Teenage Roland truly wants a relationship with God, wants to kw more about the teachings of Jesus, but the churches his aunts and uncles attend aren't any better than his old church, where the Reverend seemed more interested in everyone tithing and his own lavish lifestyle than in being a shepherd of his flock; different, yes, but t better. Roland has interest in attending the church where his one uncle is the preacher and a leading member of the local KKK, or an aunt's church where congregants are caught up in the Holy Spirit and writhe in the aisles and pews or speak in tongues. Roland's grandfather had taught him that faith isn't showy, a thing to be displayed; it's simple and quiet, an unwavering belief that all things work for the good of those of seek the good. Roland sees the beauty of that simplicity and kws it's the kind of faith he wants. Despite the peer pressure to conform, Roland rejects the religious tenets of the churches his various family members attend and embarks on his own quest, seeks his own path to God. In doing that, he comes to the realization that all paths to God are valid because all people choose their own Path, and that is the simplicity he sought. Roland McCray's story is clothed in beautifully vivid, descriptive imagery, and is, in some small way, everyone's story.
Blaine Coleman grew up in an extended family in southeastern Virginia, and studied religion and creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He's worked in jobs as disparate as taxi-cab driver (a difficult and stressful job that he wouldn't recommend to anyone), restaurant busboy/dishwasher to retail chain manager to successful business owner and, having worked closely with people of every socio-economic bracket, he's learned that everyone has something of value to teach, and he tries to put those varied experiences to good use in his writing. He now lives in a rural area near Richmond, Va. where his two rescue dogs have room to run and he spends his free time gardening, reading and writing.