 in A Slap in the Right Direction
Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Soteriology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics
So much of Judaeo Christian belief and practice is about blood, substitution of life for life, atonement. Why such an obsession with blood? The answer may be closer than you think. We discuss how this issue is intertwined with our sense of justice, and the challenges to true forgiveness and ethnic reconciliation
Salvation, and it's Components: No 5 in A Slap in the Right Direction
Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Soteriology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Simply put, "salvation" is the move from the Kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God. We look at how "the Fix" works in practical terms. We cover topics such as faith, repentance, the fear of the Lord … and the dreaded "H" word.
How the Omnipotent One Used Politically Incorrect Methods to Fix the Universe: No 3 in A Slap in the Right Direction
Price: Free! Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament
Why does the Bible seem to support slavery, gross inequality of women, and even genocide? We look at how we, the human race, were back then, and how, in order to bring change, God had to approach us on our level. God was and is intensely interested in us, His creation, and it's His desire to dwell among us. It's the fact that He has managed to do so, that's brought changes over thousands of years
The Ultimate Fix: No 4 in A Slap in the Right Direction
Price: Free! Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Christology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
Through His dwelling amongst humanity through the people of Israel, The Omnipotent One did manifest His presence and power in some amazing and productive ways, but that wasn't the end of the line. The ultimate Fix (with a capital F) was Jesus. Here, we describe viewing Atonement as completing a circuit, enabling God to bring correction to four dimensional space-time
Getting a Handle on Omnipotence: No 2 in A Slap in the Right Direction
Price: Free! Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Atheism/Agnosticism
By observing God's relationship with His creation, and how He chose to go about creating the Universe, we can more easily answer such questions as, "How can an omnipotent and loving God allow suffering and unfairness to exist?" We begin to look at humanity (us) as beings designed to be close friends with God. However, we made a Mess of things, but God had a Fix sorted out.
How a Slap on the Ground Saved Four Dimensional Space-Time: No 1 in A Slap in the Right Direction
Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Atheism/Agnosticism
An alternative approach to the creation story as we read it in Genesis, that enables us to see the universe as a four dimensional object - time, from beginning to end, being the fourth dimension. We also look at the Biblical concept of atonement as correcting an imbalance caused by the wrong acts, absorbing the shockwaves that could damage the four dimensional object.
No Turning Back: The Beginnings of WEC in Thailand
Price: Free! Words: 109,240. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2019 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Missions, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Church / Growth
A detailed account of the first 10 years of missionary work in Thailand by WEC, from the preparation, arrival, and the beginnings of the the Thai church in the three provinces of Tak, Kamphaengphet and Sukhuthai
Orphans of Time Space
Price: Free! Words: 52,430. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2018 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Alternative history
Some people have the gift of time perception. They can remember things that would have happened, had a time traveller not gone back and altered the past. Having that gift is also a sign that you are also a time traveller. You only need to learn how to time jump. Drake Jonston wonders why he remembers a "best friend" who never existed, The more he searches, the more he's aware of a sinister twist
Cracked Earth: The Story of WEC in Thailand from the Perspective of Rosemary Charters
Price: Free! Words: 72,110. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Missions
The story of WEC in Thailand from the perspective of Rosemary Charters. Written as an autobiography, but with the specific purpose of documenting the pioneering work of WEC in Thailand. This edition also includes notes from a number of her colleagues.
What the Gospel Reveals: A Study of Paul's Epistle to the Romans
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,330. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Paul’s Letters
Paul begins, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, since it is power of God ... in it is revealed --" ... well, what is revealed in the Gospel? A study guide for Paul's Epistle to the Romans from a Judeo Christian Perspective
My Two Sons: The Story of the Prodigal Son -- the Comic Book Version
Price: Free! Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Religious, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Graphic novel
An amusing remix of a well known parable. The younger of two sons wants his share of the inheritance. He then goes off to Far Country, where he becomes a yuppy, living life in the fast lane, and investing in pork belly futures. Its the pork bellies that get him in the end.
