In this post, I will continue to share a chapter of Through the Valley of the Shadow, a contemporary Christian novel. Josh Crockett leaves a successful counseling practice in Corona, Florida to begin a new life in his childhood home of Melo, Indiana. There he had hopes of marrying Marcy James with whom he fell in love in my earlier novel, A River Bend. Before he returns, he finds out that Marcy is having doubts about their relationship. On his return, he catches up to Marcy as she narrowly escapes a confrontation with one of the men who attacked her at knife point only a few days earlier.
This chapter, Chapter Seventeen (17), occurs a few days later and one day after Josh accompanies Marcy. to the police station to view mugshots to identify her attackers. Josh and Marcy have returned to their separate apartments, but find it difficult to put the last couple of days events behind them.
Like all of the chapters in Through the Valley of the Shadow, Chapter Seventeen shares its title with the title of a song, “Only Wanna Be With You.”
“Only Wanna Be with You” is a song by American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. It was released in July 1995 as the third single from their breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View. It peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, number one on the BillboardPop Songs chart, number three on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It is arguably the band’s signature song. Darius Rucker still performs the song solo. Learn more about the song, music genre and the artists on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Only_Wanna_Be_with_You.
Listen to “Only Wanna Be With You” here through YouTube which also includes the lyrics.
“Only Wanna Be With You,” Chapter Seventeen of Through the Valley of the Shadow, might feel reminiscent for some readers. As pointed out earlier, Josh and Marcy are now in their separate apartments after sharing traumatic ordeals together recently. Though apart, each of them is thinking about the other and wondering if it would be imposing to call the other. It goes something like this. See if this rings familiar.
It’s nice to have someone to talk to you and to listen to you. I think listening actually shows more love and concern than advising and definitely more compassion than dominating a conversation.
In telling my stories, I like to exhibit behavior that exemplifies what I believe to be a fulfilled life. I don’t believe the fulfilled life is without struggles. I do believe that having those you can trust around you when you struggle to give you strength, to weep with you, and to listen to your hurts without judgment is vital to an abundant life.
It is from the Christian Bible where I find evidence to draw this conclusion.
Romans 12:10, says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Later, the writer adds, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn, verse 15. There were other writers who shared the same sentiment.
Peter wrote, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart,” 1 Peter 1:22.
How about this strong conclusion from John, who wrote, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God,” 1 John 4:7.
A couple of writers concluded that loving someone as you would love yourself is a sincere love. As a matter of fact, true spirituality is to love God and others completely and unconditionally some of the writers declare. True religion is defined by James as caring for the fatherless and widows describing those in that culture who were not able to care for themselves. Jesus taught that “your neighbor” as in the second of the Ten Commandments is the one in need.
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Through the Valley of the Shadow
A romantic intrigue fiction novel: Marcy James finds her easy, rich life disrupted. She is confused about her feelings for Josh Crockett and Geoff Westin. But this dilemma becomes the least of her issues when she is attacked and nearly raped by a gang and continually stalked by one of the attackers.
I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at email@example.com.