Benny Richardson’s widowed mother decides to move to Missouri to live on Uncle Tom’s farm but Benny rebels on the journey away from his beloved life in the city and the influence of the university community where his father taught. When John Clancy crosses their path and saves them from a... read more
Benny Richardson has already lost his father. He is separated from his mother while traveling west in the 1800's and meets a mysterious disguise-wearing man who promises to look after him when his mother is injured in a barge accident. When the man turns out to be a bank robber Benny doesn't... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Benny Richardson has already lost his father. He is separated from his mother while traveling west in the 1800's and meets a mysterious disguise-wearing man who promises to look after him when his mother is injured in a barge accident. When the man turns out to be a bank robber Benny doesn't know how to escape or if he really wants to. Jeremy Carlisle slowly becomes his protector, provider and friend. But God promised never to leave or forsake Benny. Does Benny have an obligation to keep following his father an mother's teaching when it seems as if God no longer cares?
Another tragedy almost deprives Benny of his best friend when Jeremy must serve time in a faraway prison and struggle with his own faith. Benny faces bullying, loneliness and lack of Christian fellowship and teaching. He gains an unexpected and unlikely friendship along with a startling legacy from his father. He also thinks he has found a way to help Jeremy by riding in a horse race with a five hundred dollar prize, though he wonders if he can collect it.
A puzzling letter from Jeremy makes Benny wonder about the promise of the spring, and how Jeremy expects their lives to change forever.
“"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."“I’m not sure I do. I know you’re a self-righteouslittle son of a so-and-so, who says God’s always with him,but can’t show a smile of gratitude or lend a hand withoutgrudging everything you do that helps me. Things justhaven’t turned out the way you seem to think God ought tomake them go. Doesn’t it occur to you that maybe theyaren’t going to? Maybe you’re the one who’s going to haveto change how you think.””
Prologue: The Empty Look of Death
Chapter One: A Robbery
Chapter Two: Good Advice About Mr. Clancy
Chapter Three: "He'll Go Far."
Chapter Four: Testing God and Testing Benny
Chapter Five: A Joke and a Cougar Evangelist
Chapter Six: This Is My Friend
Chapter Seven: Visits of Consequence
Chapter Eight: The Star Witness
Chapter Nine: A Birthday and a Memory
Chapter Ten: A Legacy and a Letter
Chapter Eleven: Jason and Goliath
Chapter Twelve: The Power of Persuasion
Chapter Thirteen – In a Fortress
Chapter Fourteen– A Race and a Lesson
Chapter Fifteen: The Promise of Spring
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