Price: Free! Words: 34,130. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Relationships, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Warfare
Jesus said, "the lamp of the body is the eye". What did he mean? Knowing that it He was using a common Hebrew idiom, can open our understanding to a lot of things that are wrong with us today. Also included in this volume is a study on the armour of God: Protection is essential. Ephesians 6 gives us a list of spiritual armour that will protect us. But how do we make sure we're actually wearing it?
Johnny -- Who?
Price: Free! Words: 27,820. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / New Testament, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Soteriology
Why was the coming of John the Baptist so important? What difference did he make? What does his message mean to us? Also included in this volume is a discussion of what the Bible says about the afterlife, and who, according to the Bible, is a candidate for hell. Does the Bible allow for other options? What about Purgatory? We don't give pat answers, but rather, a starting point for discussion.
Tishbyte Foundational Bible Study Series
Price: Free! Words: 110,950. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Messianic Judaism
A set of study outlines designed to lay a Biblical foundation beginning with the Old Testament, and moving right into the life and teaching of Jesus, the Messiah, His sacrifice, and the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,820. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A collection of short stories by Claralice Wolf, centred around the theme of Awakenings.
The Gospel According to the Un-Named Women
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: American English. Published: July 13, 2013 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
I wonder why the important people in the gospels, & many unimportant ones, have names, but some women who played a big role did not? I wonder what they thought about this man who spoke to them as though they were worth talking to. He even learned a lesson from one of them. One has a different name, or none, in each of the gospels. So I began to put myself in their sandals, and told their stories.
The Eurasian
Price: Free! Words: 67,450. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
A group of Asian students take a tour of a futuristic America dominated by multinational corporations. They find that virtual reality has totally obscured the real world. Then, they stumble into the "real world", a area divided between countless republics: Nazi, Militant Christian, Native American, Mafia, you name it. Can they escape it and return to their homes in the Chinese half of the world?
Pappa Gander: the Less Better Half of Mother Goose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,610. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Originally titled "Jack and the Beanstalk: the Whole Story plus the Sequel", now merged with "Pappa Gander", with better layout design and another story or two: At long last, Pappa Gander gets a few words in edgewise. Read some of your old familiar nursery rhymes rewritten his way, plus a few other rhymes, limericks, some haiku, and stories, like his own rendition of Jack and the Beanstalk, etc..
Silent Comix
You set the price! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Graphic novels/comics/manga, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
A series of feature length cartoons that can will amuse everyone including non-English speakers and illiterate people. Good for teaching English as a second language. Volume one includes the Cornelius the Genius series (so far) -- the boy who secretly rigged his dad's car to fly.
The Happy Kingdom
Price: Free! Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
A brief synopsis of the Bible in light of the Kingdom of God, in comic book format. What exactly is the Kingdom of God? How does one get in? This crash course in Theology draws from both Christian and Jewish sources. The Happy Kingdom grew out of Robby's desire to find a simple way to impart the basics of the Christian faith to people with absolutely no background in the Bible.
Pepe: Homeless Slum Kid Versus Evil Wired Up President
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,060. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Awarded the IndiePENdents Seal of Good Writing. In a world of flying magnetic trains & floating cafés he lives in a derelict construction site with his sister, cleaning windscreens at an intersection. He doesn't know who he really is. That fact could cost him his life–or it could be the key to the future of Cardovia where futuristic technology blesses only the rich, but the poor are left scraping.
The Zondon: Terrorists and Aliens (an International Suspense Thriller)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,600. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2010 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
7 people from every part of the world: each plagued with dreams & obsessions since childhood that don't make sense. Ernie Magawan is the 1st to make the self-discovery. Though born on earth, they're from a planet across the galaxy on a mission that they must complete for the future of the galaxy. Now he must find and awaken the other six. A powerful enemy has been waiting for them all their lives.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,630. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2010 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
"...If you've read and like/love C. S. Lewis's book "The Great Divorce", you'll enjoy this book..." -- from a reader's review Imagine waking up in a strange pace. you have no memory of how you got there, nor who you are. one thing becomes increasing clear: this isn't the same world in which you went to sleep. it's ... ALLEGORY. It's about heaven and hell, and how they begin in the same place.
