As Promised…

I would love to hear your thoughts on the opening of A Cloud Over South Hampton, the follow up book to A Cry Among Men…

Red Door (2)

Living a life of rightness offers many men a cozy corner in which to rest. But for some, what appears as emotional dormancy is in fact a life spent sidestepping death, a life rinsing away sour, meaningless morsels of dead hope, overshadowing a dream. Or perhaps it’s the feeling of being stuck behind an immovable wall. Or worse, molded into concrete, alive, face up, watching other men march by with smiles on their faces.

Similarly, for a time, Don had found it better to isolate himself away from people who adored and applauded his shame. But eventually the counter to the cluster bombs and violent, uncivilized dystopia living inside his head, came heightened, almost unfaltering, ambivalence about faith, commitment, manhood, and purpose. A different kind of stuck, an undefinable pain. And although prayer and therapy were slowly healing a spirit that could challenge the likes of a maladroitly torn scab, peace remained unhurried. It remained in the far off distance behind his well thought out smile.

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