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Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Sentence

My first inspirational novel, The Sentence is coming in October from By Grace Publishing. Today, I'd like to share an excerpt with you because I'm pleased with the way the book turned out. I'd considered an inspirational for some time but kept putting it off because I really like to write mostly sweet contemporaries. Still, this story kept nagging at me until I wrote it. I hope you enjoy the excerpt.

Thanks for reading!
Elaine Cantrell
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love

The Sterling Daily
October 10
Upstate Edition

Judge Shocks Community

Controversial Judge Marion Lowe shocked every person in his packed court last Wednesday when he passed sentence in the Clint Hayes case. Hayes, 27, who works for Bud Parsons at Bud’s Private Club, was found guilty of burning Saved By Grace Community Church last April.

Originally, Hayes was arrested for arson. His fingerprints were found on a beer bottle in the church parking lot the night the church burned, but a sheriff’s investigation revealed the fire was caused by a cigarette that Hayes threw into an azalea bed. Authorities believe the cigarette caused the dry mulch around the bushes to catch fire, and the flames spread to the church. The building was a total loss.

After consultation with Reverend Neal Amos, the pastor of Saved By Grace, Judge Lowe sentenced Hayes to six months in the care of Reverend Amos who in effect will be his jailor.

“The verdict was a surprise,” admitted Rachel Amos, 24, the minister’s daughter. “My father discussed the situation with my mother and me, but to be honest we never dreamed the judge would go along with it.”

Several members of Saved By Grace have expressed their support for Reverend Amos’ decision, but they admit there are some who want nothing to do with Hayes.

Local civil rights groups have announced their intention to get the verdict overthrown, but so far Hayes says he wants the sentence to stand.

Until the new church is constructed, Saved By Grace is meeting at Sterling High School. Sunday School is at ten o’clock followed by worship at eleven. Anyone wishing to make a donation to Saved By Grace’s building fund may do so at People’s National Bank.


cherio1 said...

Wow, Elaine, I can't wait to read THE SENTENCE. It sounds very intriguing. I really enjoyed reading your newsletter.

squiresj said...

It is Sept. so I am writing to enter the Sept. contest also. I was surprised to see you are writing an inspirational but pray God's blessing upon it. I believe since the story won't leave it that it is meant to be written.
I pray blessings upon the church getting built.

bison61 said...

read your excerpt from The Sentence, and it sounds good. please sign me up for the September contest

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