Through Fear Of Death

“…should be in the hands of every seminary student.” -Dan Berry (District Superintendent, Wesleyan Chruch

A ministerial student’s horror of the dead and the dying is so pronounced that the church authorities refuse to ordain him until he conquers his fear. They assign thirty-one year old Joseph Belder to the pediatrics floor of a research hospital where he is stretched to the limits of his sanity, haunted by the ghosts of children, tormented by his ineffective prayers at saving them.

His wife, Julia, who married Joe when he was a coach, cannot understand his inability to find happiness in his work. Lonely, and out of her element at seminary, she wraps her life around their two small children and offers little empathy toward the husband she fears ready to quit yet another job. Enter Marisa Madison, a new seminary student who befriends Julia, but then, intrigued by Joe, begins to offer him much more than friendship. Soon Joe finds himself entangled in a web that will cost him much more than the ministry.

“Hoard has demonstrated again that he is a masterful storyteller.” -Blake Giles. Oconee Enterprise


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