The Wrong Time: Stories of Time Travel, Parallel Universes, Alternative Histories and Other Quirky Anomalies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,480. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2010 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
An anthology: THE WRONG TIME is a novella in which Sean O'Riley gets lost in a maze of parallel universes; *** A filmmaker of the future, using a new untested medium, gets tangled up in his story in THE FILMMAKER AND THE SCEPTRE; *** Relativity works in mysterious ways in THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST; *** Geoffrey literally finds himself, in the WRONG TRACK; *** and a few pieces of "flash fiction"
Price: Free! Words: 106,100. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2009 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Christian » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Ben Hur of SF: Eetoo, a shepherd from an obscure planet, was the one prophesied to seek the truth from the birthplace of humanity. He has help from fellow humans as well as non humans. Some species would rather see humanity extinct, and for good reason. The ancient Nephteshi Empire showed how evil humanity can be. The paradox keeps Eetoo searching for answers, taking him to first century Earth
The Story of Saint Catrick
You set the price! Words: 32,960. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2009 by Robby's eBook Formtting. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Dr. Catrick is a professor at the Feline University in Catropolis. As a young cat, he had a life changing experience that set him on his mission in life, to proclaim that animal species can and should live in harmony. All the while, the rodents are rising up against cat rule. Catrick and his friends encounter political agendas, prejudices, and countless other reasons for not doing the obvious.

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  • Absence of Faith on June 22, 2009

    Anthony Samuel Policastro’s Absence of Faith A narrative that incorporates elements of a mystery, disaster, medical thriller -- even, at times, a romance novel -- I found it a good read. The first chapter starts with a strange experience which becomes the focus of the story. It happens to Dr. Carson, the main character, as he is driving home with his wife from a reunion of his old class at medical school. While at the wheel, he goes into something like a trance -- or is it death? It seems like he's descending into hell, is subsequently torn limb from limb by a demon dog, is subject to intense fire, and then is told by the devil himself that thus is his eternal fate. All the while he has been driving across a bridge. The car plunges into the river, but his determined wife stairs certain death in the face, manages to get out of the submerged car, swim to the bank dragging her unconscious husband with her. His vital signs fail. Chapter two: he awakens in the morgue. His return to life is explainable, as it's happened before in medical history. What mystifies the doctors is the fact that his skin is evenly burned all over, accompanied by a putrid smell; as though he'd really been burning in hell. Other people in the small religious community begin to have the same experience. The phenomenon is dubbed the Hell Fire Syndrome (HFS). Though Dr. Carson had suffered from it, he manages to hold onto the view that it's a rare disease of some unknown sort that shocks the body into a near death state, affects the skin as though burning it, and inducing the hallucinations. For the local community, all good religious folks, it has other implications: good upstanding members of their churches actually descending into hell and returning with burnt skin? Rather goes against sound theology, doesn't it! Mass hysteria is one of the results. But that's not all. There are the Satanists in the area that take maximum advantage of the situation -- or are they the cause? Has Satan won the ultimate battle between good and evil? Is it a Satanist curse? Is it a medical phenomena? That's the mystery. At the end of the roller-coaster ride, Anthony Samuel Policastro does bring it to a satisfying finish. As a mystery and a thriller novel, it pleases. You've got your money's worth. No worries there. Chapter One is a good intro. From there, we go for several chapters with Dr. Carson, his wife and his medical colleagues until we begin to assume this is their story. Then, we're introduced to Kyle, and then Chantress. Kyle's introduction is quite a vivid display of textual special effects. Through a spirit medium, Kyle (and we) learn some deep dark secrets about himself that promise an interesting story. After having read through this far and the next five or six chapters, I thought this could have been better placed as chapter two, wedged between Dr. Carson's death, and his waking up in the morgue (I think a cliff hanger after chapter one isn't too much for readers to bare, is it?). It would separate Kyle's session with the medium, from the story of him and Chantress, putting the otherworldly information in the background where it belongs, instead of inside the narrative, where we'd expect it to be fresh on his mind. Chantress is an old hand in things New Age and Occult, whereas Kyle, despite the role he's to play, is a newby. Chantress explains at great length, the difference between Satanism (the bad, dark side), and New Age, or the light side. She considers herself the latter, and is contemplating separating herself from the other, starting a new group and inviting a few like minded friends along. During some of the passages, unless the reader is particularly