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-- To the community; all critiques are welcome! Thank you! --
Dear Excellent Agent,
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Thirteen years ago, Peter Stewart contributed to the violent death of his best friend and fellow pastor. Now he is a broken man leading a fading church deep in the Black Hills of South Dakota. His only light is his teenage daughter Lia, who still believes in the goodness of the world and of her father.
Until Jacob, a young Lakota with an old anger, comes to town.
Jacob’s first target is Peter’s church. Second is the Helm, an evangelical empire that runs the town of Gashes Creek and whose leader has his own secrets to protect.
Determined to defend her father as the tension escalates, Lia begins to fear the truth she finds may leave her just as unable to forgive her father as he is to forgive himself. Worse, as Lia and Jacob draw closer to the buried secrets of the town’s faith leaders, they threaten the sanctity of the Helm, whose followers will do anything to protect the leader they believe in.
THE RIVER WE SEE is a literary suspense story of family secrets and the shadow side of faith. It is comparable to Peace Like A River or Ordinary Grace. In a time when faith and its role in public life is causing such a deep rift in this country, our story offers an insider’s view of the modern church and the sometimes dangerous power of the pulpit.
We are married co-authors with direct experience in this world. Steve is a Rhodes Scholar and ordained Presbyterian minister who leads a progressive church in North Carolina. Robyn, a Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, has worked for firms including _____ and _____ where she was global director of behavior change marketing.
Our experience intersects on the question of how charismatic leaders can manipulate truth to fuel their followers’ beliefs and behaviors. In today's America, this question has a new urgency and we believe the book is more relevant now than when we started.
In alternating chapters, Robyn writes Lia’s quest to unravel the events of the present day. Steve narrates as Peter relives the sins of his past, until past and present collide in a final showdown.
THE RIVER WE SEE is complete at 91,500 words. Thank you for your time and consideration.