Thursday, January 24, 2008
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matthew Raley is senior pastor of the Orland Evangelical Free Church in northern California, where he lives with his wife and two young children. For fun, he enjoys playing chamber music with friends, giving occasional solo recitals, and playing first violin in the North State Symphony. This is his first book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Jim was at work when his eyes drifted to the coffee shop visible from his office window. An attractive woman driving a Mercedes pulled up to the curb . . . and Jim’s married pastor emerged from the car. When Jim delves deeper into his pastor’s world, will he be able to handle what he discovers? Is he right to suspect that Dave is having an affair? In the behind-the-scenes church battle that ensues, Jim is torn between duty to his church and a desire to show grace. A ripped-from-the-headlines drama of suspense that keeps you engaged to the last page.
Fallen: A Novel is the story about Jim’s relationship with Dave—how Jim tries to do the right thing to keep Dave accountable, but finds the situation getting worse and worse. It’s also about Jim’s other relationships. Just as he discovers hypocrisy in Dave, Jim discovers his own sins against his wife and daughter.
Kregel interviews Matthew...
Q: Now, you’re a pastor. You’ve been in ministry over ten years. Why didn’t you write a story that makes pastors look good? Why does Fallen seem to make the pastor the bad guy?
A: I’ve found that many evangelicals are in ugly situations with pastors who are literal bad guys. Everyone has seen the parade of scandals in the news—pastors in adultery, drug abuse, fraud, pedophilia, you name it. Believers in these situations usually have to penetrate layers of lies before they find out what their pastors have done. These discoveries are devastating, not just to individuals and congregations, but often to whole communities. In Fallen, I try to be honest about church life in America right now. I also try to show how believers who’ve had these experiences with their pastors can see their pain redeemed.
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Tayari's blog bursts with soul and a big writer's heart. This week's she's saddened over the closing of Karibu bookstores, an African American readers icon, as well as sharing her passion for red velvet cake.
I am just heartbroken to announce the closing of Karibu Books in Washington, DC and Maryland. This announcement took me by surprise although I have heard, as often as everyone, that Americans don't read anymore and big chains are snuffing out the little guys. Sigh.
Bestselling Brice, who will be releasing a novel next month speaks about Martin Luther's King, Jr's legacy and the democratic convention underlying debate are black women, black or female?
Walk Tall is a dream I had a long time ago. Fourteen years ago actually. My mother had recently died, and I was doing freelance PR. I was leaving a meeting to set up free prostate cancer screenings at a church on behalf of the American Cancer Society. I was driving down Colorado Boulevard and this voice in my head said, "You should write a book of affirmations for people of color." I was near 1st Avenue and swerved into the far right lane so I could turn west and go to Tattered Cover (it used to be located in Cherry Creek). That day I bought a book called How to Write a Book Proposal and went home and told everyone I was going to write a book. Just like that. (There's a funny/sad story about that book that I talk about in the new intro to Walk Tall.)
I hope you enjoy these blogs this week and come back here to tell me what you think. Now I have to get to writing myself. :)