interested in what the author has to say about things, such as the reasons people choose to get into Satanism or New Age; or later, in Dr. Stoke's piece, the value of religion in providing society with hope for life; and elsewhere, the entire Sunday sermon of a Methodist minister, quoted verbatim -- I suggest skimming through to the next section, where you'll invariably find more action. The characters do tend to get long winded. It seems as though the author has a lot to get off his chest and it behoves his characters to accommodate him. But I understand the tendency. I'm an author myself. It's the reason my first attempt at a novel will never sell unless I thoroughly rewrite it (I have another one in which it might work -- it's a different sort of novel -- but I won’t be the final judge of that). There may also be a few descriptions and details of various characters' background that may not be necessary to the story, for instance, why the pathologist's aunt said, "Oi veh!" when his mother defended his right to choose his own profession -- colourful, but it doesn't push the story along. At times, I didn't know whether to treat this as a New Age, Occult, or Christian Fiction piece. The intimate love scenes between Kyle and Chantress (and later with the red headed lady), told me it definitely wasn't the latter. It's not the book you'd recommend to the members of the youth group in your local church. In this respect, it does nicely as a romance novel (in my view anyway -- I'm neither a romance author nor a reader). It goes from blissful love, to betrayal, to the kind of hatred and emotion that can only happen when a perfect, dream, once-in-a-lifetime relationship has gone horribly wrong. That's not a spoiler, by the way. The medium, at the beginning, will have already told you that would happen. Apart from Kyle and Chantress, the other relationships seem like happy ones -- well, apart from one engaged couple where the young lady's ambitions as a journalist get in the way. She's partly to blame for the hysteria and mayhem that break out in the community. The excitement and hysteria seem authentic. The author makes us feel like part of a community where ordinary people live, unworldly things are happening, and the population is frightened out of its skin. As a medical thriller, it also seems authentic. I've not had any medical training myself, but Samuel seems to know the inside of hospitals well enough to write about them. There might have been one premise or two that beggared belief, but it didn't ruin the story. Fiction is like that. But the religious community seemed to be a stereotype of Evangelical/Fundamentalist religion, where the focus is all on the afterlife -- where the only question is, whether one will enjoy eternal bliss in heaven, or eternal torture in hell; not about relieving suffering nor improving the quality of life in this world. In some congregations, it's easy to get that impression, and in a situation where something like Hell Fire Syndrome is running rampant, I suppose it could become more of an issue. However, many in the Christian community would dispute that their Christian experience has led them to such a mindset. In the narrative, however, we find the whole range of denominations, from Methodist and Baptist, to Catholic, and even a Jewish rabbi, but no sign of any difference in theology or outlook. In fact, it's the rabbi that suggests inviting Billy Graham to do a crusade in their community (I hope that was a misprint, or that a line was left out identifying the speaker)! Another factor in the narrative is that of the Satanists -- as referring to covens with witches and wizards that dabble in the supernatural and perform blood sacrifices. It's certainly a useful literary device. Like gun slinging outlaws and KGB agents in Venice, they make for exciting stories. But does such an animal really exist? Ever since Mike Wornke released his book, The Satan Seller, it's been popularly believed that Satanists are a group that meet in covens, present themselves as witches and wizards, dress in black robes (or sky clad) around a pentagram, and cast evil spells on people. Later, a book by Rebecca Brown, He Came to Set the Captives Free, seemed to confirm the idea. However, both sources have since been discredited as fraudulent. Perhaps a better source, if one wants to study the subject is, Christ's Advocate: An Incarnational Apologetic to Satanism by John Smulo. If Sam Policastro, has access to other sources that I'm not aware of, perhaps his blog page would be a good place to discuss it. As far as I know, Satanists of other types do exist: Anton LeVey's Church of Satan in San Francisco is an example, but they act like a regular church, and don't attempt supernatural occult stuff. They don’t see Satan as a person, but as a concept. Covens, with witches and wizards also exists, not as Biblical Satanists, but as Wiccans. I say "Biblical", meaning they have to rely on the Bible to understand who it is they worship. Wiccans don't worship Satan, but the pagan goddess Diana, and others in the Pantheon. They practice the magic often ascribed to Satanists, but they'd probably choose to identify with Chantress in our narrative, rather than the dark side. That's not to condemn the story. It is fiction, after all. I write science fiction, myself, and not all of my literary devices are in the realm of "hard science". Neither did gun slingers (as we know them) dominate the old American West, but the books and movies are full of them. They make a good story, and so do Satanists and other urban myths. Absence of Faith, by Anthony Samuel Policastro, is, therefore, a good story.
