Behind the Book

THE FREE DICTIONARY defines Second Blessing as “Sanctification of a Christian believer, considered as a gift of the Holy Spirit given after conversion and sometimes thought of as rendering the believer incapable of committing sin.”

WIKIPEDIA says: “Christian perfection (also known as perfect love; heart purity; the baptism of the Holy Spirit; the fullness of the blessing; Christian holiness; the second blessing; the second work of grace; and entire sanctification) is a doctrine of Methodism and its emerging Holiness movement, which holds that the heart of the regenerate (born-again) Christian may attain a state of holiness in which believers are made free from original sin, or depravity, and where there is a total love for God and others wrought by the infilling of the Holy Spirit.”

This is the foundation of my book, except with artistic license. Mildred Stanford Hayes, the stereotypical Southern lady, is a hardcore Baptist. There’s a secret in her past able to shake this belief.

The book opens with revival. Mildred knows it will be a disaster. Francis Paul Day, an ex-junkie, is the speaker. She snorts. “If matters aren’t horrible enough, that heathen has the same christened name as my beloved son!” The night ends with open Communion with “that heathen” assisting. Mildred takes Communion first and chokes on the Host.

The e-book has an advantage, red print. Mildred finds Francis Paul Day’s Resurrection Journal in her purse after the chaos. Decides it’s her sacred duty to read it, to save Damascus from this heathen. She thinks his use of red ink is blasphemous and dramatic.

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About John Northcutt Young

I write. Remember making-up stories from spelling words in the fifth grade. A journalism degree followed. Thanks for looking.
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