Sunday, March 24, 2013

'What Saved Grace?' A Novel of Compassion

My short novel about compassion's beauty and complexity is now available in ebook formats

"What Saved Grace?" cover by Andrea Anibal
I'm excited about the publication of my novel for two reasons.

First, it's done! I've had this brewing for a few years. In February, I decided to publish it. Then, with the help of some honest friends and critical readers, I extensively revised and edited it. I am oriented to urban activism, teaching and theological reflection--not literary styles. So, my friends have helped me be a little more faithful to the novel genre. I think I could have edited this thing to death. No more. It's done! "What Saved Grace?" is available online now in various ebook formats via Smashwords, the world's largest publisher of ebooks. I hope it will ship to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online outlets soon. Hope you will explore it and buy it.

Here's the Smashwords link to "What Saved Grace?"

Second, my fiction story conveys a message that will change the way you view compassion. The texture, depth and breadth of compassion is the real focus of this story. I look at compassion through the eyes, experiences and impacts of a struggling young family who moves into an urban neighborhood and seeks  help. The compassion they encounter from various well-intended churches, organizations and neighbors is both endearing and bewildering. Through the story, readers are exposed to the underside of compassion. They also experience its incredible beauty. So will you. One of my hopes is that my story will generate some reflection and discussion about compassion. Another hope is that it will move readers to examine their own expressions of compassion and encourage growth.

So, here it is. I hope you will explore and enjoy my novel.

Here's the Smashwords link to "What Saved Grace?"

John Franklin Hay
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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