  • Missionary Kid Chronicles: The Naga Trilogy: Rescue: A Supernatural Adventure on Nov. 17, 2015

    I can relate to Chaz, because I was also a missionary's kid, spent time in Chiengmai, have frequented some of the same haunts and can practically taste the various foods as they're mentioned. But that's not why I'm giving this book five stars. Chaz is 13 years old, lives with his parents and two sisters on the outskirts of Chiengmai at the foot of Doi Suthep, near the university. Many tourists and world travellers will know exactly where I'm talking about. It's the beginning of the summer holidays and they're expecting a team of young people on a mission trip from America. So far, does this sound like a typical boring missionary tale? That picture on the cover says otherwise. That's Chaz and his friend, Ashley holding the hands of Katya, the little girl in the middle, running down a street near the Night Bazaar. Chasing them is a European man who has bought the little girl's “services” for the night. On an impulse (maybe it was God's voice?) Chaz had grabbed the little girl and ran. Not pictured on the front cover is the local Chinese Mafia warlord and his men who don't take lightly to their young prostitutes being snatched away like that. Katya is a nine-year-old tribal girl. The book opens in the Karin village with her aunt and uncle warning her she must take the canoe and leave, and never come back. A little later, she finds out that the spirit doctor and the other villagers plan to sacrifice her to the Naga who lives in the river. That's the ornate snake-like dragon, whose head appears at the top of the front cover. What exactly is a Naga? Is it mythological, or is it real? Is it a demonic power? Apparently, the creature will play a part in the story, but we'll have to wait for the sequel. So, Katya fled to the next village, where a “nice man” offered to take her to the big city to get a job. Chaz and Ashley meet her on the first night of what would have been her new career. For daring such a thing, the police tell Chaz that he's foolish, rash, and could have got himself and his family killed. But at least this particular policeman is cooperative – not like some I've heard of. And Chaz's dad, Nick, is not your ordinary dad, even for a missionary. Does he scold Chaz for pulling such a stupid move? Does he ground him for a week, and drill some sense into him, like a responsible parent would have done? Well? What would David's dad have done had he known he was going out to fight Goliath? What about Jesus' parents when he stayed behind at the Temple? You get the idea. Nick's response was, “I don’t like how it all happened but I have to agree with Chaz. I think in this instance we did a good thing in helping the girl.” But the Mafia people aren't happy, and there are consequences. They meet again... A day or two before that, while sitting in an ice-cream shop, Nick had described to his three kids how to listen to the voice of God. Basically, it's to do with getting away from distractions and hearing “the still small inner voice of God.” Chaz begins to get the idea. The plot moves onward on the strength of the “still small voice”. Once it leads to the decision to make a trip to Katya's village (which will happen in the sequel). Another time, it saves Chaz's life. To say how would be a spoiler. There are other aspects to the story as well, for instance, the mission team that's visiting. On the team are various sorts, including Ashley, for whom Chaz develops a crush; and Brandon, the boy with the attitude, who's only on the trip because his parents promised to buy him a motorbike. Things get into a tangle. Not all the loose ends are tied together. This is only the first in a trilogy. The sequel will be the trip to Katya's village, all because Katya believes that if Jesus is all-powerful, he can defeat the Naga. I'm looking forward to it...